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    Default Dodge Death Wobble

    I saw two newer dodge ram trucks with a rear hub sheared off this winter - one stopped at a traffic light the other loaded onto a tow truck flatbed. This seems to be a problem on some Ram Trucks. At least if the rear wheel falls off you don't have to worry about the Dodge Death Wobble.

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    I have always had Dodge's from 1500 through 3500 and never had a problem yet. Being commercial they all go in regular for MVI's so that must have something to do with it. I did have a Jeep, Grand Wagoneer that would behave like that when the 50/50 shock wore out though. Scary as hell no matter.
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    Default Re: Dodge Death Wobble

    I have Dodge products as well - Ram/Caravan and have not had a problem- knock on wood/plastic.

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    Default Re: Dodge Death Wobble

    Not an unusual problem on vehicles with poor maintanence.
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    Default Re: Dodge Death Wobble

    Or a possible manufacturing/design defect.

    Such as

    http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/...f=SearchResult
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    Default Re: Dodge Death Wobble

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/chrysle...ries-1.2421021

    "The trucks are being recalled because tie-rod ends in the steering system may have been installed improperly, which Chrysler says stemmed from technicians misinterpreting instructions. Those tie-rods could be out of alignment, which Chrysler says can lead to steering failures."

    Wobble wobble

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anapeg View Post
    I did have a Jeep, Grand Wagoneer that would behave like that when the 50/50 shock wore out though. Scary as hell no matter.
    Older Jeeps were notorious for the "death wobble". My friend experienced that with his Jeep and it would scare the hell out of you went it kicked in. Neglecting maintenance to the front suspension was to blame in his case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Freq View Post
    Older Jeeps were notorious for the "death wobble". My friend experienced that with his Jeep and it would scare the hell out of you went it kicked in. Neglecting maintenance to the front suspension was to blame in his case.
    No argument here. Overloading and improper weight distribution are sometimes the culprit as well. You can lighten the front end to a point of throwing the geometry off and allowing a slightly sloppy front end to quiver.
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