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Moondog
06-02-2009, 10:42 PM
My Wife just came in from work and she said that there is a problem with the truck (2005 Dodge 3500 ctd) I said how so she said that the steering just went all crazy one minute it was fine the next it felt like the truck is wobbling all over the place. So i jumped in it drove it up the road and you cannot get over 20kmh without the front end wobbling. I have checked all of the steering linkages and all looks good steering fluid is good as well I am now clueless as to what it could be anybody got any ideas?

redman
06-02-2009, 10:51 PM
sand?

kootenaycat
06-02-2009, 11:21 PM
Balljoints, steering stabilizer, track bar bushings, control arm bushings, wheel bearings. Lots to check on the front ends of these trucks and with the heavy cummins up front it'll go through ball joints fast.

Moondog
06-02-2009, 11:26 PM
Everything looks good no play anywhere the truck has 90k on it and was just serviced last week (it also gets serviced every 6k)

Tunabomber
06-02-2009, 11:30 PM
since nobody said it Wheel nuts ???

have you jacked it up and wiggled shit yet ???

Moondog
06-02-2009, 11:31 PM
since nobody said it Wheel nuts ???

have you jacked it up and wiggled shit yet ???

Nope I did not check that Eric but I will[cheers]

Moondog
06-02-2009, 11:37 PM
Wheel nuts are fine. Think I am going to call BCAA and get it towed to the dealers

epic3
06-02-2009, 11:41 PM
I would think bearings or balljoints

B
06-02-2009, 11:42 PM
check the track bar lower and upper bushings and mounts something has play in it

Moondog
06-02-2009, 11:47 PM
As I have said I have checked everything jacked up and down and everthing is solid. She was less than 100 yards from our house when it happened it only starts to wobble when you hit 20k then it feels like the front end is about to fall off.

D-Ass
06-03-2009, 12:07 AM
look who is asking about driving issues sounds a little like a cop out to me :D

check the axle u bolts one of my buddys had his snap and felt like killer death wobble [cheers]

Throttle
06-03-2009, 01:32 AM
Sounds like there's something definately wrong with your truck, and to start happening at 20km/hr I would say theres something SERIOUSLY wrong...
For it to start at that low of speed I think you must be overlooking someting as I would imagine it would be fairly noticeable if its that bad!
Then again, I'm still chasing down vibrations for the last 2 years so I'm no expert!
How's the steering box?

dirka dave
06-03-2009, 03:07 AM
Bent rim ?

UU
06-03-2009, 08:06 AM
Bent driver

Apathy
06-03-2009, 09:07 AM
new cummings.

jack it up and check your unit bearing

Moondog
06-03-2009, 09:24 AM
Thanks for all of the replies (helpful and not so helpful) none of these explains why the truck goes from driving perfect to the way it is now though. Just waiting for BCAA to show up to get it towed to the dealership and Walt my Wife told me to give you one of these [kicknuts]

Ironman
06-03-2009, 09:33 AM
you not driving your truck like you ride your quad are you?

Apathy
06-03-2009, 10:28 AM
Thanks for all of the replies (helpful and not so helpful) none of these explains why the truck goes from driving perfect to the way it is now though. Just waiting for BCAA to show up to get it towed to the dealership and Walt my Wife told me to give you one of these [kicknuts]

dude, i did tell you.

UNIT BEARING.
they will go from good to wheel falling off in about 30 miles when they decide to go.

Moondog
06-03-2009, 11:33 AM
you not driving your truck like you ride your quad are you?

asshole2 Jayne was driving. Just got back from Pioneer and it is the axle shaft u-joints driver side is worn and passenger side is binding. Jeremy I will call them and ask them to check the Unit Bearing but hey did say that they will check the whole of the front end and now to the best part everything is covered under warranty :party0010: Sometimes it pays to keep up the serice history.

Ironman
06-03-2009, 11:35 AM
Id still bame the englishman from surrey

Apathy
06-03-2009, 11:46 AM
if they are binding, its proably being caused by a bad unit bearing.

they hold all of the front wheel, axles.. ect together.

England
06-03-2009, 11:50 AM
you have a thing for unit bearings dont yer Pathy

Apathy
06-03-2009, 11:51 AM
unit bearings bring the SUCK!!!!!

why do you think dynatrac has a kit to get rid of them.?

Ironman
06-03-2009, 11:52 AM
hehehehehhehheheh you guys said UNIT

Rye Guy
06-03-2009, 12:28 PM
Very common for you front wheel joints to become worn and with a constantly turning axle shaft the u joint binds and causes vibration and worst case death wobble:rain cloud even with a manual locking hub this can cause shimmies when the hubs are unlocked due to inertia forces from driving.
A good way to check you wheel joints is to jack the front end up (jack stands) and turn the steering wheel all the way to one side, then by hand rotate the tire as it would if the truck were rolling... if the steering tries to straighten out then the joint needs to be replaced. If the steering stays at full lock, yer good.[cheers]


Ps u must raise both tires from the ground

England
06-03-2009, 02:50 PM
Thats a handy tip !!! Thanks

Apathy
06-03-2009, 03:10 PM
run it till the wheel falls off..


thats what the jeeps do isn't it?

England
06-03-2009, 03:30 PM
yeah but we can put ours back on and then keep going !!

ShuswapRedneck
06-03-2009, 05:26 PM
http://www.dieselbombers.com/bd-power/13495-bd-diesel-performance-steering-box-stabilizer-dodge-ram-steering-fix-diesel-tech.html

kootenaycat
06-05-2009, 11:04 PM
asshole2 Jayne was driving. Just got back from Pioneer and it is the axle shaft u-joints driver side is worn and passenger side is binding. Jeremy I will call them and ask them to check the Unit Bearing but hey did say that they will check the whole of the front end and now to the best part everything is covered under warranty :party0010: Sometimes it pays to keep up the serice history.

Can't see the worn ujoint causing it, but the "binding" ie: rusted solid joint, definitely would.

And good it's under warranty. I just did axle u-joints on an '08 3500. I'd been warned how tight the wheel bearings are to come out of the knuckle and they're right. However I did manage to get them loose fairly easily :rolleyes: by doing the socket between the knuckle and bearing retainer bolt trick combined with my air chisel hammering away at the bearing housing near the knuckle/bearing bolt, worked like a charm after about 30 seconds of hammering. Would like to see someone do these without help, would of taken me a while to get them loose.

bforce
06-07-2009, 04:49 PM
lol goog luck getting it under warranty...

Probably looking at balljoints and the pitman arm bushing... All CTDs need them at 80k or so...

Moondog
06-07-2009, 05:03 PM
lol goog luck getting it under warranty...

Probably looking at balljoints and the pitman arm bushing... All CTDs need them at 80k or so...

Can you not read? It is covered under the warranty and has been repaired free of charge 1 worn drivers side u-joint and 1 passenger side sized u-joint. Ball joints and pitman arm bushings are fine.
Jeremy they said that the unit Bearing was fine [cheers]

nonhighwayservice
06-15-2009, 06:27 PM
mine truck did the samething, it was the steering stabilizer, the stock ones are crap, put in a rancho one fixed the problem

crazylike
06-18-2009, 01:18 AM
have ya checked the tires for air