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04 2500 - Choppy steering?

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by BrewCity6Pack, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. BrewCity6Pack

    BrewCity6Pack Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I have an 04 Ram 2500 w/ Cummins and have a minor problem that doesn't happen all the time, but enough to be annoying.

    When I'm making a medium to sharp turn at slow speeds, the wheel will wiggle back and forth, almost the same wiggle as if you had warped rotors trying to brake at a slower speed. It did it quite a bit the other day when I was pulling my trailer w/atv up a uphill windy driveway. Any clues on what this could be? I was almost thinking front u-joints as I did have some u-joint squeaking a couple of weeks ago...but now its gone.
  2. pmorrissette

    pmorrissette Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    Not sure about a Dodge 2500, but I have seen that on heavy trucks equipped with a conventional steering box (which I believe the Dodge has). It's usually a sign of a pressure and/or flow problem inside the steering box (leaky seals maybe).
  3. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Sounds like u-joints binding up.
  4. GPS

    GPS Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 268

    I agree. Sounds like one or both of your front axleshaft U-joints is binding.
  5. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    That sounds logical my 2004 2500 Hemi is doing the same thing...we hardly use it in the summer so I haven't took it in yet!

    I am thinking U-joints
  6. hikeradk

    hikeradk Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    2004 Dodge Ram

    They go through front ujoints. Sealed and always turning. On your nickel I would upgrade, but mine is on warranty so for now they can pay for it.