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Death shake

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Thelawnscaper, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. Thelawnscaper

    Thelawnscaper Member
    Messages: 50

    I've got a '03 2500 hemi, I was cruising down the highway and hit a minor bump and the front end started shaking violently. I took it in and the dealer said it was shocks, which didn't make sense to me but I took their word for it. Bad idea. Idiot mechanics were not only wrong, but I dished out 400 bucks for new shocks. Anyone have any ideas on what is causing that terrible shake in the front end?
  2. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

  3. Thelawnscaper

    Thelawnscaper Member
    Messages: 50

    Yup, thats it, and it sucks. Now how do we fix it?
  4. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    well go to the first page on that link , and it will give you step by step on what to check
  5. Thelawnscaper

    Thelawnscaper Member
    Messages: 50

    haha woops thanks
  6. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,525

    Track bar! Lol shocks, U could dive it with all for shocks off the truck and It would not do that come on. And If u cant find anything ask me and I will give u some tips on how to ck it out.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2008
  7. yardsmith

    yardsmith Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    typically its the stabilizer bar. My old chevy had the one with a shock going across the the front alongside the axle.

    My dodge did that recently, & it was a grabbing front brake caliper & worn out suspension arms up front

    MAR4CARS Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    Stock tire size and suspension ?
  9. rickbays

    rickbays Member
    Messages: 46

    I had the same thing going on with my truck. Was the track bar.
  10. USMCMP5811

    USMCMP5811 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    99.99999% of the time it is worn track bar bushings that cause the Death wobble or the Super Duty Shuffle as I like to call it...
  11. bltp203

    bltp203 Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    The problem with mine was bad ball joints.
  12. capt_bob

    capt_bob Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I had the death shake on a Grand Cherokee. Started half way from Rhode Island to Florida. Turned out to be the Steering dampner.
  13. lake_effect

    lake_effect Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    I replaced the track bar and steering dampener both around 40000 miles on my 2nd gen.

    Both were shot....been good ever since. At 145000+ miles now.

    :gunsfiring: OEM junk...both common failures. Could be any suspension component though,and easy enough to determine yourself. Screw the stealership unless it's under warranty.
  14. duff daddy

    duff daddy Senior Member
    Messages: 151

    ok i know i dont post much on here but i do work for chrysler and get oen of the death wobblers in at least once to twice a week. useually it is the track bar, what happens is the axle will actually shift left to right nder the truck then cause you to correct and wheel to shake bla bla bla. it could be any combination of things. track bar, steering box, tie rod end (not nec lateral play but normally vertical tie rod end play) could be steering stabelizer (not as common but together with other things def will kill it) and one thing that we had WICKED issues with on the power wagons is tire pressure!! this will absolutly make it happen but just have the entire front end looked at and checked out. if your garage or tech said tey couldnt find anything let me know and well see where your located and what we can do for your.
  15. wildbl1500

    wildbl1500 Senior Member
    Messages: 111


    You work for Chrysler and drive a Ford???

    I don't want to start a Ford vs. Dodge debate- just an observation...
  16. MaxPower1971

    MaxPower1971 Member
    Messages: 62

    Yup....Track bar....My 94 did that...but it dissappeared when I hook the plow on....Went thru ball joints..all FOUR of them...Tie-rods,steering damper,steering box.Last thing I did was the track bar...I got a nice one from Moog,and right off the bat it seemed more sturdy than the OEM POS.No mo Heavy duty shuffle for me!!
  17. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    You bought the Dodge with out doing research Who's fault is that DAAAAAAAAAAAA...
  18. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,525

    U could just have new bushings pressed in for like 30 bucks. Track bars are not cheap.
  19. MaxPower1971

    MaxPower1971 Member
    Messages: 62

    The Moog was 237$ CDN....I read somewhere that the Dodge OEM Track bar cannot be rebuilt....you did one of those before???Still got my old one:p
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2008
  20. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,525

    Last edited: Dec 14, 2008