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Front Axle U-Joints

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by RONK, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. RONK

    RONK Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 126

    My front axle u-joints have to be replaced again for the fourth time on my 05 Dodge/Cummins 2500,has anyone had similar problems?
  2. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    The Dodge buy and buy front ends parts....
  3. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,063

    the factory aam joints suck. i upgraded mine to spicers after going through a few sets of the oems. there were around 60 bucks a pop from northerndrivetrain
  4. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    I don't understand Why Dodge has not fixed this Issue...

    Their front ends(components) have been junk for some time..
  5. RacingZR

    RacingZR Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 400

    Napa premium in my 03
  6. dodgesprt00

    dodgesprt00 Member
    Messages: 47

    if they would only redesign the front end the trucks, they would be perfect. Just got done putting $1500 in the front end of my 2006 2500
  7. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040


    I know what I would change, someday I may make those changes....
  8. Snowchief

    Snowchief Member
    Messages: 44

    Both fronts went around 60k miles, they started making noise and within a couple of days the crosses were worn down to little nubs. One unit bearing started howling around the same time. Updated to the spicer joints and put on a free spin hub kit: then 40k trouble free miles. The joints still look new.

    My vote is to do a spin kit and be done.
  9. Josh31

    Josh31 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I have to change one every year . This year its the right side. Gotta love them Dodge's!
  10. stanza

    stanza Member
    from cny
    Messages: 72

    I have a 2010 2500 pw. I replaced the axle joints at 35000 and now the stering box at 40000.
    I like my truck though.
  11. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    i replaced a drivers side last year at 120k

    replaced ball joints and outer tie rod ends last week at 145k also replaced pass side u joint.

    i go with precision u joints with grease zerks. grease your stuff and they will last, im talking greasing everything every 3k miles. grease is cheap, parts arent.
  12. dodgesprt00

    dodgesprt00 Member
    Messages: 47


    what was your truck doing that made you relize the steering box needed replaced? mine is making a clunking noise when i start or stop and hit bumps. just replaced bal, u and tie rod ends and now this starts. i was thinking and hoping it was just the steering damper. what did the steering box cost?
  13. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    Dodgesprt, mines doing the same thing, popping when hitting bumps
  14. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    No wonder they say Dodge in the Garage !!!....Ha,Ha..

    I would not be very happy with the problems you guys are having ..
  15. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Carli Ball Joints or Dynatech makes a nice set - replace once and never again
    Free Spin Kit - A few out there, Gain 2mpg
    Steering Box Brace
    Thuren/Top Gun Customz/etc Track bar
    Spicer Triple Seal U-Joints
    Greasable Tie Rod Ends

    Do this and you'll have a bulletproof front end, looking at about $3,000 in parts.

    ??? Never heard that one before. I'll take a few ball joints over a ton of electrical problems, no ground clearance, a weak front end, body panels made of tin foil, gaps between panels the size of the grand canyon, and interior made of lego's. Granted Dodge had crappy interiors from 06-08. They all have problems, but the front end issues of some Dodge's aren't any worse than those of Ford/GM's.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2011
  16. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    i replace far more ford ball joints than i do dodge ball joints at my shop. i do this for a living, and fords are more trouble on ball joints and trannys than dodges are, just an honest observation...
  17. dodgesprt00

    dodgesprt00 Member
    Messages: 47

    Steering box Brace? Where would i find one of those? I have just about everything else in your list but no one has ever recomended the brace before.
  18. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

  19. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    They make a good brace, there are a few on ebay as well. 8lugtruckgear.com and topguncustomz.com has a lot of good replacement parts for these trucks. Made for heavy off roading so they are great replacements for a one and done type of deal.

    There is also conversion kits for the track bar to "upgrade" to the 3rd & 4th Gen style track bar. The 2nd gens use a ball joint on one end that basically wears out in a couple hundred miles where the 3rd&4th gens just use a bushing. Buying the adapter along with an aftermarket track bar is the best way to solve that issue as well.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011
  20. Raconteur

    Raconteur Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 138

    My 2004 2500 Hemi Regular Cab ate 4 sets of front axle u joints in 28K miles . Traded in the truck when the 7yr warranty was up .
    I think the steering box was having issues when I traded it .
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011