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 12-04-2004, 22:58 Post: 101601
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I have a 2002 ram quad 4x4 360. I have this shimmy in the steering wheel that starts about 55 mph and stops about 65-70 mph.nothing to bad just enough to let you know its there. You can feel it in the steering wheel and the passengers can feel it also. The next time you drive the truck nothing.

I brought it the dealer and they said it was "bad tires" just bought new one about 500 miles before I brought it to them. So I know its not the tires because it did it before and after new tires. My neighbor also has a 2002 quad 2x4 and he has the same thing. Dodge says there is nothing wrong with his.

Does anybody out there have the same problem or know of a fix? This is driving me crazy.






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 12-05-2004, 01:08 Post: 101605
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I have the same truck except with the Cummins diesel. Try checking tire pressure and set to around 50 psi and rear around 45 psi. I set mine at 65 front and 60 rear. You may want to also look into tire balance beads.






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 12-05-2004, 08:31 Post: 101614
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Rotating tires frequently are a must, but if not that have your tires high speed balanced...since it starts at 55 mph, its more tires or rim related then anything else...

Good luck and let us know


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 12-05-2004, 08:41 Post: 101615
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I'd be looking at the tires or rims. Rotating would help isolate the problem as rear tires other then for broken belts should always be square to the road surface.






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 12-05-2004, 13:02 Post: 101632
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I have the tires rotated and balanced on a regular basis. Check the tire pressure often also and still the same problem. If the balance was off wouldn’t I have the problem all of the time not intermittently??






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 12-05-2004, 16:07 Post: 101644
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This has been a common problem often discussed on the Turbo Diesel Register web site (Dodge-Cummins diesel owners organization) on the 2003-2004 trucks. There is a problem with the fron driveshaft angle causing a vibration. I think they are doing a differant setting on the caster setting on the front axle to correct the problem. This may be a fix for your 2002 also. Some owners (on TDR site) are getting the trucks bought back by DC because of the problem, in exchange for 2005's.






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 12-05-2004, 20:42 Post: 101664
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av8tr,

hmmmm, how do i exchange my 2002 for a 2005????? is the drive shaft problem something that dodge really knows about. the service department said multiple times that is was the tires. i just never thought it sounded right. thought i was getting the run around.

is there a contact person or some place i can call to do some additional complaining?????

thanks for the help






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 12-05-2004, 23:42 Post: 101670
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The people with "new" '04 trucks have been able to get DC to buy them back. The 3rd generation Rams (2003+) do not have a central axle disconnect, so the front driveshaft allways spins. This is where the vibration is comming from on these. 2002 still has the axle disconnect which stops the front driveshaft from turning in 2wd.

I would suggest to take your truck to a good allignment shop and have the alignment, especially the track bar, checked. How many miles do you have on it? Is it lifted, winch, snowplow? All these things effect the steering and can cause vibrations. Maybe check the u-joints too, even the axle joints can cause a vibration.






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 12-06-2004, 07:47 Post: 101688
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av8r,

It has done it since I had the truck.... the truck is bone stock. However, I am going to buy new tires next week. Got stuck in some very superficial mud and could not get out.. kinda p/oed me. I am going to go from the stock 265-75-17 to a 285-75-17. Should not be a big deal...

I just thought it was kinda funny that my neighbor and i have the same year truck except his is a 2x4 and we have the same problem.... dodge told him the same thing and his truck only had a couple of thousand miles on it. kinda makes you wonder..






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 12-06-2004, 08:24 Post: 101691
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Doughboy: The track bar (5th link holding the front axle side to side) will cause a shimmy or vibration problem on these 2nd generation (1994-2002) trucks.






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