Death wobble is a violent shaking of the front end of the vehicle while driving. It usually happens after hitting a bump while traveling at highway speeds, and doesn’t stop until the truck slows down.
The term was originally started by Jeep Wrangler owners, but has since been adopted by Ram truck owners who have experienced the same phenomenon.
What Causes the Shaking?
Many attribute the problem to the front coil-spring suspension on trucks with track bars. While a typical suspension would recover after hitting a bump, the coil-spring suspension can sometimes continue to shake until the vehicle is slowed way below highway speeds.
Others point to tie-rod ball studs that are too weak and known to fracture in Chrysler’s suspensions, most notably from 2009 to 2012. The tie-rod [er] ties the steering system together.
Did a Redesign Fix the Problem?
Starting with the 2013 model year, when Ram became its own brand, Chrysler redesigned its trucks to use a reciprocating ball steering gear and more robust linkages.