Death Wobble Makes Your Truck Shake Like a Washing Machine

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.

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What Owners Are Saying

“I just had the recall repair completed on the Tie Rod and on my way home, pulling a 14' trailer, I hit a medium bump in the road, speed was 55 mph in a construction zone, the truck started shaking badly, steering wheel shaking side to side, I had to put on flashers and drop speed to 30 mph to regain control of steering. I almost got hit from behind by a semi truck, who flipped me off as did a few others next to me. I think this problem should be investigated as some one is going to get killed by this happening to them.”

2007 Dodge Ram Owner in Ohio

“While driving at about 60 mph, i hit a minor bump in the roadway and the truck started shaking violently. the only way it stopped was i had to reduce my speed to 30 mph, the problem was i was in the express lane, i was in front of a semi truck with a full load, and i had my 4 year old daughter with me. it was a very scary and dangerous situation.”

2007 Dodge Ram 3500 Owner in Illinois

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