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Dodge Ram: Vibration between 45 and 55 MPH

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Bruno Araujo

07 Jun 2010, 12:49

Dodge Ram 1500 V6 4x2 Auto - When the vehicle gets to 60mph + it starts to shake. I wondered if that a problem with the alignment or if the drive shaft needs to be re-balanced?

Thank you,

Bruno (214) 564-4177


07 Jun 2010, 21:16

Typically an alignment problem won't cause a shake, but a worn out suspension part can cause an earthquake.

If the steering wheel shimmies you know the problem is in the front. If that's the case, rotate the tires to prove or eliminate them as a cause.

If the shake occurs only while accelerating, that usually points to a driveline issue -- could be a bad u-joint, wrong ride-height, or an out-of-balance shaft.

It's a process of elimination -- get to work.


25 Jul 2010, 19:52

Same problem as Bruno. I have a 1994 Dodge Ram 5.2 v8 long bed, standard cab, 5 speed, 2wd. The rear shakes a little at 55 to 60 and is not noticeable at 65mph. I tried new tires, new rims, inspected the frame and I still can't figure out what the hell it is.


27 Jul 2010, 20:18

Inspect a little more.

A good start is to put the transmission in neutral while you're experiencing the problem. If the vibration stops it's in the driveline. If it doesn't it's at the wheels.

Wheels meaning it could be a bent axle causing the wheels to turn untrue. You also have to be sure there is nothing loose in the rear suspension and the shocks are in good condition.

You can jack the rear end off the ground and spin the wheels to make sure the tires and wheels are turning straight (no excessive run-out).

jon leone

22 Mar 2011, 20:47

I have '06 1500 quad cab that vibrates at various speeds above 45. I balanced the old tires and did an alignment to no a avail. I replaced the tires, did not help. Been to the dealer three times, but they can't find any issues. Then they blamed the tires, which were e rated. Told me that caused the problem. This makes no sense as I have had e rated tire on my other trucks with no problems. The problem feels like u-joints but they were fine. I'm at wits end. Any ideas


28 Mar 2011, 19:41

Best way to prove or disprove the tires are at fault is to swap with known-good wheels from a symptom free truck.

tbone shear

19 Feb 2012, 03:15

Hello I have a 2000 RAM 2500 5.9L v8. Whenever I go above 45 mph it shakes violantly until you Damn near stop. Wheel bearings, ball joins, u-joints are all in check out OK, but it seems to stick in 4 wheel. Wondering if you have any ideas of what it might be? It does have a 4" suspension lift.


19 Feb 2012, 13:56

Sticks in 4WD? Might be a good idea to fix that problem first.

If the problem is only present in 4WD, I would carefully inspect the front drive axle, engine/transmission mounts, etc.

And yes, a suspension lift improperly installed can affect the driveline angles and cause a vibration. Did the problem begin immediately after the lift install? Or you don't know?


12 Aug 2012, 07:50

I have a 2009 Ram 1500 4x4, has steering wheel and gas pedal vibration starting at 35mph is worse at 40 gets less at 60. I put the trans in neutral, vibration still there, not the drive train. Turn to the right and the noise and vibration go away, back to center starts again. Has something to do with something spinning with speed and steering linkage. Tie rod ends replaced under recall. No abnormal tire wear 45k miles. any ideas?


12 Aug 2012, 15:48

Sounds like either a tire or wheel bearing. Start by rotating the tires to see if there is a change.

Still the same? Make sure there is no play in the bearings by rocking the wheels.

After that, the best way is getting all 4 wheels off the grounds and listen to each bearing with a a stethoscope while spinning the wheels. If it's much louder on one side -- that's the culprit.

Terry Kramer

18 Sep 2012, 17:36

I can not keep a clutch in my 1995 Dodge
Ram L6-359 3500 Diesel 4x4 DSL TURBO

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15 Oct 2012, 10:13

Keep a clutch?

If you mean it wears out quickly, that requires removal and a full inspection of all parts to diagnose the problem.

But in the mean time be sure you have about an inch of freeplay at the pedal. The master, slave or hose can be hanging up and you're riding the clutch with your foot off the pedal.

Mike koszyk

05 Apr 2013, 14:32

Dodge has a tech bulletin vibe problem may be due to steering knuckle & linkage. This is a new TB

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