Having problems with your Dodge Pickup ?

Truck is loose, drifts side to side you have to constantly steer left and right catching truck. it is a four wheel drive. I have replaced top and bottom ball joints on each side along with hubs. front end seems to be in very good condition. truck also has new tires.

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 15-10-2018

Answers :

Hi, if its drifting side to side then the only problems that could cause this are as follows
1 wrong tyre pressures, check all the tyres have the correct pressure and the same pressure in each tyre, also check all the tyre sizes are the same as it has got 4wd then this needs to have the same size tyres front and back else you would cause loads of damage to the gear box.
2, you need to get your track rod ends checked they might have gone and causing the wheel to turn slightly, these can be replaced, a good way of checking these is to jack the front wheel up so its off the floor then grab either end of the wheel and give it a good wiggle as if your trying to turn the wheel behind, not spin it so its spins round but turn it as if your trying to make it turn left or right, if you have any play here the track rod ends need replacing.
3 the other problem is as you have stated it has had new tyres fitted then when the tyres where fitted was the tracking done, if not this needs doing and should be done when the tyres are changed, getting the tracking done will align the wheels up correctly and this will make sure you car is driving in a strait line.
4 now this is where it gets expensive, if none of the above are the problem then this could point to a problem with the steering rack, this is the part the sttering coloumn joins onto and when you turn the wheel this is what pushes the track rod ends in and out making your car turn round corners so if none of the above are the problem then you could be having problems with ths
5 now the steering coloumn also can cause the problem you are having, this is also an expensive job to put right as it requires a lot taking off to get to the parts involved.
6, now this is an outside chance but the power steering pump may be fauly or going fauly, it may also be worth checking the fluid and make sure its clean, sometimes changing the fluid can help with the problem you having so draining the sytem might solve your problem but i would check the first few suggestions first and see what happens

i would check the tyre sizes are all the same
then check the pressures are all the same.
then check the track rod ends for play by jacking the front wheels off the floor do one side at a time and make sure you use axle stands as an un-supported vehicle can be dangerous.
then if you find no problems their i would go and get the tracking checked as this is the most likely cause of the problem you are having, most places now do the laser tracking as these is a lot more accurate than the old style using sticks and mirrors.

when you get the tracking checked tell them the problem you are having and they will then make sure they check everything properly as the only reason your car would be all over the road is due to a ball joint gone, not top or bottom ball joint but the track rod end or tie rod end as its also called, they will also be able to tell you if the track rod ends are gone as its these they have to adjust to sort the steering out.

let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok
You need to look up bulletin # 05-04-99 I assume this is a new body style dodge 1995 and up reference number 05-04-99 date of issue may 28 1999
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\015\012bulletin deals with a vehicle drift condition
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\015\012it is to long to type in hear do you have a fax # i can send it to?
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