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Old 06-29-2020, 09:17 AM   #1
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Okay We just returned from an amazing trip to Yellowstone. We did some social distancing in the pickup and camp trailer. Here is the issue I had, after pulling the trailer about a 150-200 miles anytime I would make a slow turn, like into a gas station, the entire cab would shake. It only did it at slow speeds and after driving for a while. Once we were driving, there was no vibration, just a slight one accelerating off from a stop but mainly when turning at slow speeds. Any suggestions?

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Old 06-29-2020, 09:33 AM   #2
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Limited slip? Or a Gov lock?
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:35 AM   #3
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Not sure, it is a 2003 dodge ram 2500
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:37 AM   #4
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ball joints, u joints or loose steering shaft? could be bad 4wd actuator in T case as well
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I say check the steering components, too.
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:48 AM   #6
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Change the oil in the differentials. Check the control arm bushings if so equipped. Some of the early models had really crappy front ends. Dunno what year they got it straightened out?

Let us know when you get it figured out.
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:57 AM   #7
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Limited slip? Or a Gov lock?

This ^^^^

Highway driving slung all the friction modifier out of the clutches. Or the FM is tired. Some tight figure 8's in a parking lot will normally get things broke loose.
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:59 AM   #8
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Possibly a worn driveshaft pilot bearing

Correction: Carrier bearing
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Old 06-29-2020, 10:02 AM   #9
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Brake locking up, wash the windows
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:04 AM   #10
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Change the oil in the differentials. Check the control arm bushings if so equipped. Some of the early models had really crappy front ends. Dunno what year they got it straightened out?

Let us know when you get it figured out.
I just had the fluids changed in the transmission, differentials and transfer box before we left.
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:09 AM   #11
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:21 AM   #12
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My initial thought is ball joints...Happened to my truck and would do the same thing...upper ball joint failed.
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:53 AM   #13
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I’d make sure the proper lubricant was put in the differentials.
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:35 PM   #14
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I’d make sure the proper lubricant was put in the differentials.

Yup
Your rear diff might require full synthetic lube and limited slip additives
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:54 PM   #15
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When I’ve had mine serviced I made sure they used the right stuff like BW mentioned. Days of EP-80/90 are past.
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:57 PM   #16
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Front drive axle/Steering axle Ujoints .
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:22 PM   #17
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Yup
Your rear diff might require full synthetic lube and limited slip additives

This is my guess too


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Old 06-29-2020, 01:31 PM   #18
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I’d make sure the proper lubricant was put in the differentials.
Second this one....limited slip differentials often have an additive to prevent symptoms similar to what you're experiencing. Check the service manual for your year and model of Dodge, determine if you do have a limited slip rear diff, and if you do, does Mopar recommend an additive. Quick change places are clueless about that stuff.
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Carrier bearing
That's what I meant.
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Old 06-29-2020, 02:09 PM   #20
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E brake can make intermittent vibration sounds if it is not letting off all the way.
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Old 06-29-2020, 03:08 PM   #21
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Post16 addendum,needle bearings in caps are gone ,they just disappear,you can move ujoints with screw driver or flat bar and see movement .Front tires will wear bad .You will need pbblaster torch ,vice ,bfh .And parts .Also can change wheel bearings , ball joints at same time .Check tie rod ends,ball studs snap from tie rod end .
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Old 06-29-2020, 04:42 PM   #22
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Old 06-29-2020, 05:11 PM   #23
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If I ever need to build a rocket I'll ask ifish how to change the oil in a weedwacker.
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:03 PM   #24
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I just had the fluids changed in the transmission, differentials and transfer box before we left.
I would guess this is the problem. Wrong or low fluid.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:43 PM   #25
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That is the feel I get when I forget and leave it in 4x4 in my 2004 Chevy and try to make a tight turn. Check and see if per chance you are staying in 4 wheel drive.
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:24 PM   #26
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I know exactly what it is and get it fixed NOW. I'll assume your rig is a 4x4. The U-joint on the front of your propeller shaft (the connector between the front of the transfer case and the front axle) is going bad.

After similar symptoms we had it fail going down the freeway at 70 mph. The running gear locked up, I spun the truck around at 70, cracked the transfer case in half, bent the drivelines and grenaded a brand new transmission. We were lucky we weren't towing the boat at the time.
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:21 AM   #27
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Holy smokes. That had to be a scary ride!
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:23 AM   #28
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Never heard of a fail like that one. That would have been scary.
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I just had the fluids changed in the transmission, differentials and transfer box before we left.
could be your problem, I had my fluids changed and my Sure Grip stared barking, the put the wrong lube in rear end, bought a tube of Sure Grip lube and chatter went away.
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:30 PM   #30
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Also when crawling around under the truck, check transmission and motor mounts.
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Old 07-01-2020, 11:44 PM   #31
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The additive needed for a limited slip is called friction modifier.
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Old 07-02-2020, 05:05 AM   #32
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My ‘98 Dodge did this after I changed differential fluid. The oil I bought was appropriate, as it was “limited slip compatible”. I failed to figure out that it didn’t include the friction modifier though. After adding the FM to the oil and doing figure-8s in the church parking lot for 5 minutes, all was perfect again.


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Old 07-02-2020, 12:43 PM   #33
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Thanks everyone for all the responses and options. I think I am scared to drive the thing now. hahaha. I had a mechanic in town do all the fluids since I didn't have the time before our trip. I am going to go back to them and question them.
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