Common Problems: Ram Death Wobble

Published in the November 2017 Issue September 2018 Feature Trevor Mason

There aren’t a whole lot of phrases that strike fear into a RAM owner’s heart quite like “death wobble.” While RAMs are far from the only vehicles to suffer from it (Jeep owners deal with it a lot), they do seem to be the most common victims of the phenomenon. So what exactly is death wobble, and what can you do to fix it?

Typically, RAMs between the 2004 and 2008 model years are the ones afflicted, though there are certainly outliers. Usually what happens is you’ll be driving down the highway, usually around 40-50 mph, and you’ll hit a bump or groove in the road. Suddenly you’ll be struggling to maintain control of the vehicle as it shudders violently side to side. It’s a harrowing, white-knuckle experience that nobody wants to have.

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