Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'96 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4, Wheel Wobble
I have a 96 Dodge 2500 Ram 4x4 Diesel. When I put it in 4 wheel
drive & turn either way more than about half way, the wheels pull
irregularly like the wheels are wobbling during a slow turn. Is that normal?...B.
I would suggest having your front axle joints checked. The front four
wheel drive axles on your vehicle use a u-joint at each front wheel. Your
Dodge is of the right age where the u-joint could be dried out and binding
internally. A binding u-joint will cause a wobble or jerky motion of the
vehicle when the steering is turned. The sharper the turn the more pronounced
the problem. Do not wait in having your vehicles front axle/u-joints
inspected. If a u-joint fails it can damage the axle, which will drive
the cost of repair up substantially.