I have a Dodge Ram 1500 4x4, 1999.
I recently took it to the shop because while driving I can feel (through
the steering wheel) all sorts of thuds and thumps that feels like it's
coming from near the end of the steering column. Going around long
corners I can really feel it. It'll thump on and off throughout the
whole corner. Sometimes I'll feel it just driving straight. It's not a
vibration or shimmy. One way I can try to explain it is it feels like
someone is lightly tapping the steering column with a rubber hammer.
It's sporadic and holds no type of rhythm.
So the guy in the shop says well, your upper and lower ball joints have
some play in it, your tie-rod end has some play in it, your wheel
bearings have some play in it, your track bar has some play in it. So I
assumed he knew what he was taking about.... So after finding out that
my Guardian insurance plan paid for almost $600 of these repairs I had
him do it all.
The problem is still there. I couldn't believe it. I almost have a brand
new front end basically. But yet the thumping knocking, general unsafe
feeling is still there.
I just put new rotors, calipers and pads on the front, both sides. So
it's not a break vibration.
I don't know much about this part of the truck so do you guys have any
suggestions on where this could be coming from?