Steering linkage/track bar
Factory steering on Dodge Ram trucks has been an issue for decades. The most recent 4th and 5th generation trucks have made significant strides in increasing the strength and reliability of the steering system, but there is still room for improvement.
Steering is a wear item on any vehicle. Over time you may or may not notice your steering system become less responsive or “loose”. This is indicative of steering system component wear, which is normal. Once this wear becomes significant, you will notice obvious changes in the system performance. It may be time to replace or repair one or more parts in the steering system.
Here at Titan Diesel Sports, we take your steering system very seriously. If it doesn’t work as it should, it could mean increased driver fatigue, failure to avoid an accident, or in extreme cases, failure to steer at all. Give us a shout so we can schedule a time for you to come by and inspect your steering system and keep you headed in the right direction.
Suspension/coil springs/ball joints/track bar
The suspension on your Cummins truck affects your truck’s height, ride quality, and ability to tow. It can also affect your steering and tire wear. Factory suspension on Dodge Ram Cummins-powered are different across generations, 2wd vs. 4wd, and Ram 2500 / Ram 3500 vs the Dodge Ram 4500/5500. It is important to understand the minor differences between each type and how changes can affect the truck and your ride.
Titan Diesel Sports chooses quality steering parts with the ability to perform for long periods of time in mind. Many products are out there to bring your steering back into reasonable condition. Unfortunately, many of those parts are not built to handle the weight of the Dodge Cummins engine, large tires, big bumpers, winches, etc., all while using them on the ranch, in the oil fields, or even navigating the roads of Texas. This equates to frustration as you feel you keep replacing the same parts over and over and they don’t last very long. We work towards avoiding this by using parts that have a track record of providing many miles of strength and consistency, so you can feel confident in your Dodge/Ram Cummins truck to get you where you, your family, and your livestock need to go.
Shocks absorbers, or “shocks”, help control the coil springs from bouncing up and down. They also have an impact on the overall ride of the truck, along with the coil springs, leaf springs, control arms, and tires. When a shock starts to go bad it can reduce the control fo the coil springs and allow for excessive “bouncing”, sometimes bottoming out on the bump stops causing a harsh ride. Worn shocks can also have a negative impact on tire wear, steering, and wear on other front end components.
It is often noted that a shock is bad when you see wetness around the shock body or shaft, but this is by no means the only indication a shock should be replaced. If you see abnormal tire wear, your Ram Cummins truck just doesn’t ride like it used to, unusual front end noises, or other front end issues, give us a call. We are happy to take a look and show you what needs to be addressed and why.