Incorrect lug nut torque on new Ram Trucks

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Incorrect lug nut torque on new Ram Trucks

Post by centerline » Wed Oct 22, 2003 5:41 am

Just a warning for those of us with 03 Dodge Rams (Hemi or not).

If you have the big aluminum wheels you should have your dealer check the lugs. It seems the assembly line wasn't aware that the required torque on these wheels is 125 lbs. and they were just using an impact wrench to install them, which can cause the front brake rotors to warp in just a few thousand miles. My local dealer has replaced at least a dozen sets of front rotors on 03 trucks for that very reason. The rotors on my Hemi started to warp at 3000 miles and by 3800 it was so bad I had to take it in. Rotors were replaced under warrantee and all is well with the correct torque on the wheels.

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Post by kbuicker » Thu Oct 23, 2003 10:31 am

ah ha!! That would explain mine being warped too! All they do is refacce them, I would think they would replace them since it's their bad...
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Post by Road Rash » Thu Oct 23, 2003 2:33 pm

I had to have the front rotors replaced at 6000 miles.

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Post by centerline » Fri Oct 24, 2003 10:14 am

kbuicker wrote:ah ha!! That would explain mine being warped too! All they do is refacce them, I would think they would replace them since it's their bad...
They replaced mine, no questions asked.

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Post by HappyKillMore » Tue Jan 20, 2004 8:20 am

I had already taken my truck in for this by about 6000 miles, and the dealership I went to (not the one where I bought the truck) just resurfaced the rotors.

By the time I hit 11,000 miles, the hopping and shaking returned. I've been on the phone with that dealership about the problem. I mentioned what I'd read here about the problem. They agreed that they should replace the rotors this time and ordered the replacements before setting up an appointment. I had to cancel the first appointement, but when I called yesterday to schedule again, they said that they just found a new TSB on this problem that calls for replacing the calipers and pads in addition to the rotors. Now I have to wait for new calipers to come in (this is a really small dealership). It turns out that they're backordered, so I don't know how long I'll have to put up with the hopping and shaking.

Maybe some of you who had this problem fixed with the rotor replacement would be interested in trying to get the new calipers that DC says you're supposed to get...

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Post by fast5800pdhemi » Wed Jan 21, 2004 6:05 pm

Just to see if my truck is doing the same thing it happens when you apply the brake and it shakes the heck out of the steering is this what you guys are talking about. although i have over 24000 miles on my truck

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Post by HappyKillMore » Wed Jan 21, 2004 9:51 pm

Not just the steering-- the whole cab shakes. The wife is really complaining about it now. But, yes, I do feel it strongly in the steering wheel.

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Post by fast5800pdhemi » Sun Feb 22, 2004 1:28 pm

Hey guys i have a problem i called up my dealer and unfortunatly i have over 12000 miles on my truck and they wont cover the replacement of my rotors they wont even take them down without it costing me. So what i have done was i called Motor vehicle and filed a complaint they said if enough people will call and complain it could turn into a recall because it is dangerous and could cause an accident. The number is 1-800-424-9393 thanks for all your help.

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