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Old 03-15-2017, 06:19 PM   #1
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Strange Vibration

Just bought a 2006 Dodge 4x4 SLT long bed that's got 105,000 miles with a rough country leveling kit. The other day I was backing my 26' Springdale camper up my steep driveway for the first time but had no problems getting it up there in 4wd high. Afterwards I noticed that driving on the highway I now have a slight vibration at around 50 mph and can feel it in the steering wheel. I have checked everything and had the tires re-balanced by my son in law at his dealership. I even removed the front shaft and still had the vibration but didn't seem as bad with it out. I didn't have the vibration until I backed the camper up the driveway. I didn't spin the tires at all and it seemed to push it up the driveway with ease. Looking for some suggestions as to what it can be.

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You can feel it in the wheel? Does the wheel shake at all side to side? Might be a tire with a slipped belt that's only just started
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No, doesn't shake side to side, just a vibration at 50 mph that you fell in steering and seat.
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What was the surface like? Is it a 2500? I had a vibration from a bad axle joint. Passenger side seems to take a beating from the edge of the country roads.
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It is a gravel driveway that is very steep. Yes it is a 2500. Checked axle joints and found no play. One thing I forgot is that sometimes while stopping with the windows down you can hear what sounds like a bird chirping sound from the front as you apply brakes and makes the same sound when backing up without brakes applied but only sometimes.
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Mine is ok locked in on gravel, doesn't like dry pavement. The chirping is almost always related to bad u joints. My money is on one of the joints being the problem. I'd look for red dust around one of the joints indicating it being worn.
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Last symptoms described, have you checked the brake rotors? Shouldn't cause vibration while driving, but definitely will make vibration and sometimes noise while braking.
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