Toyota and Cummins Nut!
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Washington State
Thanked 171 Times in 138 Posts
Yes, I am the one. The Dealer that denied the repair claims that I had hit something to cause the tie rod end to break. I argued with them, with no results. I called chrysler customer service and they called the dealer and they supported the dealers claim that i had damaged it. Now I am on a mission. lol. I just received a phone call this morning @ 8:30 am from the Ram marketing group that has taken over my case. I will keep everyone updated on this dangerous matter. Let me add that when it snapped i was in 4x4 backing out of a spot. So since the roads had snow on them the dealer assumes I had hit something.
From the location of these breaks, here is my theory. Where the threaded stud goes through the knuckle, its shearing at the botom. This could be from not torqued enough, then the sharp end fron the tapered bore at the bottom is slightliy cutting into the stud, creating a stress riser. Or the tapered bore was not honed and relieved of the sharp edge cutting in, even when tight creating a stress riser (stress riser is any nick, a place where crack will start)
Then add the extra weight from a diesel engine under slow speeds creates the greatest stress which ends up snapping it. I have a buddy who had his break in his hemi powered 1500. Stopped, turning in a parking lot. A 2008 model. Because of the severe danger this could cause, this should be a high priority and should be a mandatory recall. They are risking lives to save some money, in th eend, it could cost them lots more. Its like tripping over a dollar to save a nickel. I feel uncomfortable driving mine down the road now, and dont even have 2000 miles on it yet. I know its coming, just "when"
2010 Dodge 2500 SLT Crew Cab Long Bed 4WD G56 6SPD Cummins 6.7 turbo diesel, 3.42 LSD. Add ons: Laramie Alloys, "Powerwagon" flares, Powerwagon bed decal (4X4 off road) OE Ram mudflaps, OE Slush Mats, OE Clearance Lamps, Geno's shift knob in black, spray in bedliner, OE brake controller, Pro Tech Toolbox, Licensed "Extra" class HAM operator, Ranger RCI-2950 10-11-12 meter all mode ham radio/CB, co-phased 4 foot Firestick Firefly 5/8 wave antennas. Yaesu FT7800 2m/70cm VHF/UHF-FM Ham Radio, Larsen NMO2/70C mounted dual band VHF/UHF antenna, Alinco DR-06 6 meter VHF FM, Larsen NMO50C 1/4 wave antenna, 150 PSI on board air system, air powered 157 db train horns!