Mechanics

ROUGH RIDE

2005 Dodge Dakota

Suspension problem
2005 Dodge Dakota 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 64,000 miles

What would be the next thing to check to fix a rough riding dakota? It has new Pa. Inspection stickers (which means universal joint, etc. Is good). We just put new shocks in front and back. It has a new upper control arm and bushings. It still hits every bump really hard, and you are jolted around even the slight imperfections in a road.

The only time it rides smooth is on brand new pavement. It seems to do better uphills than on the level. What could be the problem? Thanks
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Travelgirl
June 13, 2010.



Are the coil springs weak?

We'll have to check that next. I didn't know what would be the next obvious thing to check- sway bar? Ball joints?

Tiny
Travelgirl
Jun 15, 2010.
The items you mentioned won't cause a rough ride. They will cause play in the steering and make noise. I would focus more on the springs. If they are weak, it will cause a rough ride.

Let me know.

Joe

I really appreciate the reply. Thanks- I'll let you know what we find out after the coil springs are replaced.

Tiny
Travelgirl
Jun 18, 2010.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Take care,
Joe