This past weekend while driving around, I had this distinct feeling that I was getting a pretty good launch shudder when leaving stops. I made a mental note to myself to check it out.
Well, this afternoon, on my home from work, I took the exit from the freeway with the jake brake on and then went for a downshift. What? how come the jake didn't shut off when I raised the RPM? So I shut off the jake and the whole truck seemed to have a rather severe shudder to it. I pulled over, but then drove on to a parking lot. I first thought was that one of the wheels lug nuts had come loose and I had a loose tire. Nope, that wasn't it. So I headed out again, but quickly turned around. Shuddered too bad, didn't want to aggravate whatever was wrong.
Got it towed to the local dealer and got a ride with my wife. I was able to talk them into having a tech take a ride with me and in his expert opinion, thought it was either a U-joint or a carrier bearing gone bad.
They are gonna take a look at it tomorrow and then give me a call and let me know what they found and, hopefully, let me know when it will be ready.
I am just glad that it happened this week, because my wife and I have a little trip to E. Washington next week.
But, I STILL MISS MY TRUCK. I only have just over 32,000 miles on it.
The dealer has a bit of deal with a local car rental, and I am now driving a F**d Taurus.
'04.5 Quad Cab Ram 2500, Light Almond Pearl Metallic, 6-speed, 4X4, Rhino Liner, Westin Nerf Bars, Mud flaps, Rear Wheel Well Liner, Torklift SuperHitch, Torklift camper tiedowns, Jacobs Exhaust Brake, Turbo Boost and EGT gauges currently working, Gibson 4" stainless steel turndown exhaust tip, Firestone air-bags with on-board air compressor and controlls in the cab.