How do I get truck aligned properly?

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Kurek is right are the cams good? Cam tabs not bent or missing? Also if you take it to a different shop every time you are going to get different readings depending on the machine and how up to date they are. I've come across this before when I was working in a shop with aligners. Also if you can post up your results caster doesn't pull but camber and toe will.
Rotate your tires sometimes you can get a vicious radial pull just from tires. That said aligninging the truck won't make the pull go away but do it just in case. Front to rear rotation.

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Castor will cause a pull long before Camber will. Toe won't cause a pull regardless.
 

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I have a ram 2500 that pulls to the right. Numerous alignments and other things done to it. Bought the truck brand new and it has had the problem since day one. I took it to a body shop and had them measure the truck and found that it has a twisted frame and is deemed unsafe to drive. I am getting a lawyer and am looking for people who have same issue.
 

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If steering wheel is off center when driving straight, try checking the rear axle alignment. If can be off causing you to counter steer to make up for the off tracking. Mine was like that. Was able to loosen up the leave springs (pins were not broken) sledge hammer to move forward or backward. Easy way to check, tape measure between front rim and rear rim. Measure both sides. Should be the same and should match wheelbase measurements.
 

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I have a ram 2500 that pulls to the right. Numerous alignments and other things done to it. Bought the truck brand new and it has had the problem since day one. I took it to a body shop and had them measure the truck and found that it has a twisted frame and is deemed unsafe to drive. I am getting a lawyer and am looking for people who have same issue.
That could end up being the worlds most expensive alignment in terms of $ and time:

1) How are you going to prove the frame damage didn't happen in your ownership?

2) Did you get a detailed written second and 3rd assessment from different shops on the frame twist? Even a qualified Ram dealership's assessment. Might want to do that. It's one thing they're going to ask right off the bat.

3) How much for a shop to remove the body mounts and 'un-twist' the frame (if it is indeed twisted -- you got one assessment)?

You might unwittingly be embarking on a head-banging (on brick wall) exercise and roll up $10k in legal fees quicker than you think. Frames aren't that difficult to work with depending on what the damage is. Might cost you a lot less in the end to have it untwisted than lawyer fees, or just live with the 'pull' till you trade it off. Or cheaper yet, usually a guy can tweak caster and camber on one side to compensate for a slightly incorrect frame to mitigate a 'pull'.

Chrysler lawyers have 'heard it all' ...and every 200th owner (or whatever that number it is) gets a couple opinions at some shops, Youtube and online forums LOL) ...and suddenly they're wiser than the dealer, factory & engineers. Good luck though. Hope you get it resolved.
 
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The body shop that I took it to is the body shop that all the dealers use. There is not a dealer in this area that has their own body shop. The twist is not something that they can fix without messing up the integrity of the truck. they used the laser system to measure the truck and the only way that a twist that bad could have happened is if the truck was in a bad accident which if it was then there would be a record of it and the insurance company would have totaled the vehicle. I have documentation of the first time complaining of the pull was at 7K. They also did an alignment on it under warranty and tires and alignments and tires and alignments. The truck has under 50K on it and everything has been done to it to try and stop the pull and after taking it to the body shop and them giving me the printout and showing me what to look for and encouraging me to take pictures this is where we are at. It is clear that it is a factory defect and finding out that others have had the same problem makes for an interesting case.
 

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Anyone who wants to know what the twist in the truck looks like just look at the picture of my truck. That picture was taken right after I bought the truck. If you notice the bumper on the truck has a really wide gap on one side and a very small gap on the other, that is the twist. I went to enterprise and took a picture of the front of a new Ram 2500 and the bumper is nice and even all the way across. There is no possible way to have a twist in the frame do to consumer negligence without significant damage elsewhere. If as some may have suggested the truck "hit a curb" the impact and rate of speed that it would take to twist the frame would have flipped the truck.
 
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