Dodge Rams, while not known for developing steering problems, can age like any other truck. These problems are often the result of improper maintenance of the tires or wear on the steering column and shock absorbers. Often the problem is less serious than it seems. If the wheel is getting less responsive, it may simply be inadequate tire pressure.
Check the steering gear. Some 1999 Dodge Rams have been known to have a ‘honking’ noise coming from the steering rack. To remove the noise, you have to swap out the steering gear itself as the internal machining causes friction when turning the steering wheel, producing the noise.
Check the color of the casing for the bearings on a nontilt steering column in a 1996 Ram. Replace any steering column with bearings in a black casing.