really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,328 miles

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problem #106

Mar 192019


  • 20,000 miles
Death wobble as the dealer calls it has been a reocurring problem on my 2017 Ford F-250. I have taken it to the dealer and asked them to address the death wobble 3 times in the last 15,000 miles. I am still experiencing the death wobble on a regular, but unexpected, basis. I hope Ford will address the issue but I am not pleased with their "solutions" to this problem. It is, without a doubt, a safety issue. The death wobble is violent and out of control.

- Johnson, KS, USA

problem #105

Feb 142019


  • 45,000 miles
Death wobble continues to plague my 2017 Ford F-250 even after the dealership replaced steering components that were showing wear. It does not feel safe and I fear hitting any kind of bump in the road. Even the slightest bump like a joint in the road will cause an unexpected violent shaking until I slow down to 30-40 mph. Safety is at risk when the death wobble is set off. I hope a recall would hold Ford to a higher standard when it comes to engineering steering and suspension parts. There is no reason to have to worry for your safety when driving a well-maintained vehicle in nearly new condition.

- Ulysses, KS, USA

problem #104

Mar 292019


  • 49,000 miles
Death wobble continues to be a problem after dealership replaced worn parts. I have been fortunate enough that it has only occurred on an open road and not a busy highway. I have less than 50,000 miles and it has been a consistent and reoccurring problem for the last 20,000 miles. A recall should be pursued in order to make driving a 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty safe.

- Johnson, KS, USA

problem #103

Mar 122019


  • 27,000 miles
Front end wheels and suspension vibrates badly when you hit a small rough spot or expansion gap at highway speeds. Ford refers to this as steering oscillation, the internet refers to this as a "death wobble"

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #102

Mar 212019


  • 62,000 miles
At 60 to 65 mph when you hit a bump in the road (going over bridges) the vehicle begins to shake uncontrollably / violently. In two cases I went off the road trying to slow the vehicle down. It will not stop unless you slow down to about 30 mph. In all cases it happened on the highway. Typically while trying to merge into traffic while entering from an on ramp. Most case the bridge joint starts the condition. This has happened 4 times in the last 2 months.

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #101

Mar 262019


  • 27,000 miles
At about 60 mph on a highway and driving in a straight line I experienced a violent shaking in the front end which almost sent me off of the road. The only way to stop it was to slow down rather quickly and regain control. The more I research I found it is named "death wobble". it is a very random and dangerous situation and needs to be fixed. I now have a $46,000 truck that I have absolutely no trust in and will not let my wife drive. It has happened twice now, about a week in between and in different locations.

- Nine Mile Falls, WA, USA

problem #100

Mar 252019


  • 31,500 miles
Hit a bump in the road and truck started shaking uncontrollably. Think what everybody is calling death wobble, was going around 70 and wouldn't come out of it till I got slowed down to 25. Happened 3 days in a row now, wife wont even drive it anymore. This will cause a deadly accident at some point.

- Schleswig, IA, USA

problem #99

Mar 082019


  • 21,000 miles
Death wobble, the truck will randomly start shaking the steering wheel and front tires at around 60 mph with little to no warning. The truck has veered into other lanes of traffic while this shaking is occuring. The only way to stop the violent shake is to brake extremely hard down to about 30 mph rapidly. This has happened several times so far and is getting progressively worse each time.very dangerous situation. Usually highway driving at around 60-65 mph when this happens.

- Port Deposit, MD, USA

problem #98

Mar 192019


  • 35,000 miles
While driving down the highway around 60mph. The front end and steering wheel was shaking so hard could not steer the truck. This is the second time it happened with this truck.

- Prairie Home, MO, USA

problem #97

Jul 012018


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2017 Ford F-250. After purchasing the vehicle brand new and driving 3,000 miles, it began experiencing the "death wobble". the vehicle was taken back to kerlin motor, Inc. (state road 15, silver lake, in 46982, 260-408-6052) three times. During each visit, the dealer contacted the manufacturer and changed the tie rod and performed a realignment. The dealer currently stated that the front shock absorbers could be the cause of the failure. The repairs were covered under warranty. The contact was concerned of a crash occurring due to the failure. The failure mileage was 6,000.

- Tippecanoe Road, IN, USA

problem #96

Jan 162019


  • 15,500 miles
My truck has less than 16,000 miles. I have experienced ¿death wobble¿ on six (6) separate occasions between January 16 and March 18, 2019. All instances occurred at speeds between 60 and 70 mph. Five of the instances occurred on rough roads, state highways and interstate highways. One instance occurred as I went over an expansion joint on an interstate highway bridge. The ¿wobble¿ results in a very violent shaking of the entire front end of the truck and the steering wheel. It feels as if the driver loses complete control of any steering abilities until you are able to slow down to a speed of less than 50 mph. This truck was purchased nine months ago as a new vehicle from courtesy Ford in sauk city, wi. The dealer replace what they described as a stabilizer bar on its first attempt to fix the problem. It is now at courtesy Ford for a second time as they continue to try to fix this problem. I purchased this heavy duty truck in order to safely pull our fifth wheel camper and I no longer feel safe driving this truck.

- Lodi, WI, USA

problem #95

Mar 192019


  • 30,000 miles
Death wobble at highway speed.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #94

Feb 012019


  • 15,000 miles
Death wobble at highway speeds if any small bump in the road

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #93

Mar 192019


  • 17,500 miles
Driving straight down the road hit small rough spot in the road truck front tires started shaking violently. I could not control the steering when I got slowed down I was in the other lane of oncoming traffic was running about 55 mph.

- Waverly, IL, USA

problem #92

Mar 102019


  • 22,800 miles
Severe steering wheel oscillations after hitting bumps or bridge expansion joints with shaking from front end at highway speeds. Must slow down to cease

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #91

Mar 042019


  • 13,000 miles
While traveling at about 65 mph on a controlled access highway, drove over a bridge joint and the steering wheel started to shake violently. The speed needed to be reduced to about 30mph before the shaking stopped. The same condition happed about 2 miles further down the road when a small bump was hit at about 50 mph.

- Great Valley, NY, USA

problem #90

Mar 162019


  • 15,000 miles
Ford tsb #18-2268. Death wobble. Sudden, unexpected and violent front end oscillation when traveling over expansion joint, pot hole or other uneven road surface at speeds greater than 65 mph. Event is remedied by slowing down to less than 45 mph.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #89

Oct 032018


  • 18,000 miles
At certain times after going over a bump in the road, the front end shakes uncontrollably. Had the truck back to the dealer twice so far and they replaced the steering dampner both times. Still having issues and another appointment has been scheduled to look at this. This is a life threatening issue that could lead to a fatal accident.

- Marseilles, IL, USA

problem #88

Mar 122019


  • 32,000 miles
Condition becoming known as death wobble. Have had it happen back in April of 2018. Violently shaking of the front end of the vehicle after hitting a minor bump in highway. Very scary and life threatening. Was supposedly repaired at dealership when it had 17,000 miles. Was fine up until two days ago or 3/12/19. The same problem occurred again and is currently at same dealership being evaluated. Vehicle is a deadly accident waiting to happen. The pickup currently has approximately 32,000 miles.

- Clay Center, NE, USA

problem #87

Mar 012019


  • 28,000 miles
Death wobble. Truck has about 28,000 miles on it. When going around 70 mph on the interstate I hit an average bump and the whole front end started shaking violently. Actually hurt my wrist from hanging onto the steering wheel. Had to slow down to about 20 mph before I had control again.

- Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA

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