9.8

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,900
Average Mileage:
58,800 miles
Total Complaints:
16 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (15 reports)
  2. fixed (1 reports)
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problem #16

Sep 172018

F-250 XL 6.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 186,000 miles

Although I was aware of this problem, it hasn't happened until today. I drive straight highway to work every day and today I hit a rather small bump when the entire front end went into a massive uncontrollable bouncing wobble. Having to brake to a very unsafe 30 MPH on the highway to get it under control.

I frequently pull a gooseneck 3-horse slant trailer and if this were to happen, I can only imagine it not ending well.

- Don V., Jones, OK, US

problem #15

Aug 242016

F-250 6.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

At freeway speed steering wobble almost uncontrollable.

- John F., Pismo Beach, CA, US

problem #14

Feb 202016

F-250 Super Duty 6.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,650 miles

Violent front axle vibration between 60-70 mph. 1st time it happened after crossing a railroad track but has happened 4 times in 6 months for no apparent reason. Last time causing the tread to come off the left front tire and damaging the quarter panel. I put new tires on and it hasn't happened since, (1100 miles) but I'm sure eventually it will come back :( Time to step up to the plate Ford!

- michaelmt, White Sulphur Springs, MT, US

problem #13

Dec 102015

F-250 6.7L Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,100 miles

Around June 2015 I experienced the first death wobble in my 2011 F250 4X4. The first thing I did was have the tires rotated and balanced, a few days later it happened again. I had the tires re-balanced, it did not fix the problem. I took it to the Ford Dealership, Auburn Ford, Auburn California. I asked them to check out my steering stabilizer and components. They checked it out, said I had a warped rotor they replaced it at the tune of 700 + dollars. This did nothing for the problem.

I replaced the steering stabilizer, still did nothing. In October I took the truck in for a different problem and told the service adviser that I still had the Death Wobble, he had a mechanic go for a ride with me to see if we could duplicate the problem, we couldn't. He (the mechanic) did tell me that the "Death Wobble" is a known problem and, he believes, it has to do with the 20 inch tires and wheels and he knew of no cure. Because of the large brakes on the truck you can't put smaller wheels on it. This is a very serious problem with the Ford F250.

On December 10, 2015 I had my latest "Death Wobble" at 6:45 PM heavy commute traffic in heavy rain on I80 Auburn, Ca. I had to come to a stop in the fast lane, I was lucky no-one hit me. I guess its time to look at a Dodge or GM truck as I don't want to get killed or kill someone!

Thank You Ford, it was a good ride for the last 29 years.

Daniel Ellison

P.S.The problem with Ford is they act like they have never heard of this problem. THE DEATH WOBBLE

- Daniel E., Alta, CA, US

problem #12

Aug 102010

F-250 XLT 6.7L Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles

I have a 2011 Ford F- 250 super duty 6.7 diesel. I bought the truck May 3rd 2010. The truck is an XLT crew cab fx4 with 18 inch Continental Contatrac tires. The first thing that went wrong with the truck is the front shocks went bad at 7000 miles. Ford replaced them the first time (Rancho junk shocks). I replaced all 4 shocks at 22000 miles with Bilstein 360 psi shocks. The Bilstine shock helped the death wobble for about 30000 miles and then it started it again.I changed to gabriel shocks and it still does it. The wobble or hopping is so bad when you hit a bump you have to completely stop the truck.I have changed tires the front stabilizer and now on the 4th set of shocks at 80000 miles. I have a 99 f-250 and it has never done this in 240000 miles and is on its 2nd set of shocks. My wife won't drive the truck any more she is so scared of it. The Ford dealers will do nothing about it .

- Billy Y., Livingston, TX, US

problem #11

Dec 012014

F-250 XLT 6.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

I have a 2011 F250 6.7 Turbo Diesel that has the freaking death wobble. I can be driving along at 45 - 50 and run across a minor bump and then the whole front end starts shaking like crazy. One time everything on my back seat was on the floor after I was able to pull over. Ford really needs to find out what is causing this? Is it a design defect or what?

- Bobby H., Ranson, WV, US

problem #10

Jun 172015

F-250 XLT 6.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,900 miles

Complained to the dealer and the general manager. They think I'm nuts, and stated there is nothing wrong with the truck. I also complained about the rough ride, and they went with me on a ride. They said, that it is how they ride. After the first time I experienced the death wobble, I pulled the left front shock off. Took 2 people to operate fully in and out. Took it to the dealer and they said its not that bad, but they would replace that shock. I ask about the right front shock, and they said that it was not bad. I then said that I was always told that you always replace all shocks on the same axle and that you should replace the rear shocks also. They said NO.

I insisted on at least the other front shock, and I wanted to check both rear shocks, when the fronts were put on. they agreed, but only for customer satisfaction. When I checked the rear shocks they had a new one also, so that I could match the difference between a new shock and the ones that were on the rear. I could not really tell a difference in them. At the same time, I learned that the Ford shocks were not a gas charged shock, and I was not aware of that. T

Ten years ago I had sold shocks, and had gone to numerous shock and suspension clinics. When I got the F250 at the end of May, it had about 25325 miles on it , and a Ford used truck extended warranty. It has about 27550 miles on it now, and will go to the dealer next Tuesday. This is a new experience for me. HELP !!!

mileage on 08/13/2015 is 27594

Update from Sep 30, 2015: problem has been taken care of ----- after having the truck checked out and was told that everything was ok, I ask if the mechanic would be able to go for a ride in about 30 minutes, that I could be there. they said yes. I got there and was able to take the mechanic for a ride, and when I got the truck to do the problem, he ask to keep it for the next day. He found that the steering stabilizer which appeared to be new and a aftermarket part was bad, and was replaced with a new ford stabilizer .GOOD TOGO!!!

- rbenner, Windsor, PA, US

problem #9

Nov 102014

F-250 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

VERY DANGEROUS!!!! Front end goes into convulsions and you cannot maintain control of the truck. You have to come to a complete stop. Almost caused me to get run into by throwing me into oncoming traffic. Very scary. Seems to happen at 57 mph. Had about 4k of work done to front end but no help.

- foot, Bloomfield, NM, US

problem #8

Dec 292014

F-250 Lariat 6.7L Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,110 miles

While driving the truck on a normal highway with minor irregularities and some rough surfaces at a speed of 60 to 70 MPH, the truck will start to oscillate to the point of inducing a violently steering wheel shimmy and an uncontrollable bounce of the front wheels. I have had this happen three times in the past 2-months or when I have taken the truck on the highway. The truck is primarily driven in town, I am now scared to go on the road with the truck as the condition seems to be getting worse.

I have to brake quickly and steer the truck to the side of the road to stop the oscillation. Only after slowing to approximately 30 MPH does the oscillation stop. Upon researching this problem, I am perplexed why Ford or the NTHSA have not stepped forward to address this issue, someone will be hurt or killed if a solution is not found. I have driven 3/4 ton trucks for many years, this is the first time I have encountered the "Death Wobble" in any of my previous Ford's or other brands. This 2011 F-250 4 x 4 has the 6.7 diesel and 20" wheel option. The suspension is very compliant and feels very car like in ride quality. My last Ford F-250 was a 2001 diesel 4 x 4 with straight front axle and leaf springs, also road like a tank, but...never experienced this condition in over 100,000 miles of driving. I have to wonder if the soft coil spring suspension with so much un-sprung weight does not contribute to this phenomena.

Ford...PLEASE offer a solution, I love my truck but I am scared to drive it!!

- Mark S., Decatur, IL, US

problem #7

Jun 192014

F-250 SuperDuty 6.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

My 2011 Ford F-250 experiences the death wobble on gradual left turns going approximately 50-55 mph. It shakes so violently that I have to pull over and come to a complete stop for the shaking to subside.

I have had the tire balance as well as the alignment checked prior to taking it to the dealer and both these were good.

I have taken the truck to the dealer twice now. They are looking at it right now and they seem to be concerned and helpful after seeing the video I took of the last time I encountered the issue. I am hopeful they can identify and correct the issue.

- Jeff K., Walnut Creek, CA, US

problem #6

Jun 122014

F-250

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

Bought a new 2011 F 250 around 20k got the death wobble still in the dealer. First the said rotors are warped.. My ass! They want $700 for brake job. Asshole never drove it or even took off the tires. So to tomorrow they scheduled a test drive in it. I hope he we're a diaper ...it's gonna be a good!

- Steve G., Northroyalton, OH, US

problem #5

Nov 112014

F-250

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

WHEN TRAVELING AT SPEEDS OF 60 OR MORE YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO TURN OR HIT A BUMP, THE FRONT END OF THE VEHICLE STARTS SHAKING AND VIBRATING VIOLENTLY. YOU HAVE TO COME TO AN ALMOST IMMEDIATE STOP IN ORDER TO GET THE VEHICLE TO STOP THE SHAKING. IT IS SO BAD AND VERY DANGEROUS THAT YOU CANNOT CONTROL STEERING AT TIMES AND IS EVEN VISIBLE TO OTHERS NOT IN THE VEHICLE. DEALERS EVEN KNOW ABOUT THIS ISSUE...SO WHY IS IT NOT GETTING CORRECTED???

STARTED HAPPENING AT ABOUT 44,000 MILES, WAS TOLD IT'S CALLED THE DEATH WOBBLE AND IT HAPPENS ON MOST OF THESE FORD VEHICLES.

- kcervin, Bastrop, TX, US

problem #4

Sep 012013

F-250 Super Duty 6.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

Have an appointment to get my truck fixed at the dealer. will update when/if fixed or not.

- Michael B., Fredericksburg, PA, US

problem #3

Aug 212013

F-250 SuperDuty 6.2L Gas

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,500 miles

Death wobble... Ford F250 4x4 4-door long bed.

Same as some of the others. Twice in the past week I have had to pull over on the freeway from a 60-70 MPH drive due to violent side to side shaking of the front end. Tires are inflated to 65 psi each, no scalloping, and alignment is good. From the blogs, I guess my next step is to take it in and not take excuses. Love the Ford after switching from Dodge, but we'll see what happens.

- thompsontx, Benbrook, TX, US

problem #2

Nov 132012

F-250 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles

fmc should call all trucks in as a recall. when i took mine in all the sevice dept knew about

the wobble, that i feel i should of not have to pay out of my pocket and use the extended

warrantee on this issue.. trk cost 60k$ and to have problems like this wobble is not called for.

rc

- Roel C., Mcallen, TX, US

problem #1

Jan 172012

F-250 King Ranch 6.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Just bought a used 2011 F250 King Ranch 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel with 56,000 miles on the ODO Saturday before last. I picked it up the following Tuesday, after the dealership did their 1000 point inspection (insert sarcasm), changed all the fluids, plugs, filters, yada yada and detailed the sucker to a brilliant shine and sparkle. I was thrilled - it was the truck of my dreams, could pull a trailer without even knowing you had anything back there, and, at that point, loved it almost as much as my own children!

We started on the 15 mile drive back home and about 1 mile from the house, we (me and my two kids ages 5 and 8 yrs) experienced the god awful death wobble and hyper shaking. Had to check the seat when I got her stopped after about 20 seconds of pure terror!! My god that was horrible and scared the crap out of the kids -- they couldn't get out of the truck fast enough when we pulled in the driveway!! I had my husband drive the truck when he got home that evening and, like a pro, the piece of junk did it for him. I took the truck back to the dealership the next day (Wednesday) and still don't have it back 8 days later. Most of the service guys have driven the truck all over town and all have had the "wet seat" experience. Just an FYI, the dealership we purchased the truck from was not a Ford dealership, so this was an enlightening experience for those service guys and a great example for why they don’t work on or for Ford!!

Over the last 8 days, as everyone sits and stares at the truck wondering what to do, I've spent a lot of time researching these fine line of Fords and would do almost anything to keep from having to set foot in that truck again - much less put my kids in it. It sounds like this is just an exact replica of the death wobble and hyper-shaking complained heavily about in the 2006 and other models. Ford didn't do squat for any of those folks and this time won't likely be any different.

I'm sure you all can identify with the sick feeling one gets when they think about how much money was spent on the lump of junk that comes with the possible added benefit of killing or severely maiming you and your kids and anything you have riding in the trailer behind you!! I’m horrified to think about how much money we will have to drop in this thing before we can unload it. I would give my left leg to see the look on Ford CEO Alan Mulally's face as he was driving one of these death traps on a major highway (or any road for that matter) as it starts the “amusement park-like ride” shaking crap at 70 mph!!

As with anything now-a-days, it will take not one but SEVERAL deaths to get anyone’s attention and I’m just praying that it isn’t me, my family, or anyone reading here. We did quite a bit of research before settling on a year model and HD truck manufacturer to purchase from and I did not see one thing about this issue come up in those searches. Therefore, we all are not doing a good enough job getting this info out there so that: 1) we can keep other poor souls from making the same costly and possibly deathly mistake we did 2) so that Ford, the NHTSA, etc. take notice and possibly help get it recalled and replaced correctly and permanently with little or no expense to the owners (these vehicles cost enough to begin with)!

Please, please, please, make official complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin (online or via phone @ 888-327-4236), with Ford via their corporate office, and through any other venue that will let you share your story. We are helpless alone, but together we can make them listen.

As for me, I will NEVER own another thing that Ford makes or is even remotely involved with and will tell everyone I know, every chance I get. I can accept one “bad year” of manufacturing every now and again, but most companies would address the problem and fix it. These losers at Ford have kept the same ill-manufactured crap and keep passing it on from year to year. How they sleep at night I will never know.

- redmanwar, Amarillo, TX, US