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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,482 miles

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2008 Ford F-150 steering problems

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2008 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Aug 022016


  • 73,000 miles


Steering became very heavy, almost like power steering was gone. Very hard to turn and control the truck while moving. Suddenly loosens up and works as normal. Dealer says it is the steering shaft and now refuses to fix it. I see a lot of the same complaints here, why isn't Ford being held responsible? this is very dangerous and life-threatening. I'm glad it happened to me and not to my wife; I don;T think she would have had the strength to control the truck and could have killed or severely injured herself or others. This needs to be addressed!

- Dingmans Ferry, PA, USA

problem #35

May 152016


  • 81,500 miles
As my wife was turning a corner the power steering failed on her. She crossed the center line and nearly hit vehicle that was waiting at a stop sign. She had to jerk on the steering wheel very hard to get the truck back in the proper lane. Mechanic indicated this is fairly common and Ford dealers are keeping the lower steering shafts-U-joints in stock due to older ones locking up. No recalls have been issued to this point however, I had it replaced at a cost of $490.

- Belding, MI, USA

problem #34

Jun 192016


  • 86,000 miles
Steering shaft made from inferior material causing it to malfunction. Very hard to turn.

- Liberty, TX, USA

problem #33

Jun 022016


  • 107,000 miles


My brother in law has a 2008 Ford F-150 and said his steering seized up and after checking fluid, belts, etc. It appeared the steering shaft U-joints were binding. Last week my 2008 F150 experienced the same problem. Why hasn't Ford been liable for this safety issue. After checking various Ford sites, this is a major problem with F150's.

- International Falls, MN, USA

problem #32

Apr 182016


  • 110,000 miles
I have a 2008 Ford F150 I was making a right turn off of a main road into a driveway while applying slight braking pressure when the steering wheel completely locked up and braking was stiff at the pedal causing a near collision into a tree line. The engine remained running never died. I had to shut off the engine and restart to regain control of the steering. No warning lights are on. No dash indicators of any errors. I have called the dealership and they say they have never heard of this issue. All maintenance has been meticulously up to date. I will be taking my truck in for diagnostic in the morning.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #31

Feb 022016


  • 162,000 miles
Intermediate steering shaft corroded, causing stiff steering, hazardous to drive, particularly when making turns, maneuvering.

- La Porte, IN, USA

problem #30

Dec 152015


  • 64,450 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds, the power steering seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the lower steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 64,450.

- Chester, NJ, USA

problem #29

Jul 012015


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. While turning left or right, the steering wheel stiffened. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the power steering was leaking and the rack and pinion and hose needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Elliottsburg, PA, USA

problem #28

Sep 032015


  • 70,000 miles
Steering is heavy and binds, especially during cornering and braking. Feels like power steering is failing and truck is difficult to steer, control and maneuver at all speeds and directions. Steering shafts and joints are completely rusted and seizing and will not release with lubricant. Power steering fluid and lines are fine and dealer states that steering shafts and joints must be replaced. I was trailering a boat at 50 mph and steering was seizing, very heavy, and seemed to be binding while going around bends in the road and then the steering would suddenly release - or unstick - and become responsive again. I crossed the center line as the steering suddenly got very heavy, sluggish and unresponsive, and then released and became responsive again. I almost drove directly into oncoming traffic. This steering issue is now a constant and happens while driving or towing, at all speeds, and in both forward and reverse. This steering problem is extremely unpredictable, unsafe, and very dangerous. It also seems to be common problem with numerous complaints and reports of this issue being reported to the NHTSA, Ford, Ford dealers, and discussed in online forums.

- Westborough, MA, USA

problem #27

Aug 142015


  • 127,000 miles
While making left or right turns the steering gets hard to steer then it loosens up making it over steer. I believe it is in the steering shaft U-joint because it is all rusted.

- Woodville, ME, USA

problem #26

Jun 102014


  • 88,000 miles


When I was making a left turn off a highway ramp, the steering wheel locked up & then snapped back & sprained my wrist. I don't care about my wrist, but I do care about the defective lower steering shaft that was engineered wrong to start with & you made Ford issue a recall (because of the defect)in all there mid sized & highend cars along with Lincoln & Mercury models because it's a major safety problem. What you didn't do is, order a recall for all Ford that has the same lower steering shaft! why" you say it's not a safety problem in the F-150, why? just because it's a truck or Ford paid you off not to issue the recall for the F-150's?? if it's a defected part in there cars, it's the same part put in F-150's, made by the same co.. I pd $38,000 for a truck that has the same defected part you made them issue a recall. Some Lincoln & Mercury cars recalled are heavier than my F-150, but that doesn't matter to you. I almost crashed threw the guard rail & if I did, I would be dead!! I want to know how your Agency excluded the F-150 in the recall?? are you people engineers? how in the world could you exclude any vehicle in the recall that has the same defected part in it? please E-mail me the reason why a defected part Ford made, is only a safety issue in cars, but not the F-150"S that has the same lower steering shaft's. I really want to know. Think of this, a Mercury Sable had the same problem I had while making a left turn, the Mercury would hit the guard rail & stop, my F-150 would of went up & over the guard rail & fall to my death!! a defected part is a defected part, no matter what vehicle it's in. I want to know why you think it's ok for millions of F-150's to have defected lower steering shaft's?" god for bid my children ever got hurt because you idiot's said a defected part is ok on F-150's!!

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #25

Aug 142013


  • 52,000 miles
When turning left or right the steering gets stiff and jerking causing oversteer and erratic motion. Added powersteering fluid but did not help.

- Churchill, On, Canada, NY, USA

problem #24

Jul 092014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 34,350 miles
While making a left hand turn, noticed steering became very tight. Had to force it then it "released" resulting in an over steer and almost veering to oncoming traffic. Centering the wheel also became difficult and resulting in oversteer the opposite way. Same problem - right or left hand turn. Was intermittent but has become chronic now and getting worse. Have not had it in the shop yet.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #23

Jul 162014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 157,449 miles
Steering sticks.

- York Haven, PA, USA

problem #22

Jul 092014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
My truck has 81K miles on it and the torque converter has gone bad. I have never in the past heard of a bad torque converter from normal wear and tear. The top of my steering wheel is showing major wear. My wife's 2000 mini van has no wear on it. Why would the top of my steering wheel be falling apart?

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #21

Nov 182008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
I bought this truck new with 26 miles on it. I have since had brakes go out...steering go out, powertrain replaced with refurbished one. I don't understand why the steering issue is not a safety issue and all the mechanics at Ford say it should be a recall. I don't understand why the spark plugs can't be removed without breaking off and Ford is totally aware of this problem. My truck steering...I was told a part needs to be replaced that happens to all these is at least $1300...and when I asked for a tuneup and was told because the spark plugs break off it can be over 800.00...I was astonished that with all the trouble with GM recalls you would not target this 2008 Ford F-150...there are multiple major safety issues. I already went up against Ford about the powertrain and have paid $35,000 for this truck, I owe thousands more. Can you help or be of any assistance for all Ford truck owners? oh, and the truck starts shaking and I have to stop put in 4WD and then out again in middle of traffic to get it to run right, and the emergency brakes sticks too. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Mount Vernon, OH, USA

problem #20

Apr 162014


  • 45,205 miles
Steering is tight and hard to steer especially while driving around curves and when turning the steering is tight and then loosens up and jerks suddenly. Found the steering column knuckles scolded and no way to lubricate.

- Rushsylvania, OH, USA

problem #19

Aug 032013


  • 39,000 miles
Steering got very hard to turn. This has happened on numerous occasions now. Use wd-40 to loosen the knuckle.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #18

Oct 052013


  • 64,660 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact was driving 3 mph when the steering wheel seized. The contact lubricated the steering column by applying oil and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The contact was informed that the running boards were damaged and the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 64,660.

- Louisville, OH, USA

problem #17

Sep 162013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Steering wheel has become difficult to turn. Feels as if it is locking up and I really have to muscle it back to center after taking a sharp turn. I took it to my mechanic and he lubricated a U joint on the steering shaft which helped and told me to bring it back if/when it starts binding up again. He informed me he has replaced the lower steering shaft on other F150's due to severe rust/corrosion at the joint. I saw recently Ford issued a recall on Crown Victoria's with some type of steering issue so I figured I would submit this complaint since I anticipate having to replace the steering shaft in the near future.

- Wapwallopen, PA, USA

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