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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,200 miles

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2008 Ford F-150 suspension problems

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2008 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 012016


  • 130,000 miles


Both front coil springs broke from corrosion.

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 052015


  • 106,000 miles
R R leaf spring broken. Vehicle has never been abused or driven rough. I firet noticed it when I would hit a bump in the road, sounded like spare tire rack was loose. After looking on the internet I found that there were others that have experienced the same problem. The center leaf of the three springs break generally in the middle of the leaf.

- Newton, KS, USA

problem #3

Jan 312013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
I have a 2008 F-150. As I was taking an exit off the highway, the steering wheel looked up & I couldn't turn the wheel & ended up on the grassy area of the exit.. the problem is the lower steering shaft U-joint binds up & locks. There is a design flaw in the U-joint, there is no way to grease or lube the U-joint. I have notified Ford many times with no answers or response. On the Ford forum site, there are thousands of F-150 owners who have or had the same problem with trucks who's warranty's just ended & had to pay $500 plus to fix it, there are some who crashed because they couldn't turn the wheel. I was lucky but it's a major problem Ford wouldn't correct til somebody dies. I pd.$30,000 for this truck & owe $16,000 and shouldn't have to pay $500+ to be safe. How can you make Ford correct this problem? I can send you thousands of owners E-mails sent to me from the forum. Bad enough we have to pay alot of money to fix this & still owe a ton of money for the loan for the truck, it's a major safety defect from Ford. Please E-mail me back with your advice on what to do. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 042012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
It felt as if steering was binding when making a turn. It would suddenly break free and oversteer was a problem. When coming out of a turn the wheel would not center on its own, but had to be turned back to the straight ahead position. Spoke with a Ford dealer and they wanted an exorbitant charge to just look at the vehicle and professed they had not heard of the problem before. I went on the internet and found at least two hundred (200) references to the exact issue. It was the lower steering shaft universal joints that had severely corroded. I lubed the joints and things went back to normal for a few days and the binding returned. I installed a new lower shaft - Ford part8L3zb767B- and the truck steers like new. The original part ended in a and the B represents an updated version. Obviously Ford is aware of the problem and has engineered a fix - and never notifying the consumer. A true concern is the following. Over the past few months when driving straight the wheel showed about 15 degrees of right input while tracking straight, hands off. I had the alignment checked and all ok. It was not pulling, just a displaced from center wheel position. This has all disappeared with the new shaft. On the same roads, same conditions the wheel is perfectly centered. This tells me the old shaft has suffered some type of deformation, most likely associated with the universal joints on said shaft. This is a definite safety issue and should be addressed by Ford.

- East Sandwich, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 172011


  • 30,000 miles
On my wife's 2008 F150 quad cab truck at 37000 miles, I notice that the tires on the front of the truck where wearing on the inside, so with a trip planned for Florida, I set up for our local dealer to do an alignment. She drop off her truck at the service department and went on her way, within 30 minutes she got a call from the service manager. He informed her that the upper ball joints would need to be replaced. The dealer said that since the trucks warranty (the truck has 38000 miles on it) had ran out they could not replace the loose ball joints. But they put a new set of tires on and charged us for an alignment. This truck has never been off road and it never indicated that there was a problem with the front end at all. I have been to Florida twice. And I have owned 19 different Ford in my 55 years, 12 of these vehicles were purchased new, three were 4X4 with large tires and most had over a 100,000 miles, and I have never had to change a ball joint or any part of the front end steering parts. I am not doing a commercial for Ford, I just want Ford to repair my truck, I am in the same boat as everyone else, no money!!!

- Ky, KY, USA

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