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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,731 miles

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2011 Ford F-150 steering problems

steering problem

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2011 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #141

Aug 312016


  • 30,050 miles


When turning steering wheel the epas (electronic power steering assist) catches and lags for a short time and does not respond. This happens intermittently and not all the time. It was taken in to corwin Ford in nampa, Idaho for this problem on September 17, 2013 while still under warranty at 21,310 miles (invoice number 10763). They could not duplicate the problem and no fix was done. This has been a continuing problem ever since and still happens occasionally. Yesterday, August 31, 2016 with 30,050 miles on my F150, this happened again. This is a safety issue when driving due to the fact that you are not expecting this problem with returning to center of the steering wheel when driving down the highway and can cause you to veer out of your lane or toward the side of the road.

- Nampa, ID, USA

problem #140

Aug 142016


  • 64,000 miles
While driving and mostly turning left either on the highway or city streets, noticed the wheel will not return to the straight position, I seems "light" when turning left and kind of sticks, and will not return to the neutral postion.

- Ben Lomond, CA, USA

problem #139

Jan 012016


  • 110,000 miles
While driving, the steering wheel gets stuck to the left with any slight movement. Slight turn to the right and it gets stuck to the left when returning to the neutral position and when slightly turned to the left, it gets stuck when trying to return to the neutral position. It has happened at lower speeds on city roads and at high speed on the interstate and poses a very real safety risk!

- Immokalee, FL, USA

problem #138

Aug 102016


  • 108,255 miles


Steering sticks, slight turn to the left or right, let go of the wheel, and the wheel does not return to straight. Very hard to steer. Problem comes and goes but has become worse lately. I have to really concentrate when the condition is at its worst. It's an unsafe steering situation. Condition occurs at all speeds, on paved and on dirt roads.

- Big Bear Lake, CA, USA

problem #137

Jun 182015


  • 100,000 miles
The steering "sticks" when driving at highway speeds and becomes difficult to recenter the wheel. It causes difficulty staying in your lane. Problem seems to dissipate when driving at lower speeds. It is also erratic and will not do this consistently, but has become more frequent lately.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #136

Aug 012016


  • 62,700 miles
At various speeds on the highway or in a parking lot, the steering wheel locks up when you turn to the left and you have to manually bring it back. A real surprise! it has never happened turning to the right.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #135

Aug 022016


  • 60,000 miles


Primarily while turning left power steering goes hard. Usually recovers after turning to right. Intermittent total power steering failure. As yet, unable to determine reproducible sequence of events to demonstrate issue to dealer.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #134

Jul 272016


  • 39,882 miles
While in motion went to turn left the steering locked up made a squalling sound, traction light displayed and also, power steering assist displayed and, service advance track displayed and turn signals were not staying on, (had to hold them manually.took truck to dealership and told the problem was an epas failure. Laymen terminology is the steering gear has failed. Mileage on vehicle is 39,882, and will cost approximately $1450 to fix this problem. I do have a repair invoice but have no way to scan. Be happy to mail a copy and any thing else needed.

- Advance, MO, USA

problem #133

Jul 202016


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 25 mph, the steering made an abnormal noise. In addition, the vehicle became difficult to steer and the service traction control warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Springfield, LA, USA

problem #132

Jul 022016


  • 53,700 miles
Without warning I came started by vehicle and the power steering was no longer working. The onboard computer advised of a power steering fault. This issue could have easily happened while driving on roads with sharp curves and/or while these vehicles were pulling a trailer ending in a potentially fatal collision.

- Huntingtown, MD, USA

problem #131

Jul 042016


  • 60,000 miles


I purchased my vehicle used. When turning to the left steering wheel locks up. Happens at highway speeds and at very slow speeds. Very dangerous especially if someone is driving it that isn't aware of the issue.

- Eunice, LA, USA

problem #130

Sep 272014


  • 46,400 miles
I have a 2011 F-150 cert. Preowned ( 9/22/2014), and from day one have had problems with the steering, from approximately 45mph and up, when going into left curve steering will try to continue to turn or track to the left, butt Ford cert. Tech. Can't seam to find the problem ?? imagine that !

- Bethlehem, GA, USA

problem #129

Jun 152016


  • 94,000 miles
Driving 70 mph on interstate 44 out of joplin, mo when I was driving around a slight curve. The steering locked up. I could not steer at all. I slammed on the brakes to avoid crashing into oncoming cars. If there was another vehicle close to me it would have been an accident of really bad consequences. I was lucky. I took the truck to the local Ford dealer and they said the steering gear was crushed. I called Ford for an explanation and was literally told there is nothing they have to do. I want others to know that this happened with no warning whatsoever. The dealership is charging me $1500 plus change to fix this. I can't see how I will ever trust that steering again.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #128

Jun 042016


  • 81,000 miles
During highway driving the power steering seems to shut off momentarily especially on movements to the left this can be scary and unsafe when driving at high speeds

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #127

Mar 142016


  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel seized while making a left turn. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000. The VIN was not available.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #126

May 162016


  • 99,000 miles
During operation with vehicle in motion on a street, power steering shut off, directional signals would not stay on when used. Diagnosed at a Ford dealership as an epas failure.

- Townville, SC, USA

problem #125

Mar 172016


  • miles
My steering has become tight and catches when turning to the left. It catches when at a stop or going around curves like I've lost the power steering and has caused me to almost hit other vehicles on several occasions. It doesn't matter if I'm driving 25 miles an hour or driving down the highway. It pulls to the left all the time.

- Frederic, MI, USA

problem #124

Apr 092016

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,900 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 3 mph and backing out of a driveway, the steering wheel became very difficult to turn when shifted into drive. The contact had to turn the steering wheel aggressively. Once the vehicle was driven under normal conditions, the steering became stiff once again and difficult to control. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 28,900. Updated 09/20/16 when the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, no codes displayed on the computer. Updated 10/18/16.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #123

Mar 252016


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact heard an abnormal noise and the vehicle lost steering ability. The failure occurred without warning. Upon inspection, it was discovered that a steering component fell to the ground. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 160,000.

- Luling, TX, USA

problem #122

Apr 052016


  • 146,000 miles
Power steering works sporadically when cold and at very low speeds, such as close turns into drives etc. Steering resembles old manual steering. Has been occurring since first of this year.

- Hayward, WI, USA

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