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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,845 miles

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2011 Ford F-150 steering problems

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2011 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #115

Aug 052015


  • 82,161 miles


Steering sticks when turning left. It is as if the power steering quits working. Happens at all speeds. Dash lights come off and on at different times-appears to have no connection to light switches

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #114

Feb 022016


  • 67,500 miles
When the electrical power steering fails, one is unable to turn the wheels any further. This can happen when the vehicle is moving or stationary, and happens at all speeds, doesn't matter city or highway driving. I feel this is a critical safety issue, since one would be unable to turn the wheels in order to avoid a hazard in the road, I.e. a child darting out onto the streets, or, if one what following a curve in the road, one would not be able to follow the curve, and could end up off the road, or, impacting an object on the side of the road, or, end up in a body of water, or, down an embankment.

- Terryville, CT, USA

problem #113

Dec 282015


  • 37,400 miles
While turning the power steering went out. I was not going fast but it straightened out the truck and luckily there was no one in the left lane. The power steering assist as well as the service advancetrac warning messages came on. I was able to get the vehicle home but definitely dangerous to drive. The truck is at the dealer and hopefully being fixed. This is a scary failure and should be addressed. A few different circumstances and this could have hurt someone. Sudden loss of power steering in a turn should not be something a vehicle with 37,400 miles on it should have to worry about.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #112

Dec 212015


  • 79,000 miles


While driving down and interstate "power steering assist failure" warning comes up and I lost all power steering. I was able to muscle the car home and after calling the dealer the service manager said they had no idea why that would happen. After researching on the site, it seems this is a common problem that is recalled in some model years but not in others. I have been complaining about the "service advancetrak" warning coming on since I purchased the vehicle and was always told it wasn't hurting anything. I have an extended warranty but after reading it may not do any good. I will be at the dealership tomorrow.

- Disputanta, VA, USA

problem #111

Dec 192015


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel seized, which caused the contact to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Garden City, MI, USA

problem #110

Sep 012015


  • 60,000 miles
2011 F-150 FX4. Service advancetrac warning light displays. It comes on when I start up the vehicle stationary. The turn signals stop working, too. The next day the light will be off. Appears to be a common manufacturing defect that should be a recall just like on the 2014 F-150S as it is a issues of safety.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #109

Oct 012011


  • 6,000 miles


1. rear defrost and side mirror defrost fuse continually blows. Started appx 3 yrs and at 42,000 miles 2. steering column locks up when turning left at a slow speed in cases such as pulling into or out of a driveway or parking spot or making a U turn. At high speeds on the interstate vehicle floats to the left and it is hard to straighten, almost as if there is no power assist.(I understand Ford recalled some but not all 2011 F150's for a steering rack replacement (started around 4 yrs/ 55,000 miles 3. transmission takes about 10 seconds to engage into reverse upon starting in the morning or on cold days when vehicle has been parked for mare then say 5 hours started around 6 months/ 6,000 miles.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #108

Jul 112015


  • 45,000 miles
At 45,000 miles, service advancetrac light would come on when performing tight turns (ex. Parking). After the service light appeared, turn signal wouldn't work or would only work when held down. This issue occurred off and on until vehicle was brought in for service at 50,700 miles. Entire steering rack had to be replaced. Part not covered under warranty, replacement cost was around $1500.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #107

Nov 172015


  • 51,000 miles
I have seen many posts about the same issue with fellow 2011 Ford F-150 owners. My truck also locked up on me driving on a city street during lunch hour and when I took it to the dealer (under warranty) they advised after diagnostics that the electronic rack and pinion needed to be changed. After hearing a ridiculous price of $1800 (part and labor) I asked why was it not covered under drivetrain warranty in which they advised it was "electrical." Ford needs to assist all Ford F-150 owners on this matter if they don't want a huge lawsuit if, god forbid, anyone gets into an accident.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

problem #106

Nov 202015


  • 38,500 miles
I was driving down a state highway, and signaled for a right turn. As I slowed and began my turn the power steering system quit and because of the increased turning effort I wound up on the wrong side of the road onto which I was turning. A warning message appeared on my dash that I had a power steering failure. I muscled the truck over to the side of the road. I turned off the engine and restarted it. The power steering worked for about 1-200 feet, then failed again. Fortunately, there were no other vehicles heading in my direction when I went into the opposite lane. I was able to "muscle" the truck to the side of the road and stop safely. I got the truck to the dealer and was told it need a new electronic power steering assist unit at a cost of $1,600+. this seems like a safety issue to me. What if an inexperience driver had been driving or someone without my size or strength?

- Roy, WA, USA

problem #105

Nov 172015


  • 23,000 miles


2011 Ford F150 ecoboost with 23,000 miles: While travelling at speeds 45 mph and greater, the steering becomes difficult to maneuver or correct during at speed turns, (ie. Driving on twisting highways). The local Ford dealer inspected the problem and stated that the epas system needed replacing and that the vehicle was unsafe and to not drive it. The estimate called for a $1160 steering gear part, and $80 "adjust toe in" and labor for a grand total of $1370!! after reading so many other complaints with the same issue, and recalls present for different model years, it is concerning that this is not a recall issue for the 2011's as well.

- Missoula, MT, USA

problem #104

Nov 052015


  • 47,000 miles
When I drive my power steering will go out as I'm turning it will be fine one min and the next min I'm in the grass trying not to die

- Citrus Springs, FL, USA

problem #103

Sep 012015

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,121 miles
This concerns Ford Motor Company safety recall # 14S09. Ford Motor Co. Internal letter from [xxx]. dated June 10, 2014 to dealers. A "do not drive warning." This letter applies to only select 2014 F150 models. My Ford F150 FX4; 2011 has an "identical" problem with the same required part number and repair needed. Only instead of being a recall it is classified as a repair at a cost of $1,641. I have documentation from a dealer "uftring Ford automall" stating the identical problem. Dated today November 9, 2015. In Ford's letter I referred too, above. It warns dealers that the epas gear motor position sensor magnet may lead to impaired steering, loss of steering control, which could increase the risk of a crash. Why is my vehicle not covered" note: On the internet there are more F150 owners complaining about this problem. A warning pops up on the dash monitor screen. In bold orange letters. "service advance trac." This happens when turning the steering wheel to park at a slow speed. It appears randomly when driving and the turn signal cannot work. Plus the steering wheel can vibrate. If the reset button is depressed the warning on the screen disappears. But you have to shut the vehicle off and restart it to get the turn signal to work again and the vibration to end. The effected part # is: El3Z3504be. The same part number and procedure to repair the 2014's. this can happen to 2011 trucks at any mileage and other years. Ford even admits it is a "do not drive situation." I want Ford to fix my vehicle at their cost. It is a defect that they admit too. I would upload the Ford letter. Also the dealer analysis. I do not know how to upload it. " it is a pdf file. Please reply thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #102

Oct 312015


  • 43,000 miles
At speed when turning left the steering sticks, and does not return to center when you let go of the wheel. Most noticeable on highway in a left hand turn.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #101

Sep 202015


  • 58,000 miles
My 2011 F150, at just under 60,000 miles, started to have the steering lock up. It can still be turned, but only with considerable effort. This seems to happen mainly on the highway after the wheel has not been moved for a few seconds. The dealer said the rack needs to be replaced (a $2K job), and it is not covered under warranty, which seems unbelievable.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #100

Oct 132015


  • 56,275 miles
While driving the vehicle at approximately 40mph, down a windy, canyon road, I noticed a loud squealing noise as I was rounding a left turn at two different intervals of my steering to the left. At each interval/squeal, I noticed the vehicle was not actually turning, causing me to almost miss the turn and go off the road. I was able to slow down to about 15mph, and with continued force pulling the steering wheel harder left, I was able to make the turn. This continued for the remainder of my 8 mile drive into town, with problems persisting when turning either left or right. I also noticed, as I got into town, that my blinkers suddenly stopped "staying on." They would blink once and turn back off. This was true for both the right and left blinker. I drove straight to the dealership, and in parking noticed that the squealing and the lack of "turning during the squeal" was even worse when the vehicle was moving at a slower speed -- pulling into a parking spot. After diagnosing my truck, they found the gear assembly - steering needed replacing. On my invoice it says "1 el3Z*3504 gear asy - steering". my truck has 56283 miles on it. I have found numerous cases online of people that the same thing has happened to, even some who have actually gotten into an accident because of the same electronic power assisted steering failure.

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #99

Jun 172015


  • miles
When my truck hit about 40K miles, the steering started periodically "locking up". it can still be turned but it takes some muscle and is very choppy. When it does this and I'm in a turn, when you release the wheel it will hold position in the turn rather than returning to center. You have to physically turn it back to center. The frequency of this seems to be increasing. My mechanic says it's the electronic steering module( eaps ) and cost almost $1800 to repair parts and labor. Forums are full of people having this issue. This will be a lawsuit coming and someone is going to get hurt. Some models have a recall for this issue. Mine does not.

- Chatsworth, GA, USA

problem #98

Sep 012015


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while operating the vehicle the power steering would momentarily malfunction and the steering wheel would become very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering gear needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 29,000.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #97

Sep 262015


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 15 mph, the steering column seized. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Bakersville, CA, USA

problem #96

Sep 142015


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving at approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel seized. In addition, the vehicle drifted slightly to the left and the brake pedal was hard when depressed. The vehicle continued to drift and crashed into the front of another vehicle. The contact stated that the "service advancetrac" warning message displayed. The air bags did not deploy. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. A police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Gladstone, OR, USA

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