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really awful
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 8 of 8)

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problem #15

May 272012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 8,500 miles


Feels like a loose joint in the steering shaft. Some people refer to it as popping. It feels like a loose ball joint would feel. As your driving, the front end feels loose, and you can feel "the road" in the wheel. I took the truck to the dealer, and they told me there's nothing wrong with it. I've had several people drive the truck and they told me the same thing, something feels loose in the front end.

- New Caney, TX, USA

problem #14

Apr 112012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 6,544 miles
My F150 has been making popping feelings and noises that are resonating up through the steering column into the steering wheel. This is not only very annoyning, but it makes everyone that is having this same issue with their 2011 F150's wonder if it is a safety hazard. This could potentially become an accident waiting to happen. I have been to the Ford dealer and they replaced the steering column and this did not fix the issue. Ford has not been responsive to this issue.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #13

Mar 142012


  • 7,000 miles
2011 Ford F150 4 wheel drive 5.0 engine.. started at around 6000 miles I now have only 13000 on this vehicle.. there is a knocking/tapping/rattle in the steering wheel/shaft when going over bumps at any speed. Many folks are complaining about this exact issue on Ford truck forums yet Ford says this is normal, it cannot be normal if these trucks are fine when they are brand new yet develop this rattle and knocking in the steering wheel after a few thousand miles. My trucks steering feels very sloppy and loose when going straight over bumps and has a rattle/knocking/popping sensation through the steering wheel. It feels as if something is going to fall apart in the steering system. Many owners have had their steering rack assembly replaced by Ford with good temporary results only to have the problem return a few hundred to a few thousand miles later, so again it cannot be normal. To note: It is definitely worse when the weather is hot but always there even when cold out. I do not feel confident and secure driving this truck like this. Ford needs to step up and find a fix to this very real driver concern and very possible safety concern. This (2011-2012) is the first year this type of electric power steering assist system has been used in a truck so there are no long term reliability stats. Ford should do the right thing and find a fix now before something very bad starts happening. If this were a rattle in the door or something annoying like that it would not be much of a concern but this is the steering system on a 5000 pound truck. My only hope is that the right Agency takes this serious and investigates this very real problem on these 2011-2012 Ford F150 trucks.

- Boxford, MA, USA

problem #12

Feb 042012


  • 1,508 miles


Newer Ford F150's are equipped with an electronic power assist rack and pinion steering which has problems with popping over bumps or rough terrain. The problem seems to occurring to a lot of owners with the epas steering( F150 forum members over 600 posts on the topic and 57,000 views. Mine is affected as well. I have had my truck into two different Ford dealerships with no resolve. The problem has been isolated to the epas steering rack. The steering feels very loose and sloppy. Traveling over small bumps or rough terrain results in popping, knocking in the steering linkage. When off road, the knocking is more pronounced and the steering feels like you could lose control. Despite numerous calls to Ford by F150 owners, no recalls or tsb's have been issued to address this problem.

- Highland, UT, USA

problem #11

Apr 012012


  • 9,000 miles
Truck started having a popping in the steering wheel over rough roads and terrain. Steering shaft was replaced by dealer with no fix. Then they replaced the steering rack which is a new electronic powered rack and my problem was resolved for roughly 1000 miles. The problem persists to get worse when its hotter outside. I know a few friends with these new electronic racks that have the same problem. Ford seems to be doing nothing and there is no answers to the issue. Something in the rack could be loose or defective and could cause a safety issue. Rack needs to be redesigned or fixed.

- Kansas City , MO, USA

problem #10

Feb 092012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 3,033 miles
My 2011 F150 ecoboost with epas steering is popping and clunking when going over bumps in the road. It feels like something is loose in the steering. I have taken the truck into the dealership several times only to have them tell me this is normal. It is not normal. There are hundreds of other F150 owners experiencing this and I'm concerned it could be a safety issue with me and my family. Ford refuses to acknowledge this issue and will not comment when I ask if it is a safety concern. Below is a link to a forum site where others are experiencing this... thanks [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #9

Jun 012012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles


Ford F 150 2011 steering issue. 2011 is the first model year for electric power steering on the F 150. When driving straight, there is looseness in the steering. I am aware that electric power steering is easier to turn. That is not the issue. It feels like looseness in the steering shaft, as a loose joint. When I went to an F 150 online forum and typed in my problem, I found others who were having the same problem. I am very concerned about the safety of the steering. It seems worse with heat. I have been feeling it when I would hit small bumps in a row. Yesterday, I felt it on all surfaces. It felt like the steering shaft was going to come apart. I have had it to the dealer and they put it up on the lift and can't find the problem. The steering system itself needs to be taken apart.

- Mount Juliet, TN, USA

problem #8

Sep 152010


  • 10,000 miles
Steering wheel shakes real bad on stopping the harder the stop the worse it shakes this truck has 16000 miles on it now and the problem seems to have started after the 1st service and tire rotation (about 8500 miles) although it did not start immediately after but rather seemed to get worse over time from that point I believe that it is warped brake rotors possibly from cheap or defective oem parts the truck has never been off road or abused just daily drive to from work 19 miles each way.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #7

Jan 102012


  • 2,200 miles
I feel a heavy tapping in the steering wheel while driving straight. This condition gets worse with warmer weather. 78 to 100 degrees.

- San Ramon , CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 232012

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
When I started up my F-150 super crew cab with the ecoboost engine the service advanced track warning message came on. As I was driving with this error message on the dash I found that my turn signals would not stay on unless I hold the turn signal lever. Later that day I went to take the truck into the dealer to show them the issue and the error message was gone and the turn signals were now functioning fine. Since the error was no longer on the Ford dealer could not do anything about the issue. The error stayed off for about 6 weeks and then came on again. Now it has been coming on about every 3 or 4 days so I took it to the dealer and they determined that the issue is with the rack and pinion steering assembly and have replaced that. I just go the truck back and have not had time to confirm that the issue is fixed however my confidence level is not there as this is just one of many issues that I have seen on this truck that appear to be "computer" related since shutting off the truck (or as I put it rebooting) will correct the issue.

- Andover, MN, USA

problem #5

Mar 242012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 4,889 miles


I was driving home on freeway. Right before exiting I lost my power steering. It was very difficult to steer. It took all my strength to switch lanes, turn corners, and make it home. Also, the traction control icon appeared in smart screen. Took vehicle to Ford where they hopefully repaired problem. They said it was a faulty module inside the powersteering. My concern is if I'm already having problems, what next! and what are my rights?

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #4

May 252011


  • 9,400 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle violently shook while driving 50 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the dealer could not diagnose the failure. The contact replaced the tires, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that a software update for the vehicle's system was not available. The failure mileage was 9,400.

- Rapid City, MI, USA

problem #3

Nov 232011


  • 0 miles
2012 Ford F-150 pickup trucks do not have a grab handle on the drivers side a pillar. Ford F-150 trucks are higher than passenger cars and require a driver to pull or hold onto an object to enter the drivers side of the vehicle. Ford recommends drivers pull on the steering wheel as an assist when entering the F-150. It appears that repetitive and strenuous pulling on the steering wheel, particularly by larger drivers over 6 feet tall and weighing over 200 pounds, when entering the F-150, can cause steering components to break which could lead to steering failure, or problems while the vehicle is in motion. Suggested solution: Ford has a grab handle on the passenger side a pillar to assist passengers when entering the truck. Evidently, Ford engineers see a need to place a grab handle for occupants to use when entering F-150 trucks. To avoid possible steering mechanism damage, Ford should place a grab handle on the drivers side a pillar which would remove the potential damage to the steering mechanism.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #2

Oct 042011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 500 miles
I purchased a brand new Ford F150 truck and immediately began to experience steering issues. Steering becomes stuck on a turn and then getting out of turn results in swerving. I almost was in two head-on accidents in the narrow roads around where I drive. This is a significant safety issue... Ford is replacing steering gears but why isn't this a recall- there appears to be a tsb on this issue, but this is way more serious in my experience.. this needs to be addressed asap I am very concerned for other potential people having accidents.

- Lincoln University, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 282011

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that whenever he turned the steering wheel, he would feel a bump coming from the steering wheel when it returned to the straightened position. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was told that the steering components were defective. All of the steering components were replaced. The failure mileage was 30 and the current mileage was 680. Updated 06/01/11 updated 1/18/2012

- Bolivar, MO, USA

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