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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 1 of 9)

problem #161

Dec 012016


  • miles


Steering locks up while turning left or right while in motion on any road surface. Same problem we had with our other truck that is a one serial number off. With that truck the dealer needed to replace the rack and pinion assembly while under warranty. The truck had 15000 mile. This truck having problem now has 19,500 miles on it. The truck with the problem now is constantly having the steering locking up and is out of warranty now.

- Mattoon, IL, USA

problem #160

Dec 172016


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 65 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact stated that the steering required additional effort to operate. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #159

Dec 072016


  • 91,547 miles
Service traction control light coming on hard steering have taken to dealership twice for same problem first time they cleard the codes set last time I was told that the angle sensor in the power steerin is bad and that the rack and pinion need replace (epas gear)

- Osseo, MI, USA

problem #158

Dec 112016


  • 60 miles


Steering don't work rite

- Meadville, PA, USA

problem #157

Nov 172016


  • 57,000 miles
Steering lock up while driving. While making a sharp left turn in a parking lot the steering wheel locked up momentarily then became hard to turn. At the same time I heard a loud grinding or buzzing sound and the 'service advance trak' light came on. I had to have the car towed 150 miles to my mechanic. My mechanic conferred with the local Ford dealer and determined that the rack and pinion had to be replace. Truck has 57,000 miles on it. My mechanic expected the part to take up to a week to arrive but it was delivered the same day. Dealer had several units in stock. Seems strange to have that many of this P[art in stock unless there is a design or manufacturing flaw that Ford has not declared. I checked the F150 online forums and there are many references to this problem. Not sure what it takes to make a recall happen but given the seemingly high number of owners affected by this Ford should do something to help. This cost $1745 to fix (including tow) and created a very dangerous situation.

- Pilesgrove, NJ, USA

problem #156

Nov 162016


  • 29,000 miles
2011 Ford F150 regular cab 5.4L started around Nov 16, 2016 steering locks for a brief moment when executing turns. The steering mechanism grunts when moving the steering wheel back and forth. Electrical engagement of relay or motor several times per second when stopped at a red light. No warning lights. This occurs every time it is driven. Appears to be the electric power steering assist

- Fraser, MI, USA

problem #155

Nov 022016


  • 72,000 miles


While driving the power steering suddenly quit with no warning. The vehicle was hard to steer. Pulled over and shut vehicle completely off. Steering worked fine after restarting the vehicle. Over the next couple of days while driving the vehicle it would randomly loses power steering with no warning.

- Lantana, TX, USA

problem #154

Nov 022016


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the steering column seized without warning. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Baker, MT, USA

problem #153

Nov 022016


  • 35,000 miles
The engine misfires and changes to "limp mode" after the engine shudders, shakes and looses power. This has happened twice in the life of this vehicle. Also the steering sticks when turning left.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #152

Mar 162016


  • 37,000 miles
During drives at approximately 50-55 mph, the steering wheel will seize while making a left handed slow curve turn. The failure has occurred several times in a day during drives on different turns on the highway or city streets. The manufacturer has been notified of the failure. The approximate mileage when failure began was 37,000 miles.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #151

Oct 212016


  • 35,000 miles


After sharp turns 'service advance trac' message appears and turn signals malfunction, dealer states sensor located in steering rack is bad and the entire rack must be replaced - vehicle has 35,000 miles and has been owned less than 60 months, but this part is not covered under drive train warranty. This failure and the manufacturer's disregard for the issue is unacceptable.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #150

Sep 022016

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I started getting periodic warning lights to "service advance trac" on my 2011 F150. The warning would go away after restarting the vehicle once or twice. First time I thought it may be an glitch in the computer so didn't worry about it. After second time I took it to the dealer and was told it was a problem with the electronic steering module starting to fail. If it is not replace I could loose steering at any time without warning. I did some internet research and found this is indeed an issue with some Ford and people were having the power steering go out while driving. Being this is the primary vehicle used for family transportation I was worried. I called Ford as soon as my dealer told me the problem. Unfortunately their customer service dept. Is located in Florida and they were closed due to a hurricane. I had no choice but to have the dealer fix the problem and try an deal with Ford later. I called Ford today and they were unwilling to assist me with this issue, would not send/email me a copy of the case file notes detailing my discussion with the rep and referred me to the dealership service manager since the repairs have already been completed.

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #149

Oct 192016


  • 64,000 miles
The electronic power steering fails intermittently. Most often it fails while in the process of turning left while in motion. When it fails, the steering goes to manual which makes it difficult to control the vehicle and complete the turn. It's very dangerous and could easily cause an accident or injuries.

- Weeki Wachee, FL, USA

problem #148

Oct 062016


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. After leaving an independent mechanic for an oil change, the advance track service warning indicator illuminated. The power steering and turn signals also failed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V316000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- La Porte, IN, USA

problem #147

Oct 062016


  • 34,000 miles
My 2011 Ford F-150 (with only 34,000 miles) indicated a power steering fault when I started it. The power steering was locked and took a lot of force to turn the steering wheel. Luckily this occurred in the driveway and not on a highway at 70 mph. It could have been a fatal accident at high speeds. I had to have my pickup taken to the local Ford dealer where they had to replace the power steering rack for over $2000!! after some investigation, I found that this epas system was new in 2011 and Ford has known about this problem for some time, but has not issued a recall.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #146

Sep 232016


  • 133,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. Thirty minutes after the vehicle was started, the steering wheel became hot and the vehicle lost power without warning. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road, cooled off, and restarted. The contact stated that the failure recurred at various driving speeds. The dealer diagnosed that the electronic power steering needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no recall. The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was 133,000.

- Dunnellon, FL, USA

problem #145

Aug 142016


  • 44,000 miles
Electronic power steering assist failure causes the steering to lock. Vehicle is impossible to control without extreme effort. Failure occurs in the middle of a turn. At only 44000 miles. This is a poorly engineered design, not a result of abuse or normal wear and tear.

- Montrgomery, TX, USA

problem #144

Sep 192016


  • 139,501 miles
Over the last week, four times the steering became stiff and while turning the steering wheel, it stayed locked in the same direction and I had to use force to return it to center. On one occasion while driving the truck in a strait line on an empty one-way city street at 35mph, the wheels veered left and right with the steering wheel not moving at all. If I had been driving 70mph I could have been killed. I took it to saginaw valley Ford where they found the epas sensor was sending out erratic data. Price to repair is $1617. What I find incredible is this not an unknown problem, and to which we have not received any recalls about. People will die from this defect, remember the Ford temple?

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #143

Sep 012012


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 25 mph, the service advance track system warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed. The failure recurred on several other occasions. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic power steering assist failed and needed to be repaired. There were no repairs made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 25,000.

- Gregory, MI, USA

problem #142

Sep 072016


  • 30,050 miles
When making a left hand turn at higher speeds, the epas (electric power-assisted steering), would catch and lag momentarily and not respond when turning the steering wheel to the right back to center. This happens intermittently and not all the time. This first happened at approx. 21,000 miles in September, 2013. My Ford F150 while still under the factory 3 year 36,000 warranty was taken into corwin Ford in nampa Idaho for warranty repair for this issue (invoice 10763) on September 17, 2013. They said they could not duplicate and no fix was performed. This has been a continuing intermittent problem for the last 3 years. On August 31, 2016 with 30,050 miles on my F150, while driving in Idaho on a paved winding mountain road in a period of 30 minutes, this steering problem happened five times causing my F150 to cross the centerline at least twice, luckily their were no vehicles in the other lane at the time. I did research and found that this is not an isolated problem and many other F150's have the same issue with the steering. Ford issue a tsb 11-8-18 in August 2011 to replace the epas steering gear under standard warranty, my truck met this tsb as it was build May 23, 2011 at dearborn. I took my truck to corwin Ford again on September 7, 2016 and had the epas replaced at 30,223 miles (invoice 102627) due to this safety issue. Even though I had taken my F150 for warranty repair of this issue under the warranty time frame it was not repaired then, I was told that Ford would not warranty the part now due to the truck being out of warranty. I paid $1757.77 to have the part replaced. Numerous other F150's, including later year models seem to have this same issue and a recall needs to be implemented by Ford. This is a safety issue as it can cause your vehicle to veer into another lane or off the road. This is an update of 10903035 filed September 1, 2016.

- Nampa, ID, USA

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