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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,831 miles

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2008 Ford F-250 steering problems

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2008 Ford F-250 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

May 292015


  • 123,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-250. While driving approximately 60 mph, the steering wheel shook violently and wobbled out of control. The contact had to depress the brake pedal harshly in order for the failure to seize. The contact stated that the wobbling of the front end caused the radiator to eventually burst. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the tires and performed an all wheel alignment; however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer informed the contact that the VIN was not included in any recalls. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000.

- Coden, AL, USA

problem #38

May 042015

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
While driving down the road at 20-40mph vehicles power steering was lost and truck began to pull to the right veh was difficult to keep on the road..after making turn onto another street veh started pulling left..after moving steering wheel left and right from center a few times..power steering was corrected for the time of driving..this instance has occurred several times since and is usually at low speeds.I took veh to shop and was told that veh needs steering gear.

- Olive Branch, MS, USA

problem #37

Apr 122015


  • 88,000 miles
When I turned off the highway the steering was almost stuck- as if the truck had been turned off. I made it to the side of the road, turned it off and back on and then it steered ok. This has happened twice before.

- Reidsville, NC, USA

problem #36

Jan 072015


  • 105,000 miles


Slowing down exiting to the left off hi-way after about a half an hour at 70mph. Brake pedal felt like it kicked back, both brakes and steering locked up, slid unto shoulder, then everything released like normal. Brought to dealer, they replaced hyro-booster system and fluids. Issue seemed corrected, exiting right on hwy no issue, however everything locked up again first time exiting left. After 10 days researching issue, dealer assured replacing damper assembly(?) and all four tires would resolve. Issue happened again same day as pickup. Being towed back to dealer for third attempt to correct.

- Miramar , FL, USA

problem #35

Sep 052012


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-250. The contact stated while driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel became loose which caused the contact to lose control of vehicle and swerved off of the road. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing where the steering gear box was replaced. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000.

- Tunnel Hill, IL, USA

problem #34

Nov 142014


  • 77,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-250. While driving approximately 62 mph, the steering wheel and both front tires began shaking without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the steering gear box needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,600.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #33

Nov 022014


  • 71,288 miles


Intermittent power sterring failure while driving the vehicle, this has happened many times. The power sterring will stop working while driving during turns, the sterring become very hard like (manual). The failure lasts about 4 seconds. Not sure how to proceed, afraid to drive.

- Finksburg, MD, USA

problem #32

Aug 222014


  • 77,000 miles
I took my 2008 Ford F-250 to the Ford dealer to have an alignment and oil change. I had the vehicle aligned approximately eight months ago but the alignment has steadily deteriorated. The vehicle has a little over 77,000 miles. I purchased this vehicle brand new and have been the only owner. I have never been "off-roading" or "mudding" in the vehicle. All miles are highway/city miles. Little towing has been done with the vehicle. All recommended services have been provided by Ford dealerships. There have been no modifications to the vehicle nor have there been any accidents that would effect the steering of the vehicle. The dealership called and stated that my steering gear box is about to go out. The fix for this would be over $1100 which I am unable to afford at this time. It seems the gear box in the "Super Duty" would last longer under these reasonable conditions.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #31

Jul 282014

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
When turning the vehicle, it feels like the power steering goes out and the vehicle turns really hard and it is nearly impossible to return the steering wheel to center without using excessive force on the steering wheel. It almost feels like you cannot recover from the turn and that you are going to crash. We took it to the dealer tonight. They will hopefully have time to diagnose the problem tomorrow and fix the issue. I suspect it is the same issue that I read the nhsta has investigated before, and I am wondering what it takes for a recall to be issued. I hope it doesn't take people dying in a crash before someone steps up and takes this issue seriously. We have maintained this vehicle meticulously and all service on the vehicle has been at the dealership since the day we bought it. Unfortunately this is not the first safety issue we have had with this truck.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #30

Jul 042014


  • 148,000 miles
Loud pop noise on drivers side felt through floorboard. Steering became erratic with truck veering left to right and very difficult to keep in lane. If it happened at highway speeds I would have gone off the road for sure. Took vehicle in for alignment and front end inspection and nothing found out of order. Day after that it did it again. Just came back home now and it did it again with a police officer behind me. He followed me to my house and thought I had been drinking because of the way the vehicle appeared to be out of control at only 20mph. I'm scared to drive now because the frequencies between normal and not are shortening.vehicle suspension is not modified from stock.

- Carrollton, VA, USA

problem #29

Nov 012013


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-250. The contact stated that the steering was sluggish and, while making a turn, the steering wheel became stuck in the turn position. An independent mechanic was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Robbins , NC, USA

problem #28

Jun 102014

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 125,000 miles
On my daily commute to work I experienced what I have later researched to find out is called the "death wobble". the first occurrence happened while maintaining a speed of approximately 55 mph which was the suggested road speed limit, after riding over a small bump in the road my front left end initiated into a violent shaking sensation that felt as though I had just blown a tire. After reducing my speed abruptly and nearly being rear ended the front end regained its control and I continued and arrived safely to work after reducing my speed to 45 mph. I looked in the wheel hub and underneath but did not see anything out of the ordinary from plane sight. I experienced the violent shaking on multiple occasions, different locations and found myself experiencing it more and more at lower speeds and on smaller road bumps/pot holes. After day 2 I scheduled an appointment for 6/30/14 with Ford service to have the repair & diagnoses. The next day 6/27/14 we had to evacuate our job site in Louisiana due to extreme weather conditions and possible tornados, on my commute home, the so called death wobble occurred again and this time resulted in loosing control and crashing into a small tree because of the violent shaking and necessary braking to regain control. I was able to escape with minor damages to my front bumper. Ford is having to replace my ball joints, bearings and tie bar that will cost well over $600 in repairs excluding a new front bumper that I cannot afford to fix. I'm afraid this could result in a serious injury/fatality if not recalled and fixed. Had I gone into incoming traffic it could have been my life or theirs and I would think Ford would be fully responsible. There are hundreds of similar cases from older models and even newer up to 2013, mine is a F-250 2008. www.topix.com/forum/autos/Ford-F-250-super-duty/tohp1M75vbfbft9il/P5.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #27

Apr 072014

F-250 10-cyl

  • 118,765 miles
This problem occurs when the vehicle is at a stop sign or red light and I turn left or right. That's when the truck darts from left to right. I have a tough time keeping it on the road. After about a mile down the road it seems to go away. When it does happen it is a very drastic left pull then hard to the right pull. It feels like the wheel has to be turned to compensate for this action, then it takes off in the other direction.

- Climax, NY, USA

problem #26

Jan 122014


  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F250. The contact stated while driving the steering wheel was loose and caused the vehicle to swerve. The local mechanic inspected the vehicle and found the steering wheel gear box needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 44,000 and the current mileage was 45,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #25

Nov 012013


  • 97,695 miles
When exiting the highway I lost the power steering and brakes. This happened multiple times over the course of several weeks. The vehicle would also lose steering pulling into parking spaces and under normal driving conditions. The brakes fade significantly under heavy use and while towing. The steering pump was replaced and the problem still has not gone away.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #24

Nov 082013


  • 37,000 miles
Super Duty diesel is wandering left and right going down highway above 35 mph. Steering box creating loose steering responses.

- Middleton, ID, USA

problem #23

Dec 052013


  • 195,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the steering gear box failed without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic however, had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 195,000.

- Forth Worth, TX, USA

problem #22

Nov 172013


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the contact lost control of the steering. The vehicle traveled off-road, over a ditch and into an open pasture before crashing into a row of trees. The driver's side mirror was torn off the panel and entered the driver's side window. The contact did not sustain any injuries. A police report was filed of the incident. The contact had the vehicle towed to his residence and was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000. The VIN was not available.

- Mount Carmel , IL, USA

problem #21

Sep 192013

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 45,000 miles
My dealership identified during routine servicing that the steering gear box on my 2008 Ford F250 diesel truck is faulty and needs replacing. The steering wheel does not return easily coming out of a turn. They recommend the steering gear box be replaced with official Ford parts but then stated it could take up to 120 days to get the part. It was recommended I don't drive the truck in the meantime. I understand an investigation has been started on this problem as people have reported complete loss of steering. It is not considered a recall yet. I am very concerned and am not driving my truck but cannot wait long for a solution.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #20

Sep 152010


  • 27,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph over an uneven road surface, the steering wheel became difficult to control as the vehicle shook abnormally. The failure occurred when the contact was driving between 55 and 60 mph and required excessive force in order to brake. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The tires were replaced and the steering wheel was adjusted but the failure continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 27,600. The VIN was not available.

- Waynesville, NC, USA

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