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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,076 miles

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2005 Ford F-350 suspension problems

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2005 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 152010


  • 72,000 miles


I have a 2005 F350 with a 4 inch lift. I have experienced the "Ford death wobble" 4 times in the last week. 3 times it was @ ~40 mph and 1 time it was at 75. Scared me to death. My brakes don't work when it happens and I have to coast to get it to stop. I had the shocks replaced (72K on truck) so the 1st shop I went to told me that would fix it. No such luck... I picked it up and right after it did it again. I just took it to a company who wants $700 to replace the pitman arm and gear box. I have not done this yet. Then I had a local 4X4 guy tell me that I need to replace the steering stabilizer shock and put a 2nd one on it. I have already spent $500 on shocks. The stabilizers will be $150. No one has a clear answer of what the issue is but they want me to keep spending $ on trying to figure it out. I talked to Ford and they seem to be like I have no idea what I am talking about. There is a guy online who sells an aftermarket stabilizer system for ~$900 but I think Ford should fix it this problem since its a design issue. Please help me. I don't have a lot of money to keep troubleshooting this. Ford should be held responsible. They say there is no recall on this issue but if you go out on the web, many other owners of my truck and the years and models around it are describing the same issue. I am scared to drive it. The shaking is extremely violent and I am lucky that the truck has been on a straightaway with no cars around me each time its happened....otherwise I could have flipped it and killed myself or someone else or someone dear to you... please look into this and see the stories on the web about people who have injured themselves and others due to this problem. Something has to be done.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #4

Jul 042005

F-350 4WD

  • miles
On July 4, 2005, I purchased a 2005 Ford F350 Super Duty lariat with long bed and dual wheels and 4WD at el cajon Ford. From the beginning, the truck experienced severe front-end vibration when I reached about 60 mph. It continued until I got to about 80 mph. I complained about this problem from the first visit for service at downey Ford. After a few visits for diagnostics, downey Ford installed a "dampener" on the front end. It made the problem better, but it did not completely cure the defect. I eventually bought a lance camper, which was on the truck for over a year. While the truck had the 3000 lb camper on it, the vibration went away on the straightaway, but was horribly dangerous on the curves. For example, one such curve is the 605 sb to the 405 sb in long beach. I almost lost control of the vehicle/camper on this curve unless I almost stopped. I removed the camper about a year ago and the problem with the truck is worse. It now will vibrate uncontrollably at 40-50 mph. I reported this vibration problem every time I went to the dealer for service. They always said they did all they could with the dampener. I took the truck to el cajon Ford about 3-4 weeks ago. Now that it is out of warranty, Ford now says it can fix the problem, but it has damage the front steering mechanism. The service writer said in a voice mail that downey put on a damper that was too small for my truck. I demanded they fix it free and they refuse. I want my truck fixed. This is a design defect, since it has existed from day 1. I have read on several websites that this is a common problem that existed well before 2005, but Ford has ignored the safety issues. A high probability of an accident exists when your truck is vibrating and bouncing across lanes and you cannot step on the brake or make it worse! thank you, annette gilliam

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 052006


  • 2,000 miles
I have a 2005 Ford F-350 4X4 diesel dually truck. Soon after I bought the truck I experienced a rough shimmy in the front end. When I go over bumps on the freeway or city streets the front end shimmy's out of control. The truck has been to the dealer on several occasions and they have told me that nothing is wrong. This is not my first full size truck and this is the first one that acts like this. Several times it has sent me into the lanes beside me. I also tow a fifth wheel trailer and it amplifies the problem. This problem occurs every time I drive the vehicle and Ford in not responsive to the problem.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #2

May 052008


  • 26,382 miles
Ford F350 steering shakes to the point of loosing control at about 60 mph on rough uneven freeway or hitting pot hole.

- Soddy Daisy, TN, USA

problem #1

Jul 122006

F-350 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-350. The contact stated that the vehicle violently shakes while driving approximately 65 mph. He also stated that the steering wheel shakes violently. The failures occur when the vehicle drives over a bumpy road. The contact stated that the vehicle was in the shop approximately a year ago for this same failure. The vehicle is currently at the dealer. The current mileage is 77,000 and failure mileage was 60,000.

- Boston, MA, USA

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