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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,344 miles

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2012 Ford F-450 miscellaneous problems

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2012 Ford F-450 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 082016


  • 63,000 miles


I took my Ford F-450 lariat for its 60,000 miles service. After the service was done, while driving it home from the Ford dealership (autonation Ford in corpus christi, tx), on the freeway as soon as I got to around 50 miles per hour the vehicle's front started to shake/wobble very violently. Speeding up to the speed limit (60 mph) did not help and the shaking got actually worst, I had to stop for the shaking/wobbling to stop, thankfully I was still on the right lane and there was a wide enough shoulder for me to stop. As soon as I restarted and got to about 50 mph the violent shaking restarted, and I had to stop again for this shaking to stop. I exited the freeway at the first exit and drove back to the dealer. On the way back the violent shaking repeated at least 5 more times, once on the city street with 45 mph speed limit. When I described the shaking to the service adviser, he said they heard about this, and they call it the "death wobble". actually one of his mechanic experienced it before on his truck. Now my Ford F-450 is in service again and they are trying to figure out how to fix my "death wobble" problem. I filed a complain with Ford today, but I do not expect much to happen. Given that the mechanics knew about this "death wobble", and after an internet search I found that is affecting many other Ford owners (there are many groups describing the same problem), I consider that Ford should have recalled these vehicles, before somebody gets hurt. Stopping on the freeway, while semi-trucks were behind me driving at full speed was the scariest experience, and did not think that I will get away without being hit by other trucks. Please tell Ford to fix the "death wobble". I do not think that I should be responsible for paying for this fix.

- Green Cove Springs, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 132016


  • miles
While driving down a parkway at the speed limit, we traveled over several bridges and all of a sudden after hitting a rough spot in the road and over the bridges the truck began to shake violently and we had to almost come to a stop to hold it in the road. It continued to do this almost every time we hit a bump in the road. We had just recently bought this truck used, I am scared to ride or drive this truck anymore, it is my husbands and he does. We pull a horse trailer at times and I am scared to do so because it puts our lives as well as other motorists lives and my horses in danger. This needs to be recalled and corrected asap....he purchased some expensive part and had it put on under the front end and it has helped but lt still feels like it will start at any moment to shake when you cross a bridge or hit a pot hole, it is like it is on the verge and could start at any moment. It does not drive normal!!!!

- Morgantown, KY, USA

problem #2

Dec 032015


  • 65,378 miles
Driving down the highway in the rain truck started shaking could not hold steering wheel. Truck started going sideways on highway from shaking/ wobble. Truck shuts off driving down the road with no warning no steering or brakes towing equipment. I have had my 1 year old daughter in truck almost in a accident 2 times now from trucks death wobble and motor shutting off towing equipment.

- Atascadero, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 032015


  • 109,000 miles
I was driving along my 2012 Ford F450superduty turbo diesel along the interstate 495 DC beltway in Maryland with my seven year old son in the back seat, when a lcd in the middle of the speedometer gave a warning which read "reduced power" and could immediately feel a reduced responsiveness of the truck to the accelerator. A moment later another sign read " cleaning exhaust filter" which disappeared almost immediately. A moment later a final warning came up which read" stop at a safe location. I bearly pulled over to a dangerous shoulder when my truck shot down. At this point I could no longer move my truck to a safer location on the highway shoulder. The highway on which my truck stalled is the busiest highway in Maryland. The truck stalling like the way it did put my life, my sons life and the lives of other motorists at risk at moment it did. While I was searching online for what might have gone wrong with my truck, I came across an article on which ambulances were recalled and sensors in the exhaust were replaced to fix the problem. One striking similarity was the five audible chime the trucks were emitting which my truck also emitted. I was not able start the truck at that stall point so I had it towed to a local dealership.

- Windsor Mill, MD, USA

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