really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,310 miles

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2007 Ford F-150 steering problems

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2007 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #20

Jun 012013


  • 43,000 miles


While driving at 35mph or less the driver side front hub assembly may emit an intermitent grinding noise as if the hub is trying to lock into four wheel drive. Grinding noise stops when vehicle is slowed to 15mph or less. Sometimes full stop is needed to cease grinding noise. When noise stop a jerk can be felt as if the hub locks back into its place. Took vehicle to Ford dealership and they recommended bringing vehicle in when grinding noise was present. That is not possible because the noise will stop when I slow down. Dealership could not recommend any way to diagnose it without paying to have it inspected. Problem has not been diagnosed and manufacturer has not been notified. Vehicle was bought 3 years ago at 43K miles and has approx. 80K current miles. Noise is intermittent with occaisional long periods between occurences. Can happen within 5 miles of driving or after 500 miles of driving.

- Oglesby, IL, USA

problem #19

Jan 062016


  • 68,500 miles
While attempting to turn left (across oncoming traffic lanes) the steering wheel seized after rotating only a few degrees. This was sudden and abrupt with no prior symptoms. Substantial force was applied in an attempt to continue the turn. The steering wheel became free and rotated a few more degrees before seizing again. As before, substantial pressure was applied and I believe some back rotation (wiggling) was input. The steering finally became free and felt normal. This did not repeat again during the use of the vehicle that day. The seizure did not feel like a failure of the steering assist (pump) system as the steering wheel could not be rotated as it can be if the steering pump isn't running. Some research found reference to binding of the U-joints on the intermediate steering shaft located in the engine compartment. Examination of these joints found that they are not protected by rubber boots and showed evidence of corrosion. A spray lubricant was used in an attempt to prevent the issue from recurring. The inability to steer the vehicle is, in my opinion, a substantial safety issue. Any number of scenarios could be imagined, but in my particular case, had the seizure not released, I would have found myself stopped in the path of oncoming traffic with the vehicle only partially turned.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #18

Jan 032016


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver without warning. The contact inspected the vehicle and determined that the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 77,000.

- New Concord, OH, USA

problem #17

Oct 122014


  • 70,000 miles


Vehicle has stopped running going down the road several times. It does this unexpectedly, and I let it coast to the shoulder and it cranks up. I drove it to the local dealer, and they could not find a problem. It now sits in my driveway, because it is unsafe to drive it in traffic. I never intend to buy another Ford.

- Keysville, GA, USA

problem #16

Jan 262015

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While driving on a New York interstate at approximately 60 mph in a snow storm, my truck started to miss. It then slowed down and shut off. I did not have enough time to make it to the side of the road. A truck stopped and I had him push my truck to the side of the road, causing me to have damage to my truck. Found out that the fuel pump driver module failed. It is located above the spare tire and due to a design error, water and road salt get trapped between module and mounting brace. It erodes out from the bottom side and the mounting bracket. When replaced, was informed that it is a redesigned component, lifting it away from mounting bracket. If I had not had enough room between me and the tractor trailer traveling behind me, or if I had another vehicle traveling next to me, it could be a total different outcome. I know for a fact, that part component is extended in states where there is a high risk of salt corrosion, and believe that a safety issue like this should be one of them. Sitting on a highway in a snow storm is always dangerous.

- Sinking Spring, PA, USA

problem #15

Oct 212013

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
I had the pump, rack and pinion replaced and the sensor. After all this was replaced some time later the steering got tight. I took it back the mechanic thought I had another problem. He sprayed a lubricant on both universals on the steering shaft. When it gets tight again I will go and saturate these two universals with a spray lubricant.

- Stoneville, NC, USA

problem #14

Oct 092014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


Noted power steering fluid leakage over period of time. Eventually fluid completely leaked out. Ford garage told me that steering rack and hoses needed replaced due to extensive corrosion from slurry used on roads in Ohio. Was told no preventive measures would have avoided the problem which was inevitable. Repair costs were 1900 dollars. Complaint is that I contend that inferior materials were used for lines. This is a 7 Y/O vehicle and should not have corroded in vital area such as steering. Could have had serious consequences under high speed driving. Would suspect that unreported incidents have occurred.

- Aurora, OH, USA

problem #13

Sep 172014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 109,268 miles
I was just leaving a business. As I was pulling out of the parking lot my steering had gotten very stiff and would not go back to center after turning a corner. It was a little scary because I had 50 miles to drive and get back home. Out of the blue this happened. I have had no problem before this!!!

- Antlers, OK, USA

problem #12

Sep 142014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 35,974 miles
While traveling from nys to NJ, I noticed that it became harder to steer the truck as the trip progressed. While on 80E in NJ it became so severe that to change lanes and take an off ramp took all the strength I could muster. I knew it wasn't my power steering pump because I continued to lose range of steering motion in the steering wheel. I limped the truck to a gas station in denville NJ. Fluid level was ok, belt was good and turning properly on the ps pulley. I noticed the two universal joints on the steering shaft looked corroded so on a hunch I poured some motor oil on both U-joints. That fixed the problem and got me out of a very dangerous situation. Somebody is going to get killed because their steering is going to lock up due to those U-joints and they won't be able to steer out of a bad situation.

- Poland , NY, USA

problem #11

Sep 082014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel suddenly became very difficult to turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the universal steering shaft was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000. Updated 10/22/14

- Applegate , MI, USA

problem #10

Aug 182014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


Was driving on the highway went to change lanes and steering felt really tight could barely turn the steering wheel. Pulled over and checked it out steering fluid was good. Was really hard to steer and made it hm. Checked out forum and decided to spray WD40 on turn buckles on steering shaft it started turning easy again. Will see if it last. Have a friend who works for the city as a mechanic and they said Ford sent people in to change all the crown vics steering shaft so they know it is an issue. They need to fix all of the vehicles with the problem.

- Verona, KY, USA

problem #9

Jun 042014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
Steering column shaft has 2 universal joints in it. The joints are non serviceable and seized up due to corrosion. The truck became almost impossible to steer and the steering column would not return when going around a corner. Very dangerous.

- Barrington Hills, IL, USA

problem #8

Dec 182013


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving various speeds the steering wheel became very hard to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the steering shaft needed to be replaced and the steering fluids needed to be flushed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000. The current mileage was 77,000.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 022013

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford F150. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would leak power steering fluid without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the power steering lines had to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000. Updated 11/29/13 the vehicle was repaired on 10/18/13. Updated 12/02/13

- Ridgway, PA, USA

problem #6

Oct 012013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 70,457 miles
The vehicles steering shaft is corroded and locks up when turning, causing a safety hazard. Ford has recalled the steering shafts on their crown vics, Grand Marquis and town cars. I fear that Ford used the same design and material for the steering shafts on the F150's, which would create a heck of a lot more damage, injury and/or death if one were to loose the ability to steer the vehicle. Steering is jumpy and locks up at certain intervals during the steering action. I have lost control, but was able to correct the problem with brute strength. This problem must me investigated. I have researched and have found numerous complaints about this problem, my mechanic says that this is an ongoing problem and that Ford should recall these steering shafts, as they have the others. I contacted Ford and they have not intentions of recalling them.

- Walton Hills, OH, USA

problem #5

May 012010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The steering wheel turns about an eighth of a turn and sticks, you force it through that and you get about another eighth turn...doesn't matter witch way your turning.

- Williamston, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 022010

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
Having problems with the steering, I have had it back to the dealership 2 times in 6 months. They have replaced 2 other parts, but I am still having the same problem with the steering.

- Marlboro, NY, USA

problem #3

May 182011


  • 11,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford F-150. The contact lost steering of the vehicle and crashed into a curve and a fence. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the front passenger side tie rod was found to be fractured and the cause of the crash. The contact was advised that the steering column was fractured when the contact crashed into the curve. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 11,000.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #2

May 222011


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford F150. While attempting to make a left turn, the contact stated that the steering wheel violently jerked and pulled the vehicle to the right, which caused him to crash into a fence. The contact sustained a large cut on his forearm, whiplash, knot on the head, and a broken finger. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they inspected the vehicle and confirmed that the steering column fractured. The manufacturer was not notified. The current and failure mileage was 12,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Arnold , MO, USA

problem #1

May 072007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Ford F-150. While traveling 55 mph in rainy conditions, the vehicle struck a water puddle. The contact lost control and the vehicle began to move sideways. He regained control and was able to drive home. This situation has previously occurred, but is worse when the roads are wet. The contact has taken the vehicle to two different dealers and neither one can determine the cause of failure. The dealers stated that the steering is operating normally and all parts are in place. The current mileage is 12,600 and failure mileage was 10,000.

- Alvin, TX, USA

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