really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,346 miles

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2008 Ford F-150 steering problems

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2008 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Oct 052013


  • 64,660 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact was driving 3 mph when the steering wheel seized. The contact lubricated the steering column by applying oil and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The contact was informed that the running boards were damaged and the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 64,660.

- Louisville, OH, USA

problem #17

Sep 162013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Steering wheel has become difficult to turn. Feels as if it is locking up and I really have to muscle it back to center after taking a sharp turn. I took it to my mechanic and he lubricated a U joint on the steering shaft which helped and told me to bring it back if/when it starts binding up again. He informed me he has replaced the lower steering shaft on other F150's due to severe rust/corrosion at the joint. I saw recently Ford issued a recall on Crown Victoria's with some type of steering issue so I figured I would submit this complaint since I anticipate having to replace the steering shaft in the near future.

- Wapwallopen, PA, USA

problem #16

Apr 152013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
Power steering became intermittent and vehicle would become difficult to control. Remedy was to replace the faulty, rusted lower linkage in the steering assembly.

- Amherst, NH, USA

problem #15

Jul 012013


  • 27,000 miles


While driving, my steering suddenly started to feel like it was binding. I pulled over and noticed a large pool of fluid underneath. I had it towed to a service station and was told that I needed a steering rack. The steering rack was replaced at a cost of approximately ( I have a receipt, just not at hand at the moment) $1300. A week later my steering was acting strange again. I brought it back to the service station and was told that I now needed a steering column (sp). The cost to replace this was $470.

- South Dennis, MA, USA

problem #14

Jul 172013

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150 sd. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the power steering failed as the steering wheel tightened. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was stated that the steering shaft needed to be replaced and steering line had a leak. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 11/15/13

- Peru , NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 282013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the steering wheel seized. The failure recurred numerous times even while the contact was driving at various speeds. The contact applied oil to the steering column to alleviate the failure. The remedy lasted a week and more oil was applied as a temporary remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 60,000.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #12

Jun 172013

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 61,917 miles


The truck steering column was hard to turn. Clunking and sticking points were noted during turning.found lower steering shaft U-joint in engine compartment seized. This coincides with latest Ford recall for 2005 - 2011 Ford cars. This was diagnosed as "frozen" by Ford and replaced on 06/17/13. This recall should be expanded to include Ford F-150 series trucks. The repair cost $460. I thought this should have not happen being only 5 years old. Another issue with truck was a split in the radiator (main core.) while driving, my family noticed the smell of glycol. The radiator was leaking (streaming)in the middle of radiator core. Ford replaced the radiator at a cost of $820.83 on 08/05/13. There was no impact damage to radiator. It was diagnosed as leaking.

- Feeding Hills, MA, USA

problem #11

Jan 312013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
I have a 2008 F-150. As I was taking an exit off the highway, the steering wheel looked up & I couldn't turn the wheel & ended up on the grassy area of the exit.. the problem is the lower steering shaft U-joint binds up & locks. There is a design flaw in the U-joint, there is no way to grease or lube the U-joint. I have notified Ford many times with no answers or response. On the Ford forum site, there are thousands of F-150 owners who have or had the same problem with trucks who's warranty's just ended & had to pay $500 plus to fix it, there are some who crashed because they couldn't turn the wheel. I was lucky but it's a major problem Ford wouldn't correct til somebody dies. I pd.$30,000 for this truck & owe $16,000 and shouldn't have to pay $500+ to be safe. How can you make Ford correct this problem? I can send you thousands of owners E-mails sent to me from the forum. Bad enough we have to pay alot of money to fix this & still owe a ton of money for the loan for the truck, it's a major safety defect from Ford. Please E-mail me back with your advice on what to do. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #10

Mar 012012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
This is the second time the high pressure power steering hose needs to be replaced in 13 months.

- Troutdale, OR, USA

problem #9

Aug 112012


  • 54,120 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact stated that power steering fluid spilled throughout the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnose that the cooling tube needed to be replaced. The manufacturer stated that the delay was a supply issue and that they were trying out a new part. The failure was 54,120 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Latrobe, PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 212012

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,100 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while traveling 40 mph the steering wheel seized while making a turn. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic confirmed that the steering shaft and universal joint needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 42,100 and the current mileage was 42,220... updated11/01/12 the consumer stated the steering wheel would not self correct after making a turn. 11/02/12

- Eliot, ME, USA

problem #7

Dec 082010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
Bought a 2008 Ford F150 from a so called reputible dealer. Had issues after the first couple of months with a vibration took vehicle back to dealer ran a diagnostics check on it, they said nothing is wrong. Two years later problem has escalated where truck vibrates so bad that it spills a can of soda. Ford now says no warranty left on vehicle and we have to pay for fixing. It was under warranty two years ago when problem arised. I am very unhappy with the dealership and Ford itself. I am thinking about filing a law suit against Ford if the problem is not rectified.

- Longville, MN, USA

problem #6

Apr 042012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
It felt as if steering was binding when making a turn. It would suddenly break free and oversteer was a problem. When coming out of a turn the wheel would not center on its own, but had to be turned back to the straight ahead position. Spoke with a Ford dealer and they wanted an exorbitant charge to just look at the vehicle and professed they had not heard of the problem before. I went on the internet and found at least two hundred (200) references to the exact issue. It was the lower steering shaft universal joints that had severely corroded. I lubed the joints and things went back to normal for a few days and the binding returned. I installed a new lower shaft - Ford part8L3zb767B- and the truck steers like new. The original part ended in a and the B represents an updated version. Obviously Ford is aware of the problem and has engineered a fix - and never notifying the consumer. A true concern is the following. Over the past few months when driving straight the wheel showed about 15 degrees of right input while tracking straight, hands off. I had the alignment checked and all ok. It was not pulling, just a displaced from center wheel position. This has all disappeared with the new shaft. On the same roads, same conditions the wheel is perfectly centered. This tells me the old shaft has suffered some type of deformation, most likely associated with the universal joints on said shaft. This is a definite safety issue and should be addressed by Ford.

- East Sandwich, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 042011


  • 10,000 miles
While driving on interstate, truck self engaged in 4X4, but only driver side wheel locked causing severe pull towards left side. Almost lost control. Dealership has replaced all components twice now and the problem is intermittent.

- Bay St. Louis, MS, USA

problem #4

Apr 222011


  • 33,612 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F150 super cab. The contact stated that the vinyl steering cover was defective and separated from the steering. The manufacturer was contacted but would not assist with the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 33,612 and the current mileage was 37,171.

- Willow , AK, USA

problem #3

Aug 212010


  • 31,000 miles
I was changing the oil in my 2008 F150 60th anniversary edition truck and noticed that my steering stops were worn. I turned on my truck to see if my wheels, when turned all the way to either side if they were touching the steering stops. And they were! the problem with this is the aluminum steering bracket is eventually going to crack if the racking pinion isn't adjusted properly on the truck. This is a new truck with only 31,000 miles 2wd, and has never been off road.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 042009


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. While driving between 55-60 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle vibrated excessively. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation and without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection, but they could not duplicate the failure. However, the dealer replaced the driveshaft and universal joints. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer on two separate occasions for identical failures. In addition, the transmission was replaced and four new tires were mounted on the vehicle. The vehicle was at the dealer for nine weeks, but the failures persist. The contact is in the process of taking the vehicle to an independent mechanic for repair. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 2,000 and current mileage was 6,500.

- Alvin, TN, USA

problem #1

Aug 182008


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact stated that when the tires are cold, the steering shakes. The steering operates properly when the tires are warm. The dealer stated that the failure is normal due to the soft compound of the tire and would not make any repairs. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 19,000.

- Kinston, NC, USA

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