really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,627 miles

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2009 Ford F-150 steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Mar 152016


  • 41,000 miles


I am the proud owner of a 2009 Ford F150 with just over 42K miles. The steering has increasingly become more-and-more difficult over the past several months. My truck has been for the most part- pampered. I do pull a small utility trailer and the truck is not a daily driver. I first noticed the issue last March (2016) after sitting for 6-weeks and the steering difficulty has become more pronounced. The power-steering fluid is at the proper level, there are no leaks and tire pressure is normal. Yet the truck steer's and handles as though I have low/no air in the front tires and/or the power steering pump is failing. I plan on taking the truck into the service department at my local dealership for a complete diagnostic check. My overall concern is to communicate the importance that steering and handling is vital to the "safe-operation" of a motor vehicle especially a truck. I previously owned a 1999 F150 and even with over 100K miles, steering was never an issue. In fact, I have owned and operated many vehicles with over 100K miles both in the military and in civilian use and have never experienced "steering" issues of this nature. I am therefore concerned as to the nature of this specific failure on a vehicle that has not seen heavy duty use or been driven excessively. Respectfully yours, made-in-America - please don't fail me.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #23

Feb 282016


  • 109,000 miles
While driving at approximately 30 mph a rear wheel locked up causing the truck to turn to one side. Travelling a little further it happened again. I turned the truck around and headed back to my house. Two or three times again a rear wheel locked up causing a lack of control. If I was at highway speed, the vehicle would have caused an accident as the condition would cause the truck to go sideways.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #22

Nov 122015


  • 78,000 miles
The steering wheel attachment bolt worked its way loose and the wheel fell off while driving down the road when I adjusted the steering wheel L. it popped off its setting and fell on my lap. Making steering impossible until I was able to align the wheel and shovebit back in place until I could get vehicle stopped. The only thing that saved an serious accident was the good alignment of my tires and luckily I got the wheel lined up and on within a second.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #21

Jul 102015


  • 46,000 miles


The contac owns a 2009 Ford F-150. While driving at any speed, the steering wheel became difficult to steer. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rack and pinion malfunctioned. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Ofallon, MO, USA

problem #20

Apr 012015

F-150 8-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
On or about March 23, 2015 steering became stiff. Stiffness increased to the point on April 1, 2015 that it started to bind upon making right hand turns. Dealer replaced lower steering shaft on April 3, 2015 and the steering has returned to normal. I have owned 17 different vehicles in my lifetime and I have never had a problem with binding steering. If the steering had bound up completely I could have had a serious accident. Ford motor should initiate a recall for this defect.

- Ocean City , NJ, USA

problem #19

Oct 012012

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
Having problems with ignition. When you turn ignition switch, the car doesn't start. Already have changed a part in steering column related to the ignition.

- Cortland, OH, USA

problem #18

Jun 032014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the power steering failed and the steering wheel seized. As of result of the failure, the contact lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an embankment. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a bruised sternum. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.....updated 06/27/14 pictures received. 06/30/14

- Stoneville, NC, USA

problem #17

Apr 102014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 69,800 miles
Truck steering "went out" and the power steering worked on and off. Found out is was lower steering shaft, I had just replaced a power steering hose, the problem was not solved. Anyway the new lower steering shaft did solve the problem (cost of over $320 to me) but really at less than 70,000 miles, and a very conservative one man driver a family truck not business truck, not rough! the truck is parked outside and I did notice recalls further North due to cold and rough winters. I live in SE Michigan and perhaps that recall should head South a bit. Total spending was over $650 dollars for both jobs. An F150 with big steering problems and big cost with less then 70,000, not anyone's idea of "built tough". I have been behind the wheel of many vehicles and traveled well over a million miles in over 50 years of driving and I never had to replace these parts. There is a concern here as when steering goes so does control of truck! junk oem parts "???? recall needed?" I think so................

- Macomb Twp, MI, USA

problem #16

Apr 162014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 69,350 miles
Cool morning truck was fine day before, but this am steering was "hard" like truck lost it's "power" in power steering. The power steering level was about 1/4 inch below min so I filled to proper level. ( I just had it at dealer and fluid was checked "ok" two months prior). A few days later level had gone down a bit so I added more staying between min and max lines. Next couple weeks power steering would fade in and out (at all speeds) and worked whenever it wanted to. Intermittent hard to turn and at times worked fine. Took to dealer on 4 30 14 (this day steering was working fine) and was told it was a leaking power steering pressure hose operation 3719-a R&R 4.6L 2009. Cost out of pocket about $390.44. I am the only driver of this truck and I drive like an old man cause I am an older man, lots of tlc. So why in the heck would this fail so early at less then 70,000 miles" recall needed?"

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #15

Apr 032014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Steering shaft after only 48,000 miles of on road driving was worn out to the extent that it was difficult to keep the vehicle in one lane and to negotiate turns with any degree oc confidence. A search of Ford forums indicate numerous accounts of this same type of issue as well as binding in the steering column likely due to failure of this same part.

- Tulalip, WA, USA

problem #14

Nov 012013


  • 45,000 miles


High pressure power steering hose leak.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #13

Jul 202013

F-150 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle violently shook on several occasions. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 8/22/13 the track bar was replaced with oem parts. All of the ball joints and shocks were replaced. The tires were replaced, including balancing. The truck was aligned and the tires have the same and proper air pressure. The truck would violently shake every time it hit any kind of small bump. It happened every couple of miles. The shaking was so bad, it felt as though, the tires had blown out. The only thing, the consumer could do was stop.

- Alvin , TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 102013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 26,000 miles
Sudden loss of power steering while backing. Could be very dangerouse in a parking lot or area where other vehicles or people are present.

- Orange , CA, USA

problem #11

Dec 172012


  • 55,000 miles
Power steering hose is leaking fluid. Multiple dealers have stated that the part is on back order and fulfillment of a replacement order will take anywhere from several weeks to almost a year based on previous experiences they've had. They also stated that Ford ordered dealers to stop selling any hoses they currently have in inventory. Dealers have all stated that I should keep an eye on fluid level, keep driving it, and hope it doesn't get worse or fail completely.

- Ida, MI, USA

problem #10

Dec 182012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 36,600 miles
Was informed by dealer at 36,000 inspection and oil change that power steering pressure hose had a leak and needed to be replaced. Vehicle 3 yrs old, lightly driven.

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

problem #9

Sep 212012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
Took my vehicle for in for annual safety inspection. Failed due to leaking lower power steering hose. Unable to obtain replacement from Ford due to backorder - apparently this is a very common failure for this part in these vehicles. Ford stated that they won't have any available until 22 Oct so I'm driving around with a failed vehicle safety sticker until then. Amazed that this occurred on a vehicle that's only 3 years old, and subjected to light duty the entire time. Vehicle no longer under warranty so will cost me $600 to replace (new hose is $200 alone!). this is my 5th and last Ford.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #8

Feb 292012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. The contact stated that he was changing the oil and noticed that the power steering line was leaking. The contact stated that he took the vehicle to a mechanic for an inspection and they informed him that they could not obtain the necessary part because it was on back order. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was again informed that the part was on back order. The manufacturer was notified and they informed the contact that there were known issues for this failure, but the part was not available. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Bridgewater, VA, USA

problem #7

Mar 012012


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F150. While driving approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel became extremely sluggish and difficult to turn. The contact was able to reach his destination and noticed that the lower power steering hose was leaking fluid. The manufacturer and dealer were notified, they both informed the contact that the part was on a national back order. The manufacturer was uncertain when the part would become available. The contact had been waiting on the part since March of 2012. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Webster City , IA, USA

problem #6

Apr 062012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Power steering hydraulic hose leaking, causing power steering pump to whine & cavitate, & will eventually ruin the power steering pump, dealer says the hose is on national back order, 3700 customers are waiting for this part. Drive at your own risk, when the pump fails you go to manual steering instantly and could lose control of the vehicle.

- Temperance, MI, USA

problem #5

Apr 012012

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 28,550 miles
Power steering hose leaking fluid. Mechanic tried ordering replacement and was told by Ford there is a national back-order of 4500 units.

- Prospect, CT, USA

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