definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,386 miles

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2001 Ford F-250 steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 042016


  • 102,000 miles


While driving back home from shopping my brakes (anti-lock style) locked up and violently shook my vehicle all over the road I was driving on. I had limited or no control at all of this incident. Was doing about 40 mph. Truck acted as if brakes were applied on and off 50/60 times so fast that there was nothing to do but hang on to the steering wheel. At one point I thought I was going to flip over as the truck went sideways. Steering went from side to side at first, then a constant pull to the right. I thought one of my front tires was blown out. Slowed down enough to gain some control but it took my truck over a curb and stopped on a sidewalk and some grass. When I did apply the brakes nothing happened until I was on the sidewalk and going very slow by this time. Got out and inspected my truck for damage but saw nothing. Was only about.3 miles from home so I started my vehicle and limed it home at walking speed. When I tried to go a little faster it would start jumping and shaking again. Got it home and that is when I noticed the ABS light was on. It was not on when I started home from the store. This happened so fast that I am glad no one was in another lane. This happened on a 3 lane each direction road. All this occurred on July 4th at about 10:47 a.M.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #6

May 022013

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 94,703 miles
While I was driving along a hilly, winding road the engine of my 2001 F-250 diesel 4X4 truck unexpectedly shut off. I lost steering and braking. There were no lights on the dash. There was no prior indication of any problem with the engine or electrical system. I've had the truck for 12 years at the time and never experienced any problem like this. I was very fortunate to have been able to get the truck to the road's shoulder. After the truck stopped I put the shift into park. The key was still in the run position. I simply turned it to the start position and the engine started right up. I took it immediately to the local Ford dealer who ran diagnostics on the truck. They found no indication of a problem other than one battery's voltage was slightly low, but not out of acceptable range. I replaced both batteries as they were almost 3 years old. So far, I've not experienced this problem again.

- Saluda, NC, USA

problem #5

Sep 162008

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 65,000 miles
After traveling over small bumps, like railroad tracks most recently, at around 30mph, one front wheel started bouncing violently, making vehicle loose control until truck could be brought to a stop. Had experienced this numerous time in the past but thought problem was solved by adding a steering stabilizer a few years ago. Problem has returned. Each time, this has nearly resulted in a catastrophic accident.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 012003


  • 42,000 miles


When the brakes were applied, the steering wheel failed to turn.

- North Berwick, ME, USA

problem #3

Oct 252002

(reported on)

F-250 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Consumer was pulling out of an intersection onto a four lane highway. The consumer floor the accelerator pedal in order to get up to speed with oncoming traffic when the vehicle suddenly idled down. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined that the throttle stopping device on the pedal assembly bent when the pedal was floor and caused the truck to idle down instead of up. The steering wheel did not respond when the consumer slammed on the brake.

- Buckhannon, WV, USA

problem #2

Oct 252002

(reported on)

F-250 4WD Diesel

  • miles
There was a failure within the steering mechanism during excessive braking. Consumer was put into a situation where he had to slam on brakes and steer away from an oncoming vehicle. The steering wouldn't respond upon consuemr slamming the brakes.

- Buckhannon, WV, USA

problem #1

May 082002

F-250 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle is hard to steer while driving. Vehicle had been to dealer and problem was reoccurring. Steering is becoming difficult to handle at higher speeds. Consumer has to continually be aware because you never know when the steering will fail. Also the front rotors needed resurfacing at 25335 miles. The right front was badly warped and was causing a vibration while in motion. It was grabbing at stops or when slowing down.

- Lamoille, NV, USA

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