really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,592 miles

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2006 Ford F-250 steering problems

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2006 Ford F-250 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #20

Mar 172009


  • 18,000 miles


TL * the contact owns a 2006 Ford F250. The contact stated that while traveling at speeds of 40 mph in clear weather conditions, the entire front end of the vehicle would shake excessively. He attempted to shut off and restart the engine to correct the failure to no avail. The failure would occur several times while operating the vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted and advised taking the vehicle to the dealer for further inspection. There had been no repairs to the vehicle as of yet. The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 28,000.

- Oroville, CA, USA

problem #19

Jan 292010


  • 116,500 miles
The tie rod broke and I lost all steering. I arrived at an intersection where the street I was on is required to stop. I was turning to the left so as I was accelerating through the turn and the intersection all steering disappeared and I found myself in the ditch and front yard of a neighbor's house rolling over his gas main. This of course created adverse secondary effects, but what if the tie rod had broken while I was on the freeway, the results would have been much different. I was not hurt nor was anyone else, but a tie rod is designed to out last the life of a vehicle. There was obviously a flaw in this particular piece of equipment.

- East China, MI, USA

problem #18

Oct 312009


  • 60,800 miles
Was driving North on I-95 on 31 Oct 2009 with a 12' trailer full of pottery in tow speed between 75 and 80. Just completed transition from bridge back to highway when truck began to shake violently. Initial reaction was a blowout but quickly realized that this was the same problem my daughter incurred a week earlier. Slowed truck down and worked way across highway to shoulder of road to check out the situation. After verifying no tires were flat and steering was all in tact resumed trip (very cautiously) to nc.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #17

Oct 272009


  • 50,000 miles


The failure occurs when your 2006 Ford F250 Super Duty is moving 45-65 mph and you hit a bump, the truck steering becomes oscillating and you can easily loose control if you don't slow down immediately. It feels like the tire is coming loose. We have talked to our local mechanic and he currently has two other trucks with the same problems and is not sure how to fix it.

- Elliottsburg, PA, USA

problem #16

Sep 082009


  • 16,122 miles
I own a 2006 Ford F250 Super Duty. It has just passed 16,000 miles on it. When I drive on a highway and hit a bump or pothole the front end of the vehicle begins to shake violently. It radiates through the whole vehicle and it becomes very hard to control and your only option is to slow down and wait for it to pass. I will no longer allow my children to ride in my truck as I feel it is very unsafe. This has happened on several occasions and appears to be getting worse. Ford sent out a bulletin to owners of these vehicles that we must change our tire pressure to 65 psi, but this still does not resolve the problem.

- Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #15

Jun 012009

F-250 8-cyl

  • miles
2006 Ford F250 has a steering problem. The consumer was towing a camper. The consumer stated while driving, they hit a rough spot in the road and the vehicle began to shake violently. The consumers husband immediately let off the gas and merged into the slow lane. A bolt, bracket and E-damper assembly were replaced. The consumer received a letter from Ford stating that some F-250 trucks did have a vibration/shaking in the steering.

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 242006


  • 21,000 miles


3-13-09 I took my Ford F-250 to the dealership I purchased it from due to a severe steering wheel and front wheel vibrations. This is causing severe shimmy and loss of control of the vehicle at approx 35-39 mph. They checked it out and told me that I needed to make sure my tire pressure is at 65 lbs at all times. They said they didn't find anything wrong other than the tire pressure was low and it took care of 85% of the shimmy. The shimmy has worsened sense I left the dealership and is now shimming violently at this time. I've sense received a letter about this problem from Ford Motor Company and they are researching this common problem with the F-250 & F-350 models.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 272009


  • 75,000 miles
2006 F250 crew 4X4 XL - around 50 mph the front end shakes me off of the road - either have to accelerate through 50 or hit the brakes - front end is tight and rims and tires good.

- Fentress, TX, USA

problem #12

Jan 152006


  • 3,000 miles
The shimmy issue on my 2006 Ford 250 pick up has never been resolved. I spent approx 6 months working with the dealership to try to resolve the issue. They eventually told me they have done everything that Ford told them to do. This very dangerous problem still exists. I received a letter from Ford that the problem was related to tire pressure. That is absolutely nonsense. After the second set of front tires before 10000 miles they started to cup severely after 1000 miles. I took it back and they put new tires on all the way around. And then I was told there was nothing else that could be done. The shimmy is so severe at times it will actually shimmy across the center line.

- Wintresville, OH, USA

problem #11

Dec 182005


  • 16,000 miles
I have a 2006 F-250 Super Duty with only 17,000 miles, from the day I picked it up new at the dealer I notice that every time I hit a rut or bump in the road there was huge vibrations in the rear end and very near losing control. Recently I was traveling on a major interstate at approximately 80 mph and all of a sudden the front end felt like both wheels were coming off and the steering wheel was shaking so violently I nearly lost control. I was beside an 18 wheeler and I thought this would probably be my last day but somehow I got it back under control. Can't tell you how nervous I was but you can imagine. I called our local Ford dealer today and he said sounds like something terrible is wrong, we'll see what the outcome is. Everything I've read on this says Ford doesn't think they have a problem, from the stories out there I disagree.

- Cottonwood, AZ, USA

problem #10

Feb 102009


  • 86,000 miles


While driving down the highway, if you hit a pot hole or rough area on the pavement the 2006 F250 will shake very bad and you must slam on the brakes and come to a full stop to get control of the truck. It is even worse when towing a trailer in corner.

- Descanso, CA, USA

problem #9

May 132008


  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle begins violently shaking when a bump is hit in the road, vehicle is temporarily uncontrollable until speed is reduced. Ford has told me I need to purchased a 400 dollar dampener, however this never happen for the first few years of vehicle ownership so I am confused as to why I suddenly need to purchase new equipment to make the vehicle operate in a safe manner.

- Hoover, AL, USA

problem #8

Mar 252009


  • 0 miles
Ford 250 swb 4X4 2006, when crossing bridges, hitting bumps in the road or hitting pot holes, the trucks front end will go into a violent shimmy and shake episode, the only way to correct it is to slow down - this can be very dangerous on interstate or high speed roadways. Front end alignments, tire balancing, new tires and steering stabilizers have been installed.nothing stops this front of from violently shaking. Ford dealerships have been no help. This is a very dangerous problem in which Ford probably needs to re-engineer the front end. Please help put some pressure on Ford to make a recall on these front ends.

- Ringgold, GA, USA

problem #7

May 122008


  • miles
1. traveling on freeways, highway, and public roads 2. several times a month, violent shaking in front steering 3. our local dealer replaced a steering stabilizer strut on the front axle of the affected vehicles. Problems still occurs I am mechanic with about thirty years experience and I believe the steering gears on 2006-07 F-250 2X and 4X is defective.

- Castaic, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 192008


  • 20,000 miles
Temporary loss of power steering at low speeds and tight turns. Problem is intermittent and has caused me to almost run off the road while pulling my boat or motorcycle trailer. Ford dealer checked power steering pump and found it was pumping less fluid than required. Replaced pump. Problem still exists.

- Sylva, NC, USA

problem #5

Sep 222008


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. While driving 63 mph, the vehicle struck a small dip in the road. The steering began to shake violently and the contact lost control. The vehicle will not be repaired because the contact wants the vehicle replaced. The manufacturer stated that they were aware of the failure; however, advised him to follow the tsb instruction to repair the failure. The failure mileage was 51,000 and current mileage was 65,000.

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #4

May 152008


  • 22,000 miles
Violent shaking in front suspension and wheels after hitting rough pavement at approx 65 mph. Truck always has excessive wheel hop but extreme shaking has occurred 5 times in 66K miles. Ford technical bulletin useless for resolving problem. Dealer suggested check tire inflation, tow settings, and steering components. No results. This is a death trap. It shook two drinks out of the cupholder. Lost steering ability, crossed lanes and stopped shaking only after coming to a complete stop.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 182008


  • 18,500 miles
I own a 2006 F-250 Ford truck. While driving on the interstate the front end of the truck started violently shaking. I almost lost control and could have been killed. This happened yet again the very same day. I took my Ford truck to the Ford dealership in boone and was told there was nothing wrong with my truck. They claimed it was probably due to low air pressure in the tires. After researching this problem on my own I discovered that this is quite a common problem and many many Ford truck owners are curious as to why nothing has been done. After clearly telling the Ford dealership that I will not accept my truck back until it has been fixed, they reveal that they do have a service bulletin about this problem and reveal to me that Ford told them to change the air pressure in these trucks. This does not correct this dangerous and potentially life threatening problem! these trucks need to be recalled and have their steering dampners replaced! after five days of arguing with the Ford dealership I have yet to get my truck back. I demanded a letter stating that my Ford truck would be safe and that they would be liable in the event of my death due to this problem that no one will take care of! I have yet to receive their answer.

- Blowing Rock, NC, USA

problem #2

Jan 312008

F-250 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Recurring oscillation in the steering. It hasn't currently led to any wrecks or complete loss of control. We attempted to fix it by putting on heavier duty steering dampers. This problem needs to be addressed. There are hundreds of complaints. If you will follow this link you will see some of the many other occurrences of this exact problem: www.topix.net/forum/autos/Ford-F-250-super-duty/T0sgdctmobhe5jer1

- Lula, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 152006

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I drive a company 2006 Ford F250 4X4 that I have had multiple steering problem incidents with. The problem is when you hit a pot-hole in the road at highway speed. The truck goes into a nearly complete out of control shimmy. If unchecked the truck would literally shake its shelf apart. In one incident the truck vibrated into the next lane. Luck had it that no one was in that lane. To stop the violent vibration you have to drop the speed of the truck below 40mph and because the front end is vibrating so violently braking is very limited due to the limited tire contact with the pavement. My company has a number of these trucks in its fleet and has had similar complaints regarding other trucks. It has made the company issue a site wide ban from driving these trucks on the highway in fear of possible injuries. As these trucks age and parts become worn it is only a matter of time when an incident as described above happens and the truck will come apart and cause a crash with injuries or deaths.

- Green River, WY, USA

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