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 1 of 3)

problem #60

Oct 012016


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. While driving approximately 30 mph, a loud snapping sound was heard from the front end of the vehicle. The driver suddenly lost control of the steering. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front tie rods fractured due to rust and corrosion. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Westwood, MA, USA

problem #59

Oct 112015


  • 11,000 miles
Truck "death wobble" - dri\ving on I 25 at about 60 mph we hit a small bump in the road and the truck began to violently shake. We thought we had a blowout, but the tires were ok. In fact, before our trip we had our tires checked and were told they were fine. After going to a dealer I have discovered that this is a known problem called the "death wobble". it is an engineering defect and has nothing to do with tires as Ford would like to assume. I received a notice from Ford in Dec 2015 acknowledging the "severe vibration" and blaming it on the tires. It is not the tires it is an engineering defect. What is being done regarding a recall to fix this problem? unless you have experienced the violent shaking you have no idea how terrifying it is and the potential to cause a serious if not deadly accident. I know I am not the only one complaining as I have read numerous accounts on forums, seen youtube videos and had the acknowledgement from a dealer about the problem!!!. please help.

- Evergreen, CO, USA

problem #58

Mar 132016


  • 60,000 miles
Please reopen this investigation. Every person that I know with a Ford F250 4X4 has this problem on occasion. Your failure to make Ford fix will kill someone. How many people have to die? date investigation opened: Mar 14, 2008 date investigation closed: Mar 31, 2009 NHTSA action number: EA08007 component(s): Suspension my truck has 60,000 miles now and I have replaced all 4 tires nearly 3 different times in the last 15,000 miles. That's an average of tires last 5000 miles. I have encountered this problem many times, and constantly get a "run-around" that it's the tires. My tires are properly inflated. Yesterday, I was travelling on interstate 45 yesterday at 70 mph's and traffic suddenly slowed to a crawl. I had to apply my brakes aggressively and when I hit a certain speed between 35mph and 60 mph, the truck began to randomly bounce and was completely uncontrollable. I couldn't even steer. I nearly crashed into several vehicles on the road. While the front end of the vehicle was violently bouncing (it bounced so violently it broke a folding down tv mount / mounted in the ceiling of the truck), I hung onto the steering wheel for dear life (like hanging onto a bull 8 seconds) and continued to slow even further, and ultimately had to drive off into the grass else I was going to crash. The death wobble went away when I approached a complete stop < 15mph. In the same truck, I have had this death wobble incident happen over 200 times since owning the vehicle. I have even had this same problem happen while hauling car's on car trailers. It is scary. After market mfrs make claims that it's due to the track bar and bushings and these kits are available to fix the issue, but Ford and the tsa denies its a real problem. Before I pay out thousands for a aftermarket suspension, I expect Ford to fix this, the correct way.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #57

Dec 122006


  • 95,000 miles


Truck violently shakes after hitting a bump or dip in the road and doesn't stop until I slow down to almost a complete stop. Received a letter from Ford about this problem but the only solution they offer is to check tire pressure which I did and of course did nothing.

- Jamestown, SC, USA

problem #56

May 262011


  • 70,000 miles
I was driving on a city street and made a left turn. Half way through the turn the truck started shaking(shimming) to the point where it was basically not drive able. Fortunately I was not going fast at the time so I could slow down quickly and pull off to the side of the road. When the event happened it was quick, from nothing to the truck shaking violent. I ended up having the steering gear and U joints replaced.

- Alma Center, WI, USA

problem #55

Oct 032015


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the power steering pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000. Updated 1/12/16

- Crown Point, NY, USA

problem #54

Oct 032015


  • 78,000 miles


2006 Ford F250 moving, 2 lane road, in mountains, suddenly started to steer erratically - managed to keep it out of the opposite lane more by good fortune than anything. Power steering pump had begun to fail.

- Crown Point, NY, USA

problem #53

Jun 292015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. While driving 40 mph over uneven pavement, the vehicle began to shake violently without warning. The contact stated that this was an ongoing issue. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the drag lane bar and steering linkage needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Lucedale, MS, USA

problem #52

Feb 192014

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 118,000 miles
Hello, I have a Ford F 250 Super Duty king ranch 4X4 diesel that my wife and I always wanted. We bought from a used car/truck lot. The rims and tires are brand new as is alignment was also had done to fix the problem right out of the gate but it didn't.. when the truck gets to 44 miles an hour and up to 50 mph my F 250 hops land I don't know if its from the front or back but I think its happening in the front the way it feels on the steering wheel.. my truck steering wheel does not move back and forth like the tires are wiggling right and left, it is more like when you have a bad rim or uneven tire hop, like when I was a kid and couldn't afford tires and bought some used ones and get a bum tire in the set or maybe a rims that I had traded for and one was bad.. we love this F 250 and have put a lot of money into it, not knowing anything about diesel trucks, only loving the sound and power of them so the problems the dealership failed to point out or mention to us we have had all fixed properly and this hop or bounce that my F 250 is experiencing is really a worry to us seeing how we bought it to pull a travel trailer we purchased to explore this great U.S.a. so we will be constantly driving it attached to the trailer or not. I have replaced rims, tires and had an alignment as stated before and would really like to solve this problem which if you googled it and seeing alot ofl others experiencing this same problem and some even life threatening which worries me also if whatever the problem is, causes something to break or happen. I thank you for your time and concerns to remedy this safety hazard on Ford Super Duty trucks.. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #51

Nov 102010

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 74,000 miles
The death wobbles or shimmy been.going on since 2010. The whole truck would shake and shake hard. Until I slow down to 30mph. Then Ford sent me a litter (09L02) saying it's called the shimmy and its my tire pressure. I checked tire still kept happening. Yesterday 6/23/2014 my wife an two sons where on the freeway when it happen and the steering damper broke off.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #50

Jun 162009


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle began shaking violently after driving over a bump in the road. The contact mentioned the vehicle veered into another lane. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic, and there was no diagnosis. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000, and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Lawerenceville, GA, USA

problem #49

Apr 152014


  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. The contact stated while turning at 25 mph, the steering wheel shook. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the steering box, drag link bar, tie rod end, upper and lower ball joints, and suspension drive link cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 77,000. The VIN was not available.

- Dumbar, PA, USA

problem #48

Apr 302013

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 177,203 miles
Driving at 45 mph the truck drifts to the right then snaps back to the left, after applying the brakes the steering wheel shakes violently. After coming to a full stop and starting off again it is fine for a few miles then it starts all over. I have had upper and lower ball joints replaced, steering box replaced, brakes replaced, just about anything to do with the front end has been replaced and it still goes on.

- Glassboro, NJ, USA

problem #47

May 022011


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F250. The contact stated that there was an extreme vibration in the steering wheel. The contact drove over a bump or uneven pavement while driving the vehicle at any speed and had to use force in order to gain control of the steering wheel on multiple occasions. The vehicle shook violently and the steering continued to be unstable. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The contact continued to experience the steering failure which caused the vehicle to drive rough. The vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer who was unable to replicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50000.

- Orefield , PA, USA

problem #46

Feb 192014


  • 114,000 miles
While driving my 2006 Ford F250 FX4, at speeds between 45-65 mph, a slight vibration is felt. Within a few seconds it turn into a violent shaking motion as if I'm driving on large cobble stones. It has been so bad I have almost lost control on the highway and came within inches of hitting another vehicle. When it starts there is no stopping it, as the steering wheel jerks violently. Ford has sent a letter out that say inflate your tires and if it still happens slow down until it stops. That's not right. This is dangerous. I have to slow down to 30 mph for it to stop. I can't do that on the highway. The dealers and Ford say there is nothing they will do. This issue is extremely dangerous due to Ford engineering mishap.my tires are stock, rotated, balanced, and aligned, this happens at least once every other week 2005-2013 F250,350 owners report the same issue. Google: Ford death wobble, and watch the F250 at cruising speed.

- Johns Creek, GA, USA

problem #45

Feb 042008

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 34,000 miles
I have a 2006 F250 lariat crew cab 6.0. there are no modifications from stock on the vehicle. I was and continue to run recommended air pressure in the tires. While driving the vehicle at a speed of 50 mph in a slight turn, immediately after hitting a dip in the road, I experienced a violent shake in the front end. It felt as though the tires were hopping which made the truck extremely hard to control. As the front end hopped it pushed through the turn. This seems to be in intermittent condition brought on by speeds over 40mph, in turning situations, where there is a bump and or dip in the road. Based on my research lately this seems to be a know safety issue that Ford has chosen to ignore.

- Montpelier, VA, USA

problem #44

Aug 122011

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 20,000 miles
While traveling thru atlanta traffic the F 250 had a violent shaking of the front tires. It required braking out of traffic to control the steering. Two prior incidents had occurred but with less intensity in the prior months.

- Georgetown, TN, USA

problem #43

Oct 142013

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 116,080 miles
I was driving down the highway at approx. 65 mph and hit a series of bumps/ rough pavement and my truck started to shack. It shock so bad that I had to slow down to around 30 mph in the fast lane with a lot of traffic to even try to control the truck. Luckily there was nobody next to me or it would have ended in a bad wreck. I looked under the car and don't see any defective parts and from what I have researched its hard to determine the exact problem. The problem is so bad that I am scared to even drive it.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

problem #42

Sep 032013


  • 177,528 miles
I had never heard of a death wobble until I was on my way to the hospital with my three children after being involved in a rollover accident. We were traveling North bound on the M53 van dyke expressway which has a posted speed of 70 mph. I had just passed a vehicle that was in the right lane. Just after passing this vehicle I developed this death wobble, I was switching lanes back to the right lane when my steering wheel started to shake, not just a little shacking either. I had applied my brakes and held the wheel with both my hands. My steering wheel was shacking so badly that my dashboard was falling apart, and I was having major problems controlling my vehicle. It felt as if my driver"S wheel was bouncing up and down and my steering wheel was also shaking so badly that in just a second I had lost total control of my vehicle. My truck drifted to the right and my left front wheel hit the turf followed by my left rear wheel hitting the turf and we started to roll. We rolled two in half times before coming to a stop upside down. The cab of the truck was crushed, the right rear corner of the cab was pushed down further than the headrests on the seat were my youngest was sitting, and thank god my 7 year old wasn?T killed. On the passenger"S side the roof was smashed against the head rest were my daughter was seated. I am very thankful that my 3 children and I lived through this night mare. I have driven a pickup truck for over 20 yrs., and I have never felt this death wobble before.

- Oakland Twp., MI, USA

problem #41

Sep 012011

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 60,000 miles
This complaint is for steering oscillation, or "death wobble". the vehicle in question is completely stock, with no lift. This event has occurred numerous times under a variety of driving conditions and speeds. The violence of this happening while driving at any speed is frightening and dangerous, particularly at 70 mph on the interstate. Ford has issued several technical bulletins relating to this problem, but no solutions have been offered besides checking your tire pressure. To me and the thousands of consumers that have had this problem, that seems to be a convenient way to say it is not a design problem that should be corrected, but operator error. It is incredible that something this dangerous and potentially life threatening is not being addressed by the NHTSA and that Ford is not being held accountable for their design problem. This is a dangerous situation that needs to be addressed.

- Hoschton, GA, USA

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