hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,428 miles

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2009 Ford F-250 steering problems

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2009 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #20

Jul 272016


  • 99,000 miles


When I hit a small bump at highway speeds my truck will start to shake violently and will not stop without hard braking or aggressively jerking the steering wheel. I feel this is a real hazard and am afraid to let my family drive the truck. I will not let my grand children ride with me in fear of an accident when the truck decides to shake.

- Lewisville, AR, USA

problem #19

Jul 292016


  • 130,000 miles
My truck has began a violent shaking, bouncing, and vibrating from the front end when I hit an uneven service on the interstate. Feels as if someone else grabs my steering wheel and shakes it as hard and as fast as they can back and forth leaving me with little or no control. Terrifying!! the only way to stop the violence is to slow to a stop on the shoulder. This began about a month ago and has happened at least a dozen times. My family is afraid to ride in the truck.

- Bourbon, MO, USA

problem #18

Jul 082016


  • 79,000 miles
When driving at 65 mph, and the front tires hit a large bump or pot hole, the front end goes into a violent shake. This has happened (3) times in 2-weeks. On the internet, it is known as the "death wobble." The shaking in the steering wheel was so great that it vibrated me into the next lane and I almost caused a serious accident on the freeway when I had to come to a complete stop. I took my truck to Ford and they do not recognize my complaint. All they could offer was to replace my ball joints, shocks, steering stabilizer, and track bar "at my expense." I have researched this condition on the internet and see a substantial amount of complaints pertaining to the death wobble, and unanimously, every person says that Ford does not recognize this as a problem. My truck is unsafe to drive and is parked until I can afford the costly recommended repairs.

- La Mirada, CA, USA

problem #17

Dec 112015

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 66,500 miles


Driving 2009 Ford F-50 Super Duty FX4 on insterstate at 65 mph, as I exited to another interstate I experienced a violent wobble in the front end which only stopped when I brought the pickup truck to a complete stop. I took the truck to the dealer I purchased the vehicle from and they gave me a shopping list of $3300. This included windshield wipers. They also did not know what caused this problem. Ford customer service said they did not know of this problem and could not help. Looking into this on google, I found hundreds of similar problems commonly called "death wobble" on the internet. This violent shaking has occurred once more two weeks later. I am parking the vehicle until I decide what I need to do. I am afraid for my family's safety and other motorists.

- Satsuma, AL, USA

problem #16

Mar 092015


  • 91,000 miles
I was driving on the highway, hit a bump and the front tires started to hop, increasing in intensity the entire time. The experience was very scary, and I felt like I was going to loose control of the vehicle. I had to pull over on the side of the highway, very carefully, since I had hardly no control of the vehicle at this point. Since the first incident I have noticed the hopping of the front tires every time I hit a little bump in the highway or a pothole. It tends to happen at speeds on the highway and is less frequent traveling on local roads at a slower pace. The only way to make the tires stop from hopping is to either gradually pull off the road, or jerk the wheel in one direction or the other violently. Either way I do not consider it safe.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #15

Dec 052014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50-70 mph, the steering wheel shook violently causing the vehicle to sway. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #14

Oct 222014

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 61,400 miles


I was making a left turn out of a parking lot and heard a clunk from the front of the truck. At the end of the block after the light turned green, I tried to make a left turn and it was really hard to turn the steering wheel. The truck made the left turned but not very sharp. Upon driving up the street I tried to shift to the left lane and the truck would not respond well. Upon pulling over the truck would not fully turn to the left but would turn to the right okay. The steering wheel would only turn a quarter of a turn. My concern is if I had to make a sharp left turn with the road I would not be able to do this. The vehicle has ~61K miles. If I was driving at a high rate of speed I would not have been able to go around a left corner. I could understand the steering gear box going out if I used this truck for commercial applications. Many complaints have been noted about a steering issue with F250 6.4L diesel trucks. The Ford dealership said the steering gear box was broken due to mechanical issues, not covered under a warranty and replaced the part. I have the broken gear box in my garage and plan to take it to a certified mechanic to evaluate the box. Lakewood fordland in lakewood co 303.232.6145 completed the repairs. Luckily the issued happened while in the city and I was able to get it to a dealership to evaluate the issue.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #13

Sep 042014

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 67,406 miles
I got onto highway 45 from 517. While switching lanes, my steering wheel felt like a child's toy. There was no steering whatsoever. I instinctively applied the brake. My truck was weaving from middle lane to the fast lane and finally I was in one lane when I came to a complete stop and placed it in park. At this point I am frantic because traffic is fast approaching. I'm looking for the hazard lights and pumping my brakes so the traffic can see brake lights. At this point I am very frantic, that I thought if the truck is going to get hit, im's jumping out. As I got out of the truck, there were two vehicles passing me up on the shoulder lane. I didn't get hit. After I exited the truck, I was finally able to dial for 911, my husband and daughter. While I was switching lanes, I felt like something had broken or disengaged and when I came to a stop and exited the truck I smelled smoke, but did not see any.

- Bacliff, TX, USA

problem #12

Mar 082011


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-250. The contact stated while driving over a bump at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle began shaking and swerved into another lane. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. However, all four tires were replaced on four occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- St. Francisville , LA, USA

problem #11

May 192014

F-250 8-cyl

  • 54,245 miles
The vehicle involved is a 2009 F-250xl 4X4 w/8'box, equiped from factory with the camper suspension & snow plow suspension packages. Note that the truck has never carried nor pulled a camper nor has it ever pushed a snow plow. It was purchased in 1010 and currently has 55xxx miles on it as a passenger carrier. Tire pressure monitoring system is factory unit. Current tire pressure is at propper inflation. While driving down a road that could be called rough the front end went into a severe shimmy/wobble. Control was obtained without incident only due to no other vehicle in proximity. This occured several times since that first episode. I had my mechanic check the front end components that normally cause such events and all was tight and appeared O.K., he did recommend that I replace my shocks and steering stabilizer. This was done by my mechanic on 07-07-14 with bilstein shocks and stabilizer. The problem with severe shimmy/wobble was experienced 3 times on the trip home on a rough road. Shimmy was severe enough to require great effort to regain control of vehicle to prevent a run off the road incident.

- Townsend, DE, USA

problem #10

May 012014


  • 92,000 miles


I'm yet another Super Duty owner that has experienced the now infamous death wobble. I was shocked to find out its a common problem as it is extremely dangerous. Even more shocked that I cannot find any information related to Ford addressing the problem or recalling to fix the issue before a major incident occurs.

- Dripping Springs, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 052014

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 45,000 miles
What I have found about this issue and what it is called is a 'Ford death wobble' on the internet.

- Ivoryton, CT, USA

problem #8

May 152013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-250. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle would shake violently whenever driving over a road bump in the road or a pothole. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the stabilizer, shock absorbers, and the track bar bushings needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired but the failure was not rectified. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000. The current mileage was 73,000.

- Grand Junction , CO, USA

problem #7

Apr 012014


  • 68,000 miles
I own a 2009 Ford F250 Super Duty 4X4 after hitting a small bump in the rd. At 50 mph the whole cab of my truck, the steering wheel and the tires started shaking violently!!!!!!!!!!! back and forth. The truck veered in to the opposite lane. I had to slam on the brakes to slow the truck down to regain control. I truly thought that I was going to lose control and crash.why has Ford not recalled the trucks to fix the problem.why when I bought the truck was I not told that there is an ongoing investigation into this defect and it has been going on since 2005. Must someone die before Ford is made to correct this extremely dangerous defect. Please inform me of outcome of this investigation. Thank you.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012010

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 22,000 miles
The front tires and steering wheel shimmy left to right at highway speeds. It was brought top the dealership from where it was purchased to be repaired. Dealership said they found no issues with it. It was noticed again and brought back to the dealership after I replaced the steering stabilizer. I was told at that point the track bar ball joint was worn and was charged $400 for the repair. The vehicle is progressively getting worse. Now the front end starts to shimmy and is unsafe for any speed above 45mph. This is an ongoing issue with all Super Duty trucks. The problem can be seen on line at you tube / Ford death wobble. The technician that worked on my vehicle told me he had no idea what was causing the problem.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 032012


  • 27,000 miles
This truck has developed the "death" wobble. If I hit a bump, bridge joint it will send the truck into an instant wobble that is so violent you have to slow to about 20mph to stop it. Very dangerous at highway speeds as you cannot keep lane control. Already destroying the front tires and dealers have said to keep proper air pressure. I have been an auto mechanic for over 15 yrs now and that is the best excuse the dealer has. Ford knows there is a problem but said there is not enough complaints. I have done a search and came up with over 18,000 hits on google for this topic alone. Please assist with keeping us safe and demand a fix and recall before people are killed driving or even being near this vehicle.

- Brockport, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 062012

F-250 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-250. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle would shake violently whenever driving over a road bump or a pothole. The wheels would also bounce off the ground and the steering would become defective when the failure occurred. Once the vehicle was at a complete stop, the failure would cease. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the tire pressure and alignment was checked, but the dealer did not recommend any type of repair. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 137,000. Updated 07/16/13

- Zebulin, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 012010


  • 26,000 miles
I was driving my 2009 F-250 traveling about 40 to 45 mph and after hitting a rough patch of road the wheels began to shake out of control for about 20 seconds. I have had my truck to the dealership for the same problem on 6 plus times. Ford states that it was a tire pressure issue.......bs!.... bs! each time Ford has my truck they say we have fixed the problem and it should not occur again. The last time I left Ford and spent 165.00$ on a damper rod to fix this problem I drove 18 miles down the road and went into a "death wobble again. I turned the truck around and it is sitting at Ford as I write this post. After reviewing this matter on line I have noticed that there are more F-250's with the same issue. A federal recall needs to be done and fast. Several times that the "death wobble " as occurred to me, I have been lucky so far to drive out of it with out a problem. I might not be so lucky next time. A federal recall needs to be done fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Annville, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 122012

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F250. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph the steering gear box failed. The vehicle would not stay in a straight path and it would swerve all over the lane. The dealer was notified who stated there was no recall and the parts were on national back order. The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000.....updated 12/11/12 updated 12/12/12

- Cicero, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 242012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the steering failed and became inoperable. The contact was able to control the vehicle and exited onto the shoulder. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the failure was at the gear box. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 50,000.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

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