hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,114 miles

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2011 Ford F-250 suspension problems

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2011 Ford F-250 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #38

Nov 172016


  • 45,000 miles


At highway speeds when making a slight left turn when encountering a bump in the road the front suspension begins shaking violently. This is commonly known as the "death wobble" for which Ford has many service bulletins. Once vehicle speed is reduced to approximately 40 mph shaking stops. The process of fixing is long and consists of trial and error until the many possible reasons are finally addressed and specific thing fixed. Ford service bulletin discusses specific build dates of 2011 model year from late 2010 - mid 2011.

- Hilton Head, SC, USA

problem #37

Oct 152016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-250. While driving 70 mph, the contact lost control of the vehicle. It took several seconds for the contact to regain control. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the suspension system failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Willis, TX, USA

problem #36

Aug 062016


  • 70,000 miles
When you hit a bump at a higher rate of speed it proceeds to shake so violently that you almost lose control. Research shows that an anti-wobble track bar will fix the problem. If that is the case, Ford should be responsible for fixing it. It is dangerous and a ticking time bomb. It has nothing to do with tire pressure. It is a design defect that Ford should be responsible for. A person should not spend $60,000 on a vehicle only to have to turn around and sink thousands more just to have a safe vehicle. This should be a recall and corrected by Ford. How many crashes/deaths have happened but have not been attributed to this as it has not officially been a recall issue??

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #35

May 082016


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-250. While driving approximately 50-65 mph, the front end of the vehicle shook severely. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the passenger side ball joints were damaged and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Dumont, NJ, USA

problem #34

Nov 152015


  • 90,000 miles
Death wobble. Severe steering wheel and tires shaking on the front.

- Bay St Louis, MS, USA

problem #33

Jul 012015


  • 20,000 miles
We have a 2011 Ford F250 Super Duty diesel pick up with less than 20,000 miles. It is like new, but has developed a serious mechanical defect. Ford Motor Company has tried up to (11) eleven fixes for this life threatening problem with no success. None of these "fixes" apply on this pick up. Now since the pick up is older than 3 yrs. Even with such low mileage they want us to pay for "trying" out more possible fixes that have currently been unsuccessful for all these Ford F250 & F350 pick ups. This should be at the Ford Motor Company's expense. The bottom line, it should be bought back by Ford since it is not yet proven to be fixable. Problem: The "death wobble" as described on the internet. This occurs anytime these Ford Super Duty F250 or F350 diesel pickups are driven over 40mph and a bump, rough road, or pothole in the road is hit. The operator looses control of the vehicle. The first time this happened, the pickup was pulled into the on-coming traffic. It took all my son's strength to gain some control and keep from hitting an oncoming semi-truck. This vehicle is worse than the internet video as confirmed by the bend Oregon Ford dealership. Applying the brakes makes it worse. It has to be allowed to slow down on its own. The vibration is so violent it takes all ones strength to keep it on the road. It's one of the more frightening experiences you¿ll encounter behind the wheel. The vehicle is shaking so badly you think it¿ll fall apart and that you¿re going to die. That's why it's called death wobble.

- Christmas Valley, OR, USA

problem #32

Jul 112015


  • 17,000 miles


Vehicle developed violent, resonant shaking at highway speed. Reduction to 40 mph was required to regain vehicle control.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #31

Apr 012014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-250. While driving 60 mph over a bump in the road, the vehicle shook uncontrollably. The contact had to slow the vehicle down to 30 mph to regain control. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the front tires and performed an alignment. In addition, the front suspension bars were also replaced; however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Teaneck, NJ, USA

problem #30

Jul 222014


  • 68,000 miles
After hitting a bump in the highway the front suspension on our 2011 Ford F250 4X4 pickup began to shake violently. I had to apply the brakes and slow down to about 40 miles per hour to get the shaking to stop. After this incident, the death wobble occurred again several times. I took the vehicle back to the Ford dealership and they replaced the track bar bushing and ball joints at a cost to me of about $400. Now 3,000 miles after the repair was done by Ford the death wobble has occurred again. The violent shaking of the front suspension and steering is a huge safety concern and could easily cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Also having to quickly slow the vehicle down 30 or 40 mph to get the front suspension to stop wobbling could easily cause an rear end accident leading to casualties.

- Willcox, AZ, USA

problem #29

Dec 092014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the vehicle went over a bump and the vehicle began to shake violently. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the shaking became worse. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Atlanta, TX, USA

problem #28

Nov 172014


  • 41,000 miles


Ford Super Duty F250 & F350 are well known to have the death wobble. This problem has been an issue for several years. Starting as early as 10000 miles. If the death wobble happens during a rain storm you are pretty certain to lose control of your vehicle. The front end will start shaking violently after hitting the smallest uneven surface in the road. I hear that the Dodge has a similar problem this can be googles and there will be thousands of people discussing this dangerous issue.

- Santa Fe, TX, USA

problem #27

Oct 222014


  • 22,438 miles
My husband was driving through a road construction work zone when suddenly the steering wheel started shaking violently and jumped out of his hands. He lost control of the truck. The other drivers were able to compensate for the out of control truck and an accident was avoided. I went on to research this issue. I found a forum with many others having the same issue. My husband took it to the local dealership where they say they have no knowledge of such issues. They told him it was poor tire pressure or out of alignment. My husband had both checked and there was no problem. I fear it is just a matter of time before there is a severe accident due to this issue. The others say the vehicle continues to do the" death wobble" as it has been coined online. Please have someone look into this problem. I have also emailed Ford Motor Company.

- Zebulon, NC, USA

problem #26

Jul 162014

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
When traveling at highway speeds, if my truck hits a ridge or bump in road, it starts shaking violently up and down. I slow down and fight the wheel to get the truck to the side of the road. So far, this has happened approximately 18 times. Most of the time, it stops shaking as I slow down. Twice it stopped shaking after I crossed traffic to get to edge of road to stop. Very scary! the first time it happened, it bounced up & down so hard, it pulled the wheel out of my hands. As I gently braked to slow down, it stopped bouncing up and down, but then started up again when I hit the next expansion seam on the road. This happened about 6 times on my way to work that day. I was driving approximately 30 mph in the right lane to get to work in a 65 mph zone because I was scared to go faster. Traffic was zooming around me and honking. The vertical shaking didn't happen again for about 3 months although I traveled the same highway with the same bumps and the same speed (gritting my teeth). My mechanic examined the truck 2 days after the first round of incidents and found no problems with the front end, steering, or shocks. Nothing was loose, broken, or out of specs. I informed Ford.com about the problem and was told to take the vehicle to the dealer. All of the discussion groups said that the dealers could not fix the problem. There seems to be no recall for this incredibly frightening problem. I have always owned Ford trucks (last truck is a 1996 F250 that was a wonderful truck - still have it). As background, there are several videos of this happening on youtube with several discussion groups talking about this problem. The "death wobble" shown in the videos is the same thing I experienced.

- Elizabeth, CO, USA

problem #25

Sep 042014


  • 21,048 miles
While towing my 8000lb trailer, I went over some uneven highway pavement and the entire truck started shaking to the point I was no longer able to control where the truck went I had to left off the gas until it coasted to a top. 50 miles later, I entered a suspension bridge over a 500 foot drop with a tractor trailer coming in the opposite direction. As I crossed over the bridge/road seam the truck started shaking again this time it went in to the lane of the semi truck after leaving a considerable amount of rubber he and I avoided a deadly accident. I googled these symptoms and it appears you have known about this issue for some time, please I beg you for the safety of my family make Ford corporation fix this issue with these trucks.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #24

May 012014

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 35,000 miles
My truck starts shaking violently at 40-60 mph. Steering control is lost and can only be regained by coming to a complete stop. Truck will not switch lanes and pulling over to the shoulder is impossible due to loss of steering. Shaking is violent to the point of loosening bolts. Taken to dealer to be checked under warranty. They claimed it was air pressure or the need for new tires. The vehicles tires are in good condition and air pressure is set at factory recommended levels. Ford says this behavior is normal. A serious accident extremely possible. An independent suspension shop claims issue is due to defective ball joints, lack of steering damper, and defective control arms.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #23

Sep 012013

F-250 8-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
When hitting a bump or pot hole at highway speed the front tires wobble uncontrollably until you all but stop. This could catch someone off guard to crash into someone on the highway.

- Fredericksburg , PA, USA

problem #22

Feb 102014

F-250 8-cyl

  • 101,527 miles
Truck developed a violent shake in the front end and became uncontrollable. Have to stop immediately before vehicle will stop shaking. The issue is referred to the "Ford death wobble" with many recorded instances of this on the web and youtube. Issue has gotten worse and is unsafe to drive. Has been in the Ford dealer and many new parts replaced but problem persist. Ford dealer cannot seem to correct so it has been in two other garages for second opinions. Contacted Ford Motor Company and they have no recalls or any knowledge of this problem. Vehicle is a danger to the highway.

- Norton, VA, USA

problem #21

Dec 162010


  • 1,480 miles
Driving East bound on the 91 freeway in the diamond lane I drove over a roadway imperfection. As soon as I hit it with my left front tire the vehicle made a violent motion to the left almost causing me to strike the center divider. This happened several other times before I returned the vehicle to the dealer to have it checked (12/16/2010). By this time, striking an imperfection with either front tire caused the vehicle to move laterally, left or right. After several visits to the Ford dealer without remedy, a Ford engineer was summoned for a test drive. We drove the vehicle to a spot I consistently have the problem and it violently pulled to the left when the front left tire hit the spot (transition road: 405 freeway to the northbound 710 freeway). Both the engineer and the service manager were in the vehicle at that time and both felt what I was complaining about. Later that same day I was looking at a Ford Fusion with my son and the Ford engineer drove into the lot in a new Ford Super Duty 4X4 that he had driven to that same location. He told me and my son that the new vehicle did the same thing and he would report back to Ford so that they could do something about it. I was later contacted by the Ford manager and told that my problem was within Ford tolerance for the vehicle. He also told me I could probably go over to the four wheel drive parts store and purchase something that might help with the problem. I continue to have this problem but it appears to be getting worse. Even my friends who drive with me complain about this issue telling me I need to do something about it. This past week I contacted Ford again via their fix-it hot line and spoke with one of their representatives who looked into my complaint (he spoke with the Ford manager and Ford engineer). Today he advised me the problem was normal for the vehicle. Anyone else complaining?

- Lomita, CA, USA

problem #20

Jan 132014


  • 85,000 miles
While driving at freeway speed hit pothole and truck began to shake violently. Pulled of the freeway to inspect and everything looked ok. Got back onto freeway and crossed over a bridge and the same violent shake happened until I slowed down to about 40 mph. Dropped truck off at dealer on way home from work.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #19

Jan 102014

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 47,503 miles
While driving on straight roads, if you encounter rough road surface (construction, pothole, etc) steering and front end of the vehicle begins to oscillate violently. It is almost like the oscillation creates a harmonic frequency that increases the intensity to a degree that the vehicle must be slowed or stopped to recover.

- Louisville, NE, USA

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