hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,276 miles

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2005 Ford F-350 suspension problems

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2005 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 142015


  • 35,000 miles


Death wobble. 1st time it happened was entering the highway off the ramp and accelerating to merge into traffic and going over the overpass the bridges in mass. Are a mess, any way, when I drove those series of bumps at about 60-65 mph in a truck it gets bumpy anyway but all of a sudden the steering wheel, and the truck started violently shaking out of control so bad I lost complete vision it was shaking so bad with no capability of steering the truck..instinctively I applied the brakes not even checking to see what was behind me as it was shaking so bad, you cant turn around, you can not see out the mirrors. As I stated you kind of lose vision and everything goes blurry because your shaking in the vehicle so bad. A quick google and you find this happens to many many owners of this very the same truck. In fact Ford sent me a letter stating they knew about it and to make sure we have the correct air pressure. I use a $50 air pressure gauge, the air pressures not the problem. It was still happening anytime you go over big bumps or a series of smaller bumps will set it off while driving on the highway or over 60 mph. It doesn't happen to us at slower speeds. This is an extremely dangerous defect.

- Chester, NH, USA

problem #13

Apr 282016


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-350. The contact stated while driving at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle violently shook. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to independent mechanic where it was diagnosed the vehicle had a front end oscillation and that track bar, stabilizer link, and upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 127,000.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #12

Nov 302007


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-350. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle wobbled. The steering veered to the left when the wheel was turned to the right and vice versa. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the front tie rods, front stabilizer bars, gear box, and multiple parts on the front of the vehicle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. In addition, while driving 65 mph, the vehicle lost power. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the injectors, cam shaft sensor, and the wiring harness for the injectors needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 102,000.

- Livingston, NY, USA

problem #11

Jul 062012

F-350 8-cyl

  • 52,000 miles


While traveling on the highway at 65-70 mph my vehicle will go into a violent shimmy if it hits any sort of road bump (such as bridge expansion). This happens everyday in this vehicle. It will not go away until I slow the vehicle down to 45 mph.

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #10

Feb 152008

F-350 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 145,800 miles
2005 Ford F-350 develops sever vibration and the oscillation of the steering wheel causes severe steering difficulty. This problem does not dissipate until speed is reduced to approximately 40 mph. Obviously this is very dangerous on a fast moving freeway where speeds can exceed 70 mph. The condition is addressed in literature program 09L02 letter dated November 2011. The vehicle has been checked after an event and the technician has never discovered a deficiency that he can attribute to this malfunction. The technician has checked all suspension, steering and tire related items. The tires that are on the trucks are load range E tires and are properly inflated to the maximum pressure per the manufacturers (big O) specifications. All suspension and steering part are factory installed or oem parts and the shock absorbers are heavy duty.

- El Sobrante, CA, USA

problem #9

Jan 012008

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 32,008 miles
The F350sd has a shimmy when you hit a dip in the road or a bump. This is violent enough for concern that it'll cause an accident. It doesn't go away on it's own you have to come to a stop or get to about five miles an hour for it to reset. This has happened multiple times. I have had the local front end shop replace the front steering components, even though the components came with in spec that Ford says is safe and corrective action needs be taken. This helped for about 10 months but now I'm back to the same old problem. Ford says to take it to a Ford authorized dealer and have them check it out. I'll do it one more time, this is repetitive, they don't see a problem in their product so why am I wasting my time. Everybody says its your tire pressure, wrong, I run it at max and I've even tried running it five pounds higher than recommended. Would someone please help us and get this fixed right. I know Ford wont ever acknowledge that there is a problem for the chance of a lawsuit. So I guess it's up to the highway safety council to help. I'll give all of you a ride and show you how bad it is. And then I can give you all the documents showing Ford says the front end are within spec. You know its bad when it shimmies you off the road, this is as best you can do to avoid an accident.

- Fairview, UT, USA

problem #8

Dec 082011

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 156,000 miles


I was driving my truck normally like any other day, was going down the road around 45mph when all of the sudden the front end shook so violently, that it pulled so hard to where I had to brake very quickly and stop the truck immediately. This problem that exist has not been determined yet. I have it at a mechanic, I also can not drive it, very dangerous. I got online and other people are having the same trouble and have labeled it the Ford death wobble. I took it to a mechanic on 12.14.11 were it is still at and on that same day I received a notice from Ford that there might be a recall soon due to excessive shaking and to check tire pressure. Front end alignment, tire size etc. This needs immediate attention, on the internet back in 2007 they had at least 61 complaints. Whatever is causing this needs to be fixed asap before someone loses control and seriously hurts someone or themselves.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 122011

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 40,000 miles
Our 2005 Ford F-350 Super Duty, (with less than 50,000 miles) continues to have instances of extreme front end shaking when crossing bridges and going over any size bumps in the road, (big or small). When this happens, the vehicle is 'out of control'!!! this is a severe and dangerous problem that Ford needs to recall. It is clear that this is an ongoing issue with this vehicle. Is it going to take a fatal crash to get the attention from the Ford manufacturer"???? or a class action lawsuit???" the local dealerships deny there is any issue with the vehicle, have paid private mechanic to install stabilizer, etc., but problem is only getting worse. Due to this being a severe safety hazard, I would like to see a formal recall process begin.

- Salem, OR, USA

problem #6

Jul 212007

F-350 8-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
Driving straight on a highway at 55 mph when after hitting a small bump in the road the front tires shook uncontrollably. This caused the truck to shift lanes and nearly hit another car. The shaking wouldn't stop until the truck slowed down. Took 2 hand struggling with the steering wheel to keep the truck under control. This has happened numerous times and is extremely dangerous. Today the truck is still totally stock with 33500 miles. Please have Ford issue a recall!

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #5

Dec 042006


  • 1,000 miles
Severe shimmy when truck was new. Ford refuses to fix says there is no problem. Can not drive on highway over 45 mph.they need vibration damper on front end.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 012011

F-350 Diesel

  • miles


2005 Ford F-350. Letter on behalf of regarding her concerns with Ford Motor Company being held accountable for their defective 6.0 liter diesel engine vehicle; reply attn: Kim cordell/blountville, tn office the consumer stated the turbo was replaced four times. She also stated Ford has ignored the front end and steering problems as well.

- Newport, TN, USA

problem #3

May 082011

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 120,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds, bumps in the road surface cause a violent shimmy. Truck has stock suspension and oem tires. Tire pressure is per Ford specification (as indicated on the door pillar). Seems ntsb has investigated and determined the issue is due to suspension modifications or low tire pressure. This is not the case with this truck. All stock and deadly. Ntsb needs to reopen their investigation before someone is injured or killed.

- Dixon, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 302005


  • 7,694 miles
When I'm driving at speeds of 65 to 70 and go over a bump in road the steering wheel shakes out of control. I had brought it back to dealer to have serviced and they told me "there is no problem, that's what you get from a heavy duty truck." What a load of crap! I have paper work documenting the truck went to dealer for steering out of control. Since then the shaking has caused me to replace ball joints and other parts trying to stop the problem. This shouldn't happen on new vehicle, much less one that costs $450. This really makes me mad.

- Andover, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 222009

F-350 Diesel

  • 43,365 miles
2005 F350 diesel dually this vehicle needs to be recalled! the letter that Ford sent to owners is not accurate! it is not the tire pressure of the vehicle causing the severe shake! my whole truck shook profusely! it was quite scary. At posted highway speed limits if there is a slight bump in road you can be slowing down an hit a bump and truck begins to shake or going a around a curve on the highway at 65mph and if there is a bump in the road on the curve the entire truck shakes profusely. Received a letter from Ford stating it was tire pressure but my tire pressure is perfect. This is a defect that needs to be recalled immediately steering box rocker arm tire rod something but this truck is not right. I haul a 40ft trailer and if I had been hauling it I would be dead along with several other cars I would wiped out please get this vehicle recalled for safety of the consumer it is definitely not the problem that Ford claims at this point. My truck needs to be repaired at the cost of Ford and this defect needs to be recalled! please take this complaint seriously. Someone will be killed like this.

- Clinton, NC, USA

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