definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,068 miles

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2011 Ford F-350 steering problems

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2011 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #17

Jun 272016


  • 27,000 miles


At any freeway speed if you hit a pot hole or a seam in the road on a turn, the truck will shake violently until you come to a stop. We have had Ford look at this a number of times with not success in getting a solution. The truck is not safe and it has happened to multiple drivers of this truck.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #16

Apr 012016


  • 38,000 miles
When traveling usually at highway speeds and I come to a difference in surfaces a slight difference in the road say going over an overpass, the stearing wheel shakes violently. On you tube there are hundreds of videos about this problem. Its very dangerous, I left the dealership today and after spending $1,300 to repair the problem I can only assume that this will be a year or two fix as the same parts will fail again. Ford should solve this problem.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #15

Aug 122015


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-350. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel required excessive force. The failure was intermittent. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000. The VIN was not available.

- Warwick, NY, USA

problem #14

Mar 202013


  • 69,000 miles


2011 F350 4X4 dual rear wheel lariat. Everyone calls it the "Super Duty death wobble" Ford has no plans to fix. Started at 30K miles, replaced all known worn parts and suggested parts like everyone else - still doing it. Youtube videos show violent shake to the point your head can smack the side windows. Front end on highway hits slight bump like on over pass shakes so violently it can break the front end wheel tires and everything else.. changed tires, stabilizer shock, alignments. Recently this past week on I75 in Ohio it happened 1/2 dozen times @ 65 to 70 mph shook so hard you cannot control lock the brakes down hard to 30 mph just like everyone else on the net says. Nearly causing wrecks on the freeway. Happens without warning. Totally stock $55K truck. Dealer says no tsb or recall. But Ford does know about it and says it "may help" to check stabilizer shock. Everyone has done that. Google Super Duty death wobble it and see videos. My first ever online complaint. This Ford truck is insanely dangerous. At dealer now with no solution. I discovered by switching into 4whd it will stop which tells me it is internal control arm bushings because 4WD will bind the front end up enough to preload suspension. It got me home but the wife will never ride in it again!

- Washington, MI, USA

problem #13

Mar 012012


  • 12,000 miles
Hit a slight bump in the road and the truck started to shake violently and the steering wheel had severe shaking. Had to slow down to 30mph before the truck quite shaking and allowed me to return to normal speed.

- Milton, KY, USA

problem #12

Jan 022014


  • 102,132 miles
Driving at 65 mph on ih-10 houston tx, hit a bump in the road and truck entered into a death wobble, had to veer across 3 lanes and a on ramp to the shoulder and slow to about 5 mph before the shimmy stopped. Very scary actually a little scared of my truck now. Went to a front end shop today and was told I have no loose parts and the steering stabilizer was fine. He told me the ball joint on the track bar is usually what it is and only Ford can fix it. They did not charge me.

- Orange, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 232013

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 12,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-350. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle would shake violently and without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering stabilizer needed to be replaced. The contact mentioned the vehicle was taken to the dealer twice for the same failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 30,000.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #10

Mar 092013

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 37,000 miles
After hitting very small bumps in the road at 50mph, the left front wheel started shaking violently, making it difficult to control the vehicle. The only way to regain control was to slow to about 30mph, very dangerous on the interstate highway. This has happened several times since, always starting with small bumps in the road, left front wheel, causing the violent shaking. Vehicle control could only be regained by slowing to about 30mph.

- Greenfield, WI, USA

problem #9

Feb 012013


  • 101,236 miles
Highway speeds driving on concrete truck hit bumps and started violently bucking and vibrating. This happened a dozen times in my 300 mile trip.

- West Haven , UT, USA

problem #8

Nov 252012

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 8,700 miles
The truck violently started shaking after hitting several small bumps in road. Almost lost control of truck. In order for shaking to stop I had to slow truck down to 25 mph. I almost was rear ended by a truck following me. The shake feels like the front wheels are about to come off. This has happened almost a dozen times since the truck was bought new.

- Benson, VT, USA

problem #7

Nov 302011

F-350 4WD

  • 48,000 miles


2011 Ford F350 4X4 48,000 the first time I was driving at 50mph, while driving over a bridge the wheel hit a small hole in the road and put my truck in to a horrible violent wobble! I had to switch lanes and brake to gain control of my truck. I thought it was the hole, but since then at while im traveling at 50+ and pass over any decent size imperfection in the roadway it puts the truck into that dangerous wobble. This needs to be addressed by Ford I do not feel safe driving this truck on the freeway!!! and 80% of my driving for business is on the freeway. Please help Ford owners this is dangerous and cause a horrible accident [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Swansea , MA, USA

problem #6

Nov 062012

F-350 8-cyl

  • 39,500 miles
I have owned this truck for 45 days / 2,000 miles. Numerous times I have experienced a suspension malfunction commonly known as a "deathwobble". as of late, it has become increasingly worse. Yesterday's incident required me to lower my speed to 10 mph on a major highway to regain control of my F350 Super Duty. I was nearly rearended by multiple vehicles including a tractor trailer. In addition I nearly collided with a jersey wall on a bridge. Taking the vehicle back to the dealer, but want to ensure that there is a record of the danger in this vehicle.

- Columbia, MD, USA

problem #5

Sep 202012


  • 35,420 miles
Steering goes into violent shaking. Feels like tires are falling off. Slowed down and stopped. According to you're reports this is not the first time for this problem. This should be a recall before someone gets killed because of this.

- Cedar Run, NJ, USA

problem #4

May 092012

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 25,363 miles
I have a 2011 Ford sd F-350 srw with 26505 miles. On several occasions, I have experience violent front end shimmy after hitting a bump in the road or an expansion joint on a bridge or on the freeway. The vehicle requires sudden braking to bring the vehicle back in control. The front end shakes violently to the point of taking the steering out of your hands. This is very dangerous. The last time it occurred I was on a bridge. The violent movement of the front end moved me into the adjacent lane, luckily, there was no vehicle in the lane. I could have caused an accident due to this problem.

- Mcclellanville, SC, USA

problem #3

Jan 172011

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 20,000 miles
While driving in the left side passing lane and coming up to a slight left bend in the road the truck went over a expansion joint in the road, if there is slight pressure on the steering wheel from holding the truck into the left bend in the road the trucks wheels will start to shake and wobble, it will get so bad you need to hold the steering wheel with two hands and guide the truck to a complete stop in that left lane so to make it go away. This is real scary. I know there is items on the web sights that will fix this problem, but Ford will void your warranty if they find any aftermarket parts on the truck. What I don't understand is Ford knows there is a problem with this wobble and if you go and fix it they void your warranty.

- West Babylon, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 312011

F-350 4WD 8-cyl

  • 13,800 miles
Front wheels went into an extreme wobble after hitting a bump, and would not stop wobbling until I came to a complete stop.

- Hanover, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012011

F-350 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-350 sd. While driving 60 mph, the contact drove over a bump and the vehicle started to shake excessively, causing him to lose control of the vehicle. The dealer informed the contact that the steering dampner was faulty and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer had not been notified and the vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 38,000.. updated 12/07/11 updated 12/12/11

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

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