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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,185 miles

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2011 Ford F-350 steering problems

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2011 Ford F-350 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Jun 202022


  • miles


at any given time traveling over speeds of 50-60 MPH truck has a wobble that can't be stopped until I slow down completely. at highway speeds this can be very dangerous.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #41

Jan 052022


  • miles
The steering gets stiff all of a sudden. You have to pull it back when making a turn right or left. It happens intermittent. If you had to swerve to miss an animal or road obstruction you could be in a world of trouble. It seems to be happening more frequent now. Had a shop look at it but didn't act up. We will try again. I'm not they only one having this problem.

- Silex, MO, USA

problem #40

Jan 122022


  • miles
When you hit a bump, the truck violently shakes. This usually occurs at speeds greater than 40mph. The only way to get it to stop is to come to almost a complete stop. Very dangerous if someone is behind you and you have to stop fast to get it to stop. This occurs very frequently. I replaced parts the repair ship tells me is bad and the problem continues to occur. This occurs almost every time I drive.

- Loris, SC, USA

problem #39

Jul 042020


  • miles


The steering wheel shakes violently. It occurs at above 50MPH. The steering wheel can not be held or the vehicle controlled. You have to slow to almost a stop to regain control of the wheel and ultimately the vehicle. The shacking was very subtle to begin with but now it is getting more violent as time goes on.

- Fork, MD, USA

problem #38

Feb 012017


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-350. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle experienced the death wobble after driving over a bump in the road. The contact stated that the vehicle violently and uncontrollably shook after driving over the bump in the roadway and the contact was able to regain control of the vehicle once the vehicle had slowed down. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failure and informed him that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The vehicle had yet to be repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000.

- Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #37

May 082021


  • miles
On 5/8/21, while driving at approximatly55-60 mph, I hit a pothole on hwy231 South (4 lane) and the front end of my 2011 F350 truck started to shake violently and became hard to steer. I had to almost stop before it quit shaking. I was afraid we (wife & I) were going to loose control and hit another vehicle. I took it to a repair shop and after inspection, they told me there was a problem only a Ford dealer could fix. The shop had seen this before and Ford refused to tell them what parts were needed to do that fix. On 5/12/21, I took the truck to tallassee automotive Ford dealer for repair. After inspection, they said they knew the problem and could fix it for $1100 (or $11?? something. I was flabbergasted at the amount, but had to have it fixed and agreed. They oredered parts and called two days later to come pick it up. Upon arrival, they said my bill was $1450. I complained loudly that they told me $1100 something. After consultation between someone I did not see, they agreed to discount it by $300. Later someone told me they had heard of this Ford problem and I should look it up online. I did and found stories about something called the "death wabble." My purpose for this complaint is to add my voice to the group of pepople who have had a similar experience and may require Ford Motor Company to take responsibility for their obvious design flaw that could cause injuries or death to unknowing people. As for the repairs, it seems they replaced everything between the two front wheels and the steering column. Not being a mechanic, I do not know what caused this or what was really necessary to fix it. No symptoms before this incident indicated there was anything wrong with my truck. There were no warnings or events that could have made me check out any problem like this situation. I have not contacted Ford Motor Co., the police, or insurance company. Looking on the internet, it is apparent Ford is aware of thiis problem and claims no responsibility.

- Wetumpka, AL, USA

problem #36

Apr 202021


  • 176,113 miles


The vehicle is shaking terrible at 50 maybe 60 mph can't tel exactly because I was scared.I got new tires and is still doing same. I was on hwy 83 toward scott city ks.

- Scott City, KS, USA

problem #35

Mar 252021


  • 127,855 miles
When driving down the roads the front end and steering wheel goes into a violent shaking and vibration to point where I have to almost stop the truck. It seems to happen on both town roads and highways it also seems to be worse on the highway.

- Bellingham, MA, USA

problem #34

Oct 222020


  • 140,000 miles
On multiple occasions when driving at highway speeds when I run across ruff roads or bumps the trucks front end begins to wobble and shake. The shake is worse if I am in any kind of turn, but it will do it on straight roads also. I must slow down to under 30 mph to regain control of vehicle. I have taken it into Ford dealerships and gotten no results. One dealership claimed it to be in the ball joints and I had them replaced but the problem still exists. Doing online research, I am seeing others with the same issue and some calling it the death wobble. I have been experiencing this since 2018 but the last time was 10/22/2020.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #33

Nov 072020


  • 61,000 miles
Vehicle hit a pothole on interstate 75 North near dalton Georgia at approximately 65 miles per hour. The front right wheel and front end violently shook and the steering wheel shook so bad control of the F350 became an issue. I was unable to control the vehicle until I slowed to below 20 miles per hour. The incident presented a very serious safety issue

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #32

Sep 302020


  • 205,000 miles


I was driving and my steering arms caught on fire.

- Lovington, NM, USA

problem #31

Oct 012020


  • 108,000 miles
Driving my 2011 Ford F-350 today and hit a bump doing 55mph on a black top road going straight forward, after the bump the "death wobble" started and almost shook my pickup into the ditch. I had to slow down to 20 mph to get it to stop. After a lot of reading, this is a common problem in Ford super dutys that are my pickups age and brand new. Why have they not fixed this problem and made a recall to fix all the older pickups as well??!!

- Mound City, MO, USA

problem #30

Jul 152020


  • 97,000 miles
Death warble twice 7/15/2020 on the highway doing the speed limit almost killed several people with truck and empty trailer. Death warble needs to be addressed immediately. Have spent too much time and money on a truck that should be considered unsafe to drive on the freeway.

- Cedar Creek, TX, USA

problem #29

Aug 282018


  • 98,000 miles
08during 2018 we took an extended camping trip to Maine. It was at this time we experienced the most instances of what I have heard called "death wobble".the first time was in Pennsylvania pulling the fifth wheel camper when we hit a pothole and was terrified I was going lose control. This occurred at least three more times, once more with the cmper and twice just traveling with the truck, but all brought on by hitting a bump in the pavement.all happened on interstates and fairly heavy traffic. Having to come almost to a stop in heavy traffic is not something no one should have to 2019 we finally got to where we could financially have a Ford dealer look at.this. They replaced the ball joints, upper and lower and aligned the front end. So far it has not occurred again.

- Mary Esther, FL, USA

problem #28

Nov 202019


  • 159,150 miles
While driving at highway speeds steering wheel shakes uncontrollably after hitting a bump and won't stop until slowing down nearly stopping.

- Downing, MO, USA

problem #27

Jan 152020


  • 91,000 miles
On three separate occasions while driving on highway at approximately 70 mph the front wheels began oscillating (death wobble) after going over a rough patch of road or bridge expansion joints. The oscillation makes it impossible to steer and the only way it will stop is to slow down to 25 mph or below. Nearly struck in the rear end by another vehicle while trying to regain control.

- Forney, TX, USA

problem #26

Dec 182019


  • 175,512 miles
2011 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4X4. The vehicle has never had a lift or large tires of any kind installed on it and has always had stock oem spec tires. This vehicle has what has become known as "the death wobble". Ford calls it "sustained steering wheel oscillation". it is extremely dangerous and terrifying to experience. The problem is well documented and I am shocked that there has not yet been a safety recall on this. The death wobble primarily occurs at speeds above 50 or so miles per hour when the vehicle hits a pot-hole, expansion joint, unavoidable road debris, etc. It also has a nasty snowball effect in that once you have experienced it a couple of times the additional damage it is creating causes it to happen easier and easier to the point that it will then occur regularly all the way down to 35 miles per hour. We have experienced the death wobble literally many dozens of times over the years since we purchased this vehicle. We have done and replaced everything that we can think of to fix this problem; some of them multiple times but nothing works. Things we have done: New tires (multiple times), new front-end alignment (multiple times), new track bar bushing and ball joint (multiple times), new tie rod ends (multiple times), new center link (multiple times), new shock absorbers, new steering damper, new upper and lower ball joints, new U-joints. None of this has worked. The death wobble is so violent that it is wreaks havoc on the entire truck including the newly installed parts, the frame, drivetrain and suspension components, chassis, etc. Literally everything on the vehicle including windshields. Ford is obviously aware of this problem and the propensity for their solid front axle F-250 and F-350 trucks from the past two decades to experience the death wobble. Somebody will eventually die from this, if it hasn't happened already. It needs dealt with!

- West Haven, UT, USA

problem #25

May 312019


  • 55,000 miles
Death wobble in my truck violently shaking at highway speeds with no warning

- Wayland, MA, USA

problem #24

Sep 272019


  • 120,000 miles
The well known issue called "death wobble". this is documented issue with the Ford F-series trucks where the truck violently wobbles out of control when driving approximately 55mph. Ford denies this is an issue, yet you can find evidence of this issue all over the Ford truck forums. With my truck, this issue is becoming more frequent. When it occurs, I have to pull off to the shoulder and slow down to approximately 15mph before it stops. I have replaced the shocks, tie rod ends, track bar, track bar ball joint, rotated tires, alignment, and it is still occurring. The only thing left to replace are the ball joints then pretty much the entire front end suspension will have been rebuilt at a cost of a couple thousand dollars. This is a significant safety issue and can easily cause an accident, especially when in construction zones on the highway. From what I've read, this has already caused accidents in certain cases and is due to a poor design of these trucks. Ford needs to address this and the NHTSA should force Ford to issue a recall to correct the problem.

- Cibolo, TX, USA

problem #23

Jun 162018


  • 146,000 miles
I was driviing on the highway 65mph an the truck started the death wobble it was out of control. Things on the back seat landed on the floor due to the uncontrolable shaking of the truck. I had to slow down which I almost caused an accident. This is a scary an unsafe issue.. it has happened quite a bit an is going to cause someone to get seriously hurt or even die. Something has got to be done. Ford has got to recognize they have a big issue here an do something about it. I have to keep the speed down an even then its still an issue. I am scared to drive the truck its that bad in one instance I thought I was gonna die I couldnt get it to stop finally was able to get over to the breakdown lane an stop I was shaking an scared to death. I have not been to the dealership due to dueing my research an findin out it was the death wobble an there is no fix for it. Please there has got to be something you can do to help I would appreciate it. Thank-you

- Kingston, MA, USA

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