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Old 11-08-2018, 03:04 PM
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Fluiddynamic your scaring me. I ordered an F350 4x4 it’s due in this month. I hemmed and hawed on Ford vs Chevy , read every forum I could find. Decided on the Ford after driving an F350 and a 3500hd back to back. Now I’m wondering. Thanks for posting information about your experience so we can all learn .
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by FluidDynamic View Post
The dealer is telling me that Ford wants the technician to duplicate the death wobble before they will perform the TSB. I can't believe Ford would want the technician to drive 70 mph in a vehicle that could kill them. This is rediculous. Stay tuned. I told them I'm leaving there until it's fixed.
For me, Ford would not do a thing. Even told me they have never heard of that before.

my buddy is a truck repair service manager. 40 plus years experience.He told me what steering stabilizer to bolt on and that solved it. Said he does about 35 of them a year.

BTW He is a die hard Chevy guy, has a 1500 himself, but he told me for my company service trucks that take a beating and haul weight to stick with the Ford Superduty.
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by FluidDynamic View Post
My truck is completely stock with original tires. I had an 03 Dodge Ram 2500 with a leveling kit and 35s. It did the same thing. I watched the youtube videos and they are exactly what I experienced. Terrifying. I will call the dealer and see if they can fix it. This should not be an issue with a 2018 vehicle.
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Can we as a group stop calling everyone we disagree with stupid. It's very annoying and adds nothing to this board.

If you don't think you need a solid axle don't buy one simple, if you want one buy it simple too. If you have a problem with either just get it fixed.
But... that's logical. The internet is no place for logic :D
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:27 PM
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I have owned many fords and dodges none of them ever had death wobble and some were high mile trucks . In my line of work we stay off-road a lot and I have to lift my trucks or they stay stuck constantly, my buddies that have the Chevrolet’s are constantly changing front end parts , the front ends can not stand up to big tires I like the chevys but would never be able to buy them for that reason. Glad we have options
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:43 AM
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That would be me, LOL. It's not all that common a problem but when it happens, it feels like the end of the world. I had a 1962 dodge 1/2 ton that would do it. No fun. As I've posted on here quite a few times, I hate the way solid axle front ends drive - add in the death wobble thing and I will NEVER buy a Ford or Dodge as long as they have that front end on them. Won't even go look at them. And the crazy thing is, it just doesn't make since to still use that suspension at this point in history. Most trucks spend over 95% of their time on paved roads so what is any strength you get from a sold front axle going to really do for you? Both Dodge and Ford now use IFS on their 1/2 ton trucks and if I was ever in the market for a 1/2 ton, I'd at least go look at them. Won't even waste my time with either of them in 3/4 ton + simply due to this crap they stick up under the front of those trucks.

Stay on the highway with your ifs, let people who actually need/use a heavy duty truck have the solid front axle! 2011 F-250, 4" lift, 37" tires, dual steering stabilizer, pull gooseneck loaded down all the time. Wouldn't think of owning a 3/4 or 1 ton truck with ifs for my purpose!
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Trout Hauler View Post
Stay on the highway with your ifs, let people who actually need/use a heavy duty truck have the solid front axle! 2011 F-250, 4" lift, 37" tires, dual steering stabilizer, pull gooseneck loaded down all the time. Wouldn't think of owning a 3/4 or 1 ton truck with ifs for my purpose!

And that's what I said they should be used for. Not folks (most folks) like me who are on road almost all the time. You, as off road a lot, are the exception, not the rule.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by R-KID View Post
Fluiddynamic your scaring me. I ordered an F350 4x4 itís due in this month. I hemmed and hawed on Ford vs Chevy , read every forum I could find. Decided on the Ford after driving an F350 and a 3500hd back to back. Now Iím wondering. Thanks for posting information about your experience so we can all learn .

Death wobble is a phenomenon that's possible in a solid axle vehicle, that said the proportion of Super Duties on the road to ones that actually experience this is very small.
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Dealer called me today and told me that they were able to recreate the death wobble after driving 75 mph down the interstate multiple times over a bridge. They said they had to pull over before it would stop shaking. Bad news is, the parts to fix the issue are on backorder with no date in sight. I was told that I can drive the truck under 55 mph until the parts come in. This is ridiculous.
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Originally Posted by FluidDynamic View Post
Dealer called me today and told me that they were able to recreate the death wobble after driving 75 mph down the interstate multiple times over a bridge. They said they had to pull over before it would stop shaking. Bad news is, the parts to fix the issue are on backorder with no date in sight. I was told that I can drive the truck under 55 mph until the parts come in. This is ridiculous.
Cool. Drive it right over to a GM dealer...

Edit; Keep it under 55
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Originally Posted by FluidDynamic View Post
Dealer called me today and told me that they were able to recreate the death wobble after driving 75 mph down the interstate multiple times over a bridge. They said they had to pull over before it would stop shaking. Bad news is, the parts to fix the issue are on backorder with no date in sight. I was told that I can drive the truck under 55 mph until the parts come in. This is ridiculous.
I'd think you could push for a loaner to be honest.
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Old 11-09-2018, 04:43 PM
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I am about to buy a new f250 with a 6.2 gas. Is this something I should mention prior to making a deal?
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A high quality lift with new radius arms and poly bushings will fix the issue too. But the damn things are high enough already.
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Old 11-09-2018, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by FluidDynamic View Post
Dealer called me today and told me that they were able to recreate the death wobble after driving 75 mph down the interstate multiple times over a bridge. They said they had to pull over before it would stop shaking. Bad news is, the parts to fix the issue are on backorder with no date in sight. I was told that I can drive the truck under 55 mph until the parts come in. This is ridiculous.
And what parts would that be on a new truck? Obviously there is nothing worn out.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:00 PM
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Ford has had this issue for years and still can't get it figured out.Had a 2003 350 and did the same thing
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Originally Posted by Townado View Post
I have owned many fords and dodges none of them ever had death wobble and some were high mile trucks . In my line of work we stay off-road a lot and I have to lift my trucks or they stay stuck constantly, my buddies that have the Chevroletís are constantly changing front end parts , the front ends can not stand up to big tires I like the chevys but would never be able to buy them for that reason. Glad we have options
was it the bodys of the trucks that were causing you to stay stuck, I thought about lifting mine? The new F150's don't death wobble persay, they just drift constantly all over the road and are an accident waiting to happen. There are people starting to report them also to the NHTSA which is what we all should be doing to get Ford to straighten out their safety issues, death wobble would be very unnerving, so is not being able to keep it in your lane.
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was it the bodys of the trucks that were causing you to stay stuck, I thought about lifting mine? The new F150's don't death wobble persay, they just drift constantly all over the road and are an accident waiting to happen. There are people starting to report them also to the NHTSA which is what we all should be doing to get Ford to straighten out their safety issues, death wobble would be very unnerving, so is not being able to keep it in your lane.

I rented and drove a '17 F150 a while back. Put a little over 1200 miles on it. It drove fine and I really liked it. The only thing I noticed was a tendency for the front end t get a little "wonky" on very rough asphalt... VERY rough. It kind of felt like the front springs were a little too stiff and that may have been effected since the rental had a light V-6 in it. Did not experience what you're talking about. Of course it was also 2WD.
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I’ve had my 2015 F150 for 3 years and 36k miles. It has never drifted, even when it was leveled with larger tires. None of my friends or family’s F150s drift. The forum I’m on has no posts or threads related to drifting.
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Originally Posted by zigzag View Post
was it the bodys of the trucks that were causing you to stay stuck, I thought about lifting mine? The new F150's don't death wobble persay, they just drift constantly all over the road and are an accident waiting to happen. There are people starting to report them also to the NHTSA which is what we all should be doing to get Ford to straighten out their safety issues, death wobble would be very unnerving, so is not being able to keep it in your lane.
an F150 can't death wobble, its an IFS truck. Death wobble is an issue that is possible on any solid front axle vehicle. It'll scare the ever living shit out of you and rattle your nuts so hard you'll shoot silly string for a week.

However, once it's happened a time or two you realize the vehicle isn't uncontrollable in that state.
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ndfootball I would at least ask them and show them a video on YouTube. The TSB says if it's made before July 31 2018. I love the truck other than this problem which they say they are going to fix. Just going to take a month or two. I think I'm also going to put a dual steering stabilizer on it.
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