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Old 11-07-2018, 09:10 AM
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I bought a new 2018 4 door 4wd gas F250 about 6 months ago. I have had no issues until I was driving down the interstate the other day when I went over a skewed bridge. I was changing lanes coming off of the bridge when I hit a pot hole which caused the front two wheels to shake violently. I was driving 80 mph and had to slow down to 50 before the wobbling would stop. I know I was speeding and hit a pot hole, but this scared the hell out of me. If I would have hit the brakes, it felt like the wheels would have sheared right off. I haven't felt anything like it since then, but still a little shaken from it. Has anyone else experienced this with this model? Do you think it was just the perfect storm that caused this by speeding, changing lanes, pot hoe, etc?
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:23 AM
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Google it on you tube...
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:33 AM
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Bottom line: That truck has a solid front axle and as such, it is susceptible to "death wobble". Will it happen again? I don't think anyone can answer that question but as said, with that type suspension on the front, it is always a possibility.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:04 AM
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i had it happen frequently on my 2016 f250. Ford finally stepped up and put a different front end on the truck and the problem went away.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:52 AM
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I have experienced it when I needed a tie rod end and my tires were a little low on pressure, but this can happen to anyone. Until you experience it it is difficult to explain how scary it is at highway speed.

in any event, I understand that a ford specialist patented some aftermatprket parts that fixed it. My buddy told me about him. Worked for the ford shop across from Gillette stadium but he recently moved on. You may be able to google it.
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Superdutywobble.com. Found the site and it is a 508 area code so it should be the same guy. 508-203-9450
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:30 PM
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I heard Ford just issued a TSB for this issue for the 17 and 18 Super Duties manufactured before July 2018. You might want to get speak with the dealer.

TSB # 18-2268

Model: Ford
2017-2019 F-Super Duty

Issue: Some 2017-2019 F-250/F-350 4WD vehicles built on or before 31-Jul-2018 may exhibit a sustained steering wheel oscillation after driving over rough pavement or an expansion joint above 45 mph (72 Km/h).

Action: Follow the Service Procedure steps to correct the condition.

Parts

Part NumberDescriptionQuantity
HC3Z-3E651-D
Steering Linkage Damper1
5C3Z-3B440-EEE
1º Adjuster Assembly2
5C3Z-3B440-DDD
3/4º Adjuster Assembly2
5C3Z-3B440-CCC
1/2º Adjuster Assembly2
5C3Z-3B440-BBB
1/4º Adjuster Assembly2
F2TZ-3A049-A
Castle Nut2
W525288-S437
Cotter Pin2
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Old 11-07-2018, 01:58 PM
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My F 350 from several years ago did it all the time
add a heavy duty steering stabilizer and it never did it again
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This is a LONG TIME problem with the F-250. Bought my truck new from dealer in 2007. It only happens when the right succession of bumps happen at 50-70 mph. When it does, Hold On For Your Life !! At first, you think your front wheel partially fell off. It will tear the steering wheel out of your hands. Meanwhile you have to slow down from 65mph to 35mph on a major highway. Do you know what that's like? People behind you locking up their brakes, and passing you as they mother f--k you, and give you the finger. <br /> I have complained to the ntsb, which you should also do. <br /> Ford will tell you that your tire pressure is not correct. I had this happen on the way home from a tire rotation and service from the Ford dealership. <br /> For someone who has never experienced it, it sounds like an exaggeration, but it is actually an understatement. I would NEVER let my wife drive the truck on a highway. <br /> The F-250 shakes like a dog shittin razor blades when it hits the right bumps. F-250 buyers beware. Ford Will Not stand behind this issue, and the NTSB puts their head in the sand over this issue after thousands of complaints. !
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OP is your truck raised or leveled?
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One fix = IFS
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Old 11-07-2018, 03:10 PM
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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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Just watched the video's, this is crazy, and on a brand new vehicle. One THT member keeps posting he would never buy a solid axle 3/4 ton and I was thinking what's the big deal. Can't believe there hasn't been a design change to eliminate it...
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lobsterboatman You are telling the truth. It is the most terrifying experience. I also had no control with the steering wheel. Ill contact the dealer and see what they say about the TSB.
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Originally Posted by INTP View Post
I heard Ford just issued a TSB for this issue for the 17 and 18 Super Duties manufactured before July 2018. You might want to get speak with the dealer.

TSB # 18-2268

Model: Ford
2017-2019 F-Super Duty

Issue: Some 2017-2019 F-250/F-350 4WD vehicles built on or before 31-Jul-2018 may exhibit a sustained steering wheel oscillation after driving over rough pavement or an expansion joint above 45 mph (72 Km/h).

Action: Follow the Service Procedure steps to correct the condition.

Parts

Part NumberDescriptionQuantity
HC3Z-3E651-D
Steering Linkage Damper1
5C3Z-3B440-EEE
1º Adjuster Assembly2
5C3Z-3B440-DDD
3/4º Adjuster Assembly2
5C3Z-3B440-CCC
1/2º Adjuster Assembly2
5C3Z-3B440-BBB
1/4º Adjuster Assembly2
F2TZ-3A049-A
Castle Nut2
W525288-S437
Cotter Pin2
was just going to post this TSB
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:15 PM
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You need PMF dual steering stabilizer kit with bilstein shocks its $299 for the kit with shocks works with stock or modified suspension I have the same setup on my 2006 f-350 I have never had death wobble in my truck and I have had it since 2008 I just did the dual steering stabilizer kit for preventive maintenance when I took the lift out of my truck and went to a 2.5 leveling kit.I also have PMF suspension 3 link kit on my truck they make really nice stuff for the money that you spend.

http://www.pmfsuspension.com/2005-19...-Kit_p_65.html

The dealer will just keep dicking you around the factory steering stabilizer is barely strong enough for that heavy front end

You also need to make sure the caster is correct if its off it will also make the truck have death wobble

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Originally Posted by ericinmich View Post
Just watched the video's, this is crazy, and on a brand new vehicle. One THT member keeps posting he would never buy a solid axle 3/4 ton and I was thinking what's the big deal. Can't believe there hasn't been a design change to eliminate it...

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.
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One fix = IFS
Until all that shit wears out haha
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Originally Posted by suzuki140 View Post
Until all that shit wears out haha
My 3/4 ton IFS front end lasted ~220,00 miles before I ever changed a single part. Over the next ~140.000 miles I pretty much rebuilt the entire front end. Wasn't hard to do, didn't cost much at all and at 400,000 miles it drives awesome (better than a brand new solid axle) and is probably good for another 150,000+ more miles. The parts on solid axle trucks wear out too and when they do, it's usually harder and more expensive to replace them and they generally don't last any longer than the parts on an IFS truck. True, there are more parts to wear out on IFS but they are cheap, easy to replace and drive sooooooooooooo much better and you NEVER have to worry about death wobble. NEVER.

edit: Oh, and during the last 400,000 miles it's had 2 (two) front-end alignments. Always get about 60k miles out of a set of tires.

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I called a dealership in my area and they said they couldn't look at my vehicle until December 5th. What a joke. Another dealer is s going to look at it in the morning.
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