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Brand new 2018 F-350 Platinum Crew Cab Death Wobble

4 miles after driving away from the dealer in a brand new 2018 F-350 Platinum Crew Cab, I notice Death Wobble from the steering wheel? Many reasons why I didn't turn around.

It will do it intermittently between 40-60 mph when initiating a slight corner or if you deliberately run over turtle bumps or road reflectors you can recreate it.

I tried lowering tire pressure down to 50/60 instead of the 60/80. It's better, but still there.


This is a late build (5-18)


Anybody else have this?


Beautiful truck though.
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I have had it but at not in a brand new truck, you need to take it back for service NOW ,maybe make a quick video for the service writer to see, cause they aint gonna believe it!!!
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I would have been back to the dealer the next day. What cab/bed configuration ??

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You don't "notice" death wobble. If you didn't nearly defecate yourself, it wasn't full on death wobble.

You should still take it to the dealer ASAP though, especially if you are able to consistently replicate it.
Indeed. It would have left you no option but to turn back. It is very violent with the ability to cause...death.

Curious to know what you experienced tho!

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Possibly a lane departure warning. My 2018 has that, it will cause the steering wheel to shake if I drive close to the lane markings without using the turn signal.

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Possibly a lane departure warning. My 2018 has that, it will cause the steering wheel to shake if I drive close to the lane markings without using the turn signal.
Good thought Glenn. You can shut that off on a button above the radio (unless they have moved it).

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Has anyone reported the Death Wobble in an F450 with the 19.5 tires? Or is this just an F350 thing?
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Death Wobble has been there for years.
Very well documentation out there.
I do agree, I would have turned around and taken back to dealer.

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Possibly a lane departure warning. My 2018 has that, it will cause the steering wheel to shake if I drive close to the lane markings without using the turn signal.

Thanks for the response. Sorry for the late reply, working 14-15 hour days and exhausted keeping up with my sexual addiction as well.

You are correct. What I have noticed is the sensitivity of the lane departure function is unreal. Asphalt seams and asphalt sealant lines that run somewhat parallel or at an angle to the lane/line of travel will cause the steering wheel to shake violently.


I am sure Ford will have to come out with a reflash to detune the sensitivity. It's scary towing with a heavy trailer that causes the front end to have less weight on the tires due to the center of gravity changing.


I'd rather have a beep or alarm notify me of impending lane departure.
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I would have been back to the dealer the next day. What cab/bed configuration ??



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The lane departure sensitivity is adjustable by the end user.
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You are correct. What I have noticed is the sensitivity of the lane departure function is unreal. Asphalt seams and asphalt sealant lines that run somewhat parallel or at an angle to the lane/line of travel will cause the steering wheel to shake violently.
I'm just now working through the owner's manual on my 2019 F-350, but it's pretty easy to turn the sensitivity down or shut the lane departure off completely...

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Possibly a lane departure warning. My 2018 has that, it will cause the steering wheel to shake if I drive close to the lane markings without using the turn signal.
This would be my guess as well, as he described it was only when near or on the edge of the lane

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