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I had the death wobble in my 2011 truck. It's not a subtle shaking in the steering wheel. It's a violent shaking.

For me it was initiated at speeds above 40mph and usually if I hit a bump on a left hand sweeping turn. ie Freeway overpass with bridge expansion joint will set this off. It would continue to shake violently until I decreased the speed below 40 mph.

At 36,000 miles Ford replaced the Steering Dampner. Which corrected the problem for a long time. Around 90,000-95,000 miles it returned. I put in a new Bilstien Steering Dampner and it did not fix the problem but helped. New Tires helped a lot, But at 105,000 I replaced my front hubs and that finally fixed the problem.

My 2017 truck has the Lane Keep. Yes my steering wheel vibrates if I cross a lane without signaling. But it doesn't cause the truck to almost loose control.

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I would agree it is not at a death wobble level that I have experienced with some previous vehicles I have worked on. But it is a serious shaking that given certain road conditions and towing, I do not like nor feel is safe. I have since turned it off and left it off. It is sensitive enough that it picks up asphalt sealant markings which is what threw me off in the beginning.


I love the truck but Ford could have done lane departure notification much different. Bells, buzzers, heck even a vibrating steering wheel? I have seat vibrators so I know that's possible.
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I've had some violent shake going on with my 18 F350 for some time (just rolled 10,000 miles). It only happens when going over potholes, sewer covers and such while the truck is going around any corner at speeds above 25MPH. It will rip the wheel out of your hands for just a split second, have a couple oscillations and then back to normal. Until today, I've not bothered much with it since it rarely happens but decided to talk to the local Ford service guys and have an appt for next Thursday (Jan 24th) so they can look it over.
There is a TSB out there: 18-2268 that may apply. I'll report back what the dealer finds out.

I'm used to driving all kinds of ill handling trucks, and race cars, so I never really cared much about it since it isn't up to the "death wobble" level.
Finally had a chance to get the truck in for this. They found the problem to be the stock steering stabilizer shock. Since Ford had a TSB out on it, it was probably bad from day one. Had them rotate the tires since they were working on it too. Drove it home tonight over the same manhole covers and it drove normal over them. No more steering wheel getting yanked or truck jumping sideways.

*I do not have any of that lane changing alert garbage*

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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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I had the death wobble in my 2011 truck. It's not a subtle shaking in the steering wheel. It's a violent shaking.



For me it was initiated at speeds above 40mph and usually if I hit a bump on a left hand sweeping turn. ie Freeway overpass with bridge expansion joint will set this off. It would continue to shake violently until I decreased the speed below 40 mph.



At 36,000 miles Ford replaced the Steering Dampner. Which corrected the problem for a long time. Around 90,000-95,000 miles it returned. I put in a new Bilstien Steering Dampner and it did not fix the problem but helped. New Tires helped a lot, But at 105,000 I replaced my front hubs and that finally fixed the problem.



My 2017 truck has the Lane Keep. Yes my steering wheel vibrates if I cross a lane without signaling. But it doesn't cause the truck to almost loose control.
You just wrote my story with my 2011. .........it was horrific. They finally had to change the castor or camber, can't remember, that worked for about 6k miles and it began again. I had to get rid of it.

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late reply, fyi we have a 2016 F-550 with 22K on it that goes into the death wobble once in a while. dealer says they can't find anything wrong.
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I also have a 2014 crew cab f350 4x4 with the infamous death wobble. Ford has worked on it umpteen times always a ford shop to work on it and same answer everytime that everything is within Fords recommendations. I bought it used with 30,000 miles and started having trouble around 60,000 they have replaced pert near every part on the front end including drivers side spring for it leaning. I have around 105,000 on it now and same problem over and over again seems to last anywhere from just down the road up to around 20,000 miles everytime they “fix” it at this point I’m begging for help
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I also have a 2014 crew cab f350 4x4 with the infamous death wobble. Ford has worked on it umpteen times always a ford shop to work on it and same answer everytime that everything is within Fords recommendations. I bought it used with 30,000 miles and started having trouble around 60,000 they have replaced pert near every part on the front end including drivers side spring for it leaning. I have around 105,000 on it now and same problem over and over again seems to last anywhere from just down the road up to around 20,000 miles everytime they “fix” it at this point I’m begging for help


I have had the death wobble issues on vehicles in the past. Lift kits not installed correctly to front end alignment being off a little

None of the posts here (that are Not the lane departure warning system) talk about if the truck is stock or modified with any different tires, lifts or shocks.
Curious how many have the issue that have stock configuration?


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I also have a 2014 crew cab f350 4x4 with the infamous death wobble. Ford has worked on it umpteen times always a ford shop to work on it and same answer everytime that everything is within Fords recommendations. I bought it used with 30,000 miles and started having trouble around 60,000 they have replaced pert near every part on the front end including drivers side spring for it leaning. I have around 105,000 on it now and same problem over and over again seems to last anywhere from just down the road up to around 20,000 miles everytime they “fix” it at this point I’m begging for help


I have had the death wobble issues on vehicles in the past. Lift kits not installed correctly to front end alignment being off a little

None of the posts here (that are Not the lane departure warning system) talk about if the truck is stock or modified with any different tires, lifts or shocks.
Curious how many have the issue that have stock configuration?


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My truck is completely stock
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Do you know what measurements were after each alignment and did you have alignment checked when wobble had taken place?

My Jeep didn’t need much adjustment for the wobble to appear, as well as very little adjustment to correct it


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Don’t really know was under a warranty I bought when I bought the truck so I always took it to a ford shop and let them do the work speculating that they somewhat knew what they were doing
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