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Ford F-150 Vibration Problem Continues To Leave Drivers Shaken

February 20, 2017 By: LemonLaw Category: Ford, vibration

Without a doubt, the Ford F-150 truck continues to be one of the most popular trucks on the highway. However lately, we have been seeing an increase in the number of drivers complaining on the 1 800 LEMON LAW hotline  of a Ford F-150 vibration problem, resulting in numerous trips to the dealership with no real fix.

If you google Ford F-150 vibration problems, you will find links to message boards with hundreds and hundreds of posts with trucks dating back to 2011 and earlier, and  leading up in high volume to current 2015 and 2016 models.  Dealers are replacing tires, mounts and other parts; calling the vibration a normal condition; and in some circumstances claiming they cannot duplicate the vibration condition at all, which is really shaking drivers’ patience.

If you are dealing with a Ford F-150 vibration problem, it’s is imperative that you bring your truck to an authorized Ford dealership as soon as possible to have the issue diagnosed and hopefully fixed.  Offer to take the service adviser on a test drive, provide facts as to when the vibration occurs (most drivers say it begins to be very pronounced at around 4o mph), and ask to see any technical service bulletins that have been issued surrounding the problem.  Dealers have been known to ask you to compare your truck to other trucks in the lot, but just remember that just because both trucks are vibrating, it does not mean it is a normal condition or should be tolerated.

Make sure that each and every time you bring your Ford F-150 vibration problem to the dealer’s attention, you are provided with a repair invoice which outlines mileage, dates, your complaint, and their fix.  Even if they say the condition is normal, make sure that you obtain an invoice to illustrate that you brought the matter to their attention.  And if it continues to vibrate, continue to make mention of it.  If need be, you can take your truck to another Ford dealer to have a fresh pair of eyes review the matter.  These dealers know there is an issue; do not let them brush you aside. If they say “no fix is available,” make sure they put that in writing.

Once you are back repetitively for your Ford F-150 vibration problem, it is important that you look into your rights under State and Federal Laws.  Contact a lemon law lawyer in your state to discuss your situation and your opportunity to seek remedy.  After all, if the manufacturer is not doing anything to address the issue, it may be up to you to “shake things up.”


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25 Responses to “Ford F-150 Vibration Problem Continues To Leave Drivers Shaken”


  1. #1 Lee Hackney says:

    2017 Ford F150 short box 4 x 4. Steering wheel shakes from vibratiion. Seats shake. Took it back same day shortly after driving off the car lot. Shop people said it was either bad tires or wheels I purchased. Changed all 4 tires and all 4 wheels but vibration is still there. Shop people said vibration is within limits but to me feels unsafe to drive. The vibration bothers my arms.

    • State: WA
  2. #2 Margaret Jones says:

    Vibration in steering, tires changed twice, new rims. Bounce still there. New 2017 Ford F150 4 x 4 After 3rd tire change vibration is still there but better. Shakes seat and steering wheel.

    • State: Washington
  3. #3 CODY GENKOS says:

    2016 Ford F-150 platinum 5.0 short box 4X4

    Wheels and tires have been replaced, 3 attempts to align, 3 attempts to balance the tires, new brakes and rotors. This vibration is not acceptable! It’s going back to the dealer for the 4th time in 3 weeks..(not the dealers fault, the dealer has been great) but its my first ford vehicle and will be my last Ford vehicle if it isn’t fixed soon. $65k JUNK!

    • State: NEW YORK
  4. #4 Steve Mitchum says:

    I purchased a 2016 f150 Super Cab Sport Package, 4×4 3.5L Eco boost, Truck had 19K+ miles. It took me over a month to find this truck. I brought the truck back the very next day to the service dept explaining the problem, After approx. 12-15 days in and out of service dept the following service was performed.. tires balanced, drive shaft swapped from another on lot, fords vibration test, new Ford OEM drive shaft installed, road forced tire balance etc..I cannot drive the truck without my hand feeling tingly and numb ( very unsafe ) the service rep. road with me and i’m told its with in Fords specs. lol.. I called Ford Customer service and received a case number and was advised me to go for a second opinion. I have it scheduled for 3/27/18.. If this cannot be fixed I will be filing a claim with the NYS lemon law.

    • State: ny
  5. #5 Michael Moberly says:

    Brand new 17 f150 supercab 5.0 stx package. Truck has had a vibration since day one. I’ve had it in the service department of the dealer I leased it from 3 times. First time they road forced balanced the truck. The balancing made it so bad I had to call them and take it back the next day. They rebalanced the tires and put the shake back to “normal”. So I took it back in a third time. They didn’t touch it all day. It just sat there. They said they were waiting to hear from Ford and that it’s my tire package causing it. I’ve never been followed up with or told anything else. I took it to a second dealer and all they did was rebalnce again. It made no difference. I’ve now had the truck almost a year and the shake is getting worse. I can’t travel at highway speeds without feeling this awful shake. Everything in the truck shakes and I’m now at a loss as what to do. I may contact my dealer or possibly even ford but the frustration that I know is coming, makes me hesitant.

    • State: OH
  6. #6 LemonLaw says:

    @Michael: We would be happy to discuss your rights with you. Please call us at 800 536 6652 or visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html

    • #7 Steve Mitchum says:

      Follow up from my March 20 post…Well, I went for a second opinion per Fords customer service. It took a few days to locate a problem, The bearing in the rear differential disintegrated and left hundreds of metal shards of crunched up bearing, race, shims circulating through the fluid,( I have pics.) we very very excited to finally locate the problem that the first dealer couldn’t. I can finally have closure and start enjoying the F150 i searched for. However NOT the case. I was told to drive it and allow some break in time, as of today the issue is just as bad at our state speed limit of 55, the vibration is bad enough to be considered a hazard to drive for extended time like 1/2 hour. I contacted the second opinion Ford dealer yesterday and still waiting for a response. Do I have a lemon law case ? It wouldn’t be right to sell it and some other person has to deal with it.. Please I need some guidance on my rights.

      • State: ny
    • #8 LemonLaw says:

      @Steve: Give us a call at 800 536 6652 to discuss.

      • #9 Ron Hartman says:

        I bought a 2016 Ford 150 with v-6 twin turbos with 19.000 miles on it a certified pre-own that went threw a 150 point inspection, yes bs
        after driving about 3 weeks I noticed a shake in engine when stopped at light, and with air on its worse. Took to dealership twice and that then called Ford corp because they could not find anything wrong, they said its normal for the truck to shake.
        I am very unhappy for I paid a lot of money for the truck.

        • State: Texas
      • #10 Chad g. says:

        It’s the ignition coil causing the vibration, I just had the issue. Now bmy truck is 100% fixed and running better than ever.

        • State: La.
      • #11 Michael nowell says:

        I think its time to buy a chevy!!☺

        • State: Wa.
      • #12 garth says:

        2017 F150 xlt 6.5 box. Bought used @ 20,000 KM. and had them put Fix shimmy on sale receipt. They said tires, been back in shop 4 times. Shakes, shimmies, vibrates still. I wonder if they have broken the sale contract because they have not fixed it? Seems lots of people with same issue. Options. Causes. Help.

        • State: alberta, calgary
      • #13 Brett Green says:

        2017 F150 when braking shakes badly especially at 40mph. 18,000 miles
        Im taking it too the dealer asap.

        • State: UT
      • #14 Floyd Scarberry says:

        Bought a new 2016 Ford F-150 V-6 Eco Boost extended cab 4 x 4 – picked it up and took a small trip – noticed the vibration immediately from 30 to 70 mph. Really bad at 55 speed limits. Called them back on Monday to get the issue resolved. Re-Balanced the tires – no help. Been back to the dealership now five times – still same issue. They have balanced the tires – put two new ones on – rear & front drive shafts replace and still same issue. Love my truck – hate the vibrations 🙁 At this point not sure what to do next.

        • State: Ohio
      • #15 Richard says:

        I have a 2018 F-150 3.5 with a 10 speed Trans, the truck has less then 2000 miles on it and whey the trucks hits 50-60 mph it develops a harmonic/vibration that goes away when you let off of the gas pedal.

        When towing a 1000 lbs trailer the harmonic/vibration is magnified.

        Ford dealer replaced the tires and they told me they were going to reprogram the PCM/ECU. I received a call today from Ford and they are not going to refresh the PCM/ECU, but they are waiting on a toll from Ford to read the vibrations.

        we will see what happens once they get t his tool

        • State: TX
      • #16 Adam Hewell says:

        I have a 2016 f150 supercrew xlt fx4. I noticed the vibration on my test drive but figured it was just the truck I drove at the time. Mine has done it from day 1. At 55mph almost on the nose it vibrates noticeably through the steering wheel. Around 45 it’s better and 60+ not noticeable. It’s the common 55 that you drive every day. I’ve taken to two different dealerships. First one noticed it but says it was within specs and sent me packing. Second one replaced multiple parts and kept it for 6 weeks and still did not fix it. I was furious and still am. I’m two years into what I thought was a dream truck and haven’t been pleased yet. Very disheartening.

        • State: Georgia
      • #17 Ronald A Carucci says:

        Purchased brand new Ford F150 STX Echoboost in Nov 2017
        I have been to dealership three times with a vibration problem. Only to have been told that the vibration is normal, or can’t feel, or it is said that there is no vibration. Wheels rebalanced wheels rotated criss- cross and actually the vibration became more notisable to me.
        I Have been a ford owner for many years from 1987 through the present time owning several New cars and Trucks and never have I ever encountered such a problem. At a period of time I worked for a great ford dealership and drove a multitude of all ford products and I have never had or felt such a condition. Please help me !!!!

        • State: UTAH
      • #18 Andrew says:

        I just bought 2016 ecoboost F-150 with 7,000 miles on it 2 weeks ago. Noticed a vibration between 40-55 mph at low rpm a few days later. It’s going back to the dealership on Monday 10/29/18. After seeing the comments on here about this being normal I’m really disappointed and hope I don’t get the same bs. I had a 2013 5.0 F-150 before this one and I put 67,000 miles on it and it rode smooth every mile. I paid 35,000$ for this truck and I’m very unhappy.

        • State: Delaware
      • #19 LemonLaw says:

        @Andrew: If you end up bringing the Ford back three or more times for the vibration issues, reach out to us at http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html and we may be able to help you recover some recourse.

        • #20 Andrew says:

          Ok, so I took the truck back to the original dealer and as expected I was told it was normal. Needless to say, I’m not buying it. I’m taking it to a different Ford dealer for a second opinion on the 14th of November for a second opinion. After owning the truck now for about 3 weeks, the vibration is most noticed between 30-60 mph at low rpm when trying to maintain your speed. The service tech that I just spoke with said from what I described to him it sounds abnormal. I’ll update this post once I get the second opinion. 2016 F150 ecoboost, 7,500 miles to date.

          • State: Delaware
        • #21 Josh Emery says:

          2018 F-150 Stx Fx4 5.0L. Vibrations are horrible can’t even drive. Ford had it 1 day and I got it back. Then the shaking started again and they had it 5 days. They said the worked on my transfer case, drive shaft and differential as well as tore rotation. It drive fine for a few days and the shaking returned. They have now had it another 9 days and are telling everything is fine. The dealerships are refusing to issue repair orders and will now only summarize repairs to me via email. They don’t know what day my truck was there, cant tell me why there are discrepancies and after offering to pay my 1st car note, they have not done so. I have gone to the highest levels of Ford customer service and am being stonewalled.

          • State: TX
        • #22 LemonLaw says:

          @Andrew: Once the truck is back in three times for the vibration, call us at 800 536 6652.

          • #23 Andrew says:

            Here’s my follow up. I took it for a second opinion, and was told it was the tires. Obviously, it’s not the tires. That was a waste of time. Took it back to the original dealer yesterday and had the tires balanced and an alignment done. Got the truck back this afternoon and there’s no difference, vibration is still there.They keep repeating that it’s and just lock out gears to make the vibration go away. That’s not solving my problem. I shouldn’t have to lock out 5th-6th gear so it won’t vibrate. I really hate this truck and it’s definitely one of the most expensive mistakes I’ve ever made in my life.

            • State: Delaware
          • #24 LemonLaw says:

            @Andrew: Give us a call at 800 536 6652 to discuss your situation and how we can help.

            • #25 David atteberry says:

              We bought a 2016 f150 with 10,000 miles on it. Noticed the vibration immediately. Took it back to the dealer once so far all they did was balance the tires. Still horrible. After reading all this, I have to assume ford knows of the defect. Has anyone actually gotten the problem solved? I really like this truck but can’t deal with the issue. I guess repeat vists to the dealer 2 more times so I can take advantage of the LemonLaw maybe my only recourse.

              • State: Wa

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