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The Ford F250 Death Wobble is Shaking Drivers Up

July 16, 2019 By: LemonLaw Category: Ford

The Ford F250 death wobble is caused when the defective front axles encounter even a small detriment on the road.

Sad to say we are receiving calls on the 1 800 LEMON LAW hotline from even more drivers dealing with the serious vibration problem known as the “death wobble.” We are now representing a number of clients complaining of a Ford F250 death wobble where their vehicle will suddenly shake, feeling as though they are losing complete control of the truck.

The “death wobble” has been a problem occurring in numerous vehicles since as far back as the 1980’s. The Ford F250 death wobble normally occurs when the vehicle hits a bump or groove in the road while driving at normal highway speeds. The vehicle then begins to violently wobble and shake while driving, causing the driver to lose control. The death wobble is caused when the defective front axles encounter even a small detriment on the road.

Some drivers have reported that the only way to stop the death wobble is to take their keys out of the ignition. Even though Ford has been aware of the frequent F250 wobbling, they are yet to offer drivers a consistent solution.

Some drivers have returned to their dealership multiple times to deal with their issue. Often, the dealership will offer to fix a minor front end issue. For example, some drivers may have their bushings replaced, steering parts replaced, or their axles realigned, which might stop the Ford F250 death wobble for a small amount of time. However, most drivers who get these fixes then report that the problem occurs again within three months. Some drivers had to return to their dealership more than three times in a six month time frame because the death wobble kept reoccurring.

If you are driving a Ford F250 and begin to notice wobbling or shaking similar to the described ‘death wobble,’ make sure you take your truck back to your Ford dealership after every occurrence. Make sure you save your invoices from each visit.

If you find yourself back to your dealership multiple times or that your vehicle is out of service for an extended period of time because of the Ford F250 death wobble, you have rights. Call 1 800 LEMON-LAW (1 800 536 6652) or fill out our Get Rid of your Lemon form today to find out how we can help you. Our goal is to help you get back to driving a sturdy, safe vehicle as soon as possible.

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11 Responses to “The Ford F250 Death Wobble is Shaking Drivers Up”

  1. #1 Robert Sandberg says:

    I have a 2017 F250 with the death wobble that the Ford dealer cannot fix they’re waiting for the engineers to come up with a solution I’ve had it there several times it’s unsafe to drive

    • State: Ct
  2. #2 Mark GilMar says:

    I have had this shudder as I call it on a few occasions. Goes away quickly and I chalked this up to the typical issues Ford has had. I had a 2007 and 2008 both had this and was told is was common-Ford had TSBs on this. However, this wobble occurred on my truck just a few weeks back while I was towing a trailer to FL from MD. It occurred as speeds increased and just prior to the Wilson draw bridge. It really caught me off guard the first time. The third time it happened it would not stop and I braked to get my truck below 30mph on a relatively busy interstate 95 at 1200am. I immediately pulled over in a safe area. I have a precise tire compressor and took my tire pressure from 74 down to 60 on the front and 74 down to 65 rear. This did not help. The only solution was to stay at or below 70 and pray. I am in the process of taking truck to a tire place that I deal with to have rims inspected and front end checked. Im doing just this as I know ford will say “no problem found or you have tires and front end out of spec. Caution to all drivers with this issue. Its scares the hell out of you and wakes you up. It seemed I could not a anything to stop this and Im fortunate I did not take anyone out when this occurred. As it would have been costly for me since I was towing a trailer. Yes Im concerned about my life but I respect the others on the road just as much. I am a Ford person and hope to get some answers as Im in the market for a F350 cc dually-Im hoping my issue is something on my end. The truck I drive is a gas f250, 2016 xl super cab long bed 4×4. Hope this helps others and Im available to answer any

    • State: MD
  3. #3 S. Chehresa says:

    Own a 2019 f-250 for almost months and have had the death wobble 3times in one day. You think it would be fix on new truck by now. This is ridiculous.

    • State: Tx
  4. #4 Mike Banaszak says:

    I own a 2019 F-250 Diesel crew cab and took my truck back at around 5,000 miles i was told the shake was normal. Well today I was driving with my wife on the expressway around 75 mph and hit a bump and the truck started to shake violently had to hit the breaks and pull off the road to make it stop. I will taking the truck back to the dealership tomorrow this truck is unsafe to drive. Ford had better step up and fix it!

    • State: MI
  5. #5 Bobby Fisk says:

    I bought a brand new 2017 f350 single wheel in August of 2018. January of 2019 almost lost control of vehicle driving down turnpike at 75 mph due the violent shaking. Took it to dealer and they oh yea that’s a common problem in these trucks. They supposedly fixed it. Then August it done it again took to a different dealer and they supposedly fixed it. Didn’t make it 20 miles from dealer and almost took me and my wife off the road. Someone needs to start a go fund me account so we can raise the money to buy some time on the 3 major television broadcast stations so ford will do something. The media will get more done than lawyers because with lawyers it still stays hush hush. Just like the major air bag deal. Yes no doubt it was a dangerous faulty part but it only hurt you if you have a crash. This death wobble deal with ford will cause the crash.

    • State: Ok
  6. #6 Chuck Flores says:

    Our 2019 F-250 is doing this almost any small bump is hit . It is very dangerous when it happens . Any help please email . The local dealership that we bought from charge us for alignment – no help .

    • State: Texas
  7. #7 Rodney Woody says:

    I have a 2017 F250. Put it in the shop for death wobble at a little under 13,700 miles when truck was a year old. Now it’s started again at 28,000 miles 2 years old. Very dangerous, almost went into concrete divider from hitting a bump in the road. How can you have confidence driving a truck that could do this at any time.

    • State: Tx
  8. #8 Rick Carignan says:

    I’ve been down this road multiple times. Slight issues with my 2008 F350 crew cab diesel, severe issues with my 2012 F350 crew cab diesel (started around 90k miles). There’s a lot of exaggeration I feel that comes with some of these complaints at times but I can say at 70 mph towing our 39ft 5th wheel on I90 in the center lane outside of Albany NY I had to come to a stop to get it to quit, literally still shaking at 5 mph. Ford warrantied a lot of the repairs but it still cost me a lot of money and a huge amount of down time and the aggravation factor dealing with it was almost life changing. It actually took almost a year and 30k miles of hell to fix the truck. Now with my 2019 F350 crew cab diesel. All trucks were 4×4 riding on stock suspension and oem tires. The 2019 showed tire wear at 3k miles, alignment was checked and was told it was fine. So far Ford has done 3 steering stabilizers, currently riding on the fourth. Wore all my tires out at 25k miles as I paid for multiple rotations (have to dismount, remount, and balance for the duallies). Just put on at my cost 6 new tires, Ford checked the alignment and it was way out of spec., needed to be re-shimmed for caster . They wanted me to pay for that which obviously didn’t go over well nor happened. They now claim you need to have your alignment checked every 6 months to stay in warranty!!!! It took them 6 work days to do it and they had to go aftermarket shims to get it in spec. Now the truck handles like crap on back roads, drifts with the road grooves and in 600 miles shows significant wear on the outer edge of the RF tire and inner edge of the LF tire. If you get a bad one you’re screwed!

    • State: NH
  9. #9 Jennifer says:

    I purchased a 2017 Ford F-250 Diesel in january 2018. To pay $65,000 for a truck I can’t drive and don’t feel safe in!!! It’s been in the shop 4x and the problem has never been fixed, I have heard every excuse in the book. I called several mechanics and dealerships when i first purchased the truck and the dealerships were saying it was normal “Are you kidding me?” I can only drive local with it, when i do drive it i hit the tiniest flaw or bump going as slow as 35 mph and the truck violently shakes.

    • State: MI
  10. #10 John says:

    I have a 2018 F250 Diesel Crew Cab and been experiencing this “wobble” since January. I’ve taken it to one dealership twice and they didn’t fix it. They replaced the steering stabilizer and drag links. This didn’t help. I contacted Ford and they suggested taking to a different dealership, so I did. I’m in the middle of that right now. They had to change bushings to get to the “new” suggested alignment specs. Now, they are saying it isn’t covered under the warranty because alignments are only covered for 1 year/12,000 miles and I have 29,000 miles. My truck aligned at the factory when it was made. They changed the specs to fix the issue, so I shouldn’t have to pay for the fix. I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what good my warranty is?

    • State: PA
  11. #11 LemonLaw says:

    @John: Please call our office at 800 536 6652 to further discuss your rights.

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