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Ford Super Duty Truck Owners Complain About Death Wobble: Video

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Last summer, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Ford that alleged the automaker’s Super Duty truck has defective suspension components and steering linkage systems that led to a phenomenon called “death wobble.” Death wobble occurs when seemingly out of nowhere, the front end of the truck begins to vibrate, and the steering wheel vibrates heavily in the hands of the driver. It’s worth noting that death wobble isn’t limited to Ford vehicles alone, in the Jeep Wrangler world, death wobble is often associated with improperly executed lifts. A new video has turned up from a news station called Action 9 that shows the dreaded death wobble in action.

A man called Jason Kincaid says he was driving down the interstate when his Ford F-250 Super Duty truck suddenly started shaking violently. Kincaid says that he was able to pull over safely and went online after making it home to investigate the issue. He says that he found multiple accounts from people that called the phenomenon “death wobble.” Another man called Justin Hill has also experienced death wobble, noting that you don’t expect to spend “40 to 50 grand” to have deal with that sort of issue.

Hill did say he was aware of the potential class-action lawsuit covering 2005 through 2019 F-250 and F-350 trucks. The lawsuit we mentioned before notes that there have been 12 reports that relate accidents and injury to the phenomena. More than 1200 people have filed complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration related to the issue. One driver who has experienced death wobble says that it was the “worst” violent shaking that they’ve ever felt in a vehicle and that they thought all four tires had exploded.

Hill and Kincaid hope that Ford issues a recall to fix the problem. Hill says that the vehicle isn’t safe to drive and shouldn’t be on the road. Kincaid says that the issue should be addressed “across the board nationally.” Ford has offered no comment on the issue at this time.

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Source: Action 9

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. Saw this article yesterday, had a call from our head service guy for trucks out in the field with this very complaint on his truck plus one more from one of our field mechanics, doing a little research and found a tsb from Ford with a replacement steering shock to cure this problem. Surprised to not see any mention of this tsb in this article. TSB was published or updated on 12-20 2019 to TSB number 19-2392. We probably have 100 or so trucks that fall within the dates that this TSB covers.

  2. Had death wobble with a 2014 F-350 diesel 4×4 crew cab long bed. The dealer wanted to fully disassemble the front end. I said no. Brought it to a trusted tire shop that rebalanced the tires. Problem solved.

  3. To be perfectly honest, anything bigger than a 1500-series pickup (Ford F150, Silverado/Sierra 1500, Ram 1500, Tundra & Titan) should be limited to construction companies and fleets that require the use of heavy duty equipment. A 375hp 3.5L Ecoboost has a Conventional tow rating of 13,200lbs, more than enough to tow your average boat and trailer. A 30ft Camper has a dry weight of about 5200lbs on average, adding 1500lbs loaded which is still under the limit. That right there kills the need for anything larger than an F150 because 99% of people who own a truck will rarely use a quarter of what the truck is capable of. It also goes to show that V8 engines are completely unnecessary as well. This is true for both Gasoline and Diesel engines. Ford has proven that it’s ecoboost V6 engines can easily out power most of it’s V8 engines and it’s 3.0L Powerstroke out torques the 5.0L V8.
    If Ford was any kind of smart, besides emptying the road of Monster trucks, Ford would end it’s gasoline and diesel V8 programs altogether and focus on 4cyl, 5cyl, and 6cyl Ecoboost and diesel engines. Nothing else is really needed when you think about how good Ford’s ecoboost lineup really is. For Example, the 3.0L Ecoboost V6 makes 400hp/415tq in the Explorer ST, the 2011-2012 Mustang GT made 412hp/390lb-ft of torque which was only a few short years ago. The 2.3L Turbo easily out performs the 3V 4.6L GT with 350hp/350tq compared to the anemic 300hp/320tq in the 05-09 Mustang GT. The Current Ford GT 3.5L ecoboost makes 660hp/550tq, where the 2014 GT500 only made 2hp more with the 5.8L Trinity V8 although the supercharged beast made 631lb-ft of torque. Even the Aussie Barra Inline-6 Turbo engines made good power with the 310T pushing out 415hp/416tq and the Barra 325T pushing out 436hp and 425tq (numbers that out perform even the second gen Coyote 5.0’s 435hp/400tq. It would also get rid of every other car/SUV platform besides the CD6 platform (the one the 2020 Explorer currently rides on as will the upcoming mustang). Ford needs to not only have the Mustang and Explorer on this platform but also a new global Ford Falcon performance sedan to join the mix. next would be to improve the Ranger/Bronco T6 platform and add a global Everest SUV to this lineup and get rid of vehicles like the Escape, the Ecosport and the Edge. After that, upgrade the F150/Expedition platform for more strength, bringing it closer to what an F250 can do but on a smaller, much more manageable platform that doesn’t take up the entire road and sit way too high so its not obtrusive to the view of the rest of the drivers on the road and offer better stability than a pointlessly oversized vehicle. Ford also needs to add in three more electric vehicles, two of them on the same platform that the Mach E is on which would bring out the Ford EVOS and a revised Ford C-Max and one on the F150 platform named the Ford Atlas along with making all of the Transit Vehicles electric and giving every electric vehicle some autonomous features. Lastly, Ford needs to scrape off the dead weight of Lincoln and just offer the European luxury Vignale package on certain vehicles.

    • yeah, BS. my 2019 F350 has been doing this to me, even forcing me off the highway a couple times. One of the more recent times was towing a 9500lb skid/trailer combo.

  4. Forgot to add this. Since Ford wants to compete in the electric market. It already has the Mach-E, why not bring out a few of the cool concepts that they’ve had for so long such as the Mach-3 Roadster from back in the early 90’s to battle the Tesla Roadster, the Ford GT90 supercar but as a much less expensive electric competition to the Lamborghini Huracan EVO coupe, a more road going GT40 to challenge the Ferrari 488 GTB, the Ford EVOS, and the Ford Interceptor and 427 concepts as well as the aforementioned ATLAS pickup to compete with the upcoming GMC Hummer

  5. What a load, I have to assume most of these complaints come from people who don’t drive or could never afford these newer incredible luxury high end trucks. We own & drive a few from the past years right up until a new Ford 2020 F-350 Lariat Tremor. Over a 100 $ large with tax, but worth every penny. As always, beware of people who make comments out of spite & with absolutely no knowledge. Cheers & keep working hard “)

  6. To Pat that commented and others that think this issue is BS. Our son almost lost his life because of his 2015 F250. He purchased it used from a dealership last year and his wife has driven it daily with their 5 year old. Thank God he was alone when this death wobble happened and he had the driving experience to keep it from turning over. We had never heard of this before. How many trucks will be destroyed, people hurt or killed before Ford fixes this issue?
    Pat dont degrade people saying they are lying and cant afford these vehicles because it’s a true issue.

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