DEATH Wobble at 5700 miles on my NEW TRUCK cannot drive past 60mph

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My new f250 5700 miles felt like four flat tires when we hit a bump on the freeway in UTAH lane change almost lost total control nobody in left lane. The trailer fish tailed had to hit manual brake on control crapped myself almost lost all control of truck and trailer pulled over and everything looked ok. Patrol car followed my to off ramp to make sure we were ok . I would like to thank the officer for his help. Got home at slow driving below 50miles an hour anything faster would make front end shake. Unhitched trailer and drove the truck without trailer same thing. Contact dealership no parts all backed ordered. What do I do. The Dealership says the fix is just a band aid . This is dangerous and should be address by FORD we took a video of this just to prove that we are not crazy. Be careful about this also please let me know what I should do.
 

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My new f250 5700 miles felt like four flat tires when we hit a bump on the freeway in UTAH lane change almost lost total control nobody in left lane. The trailer fish tailed had to hit manual brake on control crapped myself almost lost all control of truck and trailer pulled over and everything looked ok. Patrol car followed my to off ramp to make sure we were ok . I would like to thank the officer for his help. Got home at slow driving below 50miles an hour anything faster would make front end shake. Unhitched trailer and drove the truck without trailer same thing. Contact dealership no parts all backed ordered. What do I do. The Dealership says the fix is just a band aid . This is dangerous and should be address by FORD we took a video of this just to prove that we are not crazy. Be careful about this also please let me know what I should do.
i would make sure all the bolts in the steering are tight and check the trackbar... it 9 out of 10 times thats the problems on solid axles jeeps... wouldn't surprise me ... it always going to be a thing with solid axle Vehicles why everyone went to IFS
 

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Steering stabilizers just mask the issue, most likely a ball joint
Never put a steering stabilizer on to fix the issue I always see people do this this never fixes anything ... It always something is loose or something is broken...

I know the one is a meme but it's serious advise
 

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I am not even going to attempt to diagnose your trucks problem. How absolutely terrifying. I am glad you're safe and I hope the dealership gets to the bottom of this ASAP. please keep us in the loop about what happened
 

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If you want to keep driving it right away and can't crawl under to tighten and check the above mentioned parts. Take it to an independent alignment shop. they can check the alignment and make sure your all tight. Unless there is a broken or defective part. My alignment guy charges me $85.00 to put it on the rack. The Factory alignment is never dead nuts on. I have a Jeep Rubicon and if tires/wheels are not balanced can often get that. I would check wheel balance after everything else. But its possible a tire / wheel got installed without balance and its way out.

I have my Rubicon on the rack annually and we re balance the tires along with the annual alignment. I can drive my lifted Jeep Rubicon 85MPH with the wind at my back and no problems EVER!

Glad you were able to get that rig off the road safely and glad to hear about your positive experience with the LEO, just goes to show there are good guys out there.
 

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If you want to keep driving it right away and can't crawl under to tighten and check the above mentioned parts. Take it to an independent alignment shop. they can check the alignment and make sure your all tight. Unless there is a broken or defective part. My alignment guy charges me $85.00 to put it on the rack. The Factory alignment is never dead nuts on. I have a Jeep Rubicon and if tires/wheels are not balanced can often get that. I would check wheel balance after everything else. But its possible a tire / wheel got installed without balance and its way out.

I have my Rubicon on the rack annually and we re balance the tires along with the annual alignment. I can drive my lifted Jeep Rubicon 85MPH with the wind at my back and no problems EVER!

Glad you were able to get that rig off the road safely and glad to hear about your positive experience with the LEO, just goes to show there are good guys out there.
I am glad you hauled it to a stop safely! I have experienced it too, and know how dangerous and terrifying it is!

As he says, get under the front of the truck and vigorously yank on all the above parts in that picture to see if you can find anything loose or sloppy. Something has slop that is allowing it to death wobble. Alignment and balancing could also help prevent the oscillation from starting.

It's time to get it into a competent shop.

Keep us posted.


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I am glad you hauled it to a stop safely! I have experienced it too, and know how dangerous and terrifying it is!

As he says, get under the front of the truck and vigorously yank on all the above parts in that picture to see if you can find anything loose or sloppy. Something has slop that is allowing it to death wobble. Alignment and balancing could also help prevent the oscillation from starting.

It's time to get it into a competent shop.

Keep us posted.


Ed
I will take a look and see if it is loose or broken . Thank you for your advice
 
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i Will take a look and see if they need to be tightened and contact the dealership and FORD again to get this fixed. Thank you all for all of your advice.
 

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Another idea - and be safe about it - get under the truck while someone turns the steering wheel slightly left and right. Slightly meaning just until the tires start to turn each way. While they are doing that slowly, watch each component for movement and slop. Start with the pitman arm to drag link and follow every component down the steering / suspension chain. I have identified issues that way (like seeing the drag link bushing allowing the drag link to move before the tires start to turn). It's not necessarily going to find all issues, but it will find big ones.

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i Will take a look and see if they need to be tightened and contact the dealership and FORD again to get this fixed. Thank you all for all of your advice.
1. After verifying there is no play in ANY of your suspension components....
2. Have your vehicle aligned...SPECIFICALLY: Have your CASTER raised above 3.0 degrees..like between 4.0 and 5.0....this will end any chance of death wobble after addressing step 1.
3. Install a dual steering stabilizer....this is double insurance that it will never happen again...it might mask the problem as some have said....but would'nt you rather have your mechanic tell you your suspension components have play in them or are worn out......rather than have your truck tear it self apart and crash as a result of worn parts or mis alignment?????

Side Note: Lifting the front of a Superduty without dropping the rear radius arm attachment point lowers the caster angle.
 
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1. After verifying there is no play in ANY of your suspension components....
2. Have your vehicle aligned...SPECIFICALLY: Have your CASTER raised above 3.0 degrees..like between 4.0 and 5.0....this will end any chance of death wobble after addressing step 1.
3. Install a dual steering stabilizer....this is double insurance that it will never happen again...it might mask the problem as some have said....but would'nt you rather have your mechanic tell you your suspension components have play in them or are worn out......rather than have your truck tear it self apart and crash as a result of worn parts?????
Talking about caster, a good alignment tech should be able to add caster very easily. I don't like the dealerships alignments. Most do not do them on a daily basis and the factory specs are in a range ( a wide range) . So they just drop them in a range. An alignment specialist will take the extra 3 minutes to get you a more exact alignment, can add caster and make sure the steering wheel is perfect too. Plus they tighten everything on the rack to assure nothing has changed. My guy uses a torque wrench for almost everything. Plus his only charges me $85.00. Thats all he does every day 6 days a week. So he is fast and good at it.
 

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