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Old 10-10-2019, 02:04 PM   #1
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I just bought my brand new Ford F-250 diesel truck 5 weeks ago. It has 4100 miles on it.
Yesterday getting on beltway 8 here in houston, when I hit 70 the truck shook so bad I thought the front end was gonna come off. I let off the gas and at 45mph it stopped. I was tripping out.

Is that the death wobble or something else?

Truck has 18” rims if that matters and everything is stock.


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Old 10-10-2019, 02:06 PM   #2
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Dang. I've got a 17 and haven't experienced that. I would be straight back to the dealer to get everything documented and looked at. Could be a lemon law deal if it keeps up.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:06 PM   #3
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Sure sounds like it. Sucks to hear that, especially on a new vehicle.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:06 PM   #4
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Mine did that and it was a bad tire.


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Old 10-10-2019, 02:09 PM   #5
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Well crud........ I was hoping on the 17+ death wobble was going to be a thing of the past.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:10 PM   #6
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Mine did that and it was a bad tire.


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That is what I have read so far. Seems everything goes back to the tires. Most people said don’t even deal with dealer and just put new tires on.


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Old 10-10-2019, 02:14 PM   #7
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Man, just reading “death wobble” makes me have anxiety. Experienced that with my Wrangler a few years ago....it’s terrifying!! Good luck with the remedy!!!
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:18 PM   #8
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Man, just reading “death wobble” makes me have anxiety. Experienced that with my Wrangler a few years ago....it’s terrifying!! Good luck with the remedy!!!
X2...not a fun situation
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:20 PM   #9
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Well crud........ I was hoping on the 17+ death wobble was going to be a thing of the past.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:21 PM   #10
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had it happen twice on my 2017 with the factory tires. never happened again after I put new tires on it. I think those factory Kevlar tires may be part of the problem.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:25 PM   #11
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Was it a wobble or a bounce? I ask this because my 3500 Dodge Ram started doing the same thing. I had the entire front end rebuilt (140,000 miles) and it still did it. Finally changed the front shocks to Fox shocks and it seems to have cured the problem. I thought mine was wobbling but it was bouncing. Really started having the problem after putting a heavy duty Ranch hand front bumper on it.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:29 PM   #12
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Steering stabilizer shock. Takes three mins to replace.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:30 PM   #13
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My buddy has a 2019 and his did the same thing. He even video'd it while going down I-10 and took if straight to Autonation Ford in Katy where he bought it. The service writer had the Tech come up to watch the video and the first words our of the Techs mouth was, "Yep, thats Death Wobble". They replaced quite a few parts and he hasn't had the issue since. That was back in August.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:33 PM   #14
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Will be more than a tire now, you will need to replace ball joints and anything else damaged from "death wobble". It sucks, had a 06 cummins do this.


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That is what I have read so far. Seems everything goes back to the tires. Most people said don’t even deal with dealer and just put new tires on.


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Old 10-10-2019, 02:34 PM   #15
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Lots to read up on death wobble over on another great forum; www.ford-trucks.com

Death Wobble TSB Info Requested
https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...requested.html

I hope I never experience on my '08 SuperDuty, but wish you luck resolving yours.

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Old 10-10-2019, 02:52 PM   #16
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just spent over $1000 having this fixed. Dang sure an oh **** moment when it happens
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:56 PM   #17
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Had my 2017 worked on twice.....Never fixed the problem. Traded for a 2019---They promised, it has not been an issue with that model....Looks like that is a false statement.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:58 PM   #18
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just spent over $1000 having this fixed. Dang sure an oh **** moment when it happens
Especially when your loaded down. Had it happen in a 2012 dodge 2500 with a load of hay.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:04 PM   #19
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X2...not a fun situation
X3 I thought I was going to flip
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:06 PM   #20
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I would think if it's a tire issue on a brand new truck, the dealership would put new tires on it. Go find the sales guy.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:10 PM   #21
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I would think if it's a tire issue on a brand new truck, the dealership would put new tires on it. Go find the sales guy.
Its not necessarily a tire bad tires or alignment can trigger it but its not the true problem.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:12 PM   #22
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Id get my money back
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:19 PM   #23
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My 19 one ton did the same thing Monday pulling a trailer. It was pretty scary.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:22 PM   #24
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No idea what package you have, but Ford fits all their trucks with garbage shocks. Even their FX4 package shocks that are supposedly "off road" are anything but. Replace them with something more substantial, especially if going off-road at all.

I've not had the death wobble, but my suspension and tire size is bone stock. I only upgraded my shocks after I blew out the last ones off road in the mountains.

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Old 10-10-2019, 03:24 PM   #25
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Will be more than a tire now, you will need to replace ball joints and anything else damaged from "death wobble". It sucks, had a 06 cummins do this.
Ya but the 06 cummins needs ball joints all the **** time. I know mine does. 220k miles and ball joints for sure, maybe four. I cant remember.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:41 PM   #26
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No idea what package you have, but Ford fits all their trucks with garbage shocks. Even their FX4 package shocks that are supposedly "off road" are anything but. Replace them with something more substantial, especially if going off-road at all.

I've not had the death wobble, but my suspension and tire size is bone stock. I only upgraded my shocks after I blew out the last ones off road in the mountains.

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Old 10-10-2019, 03:52 PM   #27
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I just bought my brand new Ford F-250 diesel truck 5 weeks ago. It has 4100 miles on it.
Holy crap thats alot of miles for five weeks.
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Old 10-10-2019, 03:59 PM   #28
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I have an 18 with 37” tires on stock 20” wheels. I’ve never had anything like that happen.
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Old 10-10-2019, 04:28 PM   #29
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I skipped buying a ford because of the death wobble, my 08 scared my wife so bad she never would ever ride in it again, couple months ago when looking at new trucks
Many dealerships swore up and down this was not a issue anymore ( now I have my doubts) hope this is just a tire issue
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Old 10-10-2019, 05:49 PM   #30
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Old 10-10-2019, 05:54 PM   #31
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Man, just reading “death wobble” makes me have anxiety. Experienced that with my Wrangler a few years ago....it’s terrifying!! Good luck with the remedy!!!
We had to throw all kinds of things at our 2012 Wrangler to fix that
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:01 PM   #32
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Those so called Rancho shocks are terrible. I have a 17 and replaced all shocks last year. Front two were broke. Running Pro Comp Pro Series which I have put on all my trucks. Lifetime replacement definitely outweighs the name Fox.
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:01 PM   #33
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Dang that stinks! Haven't had any issues on my 2017 but I run toyo mts on it.
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:21 PM   #34
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My boss has a 2019 Ford F-250. Same issue. Track bar fixed it. Has to ball joints on each end that wear out. Truck has 50k and track bar was shot. Dealer said it’s happening a lot
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:32 PM   #35
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Get a dash cam and use it, just in case you have a future issue.
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Old 10-10-2019, 07:45 PM   #36
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It happened on my 17’ 350 with 35k miles on it. Happened on my brother in laws 17’ 250 a couple times by 20k miles. It’s happened on most of the 17+ trucks I know.
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Old 10-10-2019, 08:49 PM   #37
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Crawl under the truck and watch the track bar while someone else steers the steering wheel back and forth real fast. If you see any play then you know it’s the track bar.
I’ve seen the ball joints go bad or the rubber bushings on the other end go bad. That bolt going through it needs to be torqued to 369ft lbs.
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Old 10-10-2019, 09:23 PM   #38
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This is a problem with any truck with coils in the front.

Track bar ball joint fixed my 2015 at 35,000. I also added a dual steering stabilizer and never had any issue, sold the truck with 145,000.

Many say tires but I don’t buy it, it’s either worn front end parts, or castor out of adjustment.

My 2017 I went with a lift that dropped the back of the radius arm which helped castor a lot and have never had a single shake in 50,000 miles. I did add a dual stabilizer when I did the lift though
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Old 10-11-2019, 10:29 AM   #39
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The first place I would start with is the trac bar. Death wobble is a side to side movement and the trac bar is what locates the front axle side to side. I suggest getting an aftermarket trac bar. I did it in my 08 F250 a decade ago and have not had an issue after.
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Old 10-11-2019, 04:14 PM   #40
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I just now got mine back from the shop for this very reason. They replaced the front end stabilizer bars and the shock, aligned the front end and that solved the problem (I hope). I never heard of this before until it actually happened to me.
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Old 10-11-2019, 04:15 PM   #41
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I just now got mine back from the shop for this very reason. They replaced the front end stabilizer bars and the shock, aligned the front end and that solved the problem (I hope). I never heard of this before until it actually happened to me. 2013 F-250 85,000 miles and not original tires.
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I just bought my brand new Ford F-250 diesel truck 5 weeks ago. It has 4100 miles on it.
Yesterday getting on beltway 8 here in houston, when I hit 70 the truck shook so bad I thought the front end was gonna come off. I let off the gas and at 45mph it stopped. I was tripping out.

Is that the death wobble or something else?

Truck has 18” rims if that matters and everything is stock.


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Have a good friend with a 2019 and his did it. Took it back to dealer and they supposedly fixed it.
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Old 10-11-2019, 05:48 PM   #43
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I had it happen to my 2018 F-250 at about 20K miles. Scared me to death and then pi$$ed me off. I took it in to he dealership and they fixed it under warranty. They have a service bulletin for the repair. The're a series of fixes they go through. If the first repairs don't work they go to the second set of repairs and so forth. Fortunately they fixed mine with the first set of repairs.
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Old 10-11-2019, 05:50 PM   #44
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Common problem on those trucks.
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Didn't Ford make a big deal out of other trucks wobbling?
Mud slinging campaigns have a way of biting back.
Oh yeah, that's right they did:
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Old 10-12-2019, 06:54 PM   #46
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My uncle just got a new one. They could never solve it so they have him a new one
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Old 10-14-2019, 08:46 AM   #47
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Didn't Ford make a big deal out of other trucks wobbling?
Mud slinging campaigns have a way of biting back.
Oh yeah, that's right they did:
2009 Truck Durability Test FORD CHEVY DODGE TOYOTA By Ford Motor Company - YouTube
You went back 10 years to a half ton comparison for this?
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:35 AM   #48
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You went back 10 years to a half ton comparison for this?
I just remember the ad. I was surprised to see it was that long ago— not that it matters.
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:09 AM   #49
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Steering stabilizer shock. Takes three mins to replace.
In some cases yes but most it a patch not fix...

And Yes Death wobble will get yo attention+++

Went over railroad track at about 60 once and it struck in my old Cherokee..

It was a Calling for REPAIR

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Old 10-15-2019, 09:12 AM   #50
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Sounds like a bad tire.....
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