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Ford F-Series Steering Problems



  • f1200guyf1200guy Posts: 1
    Hi, I had the same problem with a 2008 F250 diesel 4x4. Truck has 34600 miles on it so I only had 1400 miles of warr. left. Took it to the dealer last week they said it was the steering box. They said it has spool valves inside that caused the wheel to jerk back and forth. It would do this standing still or while driving as long as yo had some steering tension on the wheel. They said they have never seen it befor. Got my truck back today Sat. July 17. Problem is all gone truck steers great. Hopr this helps Craig
  • My son put a new power stearing pump on his 1972 F100. It seem to work for a trip around the block and then quit working. When we checked under the hood there was fluid coming out of the fill tube. The pump was very hot, too hot to touch. Is there a broblem with the stearing box?
  • I have an 03 F250 7.3 diesel with approx. 118000 miles. I have been experiencing a bad wobble when putting on my brakes. Now it is to the point that I can be going down the road and it starts wobbling. Took it to a mechanic and he ck'd the tie rods and ball joints and they seem to be fine. Then he rotated the tires and I thought it solved the problem but then it has started up again. I do not feel any vibration or wobble in the brake pedal itself when braking. Does that eliminate the possibility of warped rotors that could cause this problem? Any other suggestion on what to ck?
  • kessler172kessler172 Posts: 1
    edited February 2011
    heres the Fix to your problems. I also have a 04 250 Diesel, I have replaced ball joints, All tie rods, and track bar, Steering Stabilizer, had a fresh alignment and bought all 4 new tires and my same problem was still there. ( Same Loose Steering and all over the highway )... Heres the Problem fixer on the Leaf Spring front ends. The Leaf Spring Bushings on the front ( Not at the Shackle ) but at the very front, Start to wear out and cause the axle to move ever so slightly forward and backward that causes the drifting and sloppy steering. I bought a complete Energy Suspension urethane bushing set and really only used the ones for the springs. And OMG the entire problem went away. The steering was tight and no more wondering down the road. check around but expect to spend about $60-$100 depending on who u buy it from, And it takes about 2-3hrs to put them in the right way.
  • jer45acpjer45acp Posts: 1
    Another me too. I have just put new tires on and it seems to have started right after that. I jacked it up thinking maybe someone left a few lugs loose, but not so. Also all the knuckle joints seem OK and I cant seem to find any slop in anything else. It also acts weird going straight down the road, seems to want to pull to one side or the other and when I correct, it will make a sudden lurch in the direction I correct towards. It can be a bit exciting on narrow roads with opposing traffic. I see the big white around some old ladies eyes! :surprise: The worst part is it is not constant, but often enough to be annoying.
  • Did you ever figure out what caused it? I have a 01 F-250 that just started doing the same thing. I have 182000 on mine.
  • No, i never did figure out what was wrong with the steering. I heard alot of people had trouble with the Ford trucks. I sold mine 1 year ago. Maybe because its a FORD. LOL
  • I have a 2001 F-250 5.4 and it is doing the same thing.It just started this week.I had a steering box leaking and I bought a new one and ever since I had it installed I cant keep it in the road.I never had the problem until then.I also put a new stablizer shock on to .So its one of those culprits causing my problem.
  • lazyspurlazyspur Posts: 1
    I have a 2008 Super duty with the 6.4 diesel. I have about 80,000 miles on it. It just started having problems with the brakes and steering. When going about 55 mph then start to slow down, I apply the brakes and then the brakes thump and I lose brakes and steering. Has anyone had this problem. My husband is a diesel mechanic for 30yrs and he is at a loss.
  • galena50galena50 Posts: 3
    edited June 2013
    kessler172, I have a 04, F250 4WD and have the same problem and have changed several thing without success. Is there anyway to check before changing that this is the problem. This solution makes so much sense but trying to get more info before I make the change.
  • galena50galena50 Posts: 3
    ktalley, what you talked about sounds like my problem but I don't seem to have any play in the bushings. Anyway to verify without changing out first
  • remarcincremarcinc Lawrenceburg, KYPosts: 1

    our F250 superduty, 2000, about 2000,000 miles started to have front end noises, my husband replaced the wheel bearings- it helped a little- on bumpy roads the truck would squeak- then make axle noises again- mechanical have blames turn out hubs, etc etc. We replaced the turn-outs with Warn - easier to use but still the noise. Then we drove the truck with the hubs turned in, but not in 4 whell drive- a lot quieter. On closer inspection, there are two washers that fit between the wheel bearing and lock washer on the turn-outs- they were completely gone. Still looking for just those parts, but they would prevent the axle from travelling side- to side, and make make some of the other readers happy with an easy $6.00 fix. We have wear issues in the universals, expected at that mileage- but the other noises were the puzzle.

  • htrustyhtrusty Posts: 1

    My 2002 F250 Super Duty has all of these problems. In the last 25K miles I have put on new tires. Hub & bearing assembly both sides front, Front track arm. Upper and lower ball joints, Both sway bar links, Front stabilizer shock cylinder. Alignment. 2 adjusting sleeves, both inner and outer tie rod ends. Another alignment. a new steering gear box. I still have trouble from time to time. I am considering new power steering pump, new tires again, shocks. And as much as I don't want to buy a new truck it might be necessary. After 5 Ford pickups this might be my last.

  • dwoody69dwoody69 Posts: 1

    i have a 2000 f250 7.3 1,364,000 miles it just started swaying left to rite changed everything but the spring bushings so that has be prob if you have play in stearing found out hard way do not get rebiult one get the red head its little more but you will be getting one any way as rebuilt boxes for the norm only replace seals the rest of the parts on inside are still worn out.

  • It's not death wobble. That's actually caused due to a different suspension setup usually in solid axle front ends with coil spring style suspensions. Most of the issues on here are related to the steering gear box. I'm probably one of the few that own an 02 f250 that don't have a steering dampener. The first sign of a worn gear box which is actually a worn worm gear in the box is road walk. The truck will feel as if it is floating side to side. If you know your ball joints and tie rods are ok this is where to go next. You can adjust the gear box however that is a temporary solution and will only cause more tension on the worm gear causing it to fail faster. When you tighten the Allen on top of the gear box you're actually pushing the worm gear downward which creates an excessive preload on the bearings in the gear box causing premature bearing wear which is why adjusting is a temporary solution. If the problem goes unfixed ( not replacing the gear box ) it will get worse and start creating  a rapid oscillation in the steering wheel at higher speeds that is easily mistaken for a vibration. This where most techs make the same mistake and start looking for loose suspension components or bearings. The clunking noise is also a common noise for this issue. My truck started doing the same as mostof yours around 108k miles recently. Everything under the front end had recently been upgraded with my 4 inch lift and was new. I pulled the gear box and replaced it problem solved. I went ahead and pulled the old gear box apart and could see that the worm gear was badly worn. 
  • timh059timh059 Posts: 1
    My problem seems similar to some of the ones I read here, but different. Last night I was driving home from work in my 04 F250, I was experiencing some slight drag and pulling almost as if I was driving through mud. At one point in my commute had to turn right. During the turn the steering wheel suddenly jerked to the right and would not return to center coming out of the turn. I had to drag it back to center and after that the truck was pulling hard to the right. I fought it going down the road and all of a sudden it jerked to the left and started pulling hard to the left. I continued down the road applying muscle to the wheel to compensate for the pulling and it flopped again,. Jerking to the right and pulling hard to the right afterwards. After that I slowed way down from my normal driving speed and limped her home and jacked her up. It was raining so I couldn't do much but I was able to look for play in the ball joints and didn't see any. With the truck parked and running I ran the steering wheel from stop to stop and felt no binding or hard turning.
    Prior to this I had heard some type of grinding noise from the front end for awhile. Not wheel bearings because I checked and the front wheels turn smooth with no grinding when jacked up.

    Any thoughts? Hints?
  • elecjohn60elecjohn60 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 f250 SD 4WD and it just started exhibiting the same steering issues. Only have 53,000 miles on truck. Just had truck annual PA safety inspection preformed and passed with no problems. Mechanic never commented on steering issue after road test. Hum? Need to resolve this. Planing 1500 mile trip. Steering boxes seem to be a hot topic. Its a real shame that Ford claims there is no problem with the steering on so many of their trucks. Is there any Ford mechanics on this blog?
  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 2,421
    edited July 26
    The Pa. State Inspection program has been getting watered down over the last decade and what passes and fails doesn't necessarily equal a properly serviced vehicle. In other words to fail it the technician has to be able to judge that the way the truck handles in a very short road test (1.5 miles) makes it unsafe to operate. Even then it's purely a judgment call and with a lot of the steering issues that are mentioned in this forum a much longer road test is required and that would include scan diagnostics in most of the cases.

    There are very few professional technicians involved in the forums. The ones that are here have to tolerate a lot of garbage which is tough enough to deal with when they are on the job. While the issues reported here may sound similar to some of the reports, every vehicle's condition has to be analyzed as it's own and not associated to any other until after the problem is determined. Issues with the steering column flex joint (U-Joint) can easily cause a lot of what you see described here as well as the power steering itself. Most of the reports in this thread are about issues with the electronic power steering systems and repairs typically include software flash updates, steering angle and torque sensor calibrations or failures and of course the gear itself.

    If you have a steering issue, let the shop know so they can investigate it. Do NOT expect a state inspection service to identify every issue. Overwhelming public pressure tries to portrait the shop as unethical when they identify a service issue even when the technician is correct. There will be no shortage of people who will blame the shops for that but instead of leaving the past in the past they are insistent on holding the status quo. If real change doesn't occur and soon you not only won't find qualified techs here, you won't find them in the shops either.
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