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Old 04-08-2019, 10:06 AM   #15
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I have recently purchased a 2019 F250 Turbo Diesel 4x4. A buddy of mine brought to my attention the "Death Wobble" experienced by F250 owners. Can anyone on here give me their thoughts or experience regarding this topic? I have a 1972 31' Excella 500 that I am wanting to tow. If the death wobble is a real issue with the F250, as well as 2500 Ram and some Jeeps, what TV would you recommend? I do not want to blow this issue out of proportion, especially if it is not really an issue, but I want to have a safe vehicle for my family to travel in while towing the camper. I am thinking the Ford F150 does not have the tow capacity to safely pull the trailer. Am I right or will it tow comfortably, especially out west in the mountains? Thanks in advance for your feedback.
Replace any worn parts and youll never have an issue. Buy good tires and keep them rotated, inflated, and balanced.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:24 AM   #16
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My son-in-law and recently bought new 2019 F250 Diesels and tow extensively throughout the US. We now have 13,000 miles of experience between the two trucks. I have been very straight forward about the issues I had while trying to dial in my F250 to tow my 2017 FC25FC in this thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ml#post2214659 Obviously, if either of us had this death wobble problem, I would have been discussing it. We have not experienced any death wobble on our trucks and I am very comfortable towing my FC25FB now with its newly installed ProPride hitch.

My neighbor has a 2017 F250 Diesel. He did experience this death wobble on his truck AFTER damaging his front end by hitting a pot hole so big it required an insurance claim. As others stated, he would get the death wobble when hitting the bump going onto a bridge after the dealer's first attempt at repairing the truck. He brought the truck back into his dealer where more front end components and new tires were installed which fixed the death wobble. He no longer has the death wobble issue.

Turk123, I'm sorry to hear about your death wobble experience. Please keep us posted. Most F250s do not come with a factory rear stabilizer bar. I posted the part numbers which I used to add one to my truck here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ml#post2207756 I believe the only way to get a factory installed rear stabilizer bar on a new F250 is to purchase the camper package option with 18" wheels.
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:09 AM   #17
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:17 AM   #18
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Turk, I just did some research on adding steering stabilizers to an F250. It looks like an easy $150 bolt-on fix. I read all the reviews and many said in addition to fixing the death wobble, it also eliminated the "wandering", "bump steer" and "following the grooves in the road" which is what I was experiencing. Here is a link to a steering stabilizer kit with good reviews: https://www.roughcountry.com/steerin...r-8749130.html
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Old 04-08-2019, 11:33 AM   #19
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We had the wobble on a brand new Ram 3/4 T diesel...scary!!!
After about a year waiting for front end parts that never came in on a factory recall, we traded it on a 2015 GM 3/4 T diesel. Never had an issue with the Chevy. Smiles
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Old 04-12-2019, 06:40 AM   #20
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Well, everybody learned a lot when I took my F-250 in for the death wobble. First of all, they said I need a stabilizing steering shock. They had to order it and it was in when I took my truck. He told me they would get that added and it should be fine.

Picked up the truck the other day and he said there was no charge, covered under warranty. He said my truck already had the steering shock and it was bad. He said he didn't see one when he first looked. Oh, OK!
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Thanks for the update!
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My 2019 F250 Platinum also has a stock steering stabilizer shock shown circled in the attached picture.
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My 2019 F250 Platinum also has a stock steering stabilizer shock shown circled in the attached picture.
Guess what's that's for. To stop death wobble!
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:47 AM   #24
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I have a 2016 F250 and picked up our 1993 25' AS last Fall in Denver. Drove through Lake Tahoe to Los Angeles without WD (WD rig didn't fit our hitch). Other than headlights not hitting the road; it drove like a dream the entire way. Get a strong wobble (doesn't feel like death) without any load, but not towing.
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The '17's had some front end components that were not up to snuff and would wear prematurely.

There is a TSB with update info required. They add more caster as well as stabilizer.

If anyone feels death wobble or the start of it you should report it ASAP to Ford and NHTSA to get corrective action. If you have never experienced and aren't sure if you have I can assure you that you will KNOW when it happens...

It's not really a plague for the FSuperDuty but it is a possibility with any solid axle vehicle, even Twin Beam Ford 2 wheel drive trucks can do it.

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Issue: Some 2017-2019 F-250/F-350 4WD vehicles built on or before 31-Jul-2018 may exhibit a sustained steering wheel oscillation after driving over rough pavement or an expansion joint above 45 mph (72 Km/h).

Action: Follow the Service Procedure steps to correct the condition.

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The '17's had some front end components that were not up to snuff and would wear prematurely.

There is a TSB with update info required. They add more caster as well as stabilizer.
Printed out the TSB and took it to the dealer. They knew exactly what to do - which in my case was to install an improved steering stabilizer. Apparently the caster was ok.
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Death wobble?

I currently own a 2017 F-250 4x4 diesel crew cab Lariat (whew!). This is my 5th F-250 starting with the 7.3. I have never heard of this issue, and all my trucks were great tow vehicles for all my Airstreams. Not sure what your friend is talking about, but you may want to get more information.
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Why does this happen on 250s and 350s but not 150s?
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