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Old 02-11-2018, 10:07 AM   #1
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Fords Death Wobble. Watch while you can

This is what one Dealer told a customer.

There are other videos on this.
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:18 AM   #2
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Wow I would love to know the dealers name. Stay away
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:56 PM   #3
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I wonder what Ford's response would be to this video?
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:17 PM   #4
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That has more to do with the incompetence of the dealer employees than the manufacturer!
It is disgusting treatment of a customer in any case.
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:02 PM   #5
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Wheel out of balance, and loose suspension parts. Seen it many times on everything from Model Ts to Jeeps.
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:58 PM   #6
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Could be just bad front tires.
The dealer is not one I would trust.
How many miles on the truck?
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Old 02-11-2018, 05:20 PM   #7
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"They all do that" said my Ford dealer upon hearing the resonance in my brand new Ranger at 100- 110 km/h. It was loud and uncomfortable to listen to for any great length of time; either had to do 110+ or less than 100 kph. They didn't have a clue what caused it; thusly were not prepared to throw parts at it to fix it.

Haven't bought a Ford since.....or ever will.

Good luck to the gentleman whose truck is in the video.

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Old 02-11-2018, 05:25 PM   #8
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I took my F-150 in 3 times for front end alignment right after purchase. Vibrations like crazy over 50 MPH. Turns out one of the lower arms was bent prior to or during assembly.
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Old 02-11-2018, 05:47 PM   #9
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"They all do that" said my Ford dealer upon hearing the resonance in my brand new Ranger at 100- 110 km/h. It was loud and uncomfortable to listen to for any great length of time; either had to do 110+ or less than 100 kph. They didn't have a clue what caused it; thusly were not prepared to throw parts at it to fix it.

Haven't bought a Ford since.....or ever will.

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There’s nothing wrong with the Ranger. Your dealer was incompetent.
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Old 02-11-2018, 05:52 PM   #10
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An incorrectly pre-loaded recirculating-ball steering gear will do this. I witnessed it several times when I worked as a new car dealer-tech. The fix was to replace the steering-gearbox under warranty and "red-tag" the defective box so it would be examined and permanently condemned rather than rebuilt. (At least that's how Toyota handled it.)

Loose/defective rod-ends will also behave that way. (I have no experience with newer electric-steering and no knowlege as to how it might, or even if it can, behave in this manner.)

The voice in the video (presumed to be a "Ford Dealer" but not supported by evidence) might simply be a local yay-hoo who's out of his depth, but his comments betray his complete and irresponsible ignorance.
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:37 PM   #11
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I used to run fords,many of them..
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Old 02-11-2018, 08:33 PM   #12
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Did more noodling on Youtube. Owner is Brandon in Colorado. Truck had bad ball joint, Ford finally fixed truck.
Did not learn dealership, very scary that a dealer like that exists!
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Point taken.
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Good thing it’s still a free country.
But I really enjoy the sense of humor & more in your signature.
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:23 PM   #15
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Did more noodling on Youtube. Owner is Brandon in Colorado. Truck had bad ball joint, Ford finally fixed truck.
Did not learn dealership, very scary that a dealer like that exists!
Not sure if you have ever worked on a front end but I assure you a failed or undertightened ball joint would not cause this issue.

The common contributes to Wobble in older trucks have long been understood. Generally it is a combination of several things. This was a new truck and the problem had to go beyond worn parts.

Since I have a Ford 250 chassis under my Excursion I looked a little further and found this explanation. Luckily Ford did not install a Wobble Pron front end on my truck.


Not that I will need this kit but having used several BD modifications on my trucks I would surly consider it if I had the problem.
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Ok here is ground truth. I have a 2005 F250 full size 4x4. I am the original owner. The truck has 54K on it. I have just started towing a 2017 28’ Serenity. A few years ago before I bought the trailer I was traveling down I-264 in VA when I hit a series of rough bumps. I was going 65mph. I almost lost control from the resulting violent shaking and out of control shimmying of my front end. I took it to the Ford dealer and they basically found nothing wrong. After a ton of research, all I could find was this front end is sensitive to tire pressure. So I ensured that my tire pressure was at the recommended pressure and I have not experienced the phenomenon again. I didn’t believe it, but three days ago I got a Ford bulletin in the mail discussing this same issue. It said the exact same thing - tire pressure was the answer. Hard to believe but maybe they are right.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:41 PM   #17
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Just got a letter today from Ford on my 2005 F250 Super Duty 4 X 4 about the shimmy problem. Ford and NHTSA have been reviewing this issue, Ford said mods to suspension, not maintaining proper air pressure and proper tire replacement are some of the causes of the shimmy issue. If you still have issues contact Ford Customer Relations. Thought I would share this with all.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:39 PM   #18
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I used to buy Fords.owned 16 to be exact.....
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:48 AM   #19
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If this happens you have a loose suspension component somewhere, and bad shocks. If you have 60,000 miles you have one or the other. And they need to be aligned correctly, not just “within limits” but dead on.

I’m real finicky on alignment, have had several used vehicles with this issue and I always was able to fix it permanently wh the 3 things above. Even on the Jeeps the dealer says tire pressure and balance, blah blah blah. Tighten the suspension and replace shocks first.
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