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Thoughts on this: 2017 Ford F-250, 6.7 Lariat diesel, right at 50K miles and the front end feels loose. Experienced a mild death wobble shake on one occasion. Truck is all stock on original Michelins, mix of city / highway driving, no off-road use, never wrecked. Dropped it off at the Ford dealer for a look and was told the bushings and tie rods were worn out. Looking at approximately $1,800.00 plus a realignment. Anyone else had an issue on theirs with this few miles? Just curious if this is a one off deal or somewhat normal.
 

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Yep had the same thing - but I had death wobble frequently starting at 35,000 on my 2017. Frustrating part is that ford won’t admit it is a problem - try to blame it on stuff wearing out. Bad design.

My solution - I traded it in for a 2019.
 

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Not a good sign for a truck that should last 400k miles with a Diesel engine. Those repairs will be costly over time. Ford should take care of that issue on a stock vehicle, I would try a different dealership.


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I would take it to Can Do on West Main in Baytown, and have them look at it. They are the only shop that I trust to work on my vehicles.
 

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I'd suspect those orig michelins. I had a 17 and changed the tires (michelins) at 30K because they were chit. Drove the truck to 100K with no front end problems. Even had a heavy ranch hand out front.
 

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Why would you trade the same make/model truck giving you issues with only 35K miles in on a newer one?
You sound like my wife!! The new 2019 is a Platinum with different shocks - not the cheap version Ranchos. It actually drives smoother. It may do the same thing and then I will figure out a solution.

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This is a known issue that Ford is aware of. I found a Ford Technical Service Bulletin #18-2268 (Sustained Steering Wheel Oscillation-Above 45 MPH, dated August 2018) that addresses this problem. All of the parts listed in the bulletin are what Baytown Ford has on their purposed work order. I'm taking it in next week to Silsbee Ford where the truck was purchased for a second opinion. I searched the F-250/350 and 2017-2019 F-250 Owners Group pages on Facebook and found this to be a fairly common problem. The opinion shared by some is, the stock wheels need 5 degrees more off-set with this suspension design.
 

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I agree. It's probably the original Michelin tires. Look them over in detail. Is one of them wearing unevenly. I never had the death wobble problem until recently and it was one of the tires wearing unevenly. What made it more pronounced was the tread in the front right was beginning to separate and that was what was causing the even wobble. I replaced all four tires at discount tires and the F350 is running perfect again. I was thinking like the others that it might of been ball joints and alignment and stuff and wanting to blame FORD. In the end, it was just the tires. Also, make sure the tires or new tires are properly inflated. Good Luck.
 

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My front end feels loose on my 17 also and I have 85K miles. When turn the wheel side to side sitting still I can feel the feedback in what feels like the tie rod and can hear a noise. I have a 100K bumper to bumper warranty I wonder if it will be covered under that.

Have not had any full blown death wobble yet but there are some times where I feel like I'm right on the verge.
 

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My front end feels loose on my 17 also and I have 85K miles. When turn the wheel side to side sitting still I can feel the feedback in what feels like the tie rod and can hear a noise. I have a 100K bumper to bumper warranty I wonder if it will be covered under that.

Have not had any full blown death wobble yet but there are some times where I feel like I'm right on the verge.
2wd or 4wd...
 

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They will do as little as possible to fix it then tell you to have the tires balanced and rotated...which will help a bit. Have them take a close look at the track bar...
 

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I have a 2017 that had the death wobble issues after hitting bumps in the road. Started around 25k Changed the shocks with factory and it cleared up but came back within 10k miles. After market shocks and stabilizer cleared it up. No issues now.
 

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My Dad has a 2018 F250 started doing the same death wobble around 23k miles, my 2017 did it as well. Since it is a known issue, Ford should be installing steering stabilizers from the get go. Its ridiculous on a 65k truck and dangerous.
 

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Had an 06 Dodge 2500 with the same problem. Spent $$ to fix it. Got f'd on probable fixes. In the end, got rid of it.
 
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