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Power Steering Fluid Problems of Ford F-150

Ford F-150 owners have reported 14 problems related to power steering fluid (under the steering category).

car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 03/15/2016

I am the proud owner of a 2009 Ford f150 with just over 42k miles. The steering has increasingly become more-and-more difficult over the past several months. My truck has been for the most part- pampered. I do pull a small utility trailer and the truck is not a daily driver. I first noticed the issue last March (2016) after sitting for 6-weeks and the steering difficulty has become more pronounced. The power-steering fluid is at the proper level, there are no leaks and tire pressure is normal. Yet the truck steer's and handles as though I have low/no air in the front tires and/or the power steering pump is failing. I plan on taking the truck into the service department at my local dealership for a complete diagnostic check. My overall concern is to communicate the importance that steering and handling is vital to the "safe-operation" of a motor vehicle especially a truck. I previously owned a 1999 f150 and even with over 100k miles, steering was never an issue. In fact, I have owned and operated many vehicles with over 100k miles both in the military and in civilian use and have never experienced "steering" issues of this nature. I am therefore concerned as to the nature of this specific failure on a vehicle that has not seen heavy duty use or been driven excessively. Respectfully yours, made-in-America - please don't fail me.

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car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 09/16/2015

Driving vehicle have noticed when engine is idling, power steering is sometimes weak. Fluid is replaced every fall, as the steering pump has been a noisy one since the truck was new. Dealer suggested replacing fluid with synthetic. It worked then, so I replace it every year. Today, with steering at full left lock, the steering was stuck at that point. Moved wheel back and forth and it came loose. Have not been able to duplicate since. As a note at 5 years old and 53,000 miles power steering pressure hose sprung a leak under the clamp at the frame. Replaced with after market part, as dealer couldn't get the part. Back ordered!.

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car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 10/09/2014

Noted power steering fluid leakage over period of time. Eventually fluid completely leaked out. Ford garage told me that steering rack and hoses needed replaced due to extensive corrosion from slurry used on roads in ohio. Was told no preventive measures would have avoided the problem which was inevitable. Repair costs were 1900 dollars. Complaint is that I contend that inferior materials were used for lines. This is a 7 y/o vehicle and should not have corroded in vital area such as steering. Could have had serious consequences under high speed driving. Would suspect that unreported incidents have occurred.

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car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 04/16/2014

Cool morning truck was fine day before, but this am steering was "hard" like truck lost it's "power" in power steering. The power steering level was about 1/4 inch below min so I filled to proper level. ( I just had it at dealer and fluid was checked "ok" two months prior). A few days later level had gone down a bit so I added more staying between min and max lines. Next couple weeks power steering would fade in and out (at all speeds) and worked whenever it wanted to. Intermittent hard to turn and at times worked fine. Took to dealer on 4 30 14 (this day steering was working fine) and was told it was a leaking power steering pressure hose operation 3719-a r&r 4. 6l 2009. Cost out of pocket about 390. 44. I am the only driver of this truck and I drive like an old man cause I am an older man, lots of tlc. So why in the heck would this fail so early at less then 70,000 miles? recall needed??.

car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 10/16/2013

I was involved in a low-speed 45 miles a hour front end collision. I was in a Ford F-150 4 door 2-wheel drive. My seat belt worked great. The air bag went off but did not hit me in the face. The front of the truck was crushed badly but with no fluid leaks. After the wrecker pull my front bumper free from my front tires I was able to drive the truck back home about 100 miles. All system worked great. The truck showed that the Ford safety system worked well. I had no injuries except for my left hand. And that is the complaint. Why would Ford or ntsb allow a Ford design that not only can help save a life but for sure will injure the very person they are trying to save. Being a engineer myself I believe they could design the tear pattern, which is the problem, on the steering wheel air bag so that it did not fly open left & right and inflect a severe blunt force injury to my thumb by the Ford emblem. The injury is just like I was hit with a hammer on my thumb. It did not break my thumb but a severe skin break and bruise that took 2 weeks to heal. I have pictures if that would be of help. Have Ford engineering call me and I will show them how to fix the problem. I do not like to be injured while you are trying to save my life. Ford can do both. Save my life and not injure me at the same time. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

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car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 10/02/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Ford f150. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would leak power steering fluid without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who stated that the power steering lines had to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000. Updated 11/29/lj the vehicle was repaired on 10/18/13. Updated 12/02/13.

car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 12/17/2012

Power steering hose is leaking fluid. Multiple dealers have stated that the part is on back order and fulfillment of a replacement order will take anywhere from several weeks to almost a year based on previous experiences they've had. They also stated that Ford ordered dealers to stop selling any hoses they currently have in inventory. Dealers have all stated that I should keep an eye on fluid level, keep driving it, and hope it doesn't get worse or fail completely.

car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 04/01/2012

Power steering hose leaking fluid. Mechanic tried ordering replacement and was told by Ford there is a national back-order of 4500 units.

car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 03/01/2012

The contact owns a 2009 Ford f150. While driving approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel became extremely sluggish and difficult to turn. The contact was able to reach his destination and noticed that the lower power steering hose was leaking fluid. The manufacturer and dealer were notified, they both informed the contact that the part was on a national back order. The manufacturer was uncertain when the part would become available. The contact had been waiting on the part since March of 2012. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 02/22/2012

During an inspection the power steering hose was found to be leaking. Advised by service agent to take to dealer as a warranty issue. Took it to the dealer, they said new power steering hose is required and sent on my way after being told hose is ordered. More than a week later I find out, after searching online that people have been waiting 10 weeks for the same replacement part from Ford, the only supplier of this particular hose! I contacted Ford because the dealership does not respond to phone calls and was told that the dealer says that it is safe to drive. Well I feel that any leaking power steering hose is a safety issue. The response from Ford was to purchase a large container of power steering fluid and continually top up the fluid. They said this advice was from the dealer. This issue needs to be reported simply because the more you drive the higher the risk of a catastrophic failure of the steering and the risk of death or injury to the driver and occupants. It also needs to be highlighted the blase attitude of Ford and their dealers to this matter. It was certainly of big enough concern initially for the dealership to try and find a rental vehicle that they would pay for in lieu of loss of transport as was concerned that the vehicle was not safe to drive for long distances.

car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 02/01/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he noticed that fluid was leaking into a puddle under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that the power steering lines were leaking. The vehicle was not repaired because the necessary parts were on back order. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 248,000.

car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 05/22/2011

2005 Ford f150 XLT 4x4 w/ 5. 4 liter v8. Power steering pressure hose portion started leaking under support clamp, and almost emptied out the reservoir in about 2 weeks. Steering was notably harder which caused me to check fluid level. After repairing with aftermarket part, was told by dealer this is common on this vehicle. This truck has 53,000 miles, no accidents, never been abused in anyway that could have lead to this failure. It appears road grit cause the hose to fail by getting in the clamp and wearing into the rubber coating. It is very hard to see any damage. The part should last.

car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2006 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 03/23/2011

The contact owns 2006 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the power steering failed and seized. The contact then drove to his residence and added power steering fluid but the fluid leaked out of the vehicle. The vehicle was then taken to an authorized dealer where they could not duplicate the failure. The dealer stated that the power steering was repaired. After several months, the power steering failed again. The vehicle was not completely repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 87,000. Updated 07/06/12.

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car image   Power Steering Fluid problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 03/17/2008

2004 f150 triton needed to have steering shaft assembly replaced. Strong burning smell. Difficulty steering. Leaking steering fluid. Part #8l3z*3b676*a was removed and replaced @ c wimerley. . 49047.

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