Ford F-150 owners have reported 43 problems related to steering column (under the steering category).
Drove F-150 normally during week. On weekend morning while pulling out of driveway steering wheel suddenly and sporadically began resisting effort to turn causing truck to sway unpredictably during turns. Resisting driver input. Was too dangerous to drive. After reviewing blogs online I realized a lot of other people who drive this era F-150 have the same problem. It turns out the lower steering column shaft containing the u-joints uses defective materials or has bad design. The u-joints are binding up during driving causing the driver to lose partial control over direction of vehicle. Temporary fix may be to spray with anti-corrosive spray, then lubricating spray, which I did. This lasts only a short time so the lower shaft with u-joints must be replaced. Ford knows of the defect for this era F-150 and has redesigned this lower shaft to eliminate the binding. This new design is what they sell you as a replacement, not the original design. If you try to buy one online it costs at least $245 for the o. E. M. Part. If you buy one of the 2 aftermarket knockoffs it'll set you back approx $125. The aftermarket shaft advertising touts the fact that it has a design that will not bind like the original Ford shaft does. This truck had approx 69,700 miles on it when the shaft began binding up.
See all problems of the 2006 Ford F-150.
The steering wheel freezes up in cold weather. My mechanic diagnosed a failed lower steering column that is exposed to roadway splash and corrosion. This is also a telescoping section of the steering column designed to protect the driver in case of frontal crash. So overnite it freezes up and slowly loosens. While driving becomes stif and results in difficult steering. 45,000 miles on odometer.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds, the power steering seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the lower steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 64,450.
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Last week I started noticing my steering starting to get stiff and the wheel does not recenter after a steer to the left or right. Ive had to do some quick muscling to recenter the wheel. I've just finished researching some other Ford forums for this vehicle and many owners have reported the same issue with the u joints on the steering column rusting or seizing. I will try spraying some anti seize on the u joints tommorow until I can get it to a garage. My truck has approximately 103,000 miles on it . This is dangerous and with the amount of complaints on this it should be recalled by Ford to correct.
Steering has a popping sound!! u-joints are wore out in steering column due to lack of grease fittings.
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The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While driving 15 mph, the steering column seized. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 56,000.
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Tl- the contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated while traveling 50 mph they attempted to pass a vehicle and when they pressed the gas the engine misfired and the vehicle could not accelerate. The contact stated this has happened before the vehicle shit down as well. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and it was determined that it was a maintenance issue that not covered under the power train warranty. The dealer stated that the plugs needed to be cleaned and replaced. The contact stated that they took the vehicle to the dealer for this problem while it was still under warranty, but the dealer on only cleared the codes and did not repair the vehicle. The contact also stated that while in reverse the service advance track light illuminated on the instrument and the turn signals stopped working. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the dealer stated that there was no problem with the vehicle, but a mechanic told the contact that the failure was caused by a faulty steering nut in the steering column. The VIN was not available at the time of the complaint. The current mileage was 52820. Rl.
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The lower ujoint on the steering column is freezing up from corrosion. In the past I had noticed it was getting harder to steer so I would spray the joints with penetrating oil and they would improve. Today the joints were so bad it was as if the power steering had given out, to the point I pulled over to check that I didn't blow a power steering hose. I will not let my wife drive this truck until the part is replaced but at a cost of $200 for the part it will have to be parked for a while. I understand normal wear but this is common enough to draw some attention I hope.
See all problems of the 2005 Ford F-150.
I backed out of a space at a fla turnpike svc plaza. Then as I pulled forward at 3 mph, I turned to the right. At that moment the steering column torqued hard to the right and the truck became elevated 12 or more inches just on the left hand side. After a minute the steering column came to a normal position and the truck settled into a normal stance. At the dealer today, the next day.
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Approximately two weeks ago (10/2014) I noticed that the headlights on my 1999 Ford F-150 were not working. A few times once I returned to home I noticed that when I shifted the truck into park, the headlights came on. It did not appear to matter if the high beam or low beam lights were activated. I started to inspect the headlight operation and noticed that when I tilted the steering wheel to it's lowest position, typically it's operating position, the headlights turned off. When I tilted the wheel up slightly to the next position, the headlights would come on. Today, 10/19/2014 I removed the trim around the steering column and noticed that there are two wires that have broken and separated from the wiring harnesses that attach to the turn signal assembly and several contacts that are loose in the upper harness. I have taken photos and a video showing the parts that are loose and or broken. Because these broken wires and contacts are loose and affect the operation of the headlights, I am concerned about the risk of a short or sparks that they could create and without fully operational headlights, the vehicle is not drivable. I am the second owner of the truck and purchased it at around 11,000 miles. The steering column has never been taken apart nor has the trim around the steering column been removed. These wires could be seen moving as the steering wheel was tilted up and down prior to the signal assembly being removed as the headlights turned on and off with the light switch left in the on position.
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Steering column shaft has 2 universal joints in it. The joints are non serviceable and seized up due to corrosion. The truck became almost impossible to steer and the steering column would not return when going around a corner. Very dangerous.
See all problems of the 2007 Ford F-150.
Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Ford f150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph the power steering suddenly malfunctioned making the steering wheel difficult to turn and causing the vehicle to loose control and drive into on coming traffic nearly causing a crash. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and diagnosed that a lower joint in the steering column shaft had seized. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 58,000. Jft.
Steering shaft after only 48,000 miles of on road driving was worn out to the extent that it was difficult to keep the vehicle in one lane and to negotiate turns with any degree oc confidence . A search of Ford forums indicate numerous accounts of this same type of issue as well as binding in the steering column likely due to failure of this same part.
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The contact owns a 2001 Ford f150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the steering wheel became loose as the steering column became separated from the universal joint. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the universal joint would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.
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The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact was driving 3 mph when the steering wheel seized. The contact lubricated the steering column by applying oil and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The contact was informed that the running boards were damaged and the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 64,660.
Very noticeable popping/bouncing/knocking of steering wheel/column when going over bumps. Occurs at all speeds and all steering angles.
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The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the steering wheel seized. The failure recurred numerous times even while the contact was driving at various speeds. The contact applied oil to the steering column to alleviate the failure. The remedy lasted a week and more oil was applied as a temporary remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 60,000.
While driving, my steering suddenly started to feel like it was binding. I pulled over and noticed a large pool of fluid underneath. I had it towed to a service station and was told that I needed a steering rack. The steering rack was replaced at a cost of approximately ( I have a receipt, just not at hand at the moment) $1300. 00. A week later my steering was acting strange again. I brought it back to the service station and was told that I now needed a steering column (sp). The cost to replace this was $470. 00.
While driving in a straight line under 40 mph I can feel a banging in the steering wheel traveling up the steering column it feels like the front of the truck is loose. This happens while driving on smooth roads as well as rougher roads, and is more pronounced when the temps outside go above 75 degrees and the longer I drive it the worse it gets, if it is a cooler day out it does not happen. Ford service dept. Wants to change out the lower steering shaft, but I don't think that is going to solve the problem. I know there are issues with the electronic power steering units in these trucks that cause these symptoms. I don't think a brand new $50,000 truck with 1600 miles on it should be having any problems.
Having problems with ignition. When you turn ignition switch, the car dosen't start. Already have changed a part in steering column related to the ignition.
There is a popping and jolting mechanical feel from the steering wheel and front end of the truck. It feels like the front end or steering shaft is literally about to come apart. The problem happens at normal speeds at any speed on straight roads that are paved normally without defect. The problem seems to be worse the higher the temperature is outside. It began at around 3k miles and has steadily grown worse unless the temperature is below 80 degrees. The steering begins to feel loose and unsteady at any speed. At its worst you can hear the popping from the steering column. The longer the vehicle operates the more pronounced the sensation coming through the steering wheel. I feel at any moment that the steering may just completely fail.
My f150 has been making popping feelings and noises that are resonating up through the steering column into the steering wheel. This is not only very annoyning, but it makes everyone that is having this same issue with their 2011 f150's wonder if it is a safety hazard. This could potentially become an accident waiting to happen. I have been to the Ford dealer and they replaced the steering column and this did not fix the issue. Ford has not been responsive to this issue.
1. Rear defrost and side mirror defrost fuse continually blows. Started appx 3 yrs and at 42,000 miles 2. Steering column locks up when turning left at a slow speed in cases such as pulling into or out of a driveway or parking spot or making a u turn. At high speeds on the interstate vehicle floats to the left and it is hard to straighten, almost as if there is no power assist. (I understand Ford recalled some but not all 2011 f150's for a steering rack replacement (started around 4 yrs/ 55,000 miles 3. Transmission takes about 10 seconds to engage into reverse upon starting in the morning or on cold days when vehicle has been parked for mare then say 5 hours started around 6 months/ 6,000 miles.
The contact owns a 2007 Ford f150. While attempting to make a left turn, the contact stated that the steering wheel violently jerked and pulled the vehicle to the right, which caused him to crash into a fence. The contact sustained a large cut on his forearm, whiplash, knot on the head, and a broken finger. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they inspected the vehicle and confirmed that the steering column fractured. The manufacturer was not notified. The current and failure mileage was 12,000. The VIN was unavailable.
The contact owns a 2001 Ford f150. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering column bolt unexpectedly detached. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The contact was able to locate the bolt on the floor area and continued driving. The gear selector would not shift into park at any given time which required the gear to be shifted into the neutral position and bricks placed behind each tire to avoid the vehicle from rolling away. The dealer was notified of the malfunction and they informed that the repair would be at the expense of the contact. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 200,000.
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