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Steering Column Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1



Ford F-150 owners have reported 35 problems related to steering column (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 02/28/2015

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.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 11/10/2014

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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car image   Steering Column problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 10/06/2014

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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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 06/04/2014

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.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2006 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 05/02/2014

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.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 04/03/2014

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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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 12/14/2013

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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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 10/05/2013

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.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 08/30/2013

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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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 08/28/2013

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.


 
car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 07/01/2013

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.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 06/20/2013

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.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 10/01/2012

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.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 05/01/2012

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.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 04/11/2012

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.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 05/22/2011

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.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 01/25/2011

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.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 03/09/2010

I was driving home from town when all the ball bearings fell out of the steering column and the steering wheel became loose and the truck began to sway from right to left, it was controllable at the low speed I was going but thank god I wasn't on an interstate or highway at a higher speed I could have run off the road or worse had a head on collision ! the truck has not left my property since but I still have to keep full coverage insurance and tagged for insurance purposes and a lien from my bank on it,I have also replaced the starter on it eight (8) times the parts are very cheap but it has an airbag and my local Ford dealer gave me an estimate of 200. 00 two hundred dollars to replace two six and seven dollar bearings. When the incident happened I had no idea what happened since the ball bearings are very tiny and are hard to see and it took a long time to figure out what happened my truck just sits there all this time because im afraid of someone getting hurt seriously or killed because im afraid of losing control on the steering. I have been driving since I was sixteen and was a big truck driver from 1979 to 1996 till I became ill but I would never drive a vehicle with steering problems, thank you.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 12/16/2009

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. While the contact was driving 35 mph he suddenly lost all steering control, moments later the contact applied the brakes which caused the vehicle to pull to the right. While coming to a stop the vehicle traveled over a ice patch which caused the vehicles rear end to sway left and right before stopping. The vehicle was diagnosed and the contact was informed that the steering column shaft had begun to rot and separate from the vehicle. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 128000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 10/04/2008

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. After making a right turn at 10 mph, the pin in the steering column fell out. The contact lost control of the vehicle and managed to stop on the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to a personal mechanic. The manufacturer stated that they never heard of this failure and could not assist. The current mileage is 160,000 and failure mileage was 150,000. The steering shaft coupler sheered off. Updated 05/29/jb.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 12/04/2007

The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the steering column would not raise up or down. The steering column was replaced, but the tilt feature on the steering wheel still would not work. The dealer was unable to receive the parts for the remedy and stated that there were no recalls. The failure and current mileages were 4,000. Updated 02-19-08 updated 02/19/08.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 1996 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 11/20/2007

The contact owns a 1996 Ford f150. While driving 2 mph, the steering wheel locked and would not turn. The contact had to use excessive force in order for the steering wheel to turn. The dealer stated that the steering column failed and they rebuilt the steering column. Approximately three years later, the failure recurred. As of November 30, 2007, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 179,000. Updated 12/18/07.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 10/31/2007

I have a 2007 Ford f150. On my key ring, I also have a gm key. On three occasions, when I have inserted my f150 key, the gm key has wedged itself between the steering wheel and the steering column. The f150 still starts and I can put it in gear and move it. However, the engine unexpectedly turns itself off and the steering wheel locks. After stopping the vehicle, I've realized that the gm key was lodged in between the steering wheel and steering column. This has happened in my driveway three times at speeds less than 3 mph. It has happened both while going forward and in reverse.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 01/22/2007

- the contact has a 1997 Ford pickup f150. The contact stated that on 01/22/2007 he was making a turn when the steering wheel locked and he ran off the road. This has happened at least three other times while he was driving. The contact stated that there was a plate in the column that is loose and could push up and down an inch. The weather was not a factor, and he was driving approximately 15 mph at the time of the last failure. Updated 02/22/jb.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 11/17/2005

While pulling out of my driveway I was turning the steering wheel when I heard something snap in the steering column and then I had no control of the steering. The steering wheel would turn completely around and there was no control of the front wheels. After taking the truck to the dealership where I purchased the vehicle they replaced the upper steering gear assembly, the steering shaft, and replaced the clock spring under the steering wheel. This cost a total of $810. 16. I was on my way out of town that day and was heading for the interstate. I am so thankful that I was not going 70 mph on the interstate. They could not tell me why this happened. The vehicle is only 3 yrs old and has 63,878 miles on it.

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