death wobble in front end - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 20 Old 05-22-2012, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 340
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 16
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
death wobble in front end

a little history. 08 leveled with 70k at around 62k had new trac bar and bushing,1 tie rod, steering stabilizer,drag links, front end alignment installed, 1k ago all new shocks installed. i have been hearing a loud squeek when hitting bumps and havnt tracked the problem down yet. this weekend i notice the outer edge of front tires are "feathered", last night i hit a bump in the road at 50mph on a slight curve and the truck got a MASSIVE tire shake that thru things out of the cup holders....... then nothing--- this morning i felt the shake slightly 2 times after hitting small bumps and then 1 bump put the truck into a shake that stayed with the truck till i could stop. i got the truck to work and jacked the front end up..... i pulled the wheel to turn it and there is a slight bit of movement side to side but it is very slight and just the linkage bucking, there was no movement in and out...... what am i looking for before being at the mercy of the dealer again......... thanks for the thoughts
gwilkrrs is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 Old 05-22-2012, 08:54 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 693
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 4
Thanked 12 Times in 12 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
My truck does the same thing.....When I'm traveling at 40-50 MPH while taking a curve.....If I hit a small bump my truck has a siezure and starts shaking away. I have 45,xxx miles on it and I have checked the front end over and over and can not figure it out.
turbo kidd is offline  
post #3 of 20 Old 05-22-2012, 09:37 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 390
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Dual Stablizers fixed my death wobble.
gary2070 is offline  
post #4 of 20 Old 05-22-2012, 03:57 PM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Alberta Advantage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada
Posts: 1,504
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Thanks: 5
Thanked 29 Times in 27 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I put on a Bilstein 5100 in place of the stock upper/factory steering stabilizer and it seemed to have fixed my death wobble for close to a year. Now, I am experiencing it more and more and even on straight roads when I hit a bump at higher speeds. When my truck was at the dealership on an unrelated repair, I had them look at the front end. Everything was tight/within spec/normal. Will probably get a dual stabilizer setup once I get a lift.

09 F350 CCSB SRW Cabela's.

Husky Weather Beaters
Putco Window Visors
Piaa Xtreme White 4k
Dura Flap SS Mud Flaps
Recon Smoked Mirror, Brake, Tails
Line-X
Bak Flip F1
BDS/Fox 2.0 Dual Steering Stabilizer
Fox 2.0 shocks
Good Year Duratracs
Firestone Air Bags
Air Horn
MiniMaxx/5" TBE
No Limit EGR Delete
Vision X Lights
2" Solstice Solo
8" Evo Prime
12" XMitter Low Pro Prime
4" Solstice Prime
20" Evo Prime Double Stack
12" XMitter Prime Ambers
Truck Bed Lights
Alberta Advantage is offline  
post #5 of 20 Old 05-25-2012, 04:05 AM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 340
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 16
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
took the truck into the dealer yesterday......
dealer said all is good on the front end and they didnt hear a squeek while driving..... i asked about the feathering of the tires and they said the alignment rack was down but it looked like they just needed to be rotated..... what ever........

i changed the oil and rotated the tires (every oil change), now at 50mph on a smooth road i can feel the start of a wobble, if i hit any bump or imperfection- hold on otherwise it goes away as i speed up or down....... waiting to grab a mechanic to look at on the side.....
gwilkrrs is offline  
post #6 of 20 Old 05-25-2012, 06:10 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 390
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
You can install dual stablizers and remove the stock stablizer. Rough Country are reasonable priced.
gary2070 is offline  
post #7 of 20 Old 05-25-2012, 06:28 AM
ADMIN AND TECH


 
SCUFFY828's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: winston salem north carolina
Posts: 9,289
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
steering stabilizers isnt always the fix for death wobble ,most of the time not , a bandaid is what id call it , do i agree that a stabilizer setup may help yes , but alot of these trucks dont even have them from factory , and the problem is repaired wihtout having to add a stabilizer kit, without putting my eyes on the front end its hard to say , but if the tires are feathering to a noticeable extent , i have seen the alignment be out far enough to cause a issue , there are quite a few bulletins through ford discussing the death wobble , tire pressure can cause an issue , a tire itself , alignment,tie rods track bar,etc. you have already replaced several components , if this was my truck i would find me as credible a shop as possible and get a better opinion, its hard to find a front end guy that actually knows what to do

SCUFFY828@POWERSTROKE.ORG
ITS STOCK
SCUFFY828 is offline  
post #8 of 20 Old 06-13-2012, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 340
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 16
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
took into another shop and had a look- they said replace the stock steering stabilizer once a year since truck is leveled and i drive city streets...... ?? really?? i dont want to throw money at this without reason. i will put on a bilstien replacement or dual set up if its a cure but really dont want a "maintenance fix"?
gwilkrrs is offline  
post #9 of 20 Old 06-21-2012, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 340
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 16
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
so last night on a smooth road at 50mph truck goes into massive shake while hauling a heavy trailer- got the truck stopped in the grass median---- back under way on road i notice abs light on in dash. light wont go out with cycling the key.......
hoping to get it into another dealer or shop tomorow to see what is up with front end and now abs light......................
gwilkrrs is offline  
post #10 of 20 Old 06-21-2012, 08:25 AM
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
adhaynes91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 27
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I had the same problem after I leveled my 2010 6.4.. I put rough country dual steering stabilizers on it and havent had a problem since.. That was about 50,000 miles ago


Sent from my Autoguide iPhone app
adhaynes91 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome