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post #1 of 8 Old 04-14-2009, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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Ford on the death shake: you're SOL

Did anyone else get one of those letters? Ford is aware of the shimmy, especially on certain road surfaces, and usually when you're turning. Yep, I got that. Oh boy, they're going to fix it for me, I thought.

They recommend: stock tires (still running on the factory tires), properly inflated (done), don't modify the suspension (mine is stock). And it's still rocking and rolling.

Thanks, guys. It would have been nice if you'd just told us to buy an aftermarket stabilizer.

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Yea I got the letter yesterday, it was a waste of paper.

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I haven't gotten my letter, but I have already resorted to the idea that they don't know how to fix it. I put on a leveling kit, and that helped. I plan on buying a dual steering stabilizer kit from a Truck Toyz, with gas shocks. Then I'm planning on buying some after market caster cams from Truck Toyz. Should cost me about 600 bucks, but I feel that these guys know what the problem is, and this is what they recommend. They do this stuff all day long, so I'd trust them before I trust a tech at the dealership that only does what the TSB tells him to (no offense to techs). I have some other things to buy before I start spending money on this stuff, but hopefully this summer I can pick this stuff up. I will be posting my results

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yep got that as well for my 06, but not the 04. i havent had it happen on either of my trucks....yet

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08 F350 PS DRW been doing it since new. but only left turns a 40 - 50 miles an hour, and only if the surface is rough. Until recently the only place it would do it was the ramp from I84 to I691. Lately it's been doing it in more places but ironically less on that turn since they repaved it.

A former Ford Mech told me that there is something that isn't balanced. Could be a lot of things but look at rotors
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Didn't they send that letter out a couple years ago?


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Mine did it, and all it took was rotating the tires to completely fix it.

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There has to be something that causes it. why? because all trucks don't do it, mine surely doesn't.

Identifying the cause is hard, obviously many causes have the same result, but there is a cause.

track bar bushing or balljoint
balljoints, tierod ends, drag link ends
radius arm bushings
steering gear looseness
steering stabilizer

alignment? toe? caster was always blamed, but changing this hasn't fixed too many trucks. The track bar balljoint has fixed more than a few coil spring 6.0s


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