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Has anyone else gotten a letter from Ford regarding the death wobble?

I got a letter in the mail yesterday from Ford. It was basically a letter trying to acknowledge and explain the death wobble (our term, not Ford's). The letter basically said Ford acknowledged the problem on their solid front axle Super Duty trucks.

Their explanation of what was happening is where my frustration begins. They explained that it was solely due to low tire pressure. Now, I've not experienced the "death wobble" in my SD, but I doubt highly that it is tire pressure's fault alone. Seems like Ford had gotten enough complaints and possible lawsuits, but felt it better to just blame the problem on the fact that it is a characteristic of a solid front axle with low tire pressure.

Just curious if anyone else got this official letter from Ford...?

I can scan it and post it if anyone would like to see.

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Got mine yesterday also.

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Sound to me more of a suspension issue (and whatever steering components are tied to it)... only heard of this happening with the coil spring setup. Never had it happen on my leaf springs.


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Haven't received the latest letter. I received my first letter end of 08 or so about the same thing. Basically it blames the consumer by telling you to air up your tires and maintain factory height.

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What a joke... LOL

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Got one today. if they would've corrected this problem from the begining it would have been much better...


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Got mine yesterday. Started reading it and realized what it was and its just made me laugh! It went right in the trash after that. Just wish Ford would have done something about it about 6 or so years ago!

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Trashed it yesterday about 60 seconds after I opened it. A bad joke doesn't even begin to describe it...

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I first heard the term "death wobble" associated with coil sprung Jeeps, usually lifted with 35"+ tires on them. It could be traced down to a bad alignment, loose steering parts or a combination. Never once have I heard of tire pressure causing it, not to say it won't, just haven't heard it.

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I didn't get the letter yet but I have experienced this on more than one occasion. It has everything to do with the load rating on the tire, tire pressure, and worn out shocks. Believe me, I almost had to clean my pants one time, was headed straight for a concrete barrier when it did this. I figured it out though, the guy that had the truck before me had put BFGoodrich A/T tires with a (P) Passenger truck Rating. Between the time I bought it and the time I put the 4.5in lift with 33's(E load rating), it did this about 4-5 times. I was on the turnpike each time and was doing about 75-80 mph, I would be cruising along, minding my own, and then wham, I hit a bump in the road, which is common for Oklahoma turnpikes, and the steering wheel would start to shake, all of the sudden the whole front end would be bouncing from side to side with no capability of steering the truck until I slowly put on the brakes(not slam on them) until it went away. When I started looking at the culprit I found that the tires only hold 35psi max! Right when I saw that is the day I put it up and ordered all new wheels and tires plus the lift...Haven't had a problem since.

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