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post #61 of 78 Old 01-10-2020, 05:46 AM
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I can feel my wheels(or the damper) start to vibrate in the steering wheel but not go "full" death wobble as of yet.
You get it, most of these "feelings" are not the death wobble.

A lot of parts are underspec'd, that's why we are here improving an documenting.

Most should be happy they are getting recalls and TSBs.

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So says the internet... ...and so it shall be.
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OK, thanks for the info. To show my ignorance, what is the problem with 3 nipples...
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I can feel my wheels(or the damper) start to vibrate in the steering wheel but not go "full" death wobble as of yet. 3,193 on the dial on a rig I bought in September of 19 so very thankful for the factory warranty and the extended coverage I got that warranties the uncovered stuff...but jeez you would think that after all the issues and complaints on the older models plus Dodge's issues they would start tackling this head on

That will be very disappointing if it starts happening in addition to the 2 recalls(the carpet foil/the DRL) and the FSA for the power steering hoses not being cured(???)
I was the same way, I could "feel" it coming on for a long time, but not the full death wobble, until it was. I felt like the steering damper was doing it's job until it couldn't anymore. They replaced the damper, and it is working ok, but I think it is a matter of time till the new one wears out. On the service ticket it said, "replace steering damper with new spec steering damper". If it starts happening again, I will look into parts to adjust the caster, or trade the beast in.
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Well, third time in the dealer this week. Just a quick recap, first time they did a damper replacement, traction bar end (i think) and that stupid alignment correction (I call it stupid because no way realigning to a different degree would be a fix to the death wobble). Second time in they put a "beefier" damper on (there words, not mine). This time they listed of 5 different things to where I can't remember all of them that they said are failing. I asked why that wasn't done last time since the problem hasn't been corrected. No answer, only them trying to solicit more work (fuel injector cleaning, fuel filters, fluids etc). Plus I have a $200 deductible on my extended plan everytime I bring it in, plus a few hundred in rental car fee's since they have no loaner program. I'm getting beyond fed up with this shyt. Thinking of calling corporate and getting rental and deductibe reimbursed since the problem still isn't fixed since it was under the initial factory warranty.
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Got my truck back last night update;

So wasn't 5 parts, but was the drag link, drag link bar and passenger side lower tie rod. I of course asked if Ford was doing anything more to correct this known issue and apparently there is now a new, beefier damper released, but no dealers have it yet. I told the service writer so when I see him again in a month they should have them since that's probably what they will replace again? He then tells me that it seems the guys going with aftermarket replacements are seeing greater success. While I believe that can be true, its bs that we should be paying for aftermarket to fix a Ford problem. Anyway, I know it will happen again. I'm just beyond aggravated at this point.
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Hmmm... You guys have me questioning what I am about to do. I am currently shopping for a 2018 F-350 Platinum DRW to tow my 17,500 # 5th wheel camper. I have been using a 1999 7.3 PSD that I purchased new in 1998 have been very happy with for 22 years.

I have located several trucks that are equipped like I want them but now I am a little apprehensive about pulling the trigger. So far, the only success story I have read in this thread is to add an aftermarket steering damper. Does anyone here know how Ford will stand behind a used 2018 "Certified" truck concerning this issue? I have been away from the forum for quite a while because my current Powerstroke has performed flawlessly for 22 years. I had no idea this has been an issue for so long. I would like to think that Ford learned something from the 6.0 cluster f***!!!

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Hmmm... You guys have me questioning what I am about to do. I am currently shopping for a 2018 F-350 Platinum DRW to tow my 17,500 # 5th wheel camper. I have been using a 1999 7.3 PSD that I purchased new in 1998 have been very happy with for 22 years.

I have located several trucks that are equipped like I want them but now I am a little apprehensive about pulling the trigger. So far, the only success story I have read in this thread is to add an aftermarket steering damper. Does anyone here know how Ford will stand behind a used 2018 "Certified" truck concerning this issue? I have been away from the forum for quite a while because my current Powerstroke has performed flawlessly for 22 years. I had no idea this has been an issue for so long. I would like to think that Ford learned something from the 6.0 cluster f***!!!
I had it happen again this morning. Not even a full 2 days after I got the truck back for the 3rd time. I'm going to call the dealer again and talk to the service manager and also probably call someone above the dealership. I'm shooting for the sky, but I'm tempted to tell them to pay for and install an aftermarket damper since this is a Ford issue. I've spent so much time and money dealing with this crap. I don't want to trade the truck in since it's mostly paid off already, but I'm at a loss.
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I had it happen again this morning. Not even a full 2 days after I got the truck back for the 3rd time. I'm going to call the dealer again and talk to the service manager and also probably call someone above the dealership. I'm shooting for the sky, but I'm tempted to tell them to pay for and install an aftermarket damper since this is a Ford issue. I've spent so much time and money dealing with this crap. I don't want to trade the truck in since it's mostly paid off already, but I'm at a loss.
After trying 2 Motorcraft dampers (stock replacements) and having them fail within a short time, I tried a stock replacement from Monroe (#SC2967, bought from RockAuto). So far (2 months) it's worked great with zero wheel wobble. It feels like it is a more solid damper than the Motorcraft parts. Only time will really tell.

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After trying 2 Motorcraft dampers (stock replacements) and having them fail within a short time, I tried a stock replacement from Monroe (#SC2967, bought from RockAuto). So far (2 months) it's worked great with zero wheel wobble. It feels like it is a more solid damper than the Motorcraft parts. Only time will really tell.
I'm going with the Fox replacement. I've called the dealership today and Ford Customer Service. FCS is "looking into it" and acknowledge the new damper is "being developed" so I'm done waiting. I can replace it myself cheaper than my $200 deductible. Before I buy, I'll look at the part you referenced as well. Thanks for the info.
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Bought a Fox ATS stabilizer. Putting it on tomorrow. Hopefully it helps. Meanwhile Ford customer care has done jack. Lady always seems to call when I'm not around my phone. I call her back on the extension she gives me and the extension is not valid. I email her and she doesn't respond. Her voicemails say she still can't get a hold of my Ford service department. Well duh, if you keep giving a callback extension that isn't valid, kind of hard to do. In my email I stated her extension doesn't work. Next step which I'm getting ready to do in a few minutes is register a complaint with NHTSA and possibly BBB.
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Bought a Fox ATS stabilizer. Putting it on tomorrow. Hopefully it helps. Meanwhile Ford customer care has done jack. Lady always seems to call when I'm not around my phone. I call her back on the extension she gives me and the extension is not valid. I email her and she doesn't respond. Her voicemails say she still can't get a hold of my Ford service department. Well duh, if you keep giving a callback extension that isn't valid, kind of hard to do. In my email I stated her extension doesn't work. Next step which I'm getting ready to do in a few minutes is register a complaint with NHTSA and possibly BBB.
Let us know how the Fox ATS works. Im still under bumper to bumper warranty and about to take it in for the 3rd time for wobble. I just have them fix it since its covered (so they can waste their money and hopefully redesign it) but once out of warranty ill probably just go aftermarket.

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