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#1223 of 1235 Ford Motor Company notice on shimmy problems
Dec 08, 2011 (4:58 pm)
Today my husband received a letter from Ford Motor Co, regarding his 2006 F250 Superduty 4x4 truck. I believe it is an official notice to assure us that they are aware of the "shimmy problem". We bought this truck three years ago. I have personally experienced the "shimmy", which feels more like an earthquake. The first time I was traveling 55 mph, hit a small bump and it was fortunate that noone was in the left lane because the truck bounced to the left and it took about 300 ft or more to slow the vehicle down (I knew better than to hit the brakes). Ford's notice suggests we check the tire pressure which may be the cause of the shimmy. My husband has checked the tire pressure (which he always maintains at recommended pressure), the tie rod ends, u joints, and steering parts. He checked the tires to make sure they were correct for the truck and they are 245R75/ 17E which shows up as one of our purchase options on the different tire company websites. The National Highway Traffic Safety Admn is studying the problem with Ford. They suggest you check to make sure you have the correct tires and that they are inflated to the proper specs. If "shimmy" occurs you should gradually slow down by taking your foot off the pedal or lightly apply the brakes, and if you are concerned that these actions do not resolve your problem, you can contact your dealership for further assistance. Nothing is mentioned as to who is responsible for paying for the resolution. This problem is in addition to the spark plugs made of ceramics that stick and crack and require a very expensive tune up if you cannot change them yourself. We had to buy a tool to extract the broken ceramic plugs. Also, and I am not really sure if this is another malfunction in design, but we have a slow fill problem which is due to the charcoal canister probably being full of mud. We bought the truck and the previous life was as a fleet vehicle in a mining operation in Colorado.
So now that I have ranted about these issues, my question is Does anyone know of any agency we can contact to get these problems resolved? I think maybe Ford should fix the problems without charging us.
#1224 of 1235 Re: Ford Motor Company notice on shimmy problems [smedsleas]
by kcram HOST
Dec 10, 2011 (7:55 pm)
This is similar to Dodge Ram "Death Wobble". In addition to the tire pressure, you all need to check shocks and most important, ball joints in the front end.
kcram - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Host
#1225 of 1235 Re: F250 6.0L cold performance [f_truck_dude]
Dec 12, 2011 (5:54 am)
Try using your engine block heater. If you don't have the cable or plug I would suggest buying one from Ford and installing it. All the Diesels have the engine block heaters installed, but not all have the plugs. I use mine when it gets down into the low 30's and below. I have the same problem too. I also have a remote start on my 06 diesel. I always start it remotely and let it idle for about 10 minutes before I get in and drive away. It runs great when it is warm. I also use it in the summer. Works great for cooling the cab on hot days.
#1226 of 1235 Looking to buy a 2004 Ford Lariat with 6.0 Diesel
Feb 16, 2012 (12:55 pm)
I'm considering buying a 2004 with 93K miles, what do I need to look for as far as negative issues? Anything about this truck that would cause a problem with pulling a 15K lb. fifth wheel? It has a upgraded suspension, not sure if it's an addition of a leaf spring or bagged. The current owner says he pulled a 16K lb fifth wheel with no problem, looking for verification.
#1227 of 1235 Re: Looking to buy a 2004 Ford Lariat with 6.0 Diesel [mossrocker]
Mar 15, 2012 (11:05 pm)
We are original owners to a 2005 F250 6.0 powerstroke and it has been nothing but problems. We are at 92600 miles and just replaced the fuel injection control module. We had a diesel leak November 2011, took 2 attempts for Ford to fix it right. Other problems we've had: Check engine light, engine overheating/when towing (instrument cluster, trailer/tow module), a/c intermittently works (vacuum motor replaced once - this took until 12/2008 to get fixed - broken since purchase 11/2004), surges at idle (failed seal), tow haul would not work (open circuts in shift handle, shift handle replaced twice), EGR replaced once (hydrolocked the engine - nightmare - loss of power, turbo whined like crazy, tons of white smoke through the exhaust), oil cooler replaced once, horn and airbag assembly replaced once (century warranty does not cover airbag assembly - expensive out of pocket for that one!), multiple sensors replaced, fuel injection control module.
All I can suggest is that if you are dead set on a Ford 6.0 Diesel that you purchase an extended warranty. You will need it. We absolutely love the truck and it tows great, it's just the 6.0 powerstroke that is a total
#1228 of 1235 Re: Ford Motor Company notice on shimmy problems [smedsleas]
Mar 28, 2012 (1:51 pm)
I had the very same problem from my used 2006 F-250 6.0 Diesel which had brand new tires on it when I bought it in 2009. Turns out the tires where not the correct load range for the truck. I put new "E" load range tires on the truck aired up to 75 psi and had it aligned. That fixed the truck and has remained so for 3 years now.
#1229 of 1235 Re: 2000 f250 steering [paintman]
Mar 31, 2012 (8:57 am)
Hello...did you ever fix the steering problem? I have a 2002 F250 super duty that is hard to turn the steering wheel. Someone told me that the (rack and pinion (?) steering cylinder may not receive the fluid from the pump. Not sure if that was a true statement but, the fluid level is good and the pump still seems to still be working fine.
#1230 of 1235 purchased a used large truck or SUV?
by steve_ HOST
Apr 17, 2012 (4:59 pm)
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#1231 of 1235 2007 f250 extra cab diesel
May 31, 2012 (6:54 am)
Does anyone know the sound decibels for this truck?
#1232 of 1235 Seating for 6 ????
Jun 24, 2012 (7:40 pm)
Im looking at purchasing my friends Super Duty but it has front buckets, Anyone have any info on removing the buckets and installing a bench, Is this economically possible? Thanks for any help you can give me.