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#23 of 183 Re: F150 Vibration Issue [kcram]
Aug 03, 2006 (5:01 pm)
hi i own a 2004 f150 extended cab 4x4. i am not sure if the problem ia m experiencing is the same as others by mine sounds like a rattle or more like hub cap full of bb's it has been in for service twice for this and is now making the same noise intermittently during highway driving. the 1st 2 times they repaired it ford said is was a four wheel drive part ( both times) are we talking about the same issue i am reading all over this site concerning vibration? looking for possibilities before i return for service. ( 23,000 miles on truck
#24 of 183 Re: That vibey F150... 
Aug 03, 2006 (5:17 pm)
The suspension is so critical on this model. We had the forced balancing and what's amazing about this is prior to that, some of the new tires had four weights on them, and some of them now don't even have one wieght. They call it indexing, and finally after seven trips..there is no shimmy!! I was a little upset, only in the fact that they went through balancing five times, caliphers, rotors, new tires, alighment, and it wasn't until their lead mechanic told us about the "bulletin" out did they finally manage to get rid of the shimmy. Oh, that was also after I mentioned arbitration and the BBB. Good luck. Ours is a 2005 F-150 crew cab.
#25 of 183 So Disappointed
Aug 03, 2006 (6:52 pm)
I recently traded in my 2003 Supercrew XLT for a 2006 Supercrew Lariat 4x4....my dream truck, but when I hit 65 MPH the steering wheel starts to shimmy. It is in the service dept. for the second time, and so far they have rechecked balance, alignment, tires, and wheels. A worker in the service dept. told me today on the phone that they would be running some tests to measure the dampening or something, and that I should be aware that this is a "characteristic" of the truck and that it was not a "severe" shimmy! So, basically, they are saying my new, $40K truck is not going to drive as well as my 2003 model, or for that matter, as well as my brother's $12K Kia!
I will not accept this shimmy. Any ideas on where I go from here?
#26 of 183 Re: So Disappointed [idctr]
Aug 03, 2006 (7:09 pm)
You don't have to "settle" for a small shimmy, period. Tell them you want the tires "indexed". This means that they match the tire to the wheel better than just balancing As I said, it's called indexing. They'll know... it's done under pressure and they get it near perfect. Tell them you are aware of the Bulletin Ford put out. If they don't give you satisfaction, you ask for the "district manager's" phone number and name (they will give it to you), and you also give them a chance to make it right.. then if after the fifth or sixth time back..and keep notes and worksheets, talk to a Lemon Law attorney and/or the Better Business Bureau. Forms can be downloaded at "legalzoom.com" for many of the above problems. You don't have to "accept" any vehicle that isn't working perfect. Tell them to get off their lazy duffs and get educated in servicing the vehicle
#27 of 183 Re: So Disappointed [emtdawn]
Aug 05, 2006 (7:20 am)
I got my truck back from the service dept. yesterday (2nd time in the shop). They worked on the alignment, checked the wheels and tires, and force balanced the truck. The vibration is still there, and maybe due to my higher awareness, seems to be even a little worse! I am taking the truck back into them in 3 days. They are ordering parts to do some work on the rack and pinion steering system.
I talked to the service person about the Ford bulletin that has been issued on this problem. They said there is a flow sheet that they will work through to try an fix the issue. I also asked whether or not they have had other trucks with the same problem, and they said "yes". The service person then told me that my vibration was only at 8-9 Hz and Ford will not even try to fix it if it is 8 or under. It sounds to me like they are setting up a "Well, your vibration could not be fixed, but it was not that bad anyway" scenario.
If they cannot fix this I will notify a lemon law attorney and try to force them to buy this truck back. Although my confidence is shaken (no pun intended), I still love Ford trucks and I would be willing to buy a 4x2 to avoid this issue.
#28 of 183 Re: F150 Vibration Issue [kcram]
Aug 06, 2006 (2:52 pm)
2006 F-150 XLT, SC, 8' bed, HD payload pkg.Had tires rotated at 7500 mi,bad steering wheel shimmy at 60 - 70 mph.Ford dealer rebalanced tires, less shimmy. Tire dealer balanced,( my $20) less shimmy. Dealer had truck for day rotated tires back to original position, still shimmy at 60 - 65 mph. also "feeling" vibe thru floor. Dealer has "hot line" info, will have truck while I'm away late Aug to install steering dampner and other "fixes" (?) These are General Grabber TR 245/70R-17
#29 of 183 2006 F150 XLT 4X2 Vibration
Aug 15, 2006 (2:18 pm)
My 06 truck has a vibration in Steering wheel from about 43mph to 52mph at steady speed,let off gas it goes away,step on gas to maintean the speed it comes back. Tires been balanced,driveshaft replaced,trans replaced,driveshaft indexted.Been to the dealer 7 times vibration still there.I can get the same vibration in park at about 1800 rpm's.
#30 of 183 Re: F150 Vibration Issue [kcram]
Aug 24, 2006 (12:43 pm)
My 2004 F-150 $x4 just recently started to vibrate. It was not during braking, or hard acceleration, or at a certain speed.
It happened for the first time about a month ago, and it vibrated severely (more severly than any other unbalanced tire I have had). It stopped vibrating after I stopped at a traffic light. 2 weeks later it happened again and this time the steering wheel was shaking so intensely, I though my wheel was falling off and pull off the road. I am totally dumb founded. I had my personal mechanic take a look and he could not find anything.
I am going to take it to the dealer next week. Any insight on this issue would be appreciated.
Is there any other info on the F-150 vibration problems?
First timer, Ryan
#31 of 183 Re: F150 Vibration Issue [slugger3]
Aug 24, 2006 (3:00 pm)
Is there any other info on the F-150 vibration problems?
You'll find an amazing number of them here: Ford F-Series: Problems & Solutions
#32 of 183 Re: F150 Vibration Issue [slugger3]
Aug 24, 2006 (5:30 pm)
Did you have "mud, snow or rocks" in your rims? Mud and snow build up can also do this. Our tires had to be re-balanced five times until they did what is called "indexing". This is where they match the heavier weight of the tire (some are always heavier in certain areas of the rubber) with the weight of the rim (same thing) and it wasn't until they did this twice that they finally got it right. There is a "bulletin" out on vibrations in these trucks. I believe it covers Ford F-150's from 2003 up. Did your mechanic also check the brakes, etc.? Talk to Ford about the bulletin.