2018 Ford F-250 Top Complaints and Problems – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Tailgate latch, suspension and steering issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Super Duty trucks have a long reputation for handling jobs of any size. Even the newer Ford F-250 models come with the tagline, “Built for the Toughest Jobs.” This leads most consumers to believe that they are getting a solidly built pickup when they purchase the 2018 Ford F-250, but for many people, that simply hasn’t been the case. Instead, owners find that there are significant failures with the steering and suspension, plus defective structure concerns that lead to a lack of safety.

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Problems with the Steering

It isn’t always easy to navigate with a full-size truck, especially if the driver is towing heavy equipment as well. When steering isn’t smooth and comfortable, hauling these goods makes driving downright dangerous.

One user wrote about this situation on the NHTSA website. “When driving down the highway yesterday in my 2018 Ford F-250, I experienced the ‘Death Wobble’ at 70 mph. I crossed a bridge where it had a sip and my truck steering wheel and front end continuously shook until I slowed to 30 mph. If I was in a turn, I would have wrecked! This was bad and after some Google research this is a commonality with the F-250 diesel trucks. Ford needs to figure something out. If I would have known I would have never bought one. This is going to eventually get someone killed.”

There aren’t any manufacturer communications related to the problem. Ford has chosen to remain quiet and allow dealerships to handle the complaints. Searching online, it doesn’t take long to see that this is a common problem experienced by many. Some dealerships tell customers there is nothing that can be done, while others have replaced the track bar and steering dampener under warranty, but forced them to pay for the caster shims and alignment. The key to getting the necessary repairs is finding the right dealership if drivers make it there safely.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Ford F-250 Steering Problems:

My 2018 F-250, 11 months old has a death wobble. It has occurred multiple times between speeds 50-65 mph on interstate as well as state two-lanes. Left wheel hitting any bump can lead to total loss of control of the vehicle. Front end now seems loose after these many occurrences. I am now afraid to drive it on interstate and drive with “white knuckles” everywhere else. Only a matter of time before I end up off the road or into oncoming traffic.

When going 70 or above and u hit a bump or rough spot in the road the truck does what they call the death wobble very scary and someone is going to die if this does not get taken care of the truck nearly loses control it’s so bad

Problems with the Suspension

In relation to the steering issue, is the same complaint with the suspension. It appears that the suspension and steering work together to create the death wobble situation. The Internet is full of entire pages of people venting about the safety concerns this causes.

Here’s what another user wrote on the NHTSA website. “Hit bump on highway and vehicle starts shaking out of control. This has happened over five times now. Ford would only replace steering dampener. It did it again after being in shop for three days. This is very dangerous and can only stop the shaking by slowing to a stop in the middle of the road as it is almost impossible to steer. From researching online, this is an ongoing problem referred to as the ‘death wobble.’ Ford refused to look further into the suspension and steering components and claims everything is fine and it was the tire air pressure. The air pressure was to specs, and still did it.”

Again, we see the same situation as the steering, owners can’t seem to get the necessary repairs regarding this problem or they have to pay for it. On the bright side, many of them do say that the fixes do help the suspension, so there is hope if you are willing to fork over more cash. Still, this isn’t a popular option considering how much the Super Duty Ford costs to begin with. It shouldn’t be shaking all over the highway while driving, no matter what the company wants you to think.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Ford F-250 Suspension Problems:

2018 Ford F250 with 25,000 miles experienced a “death wobble” in the mountains going downhill. Truck is currently at the dealership and new track bar is being installed.

At 50 mph or above when you hit a bump just right, the truck begins to shake violently. After some research, I have discovered that this problem has become known as “death wobble” and is extremely unsafe. It did not start until around 30k miles and was very random, only occurring occasionally. Now at 39k miles it happens daily.

Experiencing the terrible death wobble.While driving at highway speeds and ya hit a bump like an expansion joint I get that terrible wobble. had the stabilizer bar replaced, tires rotated and rebalanced. a bit scary when ya pulling a trailer.on a local county road it happens twice a day every day, it’s my work/daily driver truck.

Problems with the Tailgate

One of the most important reasons to purchase a heavy-duty truck is to handle large jobs. With the money spent on a 2018 Ford F-250, it’s expected that the structure would be able to deal with anything thrown at it. The trouble is, many owners can’t seem to keep the tailgate closed, which prevents workers from hauling gear.

One user wrote this on the NHTSA website, “The tailgate is coming down while driving all by itself. It has already been crushed by a trailer that was being pulled and Ford will not cover the cost of the replacement.”

Ford doesn’t want to address this complaint either – big surprise! There are two service bulletins related to the structure, though these are separate issues. The first, #18N03-S1 talks about freezing door latches that will not open. In the communication, the company discusses how water gets into the door and freezes, which is a major defect with a truck structure. The second, SSM 46946, points to a vista roof opening panel that may exhibit binding while opening or closing of the movable glass panel. Techs are instructed to replace the brackets to fix this problem. Honestly, it’s incredible that the company chose to deal with any issues at all. It seemed they should be producing elephants in the room instead of trucks; that’s what they are better equipped to do.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2018 Ford F-250 Tailgate Door Latch  Problems:

While putting my F250 in gear (drive), the truck tailgate was automatically opened, which then crunched into my goose neck trailer when making a right hand turn. The tail gate has opened 3 time, without user intervention, in the first 6 weeks I’ve owned the vehicle.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Johnny

    So I bought a 2019 Ford F-350 Super Duty it has had numerous repairs death wobble in about 4 to 5 recalls varying from carpet Catching Fire tailgate opening up navigation being replaced calling APM has had upper oil pan gasket leak 3 times I’ve been in the dealership 3 times Grand totaling over a month that the truck has been in service the oil leak has started at 50,000 miles and has been in the shop 3 times for the same oil leak and I’ve only putting 25,000 miles on the vehicle since Nala dealership has had my truck for 8 days no repairs have been done they don’t have all the parts to start repairs truck is going back to the shop for the 4th time once parts are ordered

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