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Re: How many of you have experienced the death wobble in fords?
« Reply #40 on: June 19, 2021, 12:25:47 AM »
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« Reply #41 on: June 19, 2021, 12:28:13 AM »
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Re: How many of you have experienced the death wobble in fords?
« Reply #42 on: June 19, 2021, 08:36:15 AM »
It can happen on a GM too, but maybe only after the steering system is "wo' slam out".

It did on my '01 dually.  The truck had 315k on it, and had been in, and out of a terrible path every day for a couple of years working on an old house.

I replaced every moving part in the steering system.  After all that, I didn't even want to drive it anywhere to get it aligned, so I set up some batter boards, and pulled lines.  I just used a tape measure, and a Wixey magnetic digital cube.  It drove great, so I took it to put a set of new tires on it.

After about a thousand miles, the right front was showing the slightest bit of wear on the outside of the right front, probably from driving on heavily crowned Virginia back roads.  I changed the camber .1 degree, with the Wixey cube, and no unusual wear, so far, for the next 30,000 miles.

It's back to driving like a Cadillac now.  Best alignment I've ever had.


 

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« Reply #43 on: June 19, 2021, 01:44:05 PM »
I did the toe adjustment on the Dodge by scribing a line around the face of the tire with a sharpie. You hold the marker on a steady base and spin the tires so he mark is in the same orientation all the way around. Do that on both sides, then measure to the line side to side. I brought it in to the alignment shop to get it aligned "proper", they said they didn't even adjust anything🤷🏽‍♂️  Doesn't matter, dang thing still chews the front tires off in short order anyhow!
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« Reply #44 on: June 19, 2021, 02:05:54 PM »
My dad had an old super H farmall, and it would do the death wobble.  Had a wide front end, think it was an aftermarket kit, and loose steering.  When I got the tractor, took it to a mechanic familiar with the old IH tractors, and he tightened it up significantly, but never could get the death wobble out of it, at certain speeds, and mostly going down hill, in road gear. 
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« Reply #45 on: June 19, 2021, 02:48:58 PM »
Well if we're going to expand into other equipment, I used to run a monstrosity of an asphalt roller- an old Dynapac CA-50 iirc. That thing had a road gear, it would do about 15mph. That doesn't sound like much, but on a roller that is flying! Well it would develop a death wobble because the steering cylinders had a little slop in the pins, now that was scary trying to get that under control! You sat out on an open operator station that was about 6' off the ground, I always thought I was going to meet my end when that thing did that😬
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« Reply #46 on: June 19, 2021, 02:50:05 PM »
In tractors i think it leans toward insufficient caster angle pretty often.  Not adjustable. 
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« Reply #47 on: June 19, 2021, 06:41:10 PM »
Had a big Komatsu loader, with the fancy self gyro thingy that made the bucket go up and down just a tiny bit so she would not wheel hop. Worked awesome. 25 MPH with no bounce at all - UNTIL - that little thingy died at 25 MPH. HOOCHIE MOMMA! Whump, Thump, and we have liftoff! 

Now that is a full on death dance! 
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« Reply #48 on: June 19, 2021, 06:49:47 PM »
Aka "ride control"😊
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« Reply #49 on: June 19, 2021, 07:13:45 PM »
I had death wobble for the first time this past January.  2010 Sierra 1500 with around 90K miles.  Only showed up on ice but started at around 25 mph.  4x4 let me get up to 40 mph before it started again.  All 4 ball joints were shot as were the bushings in 3 out of the 4 control arms.  Now its just got the rear leafs that need to be replaced as the middle leaf is missing 3/4 of its length on both sides.

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« Reply #50 on: June 19, 2021, 10:46:22 PM »
Aka "ride control"😊
Pretty sure my feet were above the steering wheel when we left the gate so I marked her out right, and for sure was looking for the pickup man after 8 seconds.  That was a winning ride - worthy of a buckle.   :D smiley_horserider
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« Reply #51 on: June 20, 2021, 03:42:06 AM »
 HOOCHIE MOMMA!
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« Reply #52 on: June 20, 2021, 08:17:21 AM »
I've had it in an older Ford, the worst though was in the old '72 Chevy motorhome, 2wd air bagged coil independent front end, basically a UPS van chassis. We were trying to get home from WI when it started thrashing at about 45 mph. I thought for sure there would be parts obviously hanging off it. Limped to a chevy heavy truck dealer in Janesville. After one night at the local Motel 6 they thought they had it, but as soon as I took it out it started again. I had the mechanic drive it and thought we were going to go off roading when it happened with him  :D. 2 more days of head scratching before they fired up the parts cannon and replaced enough components to tighten it up.
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« Reply #53 on: June 20, 2021, 09:48:54 AM »
Just spent 2k on E350 van All new steering components and brakes. 190,00 miles. Regularly tow heavy loads 12,000 lbs or more. Was starting to developer the " death wobble". Now drives like new although I'm tired of driving it. My second E-350 since 2005. 

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« Reply #54 on: June 20, 2021, 10:21:56 AM »
UFO's, Chinese rocket ships falling from the sky, and now the Death Wobble!  What next shall I worry about? :D :D

BTW, I thought the dealt wobble ended when I sold my '57 Nash Metropolitan. ;D
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« Reply #55 on: June 20, 2021, 08:53:56 PM »
My first death wobble was around 1984. Driving a 1968 F-250 4x4. At about 60mph on a state highway the pavement ended abruptly for about 15 ft. To this day I don't know how I saved that truck that night. Others claimed there was a sign for the pavement out. I don't think so. Turned out one of the front wheel bearings was loose. Adjusted them and the death wobble didn't happen again. In that truck. Over 30+ years working on automobiles I drove a lot of vehicles with the death wobble in an attempt to diagnose the cause. Most of the time it was worn parts, wheel bearings leading the list.
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« Reply #56 on: June 21, 2021, 12:00:02 AM »
Have driven mostly Fords all my life and don't ever recall having a death wobble. Was a passenger in a Ram 3500 and experienced it when hitting a bump a couple times. It had some steering parts replaced. Later checked the toe in and it was toed in way too much. Adjusted it and hasn't happened since. Too much toe-in can cause this especially when one wheel gets bounced off the pavement and loses traction in steering. Then it becomes a back and forth thing.
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« Reply #57 on: June 21, 2021, 09:11:41 PM »
Interestingly enough, since I'm interested in a new Super Duty, I started doing some research on this.  Turns out there is a big lawsuit against Ford on this.  
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« Reply #58 on: June 22, 2021, 05:55:32 PM »
Had a big Komatsu loader, with the fancy self gyro thingy that made the bucket go up and down just a tiny bit so she would not wheel hop. Worked awesome. 25 MPH with no bounce at all - UNTIL - that little thingy died at 25 MPH. HOOCHIE MOMMA! Whump, Thump, and we have liftoff!

Now that is a full on death dance!
I got to experience the "death hop" in a Steiger Panther III 4wd articulated tractor when I was around 12 years old. I was helping a neighbor with summer fallow(before chem-fallow got big in wheat country) and was coming back from finishing up a half section with about a 7 mile trip home. When I grabbed road gear and was around 15 mph when it started to hop, and pulling a 48 foot plow all winged up, there wasn't enough road surface once it was all said and done. Thankfully it was a small ditch I ended up going through and got it stopped in the field I had just left. From then on it was 8 mph all the way back  :D Turns out they had added some front weights to increase traction and put the tractor out of balance. Lots of lessons were learned that day. ::)
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