Solid Axle Death Wobble
If your truck is having a death wobble event slow down as safely and as fast as you possibly can until it stops wobbling.
Do not keep driving it with it shaking really hard, something could catastrophically fail and kill you.
Any death wobble event could cause damage to other parts that were not damaged before that death wobble event. Every time you have an event, new damage can happen.
I know you just want it fixed and you don’t want to be a Death Wobble expert, but these things can be very hard to find and will come back right away if the root of the problem is not found and fixed.
Remember, just because someone has a social media account, does not mean they are qualified to be giving anyone guidance. Just because someone has a repair shop or an online store, does not mean they are qualified to be giving anyone guidance. If it is bad information, it is of no consequence to the internet experts if it costs you time and money. More than anything, we want your truck to drive correctly for as long as you own it.
“Just put in cams” will NOT FIX your Death Wobble problem. Yes your truck needs more than 2 degrees of castor but just adding castor will not make the compromised track rod joint right as rain. We can sell cams to you, we are an SPC dealer and we have the same cams everyone has # 501198 & # 501199. We even have more options remove cams you have and add more castor and we sell them for less than you can buy them other places. #105070
But there is no “just do” or “just buy this” that will fix your truck until you find the real cause of the death wobble problem. If anyone is selling you an “end all - be all” fix to death wobble, buyer beware, they are not to be trusted. If you have seen a YouTube video telling you to buy something to fix your Death Wobble, did you notice they did not tell you to be 100% sure you don’t have a bad joint or to really inspect the truck to be sure the band-aid they are selling will even stick to the truck.
If you had a death wobble event and you added and aftermarket “fix it” part then, a month later its back, now is the time to look deeper into your truck, or better yet, don’t throw money at it until you know what is wrong.
Over 5 million super duty trucks have this front suspension starting in 2005 to now. It is a common design found in many solid axle trucks. This is not just a Ford problem. Dodge, Toyota, Land Rover, Mercedes all use a radius arm solid axle design that is susceptible to this Death Wobble Oscillation when a component allows uncontrolled sideways movement. Ford did change suppliers for the assembly line and the new suppliers quality control is not as good as previous suppliers. This front suspension is swapped into other kinds of tucks more than any other front suspension because it is a robust suspension. Nobody is putting a GM suspension in a Ford truck for a reason.
One or any combination of these reasons can bring on the Death Wobble oscillation.
Slop or looseness in any component can get death wobble oscillation started.
Everything has to be in the correct place and in the best working order.
If your truck is having death wobble oscillation, start at the top of this list and work to the bottom until you find the problem. Some are very rare, this all-details list is to avoid “why didn’t anyone tell me that?”
IF YOU ARE BUYING A NEW TRUCK
Be aware, drive that truck for 15 – 30 minutes at all speeds before you take possession of the truck. Be extremely mindful of the steering. Do not let the salesman talk to you when you are driving it. Focus and be critical of every bump.
If that truck has any bump steer or chatter, do not buy that truck. Do not take possession of it even if you special ordered it. That new truck is a defective unit.
OUO has 25 years specializing in innovating Super Duty suspensions with many patents, inventions, and original designs. OUO is involved in a variety of motorsports including Drag Racing, Truck Pulling, Monster Jam, Diesel Power Challenge, Ultimate Callout Challenge, and even half mile air strip attack.