Our fleet has a lot of Ford superduty trucks, as I’ve undoubtedly told you before.
In any case, I’ve noticed a rather disturbing pattern. The 2008 and up F-series superduty trucks . . . F-250, F-350, F450 and F-550 . . . seem to have a steering gearbox which has a very short lifespan. In some cases, within 4 or 5 years, the box is all slopped out.
I mean within a few years, the gearbox is sloppy, and the trucks don’t even have sky high mileage. Not necessarily dangerous enough to cause a wreck, but bad enough that if it were your own truck, you would be irate
I don’t mean to sound like a jerk, but I’m just asking if the others have noticed this to be a common trend on the specific trucks I’ve mentioned.
I find this to be kind of pathetic on Ford’s part, considering we have plenty of GM trucks of similar size and the same vintage, and the steering gearboxes are just fine. Makes me wonder if the problem is the manufacturer of the box, or perhaps Ford isn’t spec’ing them out correctly.
I’m not asking for advice, if anybody’s wondering. I’d like to think I’m pretty capable of doing my own diagnosis and repairs, considering that’s literally my job.
So, anybody telling me about loose steering gearboxes on a F-150 or a 1997 F-350 isn’t really helping, so to speak, because they use different steering gearboxes