The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation into 2008 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickups, which was originally opened last year, has now ended without a recall. NHTSA was looking into steering failures on some 336,000 trucks.

The issue rested with the steering gear - NHTSA received five complaints of failures - which was redesigned in 2005. According to the report on the matter, investigators "found evidence of broken sector shaft gear teeth and piston damage consistent with incidents of single event overload."

NHTSA investigators, however, "found no evidence of fatigue or material property defects in any of the fractures. Analysis of complaint rates by vehicle build month showed no patterns indicating potential manufacturing quality issues and no difference before and after Ford introduced design changes to the input shaft and sector shaft seals in July 2007 to address potential leak concerns," according to the report, obtained by The Detroit News.

The conclusion of this investigation doesn't just shut the door on the 2008 models, but it marks an end of investigations dating back to 1999 to 2001 model year Super Dutys, as well as 2000 and 2001 Expeditions. That investigation ended similarly, with federal investigators unable to find any defects.


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      hawkinsben1
      • 10 Months Ago
      I bought a 2008 Ford F-250, I have had no problem with the steering, it has only 98,000 miles on it, It does not get good mileage for a Diesel, but I also have a 1997 F-250 Gas power engine it gets the same mileage as does the diesel, it only has 301,000 Miles on it, No Engine Trouble, No Transmission problem, No steering problems, I have spent only $166.00 on this truck on mechanical issues. just Brakes, Tires, gas & Oil Changes. But it sure can pull a trailer good, with out a problem
      wsulli9722
      • 10 Months Ago
      I have 2002 f-250 steering gear had to replaced at 16k miles under warranty (cracked almost in half). Noticed smoke pouring from under truck when atf hit hot exhaust no problem steering.
      tstillkickin
      • 10 Months Ago
      Bet that cost Ford a few bucks to buy off the administration!
      markwages
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's a Ford, you should expect such failures.
        Rick
        • 10 Months Ago
        @markwages
        dear markwages are you realy dumb enought to think that ford built that part?it doesnt work that way .
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Hitting a curb or other sufficiently-sized object at speed with cause damage to a steering shaft? Color me shocked.
      godabarb
      • 10 Months Ago
      sduch a shame that ford can get away with this .......i have a F350 that needs to be recalled before someone ets killed.... but someone willjhave to die first
      • 10 Months Ago
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