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Old 09-23-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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2006 Ford F350 4x4 diesel vibrating in Wyoming

I have a ford f350 4x4 diesel truck and am in Rawlins WY on my way to Texa towing a 6000 lb travl trailer. I have been having this vibration in the truck and have been to 3 different mechanics, two of which are ford dealers. At the last one I stopped at they thought that it was the rear springs and put in some shims. We drove it 100 miles without the trailer and had no problems. We hooked up the trailer and began our journey home and after an hour and a half the vibration started up again. So we are stopped in Rawlins trying to figure out do we take it to the ford dealer here or have it towed into Ft. Collins, CO. to a large dealership. It's been very discouraging not to have reliable and knowledgable service when hundreds of miles from nowhere! Any advice?
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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Is the vibration in front end or rear end also a few things. Have you checked drive line universal joints also yoke on these trucks need greased. Alot of weight ther a heavy duty truck . If vibration in front end is it when you brake or all the time. Have had 3 Ford Duallys F350 and F450s. Just curious where vibration is to try to help.
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Old 09-23-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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at what speed is the vibration the most noticeable?
are all 6 tires balanced, condition of tires
what is your mileage on the truck and tires and unjoints?
air pressures all around, condition of shocks
ford had a not recall to add a vibration damper on the rear frame but it was to cure low speed 35mph empty wiggle
on my 06 crew cab...even loaded up the tire pressure where very important. fronts would run in the 65 range and rears closer to 80, all depending on LOAD


to many variable to do any more than guess at this point
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If it only vibrates when towing, I would suspect something to do with u-joint angles when rear is lower. Also, be sure the 4x4 has not somehow been activated for the front axle, or hubs are not locked in (assume you have the ESOF transfer case).
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I would suspect drive line angles or u-joints.

Is the vibration in the front, rear, frame, do you feel in the seat, steering wheel, etc.

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Old 09-23-2012, 08:04 PM   #6
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We have some awful concrete roads in this area of the country. They just don't seem to be able to lay concrete flat on the highways. When towing on these highways it sometimes fells like the problem is internal to the truck. What kind of road are you on? Does the vibrating stop on asphalt? Just a thought.
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If the parking brake is stuck partially you may get a vibration as well and it's effects/symptoms would vary with weight and distance. It is also easy to check , just look at the cables at the rear wheels. They should be completely extended and even.
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This is what I have run across in the years of using F350 and towing with them. not necessary in order.
1 auto hubs one locked and one unlocked
2 Front u joint frozen (you have to drop center bearing to check)
3 pinion bearings worn out.
4 if towing with out bars on hitch front end will be lighter shake (ford had a tsp on this) got my 2005 fixed for free.
5 if towing with bars check trailer tires(yes it will transfer to truck if one is out of round or not in balance.)
6 check height match of rear tires ,if one of the duals is smaller the weight will put the small tire in light contact and it will have a vibration . The outside tire will wear faster than the inner tire.
7 make sure that you have the tires inflated to the right air pressure,

All of the above I have had happen to me over the years.

Hope this helps
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Don't rule out something amiss with your trailer. Sometimes trailer vibes can be felt in the truck. Maybe have another truck tow your trailer to rule out trailer problems.
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Being a 06 you probably have the 6.0 PS diesel. I would look real hard at u joints and probably just change them all front to rear. Are at the next ford dealer just trade that thing off for a F150 with a ecoboost. Plenty of truck to tow six K and you will get a much better ride and cheaper to operate. The 6.0 diesels are pron to many problems and it may be time to send her on her way.
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Is there a carrier bearing in the driveline?
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Not sure what your problem is but just to give some advise on the 6.0. It's a great engine, the problem with it is that this was the first engine for the tighter emissions. They were prone to the oil coolers getting clogged then poping the egr cooler. If you don't have one buy a scan gauge and monitor your oil vs. coolent temp. If unloaded running 60mph (after your truck is fully warm) those temps are more than 15* appart, you have a problem starting with the oil cooler plugging. That is why that engine has such a bad rap. Monitor that and keep your oil changes around 5,000 with T6 and a motocraft oil filter...almost forgot, the FICM would start dieing and kill the injectors. The main reason for this is that people run batteries that are too old and the lower voltage kills the FICM. You can monitor that with the scan gauge too. If that voltage is dipping below 47.5 on startup, get it repaired. Keeping an eye on those things will keep your 6.0 healthy and happy for many years.
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Not sure what your problem is but just to give some advise on the 6.0. It's a great engine, the problem with it is that this was the first engine for the tighter emissions. They were prone to the oil coolers getting clogged then poping the egr cooler. If you don't have one buy a scan gauge and monitor your oil vs. coolent temp. If unloaded running 60mph (after your truck is fully warm) those temps are more than 15* appart, you have a problem starting with the oil cooler plugging. That is why that engine has such a bad rap. Monitor that and keep your oil changes around 5,000 with T6 and a motocraft oil filter...almost forgot, the FICM would start dieing and kill the injectors. The main reason for this is that people run batteries that are too old and the lower voltage kills the FICM. You can monitor that with the scan gauge too. If that voltage is dipping below 47.5 on startup, get it repaired. Keeping an eye on those things will keep your 6.0 healthy and happy for many years.
Uhh you forgot head gaskets etc. Wasn't this made by Navistar? I just know too many people that had these engines and had nothing but problems. Hope you find the problem and good luck to ya!
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Yeah, loose head gaskets will cause a lot of vibration every time. Ok, sorry....
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