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Old 09-27-2015, 06:21 PM   #15
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I was looking up information on this subject since we just had our 2013 cmax energi wired to tow 4 down. This "death wobble" is not just happening to Fords. Apparently, this is happening to all the trucks whether being towed or driven. There are home made fixes for some of these cars. When I told my husband about this happening, he said he had experienced it with our Ford truck while towing our trailer one time. So, this is just something that happens to vehicles that the camber cannot be adjusted in. We will keep a close eye on the car when making left hand turns because that seems like the most likely time it happens. Also, when taking your car in for service you can mention that the car is a tow car and they should check the steering to make sure everything is tight. This might help.
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there are many people out there that are towing the cmax without any death wobble problem so you may be one of the lucky ones. I hope that you will be but if not don't look to ford for help. they will tell you to put it on a dolly and we all know how convent that is don't we. the problem you probably will have is a dead battery if you don't use a charge line from your mh to the car. I hope all goes well for you best regards Gmac.
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:43 PM   #17
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As the matter of fact, we did put a charge back line to our cmax, BUT we also had the car flashed with a update that Ford just came out with that is suppose to address the battery problem. We have only towed the car 300 miles so far and arrived at our destination with a charged battery, but we did notice that mileage had accumulated on the odo. Does this happen to you when you tow 4 down? It did not when it was on the dolly. If that is price we will pay for less stress and not having a sore back that's ok with me.
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I have never had the dead battery problem as of yet my cmax is a 2014 model and may already had the update installed in the computer. But I would trade the battery problem for the death wobble problem I am having since there seems to be no solution to mine except to put the car on a tow dolly thats fords solution for the problem.
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Death wobble solution: Bungie the steering wheel?

We just started towing our 2013 CMAX and over a short (300 mile) trip, we experienced the death wobble once. It was during a sharp left turn while going over a road hump. A quick stop solved it, at least that time.
The guy that installed my baseplate told me of the idea of using a bungie cord to help straighten out the steering wheel. I've looked at doing this by running a bungie from the bottom of the steering wheel to the floor plate where the brake system is mounted. Conceptually this would work, but I"ve not tried it. Partly i'm concerned about the fact that the bungie looks like it could move around a bit and not end up providing a true straight correction force, but instead it seems to slide a bit along the steering wheel, slighly off from straight down.
Anyone tried a bungie solution to the death wobble?
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It will also not happen under braking since the braking action of each wheel again acts as a force damper to control wheel movement.


I wonder if when using certain aux toad braking systems, the driver could initiate the toad braking from the coach by remote control, and this would instantly stop the bump steer if it occurred ?
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Pasdad1,
The braking theory is interesting, but I'm not sure I believe it would help.
When my death wobble started, i was not going that fast, but immediately started braking. The braking itself didn't stop it, but rather it was slowing the coach down to almost a complete stop before the shaking stopped.
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The braking theory is interesting, but I'm not sure I believe it would help.

When my death wobble started, i was not going that fast, but immediately started braking. The braking itself didn't stop it, but rather it was slowing the coach down to almost a complete stop before the shaking stopped.


When you were braking the coach, was it enough to trigger the brakes in the toad? Some braking systems allow the driver to push a button on a wireless remote control to activate toad brakes.
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i have yet experienced it but will keep it in mind and follow this thread...
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I don't have the ability to apply just the toad brakes, so I don't know if applying only the toad brakes would have fixed it. But I doubt it as I did apply the coach brakes which applied the toad brakes and that itself was not sufficient to stop the wobble.
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