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Has anyone else had this problem?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by ChicagoPlower, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. ChicagoPlower

    ChicagoPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    I just had BF Goodrich All Terrain tires installed on my 06 f350. After they were installed, driving the truck has been like driving on a road with grooves in it. I'm battling with it constantly to stay strait. It's not pulling, but drifting from side to side. I've brought it back to the dealer twice to get the steering box tightened and re-aligned and nothing helps. I had ball joints installed recently so I know that's not the problem. I'm to the point where i don't enjoy driving the truck, this is not good. I thought I'd see if anyone had the same thing happen to them. Thanks-
     
  2. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Well i noticed that your from Chicago. If Im not mistaken Chicago is known as the windy city. there for its not your truck.. its just the wind :D
     
  3. ChicagoPlower

    ChicagoPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    I would love for that to be the problem
     
  4. hey I know this sounds crazy but I have an 1997 F250HD and just bought new tires for 285/70/16 cooper tires and the dealer told me to rotate the tires every 2nd oil change to prevet them from skipping. he said it was due to the twin I-BEAM suspension.If not the truck will track funny. hope this kinda helps a little DIRISHMAN/CHICAGO
     
  5. ChicagoPlower

    ChicagoPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Thanks for the advice. The thing is, the tires only have about 35 miles on them. They actually did rotate them, and re-align them and it didn't help.
     
  6. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    something has to be out of alignment. I know you said they aligned it but I cant see anything else causing a problem like that
     
  7. BSDeality

    BSDeality Senior Member
    Messages: 736

    is it only happening on one road? there is a stretch of highway near me that is worn in by the tractor trailers in the right hand lane. If I'm in that lane I need to keep two hands on the wheel cause the truck will wander back and forth like I've got a blow-out happening. The width of the tracks is just right where the trucks lists and rolls in and out of the low/high spots in the road.
     
  8. overtime

    overtime Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    Maybe just junk tires. I know we have gottin new tires there where messed up to point it was similar to what you have.
     
  9. ChicagoPlower

    ChicagoPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    I was thinking the same thing. Is it actually possible to do a poor job aligning the front end? I thought being computerized, you couldn't screw it up.
     
  10. ChicagoPlower

    ChicagoPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    It happens on any road. Hopefully the tires are out of a bad batch. I'm taking the truck back again after we hopefully plow tommorow. The dealer is starting to wear thin on me with their lack of help, but I've got to stick with it.
     
  11. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    It could be possible that their computer is out of adjustment? I would try and find out if any one else that bought tires from them is having the same problem. If they are then either their machine for alignments is out of whack or for balancing the tires is out of whack. I dont know if the balanced tires would have anything to do with it tho
     
  12. riotap

    riotap Junior Member
    from 07452
    Messages: 1

    Make sure you check your rear leaf springs. If you broke a pin or leaf the rear end can shift causing the truck to track funny. Happened to me with my 05 f-250.
     
  13. ChicagoPlower

    ChicagoPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    That makes sense to me. I'm going to have the service manager drive it himself this time and subtly bring it up.
     
  14. ChicagoPlower

    ChicagoPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Thanks. I'll check it in the morning.
     
  15. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Worth a shot. If it is then you just saved that tire shop some money on more angry customers
     
  16. big schmitty

    big schmitty Member
    Messages: 88

    What load range are your tires? If the side walls are not heavy enough it will do that, also check your tire pressure. My brother 02 F350 did the same thin and the tire pressure was to low causing it to wander side to side.
     
  17. ChicagoPlower

    ChicagoPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    They're load range E so there shouldn't be a problem with the sidewalls. I actually checked the tire pressure and they are all fine. Thanks anyways for the input, it's a head scratcher.
     
  18. nevrnf

    nevrnf Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    What size are they? Does the truck have a leveling kit?
     
  19. ChicagoPlower

    ChicagoPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    They're 275/70/18. The truck doesn't have a leveling kit.
     
  20. zman300

    zman300 Member
    Messages: 39

    Did they do the alignment when the tires were first put on or after you drove it and brought it back.
    Did they say it was out of alignment and they corrected it.
    Sure sounds like the tires are toed out.