Originally Posted by fx4f-150
Guys i have a big problem. Glad i caught this thread but theres so many answers. I have a 2011 fx4 that i just put bilstein 5100s on to level. The shocks rode great for a week now all of a sudden im getting the popping in the wheel. Notice it most when i put but both hands on and flex my arms on it a little.. Im freaking out!! Will ford cover this issue? I dont think its the leveling. Also with the temperature thing, today was one of the warmest days this year so far. I dont know what to do
The general consensus seems to be that this is cause by a problem with the lubrication in the steering rack(the part number can be found in multiple posts), however, there has never been an official answer from Ford and pretty much every who has had this part replaced(some people multiple times), say that the problem is fixed for a while but in time, especially in higher temperatures, the nibble/pop/rattle felt when holding the steering wheel returns.
It is NOT your leveling kit, not if you are having the same issue as the countless people such as myself who did not make that modification. As of today there does not appear to be a permanent solution and there has been no real word from Ford. My advice is to read through the first 20 or so pages of this thread, you will find lots of reference and the actual part numbers(i think there are pics on page 23). I would take as much information as possible to your dealer and see if there is anything they can do. Maybe if enough dealers start to complain a REAL solution for this issue with be found.
Good luck, welcome to the board.