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Ford Recalls 2014 F150 for Steering Risks, Tells Owners Not to Drive Trucks Until Fixed

Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for a select group of 2014 F150 pickups over a concern that there could be a manufacturing problem with the Electronic Power Assist Steering system – a problem that is severe enough that the company has instructed owners to avoid driving their trucks until the problem is fixed.

The 2014 Ford F150 is equipped with an Electronic Power Assist Steering system (EPAS) that is used across much of the Ford corporate lineup and, unfortunately, it seems that a batch of 2014 F150 pickups made recently have an EPAS setup that was constructed incorrectly by a third party supplier. Ford hasn’t announced exactly what type of problems this recall issue can cause, but it must be fairly serious as the Motor Company has instructed owners not to drive their trucks until they have been repaired.

The Problem Comes from a Supplier
The 5,675 2014 Ford F150 pickups included in this recall were built between May 26 and June 19 of this year. The new F150 pickups built during that time with the base 3.7L V6, the 5.0L V8 or the 3.5L twin turbo EcoBoost engine are subject to this recall while the trucks fitted with the 6.2L V8 are not, as they use a more traditional hydraulic steering system rather than the EPAS system found in the rest of the new Ford half ton pickups.

These 5,675 2014 F150 pickups have an electric power assisted steering setup with a motor position sensor gear that may have been installed incorrectly by the supplier. This problem would likely either cause the F150 to not steer or to not steer as it should – either of which could greatly increase the likelihood of an accident if the EPAS system malfunctioned out on the road. Fortunately, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of this problem and the decision to recall these trucks comes after an internal investigation by Ford Motor Company rather than an order from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration so as soon as Ford found the possible problem, they made the call to get those few trucks already sold back in for repairs.

Most of the F150 Pickups Included Havent Been Sold

The good news is that of the 5,675 2014 Ford F150 pickups affected by this new recall, only around 260 have actually been sold to new owners while the rest are still in the possession of dealerships – or they are still at the factory as they wait to be shipped out. Because of this, Ford Motor Company will only have to contact less than 300 customers and along those same lines, only 260-ish new F150 owners will need to park their trucks until the power steering system has been repaired under the recall order.

Because of this simple fact, Ford will only actually have to recall around 260 2014 F150 units while the other 5,515 will just be serviced by the dealership where they currently sit or where they are destined to arrive for sale. Those trucks included in this recall will not be available for sale to consumers until the problem is repaired, but reports indicate that the first step of the recall is the inspect the EPAS module and, if necessary, the dealership technician will replace the unit with one that has been manufactured correctly.

As always, the repairs made to the 2014 Ford F150 pickup under this recall will be performed free of charge.


Lowell J chris… (not verified)    May 10, 2015 - 7:18AM

I just purchased a used F150 4x4 Lariat 2011 model with 64,000 miles on it. I t was a lease truck used Indiana. We just moved from Ca. to Washington the truck's steering lock up three times on the way up here. after the second time we pulled into a Ford dealer in Bishop Ca. Had it inspected they said the Electronic Steering needed to be reprogramed. The next day underload it did it twice. each time it has done this it has been first thing on the road and underload pulling a trailer.

Jim (not verified)    September 16, 2015 - 4:59PM

This problem isn't just on the 2014's. I have a 2012 F150 with. 70,000 miles. The epas fails without warning. When it does happen, I have to muscle it over to the side of the road, shut it off, and restart it. This is a temporary fix, and it is very dangerous. Brought it to the dealership, and they said it was a 1600.00 fix.

J. Blount (not verified)    February 20, 2018 - 3:59PM

In reply to by Jim (not verified)

We own 2 2013 Ford F150’s and each of them have had same issue with the EPAS. Unfortunately last night my 18 year old son was driving his truck on a curved road and his EPAS failed causing him to crash into a fence and totaled his truck. He walked away with bumps and bruises... what is it going to take to get FORD MOTOR CO. To recognize these trucks are dangerous and should not be driven? My son could have died. The fence was made of metal pipe and chain link. One of the pipes went straight through the windshield within inches of his head.

J.Szymanski (not verified)    March 18, 2019 - 1:20PM

We are having this problem now with our 2014 F-150 5.0L V8. The power steering works randomly. Took it into the dealer we purchased it from and they said it's not under warranty and it will cost $1520.00 to fix. This truck is not even 5 years old & has just over 60,000 miles - used for highway driving - not hauling or towing. Please call Ford & lets get them to take us all seriously b/c this is a serious problem!

Dsammon (not verified)    May 9, 2019 - 12:23PM

In reply to by J.Szymanski (not verified)

I have a 2014 f150 5 Ltr truck and my steering rack and piñon has gone twice and ford will not recognize there is a problem . I had about 100000 klm when it went the first time and a year later it went again.

J.Frease (not verified)    April 2, 2019 - 1:28PM

This is ridiculous that Ford has not recognized this major problem on other years particularly 2011 & 2012 models .People will eventually die from this flaw .

Tim Runyan (not verified)    May 15, 2019 - 10:14AM

my 2014 F150 just started having issues last night on way home it lost all power steering after exiting the interstate and trying to maneuver a clover leaf NOT good , my build date is Nov of 2013 Prior to the build date issues listed above , I have called FORD with no help this is my 8th Ford vehicle and we currently also own a Ford Escape 2016 it seems to be ok .At dealership now we will see what they say .

David Foncello (not verified)    May 22, 2019 - 6:59AM

I also own a 2014 F150 with 52,000 miles. It seems that the EPAS system is failing.
I guess more trucks with this issue were sold than originally reported

Jim Murphy (not verified)    September 14, 2019 - 5:23PM

2014 F150 power steering is slowly getting worse. Is Ford responsible to fix this? How do I know if the recall was done on my truck?

William Quinlivan (not verified)    September 24, 2019 - 11:15AM

I just had this problem start on my 2014 F 150 5ltr with 80,000 while I was pulling a travel trailer in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State on the way home. It would stiffen up with right and left turns and on some tight curves. Luckily, made it home safely, but the problem still persists even without load. Called dealership and they are thinking it is the steering column. Have an appointment on Thursday with Nemer Ford Service in Queensbury, NY. I am bringing this article with me. I bought this truck from them in January of 2015 as a 2014 leftover. I will want to see proof that they did the work from recall before I buy their story of the steering column u joints.

bill meyer (not verified)    January 10, 2020 - 6:53PM

my 2014 f 150 32000 miles the steering is growling it electric power assist sounds like its low on steering fluid but doesnt use it

Jack P fisher (not verified)    November 2, 2020 - 11:50AM

I have 2014 f150lariat 5.0 and it has same issue with eps . Dealership has checked at least 2 times but says no problem is found. Can hardly steer it !!!

Richard Haubrich (not verified)    December 7, 2020 - 9:23AM

i have a 2014 f 150 5.0 XL 8ft bed and i have the electric steering so no power steering pump or anything so never had a problem with this truck has 90,000 miles on it bought it with 30,000 and my steering went out and it started throwing all these codes at me and you put it in drive and it goes straight to 5th gear which is weird but i wait about 15 to 20 mins and then it finally goes to first gear and then i put it in 4x4 and it will start slipping and then kick in supper supper hard almost like my drive shaft fell out ya know and then sometimes when i turn my switch to 4x4 high and will not do anything i have to get under my truck and play with the wires on the transfer case is this familiar to any1 else by chance... thats why i should stick with older fords bc they are not all electric and you dont need to take them anywhere bc u dont have the thousands of dollar computer u need

keith wright (not verified)    April 17, 2022 - 12:08PM

i have had this 2014 f150 STX truck for 5 years now 60000 miles when i got it now 189000 miles and the electronical steering is acting up really hard to turn into driveways and parking lots now it is going to the forddealership on May 3rd