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#1084 of 2180 2000 Ford F-150 Big Problem - Need Help
Apr 22, 2005 (6:29 am)
Hello all. My son bought a 2000 Ford F-150 4x4 with the extended cab about two years ago. Well, Last Sunday he was driving home and felt a shimmy in the steering wheel, kind of like when you hit a bump in the road, but there was no bump. In short order he hear a loud clunk or pop in the front of the truck. About then there was a slight curve in the road and he went to steer into it, the steering wheel was locked up, he could not get it to turn at all. He went to apply the brakes and they were soft and then went all the way to the floorboard. Being unable to control the truck, he smashed into some mailboxes and a light pole plus a brick embankment to stop him. The driver in front of him saw him struggling and heard the loud clunk noise from the truck. The front passenger side wheel assembly totally came off of the truck and the truck suspension landed in the center of the wheel. The firemen and others at the scene said they had never seen anything like that before. I have been reading about problems with the ball joints on these trucks and others with problems that effect the steering. Does anyone here have some more information on this? Has it happened to any of you? The Ford Motor Company has not responded to my inquiries to them. This accident nearly took my sons life and if his wife had been with him it would have injured her badly if not taken her life. Any help you all can give me on this issue will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Apr 22, 2005 (4:28 pm)
He may have had a ball joint come apart. When the wheel fell off the brake hose snapped causing the loss of brakes.
Who knows? A bad ball joint usually gives some warning though.
#1086 of 2180 Re: Sounds like [isellhondas]
Apr 22, 2005 (5:48 pm)
I agree. I find it hard to believe that the ball joint would have failed so suddenly, but it is possible.
I cannot really help though as I have not heard of any such event or problem elsewhere. Did you do a search on the forum to see if perhaps someone else reported a similar incident? Maybe use "F150 ball joint failure" or something along those lines to start you off....?
Good luck & glad to hear that your son made it through; events like that really put things into perspective.
#1087 of 2180 Re: Sounds like [isellhondas]
Apr 23, 2005 (5:13 am)
I think the early warning came out on the interstate highway. He had just come back from a fairly long drive and the steering was acting up for the last ten or so miles. He thought he could make it home and then check things out.
#1088 of 2180 Re: Sounds like [xwesx]
Apr 23, 2005 (5:15 am)
It certainly does put things in perspective. I did do a search of the forum but I will try using the phrase you suggest. Thanks!
#1089 of 2180 Fuel drain plug in 7.3 head
Apr 24, 2005 (7:25 am)
I need to know the size and type of tool to remove the fuel drain plug on a 7.3 turbo diesel . I can see it with a mirror and know that it is internal wrenching. I have tried a 1/4 and #7 metric and they are to big. I have tried a 7/32 and a #6 metric and they are too small. Please help. Bill
#1090 of 2180 Re: Fuel drain plug in 7.3 head [bill0742]
Apr 24, 2005 (9:50 am)
Disregard the above post. The answer is a 1/4' ratchet.Similiar to a plug in a differential housing. Information obtained through other sources. Bill
#1091 of 2180 2002 f-250 using oil
Apr 24, 2005 (6:42 pm)
My 2002 F-250 with 60,000 miles is using oil, about a quart of oil is required approx every 200 miles. I do not see smoke, no oil on the driveway. Does anyone have a solution? Oh, and just changed the oil 200 miles ago.
#1092 of 2180 Power steering noise
Apr 24, 2005 (6:51 pm)
I have an "04 F150 super crew. Just over 5K miles on it, and just started noticing a whinning noise, from the power steering even on the slightest turn of the wheel. The fluid is good,and no leaks. I have listened to other same model trucks, and none make the noise. The dealership said this is normal, and that some trucks are just louder than others. I am no certified Ford mech..but i know the steering shouldnt make that noise unless it is low on fluid, or something is wrong with the pump itself. Any comments???
#1093 of 2180 Re: Power steering noise [cruse65]
Apr 25, 2005 (10:11 am)
Ford power steering pumps can be noisy. My grandparents always buy Ford, and about 25% of them have noisy power steering pumps. They owned three Aerostars ('91, '93, '95), all of which had noisy pumps and none of which ever failed.
I have to agree with the dealership on this one.... though "normal" is a subjective term. Perhaps "not unusual" would have been more appropriate?