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Ford F-150, Ford F-250, Ford F-350, Ford F-100, Truck
#1096 of 2180 Re: 2000 Ford F-150 Big Problem - Need Help [bear54]
Apr 26, 2005 (4:23 pm)
I had the same problem with my 1998. I was fortunate in that it happened when I exited a highway where i was traveling at 70 mph. I was lucky because my ball joint snapped off after leaving a stop sign. This is an inherent problem with Ford, there are no grease fittings, it is suggested that you lift the rubber boot to check for moisture. If moisture is present it will lead to rust. Rust will act as an abrasive in the ball joint.
#1097 of 2180 Re: Clunks! [butch877]
Apr 26, 2005 (4:30 pm)
The problem is---I think---that somehow the low side of 4WD kicked in on its own at a high rate of speed and then disengaged (again on its own, with two distinctive "clunks" each time) when the truck got almost down to a stop. I have never used the low side of 4WD for anything other than a test, and always was stopped before engaging it. Anyway, when the problem was occuring, no 4WD light came on and there was never any 4WD knob out of position on the dash. Now, low 4WD won't engage, there is no light when the knob is turned there, and I think something is wrong in a major way in that area. The "clunks" occured without brake pedal pressure, and also with the transmission lever in neutral. After getting repeated intermittent "activity," this problem has disappeared for ten straight days, and I assume something is just broken, but haven't had time to get back to the dealer.
#1098 of 2180 Re: Sticking Caliper? [gkarg]
Apr 28, 2005 (10:56 am)
U BET! I've owned my 04' F-150 crew 4x2 for over a year now with 22,000 and i've experience the vibration as well as the lemon rotors, which I'm in the process of changing if I can ever get the dam thing off. The front right was literally grined down to about a eighth of an inch thick. Partly my fault for waiting to change 'em but I can't imagine that it would be so cheaply made. So, CAN anyone tell me how to remove the rotor off of this thing. I've removed the caliper but can't figure out whats holding the rotor on with the exception of theat center nut which says "DO NOT RE-USE" and I can't get that to turn for the life of me. HELP!!! the blasted thing is taken up the entire garage.
#1099 of 2180 Re: Update [jrl]
Apr 28, 2005 (7:19 pm)
I just found this website tonight and I am thrilled to see that the problems we are having with our 2004 F-150 Supercrew are the same! Imagine that! My husband and I just got through going through the"Dispute Settlement Board" for FORD and asking that the truck be replaced and what a joke that was. Our truck had a vibration in the rear since we test drove it with 24 miles on it. The dealership has tried to fix the problem with replacing the drive shaft, putting on two new rotors, placing mounts and this was done at about 8,000 miles. I pestered the dealership so much and then I started getting angry and was told that FORD was having problems with vibrations and they supposedly had a fix for it - right!! Well now with almost 13,000 miles the transmission seems to slip and "Klunk". Here we go again, I send a response letter back to the Dispute Settlement Board asking for their reasoning in not having the truck replaced, I also send the FORD manufacture my 2 cents as well as the owner of that dealership. This is so frustrating and of course the trade in value has decreased. My next step will be an attorney. They cannot and should not get away with this kind of business.
#1100 of 2180 Re: Update [hutch20]
Apr 28, 2005 (10:25 pm)
Do you live in a Lemon Law state? If what you are stating is factual, it would appear that might be your best avenue.
#1101 of 2180 Re: Update [jrl]
Apr 29, 2005 (6:04 am)
"Our truck had a vibration in the rear since we test drove it with 24 miles on it." Why did you buy it then? I am just confused as to why you would buy a vehicle that had a problem at the onset instead of maybe driving another to see if it had the same problem. Of course, I guess we can assume the dealer used the ol' tires were flat-spotted from sitting on the lot or that they would fix the problem. Is your vehicle a 4x4 or 4x2? When was it manufactured? Does it have the column shift? What rear-end? I am trying to figure out if there is ANY common denominator here and no one ever wants to include specifics. I did, at one point, have someone tell me they were hearing a lot of the problems they had been e-mailed with regard to were the SuperCab models due to a driveshaft length problem. I am just trying to pinpoint if it is all drive lines, limited to the SuperCrew, Supercab, or Regular Cab? 4x4's or 4x2's? Column shift or console shifter? Limited slip or not? Adjustable pedals or not? I am not trying to start a war, but I think the more detail we can provide the better we can discern if all models are a problem or just certain ones with certain features/options and therefore help Ford pinpoint the problem so they can determine a fix. Even time of manufacture. (date and year) Maybe the doggone truck is so rigid (9 times stiffer than the previous one, I think) that the shocks/springs don't "give" enough to absorb all road vibration, etc.. I don't know. I'm grabbing at straws and love my truck...I just want to know what the hell is going on with these other trucks. Mine has 15k+ and the more I read the more vibration I think I feel and then I realize it isn't anything more than maybe the pedal vibrating or something at a certain speed.
#1102 of 2180 Re: Update [twocar]
Apr 29, 2005 (6:07 pm)
We bought the truck thinking that Ford could fix it. We thought that the tires just needed to be balanced and they did. After we bought the truck, they took it back into their service department and supposedly balanced the tires. We got in and drove away with the same vibration, so we took the truck to Les Schwab and had them balance them and all four tires were out of balance! But the truck still vibrates. Our truck is is 2004 F-150 4x4 Supercrew with 17" wheels, trailer tow package, column shift automatic 4-spd transmission 5.4 liter engine, 8 cylinders fuel injection, 3.55 ratio limited slip axle, power adjustable pedals. The truck was manufactured in Kansas City. Our truck does have the vibration from 50-65mph is when it really shakes. We have even had the rims checked and tires and had two new rims and tires replaced on it from the Ford Dealer! Ford seems to think that they have fixed this problem and they are far from it! I know that a truck is a truck, but this is ridiculous and is not right. So if you may have any suggestions, we are very open to any answers. We really like the truck, it has lots of leg room and we even rented several Ford trucks just like the one we bought and none of them drove like this is. That is why we chose to buy this Ford truck. Thank you
#1103 of 2180 Re: Update [rolson1]
Apr 29, 2005 (6:14 pm)
Yes, we do and that will probably be our next step. It just seems like a big hassle and I think the dealerships just shine you on and think you will go away. Not this one. They are going to have their hands full with me and my husband. Hopefully we can get this done quick and easy! Thank you for your response.
#1104 of 2180 More information
Apr 29, 2005 (7:58 pm)
Mine is a 2004 April build in North Carolina. Supercrew, Lariat, Column shift. 3.73 gears 4 X 4 Limited slip rear axle, trailer tow package. 5.4 Automatic 6.5 ft box. 18 inch B F goodrich tires, 5500 miles. I first noticed the vibration about 500 miles ago. It apparently is related to the parking / emergency brakes. Usually when I experience vibration it is within a short distance from home when I first get up near highway speed. The last time I stepped on the parking brake when in vibration mode and the vibration got much worse and then better when I released it. I pulled over and did a touch test on the brake rotors. the fronts were warm, the right rear hot, and the left rear too hot to touch. I live in a hilly area and use the park brake a lot, . I have an appointment next thursday to have it checked, will post an update.
#1105 of 2180 Re: Sticking Caliper? Just the Start!!!!
Apr 29, 2005 (11:44 pm)
I have a 2004 F-150 Supercrew. The front brakes warp and the back rotors if you look at them have groves cut in them. I know 3 other people with the same truck and we are all having these design defect issues as well as the ones below. The bed light of all of ours leaked water into the cab the first hard rain we experienced. Two of us are having transmission issues. My computer would not allow my transmission to switch gears one day. The interior cloth is the worst staining material that I have ever seen. My AC on my 4.6 ltr. does not cool adequately. One of my friends with an F-150's home was burned down 2 weeks ago. Don't worry. It was not his F-150. Rather, it was his Expedition with a faulty cruise control. My 2004 F-150 has been in the shop 4 times in it's first year. Some of the problems are still not fixed. The machanics manager told me that he believes that all owners of this truck should get an extended warranty. Why? These are design flaw issues.