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Ford F-150, Ford F-250, Ford F-350, Ford F-100, Truck
#191 of 2180 Rusty Doors
Jul 04, 2002 (6:25 pm)
I have a 1997 F-150 with 54000 miles. When I had 26000 miles, Ford fixed both doors that were rusty. At 50000 miles, the problem re-appeared. Ford said they will go 50-50 to replace them ($1000 each). I can't reason with them. They seem to think this is normal. Also, I noticed that the drivers door is starting to crack and rust just behind the window. They also said they would repair it under the 3 year/36000 mile warranty. This doesn't seem right. Has anyone else had similar problems.
#192 of 2180 wings1
Jul 05, 2002 (7:18 am)
I've heard of several others that have had a door crack problem. (1/4 inch crack or shorter near lower part of window).
Some folks had dealers who did the repair at no cost (well over the 36k warranty), some got an 80/20% split, some got nothing.
There is a TSB issued for the door crack..
It sounds like in your case, the dealer offered to fix the crack for free, (under warranty).
As for the 'rust', this doesn't sound like a common problem. If the dealership offered a 50/50 on that, it seems 'reasonable' to me..
But, you could take it to other Ford dealerships, you might be able to get something more..
Jul 08, 2002 (8:35 pm)
Wings and Bess thanks for responding - we have hit a brick wall with Ford. Dealer says we need new doors, there's no way to "repair" the rust that is eating away at all 3 doors. They will not pitch in a dime. We have been very happy with our truck until this and the lack of response from Ford to stand behind their product is truly disappointing. I can honestly say we will not purchase another vehicle from Ford.
Jul 09, 2002 (7:37 am)
Doesn't your truck have something like a 10 yr/100k mile corrosion warranty? Mine does and the manual states they will not fix it until the rust perforates the sheet metal. It may be a little dishonest, but none more than what Ford is doing to you, but pack a little calcium chloride into the rusty spots. Your doors will be perforated in no time. Then give it a good wash out before taking it in.
#195 of 2180 02 f150 problems
Jul 09, 2002 (5:43 pm)
Hi all, I purchased a new 02 f150 back in april and I just discovered that the transmission fluid level is only just a bit into the fully warmed area when fully warm. The book says it is acceptable but I dont like it on the low side. Also the engine 5.4 is suppose to take 6 qts of oil but it shows about a half qt down since new. I also just discovered power steering fluid leaking under steering shaft any suggestions on these and just wondering if anyone else had same problem.the truck has less than 1000mi. thanks
#196 of 2180 dannyboy
Jul 09, 2002 (6:14 pm)
If the fluid is within the 'do not add' range, then it's just fine..
If the fluid is within the 'do not add' range,
then it's just fine.. When you change the oil, put 6quarts in.. My 00 SuperDuty with the 5.4L uses about 0.5 quarts every 3k miles.
Have your dealer fix it..
Jul 09, 2002 (7:24 pm)
Thanks Bess for the info.Would like to know If anybody out there has recently purchased an 02 F150 xlt super cab and how do they like it and if they have run into any problems. And what gas milege they are getting.appreciate any info.
#198 of 2180 New F150 for Dannyboy49
Jul 10, 2002 (2:29 pm)
Hi, I bought a 2002 about 3 weeks ago. So far so good. I have a bit of a rough idle which I visited the dealer for and they told me to wait a bit longer for the computer to "tune" itself. Other than that is is just great.
This is my 3rd F150 (97, 98 and now 2002) and they have all been trouble free. This one has the 5.4 and I've been getting around 14MPG. That was my first tank full too.
It tows like a dream and is quiet and comfortable. We got the power pedals as my roommate is 5' 2".
I'm really happy so hope you are too!
Jul 11, 2002 (3:02 am)
Ford has been eveluating a prototype 5 speed automatic transmission at the Kingman, AZ facility. A close friend of mine is assigned to the project and informs that "all is not going well." The new 6.0 Powerstroke diesel is so strong (torque) and generates so much heat that design team is rethinking their approach to this new transmission. My concern for consumers is what will Ford do come the "due date" of this transmission? Will they take the GM approach and produce it any way then let the consumer be the evaluator. I hope not. Dodge too, is working on a new auto tranny and I hope their attempts will result in better success than Ford is having. The problems I see described with the 6 speed manual transmission are not new. All manufacturers using that gearbox have experienced problems. The current design and materials used suggest that a periodic fluid change at about 20,000 iles is advisable. Those who are doing this are experiencing fewer problems.
#200 of 2180 Update on V10 Piston Slap @ startup
Jul 12, 2002 (10:44 am)
I brought the truck to the dealer. The dealer said they had not heard of this before. They told me they called Ford about the knocking sound at startup. Ford told them that this is normal for the V10 and not to do anything. It's ashame that Ford puts an engine in a $30K plus vehicle and say that it is normal to knock at startup. Any thoughts?????????
#176 of 195 Apparent Valve Train Noise at Startup!! by wnaply Jun 11, 2002 (12:32 pm)
Just curious if anyone else has seen the problem I have. I have noticed after my truck sits overnight that there is a noise that sounds like the valve train tapping at startup. The noise goes away after about 15 seconds and does not re-occur during the day. I have 25k miles on the truck. I recently switched from 5W-30W dino oil to 5W-30W Mobil 1 Synthetic with Prolong additive. I did not hear the problem before the switch. I plan to go back to the dino oil in the next couple of days. Any thoughts?
Oh yeah, with the synthetic and Prolong I picked up about 1.75mpg for what its worth....
'00 SD, V10, CC, 4X4 Lariat
#177 of 195 wnaply by bess Jun 11, 2002 (05:59 pm)
It's possible that the oil filter you used either didn't have, or had a defective anti-drainback valve. This valve built into the oil filter keeps the oil from draining out of the top end of the engine when the truck is not running.
I've always used Motorcraft filters which have this feature..
#178 of 195 filter change by wnaply Jun 12, 2002 (10:31 am)
Well, I changed the oil and filter and still have the annoying noise at startup. Like you Bess I always use the Motorcraft filter. I hate to go to the dealer with this one. I can picture them rubbing there chin and saying that's just normal for the V10. At least it is only first thing in the morning. Maybe it's just more noticeable to me because I have an autostart and am able to be around the front of the truck when it starts. I guess I'll start it from the inside a few times to see what it sounds like from there. Don't think it is normal though.....