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Ford F-150, Ford F-250, Ford F-350, Ford F-100, Truck
Apr 04, 2006 (4:09 pm)
I have a 2002 F150 with 80K miles. The tie rod on the driver's side snapped off while I was driving. It actually punctured the aluminum wheel! Before this happened there was no sign of wear or play in the steering.
I have seen a TSB for this condition from Ford. Has there been any recall activity or warranty extension for this? The repair for the tie rods and an alignment was $300 and I still have to find a new wheel!
#1931 of 2180 Re: Broken tie rod [balew1952]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 05, 2006 (6:52 am)
80K is plenty of life for a tie rod, so I think it's normal wear and tear. It's not something you necessarily might "feel" when the tie rod is worn out. Right around 80K is when most cars' suspensions and steering start to get tired. We don't notice the deterioration because it is so gradual.
Still, having the tie rod snap off is a scary situation. I had it happen to me, and it was not nice. Glad to hear you're okay.
Next thing---check the other side and, in fact, just replace it right now.
#1932 of 2180 Problems F350 super duity Ford
Apr 05, 2006 (9:17 am)
I fell in love with my 6.0 Super Duty but was soon disillusioned when the inner cooler blew on a cross country trip, leaving me and my wife stranded. I had good luck getting it repaired and was on my way again in 24 hours. On our next cross country trip the inner cooler blew again, leaving us stranded a second time. This time we didn't have good luck in getting it fixed. We had to send for someone to tow our fifth wheel home and we incurred additional expense. It was poorly repaired and I had to do some minor repairs on the way home when the inner cooler hose came apart because of poor workmanship. I took it back to Ford where they assured me the proper repairs were made. I was disillusioned and it was then more like a love-hate relationship with my truck. I couldn't trust it. We then took it on another trip pulling our RV when again the inner cooler blew. I took it back to the dealer for repairs. They replaced inner cooler and turbo charger and claim that it is fixed properly now. How would you bet? Last, but the most serious was my dealings with a gentleman at Ford Corporate Headquarters named Michael. I had a conversation with him and he promised a resolution and made a phone appointment to let me know what Ford would do for me. He did not keep the appointment and when I called later in the day he spoke to me long enough to put me on hold for 30 minutes after which I hung up and called again.
I have tried to reach him several times since but he will not return my calls.
Maybe in time I could live with this truck if it doesn't give me any more trouble, but the experience with the highest level of Ford has changed my mind about dealing with Ford in the future. Does anyone have any suggestions for what other options I may have in this case?
#1933 of 2180 F150 Fast Idle Problem
Apr 05, 2006 (5:23 pm)
My 87 F150 which has the 300 straight six.When I cold start the truck,the idle swings back and forth from 400 RPM to 1200 RPM.This begins to improve after several minutes and idles around 700 steady when warm.Does any one have any ideas?
#1934 of 2180 Re: Problems F350 super duity Ford [rod10]
Apr 05, 2006 (5:57 pm)
You don't say what the actual problem was with your intercooler, but I'd guess it might have been the inlet hose blowing off, a not uncommon problem unfortunately.
#1935 of 2180 f-150 vibration solutions
Apr 08, 2006 (5:20 am)
for f-150 owners 04-06 with vibration problems ford has multiple solutions based on severity of the vibration and where its coming from.pay close attention at what speed vibration occurs and where you feel it,steering wheel shake or butt shake(seat).this is important.for higher speed steering vibrations the prob is usually tires and/or wheels,most dealerships have balancers that can cure this prob.for box shake there is a vibration dampner that mounts to rear frame to help this prob.for severe shakes poss.driveshaft,tranny mount,or parking brake problems.please be patient,these trucks will have some vibrations because of the ridgid frame design,so we are told.hope this helps.
#1936 of 2180 Shudder and vibration when turning
Apr 08, 2006 (5:53 am)
I have a 2004 F150, 38K miles. When I turn left or right from a stop there is significant shuddering and vibration. Happens to a lesser degree when going straight, problem is much worse when turning left. My dealer doesn't seem to know what the problem is. Anyone have a similar problem?? On a side note I just had to have the transmission rebuilt, went 1,000 miles after the warrenty ran out. Needless to say I am not a happy camper.
#1937 of 2180 Re: Shudder and vibration when turning [pllang]
Apr 08, 2006 (6:16 am)
depending on build date there is a tsb for front end shudder.if your brakes pulsate when braking the tsb states to replace front rotors AND rack and pinion.if your truck does not fall under this tsb then i would look into a low pwr steering pump volume pressure or air in the system.
#1938 of 2180 2004 F-150 vibration
Apr 09, 2006 (8:58 am)
I have 2004 F150FX4 with a bad vibration, I mean rattle your teeth out bad!
But it is intermittent.
Also noticed at stop lights the truck would roll at idle when I took my foot off the brake and sometimes would not.
Dealer was clueless, wanted to change rear end.
Today it happened again, so I stopped on the highway and noticed smoke coming off my rear wheels, brake rotors/drums were cherry red.
Turns out my parking brake is hanging up and dragging.
I see a lot of posts about vibrations, so this might be the first thing that should be looked at.
#1939 of 2180 Re: Shudder and vibration when turning [keuper20]
Apr 09, 2006 (10:52 am)
Thanks for your comment, The vibration only occurs when starting from a full stop and turning, much worse when turning left, less when turning right, rarely when going straight, does not shudder or vibrate at all when braking. Do you think the problem may be stabilizer or control rod bushings?,