Last post on Nov 26, 2006 at 9:18 PM
You are in the Ford F-Series
What is this discussion about?
Ford F-150, Ford F-250, Ford F-350, Ford F-100, Truck
#1958 of 2180 2005 F150 - Vibration. Consumers are getting hosed - Lets help eachother
Apr 25, 2006 (9:26 am)
On 1-21-06 I fell into the trap when I purchaced a new 2005 F150. Thiry six hours later it spent 10 days back at the dealer where they claimed a Ford engineer reviewed the truck (this turned out to be a lie). After getting the truck back they gave me an invoice stating that brake parts in the back were changed, new tires were put on, and a vibration damper was installed. When I asked where this damper was installed, the service manager REFUSED to show me because he was busy. Me being the calm and understanding person, I decided not to make waves.
This did not correct anything but I decided to give the dealership the benefit of the doubt and test out the fixes. I understand that I am too close to the problem and could me extremely critical and mistake the vibration for the way the truck was driving.
After a few weeks the vibration had not changed - it was still there and making me physically sick by the time I got to work. I had a friend that is a driveline engineer test drive it to confirm my claim, he agreed that it was bad.
I took the truck in a second time to the dealer and asked that the service manager show me this damper - he flat out refused. Luckly someone walked by and offered to show me. Everyone was shocked when we found that this part was never installed. The service manager was also stupid enough to admit he never put it on. This story is more involved and luckly the sales person quit working there over my issues and has agreed to testify in court.
The dealership finally put on the damper and it did not even phase the vibration - it was still there. After all of the drama I took the time to think without emotion and contacted a lawyer. Through out this whole process I have asked for my money back (nothing more, nothing less) and have filed almost every bit of paper work I can.
I finally had to go to another dealership that is extremely out of my way - per my lawyers advise I cannot disclose anything about my case but I will say this. I WILL NOT GIVE UP UNTIL I GET MY MONEY OR A JUDGE GIVES ME A DECISION. To top it off I am having a problem with my trans, the 3-2 shift feels like a neutral slam and the truck is a dog. No power, and I baby that thing. The dealer says that the nature of the beast - I say that truck is junk. By the way, the vibration is still there.
After researching this problem for three months I have found;
This problem is very wide spread - I am starting to question the safty over a short peorid of time. Vibrations will cause other parts of the truck to fail.
I have met three independent owners stating that the rear axel will snap under stress within design parameters.
If you look under the rear left bumper, that is where the dampers are placed - its kinda funny how they know where to put them and the truck is already setup to have it installed.
I live in the south east Michigan area and intend to do everything in my power to inform the general public about this. Most importantly I am going to the press. Every side to an argument has a right to a defense so lets hear it. If you are reading this and would like to band together to get your money back and inform others please let me know at
Power in numbers! Share you story and we can help each other.
#1959 of 2180 F-250 S/DUTY 4X4
Apr 25, 2006 (9:40 am)
ANYONE HEARD OF THIS? 2002 F-250 5.4L GAS,SPARKPLUG BLOWING OUT OF TOP OF HAED CAUSING MAJOR DAMAGE.TRUCK HAS ONLY 43000KM AND IS BABIED ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED THANX KEVIN
#1960 of 2180 Re: F-250 S/DUTY 4X4 [brimstone]
Apr 25, 2006 (9:46 am)
You're not the only one here to have that experience, just do a search.
#1961 of 2180 Re: F-250 S/DUTY 4X4 [brimstone]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Apr 25, 2006 (10:52 am)
As mac24 hinted, you can use the "search this discussion" feature at the top of this list of messages and type in a keyword to bring up posts by others about this issue.
Host, Future Vehicles & Smart Shopper discussions
#1962 of 2180 Re: Anyone heard of this? [tsembo]
Apr 25, 2006 (12:18 pm)
just happened to me on my f-250 superduty 4x4 5.4l 43000km never abused never off pavement $4650.00 to fix.Check out consumeraffairs.com It has been a FORD problem since 1999
#1963 of 2180 Re: f350 7.3 no power [joshbouy]
Apr 26, 2006 (8:15 am)
Here's a WAG, but have you replaced the CPS to see if that fixes the problem?
#1964 of 2180 01' FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY SHIFTING PROBLEM?????
Apr 26, 2006 (5:44 pm)
Hi, I'm new here to this group and was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and how did they fix it?
A friend of mine has a 2001 Ford F-250 super duty with a 7.3L diesel and automatic with overdrive. The problem is when it shifts from first to second you have to let off the throttle sometimes or it wont shift. A local transmission shop told his wife that it needs a new transmission. He drives truck so his wife took it to have it checked out. The truck has 52,000 miles on it and it doesnt do this everytime they drive it.
Please, Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
#1965 of 2180 Re: Solution to steering problems [wpalkowski]
Apr 27, 2006 (4:38 am)
hello i was wondering if this service had any good feed back as i am having the same problem with my 99 ford f350sd. the steering keeps cutting in and out.
#1966 of 2180 Re: Solution to steering problems [lang1]
Apr 27, 2006 (5:04 am)
Wow, you really dug up one of my old posts. My '01 used to wander all over the road. I looked like the stereotypical 3 year-old kid imitating someone driving a car. I was constantly moving the wheel back and forth a few inches to keep going in the right direction on a flat smooth, staight road. My truck just wouldn't go in a straight line at Highway speed. If you let go of the wheel, you'd drive off the side of the road in about 5 seconds.
Dealer's tech drove my truck, recognized the problem and pulled up the TSB for the steering wander. He adjusted the steering gear mesh torque and it was like getting a whole new truck. You can let go of the wheel and it will just keep tracking in straight line. It's been fine ever since.
I don't know what you mean when you say your "steering is cutting in and out." How many miles on your truck? Could it be your Ball Joints be wearing out? Ford cheaped out and didn't put the xerk fittings on them so they tend to wear out around the 75K mile range.