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#2040 of 2180 Comment on F150 vibration problems
Jun 10, 2006 (11:38 am)
While the current F150 series seems to have garnered a rapid reputation for unsolvable vibration problems, and although it seems much more prevalent in Fords it must be noted that Ford trucks are not alone in this issue. GM trucks are having this issue as well.
There is always a point where engineers are on the edge of design limits. These vibration problems may just be the result of trying to temp the fate of the laws of physics.
Light duty truck manufacturers nowadays feel compelled to design their trucks to the butts of people that really want to drive cars that sit taller in the air. To make a truck carry heavy loads and provide a soft ride presents engineering with a conflicting set of physical design parameters. What has been done so far is to provide heavier weight linear springs with increasingly lighter non-linear shocks. This is a good combination for enticing secondary oscillations of the suspensions. Note Chevy and GMCs use of a two-leaf rear spring.
A good friend of mine just solved a eight-month ongoing problem of chassis vibration in his 2006 GMC by flipping the cost of a much heavier-duty front and rear shocks. The vibration is now completely gone (previously unsolvable by his dealer). But then again, so is that nice soft ride.
#2041 of 2180 Re: EVERYONE WITH THE VIBRATION PROBLEM [twocar]
Jun 10, 2006 (12:01 pm)
No, mine is definately related to emergency brake application. But it seems the only way it goes away is a little aggravating time on the road. I have stopped to check when in vibrating mode, and the cables are loose, but the rear brake disks are hot enough to make you think you will get a burn from touching them. It seems that over a few miles of driving the vibration gets less then finally goes away.
Dealer pulled e-brake drums and said all looked good.
#2042 of 2180 Re: F-150 Transmission Failures [mac24]
Jun 11, 2006 (6:10 pm)
Mac24 Do you own a F-150 or are you just interested in an array of vehicle problems? It seems you are more reactive to a given situation that pro-active. Anyway ownership of a vehicle lends in itself validity. This has nothing to do with good fortune.
#2043 of 2180 Re: F-150 Transmission Failures [jtelesky]
Jun 11, 2006 (7:14 pm)
Mac24 Do you own a F-150 or are you just interested in an array of vehicle problems?
Yes and yes.
I own an older model F150 which has been extremely reliable and gives excellent service. I would like to own a current model but can't justify doing so.
I'm also interested in an 'array of vehicle problems' as you put it, particularly if those problems are on vehicles that I own or have personal experience with.
I'm not sure I really understand your other comments.
#2044 of 2180 F-150 2005 supercab
Jun 12, 2006 (5:37 pm)
You seem to be very informed and a student of mechanics. Pertinent to the F-150 05 and 06 they are an outstanding truck despite some having the vibration,shake, rattle and roll issues. I had an 05 and was replaced by an 06 without any charges. It is in the method that gave me a new truck. Hope this clarifies my stance.
#2045 of 2180 Re: F-150 2005 supercab [jtelesky]
Jun 12, 2006 (6:46 pm)
In my opinion, I would paraphrase your statement to read 'The F150 would likely be an outstanding truck, if only it didn't have the propensity for vibration, shake, rattle and roll issues!'
I'm glad to hear that Ford did the correct thing in your case, which was to replace your faulty '05 with a presumably perfect '06. I wish I could be confident that they would do the same for me if I were to be unfortunate enough to purchase a faulty F150.
#2046 of 2180 V-10 failure
Jun 13, 2006 (10:44 pm)
My 2000 f-250 v10 engine seized at 98,000 miles. Two connecting rod bearings froze on the crank shaft. All other rod and main bearings are in excellent condition. Anyone else have similar problems?
#2047 of 2180 Re: V-10 failure [topham]
Jun 14, 2006 (5:50 am)
My condolences for you engine. Is it repairable or is cheaper to drop another V10 into the truck?
Haven't heard anything on V10s seizing spontaneously. Unfortunately, you're the first one I know of that wasn't caused by a punctured oil pan, or operator error (e.g.a loose filter, or a missing oil drain bolt). I know of a couple of folks with 125-150K on their V10s, and those motors are running strong.
Early V10s - 98-99 had a problem with internal clearances called Piston Slap. Ford had a siilent recall on those and replaced the motors if the owners complained. There was also the exhaust flutter caused by the manifold y-pipe design. They redesigned the pipe in '01 and the complaints went away. A small percentage of V10s have been reported to have blown out a spark plug. My feeling on that is that the owners didn't check the torque on their plugs and they worked loose and eventually blew out. Finally, there's been instances of broken manifold bolts which are evidently a real &^*%# to get out.
By and large the V10 has been very robust and a worthy replacement for the old 460 cu in V8.
Again sorry about your motor.
Walt - '01 F350 XLT ,V10, 4x4, Crew Cab
#2048 of 2180 Re: EVERYONE WITH THE VIBRATION PROBLEM [tadrag]
Jun 16, 2006 (12:00 pm)
Well, dealer had truck for 3 days and logged over 125 miles on it. No vibration could be recreated. Mind you this isn't a trivial vibration, but a shudder. I get the truck back and log about 25 miles on it and it does it again only this time at 65 while reducing speed on the interstate. Taking it back Tuesday. FYI - NHTSA's website has complaints identical to mine. Vibration comes on around 40-65 mph and then subsides after a full stop.
#2049 of 2180 Re: EVERYONE WITH THE VIBRATION PROBLEM [twocar]
Jun 21, 2006 (3:46 pm)
sounds like the vibration problem, from what I read in this forum, is isolated to the 4x4 version of the F150.
I have an '04 4x2 version and have experienced no vibration problems. My only gripe is dashboard creeks and ratles.
yes, there are more F150's on the road working just fine, but if you look at only the 4x4's, the problem does present itself as larger than Ford would want it to be.