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Ford F-150, Ford F-250, Ford F-350, Ford F-100, Truck
#393 of 2180 dustytk
May 11, 2003 (4:16 pm)
I've been monitoring this board and other for several years now. I've not heard of any consistant problem with 5.4L starter motors.
If you go to a parts counter and tell them you have a Ford F150. It's no big secret that the 2 main motors are the 4.6L and 5.4L.
The fact that the F150 is the best selling vehicle in the USA, and has been for quite some time, then it is somewhat reasonable that F150 replacement parts would be popular. Lots of these F150's from 1997+ are probably getting up there in the miles.
My 00 F250 SuperDuty with the 5.4L has 56k miles and starts the same as it did when it was new.
May 11, 2003 (6:17 pm)
I'm with bess. I've haven't heard of any particular problems with the starter. If the kids are really worried about it, have a shop inspect and rebuild it if necessary. Otherwise, if it continues to start just fine with no other apparent problems, I'd just let it go until it quits. However, on second thought, I'd probably pull either the starter or the inspection plate on the bottom of the bellhousing just to make sure the starter isn't chewing up the ring gear.
#395 of 2180 Starter Sound Change
May 12, 2003 (6:44 am)
When the battery starts to drop in available amps or the wiring connections degrade restricting current flow, the starter sound will change.
#396 of 2180 Re: Starter Noise
May 12, 2003 (2:35 pm)
Thanks for the responses. I have yet to hear of an actual 5.4 starter motor failure other than the parts counter episode. But I have heard one other 5.4 make the same sound and I know they don't all do it.
There might be something to AKJBMW's comment.
May 12, 2003 (9:09 pm)
I don't know if this noise will be any easier to describe, but what kind of noise is the power steering pump making that is causing it to be replaced?
#398 of 2180 Re: power steering pump noise
May 13, 2003 (2:25 pm)
A loud hissing noise. The original pump was completely silent until it began to make this noise on turns. The second pump did the same thing, was totally quiet then just started to make noise on turns. The third pump is intermittent in nature, but has a steady hissing noise that is very subdued until the steering wheel is turned.
May 15, 2003 (10:10 pm)
I thought that is what you might say. I have a 1999 Ford Expedition that has had this exact same noise. Not loud, but you can hear it when you turn the wheel. I think that this is just a characteristic of some Ford power steering pumps. My son's 1996 Ford T-Bird also makes this power steering noise. So far however, both vehicles have not had power steering pump failures. My Expedition is at 80,000 miles and my son's car is at 117,000 miles. I just learn to live with it, and if you can, you may want to aswell. That is unless the noise is excessive.
#401 of 2180 It only hurts when I turn
May 15, 2003 (10:57 pm)
Having owned a few ford products over the years with Power Steering, I have successfully ignored the hiss until it became a serious growl. I only had a couple of them enough years to get to the growl. It wasn't a Cougar like growl either...
Tires with more traction tend to make the pump work harder to overcome the friction when turning the wheels without moving.
#402 of 2180 Mildew/water problems
May 17, 2003 (8:22 am)
Has anyone had a problem with water collecting somewhere within the truck from the hood area & causing a moisture/mildew problem inside the cab of the truck? If so, have there been any recalls or TSB's issued that you know of? Friend is having real problems with this issue in their F-150. Thanks....