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Ford F-150, Ford F-250, Ford F-350, Ford F-100, Truck
Jan 15, 2004 (7:40 pm)
We have a 2003 F150 S/C Heritage Edition. We purchased it in 3/03. At about 7,000 miles it started running rough ( as if it is running out of gas and the smell coming out of the tail pipe is horrible)when stopped at a red light or while stuck in traffic. At first it happened maybe once a week. Now it is doing it every day. We have had it a 2 different dealerships and now it is at the dealership waiting for a Ford Field Engineer to look at it. The dealerships can not find anything wrong with it. Once the dealership told us it was the transmission. But while at the shop the same time they came up with #8 spark plug and coil which they replaced. Two days later it did it again. Any suggestions? They have put the "black box" on it but the computer does not show anything. Also have been told that it is "normal" engine vibration through the motor mounts. It that is normal why doesn;t it do it all the time?
#571 of 2180 Hypertech super chip
Jan 15, 2004 (8:27 pm)
I have a 2003 Ford SC 4X4, if I install this chip to increase horse power and torque will this void my For warranty.
#572 of 2180 Hypertech super chip / todd1965
Jan 15, 2004 (8:58 pm)
If the chip is still fitted, or there's evidence of it having been there, at the time of your claim, the answer is yes it can be. However, the warranty can only be voided on items that can be affected by the chip i.e. engine/drivetrain/electrics. Unrelated items like paintwork, glass, upholstery, etc., (assuming it wasn't damaged by an electrical fire caused by the chip!).
Ultimately though, it's your relationship with your dealer that will decide the issue.
#573 of 2180 1998 F150 XL V6 4.2L
Jan 17, 2004 (11:23 pm)
I am looking at buying a 1998 F150 XL V6 4.2L and my mechanic told me that there is a leak in either the valve cover or head gasket does anyone have and idea which would be more common in this model? he has a feeling that it is the valve cover but i am still conserned about the head gasket leak? any other conserns that might help my cause it has 56,000 miles.
#574 of 2180 re:98 f150
Jan 18, 2004 (7:20 am)
what are you leaking oil,vacuum???
#575 of 2180 stephjos
Jan 18, 2004 (8:30 am)
The 97/98 4.2s had problems with the intake, timing cover and head gaskets leaking. Yours may have any combination of leaks. I wouldn't purchase it unless the seller will confirm the leak and will give you a sizeable discount to cover the cost of a repair. If he pretends he doesn't know about the leak or it's no big deal, just walk away.
Jan 18, 2004 (8:34 pm)
is there anyway i can confirm that it is a head gasket? it is the perfect truck and i dont want to let it go with out making sure of the problem. Is this a major problem that it will have to be fixed soon? does anyone have a idea of what it would cost to fix a head gasket?
#577 of 2180 re 98 f150 / stephjos
Jan 18, 2004 (9:05 pm)
If you're serious about buying this truck you've reached the point where you need to pay a reputable auto shop, or tech, to check it out.
#578 of 2180 01 F150 Transmission Problems-Overdrive slipping
Jan 21, 2004 (11:06 pm)
I just bought a used F150 Crew Cab 4x4 and the transmission is slipping when kicking into overdrive. It drives perfect when the overdrive is turned off. However if I turn it back on say at 50 mph, the RPM's rev up and then finally engage. I believe it has a 4R70W tranny in it. I have heard that since the overdrive is electronically controlled it could be this but I wanted to find out before I spend $1k + dollars to get it fixed.
Feb 06, 2004 (8:14 am)
I just thought I would post my problems with my last truck.
At 35K miles my tranny started to slip. By the time I hit 50K I was told by the dealer that tranny number 6 had to be installed.
I had had enough!
I contacted the owner of Sam Pack's Ford in Dallas and got old Sam on the phone.
Now you need to understand I had done business with these guys for 12 years.
I asked Sam to make me deal on a new truck since I was finished with this one.
He was not willing to make any cost concessions on a new truck. He almost gave me the idea he did not want my truck either.
I traded it for new 03 Silverado LT. So far so good!
I will never purchase another Ford as long as I am alive.