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#623 of 2180 Re: Fords Secret Warranty [jrc346 #622]
Apr 20, 2004 (9:55 pm)
i have 1998 f-150 xlt ext cab 2wheel drive. automatic, 4.6v8. it has 86,000miles.this vehicle is like new. the transmission blew. they told me it was a palintine? cost me 2600. it has shaken my confidence in my truck . such low miles is there any recourse i can take. it is out of warrantyby 6mths. was checked by ford dealer under warranty and was told nothing was wrong. 6mths later no warranty and a $2600 bill. miles that i drove between ford dealership and blown transmission 1800miles please help
#624 of 2180 Re: carlf150
Apr 21, 2004 (6:43 am)
Hmm, I know that what I am about to say wont make you the happiest F-150 owner I know, but there is not currently a secret warranty for your trucks transmission. The 4R70W transmission in your truck, has a reasonably good history, used in many of Fords vehicles. Have you ever changed your fluid? Fresh fluid (every 30K) is detrimental to Ford transmissions, and not doing fluid changes will pretty much guarantee you a failure. If you have done tranny fluid changes, then there are a number of other things that could cause a failure. These range from driving habits, to other contaminants or foreign objects in the fluid, or even a manufacturing defect that didn't creep up until 70,000miles down the road. The thing that I find odd about your story, is that your transmission was looked at 1,800 miles prior to failure. How did they check it? Drop the pan and look for metal shavings? Anyway, if they did drop the pan, and change the fluid, they may have not filled up the fluid properly, or re-attached the filter correctly. If it was just a visual external inspection, I don't know what they could accomplish with that. I guess they could check for leaks, but other then that, I don't see what else they could possibly do to confirm that you have a solid transmission.
If your transmission is rebuilt by by a place that offers a warranty, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Drive your truck with confidence Hope this helps a little?
#625 of 2180 Re: 2004 F150 computer problems??? [9750 #595]
Apr 27, 2004 (12:20 pm)
I have a 2004 Ford F150 Lariat also 3600 miles. Bought in Nov. 2003.
the Check Engine Light and the engine display is on.
I took it the dealer and they re calibrated the computer and said that I could drive it like this.
They said that the engineers of FORD are aware of this a looking into a remedy. No time frame given as to when. Once the "Engine Fail Safe" mode is on, I reset the computer and the Fail Safe Mode goes off. But the rear end seems to be bouncing after this happens. The dealer let some air out of the tires, but this is still happening. Hope someone can give me some advice as to how to get rid of these situations.
#626 of 2180 Re: Firewall/clutch problems on 86 F-250 [1986f250 #10]
Apr 30, 2004 (4:51 pm)
My 87' F-150 is experiencing the same problem. The mechanic who works on my vehicles says that this is common but there is a solution. There is an aftermarket "plate" that can be installed to strengthen the firewall. The repair job is estimated to be around $300.
#627 of 2180 87' F-150 needs refurbishing
Apr 30, 2004 (5:15 pm)
Well, old blue (87 F-150 that I bought new)has served me well for the past 17 years and its time to fix her up. (Side note, my wife says that I should just get rid of it. I told my wife I'd get rid of her first before I get rid of my truck!)The truck needs to first get the clutch fixed (due to the insufficient strength of the firewall that's common with late 80's Ford P/U's), and it's also needing a paint job. My issue is that the truck has 146K miles on the original engine and I'm wondering how long it will hold out. At 130K I had the oil pump replaced, and currently the oil pressure is very good. My mechanic says that good oil pressure is a sign that engine compression on all cylinders is still good as well. The truck though doesn't have near the same acceleration that it use to. So, should I precede and get the clutch fixed and paint it, and hope the engine holds out? Or is there another path that I should consider before I spend all that money on clutch/paint? All comments are welcomed. Thanks.
#628 of 2180 87' F-150 needs refurbishing / jrekj
Apr 30, 2004 (5:27 pm)
"My mechanic says that good oil pressure is a sign that engine compression on all cylinders is still good as well."
Your first step should probably be to change your mechanic for one who understands the basic principles of an internal combustion engine.
May 02, 2004 (8:35 am)
i also have an 87.i had to replace the clutch "assy"a couple a years ago at around $450.it bound up from lack of use.the truck only has 75k miles.the paint on these were bad from day one.if you have the 300 straight six,you can expect to get more out of it.if yours is in good shape i would fix the clutch but forget the paint.
front end parts wear out quickly on these trucks.
#630 of 2180 Re: 87' F-150 needs refurbishing / jrekj
May 10, 2004 (4:47 pm)
I am in total agreement of your statement.
I can't imagine a "real" mechanic making a statement like that.
Oil pressure has nothing to do with the compression. You can still have excellent oil pressure and if the rings are bad or the valves are shot, then the compression will still be bad.
#631 of 2180 Need some help for possible
May 13, 2004 (8:02 am)
purchase of used 2002/2003 or new 2004 F150...I am aware that the old design was 2002/2003 and in 2004 both designs still exist, so the styling, per se, does not matter to me...looking for an F150 Extended Cab (is that the Super Cab?) with the shortest bed (about 6 feet, I assume), stepside bed (I Like the narrower rear view of the stepside, plus it is easier to step up and reach into the best from the side, as I am rather short)...I am seeking a fairly well equipped truck, 2WD, 5.4L engine, auto trans, either XLT or Lariat trim levels...
anyone familiar with these trucks may be able to save me time, since sometimes salespeople do not know what interior equipment may or not be available, especially on used trucks...
Does the XLT/Lariat trim level come equipped with:
1. power adjustable pedals
2. 6 way (or more) driver's seat
3. power passenger seat
4. (most important) driver's adjustable lumbar support (if yes, manual or push-button, like the Explorer)
5. (almost as important as #4) passenger adjustable lumbar support
Chevy Silverado, at the LT trim level, has 10 way power seats (including power recline) for BOTH driver and passenger, and push-button inflatable
lumbar supports for BOTH driver and passenger... can the Ford be similarly equipped (I guess I could ask can the Dodge Ram be similarly equipped, too, but I am more concerned with the F150 right now)
Is anyone familiar with F150 trim levels on an extended cab to be of help???...thanks in advance