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Ford F-150, Ford F-250, Ford F-350, Ford F-100, Truck
#809 of 2180 Re: '04 F150 still vibrating!!
Dec 02, 2004 (12:33 pm)
I test drove many current gen F-150 Lariats before I purchased one. Almost all 4X4 models had a steering shimmy issue. In my opinion there is more to it than just wheels/tires, I have a hunch it is drive shafts. I would advice all folks against the purchase of a 4X4 F-150. Instead get a 4X2 with a limited slip. I had a Nissan Pathfinder 2001 4X4, it was plagued with the same vibration issues.
There were service bulletins to road force all wheels/tires, the max force variation was 10 pounds or less, otherwise if would be felt in the steering, plus some adjustments in the rack & pinion assembly.
I test drove 3 Toyota Tundra(s) 4X4 before I got Ford, they had the same vib sickness. Look in the Tundra board, search for the word vibration or shimmy, you will be surprised. I got a new 5.4L F-150 4X2 SupCr back in August (this year), I have already got 11k miles on it, no vib problems & I have not balanced or rotated the tires.
#810 of 2180 Re: Front rotor '04 [aspesisteve]
Dec 08, 2004 (10:04 am)
I have recently purchased a used 2002 F-150, 4X4 and I also have the shimmying in the steering wheel when I break. It is significantly greater at higher speeds and breaking downhill. My guess is a warped rotor. Will have dealer repair under certified used vehicle warranty. I also from time to time notice a pop in the tranny when I accelerate and drop a gear, particularly dropping from 3rd to 2nd. Anyone else?
#811 of 2180 Re: Rear Diff Clutch Plates 04 F-150 4x4 [robs]
Dec 09, 2004 (11:29 am)
Have you had a problem with the truck shaking over 50 mph? The dealer has a list of about 8-9 on a fix "wait" list since they do not know what is causing the problem. Our F-150 was purchased less than 30 days ago and they did not disclose this to us! Anyone have any suggestions?
#812 of 2180 Re: '04 F150 still vibrating!! [majake89]
Dec 09, 2004 (11:37 am)
We have 2004 F-150 bought less than 30 days ago. It doesn't shimmy, it shakes! Anything over 50 mph and the steering wheel starts shaking bad. I took it in only to be told that it cannot be fixed and was put on a wait list for when they figure out what is wrong with the truck. I was livid. "You sold my husband a truck knowing there were problems with it?" I asked. I was told that salesmen would not know of any problem. The door to the showroom was less than 15 feet, I would think they could communicate. I have lodged a complaint with Ford, the dealer and checked our lemon law for Ohio and contacted a lawyer. I have no intention of driving a truck that could be the next "Explorer" with wheels falling off! The dealer was unconcerned, with an "oh, well, we will let you know if Ford figures it out". Can you believe it?!
#813 of 2180 re: 04 vibration (pckncotton)
Dec 10, 2004 (4:14 pm)
are you driving a 4x4?
can I believe a car dealer would sell you a car without telling you there might be a problem?
why yes - you're talking about one of the lower common species that walk the planet.
#814 of 2180 pckncotton
Dec 10, 2004 (8:41 pm)
What your dealership said was absurd. I would take the truck back and tell them to road force balance the tires. Shaking at higher speeds is a big indication of unbalanced tires. Especially when it is mostly felt in the steering wheel. Since your F-150 is a 2004, that tell me that it has been sitting on the dealers lot for at least 4 months (2005's come out in Sept 2004). This leads to flat spots in the tires when vehicles sit in one spot for a while with a lot of weight on them.
#815 of 2180 Re: '04 F150 still vibrating!! [majake89]
Dec 11, 2004 (4:21 am)
I bought an '04 SuperCrew 4x2 in August and beginning with the test drive felt a vibration at 40-50 mph. The salesman explained it was likely from "flat spots" on the tires from sitting in the lot so long. I bought the truck. The vibration continued. I had a dealer check it twice and both times they rebalanced the tires but the problem remained. Next I bought a new set of tires and wheels, and it still vibrated exactly as before. Now the dealer would not check it again because it didn't have the original wheels and tires! They suggested I take it back to the dealer where it was purchased. I did. Immediately they told me it was the driveshaft, and they would replace it. This SOLVED the problem. Drives smooth as butter now. (And I'm the happiest guy in Harris county.)
#816 of 2180 Re: Front rotor are scared already
Dec 11, 2004 (7:45 pm)
I have a 2004 f-150 with 3800 miles. Already the rotors are scared. I brought it back to the dealer and they said they won't fix because it preforms up to Fords standards. So if you are thinking about buying a new f-150 or already have one CHECK THE FRONT ROTORS!! Ford has a bad batch of rotors & they want to stick you with the bill. I also have problems with my idle, a/c, & radio? What's next? Oh Yeah, your brake warranty runs out after 1yr. or 18,000 miles.
Dec 12, 2004 (6:09 pm)
what do you mean by "scared"?
and why isn't is covered by the "brake" warranty?
btw; I've never heard of a brake warranty - where did you find info. on that?
#818 of 2180 Re: front rotors [aspesisteve]
Dec 12, 2004 (6:43 pm)
LOL, I think he means 'scarred', as in deep scratches and grooves.