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#901 of 2180 smoke in exhaust
Feb 14, 2005 (8:29 am)
Need advice, suggestions, comments on following:
I purchased a 2002 Ford F150 4wd supercrew w 5.4 L Triton engine in Sept 2001 and have had uneventful service until yesterday morning when I noticed what looked like smoke coming out of exhaust during a 2 mile drive. It was a cool morning and when it went away before I reached my destination, I dismissed it as water vapor from catalytic converter. Three hours later when I cranked it there was a large plume of smoke that came out exhaust pipe and then dissipated. Checked oil and it did not even register on the dip stick. Added half pint of STP oil treatment and almost 2 quarts of 5W-20 motor oil to bring level up to dipstick mark.
I have changed motor oil and filter every 3K miles since buying it new. Last change was early January 2005 and I have driven almost exactly 2k miles since then. The oil capacity is 6.5 quarts. Until yesterday, I have never needed to "add" any oil. My oil gauge has always indicated halfway between low and high and have not had any low oil warning lights.
Now after having brought the oil level back up, I notice wispy smoke exiting exhaust pipe and on a short test drive there is more smoke exiting when I punch the accelerator. I am a slow, smooth driver but hit the accelerator hard a couple times to simulate load on engine.
It's Sunday and I cannot consult a mechanic until tomorrow, but I would appreciate any comments that anyone can offer. Thanks in advance. Joe
#902 of 2180 2001 F-150 Output Shaft Sheared
Feb 15, 2005 (11:54 pm)
The other night the output shaft from the steering gear box sheared on my 2001 F-150 4x4 Supercab Lariat 139" WB Flareside 5.4L EFI V8 (name directly from sticker). The output shaft sheared between the pitman arm and the steering gear box.
I had two steering/alignment specialists look at the vehicle and am going to have Ford go to the garage where the truck is currently located to review what happened. Both specialists are of the opinion the shearing was the result of a manufacturer defect - not standard wear-and-tear - as the truck only has just over 67,000 miles on it.
Has anybody out there ever heard of this happening? I couldn't find any information on AutobyTel's site regarding recalls for this type of malfunction, but am really interested to find out if this has happened before and/or if there are any class action lawsuits in process against Ford for this problem. If this would have happened on the highway at a higher speed, there's a good chance I wouldn't be alive to make this post tonight.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
#903 of 2180 F-150 Cabin Lights wont turn off
Feb 17, 2005 (5:59 pm)
The cabin lights that turn on whenever truck doors are open are not turning off. Ideas?
#904 of 2180 Re: F-150 Cabin Lights wont turn off [tmcclintic]
Feb 18, 2005 (11:32 am)
Go find the door switches. Clean 'em off with a paper towel and then spray them with a few liberal shots of WD-40. CLean & repeat as needed.
Usually grit gets caught in the action and then lights won't turn off. Mine were right on the edge, lights turned off when you closed the doors, but everytime I hit a bump they'd flicker. Cleaning solved the problem.
#905 of 2180 Re: F-150 Transmission Failures [briarbuck]
Feb 18, 2005 (5:31 pm)
Is your trans. auto-4-speed? There is an issue with the auto-4-speed on (not sure exactly the year). If driver rests his/her arm/hand on the shift lever or does not shift the trans. completely in D (between D and 2). The software thinks the trans is in D but hydraulically the trans is in 2nd manual. The software just goes ahead shift the trans in highest gear when vehicle reaches high speed but the clutch could not handle the load (hydraulically incapable). Consequently, the clutch(es) wear out prematurely. Watch out when shifting in D. When you feel your trans does not get OD (watch the tachometer), try to push the shift lever a little toward N (not completely into N). Other than that problem, the trans is absolutely solid. You can expect the trans last at least 200K with manufacture recommended & scheduled fluid change.
#906 of 2180 2004 F-150 XLT Stalls
Feb 18, 2005 (5:31 pm)
Does anyone know if there is a problem with the F-150 that causes it to stall? If so what was done to correct the problem? Today was the first time it happened, but I only have 5000 miles.
#907 of 2180 re: mjkram
Feb 20, 2005 (1:21 pm)
did you re-install your stock shackles? did it do anygood?
#908 of 2180 re: mjkram [whatif]
Feb 21, 2005 (7:14 pm)
Yes, I had to put the stock shackles back on. It just would not drive smoothly with any alteration. It looks jacked up like a grasshopper but I guess it's ok. Sure liked the lowered look better. Mine is 2wd with a 2 piece driveshaft, but noticed the 4wd trucks have a 1 piece driveshaft. Wha???????
#909 of 2180 Re: 2004 F150 Vibration [joeprinter]
Feb 22, 2005 (10:41 am)
I have handled the vibration defect on the F-150 for many of my clients. I practice lemon law in Michigan. Anyone in Michigan may contact me for free advice. 248 855-0866
#910 of 2180 Re: '04 F-150 vibrating [alibama]
Feb 22, 2005 (12:29 pm)
2004 F150 FX4 here, Ive had it just over 1 year with 22,000KM on it. About a month ago I started getting vibrations through the steering wheel, pedals, shifter...you name it, thoe whole truck shakes. It mainly happens at highway speeds and it comes & goes from day to day. My right front brakes are very squeaky when coming to a stop. It feels like a warped rim or an un-balanced drive shaft when it happens. Its also much more noticable when making right turns, and feels as if the right front wheel is seizing up. Anyway its at the dealer right now (couldnt get it to vibrate when we test drove it with the mech....go figure!!!) I guess I'll see what they say but it would seem as if this is a national problem.....