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  • I just had the local Ford dealer replace all the brake pads on my 2001 F-150. Now it won't stop right! The front brakes don't seem to be engaging - you can't make it stop quickly in forward (it will in reverse). They said that the front pads will seat in a day or two and it will work right. Should I believe them? Thanks. Bob
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    I think you're suppossed to let new brake pads set in for a short time before they feel right. I hope you haven't been standing on them hoping more force would make them work properly--it might make it worse.
  • cayusecayuse Posts: 2
    I want to add a Sirius satellite radio unit (Starmate Replay model) to my '05 King Ranch. Two questions:
    1. Has anyone installed one in the ash tray compartment? I would like the installation to be neat, and the ash tray seems to have enough room and will allow the unit to be hidden.
    2. I found an accessory item called DPX Plus Auxilliary Input Converter (made by Precision Interface Electronics) that indicates that it is compatible with "F Series pickup radio series 868" and connects to a 20-pin connector at the headunit. Does anyone know the function/advantage of this accessory to adding Sirius radio?
    Thanks.
  • gustygusty Posts: 1
    Hi, I've had my truck back three times since buying it a year ago, they keep telling me that they can't hear the noise.... just took it back again yesterday and they are replacing the ring & pinion assemb. I have 27K miles on mine, then to top it all off, my brother in law has an '05 and his is doing the same. I tried to convince my husband to go with toyota or nissan, or even the Honda ridgeline, but "no", he convinced me to purchase a Ford!! very disappointed with the truck. Your are not alone
  • jfaganjfagan Posts: 2
    My husband and I own a 04 F-150 and a 03 Expedtion. We have had nothing but problems with the rear end since we bought them. The F-150 makes a whistling noise every time you let off of the gas. We took it back and forth to the dealer 4 times in a 3 month period. After replacing the rear end twice and then the throttle body once, the noise continued and a Ford Field Engineer drove the vehicle and said the noise was normal. The rear end in our Expedition has been replaced 3 times in the past 4 months due to a loud humming in the rear end that stops when you let off of the gas. The dealership acknowledged the issue and said the rear end was about to lock up the first 2 times. The noise started again and this time the Ford Field Engineer drove the vehicle and said it was just tire noise - tire noise doesn't stop when you let off of the gas at 65 mph! I have contacted Ford directly with no resolution. We also had a technician ride with us to confirm the noise and he confessed that Ford has had so many rear end issues that it was all they worked on all day. He also said that they were trained by Ford to set the A/C on level 2 when test drivng vehicles with rear end noise. He said that they were instructed if they heard the noise over the A/C to fix it and if they don't hear it, let it go. Between the problems we have had with these two - I won't buy a Ford again.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    You guys may not be alone, but you are--unfortunately--the exception and not the rule. Ford sells 900,000 F-150 trucks every eyar. Some will have problems, most will not. Nobody ever talks about their stuff unless it breaks. Why do you think there is NO Ford activity here in Town Hall except for a few folks complaining? Because most are happy and content. No one ever goes into work and says, "Let me tell you about my television! It's a Panasonic I bought last year and when I turned it on last night to watch American Idol, it came right on!" No one ever says "When I got up this morning, my Kenmore refrigerator had held my orange juice cold overnight!" But, if either of them breaks, then you tell people about it. I'm sorry you're having problems; but, your situation is not the norm for Ford.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    "Between the problems we have had with these two - I won't buy a Ford again"

    I can't blame you for thinking like that. I would caution you, however, from thinking that other carmakers are trouble free. Real life example: My next door neighbors had their second child in December. In preparation for the big event, last summer they traded their Volvo sedan on an Odyssey minivan. They could have bought a comparable equipped Town & Country for less money, but they wanted Honda quality. They did not want any problems with their family hauler. Guess what? It is--right now--in the shop for its second stint at the service department in less than 8 months. In 4 years, my Chrysler never saw a mechanic's wrench except to get routine maintenance. You get no guarantees with any vehicle. Please don't think you will be leaving all problems behind if you never buy another Ford.
  • jfaganjfagan Posts: 2
    I know that not buying a Ford again will guarantee no problems. We have always owned all Ford products...a Mustang, a Ranger, two F-150s, and three Explorers, and a Expedition. The Explorer I had before the Expedition had rear end problems once but after the dealership fixed it, it never came back. My biggest frustration is the lack of support from Ford - both the dealership and customer relations. I think there are alot more like me out there that are having these problems. Each time they replaced the rear end before, I had to wait weeks for the parts because they were in high demand. Now the same sound is back and all of the sudden this Ford Field Engineer steps in and says it is normal and I've basically been told there is nothing I can do about it. Thanks for letting me vent my frustration.
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,497
    One minor correction... Ford sells about 900,000 F-Series trucks, but that total includes F150 through F550. The F150 is only about 60% of that grand total.

    kcram - Pickups Host

    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    I understand.
  • I would like to tell you all that I own a Toyota Tundra, and I have had 12 major repair orders in three years. I have been in a rental for over one month in three years. I think you are lucky that it is only your rear end. I just bought a 2006 F-150, and all I can just say to you is that I am very proud to own an American made truck! I have always owned Toyota's, but my Tundra dropped a tranny, two diffs, three sets of brakes, four o2 sensors, front ball joints are recalled and the list goes on. Do yourselves a favor watch the new dvd put out by Ford called The Truth About Trucks...It will wake all of you guys up in a hurry. I realize now more than ever we DO need to support OUR country; even if it meens that my truck might brake down, I still support what is built and backed by our own country. Ford has made a really big effort to make the products much better, but remember they sell a lot more trucks than you think.
    Good Luck!
  • The Auxiliary Input Adapter is the only way to go. There are several brands they all do the same thing just make sure it fit's you factory radio. I use the audio output from my Starmate Replay to AUX IN adapter and get by far a better sound than using the FM Tx. You need to purchase a stereo mini din to RCA L - R female adapter. Or if you have the home Sirius Kit one is included in it.

    I'm still trying to find a clean way to mount this unit as well, which is what brought me here.
  • pf flyer. thanks for the forum. i have been a ford man since '65; 23 units under my ownership to date. no complaints till now. just bought new 05 150 supercab 5.4. drivetrain vibration destroys the ride. Dealer claimed it was the tires. nope. changed 'm out twice. shake still there. now, third trip, dealer tech says a counter-balance weight had been added and has reduced the vibration. Scuttlebutt has it that Ford went to a new drivetrain vendor and cannot seam to produce a product that turns true. Also, the 3 valve 5.4 runs rough. Dealer is blaming it own Mother Ford with the excuse that they don't have a patch for the computer program. This sound like a lot of Hooey to me. Please advise. bigdave3
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Does it vibrate all the time, or just at certain speeds? My 2005 SuperCrew has a slight vibration at 50 to 55 mph, then is gone by 60 mph on up. Does not vibrate at slower speeds, either. Many vehicles have a point like this. My wife's uncle just bought a new Avalon and he said it vibrates a little at about 60, but then is gone at 65.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    You might want to read the current Car and Driver magazine. They name the F-150 the top pickup--up against the all new Ram and other new designs. Just shows that even when other makers try with new designs, "the king of the road is built Ford tough."
  • Need some advice... I'm faced with the option of purchasing a new 2006 F-150 SuperCrew Lariat 4x4, or a new (last one on the lot) 2005 F-150 SuperCrew Lariat 4x4. At face value, one would think that I can cut a much better deal on the 2005 (thinking that the dealer wants to get rid of last year's model), but I'm uncomfortable with buying something that's already a year old (with commensurate devaluation). Yet another option would be to wait until October for the 2007 model. Which option is best? Should I price out the 2005 as a "used" vehicle with 100 miles on it, or what? Anyone else faced this dilemma?
  • I am a certified ford sales consultant for Bubba Oustalet Ford in Jennings, La. The best thing to do in your situation is go with your gut. If the dealership will take off as much as $10k off of the 05, that's a great deal because your actual cash value of the vehicle will definitely be worth more than what you paid. The only thing, the 06 is brand smelling new truck new, you tell me what is it worth or is it actually worth all that money to have brand new. Put it this way, if you are going to keep your truck until the world ends, the 05 is the way to go but if you get rid of it within the next 3 years, buy the 06. Oh by the way call me if I can sell you an 06, thanks.
  • cdguess2cdguess2 Posts: 7
    Bought it... final price was $30,088... $10,607 off MSRP.
  • Ok, here it goes.

    I bought this truck about a year ago. When I bought the truck it did not have a fan shroud so I picked one up out of a junk yard. I can't remember why I put it on but ever since I did driving down the road I'm cool, when I get into stop and go traffic it starts to heat up and eventually overheats. Long story short I have replaced the Radiator, water pump, fan, fan clutch, fan shroud, thermostat, thermostat housing, upper and lower radiator hose's, the two heater core hose's. Still overheats, so today I tried flushing the engine, and that seemed to help a little but still getting hotter than supposed to so I took off the fan shroud and that seems to have helped ALOT!
    Also yesterday when I was driving the A/C stopped blowing thru the vents and will only come out the defrost vents.
    Does anyone have any ideas????????

    HELP
    BPCatfisher :mad:
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    Don't have an answer on the overheat. Sounds like something's restricting airflow through your radiator. Are you sure you got the proper fan shroud for your sized engine from a F-150?

    As far as the ventilation system..... Switching the airstream from the floor to the vents or to the defroster ports is done by a vaccuum actuated diverter door. The default position for the door is the defroster. When it gets stuck in the defrost position it's usually a sign that you've got a vaccuum leak. Start checking for cracked or brittle vaccuum hoses. Especially check the one that comes through the firewall to service the heating/cooling system. It tends to get brittle right at the firewall. Also check those little "T" shaped vaccuum connectors - sometimes they'll be cracked, but you can't see it until you actually touch them.
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