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Ford 2001 Heavy Duty F-250



  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    I have vague memory of a thread having to do with ball joints and noises on '99 and '00 models. I think it had more to do with alignment/steering wander problems, but I kinda remember folks complaining of front end noises too that went away with ball joint replacement. The joints are supposedly permanently lubed, but were drying out or prematurely wearing or something like that.
    I have an '01 F350 CC, 4x4. Had problems from day one with loose cab mounts ( which were properly tightened after a couple of attempts). Also had popping/creak noise from front springs on slow speed bumps and also noticed it like JDTopper said on off-camber turns. Dealer put on spring tip isolators at 15K service and it's been quiet for the past six weeks. I think some folks have upgraded front end to "x-springs" from F450s to help level the truck better and in an attempt to get rid of the noise.
  • mesazonemesazone Posts: 51
    2001 F250 SC SB 4x4 PSD

    Two weekends ago we drove from Gardnerville, Nevada (near Carson City and Lake Tahoe) down to Yosemite National Forest. Drove around the forest and into Medesto then back home over Ebbetts Pass. A scary road. Not trailer friendly. No middle line and just wide enough for two vehicles. Just had camping stuff in the back and no trailer.

    I did the calculations for my trip and I was expecting something around 18 MPG but it was an amazing 24.6 MPG! I've never done so well. That's almost as good as my '97 Grand Prix.
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    Must've been all that thin mountain air - made the truck lighter. What'd you do, keep it in neutral and coast down all the mountains? ;-)

    I am honestly jealous. I just filled up with 36 gals of gas at $1.51. Travelled 470 miles on relatively flat roads and got ~13 mpg with V10, 4x4, CC,LB. I suppose I could learn to tolerate diesel exhaust.
  • mesazonemesazone Posts: 51
    I had to put it in first and second most of the way down the mountain just to keep from going too fast. Didn't want to burn up the brakes. I could have done that really easy.

    The cheapest diesel fuel I can find around here (but still a well used place) is $1.43. It's usually $1.39. Gas prices and mileage were key factors in the purchase. Even though I knew I wouldn't use it to it's full potential most of the time.
  • jcave1jcave1 Posts: 137
    I just completed my first road trip with the PSD. Portland OR to Polson Mt and back, 1400 plus miles. Best mileage to date, 19.4. Also got to play with the cruise control and automatic tranny coming down two different mountain passes. Rarely did I have to touch the brakes coming down the passes with cruise on. The cruise did all the braking for me. Maintained the selected speed all the way down. I was very impressed.

  • Just got a F250SD CCV10 4x4 with the offroad
    package. I noticed it sitting slightly lower on
    the drivers side. After taking some measurements
    from the wheelwell to the ground, sure enough. The
    drivers side is 3/4" lower. Anyone else notice
    this?? If so, can it be levelled???
  • Go to and do a search on "drivers side lean". You should find plenty of info on this problem.
  • Congrats on your new truck. Is it new or used? Have heard diesel owners complaining about front spring sag over time. Powerstroke is something like 400 lbs heavier than V10. Haven't heard of sag in gassers, but guess it could happen. Do you have camper package or heavy service suspension (gives you highest capacity front springs - code "U" or "V" springs)? Heaviest front springs shouldn't sag with V10. Is there a missing spacer, or spring tip isolater? If used, is/was there a plow, winch, heavy duty brush guard/bumper on truck? If new, maybe springs were arched just a little differently? If so, it's under warranty...... If used, a spring shop could either replace or rearch springs to level out truck - don't think it'd be too expensive. Either way it's still a $$$ truck, and it shouldn't be lopsided.
  • Thanks, it is brand new. Has the Off Road and Snow Plow package. Took it back to the dealer and they installed a shim between the front leaf spring and the axle. I measured the lean at the frame and the front fenders. Leaning 3/4". They put a 1/4" shim in and told me they couldnt go any thicker. I have looked at other "off road" trucks and they seem to have the same problem. These were diesels though. It would bother me less if it didn't sit next to a 2000 Silverado, which does not lean. (I am the only Ford truck driver in the family). They HAD to give me some static for buying a Ford.
  • Hi mullins87,,

    Went there and they are now

    Did a search on "drivers side lean" and got no hits at all on this new site. Oh well.
  • I go there and search to see what I find, then I'll come back and tell you exactly how to get there.
  • I searched on, this is where I was able to locate several posts about your problem.

    Go to the search page. Make sure you are searching "All Forums". Type in "drivers side lean" and make sure you are searching for the "exact phrase." Where it asks you how far back to search, click on the "newer than 6 months" button.

    This should get you about 10 posts on that subject.
  • don770don770 Posts: 12
    Thanx Jim,, (mullins87)

    The 1st time I went to this site it looked entirely different. This time I got some interesting info on my problem. Thanx again. Now to see if the dealer will take it seriously.
  • I'am checking into the purchase a used 97 (old body style) SD Crew Cab 4x4 PSD xlt w/ 125k on motor with new transmition from original owner. He is asking $15k for it and selling because he bought a new 2003 cc psd. Any advise would be helpful. What to look for? What kind of milage to expect? Best sources for after market parts? Thankyou
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