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2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Problems and Solutions



  • Back in Dec 2003 there was a discussion of a vibration in the 04's. I just bought an '04 F-150 SuperCrew 2 weeks ago and have the vibration problem, too. Did anyone ever get it worked out? They just replaced the driveshaft and it did not fix the situation. The last line of the service notes on the invoice says..."Will follow up with customer as soon as quality service fix comes out hopefully at or near the end of November." Tell me you got a better answer.
  • sometimes when pulling out, truck wont go. gradually gets going like a train and black smoke rolls from tail pipe. Other times it will just cut out at 70 mph. Check engine light never comes on and dealer hs no idea. Any info would help
  • Did they check for the simple stuff.... like a bad load of fuel? Check the water separator on the fuel line. Change the fuel filter.
  • 1996 F350 trucks with 7.3 liter turbo diesel engine. Causes of fires, probably electrical in nature, for cold engine that will not start. Any ideas.
  • I Too have a vibration in my 04 F150 at 70-75 They replaced steering gear didn't help I have the 18inch tires This is very disappointing to have a new truck drive like this
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Are you saying your truck has actually been catching fire?
  • a truck did catch on fire. I need to find out reasons why a cold engine that would not start would catch on fire.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I could hypothesize several scenarios, but a little more information would be helpful. Such as where the fire originated. You say the 'engine' caught fire (which is unlikely), but maybe the fire started in the engine compartment. If so, whereabouts? Passanger side, drivers side, front, back etc.?

    It could well be electrical, especially as it's a diesel, but more details would help narrow iy down.
  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    Just a quick stab, but a cold diesel engine that wouldn't start. First idea would be either the starter wiring/relays/starter itself overheated from prolonged cranking. My second idea could be in the glowplug system. I never had given this wiring any thought until one day I was working on mine. The engine was nearly cold, which meant the glowplugs were staying on a long time, and I had the key in the run position with the engine not running. I inadvertantly touched the wiring near the relay on top of the motor and it gave me really good 1st degree burn.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Yes, the high current circuits would be the first place I'd look if it was established to be an electrical problem. However, strangely, those circuits rarely cause an actual fire. They'll often 'let the smoke out' of a particular component or wire, but the heavy circuits often sit in isolation. Actual fires are usually started by something that overheats in the middle of a wiring loom.
  • robsrobs Posts: 4
    I just purchased an 04 F-150 Fx4 supercrew with a 5.4L, when I accelerate it seems that there is almost like a shifting of the body in the rear end like the rear axle or diff is not tight. It also feels sluggish sometimes. Not very smooth like my 99 GMC 5.3L was. Has anyone else experienced this problem. I also had to have the computer module replaced already. The damn thing would stall on me in traffic. Unbelievable !! It only has about 3000 miles on it. Anyone else experience any of these problems ?
  • I also have this problem. The dealer replaced the drive shaft and it made it different but not fixed! Now I have been waiting for "shims" for the rear end for 2 weeks + . I have heard that this is a common problem looks like they would know how to fix it!
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    At least that indicates that the driveshaft is part, if not all, of the problem.
  • Just installed a rebuilt 351 winsor in my 92 f-250 and the truck will strat and run good for about 2 min then lock up when i go to restart it it turns over very hard if i wait a while it will turn over fine and restart ???? im confused i dont know alot about this type of problem can anyone help !!
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I would suspect the quality of the rebuild. Sounds like something's seizing, then releasing as it cools back down.

    Was this a 'premium' or a 'value' rebuild?
  • would say it was a value rebuilt because all gaskets timing chain and gears , heads were shaved and rod bearings were changed , new oil pump, that was about it it ran great before it was torn apart but now it doesnt just wanted a refreshed motor i have tried all day and cant get it to crank over anymore not even a little ???
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Now that it won't crank over at all should help find the problem. Things need to be released or loosened until it frees up.

    Did you do this work yourself? Was the block bored and new pistons fitted?
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    I think you'll need to get an oil presure gauge hooked up to see what's happening. Beyond that, you're looking at opening it up again. If I had to guess, I would say you have some incorrect bearing tolerances that are causing seizure.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Unfortunately, an oil pressure gauge won't help much until he can get it running again. Opening it up and releasing the caps one at a time should provide the answer as you indicated.
  • akjbmwakjbmw Posts: 231
    Is it an old starter?
    When they get old, they will start to not turn well when hot. After cooling a bit, all is well until hot again...
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