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2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Problems and Solutions

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  • I am looking for a relaible pickup and researched any complaints about the 2005 Ford F-250 on the (NHTSA) National Highway traffic safety administration's website. Below is a complaint from what appears to be from a law enforcement agency that purchased 7 trucks with the same problem. Although it is not a "vibration", it concerns me to read about that and then to see the problem you are facing. Makes me want to buy another type of vehicle. I think I'll start with the Chevy HD 2500 and go from there.

    Make : FORD Model : F-250 SUPERDUTY Year : 2005 Manufacturer : FORD MOTOR COMPANY Crash : No Fire : No Number of Injuries: 0 ODI ID Number : 10114952 Number of Deaths: 0 Date of Failure: March 10, 2005 VIN : 1FTNF21545E... Component: SUSPENSION Summary:
    F250, SUPER DUTY, 3/4-T, 4X4, 4WD, SHORT BOX. ALL SPEEDS IT IS NOTICEABLE. AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS (75+ MPH), ENCOUNTERING BUMPS, SEVERE SHIMMY IN FRONT END, NEARLY CAUSING LOSS OF CONTROL OF VEHICLE. FLEET OF 7 TRUCKS ALL EXPERIENCE SAME, SOME WORSE THAN OTHERS. DEALER HAS DONE ALL POSSIBLE TO REMEDY, INCLUDING AFTERMARKET HEAVIER DUTY FRONT STEERING STABILIZER (AT OUR EXPENSE). INCIDENT DATE IS LAST DATE IT OCCURRED TO MY CRUISER TRUCK. IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME A BUMP IN THE HIGHWAY IS ENCOUNTERED WITH EVERY TRUCK OUR DEPARTMENT BOUGHT FOR USE AS LAW ENFORCEMENT VEHICLES. THE MAGNITUDE OF THE WOBBLE IS DEPENDANT ON THE SPECIFIC TRUCK AND THE SPEED TRAVELED. REALIZE THAT AS LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONSE VEHICLES, OFTEN THIS INVOLVES VERY HIGH SPEED. THE HIGHER THE SPEED, THE WORSE THE PROBLEM.
  • weenerweener Posts: 1
    I had a 1999 F-250 5.4L 4x4 (Gas) whenever I drive and the tranny shifts when i goto stop, there is a clunk when the vehical comes to a full stop. If I coast to a stop it will happen somewhere around 1-2 MPH. I think this is the tranny going into low gear. I dunno. anyone else have this?

    Also, what is the expected life of one of these engines? 200,000 miles or more I hope..

    -J
  • chjchj Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 excursion and I notice that the tailgate is not locking. Anybody know anything about this? chj
  • rosnowrosnow Posts: 1
    Hi there, I have a 89 f150 xlt lariat 5.0L. My problem started a little while ago, after driving around most of the day, when I got home my truck started making this weird humming buzzing sound so I shut off the truck and waited a few minutes then started it back up again and the same sound was there but also my oil pressure gauge needle was going up and down quickly, right to below the line and then back up to "normal". So I changed the sending unit (didn't have a gauge to test pressure) still the same thing, then I changed the oil pump, still the same thing. I took it to a shop to be tested and the pressure is perfect, they had no idea why this is happening. Now when I'm driving or it's idling my power surges so bad that the truck just stalls, every red light,stop sign, or even just slowing down. It's a pain in the [non-permissible content removed] and is costing to much to drive, ANY suggestions would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.

    Thanks, Tracey
  • tsembotsembo Posts: 2
    I own a 97 F150 4x4. just recently I had a sparkplug fly out. Yes it flew out!! I took it to ford to get it fixed. they told me it not only blew out the plug but the coil and stripped the threading as well!! Does anyone know of a recall or a lawsuit that is going on with this problem. I have heard that the triton motors are nutorious for this! It was news to me till my truck tanked out on me.Im a mother of three and cant afford to keep replacing blown out plugs but ford basically just says oh well, and then charges you outragious prices.
    Any suggestions?
  • tsembotsembo Posts: 2
    I just recently had the same problem. I have a 97 F150 4x4. Exact same thing. Im in Alberta Canada!! Oh yeah I just had mine fixed they can replace the threads in the head you dont need a hole new engine thats what they did for me. Only cost me 500 dollars.
  • Truck drives fine when it is cold, but when the fuel pump heats up, the check engine light comes on and the engine then starts sputtering and losing power until it will barely stay running. I have had the o2 sensor replaced and the mechanic is now telling me that this is a bad fuel pump. The only problem is that I have 2 tanks and this happens on both tanks.
    It seems a bit far fetched to think that both fuel pumps went out exactly at the same moment. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
  • texvettexvet Posts: 2
    I have a 72 ford pickup, it is in very good condition except there is a lot of play in the steering wheel. Is there a way to tighten up the play and if so, how? the steering wheel turns about 6 inches before the wheels do. help--help.
  • Your truck has three fuel pumps. There's a low pressure pump in each tank, and then a high pressure prump that is common to both tanks. Did the mechanic messure the pressure on the fuel lines?
  • My 1999 F-150 started indicating overheating. After driving about 5 or 10 miles the temp gauge starts going up. If you notice it soon enough, pull over and shut down everything is OK when re started after a minute or two. If you don't notice it until the gauge is at the top the engine starts missing and check engine light comes on. Checking under the hood shows no signs of the engine being hot. My Ford dealer has flushed the system and installed a new thermostat. It happens about three times a week and only if the outside temperature is below 40 dec. C. It is quite obvious that the dealer has no idea whats going on. Anyone got any info on a similar problem
  • texvettexvet Posts: 2
    I need help ,my steering is loose in my truck. the steering wheel will move 6-7 inches before the wheels start to turn, how can i fix this problem?
  • Still has the vibes. Dealer has tried drive shaft, balancing, new tires, shim kit and some love but no solution. Otherwise like the truck. Any suggestions? HELP...........
  • I had a 97 Dodge Ram 3500 that did this ... horribly scary! Especially when the engine mounts BROKE and the engine fell down, crushing main power line, starting a fire. Come to find out, the truck had previously been in an accident and one or two of the motor mounts were broken - thus the vibration when hitting a bump.
  • So far, I haven't heard of anyone having their vibrations totally repaired. Ford doesn't have a fix for it at this time and there are plenty of us out there waiting for it.

    Good Luck!
  • I just had the second occurence of a plug BLOWING OUT of a Triton engine this weekend!
    I can't believe FOMOCO doesn't have a recall or program to replace the defective plug housings. It seems that the housing retainer breaks from the hardening caused by the high
    heat in the intake manifold. I've been a faithful FOMOCO person since I've been driving (>40yrs). Ford better get on the ball with this one (remember the explorer aka exploder) incident? I don't want to bash FORD ...but...(Fix Or Repair Daily?) If they have a problem they should issue a recall and replace the plugs..end of convo!!
  • oldharryoldharry Posts: 413
    "I have a 72 ford pickup, it is in very good condition except there is a lot of play in the steering wheel. Is there a way to tighten up the play and if so, how? the steering wheel turns about 6 inches before the wheels do. help--help."

    The most likely problem if you have a 4X2 is the right side inner tie rod is worn at the pitman arm. (About a $100 part plus labor)

    If you have a 4X4, the most likely problem is the track bar is loose at the axle. Remove cotter pin, hold bolt with suitable wrench, tighten nut, install new cotter pin.

    There may be other problems too.

    Harry
  • brdtrdbrdtrd Posts: 5
    I agree. Dealer once blew a fuse on my '94 f150 4x4 transmission and when it shifted, sounded like it was gonna fall off!
    Check the fuses, there are a couple of areas they have the fuses on this truck.
  • Ok here's what I got. While driving the truck I get a vibration I can feel throughout the truck. I replace the u-joints..still there. The vibration is there if the truck is in gear, on or off the gass and in neutral. I jack the truck up and spin the passanger side tire and I can feel binding. Pull brake drum, rotate and still there. Remove outer wheel bearing and I can still feel the binding. If I spin the pinion gear it is smooth?? It only binds when you spin it at the passanger side axle. Any idea on what it could be? Could it be the "spider" gears? Inner bearing?

    Thanks!
  • Behind my front passenger fender on my 1997 F150 4WD, there is a plastic housing, rectangular approximately 3 in x 4 in, and about 14 inches long (it is broken so the length is a guess). Connecting to this housing is two wire harnesses which connect to the underside of this plastic housing.

    My truck was wrecked, and the fender taken off. This part is now unnatached from the frame, and it is effecting my electrical system.

    Does anyone know what this part is called?

    Thanks,
    Ridgedon
  • bisco1bisco1 Posts: 2
    To all concerned parties:

    Words alone can not describe the extreme "Earthquake" type shaking/vibrations of my 2004' Black F150 Lariat super crew truck. Since "New" right off the showroom floor this truck "vibrated". I will tell you this, "vibration" is too kind a word to describe this vehicles defect! Without hesitation these trucks define the word "LEMON" along with a manufacturer not willing to accept any responsibility for problems that clearly have crossed the desks of many higher-ups at FORD.
  • My 1997 F150 4WD developed a vibration when going down the road at all speeds. I thought it was the U-joints. The mechanic did one last check before replacing the U-joints. He jacked up the rear and put it in gear and watched the driveshaft. The driveshaft was slightly bent/warped. It was easy to see while it was spinning. He straightened the driveshaft for a minimal fee and completely corrected the problem.

    Ridgedon
  • rileswrilesw Posts: 2
    I'm having the exact problem as you describe. Any ideas what to do next?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Checking under the hood shows no signs of the engine being hot.

    If severe overheating is detected the engine goes into a 'limp home' mode and will throw a code, i.e. intermittent firing and a 'check engine' light. A faulty temp sensor will produce exactly the same result.

    So, is your engine really overheating, or does it just say it is? :shades:
  • Hey Todd, I recently upgraded from a 255/70/16 t a 285/70/16 and i had the worry of my differentials being messed up from having larger tires. I just checked my rear differentials to see if any "teeth" were chips or missing. All checked out O.K. but thats just another check i'd do, just to be on the safe side.
  • I have a 98 For-150 4.6L V8 Triton. I was wondering on how i could boost up performance for some more horsepower or gasmilage. i already got a K&N air intake, Flowermaster Exhaust system. Yeah yeah i know most of you are thinking that i should look into a 5.4L Ha Ha, but hey i only make minimum wage. But im looking along the lines of a super/turbo charger. or something along the lines of that. All ideas are open. Thanks
  • rileswrilesw Posts: 2
    Mine appears to be hot. The upper radiator hose is pressurized while the temp gauge is high. When temp starts to fall, the pressure is gone from the hose. I'm going to replace the thermostat again as it appears that it isn't opening properly.
  • Motor tries to turn over, then runs a few seconds, then dies. Engine returns no error codes. CPS is brand new. Fuel pump is new. Fuel filter has been changed. Acts like there is no or insufficient fuel.

    Please advise?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Acts like there is no or insufficient fuel................or air in the fuel?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Adding a reworked head, cam, and fuel system to your uprated intake and exhaust will give an appreciable boost, as will a super or turbocharger, though that will cost a lot more.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Going up a size in tire won't chip or otherwise damage the teeth in your diff.
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