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2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Problems and Solutions



  • rjspaethrjspaeth Posts: 4
    I am having a vibration problem mainly in the steering wheel on my 2005 F150 :sick: SuperCrew. I have had this vibration since new and it seems to become noticeable at 65 MPH.

    I had the vehicle in for service twice and they were not able to fix the problem yet but now said they will order me 3 new tires and that the tires were probably the problem.

    I will have the vehicle in for service on Monday, 6/27. Guess I will see if this fixes the problem. Other than this I love my truck, and I am hoping that the problem I am having isn't as bad as some are describing above.
  • stop4itstop4it Posts: 3
    That is great they bought it back, I am trying
  • deanadeana Posts: 2
    I just bought a used 2000 f150 4x4 trition v8 5.4 automatic with 84000 miles. It runs great, although I notice that it kicks into gear harder when I'm accelerating at a fast speed. If I'm going 65 and push it to pass another vehicle getting the rpm up to 3 or 4,it seems to shift hard when going back to 2 rpms. Is this normal with the automatic overdrive, or do I need to get it serviced?
  • duneriderdunerider Posts: 2
    I really could use some help here please. Any ideas at all? Thanks
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    I see lots of posts about vibration problems and wonder if there is one particular model that is afflicted? Maybe the the SuperCrew with the long box? I think it would help potential Ford buyers (both new and used) avoid problems and help Ford fix the darn problem if it could be isolated to a particular drive train, wheel base and/or body style.

    Diablo_Dude mentions in passing "paying a premium for these trucks" which just isn't the case. A smaller Toyota with less power is going to cost 10K MORE up front than the F150 but have much more resale value. Speaking of resale, I'll bet that if you could identify the F150 wheelbase/body/drivetrain that is problematic, you could pick up a good deal on a used "04 w/0 that problem!
  • Regardless of whether it's a Toyota, GM or whatever, paying that much for ANY truck is a premium and as such you would expect a quality product. When I made that statement it wasn't specifically referring to the f150 but to all trucks in that category and how did you get 10K more for a toyota, what are you comparing?
  • tadragtadrag Posts: 10
    I think my vibration problem is identified. When I leave the truck sit for several days of wet weather with the emergency brake engaged, I get the vibration. Apparently the area where the shoes are in contact with the drum don't rust and the other areas in the drum rust. Then when you start down the road the differential in surface, diameter, whatever causes the vibration to start. Stopping and restarting doesn't change anything. Stepping lightly on the emergency brake pedal when in vibration mode makes it much worse. After a few miles of this it seems to go away. Seems this is the problem, not sure what the fix might be, maybe stainless drums?
  • sharkmonsharkmon Posts: 1
    In agreeance with diablo_dude. I've been looking for a good crew cab truck in the Seattle area for about a year. I keep looking back at the 2005 F-150 crew cab 4x4, but I keep reading reviews in various online sites that the F-150 reliability is marginal at best - almost downright crappy. I hear more and more about vibration and the overabundance of anger and time spent on existing owners trying to isolate and fix their problems.
    I'm pretty upset over this, as I have a '99 Ford Ranger that's been flawless (bought new and has 87k on it as of June 2005) and I LOVE its unbeatable comfortable interior and that of the '05 F-150. Damnit. Oh well. Not worth the unreliability risk.
    The '05 or '06 RAM, TITAN and TUNDRA seem to be the three I'll be whittling it down to. Ram is coming out with a new XXXL crew cab around July or August 2005; I'll be test driving that one as well. PASS on the Chevy 1500. I tested one and the power, styling and interior doesn't seem to have been touched since what appears to be the late 1980s or early 1990s! The interior has the cheapest crap in it I've seen across the board. It's an insult to think the expect us to buy this thing when there are so many other trucks out there that trounce it in appearance and power. Seriously, pass on the Chevy 1500.
    Too bad Mexico doesn't make a truck for the American market. Oh, wait...they do. Isn't it called a Ford?
    --Mark in Seattle.
  • I am the owner of a 2005 Ford F150 4X4 with the 5.4L 3V motor. I have owned the truck 3 weeks. The truck developed a tapping noise coming from the passenger side of the motor. The dealer read a technical service bulletin stating there is a seal issue on the cam for some 2004-2005 5.4L motors with the 3 valve motor. A kit was developed to solve the problem. Upon installing the kit the check engine light came on with multiple DTC's. The dealer got a another technical service bulletin with 9 pages of steps to follow starting with installing a new alternator. Its been two weeks. I am driving a Taurus loaner car and paying for a $35,000 Ford F150. Well, sort of paying for the truck. It is not yet time for my first payment. I should have gone to the Toyota Dealer.
  • wblairwblair Posts: 1
    I recently looked under the rear of my 1999 Ford F 150 and found a hose hanging down. When i looked closer i found that it was connected to the rear axle where two brake lines connect along with another line on the drivers side but could not find where it should be connected to. It has a black plastic nipple with two clips to hold it in place. If any one would have an idea of where it should go i would greatly appreciate the info.
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    Diablo_Dude, to get the 10K difference in acqusition costs I am comparing the purchase price of a modestly optioned Taco and Tundra (auto, 4 litre for the Taco, V8 for the Tundra, 4X4, access cab, etc.) with the purchase price of an F150 XLT Supercab 4X4. Of course, that 10K difference is even larger if you dropped a trim level to say the XL. If you stumble onto a Ford lot these days, you can get 10K off the Moroney by simply fogging a mirror. In other words, you are going to be going home in the XLT for 21K. The Japanese aren't going to give it away for anything less than 30-31K.

    Having said that, I think that the Ford has far more features, more power, better ride, somewhat comparable mileage (these Tacos and Tundras are not great on gas, despite the image) and comparable dealer satisfaction as the Toyotas. (As the Toyota volume goes up their JD Power "satisfaction with dealer" ratings go down and now are comparable to Detroit.) The problem with Ford is reliabilty.
  • mcmynemcmyne Posts: 1
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    Most likely this is the vent for the differential. The transaxle needs a vent for normal operation, but if water gets in it kills it pretty quick. They run the hose up a bit higher on the vehicle so it acts like a snorkle and gives you a bit of safety margin if you drive through deep water.

    If you ever go through water that's as high as the floor of your truck bed, you need to change the differential fluid within a very few miles.
  • rjspaethrjspaeth Posts: 4
    I posted earlier that my 2005 F150 Supercrew Lariat with the 5.4 L V8 built in Kansas City was experiencing vibration at highway speeds. They just replaced all 4 tires and it appears the problem is still there. I will drive the truck and see if it is as bad as it seemed on the way home. I am open to any suggestions anyone might have. As I stated before I like my truck, but I just want the vibration to stop. I have already had my vehicle in 3 times for service on this problem and the truck only has 2000 miles on it.

    I am really starting to get frustrated. :mad:
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    I talked with a Ford sales guy tonight who seemed fairly open about the problem. (His F150 and his Service Managers both have the problem.) Seems like it is worse on CrewCabs but is found randomly among F150s. Some have it, some don't. Apparently, no F250s have it. Given the closeness in price, buying an F250 may be the way to go.
  • rjspaethrjspaeth Posts: 4
    Has anyone successfully fixed the steering wheel shudder?

    I had 4 tires installed and it is still a problem. I have another appt at the dealer next week. This will be Apt #4.

    Does Ford know they have this problem or are they attributing it to the road feel? For a $40,000 truck I don't want to feel the steering wheel move from side to side when I am cruising down a smooth road at 55 MPH or greater!

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    "Does Ford know they have this problem ...........................?"

    I think one or two people might have mentioned it to them. :shades:
  • irvirvirvirv Posts: 1
    Just had the tranny go out on a 02 SuperCrew with the Triton/automatic with overdirve combo. 49k miles! Checking here to see if common. So far, the dealer's not being very helpful. I understand that when a warranty runs out it runs out but you'd think they'd do this type of repair at cost with this number of miles on the truck. At least if they want me to buy another one!
  • havehadithavehadit Posts: 7
    I purchased new a 1994 F150 302 5.0 with auto transmission and auto overdrive. Current miles is 67,000. Four or five years ago the transmission suddenly started slipping or jumping to either first or neutral and rpms going very high. There is no apparent pattern with this problem. A local Ford dealership kept it three days, drove it and tested it and could not get the problem to duplicate and suggested I drive it and if it got worse to bring it back. The problem resurfaced but I didn't take it back. I just decided to drive it. It continued to be intermittent until recently on a return from fishing, towing a bass boat, it got bad. Seemed like every mile or so it would jump to neutral. But, going to the river it was okay and was okay for the next few days. I took it to a local private transmission shop, which did work for me previously, of which I know the owner to be honest and guarantees his work. Kept it for three days. Drove it and all tests were okay. Could not get the problem to duplicate. Suggested I drive it till it got worse. I wrote Junior Damato, who has a Ask the Auto Doctor article in the local paper. He suggests it could be a faulty wire connection or a faulty gear selector, but without a trouble code or pattern code, it will be hard to find. Even when the overdrive is disengaged it still jumps. It can happen at 40 mph or 70 mph. Just no pattern. Has anyone experienced this problem and what corrected it or does anyone have any suggestions? I appreciate any responses. HAVEHADIT
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