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2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Problems and Solutions



  • I just recently bought a 1997 Ford F 150 LT (4.6L). So far its been a great truck. I'm trying to figure out how the 4x4 on the fly works. Actually how the 4 wheel drive works as a whole. Its my first time owning a 4x4 vehicle. Do all 4 tires move at once? Is it limited slip, how do I even know the 4 wheel drive works? I've put the truck in 4 wheel drive and the light on the dash comes on but does that mean the 4 wheel drive is actually working. If anyone has any helpful advice it would be greatly appreciated
  • path2path2 Posts: 3
    Please refer to path2 messages. I had trouble starting my 2001 F250 Diesel when the temperature drooped to 35 or below. When I came back from Alaska I took it to Anderson ford here in Omaha and they correctly diagnosed a faulty fuel injection relay switch. They replaced it for me and now I have no more problems starting the truck in cold weather. Hope this helps someone else out there.
  • i also have a 2005 f150 4x4 that sounds like the same problem . kinda sounds like a muffler draging down the road .very loud then goes away? i took mine to the dealer ,they replaced the trans module. that didn't solve the problem . i dont know what it is, i was hoping for some help here as well.
  • Hi, i have a 1995 ford f-150 truck A/T, V-8, 5.0L engine

    I was under my truck and at the bottom of the transmission is a hole about the size of a half dollar. i think it used to have some sort of rubber plug/cap covering it, but it is no longer there. I can see inside the hole what appears to be the flywheel, if that helps you visualize where the hole is.

    the truck runs fine and has transmission fluid in it. I think that cap/plug that is missing is not or was not holding fluid/oil.

    What is that hole for, and most importantly what is that cap called or what do i tell the auto part store i need so i can replace it.

    thanks very much. you can also email me at
  • I have a 2004 F-150 and recently it started to make a grinding sound at intermittent times. It stops with a "clunk" as I come to a halt. I have taken it to a dealer and of course when they drove it, the noise did not occur. It seems to be eminating from the transmission area. Anyone with a similar problem? :confuse:
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Not sure what the title refers to, but what you're describing sounds like the drain at the bottom of the bellhousing. The bellhousing is a casting that connects the transmission to the rear of the engine and contains the torque converter (or flywheel and clutch in a manual transmission). If the transmission, torque converter, or rear crankshaft seal leak, then the fluid can escape through that hole, rather than build up inside.
  • i have the same problem with a 05 f-150 4x4 only 4000 miles. i have been looking here for help also ,dealer cant find the problem . the grinding sound is very loud kinda sounds like a muffler draging under the truck. then the " clunk" and its gone . this only last for 5 to 20 seconds then it goes away. i have read a few messages with the same problem but no one has any solutions.
  • When traveling over 30mph and under 65mph and when ever the rpm drop anywhere between 1300 and 1600rpm the engine begins to sputter. Anyone have any idea's what could be wrong.
  • thank you for the reply. I don't know much about engines, so i apoligize if my title is ?????.

    that hole used to have some sort of plug/cap. Do you know what it would be called or where i can get a new one???

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    It's not something you need to worry too much about, but if you want to replace it I'd drop by the Parts Dept. at your local Ford dealer. Just describe it as a fitting that goes at the bottom of the bellhousing. I doubt that it'll be more than a couple of bucks.
  • thank you very much for your help!!!!
  • I have2004 F150 4X4 and had the same - loud grinding sound occur while traveling. When I stopped - there was a shifting sound and the noise stopped. The sound was very loud..I cannot imagine this being a minor problem. The truck trans. already vibrates/stutters a lot when accelerating. Any solutions to this. I am stationed in Germany and there are no dealers here. I will need good info to provide the mechanic. EW
  • The noise only occurs now and then but normally happens when I accelerate fast (normally on the onramp to a freeway) and sounds like I have just run something over that has hit the engine (a hard sounding clank). Sometimes I hear a fluttering sound in the engine above 60mph either with or without the clank noise. New noises are always disheartning especially after I have taken great care of my truck. The truck has 82000 miles.

    Does anyone have an idea as to the problem(s)?
  • sounds like the i ack motor on top or side of the throtle body one plug two nuts its round about 5in long .. try to clean it first we change alot of them for stalling
  • Did you check for a broken motor mount? Engine may be shifting as a result of the torque from hard acceleration. Fluttering noise could be an exhaust leak as a result of the movement.

    Had it happen many years ago, and fan would hit the radiator shroud when the engine shifted.
  • I have a 2002 Black F150 and the paint is beginning to crack under the clear coating I had put on. I believe if it wasn't for the clear coat the paint would have already started to curl up and peel. I am getting the run around on it from my Dealer. Has anyone else had problems with their paint jobs?

  • Stick to your GUNS boys, It'll be worth your time, if you have all your ducks in a row(# of days out of service, RO's, all notes of calls to "Ford Customer Service", all notes of conversations at dealerships,etc.). Thats about all I'm aloud to say. The new body style F150 problems, vibrations, rear end clunk, and steering shudder, are what Ford calls "Characteristics of this Vehicle", but they have no fixes available, only excuse attempts to repair. Beware of purchase date, you have one year from date of purchase to benefit, also, beware of mileage, this is deductible as usage off of fair market price. Good Luck.... Vibes of Ford
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,496
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  • Our 1987 F150 Supercab 4X4 has had a charmed, one owner life here in New England. Not many miles, never plowed, washed, detailed, and painted regularly, very good body and drive train, etc. BUT, I noticed rust through areas on the passenger side frame rail. The rusted out spots are (looking forward toward the front of the truck) right where the control arm bolts in and the frame then arches up near the front shock mount area. Yeh, I know it is 17 years old but to have the frame rot away? And not even on the more exposed to salt driver's side? Would it have rotted if it were a boxed frame?

    We'd like to buy a new truck. The Dodge Ram 1500 has caught my eye only because of the vibration problems with the F150 and the Dodge frame is boxed. Are we making a mistake? Is the F250 SD vibration free and is its frame boxed? Please talk to me. I had expected to get through winter with this truck.
  • Thank you for the quick reply. I will check into your thoughts.
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