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2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Problems and Solutions



  • iowahawkiowahawk Posts: 4
    At about 15,000 miles my 2004 F150 Supercab FX4 began making a whining noise----not always, but sporadically. My wife can hear it when we go down the road----I hear it when I am about to stop, when I also hear and feel two distinct clunks as something in the front half of the drive train disengages by itself. I can never feel the engagement, but it has occurred at highway speeds (according to my wife), and always quits on its own just before stopping. It sounds like something is whirring at a higher speed than anything else & produces a drag that is relieved when it disengages. The disengagement "clunks" are getting more pronounced now at 20,000 miles.I cannot duplicate the noise by using 4Wd High side, but wonder if somehow the 4Wd Low side is kicking in. This is a definite mechanical engagement of some sort and the dealership hasn't figured it out yet after 2 tries. Any ideas.....??
  • joe_fordjoe_ford Posts: 2
    Hello, first post here. My 05 F150 with 3,000 miles is already starting to vibrate at 60-75 mph, it also has the drivetrain shudder that people are talking about. Well, today, after driving 15 miles in 4wd through slushy snow (the first time putting the 4wd to good use), I could not shift the transmission back in to park. Nor would it shift into neutral or reverse, it wil only shift through 1, 2, and Drive. So, I was parked behind somebody, couldn't back up, couldn't go forward. Had to turn off the engine. Now of course, I cant start it with it in Drive, cant take the key out either, and cannot lock the doors with the key in the ignition. So, I had to abandon my vehicle, its sunday so by State law, all dealerships are closed. Cant get into dealer til Monday.

    Has anybody ever been stuck in Drive before? I have the shift on the column, Crew Cab, 4WD XLT with the 3.73 limited-slip diffy.

    Pretty dissappointing for a 6 week old truck with 3,000 highway miles. I tend to want to say that I'm glad I'm not alone, but that's not true. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.
  • jdelaneyjdelaney Posts: 1
    Hi...I've got a 1998 f-150 and just noticed that when I'm in 4WD the front tires lock up when I'm in a turn. It seems to be OK when going straight, but as soon as I turn the steering wheel, one or both of my wheels lock up.
    Any idea what can be causing this? Thanks in advance.
  • titaneesetitaneese Posts: 43
    Former Ford man. Ford has left me no choice but to buy other brands. The new F-150 is a very slow feeling truck and all these posts with reliability problems. Yes I'm dissapointed! I can't help but laugh every time I drive by one of those Ford Taurus's with a Jag front end. Oh yea I think Ford calls this thing a Jaguar. Get real Ford you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

    Oh before you FORD guys get on my case I currently own 3 fords and two [non-permissible content removed] cars. Getting ready to be a new Titan in the driveway though.

    Keith :lemon:
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    "................after driving 15 miles in 4wd through slushy snow "

    Quite possible it's transmission 'wind up'. In 4wd the wheels need to be able to slip as necessary to 'unwind' the tension that builds up between the front and rear axles. If you have a manual t/case try putting it in neutral (it may need some force), then try to put the transmission in neutral, which will let you start up.

    If not, let the warranty take care of it!
  • rcgofastrcgofast Posts: 8
    Hello, I'm getting harmonic vibrations @ 38-42mph and 58-62mph. When I'm towing my travel trailer (5800lbs) it's more pronounced anytime I accelerate. My truck is a 2004 F150 with 10000 miles. The dealership replaced my drive shaft, reclocked the driveshaft to the pinion and reclocked/balanced my tires. Still have the vibrations and they are noe telling me the pinion angle is varaying and might have to live with it. Now to make a long story short! Do you have or does anyone else have this problem?
  • rcgofastrcgofast Posts: 8
    Same probelms here too with the same year, make and model. What is the next step for you? I've about had it and still haven't been through as much as you. I'm looking into the lemon law. Do you know anything about it?
  • gkarggkarg Posts: 230
    My brother has a 2004 F-150 Supercrew and has had 2 situations when he had a bad wheel-type vibration. A few months ago was the first occurance - we thought maybe some frozen precip had gotten into one of the rims and threw the wheel off balance - as it went away quickly.

    This morning - he had the bad vibration - so he pulled over and smelled hot brakes. He thinks one of the back calipers is sticking. Anyone else had this problem? (I've seen a lot of "replaced rotors" on this forum and wonder if there is a problem.
  • tadragtadrag Posts: 10

    Just a few questions, Mine is a 4 X 4 Lariat supercab, 18 inch wheels, 3.73 Ratio, 5.4, 7000 miles. In the past month, I've experienced intermittent vibration, usually starting when I first get up to 30 or 35 MPH which is about a mile from home. The vibration is total truck, the steering wheel shakes, but not like a front tire out of balance. The mirrors shake, you can feel it in the seat, floor,everything, and quite severe and at all speeds from 30 MPH to 70 MPH, although the frequency changes with speed. Once, I shifted to neutral and shut the engine off at 50 MPH, and it made no difference to the vibration. Usually it has been after the truck has been sitting for a while, and seems to gradually get better, and after a stop disappears. Yesterday was a different mode, we drove to town for church about 5 miles just fine, then left to drive to a neighboring town for lunch, and after about 4 or 5 miles on the road, it started vibrating. After a mile or two, I stopped, checked lug nuts, which were OK. After I got back on the road, it was OK, and we completed the trip and got back home without vibration (about 30 Miles).

    Sorry for the length of this message, but I'm curious if this is the typical mode, or does it get worse in time, and does anyone have suggestions for me, since it appears I'll have trouble duplicating the problem for dealer service.

    Thanks in advance for responses.

    Tom D
  • Sorry I didn't answer sooner, the truck is a regular cab,FX4. The dealer just balanced the tires for the fourth time! and "Re-Indexed" the driveshaft which means they turned it 180 degrees. That reduced the vibration at least 50% and the "Shudder" is not as bad. Since it appears the driveshaft made such a difference why didn't they replace it? I was told it is now within Fords specs???? They consider it fixed.....
  • john7252john7252 Posts: 1
    On Jan 3, 2005 I bought a new 2005 F150 Lariat. After it was cleaned and ready to go, I drove it home. At the time I noticed a slight vibration, but attributed it to the road. As I drove it more, I would still notice the vibration. After about 1,000 miles, I finally came to the conclusion that it was not the roads I was driving which was causing the vibration, but the truck. I convinced myself it must be the tires out of balance. Being busy, self employeed, and with only one vehicle, I decided to wait until the scheduled maintenance which I mistakenly thought to be the first week in March. (actually first week in April) The last week in February, I took a trip of approximately 1,000 miles, much of it was interstate driving. It was at this time I realized that I had a distinct vibration problem. Although it vibrated before, it seemed that the vibration worsened. On or about March 8, 2005, I took my truck back to the dealer and told them of the vibration and suggested that the tire might be out of balance. They changed my oil, rotated and balanced my tires. It changed nothing. About a week later, I brought the truck back and told the Service Advisor that I still had the vibration and wondered if the tires weren't seperating. He told me that it was not a tire issue, but sounded like transmission shudder. That was the first time I had ever heard of such a problem. He scheduled me to leave my truck on April 11,2005 "when his transmission specialist would be there". That struck me as odd that such a large dealer would not have a full time transmission specialist. On April 11, 2005, I dropped off the truck for the inspection by the transmission specialist and for other warranty work. On April 12, 2005, around 10:30, I got a call that warranty work had been done and they were about to look at vibration problem. At about 12:30, I received a call that the Service Manager has driven my truck in the city and on the interstate and did not notice any vibration out of the ordinary..............he owns a F150 himself and the vibration is normal for that vehicle. (the difference in milage on the odometer was only about 5 miles from when i dropped the truck off)

    Now for my question..............what do I do next?
  • mr.edmr.ed Posts: 5
    At firsts, I thought that the affected truck is 2004 model only,but after reading your post, now I am convinced that it knows NO BOUNDARY! I suggest that you gave them 3 chances for repair and then if the problem still unresolved,asked for a copy of the repair order,not the one they gave us post service visit. This for future reference. Then if you are not happy driving this truck, call the dispute settlement board -#800-688-2429, address p.o. box 1424 Waukesha,Wisconsin 53187-1424 if you want to reach them by writing. I got tired of ford service telling me that this vibration is just but a product of my imagination. It is a sad fact that this vehicle is junk! Lemon law is another option which differs state by state. Hey, the problem is evident and it's up to us to deal with it and share our experience on this forum. You may asked what happen to my truck? I had just finished with my second hearing with the board and seems like they know the existing problems very well. They even asked me if I need a replacement truck, but I said not another F150!!!
    Well, I will post the decision in 10-14 days. Godspeed! :D
  • yzcieslayzciesla Posts: 1
    I too unfortunately can relate (2004 f150 crew cab). 10 years I waited to purchase a new truck. Now I spend my time back and forth to the ford dealer(s), 5 trips to date, approx 20k miles. My vibration was so bad that my hand would start to go numb traveling long distances. Last visit I decided to go to a different dealer. Unlike the other dealer who would only go so far as to balance the tires, this dealer cut the rotors and balanced as well. The vibration still persists and now thanks to cutting the rotors my brakes are squeeking too. Plus all the removing and re-adding of wheel weights on my chrome rims has left small dents on the edges.I called the dealer and asked if it was common to have to cut rotors at 20k miles. He had no reply except that the government was to blame (I guess for the material in the brake pads). Whatever. All I know is my 94 Toyota pu was still going strong at 150k miles. Rotors were cut ONCE on it.
  • syncomsyncom Posts: 3
    Does anyone know if Ford ever intends to add side air bags to the rear compartment of F-150 Crew Cab models? My wife won't let me buy one until Ford adds them. You would think they would offer them as an option.
  • titaneesetitaneese Posts: 43
    My 1966 F-100 doesn't vibrate, my 1967 mustang fastback doesn't vibrate, my 1998 F-150 doesn't vibrate. You gotta be kidding ------FORD and all their engineers and techs can't fix this vibration problem in what 2 years? If you detect that I am disgruntled it's because I am. I am because I would like to buy a new truck the money is burning a hole in my pocket but I can't justify buying a FORD with all of these issues mentioned here. I will be forced to buy a Titan, oh yea I know they are not perfect either but at least they will run a little bit. FORD get a clue get it fixed so these folks can advertise that you are doing something to help the owners of these trucks. Instead of sorry can't help you or within Ford spec. This is B.S.

  • snid04snid04 Posts: 1
    i have a 2000 F-150 and after a few minutes of driving the rear end makes a clicking noise when I come to a stop. It has been going on for about 2 months now and is getting worse. It does it when I go to stop and when I am traveling about 5 to 15 mph. Does anyone have any ideas what it may be?
  • ffmcffmc Posts: 1
    Bought in july 04 started vibrating at 40mph at 3000 miles, here it is 3 drive shafts,2 different vibration/ steering dampiners , load tested tires, rebalanced tires, rebalanced drive shaft , whole new rear-end assy., new universal joints, new cabmounts, new egr valve, dealer (Bill Estes Ford )said not to bring back he couldn't fix it. Field service rep. for ford couldn't fix it an then lied to the Joke of a dispute settlement board. And the board said the problem was repaired by Dennis Wilson FSE for ford. What a joke they say they are volunteers,But they don't tell you is that they are appointed by Ford motor company. So now I'm forced to file a lemon law act on them. I will buy a toyota when this is settled, due to Ford does not stand behind there inferior products.
  • I have a 2005 super duty with v10.just reached 3,000 miles.Recently on a weekend trip while sitting at a red light my truck suddenly revved up to where the rear tires were breaking loose from the pavement.I turned off the ignition restarted the truck and was fine.then it happened again in a resturant parking lot and i put the truck in netrual it revved to around 3k rpm for several seconds then dropped to did this one more time on my way home that weekend and Monday a.m. i called the dealer.Told them the story and figured they never believe it or find a cause but then it happened to the service tech when he test drove it.they tell me the computer had an error code p1101 so they replaced the mass air flow sensor.Does this sound correct to anyone?
  • liblib Posts: 1
    Bought a 97 F350 with dump bed 3 months ago. (5 Speed manual diesel) Truck has 36000 miles, so it was a good deal - I thought!! Total Truck Vibrations as described by many above, started a month ago. Ford talk me into a new flywheel (the two piece model). No help. Now having a non ford garage look over the front end. Can anybody provide a solution to this problem? Will a drive shaft help? Will anything help? Somebody please help!!!
  • I have read all the newer posts on this page. I own an 04 f150 crew with 2k miles and no complaints (other than the doors do not unlock when the ignition is turned off like my suburban does). i did speak to another owner who had a vibration problem and the dealer replaced something in the rear end and so far it had taken care of the problem. I think his was mostly a problem when turning though. hope this helps someone.
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