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2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Problems and Solutions



  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    Just a long shot, but have you changed the tranny fluid lately? I'm assuming you have an auto.
  • steve289steve289 Posts: 4
    The tranny fluid was changed at about 25,000 it currently has 35,000 on it.
  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    Well, the only thing that I can recommend at this point, not being able to look at the truck myself, is to try to isolate the vibration to the engine, tranny, or some ground speed related component.
  • turo19turo19 Posts: 4
    I am looking at a 1991 F-250 with the 5.8L V8 and 55K original miles. Does anyone have any feedback on this year truck and engine.
  • sprintrpssprintrps Posts: 62
    I live in Southern California, but will be relocating to the Midwest next year. I want to buy a new F150 but I want to know what is the difference between a California Emissions equipped F150 and a "49 state" version.
    Thanks for your help.
  • Head gasket was replaced on the right head and the engine and now has a clicking sound like a bad lifter. A ford mechanic told me that all 5.4 engines sound like mine. The enging was quiet before the head gasket went. So I walked into the show room and turned it in on a new 2004 What is Fords secret warranties?
  • jrc346jrc346 Posts: 337
    They usually come up when you have a well known issue like that of your head gasket failure in Ford computers when you bring in your truck with that problem. However, if your head gasket did not fail because of the machining problem, which is Fords fault, then that does not make them responsible. The actual secret warranty I think can be found mentioned under some kind of a recall or TSB at Anyway, sounds like you found a solution to the problem. Goodluck with the 2004, a very very sharp truck IMO:-)
  • carlf150carlf150 Posts: 1
    i have 1998 f-150 xlt ext cab 2wheel drive. automatic, 4.6v8. it has 86,000miles.this vehicle is like new. the transmission blew. they told me it was a palintine? cost me 2600. it has shaken my confidence in my truck . such low miles is there any recourse i can take. it is out of warrantyby 6mths. was checked by ford dealer under warranty and was told nothing was wrong. 6mths later no warranty and a $2600 bill. miles that i drove between ford dealership and blown transmission 1800miles please help
  • jrc346jrc346 Posts: 337
    Hmm, I know that what I am about to say wont make you the happiest F-150 owner I know, but there is not currently a secret warranty for your trucks transmission. The 4R70W transmission in your truck, has a reasonably good history, used in many of Fords vehicles. Have you ever changed your fluid? Fresh fluid (every 30K) is detrimental to Ford transmissions, and not doing fluid changes will pretty much guarantee you a failure. If you have done tranny fluid changes, then there are a number of other things that could cause a failure. These range from driving habits, to other contaminants or foreign objects in the fluid, or even a manufacturing defect that didn't creep up until 70,000miles down the road. The thing that I find odd about your story, is that your transmission was looked at 1,800 miles prior to failure. How did they check it? Drop the pan and look for metal shavings? Anyway, if they did drop the pan, and change the fluid, they may have not filled up the fluid properly, or re-attached the filter correctly. If it was just a visual external inspection, I don't know what they could accomplish with that. I guess they could check for leaks, but other then that, I don't see what else they could possibly do to confirm that you have a solid transmission.

    If your transmission is rebuilt by by a place that offers a warranty, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Drive your truck with confidence :-) Hope this helps a little?

  • basobaso Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Ford F150 Lariat also 3600 miles. Bought in Nov. 2003.
    the Check Engine Light and the engine display is on.
    I took it the dealer and they re calibrated the computer and said that I could drive it like this.
    They said that the engineers of FORD are aware of this a looking into a remedy. No time frame given as to when. Once the "Engine Fail Safe" mode is on, I reset the computer and the Fail Safe Mode goes off. But the rear end seems to be bouncing after this happens. The dealer let some air out of the tires, but this is still happening. Hope someone can give me some advice as to how to get rid of these situations.
  • jrekjjrekj Posts: 5
    My 87' F-150 is experiencing the same problem. The mechanic who works on my vehicles says that this is common but there is a solution. There is an aftermarket "plate" that can be installed to strengthen the firewall. The repair job is estimated to be around $300.
  • jrekjjrekj Posts: 5
    Well, old blue (87 F-150 that I bought new)has served me well for the past 17 years and its time to fix her up. (Side note, my wife says that I should just get rid of it. I told my wife I'd get rid of her first before I get rid of my truck!)The truck needs to first get the clutch fixed (due to the insufficient strength of the firewall that's common with late 80's Ford P/U's), and it's also needing a paint job. My issue is that the truck has 146K miles on the original engine and I'm wondering how long it will hold out. At 130K I had the oil pump replaced, and currently the oil pressure is very good. My mechanic says that good oil pressure is a sign that engine compression on all cylinders is still good as well. The truck though doesn't have near the same acceleration that it use to. So, should I precede and get the clutch fixed and paint it, and hope the engine holds out? Or is there another path that I should consider before I spend all that money on clutch/paint? All comments are welcomed. Thanks.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    "My mechanic says that good oil pressure is a sign that engine compression on all cylinders is still good as well."

    Your first step should probably be to change your mechanic for one who understands the basic principles of an internal combustion engine.

  • crankshaftcrankshaft OHIOPosts: 105
    i also have an 87.i had to replace the clutch "assy"a couple a years ago at around $ bound up from lack of use.the truck only has 75k miles.the paint on these were bad from day one.if you have the 300 straight six,you can expect to get more out of it.if yours is in good shape i would fix the clutch but forget the paint.
    front end parts wear out quickly on these trucks.
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 1,576
    I am in total agreement of your statement.
    I can't imagine a "real" mechanic making a statement like that.

    Oil pressure has nothing to do with the compression. You can still have excellent oil pressure and if the rings are bad or the valves are shot, then the compression will still be bad.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    purchase of used 2002/2003 or new 2004 F150...I am aware that the old design was 2002/2003 and in 2004 both designs still exist, so the styling, per se, does not matter to me...looking for an F150 Extended Cab (is that the Super Cab?) with the shortest bed (about 6 feet, I assume), stepside bed (I Like the narrower rear view of the stepside, plus it is easier to step up and reach into the best from the side, as I am rather short)...I am seeking a fairly well equipped truck, 2WD, 5.4L engine, auto trans, either XLT or Lariat trim levels...

    anyone familiar with these trucks may be able to save me time, since sometimes salespeople do not know what interior equipment may or not be available, especially on used trucks...

    Does the XLT/Lariat trim level come equipped with:
    1. power adjustable pedals
    2. 6 way (or more) driver's seat
    3. power passenger seat
    4. (most important) driver's adjustable lumbar support (if yes, manual or push-button, like the Explorer)
    5. (almost as important as #4) passenger adjustable lumbar support

    Chevy Silverado, at the LT trim level, has 10 way power seats (including power recline) for BOTH driver and passenger, and push-button inflatable
    lumbar supports for BOTH driver and passenger... can the Ford be similarly equipped (I guess I could ask can the Dodge Ram be similarly equipped, too, but I am more concerned with the F150 right now)

    Is anyone familiar with F150 trim levels on an extended cab to be of help???...thanks in advance

  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    I'm not sure if you are entertaining used because of cost, but I would suggest looking at a new F150 Heritage model. These new might be just a couple of thousand more that a used 2003 in excellent condition. Then you'd get a new vehicle warranty.

    Try the link below: rue&bhcp=1&bhfv=6&bhqt=1&bhsh=768&bhsw=1024&a- mp;bhsp=283789br=IE&ver=6&pfrm=Win98&consp=283789

  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    and the thought is good, but, if I read it right, the only engine available in the heritage is the 4.6L and I want the 5.4L...also, no matter how I read the description of the option list, they list captain's chairs and all that, but no mention anywhere of adjustable lumbar support, driver or passenger...that does not mean it does not have it, but someone did not think enough to list it as a feature, whereas the GM info also appears to me that the heritage is mostly a stripped vehicle for those who just want a work truck, and not much more...I may be stuck with a 2004 new style, but maybe a 2002/2003 XLT or Lariat may have the seats I want with an engine larger than 4.6L
  • rayval43rayval43 Posts: 4
    I have a 1993 Ford F-250 with a 460 ci. engine. It has 168,000 miles, runs excellant, but the gas mileage is horrible! Does any one know what kind of mileage I should be getting? It's got to be more than 6 MPG! What can I do to improve the gas mileage? Any problem areas I should look at? Any help would be greatly appreiated! Ray
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926

    Yeah, 6 miles per gallon sounds pretty bad but in all fairness that large of an engine in a 3/4 ton truck I wouldn't expect a heck of a lot more. It may be low for that year and engine, but I would bet they weren't ever much better than 12 MPG on the highway.

    We had a Chevy "heavy half" with a 350 V8 automatic that never got better than 14 in it's entire life, and usually did no better than 10-11. At least you have a real engine in that F250.

    Best regards,
  • busman01busman01 Posts: 46
    I own a 2003 Lariat Stepside. It has lumbar support on both captains seats (standard w/the captains seats). To acquire a 2003 matching your configuration, you might put out a request for a quote from a dealer on the internet (see Edmunds for this). Your observations are correct on the Heritage model. My brochures on both the 2003 & 2004 answer most of your questions you ask. If you can get one on each model they might help.
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    Just a thought on the new versus old F150 purchase. Not to disparage the older vehicles, but look at the Insurance Institute offset crash data. Older Model F150 in Subercab configuration experienced passenger cage failure in offset crash, while new style '04 F150 received their highest rating for same test.
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    If a used vehicle is okay with you, start looking now. Spring time usually brings out the used truck buyers and used car lot stock may not linger as long.

    A suggestion: try to find out if the equipment you need was based on the model version or optional equipment. This way if you know for example that all Lariats had the lumbar support, you could narrow your search a little.

    Good luck.

  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Considering the mileage it's not an unexpected consumption figure for that particular engine.

    However, if it hasn't been done recently, a 'tune up' may well provide an extra couple of mpg. By 'tune up' I mean new plugs, wires, cap, rotor, air filter, pcv, and check the timing.

    With the current price of gas it's probably worth the cost of the parts. Bear in mind that when new, your truck probably never got better than 10/12mpg with that engine (which is a good one to have if you're working the truck!).

    Good luck.
  • rayval43rayval43 Posts: 4
    Well that pretty much answers my question. I have tuned it up and replaced just about everything I can think of. It runs like a champ, only burns 1 qt. of oil every 5000 miles, and has no oil leaks. It does not appear to have ever had any major work done to it. I was wondering what kind of mileage it got when it was new, and you answered that question. Thank you for your input, it is greatly appreiated. Ray.
  • rayval43rayval43 Posts: 4

    Thanks for your input. I had a feeling that I was lucky to get the mileage I am getting. I used to have my own small land scape business, and I pulled a bobcat and trailer with it. Pulling weight was 10,000lbs. It pulled fine, but now I don't have it anymore. As much as I like this truck, I guess I am going to have to sell it. At $2.05 a gallon of gas, I can't afford to drive this truck. I will look for a half ton Ford or Chevy super cab 4-wheel drive for better mileage. Your input is greatly appreciated Ray
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    as I knew the folks here would have better info than asking the average I am better armed when I walk into the dealership...

  • slamphere1slamphere1 Posts: 2
    I have an 02 f350 with power mirrors and would like to put heated mirrors in it. Does any one know where the heater switch is in the later models?
  • gdrileygdriley Posts: 1
    Help! I am trying to replace my oil pump on my 87 f150 and I have done it by the book(service manual) and cannot get the oil pan and pump out. Put 1" blocks under motor mounts and even tried raising the trans(borg/warner 4sp)any help from any who have do this whould be great. I'm trying not to remove tranny and bell housing, but don't see any other way. Are the manuals Wrong!
  • crankshaftcrankshaft OHIOPosts: 105
    i have an 87 f150 w/power steering.suddenly one evening,the seal blew half way out of its bore on the steering gear shaft.prior to that i had no leaks at the pitman arm shaft.does anyone have any suggestions before i take it apart.
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