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2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Problems and Solutions



  • Back in Dec 2003 there was a discussion of a vibration in the 04's. I just bought an '04 F-150 SuperCrew 2 weeks ago and have the vibration problem, too. Did anyone ever get it worked out? They just replaced the driveshaft and it did not fix the situation. The last line of the service notes on the invoice says..."Will follow up with customer as soon as quality service fix comes out hopefully at or near the end of November." Tell me you got a better answer.
  • sometimes when pulling out, truck wont go. gradually gets going like a train and black smoke rolls from tail pipe. Other times it will just cut out at 70 mph. Check engine light never comes on and dealer hs no idea. Any info would help
  • Did they check for the simple stuff.... like a bad load of fuel? Check the water separator on the fuel line. Change the fuel filter.
  • 1996 F350 trucks with 7.3 liter turbo diesel engine. Causes of fires, probably electrical in nature, for cold engine that will not start. Any ideas.
  • I Too have a vibration in my 04 F150 at 70-75 They replaced steering gear didn't help I have the 18inch tires This is very disappointing to have a new truck drive like this
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Are you saying your truck has actually been catching fire?
  • a truck did catch on fire. I need to find out reasons why a cold engine that would not start would catch on fire.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I could hypothesize several scenarios, but a little more information would be helpful. Such as where the fire originated. You say the 'engine' caught fire (which is unlikely), but maybe the fire started in the engine compartment. If so, whereabouts? Passanger side, drivers side, front, back etc.?

    It could well be electrical, especially as it's a diesel, but more details would help narrow iy down.
  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    Just a quick stab, but a cold diesel engine that wouldn't start. First idea would be either the starter wiring/relays/starter itself overheated from prolonged cranking. My second idea could be in the glowplug system. I never had given this wiring any thought until one day I was working on mine. The engine was nearly cold, which meant the glowplugs were staying on a long time, and I had the key in the run position with the engine not running. I inadvertantly touched the wiring near the relay on top of the motor and it gave me really good 1st degree burn.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Yes, the high current circuits would be the first place I'd look if it was established to be an electrical problem. However, strangely, those circuits rarely cause an actual fire. They'll often 'let the smoke out' of a particular component or wire, but the heavy circuits often sit in isolation. Actual fires are usually started by something that overheats in the middle of a wiring loom.
  • robsrobs Posts: 4
    I just purchased an 04 F-150 Fx4 supercrew with a 5.4L, when I accelerate it seems that there is almost like a shifting of the body in the rear end like the rear axle or diff is not tight. It also feels sluggish sometimes. Not very smooth like my 99 GMC 5.3L was. Has anyone else experienced this problem. I also had to have the computer module replaced already. The damn thing would stall on me in traffic. Unbelievable !! It only has about 3000 miles on it. Anyone else experience any of these problems ?
  • I also have this problem. The dealer replaced the drive shaft and it made it different but not fixed! Now I have been waiting for "shims" for the rear end for 2 weeks + . I have heard that this is a common problem looks like they would know how to fix it!
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    At least that indicates that the driveshaft is part, if not all, of the problem.
  • Just installed a rebuilt 351 winsor in my 92 f-250 and the truck will strat and run good for about 2 min then lock up when i go to restart it it turns over very hard if i wait a while it will turn over fine and restart ???? im confused i dont know alot about this type of problem can anyone help !!
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I would suspect the quality of the rebuild. Sounds like something's seizing, then releasing as it cools back down.

    Was this a 'premium' or a 'value' rebuild?
  • would say it was a value rebuilt because all gaskets timing chain and gears , heads were shaved and rod bearings were changed , new oil pump, that was about it it ran great before it was torn apart but now it doesnt just wanted a refreshed motor i have tried all day and cant get it to crank over anymore not even a little ???
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Now that it won't crank over at all should help find the problem. Things need to be released or loosened until it frees up.

    Did you do this work yourself? Was the block bored and new pistons fitted?
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    I think you'll need to get an oil presure gauge hooked up to see what's happening. Beyond that, you're looking at opening it up again. If I had to guess, I would say you have some incorrect bearing tolerances that are causing seizure.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Unfortunately, an oil pressure gauge won't help much until he can get it running again. Opening it up and releasing the caps one at a time should provide the answer as you indicated.
  • akjbmwakjbmw Posts: 231
    Is it an old starter?
    When they get old, they will start to not turn well when hot. After cooling a bit, all is well until hot again...
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I can't say it isn't the problem, but it wouldn't be high on my list. An old tired starter can often spin a hot motor over easily, but struggles when the motor is cold and the oil is thick.
  • daneedanee Posts: 2
    We have the same problem. They replaced the rear end clutches and turned the driveshaft. Resolved the rearend problem, but also has an awful vibration. Ford is aware of this problem, but doesn't know how to fix it! Started 3 days after purchase, only has 1800 miles on it now and it has been in the shop 3 times and not resolved. Complained to dealership and going this week to see what they can do to resolve the problem. Hopefully we can turn it in as a lemon and get a different truck, not a f-150, that's for sure!!!!
  • I thought I was imagining things but you described exactly what I feel on the rear end (of my new 04 f150 fx4 whit 250 miles) on acceleration. Do you feel a couple of light thumps at the same time the body shifts?
  • Anyone have any knowledge of older Fords. 92 Ford f250 straight 6. Truck starts and than stalls. Does stay running after one or two starts. Has a loss of power. Doesn't matter if truck is hot or cold.

    Please help.:-(
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    Could be anything and everything. Carbon in the throttle body, bad TPS, plug wires, intake leak, on and on.
  • I have a 01 Lariat CC F350 7.3 Diesel with 64K miles and it has run flawlessly untill the past 3 months. Had the 60K full service at dealer last month. Well, what happens is when I've been driving awhile (warm engine) and slow for a stoplight or turn with foot on brake, the engine will die suddenly and without any warning. This has happened about 15 times, often weeks appart but one day 4 times. It starts right up again no problem. I've noticed no difference in power or other functions of the engine otherwise and my mileage is 22mpg highway/17 city as it has been for a few years. I've been through several tanks of fuel and replaced the fuel filter at 60K mi service. Anybody know what's going on here and how to fix it? Been a great truck otherwise.
  • robsrobs Posts: 4
    sounds exactly like what IM talking about...any ideas wwhat to do...i havent discussed it with my dealer yet....
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Because it runs well and restarts without a problem I be inclined to discount a fuel problem, i.e. air leak or blockage etc.

    My feeling would be to look for an electrical solution to this, from the key switch on down.
  • Thank you all for your ideas. I have researched fires in the Ford F350 from 1992-1996 (clones) and found that there were quite a few. Does anyone know what other make/model (dodge/chevy) of trucks would be comparable to the Ford 1992-1996 Diesel F350 turbo charge series. I am interested in finding out how many instances of fires in similiar trucks
  • I'm getting ready to buy a 2003 ford f250 SD supercab 4X4. I took it for a test drive and it drove great, I went to stop and the brake pedal pulsates... the rotors either need turned or replaced. It only has 16000 miles on it, is this normal, has anyone else had this problem and is this going to be an ongoing problem? I can't afford to replace brakes or rotors ever 15000 miles or so... and I shouldn't have to!
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