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2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Problems and Solutions



  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    Gee, I like the fantastic exterior of the current F150 4X4, like the great interior and center stack, and the step-in is fine for someone who is only 5'10" (try the step in on a Dodge 1500 for comparison; you'll need to make two steps to get in). But to read these posts about drive train problems, heads that spit plugs and then can't be helicoiled, etc. makes me wonder.

    Have they cured the drive train vibration problem in '06? If I were to look for a used '05 does the drive train vibration show up all the time or is it intermittent?
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I would stay away from late model F150s, including the '06 model. I am really getting annoyed by all these issues with the new trucks. Chevy and Dodge have them too. I thought that Chevy transmissions were great and all of a sudden transmissions on 1 year old Chevy z71's in my neighborhood are failing left and right. I happen to have an '06 Z71 and I am less than delighted to hear this.
  • My 2004 F150 Crew Cab has a terrible vibration that seems like it is due to the bed vibrating or shaking. My Ford dealer checked it out and said the bed it tight, etc. and that it is just the way the body/frame is built. Still doesn't seem right to me. Have never driven a pick-up and had the bed bounce and move like this one.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    ...........and that it is just the way the body/frame is built. Still doesn't seem right to me.

    Yes, it is the way it's built (and it's the way they continue to build them), and no, it doesn't seem right to many other owners either.

    Read back through this forum to see your problem repeated many, many times. :(
  • efk9efk9 Posts: 1
    While my truck was in for PA inspection at the local Ford dealer, they said that the rear right wheel cylinder was leaking, so I said go ahead and replace it. When I got the truck back I noticed a vibration from the front end when braking hard, that wasn't there previously. It is not noticeable while braking at slower speeds. It seems like warped rotors, but this just started after getting the truck back from the dealer.I took it back and questioned them about it and they said that the rear fix would not cause the front vibration and of course they would look into it for an additional cost. I said don't bother. I replaced the rotors, brakes and calipers. The rotors and brakes only had about 12k miles on them. Needless to say I still have the problem. Is it possible that they put in a defective wheel cylinder that is causing some kind of pressure problem? I bled the whole system with new fluid about 2 years ago and never had any problems. Any body have any ideas?
  • I just had the same problem today with my 2003 F-150 4x4. Was out showing some farmland and put the thing in 4x4. The light came on but after we got stuck we discovered it never was in 4 wheel. We than tried everything to get out but the back wheels just spun. We called a guy around the corner and he came and pulled me out. After we got moving the thing went int 4 wheel drive low and would not come out. We tried rocking it, backing up, everything to no avail. I had no choice but to drive it home in 4 wheel drive low for 2 miles. When I got home I turned it off and let it sit a bit. After about 20 minutes I was able to get it out of 4 wheel drive and back into 2 wheel drive. I now can go in and out of normal 4 wheel drive but now I don't have a 4 wheel drive low. I rarely ever use 4 wheel drive so needless to say I pretty upset. I'm almost thinking some type of sensor was went bad??? Anyone else had the issue?
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
    I am not sure about Fords, but some Chevy trucks have problems with the Autotrac transfer case switches (selector switch for 4WD high and low). Sounds like you may have a defective switch too. Hopefully that's all it is, because the switch is the least expensive part to replace in the 4WD system. I personally strongly dislike electronic transfer cases. I prefer the old fashioned lever. It is a lot more reliable and I am not too lazy to pull on it.
  • brownybrowny Posts: 3
    to dieselblues.theres a few things with fords awful hub system 1-vac.sensor 2-oring on hub 3-bearing in the hub.the system work on a pulse on off on off.all the hubs are locked or not.and the tolerance are so tight that even a slightly worn hub bearing can screw it up.good luck ps they should have left it alone.lock your hubs and pull the stick.the good old days.from browny
  • brownybrowny Posts: 3
    to obxlover4. your not the only one with this problem.first thing is stop going to that dealer they ford and tellem.the vibration is happening on 150 and 250. 20041/2 to 2005. trucks.three truck owners i know.there front hub unit was no good. all had under 30.000 miles on them.and one truck had a bad tire.what has happened is ford cutting back on warranty money to dealership. so some dealers will just bull till your warranty is up. so you have to pay go to some other dealer. from browny.
  • brownybrowny Posts: 3
    to apapp4.they do owe you a new engine.first off ford has had lots of problems with the fuel systems from computer stuff and bad injectors.sometimes to point gas would come out the tail pipe.your engine was probably already gas washed in that what they did was let idle for awhile put it on the anolizer brought the rpms up by this time its full of gas and blew the cylinder ford custumer serice number.start there.
  • mtbbkrmtbbkr Posts: 1
    I have a 06 F150 Supercrew, my 4th F150, my first 4X4. When I turn left, which unweights the left front wheel, and pass over a dip the left front suspension makes a clunking sound as the wheel drops into the dip. I have had it to the dealer two times, the first time they checked all fasteners for tightness and torque specs, the second they replaced the upper A arm. Still makes the sound. Is this sound inherent to a 4X4 as I have never heard a sound like this on any of my previous F150s. :confuse: image
  • piper460piper460 Posts: 1
  • p100p100 Posts: 1,116
  • recently I replaced my starting system(alternator, starter, cylanoid, voltage regulator, and the battery) but I can't seem to figure out why the voltage regulator keeps dying, and the battery also dies. I have an 1985 F-250, can anyone help me?
  • I am the proud owner of a 2002 F150 5.4L with 73K miles.
    Several months ago it developed a miss, the local parts house scanned the engine codes and determined the #8 cylinder was misfiring. The next day it cleared up and has run fine until a few days ago. The miss returned another scan determined that #7 & #8 were misfiring. I decided I better try to find out why, so I bought a set of plugs and a COP module. When I removed the plugs there was considerable moisture in the 7 & 8 plug wells and the rubber boot was very wet.
    Three questions what is the correct torque for the newly installed plugs, and does anyone have any idea where the moisture is coming from? (I do not wash my engine), and do I dare seal the boots to the head with high temp silicone?
    Thanks in advance.
  • jteleskyjtelesky Posts: 13
    All those F-150 owners out there be patient... The vibration problem or harmonics can be addressed through your dealership and finally with Ford Engineers and representatives. Ford has been very fair in dealing with my 05 but you must take the proper approach. Butting heads and acting as a gorilla will not solve your problem. Think before you act and be respectful. This is an excellent truck...
  • bfassettbfassett Posts: 17
    I have a 2002 F-150 and had some spark plug issues.The heads on this model are aluminum and thin.Ford knows they had a problems with the engine "spitting" plugs.They only grab about 3 threads.Make sure this is not an issue.Usually they can't be fixed without replacing the head. My problems all started on the # 3 cylnder.First with a coil and then the injector went bad and then the plug went.BOOM I was only doing 10 mph so that prevented more damage. Have your dealer check.You may be able to do some preventative maintenance.
  • mudder1mudder1 Posts: 1
    would water plug them up
    and wat would make it not run l :sick:
  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    Doesn't matter if it's Ford, Chev, or Dodge injerters(whatever that is) there is no internal combustion engine that I am aware of that will run on water.....
  • tcandsuetcandsue Posts: 4
    I have a 2005 f-250 4x4. When traveling 65 mph and I encounter a rough spot on the freeway or pot hole, the front end goes into a violent uncontrollable shake and woble. I took it in to the dealer and they said the dampener rod was out and replaced it. It was ok for a while but started again, only worse. When it happens I have no choice but to slow down, and as I do it amplifies the problem but stops after the speed is reduced . This is a very serious prblem and I think if it happens in a curve I am going to lose control.I know the 4x4's have a stiffer suspension, but this is crazy. I hope someone can share a similar experience and some advise. Thanks,White Knuckles.
  • timswifetimswife Posts: 3

    I have a 2005 F250 with the same problem. I brought it to the dealer, they said there was nothing wrong and they never heard of the problem. Please let me know how many others you hear back from with the same problem.
  • tcandsuetcandsue Posts: 4
    Thanks Timswife. I took it to another dealer yesterday, and the dampener strut was ok. They did however redo all of the front suspension adjustments as they said they were out of wack so to speak. The steering arm, tie rod, etc. They said there really wasn't much wrong. It seems like it is better, but I will know more tomorrow hen I get back out on the highway. I am not very optimistic though. Just how severe would you say your experience was? My next step will be to take the service manager out with me on a road test. That should set some alarms off. Regards, Tom
  • timswifetimswife Posts: 3
    Hi Tom,

    I am writing for my husband Tim. He said it was so severe he could hardly keep control of the vehicle (he is avery strong man). He said If I was driving it I would have been in a very bad accident.
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    Thanks for the reassuring post. But, what is the solution and how will it be addressed by the Ford dealer body? Has it been fixed for the MY2006 F150's so that the don't vibrate?
  • 04e35004e350 Posts: 2
    I have owned my 2004 F-150 FX4 truck for 18 days. It has 14,000 miles on it. It has been in the shop for 5 days already. It has a loud rattling noise from underneath at 50 mph or when pulling a hill, and between 1st and 2nd gear-it "bogs down". We took it to a Ford service center, (not the one we bought it at-that's a whole separate issue for another time!!!). In 1 week, they replaced the radiator for a leak, serpentine belt, bolts in the fan shroud (wrong ones were in there), air cleaner bracket, intake tube bracket, both catalytic converters, drive belt, and tightened the transmission oil cooler (which was falling off), and the problems are still not resolved. Dealer says they don't know how to fix the problem. They can hear the rattling noise when driving vehicle and can feel shifting problem, but unable to resolve issue. Truck is going back to original dealership on Monday and we are getting our trade-in back (per dealer suggestion!). This vehicle is a previous Ford buyback, and we are already the 4th owners, (of which we were not aware of either of these issues at time of sale). What is wrong with this picture? Has anyone been through similar situation or know what the problem is with the truck?
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    I've always wondered what happened to factory buy backs. Does a complete Car Fax (beware, there are different levels of a Car Fax you can run; the free one the dealer offers you is very cursory) tip one off to a buy back??
  • i keep going through starters and cant figure out why they keep going bad on me please help.
  • 04e35004e350 Posts: 2
    Not if it was NOT reported by a DMV as a Manufacturer Buyback or LEMON. The CARFAX report we ran was a single report over the internet that we paid $19.99 for. It really was not much help in our situation as far as the "buyback" issue was concerned. We only found out after the sale because the dealer called 5 days later to tell us we had to sign a paper stating we are aware the vehicle is a buyback. You can imagine what my answer was!!!
  • thnkfstthnkfst Posts: 1
    I have an 2005 F250 with 23k miles and just experienced the problem you are describing. I was traveling about 55 and ran over a pot hole. The truck started shaking uncontrollably it felt as if my front wheel was falling off. I will try the dealer tonight.
  • the problem you are haveing is similar to mine but i have no moisture your moisture is hrom the hose going to the heater core it has a small leak getting into the bore for the spark plug and shorting it out
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