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2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Problems and Solutions



  • This may be a little out of the F150 owners club, but I'm considering buying an 06 Lariat 150, and I'm wondering if I'm making a good decision or not. I haven't owned a Ford product in a long time. You probably know the acronyms for Ford by now.

    Thanks in advance for your help in this matter.

  • twocartwocar Posts: 95
    Does the vibration go away after you come to a full stop?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I suggest you read back over as many months as you can manage. (I've changed the title clarity.)
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    This isn't an engine vibration problem.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    billingsley, I see not reason not to go for it. My 05 SuperCrew is wonderful. My neighbor 2 doors up just bought an 06 SuperCrew and he could not be happier. The new F-150 has been very well received and is doing well.

    As far as acronymns go, the only one I am aware of is:


    Good luck!
  • twocartwocar Posts: 95
    I hope not. I believe it is either a sensor/switch regarding the ABS/EBFD or the truck is switching into Fail Safe Mode and not running on all cylinders. Why do I say that? I tried to unplug the ABS fuses to see if that would cure the pulsating/vibration and the damn truck went into Fail Safe Mode and ran rough as hell. I replaced the ABS fuses with matching fuses from different locations in the fuse panel and after 3 driving cycles (per the manual) my check engine light went off. Truck drove fine for 2 days and then yesterday the vibration reappeared. I have 42,000 on this truck and this problem never surfaced until around 1,000 miles ago. I can't imagine something just isn't balanced so I have to believe it is electrical to have come on so suddenly. If that is the problem...Ford Motor Company owes me a lot of money for figuring it out since they haven't and it would save them a lot of shame and money if this is the cure.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    As I've said in a previous post, I believe the current style F150 has a tendency to develop unacceptable vibrations. These can be caused by a variety of triggers. Reported sources range from tires, to steering components, to suspension components, to shock absorbers, to propshaft, to axle components, to brakes (ABS problems, dragging emergency brakes, rotor and caliper problems), to name the most common ones.

    Cure is often effected by replacement of the appropriate parts. The hard part is making a correct diagnosis. However, some people (read past history here) have had most or all of the above replaced, sometimes more than once, to no avail. Ford has even stooped to fitting inertial mass dampers to the pickup bed in some cases, and even this doesn't always work.

    I hope that you've found a fix for your problem. However, I don't believe there's a universal fix for this, apart from a major redesign. Ford's current attitude to their F150 customers with these problems is probably the most economically viable for Ford, so I wouldn't expect it to change anytime soon.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    "Ford's current attitude to their F150 customers with these problems is probably the most economically viable for Ford, so I wouldn't expect it to change anytime soon."

    I would say that nothing will change any time soon because a small number of people are having problems. Consider how many of these they sell every year and then consider how few folks are complaining. I have no vibration. I know three people with 2005 or 2006 F150s and none of us have vibrations. Sorry yours has a vibration, but most of us do not. That is why Ford is no hurry to change a winning design after only 3 years in the run. Good luck getting your taken care of!
  • lharsinlharsin Posts: 1
    I have a 1972 Ford F100 pick up truck. Headlights started cutting on & off when dimmer switch on high beam. Stopped & turned off truck to check if battery loose. Truck wouldn't start - just a click. Tried jumping from another vehicle - just buzzed and then click only.

    Interior lights and headlights come on. I did previously have to replace a fuse to have truck start. Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated. I have to try to get my truck started to get it home.
  • twocartwocar Posts: 95
    I never had the vibration either until 42,000 miles. Took it in yesterday and they said all 4 tires were out of balance and they balanced them and also said the tires were feathered. I know that's not what was causing this inadvertent problem. I just wish they knew what it was because I love the truck.
  • turkmcoturkmco Posts: 1
    I have a 2000 excursion and i have the same problem. I went to a ford dealer and looked at a 2004 excursion and the lockouts would not turn on that either. I asked the parts department and they said that you have to turn them once a month for them not to freeze up like that. I asked if there were any recalls on them for it because it is a problem and they told me no.
  • twocartwocar Posts: 95
    I should say "intermittent" rather than "inadvertent".
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    Good luck with that. Will keep an eye on this as my miles get higher.
  • f150girlf150girl Posts: 1
    02 F150 sport (current miles 70,000)

    I am the only owner of this F150 and oil changes, filters everything is done on schedule. At 50,000 miles I started the truck and it backfired & black smoke came out (first & only time this happened) but after that it started "not starting" on the first try only when I had less than 1/2 a tank of gas but now it does it sporadically no matter how much gas is in truck. And while driving (not sure how to describe this) but it feels like i'm pushing on gas & letting off over & over even though I'm not (constant pressure on gas peddle & it still does it). Have had system flushed 2xs, filters changed, been on computer 3xs & still they say nothing is wrong. Not sure if i've explained the problem well but any questions let me know. :confuse:
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,926
    While the current F150 series seems to have garnered a rapid reputation for unsolvable vibration problems, and although it seems much more prevalent in Fords it must be noted that Ford trucks are not alone in this issue. GM trucks are having this issue as well.

    There is always a point where engineers are on the edge of design limits. These vibration problems may just be the result of trying to temp the fate of the laws of physics.

    Light duty truck manufacturers nowadays feel compelled to design their trucks to the butts of people that really want to drive cars that sit taller in the air. To make a truck carry heavy loads and provide a soft ride presents engineering with a conflicting set of physical design parameters. What has been done so far is to provide heavier weight linear springs with increasingly lighter non-linear shocks. This is a good combination for enticing secondary oscillations of the suspensions. Note Chevy and GMCs use of a two-leaf rear spring.

    A good friend of mine just solved a eight-month ongoing problem of chassis vibration in his 2006 GMC by flipping the cost of a much heavier-duty front and rear shocks. The vibration is now completely gone (previously unsolvable by his dealer). But then again, so is that nice soft ride.

  • tadragtadrag Posts: 10
    No, mine is definately related to emergency brake application. But it seems the only way it goes away is a little aggravating time on the road. I have stopped to check when in vibrating mode, and the cables are loose, but the rear brake disks are hot enough to make you think you will get a burn from touching them. It seems that over a few miles of driving the vibration gets less then finally goes away.

    Dealer pulled e-brake drums and said all looked good.

  • jteleskyjtelesky Posts: 13
    Mac24 Do you own a F-150 or are you just interested in an array of vehicle problems? It seems you are more reactive to a given situation that pro-active. Anyway ownership of a vehicle lends in itself validity. This has nothing to do with good fortune.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Mac24 Do you own a F-150 or are you just interested in an array of vehicle problems?

    Yes and yes.

    I own an older model F150 which has been extremely reliable and gives excellent service. I would like to own a current model but can't justify doing so.

    I'm also interested in an 'array of vehicle problems' as you put it, particularly if those problems are on vehicles that I own or have personal experience with.

    I'm not sure I really understand your other comments.
  • jteleskyjtelesky Posts: 13
    You seem to be very informed and a student of mechanics. Pertinent to the F-150 05 and 06 they are an outstanding truck despite some having the vibration,shake, rattle and roll issues. I had an 05 and was replaced by an 06 without any charges. It is in the method that gave me a new truck. Hope this clarifies my stance.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    In my opinion, I would paraphrase your statement to read 'The F150 would likely be an outstanding truck, if only it didn't have the propensity for vibration, shake, rattle and roll issues!'

    I'm glad to hear that Ford did the correct thing in your case, which was to replace your faulty '05 with a presumably perfect '06. I wish I could be confident that they would do the same for me if I were to be unfortunate enough to purchase a faulty F150.
  • tophamtopham Posts: 2
    My 2000 f-250 v10 engine seized at 98,000 miles. Two connecting rod bearings froze on the crank shaft. All other rod and main bearings are in excellent condition. Anyone else have similar problems?
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    My condolences for you engine. Is it repairable or is cheaper to drop another V10 into the truck?

    Haven't heard anything on V10s seizing spontaneously. Unfortunately, you're the first one I know of that wasn't caused by a punctured oil pan, or operator error (e.g.a loose filter, or a missing oil drain bolt). I know of a couple of folks with 125-150K on their V10s, and those motors are running strong.

    Early V10s - 98-99 had a problem with internal clearances called Piston Slap. Ford had a siilent recall on those and replaced the motors if the owners complained. There was also the exhaust flutter caused by the manifold y-pipe design. They redesigned the pipe in '01 and the complaints went away. A small percentage of V10s have been reported to have blown out a spark plug. My feeling on that is that the owners didn't check the torque on their plugs and they worked loose and eventually blew out. Finally, there's been instances of broken manifold bolts which are evidently a real &^*%# to get out.
    By and large the V10 has been very robust and a worthy replacement for the old 460 cu in V8.

    Again sorry about your motor.

    Walt - '01 F350 XLT ,V10, 4x4, Crew Cab
  • twocartwocar Posts: 95
    Well, dealer had truck for 3 days and logged over 125 miles on it. No vibration could be recreated. Mind you this isn't a trivial vibration, but a shudder. I get the truck back and log about 25 miles on it and it does it again only this time at 65 while reducing speed on the interstate. Taking it back Tuesday. FYI - NHTSA's website has complaints identical to mine. Vibration comes on around 40-65 mph and then subsides after a full stop.
  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    sounds like the vibration problem, from what I read in this forum, is isolated to the 4x4 version of the F150.

    I have an '04 4x2 version and have experienced no vibration problems. My only gripe is dashboard creeks and ratles.

    yes, there are more F150's on the road working just fine, but if you look at only the 4x4's, the problem does present itself as larger than Ford would want it to be.
  • twocartwocar Posts: 95
    Ford replaced my emergency brake levers. Apparently Ford has re-engineered the emergency brake component due to a "rust weld" problem it is having wherein the cam won't let the emergency brake fully release and it causes the violent shudder until you stop. Although the F-150 has all around discs...the emergency brake, from what I understand, still has its own drum to function and this is where the problem is. So far so good since getting it back yesterday. Will keep you posted in a week if not sooner if this is the cure. :shades:
  • qazqaz Posts: 1
    Hi, Everyone I have a F250 v10 and all the guages on my dashboard stoped working so i cheacked the fuses and none of them were blown? :cry:
  • tom21769tom21769 Posts: 63
    Where is the jack stored on the 2006 F150 (regular cab 4x4)?
    Owner Manual says it is "behind the interior trim on the passenger side of the cab".
    What the heck does that mean? Footwell? Door panel trim? Rear wall trim?
  • debipsdebips Posts: 1
    My 2004 F-150 4x4 developed the same noises after 15,000 miles and the brake lights would come on randomly when no one was in the truck. I took it to the dealer the first time they put new brakes on the front in, then they said the grinding still happened after they drove it and Ford said to seed in the brakes (disc brakes, what a line of !@#). They did say that Ford had a bulletin on the problem. I drove the truck the next day had the grinding for 15 miles! second day no noises. I put the truck in 4x4 high drove it for 20 miles then 3 miles from the dealership I put it back in two wheel drive and the noise was louder then ever and didn't stop. They said the rear left wheel would not turn a whole rotate without the emergency brake locking up and they still have my truck. At least I figured out how to make the noise happen.
  • bboone52bboone52 Posts: 2
    I need help finding information on what rear end I have and what rear end would be best in my F350. I will be hauling a 3000lb slide in camper with a 17 ft skiff on a trailor. I know I have plenty of power and would like to change the rear end to help the fuel economy as the truck is also my primary ride when the camper is not being used. thanks
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    For best economy running empty, or with light loads, you want the highest gearing available. Loaded up with a slide-in plus a trailer, high gearing will not only give disappointing performance but terrible economy as well.

    So low gearing for good performance and economy with a load, and high gearing for good performance and economy unladen (or great performance and terrible economy ;) ).

    You need to pick one or the other.
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