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2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty Problems and Solutions



  • frobeyfrobey Posts: 17
    My 2001 V10 definately does it when I start it after letting it sit for a couple days. I took it in to the dealer and of course they said that they didn't experience it and didn't have any kind of TSBs on it. I think I'm going to record it on my video camera and play it for them the next time I heard over towards the dealer to pick up my towing relays (see below). Will let ya know the outcome.

    BTW, if you bought a trailer package and haven't yet hooked up a trailer to your truck, and are planning to do so at some time, you might want to check to make sure you have the towing relays installed. I found out mine didn't went I went to have a slide in camper hooked up :-(

    I called the dealer about it and he said that sometimes they come with them installed and sometimes they don't, and sometimes folks that don't order the trailer package get em. FORD QUALITY IS JOB ONE...

    If you look in your manual it will call them Trailer Tow Backup Lamp Relay, Trailer Tow Battery Charge Relay and Trialer Tow Electronic Brake Controller. You should also get a Brake Controller Cable. Two of em' (can't remember which ones) will be in a little plastic box right next to your main fuse box, it's kinda hard to determine that from the pictures.

  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    Argghh!! My wife had teasingly accused me that I loved my '01 F350 CC more than her, but I didn't think she was gonna take action over it! I'm mean I love my truck; it helped me avoid a mid life crisis, and I've been getting a few truck toys for it - but I wasn't that bad....

    Yesterday, my wife was going out to get a load of landscape block, and put a bunch of things on passenger side front floor before she left. Evidently she closed the door enough that the door chime didn't go off, but the door obviously wasn't latched. Anyway, my driveway is torn up for curtain drain installation and has a couple 6 inch deep, 3 ft wide cuts through it. As she backed MY TRUCK over the bumps, the front passenger door was jarred open and hooked itself into a dirt pile on side of driveway. She immediately stopped but succeeded in hyperextending door about a foot further out than it normally goes. OOoOops.

    Door still closes (sorta), but front fender is bowed, hood is sprung and closes crooked, and it looks like lower right corner of windshield is not fully seated. " Doesn't look that bad" ( to Her!!!), but I'm sure it's $$$$ to fix.
    I've had truck for 17 months and it was almost pristine!!! We had just gotten to point where car insurance was going to get cheaper after three years with out any claims....wah ;-(
    Just needed some place to vent. So any suggestions on how my wife should repent for the error of her ways? My PSD buddy says I should upgrade to Lariat Diesel.
  • fordbluefordblue Posts: 13
    My sympathy on your wounded SD. I too had my pristine 01 F250 CC 4x4 wounded recently. My 13 year old was "helping" me unload a ton of decorative rock. I let him take over as I went inside to get a phone call. When we were all done and I lifted up the tailgate and then I thought the heat was making me hallucinate. My tailgate (the outside) was all scratched and gouged. Apparently each time he'd move the wheelbarrow he'd "somehow" managed to scratch the #*%$ out of the tailgate. When I asked him about it he said it must have already been like that. Wifey said, "relax, it's only a truck"!!!! The second battle wound was at the hands of wifey. She somehow managed to let the wind catch our Nissan's door (which has a broken hinge stop) and slam the side of the SD passanger door. A nice, deep, hightly visible, dent. She said, "Ooppps, sorry", and that was it. She appeared to enjoy the moment. OH well, wpalkowski I guess our trucks have more character now. LOL. As far as punishment, they should be temporarily barred from the SDs.
  • eleets00eleets00 Posts: 27
    Hello all. I know this message isn't pertaining to the subject at hand, but no has responed when I put them in the correct topic. I would like to if anyone here owns the 2000 F150 Harley Davidson SuperCab &/or the 2001 F150 HD CrewCab. How do they drive? How is the reliability? What is the gas mileage like? I'm looking at the 2002 Ram Quad Cab, but like the Harley Davidson F150's better. But.. after my 96 Contour fiasco, I'm skeptical of buying another Ford product (I've heard the horror stories on the pre-2K2 Ram's). I live in Stn Mtn/Lithonia, GA & have to drive 48 miles round trip to work every day. Plus I plan on getting sport bike & would like to know which one is better equipped to handle the bike. How much should I expect to pay for either? Any info/advice anyone can provide will greatly appreciated.

    PS - Anyone know where I can get some info on the next generation F150's?
  • fordtuffordtuf Posts: 101
    I have a couple of sources.
    AKINS FORD,Peter Gloger, 770-867-9136. Tell him I Kevin Owen sent you.
    Vicki Hall, Hayes Chryler Oakwood, 770-535-2835.
    Jacky Jones Ford, Cleveland, no number.

    The first is whom I bought a couple of trucks from, three months ago my new 02 F250 V10 4x4.

    The second is my sister-in-law, and if I bought a Dodge I could have gotten her discount. No way I'm going to buy a Dodge though.

    The third is just one of the biggest truck dealers in the Southeast U.S.

    One of my best friends bought a 1 1/2 year old 1500, 5.9L, 2wd. Four years later....4 tranny's, 2 engines, a lot of brake jobs, and a lot of everything else that is mechanical. He doesn't tow a thing, he doesn't haul a thing! I tried to talk him out of buying the Dodge but he liked the looks. A Ford F250 is now in the plans.

    BTW, I live in Flowery Branch.
  • wings1wings1 Posts: 1
    I have a 1997 F-150 with 54000 miles. When I had 26000 miles, Ford fixed both doors that were rusty. At 50000 miles, the problem re-appeared. Ford said they will go 50-50 to replace them ($1000 each). I can't reason with them. They seem to think this is normal. Also, I noticed that the drivers door is starting to crack and rust just behind the window. They also said they would repair it under the 3 year/36000 mile warranty. This doesn't seem right. Has anyone else had similar problems.
  • bessbess Posts: 972
    I've heard of several others that have had a door crack problem. (1/4 inch crack or shorter near lower part of window).
    Some folks had dealers who did the repair at no cost (well over the 36k warranty), some got an 80/20% split, some got nothing.
    There is a TSB issued for the door crack..

    It sounds like in your case, the dealer offered to fix the crack for free, (under warranty).

    As for the 'rust', this doesn't sound like a common problem. If the dealership offered a 50/50 on that, it seems 'reasonable' to me..
    But, you could take it to other Ford dealerships, you might be able to get something more..
  • berry113berry113 Posts: 13
    Wings and Bess thanks for responding - we have hit a brick wall with Ford. Dealer says we need new doors, there's no way to "repair" the rust that is eating away at all 3 doors. They will not pitch in a dime. We have been very happy with our truck until this and the lack of response from Ford to stand behind their product is truly disappointing. I can honestly say we will not purchase another vehicle from Ford.
  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    Doesn't your truck have something like a 10 yr/100k mile corrosion warranty? Mine does and the manual states they will not fix it until the rust perforates the sheet metal. It may be a little dishonest, but none more than what Ford is doing to you, but pack a little calcium chloride into the rusty spots. Your doors will be perforated in no time. Then give it a good wash out before taking it in.
  • Hi all, I purchased a new 02 f150 back in april and I just discovered that the transmission fluid level is only just a bit into the fully warmed area when fully warm. The book says it is acceptable but I dont like it on the low side. Also the engine 5.4 is suppose to take 6 qts of oil but it shows about a half qt down since new. I also just discovered power steering fluid leaking under steering shaft any suggestions on these and just wondering if anyone else had same problem.the truck has less than 1000mi. thanks
  • bessbess Posts: 972
    If the fluid is within the 'do not add' range, then it's just fine..

    If the fluid is within the 'do not add' range,
    then it's just fine.. When you change the oil, put 6quarts in.. My 00 SuperDuty with the 5.4L uses about 0.5 quarts every 3k miles.

    power steering:
    Have your dealer fix it..
  • Thanks Bess for the info.Would like to know If anybody out there has recently purchased an 02 F150 xlt super cab and how do they like it and if they have run into any problems. And what gas milege they are getting.appreciate any info.
  • jparentejparente Posts: 9
    Hi, I bought a 2002 about 3 weeks ago. So far so good. I have a bit of a rough idle which I visited the dealer for and they told me to wait a bit longer for the computer to "tune" itself. Other than that is is just great.

    This is my 3rd F150 (97, 98 and now 2002) and they have all been trouble free. This one has the 5.4 and I've been getting around 14MPG. That was my first tank full too.

    It tows like a dream and is quiet and comfortable. We got the power pedals as my roommate is 5' 2".

    I'm really happy so hope you are too!
  • Ford has been eveluating a prototype 5 speed automatic transmission at the Kingman, AZ facility. A close friend of mine is assigned to the project and informs that "all is not going well." The new 6.0 Powerstroke diesel is so strong (torque) and generates so much heat that design team is rethinking their approach to this new transmission. My concern for consumers is what will Ford do come the "due date" of this transmission? Will they take the GM approach and produce it any way then let the consumer be the evaluator. I hope not. Dodge too, is working on a new auto tranny and I hope their attempts will result in better success than Ford is having. The problems I see described with the 6 speed manual transmission are not new. All manufacturers using that gearbox have experienced problems. The current design and materials used suggest that a periodic fluid change at about 20,000 iles is advisable. Those who are doing this are experiencing fewer problems.
  • wnaplywnaply Posts: 3
    I brought the truck to the dealer. The dealer said they had not heard of this before. They told me they called Ford about the knocking sound at startup. Ford told them that this is normal for the V10 and not to do anything. It's ashame that Ford puts an engine in a $30K plus vehicle and say that it is normal to knock at startup. Any thoughts?????????

    #176 of 195 Apparent Valve Train Noise at Startup!! by wnaply Jun 11, 2002 (12:32 pm)
    Just curious if anyone else has seen the problem I have. I have noticed after my truck sits overnight that there is a noise that sounds like the valve train tapping at startup. The noise goes away after about 15 seconds and does not re-occur during the day. I have 25k miles on the truck. I recently switched from 5W-30W dino oil to 5W-30W Mobil 1 Synthetic with Prolong additive. I did not hear the problem before the switch. I plan to go back to the dino oil in the next couple of days. Any thoughts? :)

    Oh yeah, with the synthetic and Prolong I picked up about 1.75mpg for what its worth....

    '00 SD, V10, CC, 4X4 Lariat

    #177 of 195 wnaply by bess Jun 11, 2002 (05:59 pm)
    It's possible that the oil filter you used either didn't have, or had a defective anti-drainback valve. This valve built into the oil filter keeps the oil from draining out of the top end of the engine when the truck is not running.

    I've always used Motorcraft filters which have this feature..

    #178 of 195 filter change by wnaply Jun 12, 2002 (10:31 am)
    Well, I changed the oil and filter and still have the annoying noise at startup. Like you Bess I always use the Motorcraft filter. I hate to go to the dealer with this one. I can picture them rubbing there chin and saying that's just normal for the V10. At least it is only first thing in the morning. Maybe it's just more noticeable to me because I have an autostart and am able to be around the front of the truck when it starts. I guess I'll start it from the inside a few times to see what it sounds like from there. Don't think it is normal though.....
  • larsen2larsen2 Posts: 1
    I have an 01 F-150 Lariat 5.4 4x4 that has made a slight "whine" when it shifts under heavy acceleration since it was new. Everything works fine and it hasn't gotten any worse now at 15k miles and 18 months. The dealer's wizz kid couldn't hear it although my wife can so I know I aint crazy.
    I am now pulling a little 5th wheel that is around 6,500 loaded up and things seem to do great other than the noise.
    I would also be interested in any performance upgrades that work well on this set up other than the K&N and 3" cat-back that I have already installed.
  • obus100obus100 Posts: 7

    I have a used 95 F150 with the 4.9 300 in line 6 engine. I have been seeing a small oil drip get larger and larger. I crawled underneath finally yesterday. The oil pan is rusting out on the sides and the bottom.

    I have never heard of this. I have Model A's that are getting on to 70 + years now with their original oil pans; but here is a truck with only 70,000 miles and 6 years service and the engine oil pan is rusting out. Seems like a factory grey paint was put on really heavy and is now peeling off and taking the metal with it.

    Anybody heard of this before? I doubt Ford will do anything about this. Anybody change a pan on one of these recently? Do I have to raise the engine and disconnnect lots of stuff, or does it slip in and out easily?

    Thanks for any help......
  • hi
    I have a 1984 ford f-150 with a 4.9l in line 6cyl engin and it won't stay started its not electcal because I replaced the entire electronic starting system timed it tuned it up new carb adjusted the throttle its getting gas, spark, but I have to keep constant pressure on the accelrator just to keep it running E-mail me at with answers
  • Hello to all! I'm usually over at the Dodge Dakota site but I needed to pick your brains about something. A buddy of mine has a 1987 F-150 in pretty good condition. It has that crazy looking dual hose intake setup for the fuel injection on the 302 cu. in. engine. Does anyone know if there is an intake setup similar to a K&N or Airaid for this truck?? Thanks and enjoy your F-150's! They are great trucks.
  • The horn buttons on my '94 f150 will not make the horn work. The horn is fine (panic button on keyless entry makes it work). Also noticed the airbag light blinking. Both horn and airbag wiring comes into steering wheel in a rotating connection. Suspect that connection has a problem. Has anyone experienced the same thing? How hard is it to replace that connection?
  • I haven't had problem myself. Though do have '95 F150. Rotating mechanism for electrical connections in steering column is referred to as the clock spring. From what I remember you've got to pull steering wheel, get inside column and replace this gizmo. Unfortunately, I've heard stated that you need three hands in order to do the job. Hopefully somebody else who's had experience with this can add something more useful than me. Good luck.
  • Do you also have cruise with the steering wheel mounted controls? If so, I'd bet that isn't working either. I had a clock spring replaced on mine a year ago. The dealership did it for $75.
  • Thanks to both for the clockspring info. I have cruise, but not sure if working. Will check that, but from the looks of things, the clock spring is the culprit. Dealer wants about 5x the price you paid(or $380)down here!! Seems a bit steep for what's involved. Dealer wants $91 just for this plastic part!! A local shop will do the job for $200, which is what I plan to do - have to have a horn! Horns used to work way past when everything else was worn out. Have we over-engineered this thing?
  • Maybe there is a design difference in our trucks. It only took about 30 minutes to fix. I've heard things are higher in CA, but that sounds ridiculous. Seems like I paid about $50 for the part.

    Like I said, there may be a difference in our trucks, but if you want me to, e-mail me and I'll send you my local dealers phone number. Then you can call and see if your dealer is trying to rip you off.
  • I am having a serious problem with my 98 Ford F150. It has only 60,000 miles on it and my mechanic is telling me that it has a cracked block and needs a new or rebuilt engine. This happened eight months ago and I called Ford about it they said there was nothing that they could or would do about it since it was out of the 3 year/ 36,000 mile warranty. Since then, I have been looking for a good price on engines for it on the internet and talking to friends and family about it. In my searching I have heard from several people that this is a common problem. I would like to know if in fact this is a common problem and if so what do I need to do to get my truck fixed. I understand that this engine was used in 1997-2000 F150's, so if anyone has a similar problem or knows anyone with this problem please email me @ I think if enough of us get together we can make Ford do something about it. Thank you very much,Scott
  • It is my understanding that most auto manufacturers have an unspoken 100K mi limited powertrain warranty. If you raise enough of a stink, Ford will pay for the parts, but you still have to pay for the labor. The transmission on my mothers Chrysler went out at 60k and Chrysler payed for a new one, but she still had to pay over a $1000 dollars for labor.
  • bessbess Posts: 972
    This is the first time I've heard of anything like that. It does not sound common at all.

    Ford has no 'legal' obligation to help you in any way.. HOWEVER, I have heard of cases similar to what johncos mentions.

    =======If this happend to me==========
    I would have approached the dealership service manager, and remained polite and professional, and asked if there is any way that they can work with the Ford regional rep to help me out. I'm not asking for a freebie, but can they (FoMoCo) pay 1/2 the cost, or I pay labor and they (FoMoCo) pay parts etc.. Also call the Ford 1-800 customer service number and make a similar request.
    I've owned many Fords in the past, and plan to own Fords in the future. I am disappointed with this recent experience, and it doesn't seem like a typical problem, but was just a weird failure.
    (Heck, some Fords don't even recommend their first major service until after 100k miles).

    The best way to have FoMoCo or the dealership to completely ignore you or stonewall is to say 'I'll never buy another Ford'. When someone says this, it is clear that no matter what they do, they've lost a customer, so why help them..

    In my experience, if you give a company a reasonable chance to show their commitment to customers, they will help as any business as successful as Ford knows the value of repeat customers.

    This doesn't mean be a 'whimp', but it is possible to be firm.. This doesn't always work but I think I double my chances of getting a favorable outcome because I get 2 tries,
    Try 1: be a nice guy, (but firm)
    Try 2: then use the law (not so nice guy).

    Whereas if you use (not so nice guy) first, there's no going back.
  • Hi. yes there is a problem with bad oil pans in years 92 through 96, mostly in the gray color. I have a 93 with 70,000 miles that rusted out last year. I have patch it a couple times, but it just keeps rusting around the patches. I went to my local dealer for a pan and gaskets, they told me they always keep a few on hand because they replace so many. The good news is that its fairly inexpensive around $100. The installation isn't that bad you have to drop the oil sump on the pump to get the pan off. I hope this helps you.
  • I burn most of my CDs and I have found that the CD player will not play some of them. I have the remote 6 pack CD option. Has anyone else experienced this problem and has a solution been found?
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