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  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    I had wondered the same thing after learning the mirror didn't auto dim.

    my guess it's for the compas and exterior temperature -
  • kg11kg11 Posts: 530
    I do have the auto-dimming mirror and the cable from it goes to the module. The only other automatic, daylight sensitive system I can think of on the truck is the headlights. Push that button and see if the headlights (and tail lights) don't come on when it gets dark. (not the daytime lights)
  • tim7tim7 Posts: 1
    I really like the new style F-150's but they do not offer a manual transmission. Any word if the 2005 model will have that option? I know it is available in the Heritage edition but not the new model. Thanks!
  • I have a '04 F150 with 10,000 miles. the truck has been having a rear end problems since 5000 miles. Clunking and hard jolts from the rear end when I take off in parking lots, at red lights, etc. I have taken the problem to dealership and they think I am making this problem up. The problem is not a daily issue so they can not find anything wrong. Anyone else experiencing these problems?
  • lazlaz Posts: 1
    I am about to inherit a 1997 f-150 4x4 shortbed with a 6 cylinder engine. Not sure which size - I think the basic engine. According to Edmunds, the towing capacity of the vehicle is 7500 lbs, which seems quite high to me. Can anyone give me some info from the real world? I am wondering if it will be possible or advisable to tow a horse trailer with this thing? Trailer wt, 3000, horse wt 1200, gear 200 or so, for a total of less than 5000, which ought to be within the limits, but...does this thing really tow that much, and safely? Thanks for any input. The truck, btw, is in awesome shape, meticulously maintained with less than 10,000 miles.
  • How often does it happen? Every single time you accelerate from a stop or just ocassionally? In any of my trucks ('02 Yukon Denali, '04 F-150 XLT, '05 Silverado LS) I'll get a light/moderate clunk if I do anything abrupt with the gas or brake. Its kind of expected considering the length of the driveshaft.
  • zeek1zeek1 Posts: 1
    does your truck have a limited slip rearend? if so they call it a rear end chatter! you can go to your local ford dealer and get some friction modifier it is about a 4oz tube and you can dump it in your rearend and it should fix it in a matter of miles!~
  • ccasey2ccasey2 Posts: 2
    I have a 2004 F150 4x4....bought a tow hitch and it wouldn't fit into the receiver. It would go in about 2 inches and then stop. I took the truck back to the dealer...they tried the hitch on other F150's and it did the same thing. But, then they tried it on some Expeditions and it worked fine. Anybody have a similar problems...anybody here about problems with the F150 tow packages generally or perhaps about a bad batch Ford put out.

    Any help would be much appreciated. I need to pick it up at the dealer tomorrow and I'm sort of at a loss about what to do. thanks.
  • rjimsonrjimson Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 f150 with the same problems at 3000 miles. The dealer greased the spline sp???
    This has seemed to take care of the problem,
    but they only fixed it last week.
    Hope this helps
  • alkanxalkanx Posts: 69
    Hi, got a new 4x2 04 Lariat last week, any problems or issues, please let me know.

  • johnh1johnh1 Posts: 2
    I have a 04 F150 that has the same problem when the rear end is cold. The dealership put the friction modifier in 2 days ago, so far so good. I was wondering if anybody is having a problem with a rough idle when in gear with the A/C off.
  • johnh1johnh1 Posts: 2
    I bought my 04 F150 in late Feb. You are not alone. The dealership reprogramed the pmc @ days ago and said it was fixed but no luck. I thought I was imagining it but I guess not. Maybe Ford will come up with a fix. I don't think it is a common problem, or more people would be complaining.
  • watts1watts1 Posts: 1
    I have been researching a few different trucks for 3 weeks now and think the FordF-150 suits my needs best. I'd like to hear comments on this particular trucks towing capacity. This will be my first truck purchase (purchasing to haul my horse) and Im a bit nervous. Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  • watts1,

    I have the '04 F150 smaller V8, and while it suits my needs (light towing) I would definitely recommend you get the 5.4 litre V8 for towing a horse.

    great truck = love the quiet cab.
  • kg11kg11 Posts: 530
    That horse and trailer weigh under 4000 lb.

    I always get the biggest engine but my folks tow a 6000 lb travel trailer with a '04 GMC with the smaller engine (4.8). I prefer the most power available but NEED is a pretty strong word.

  • lenrlenr Posts: 13
    Ford publishes towning capacity for every vehicle configuration. Dealers have brochures. Basically, it starts with with the GCWR Gross Combined Weight Rating of the vehicle which is determined by engine, transmission, rear axle ratio, and wheel size. Bigger wheels need higher ratio axles to keep the engine spinning up in the usable torque range (except deisels which have very low RPM torque curves). In the Ford charts you'll notice that higher ratio axles come with higher trailer ratings. Ford also de-rates trucks with manual transmissions, except for the Super Duty series. I am not sure why, but it may be the difficulty of starting up a big load with a clutch. After the GCWR is fiured then, the weight of the vehicle and one person is subtracted to arive at the trailer weight rating. So bigger, heavier trucks have a lower rating than lighter ones with the same engine, trans., rear axle.

    Ao much for theory, now practicle experience. As the owner of a 97 F-150, I find the Ford trailer rating to be about the most the you want to try. My F-150 with a 4.6 and the towing ratio rear end is rated at 6800 lbs. I tow a 4500 lb. gooseneck with two horses with no problem. However, acceleration is not great when towning. Since I tow about 1% of the time this is not a problem. The other 99% of the time I get better gas mileage for having the smaller engine. The biggest problem is braking capacity. If I had the bigger engine I tried towing its larger capacity, I still wouldn't have any more brakes. Ford has steadily improved their breaks, but it is an issue to be concerned about. The Super Duty line has much better brakes. All that said, I just got an 04 Expedition with the 5.4. The extra get up and go is a lot of fun. You should expect about 1 mpg worse gas mileage on the 5.4 so plug that cost into the life of the vehicle.
  • I have a 2002 F-150, long bed with a tow package small V-8.I recently bought a car to help keep gas costs down and the truck sits for extended periods of time- only 200 miles this summer..I am having a great deal of trouble getting into 4 wheel drive.I don't want to force it ,but most of the time it won't go in,Any thoughts.Also the Service Engine Light is staying on and it is running VERY rough.Thanks
  • I am not really a Ford guy, I prefer Chevy over all others(best overall engine and transmissions IMHO but interior is small for my girth for the years I can afford to buy) however I would drive any American pickup over Japanese trucks.

    I am looking at a really nice 1991 F-150 XLT 4x4(locking hubs) with the 5.0 302 engine and a 4 or 5(not sure the guy at the dealer said 4 speed, but reverse was in the same area as it is in a five speed) speed manual transmission(manual only way to go with Ford IMHO), and I think dual gas tanks, and I think it's got a pretty good size bed maybe not 8ft but the next one down.

    Is there anything I need to know about the reliability of this truck, anything bad about the engine or transmission, any kind of quirks, or weird things that I should know about. Also is the 302 pretty stout or is it gutless, someone said it doesn't have the kind of low end torque a truck should have, but said it's still fast higher up in the RPM range. Any help is much appreciated thanks in advance.

    Oh the price of the truck is $3950 and it's a beatiful dark blue color paint and is almost flawless, with no rust I could see. Has anyone used Gibson Hedders and exhuast? They are the only brand of Hedders in the JCWhitney catalog that give TQ and HP numbers with and without the Hedders at 2500 RPM and 3500 RPM, and it's pretty impressive, and If I get a truck I am not content to stick with a stock truck, and hedders are cheap easy power. Does anyone know of any chip like performance parts that work on a 1991 Ford F-150?

    Oh and does anyone know why the locking Hubs are supposed to make the gas mileage better? To me it takes some of the practicallity of 4x4 away. Does anyone know if there is maybe a kit to make it like power door locks and hit a button from in the cab and it locks the hubs. What kind of gas mileage can I expect from the 302 maybe 16 MPG? I think thats all my questions for now sorry to take up half a page.
  • How many miles on the truck?
    Check out the Brake Lines - they start rusting out and can give you a real thrill. Another pain in the butt rust problem is the oil pan on the 302 motor. It gets porous rust spots. Have to jack up the motor in order to change the pan.
       I have a 4x2, and only get 14 mpg at best. Low end depends on the gear ratio in the rear end.
  • between 130,000 to 140,000 miles on it.
  • Hi, we have a 1989 F-150 XLT Lariat, automatic tranny. Purchased used, has about 65,000 miles on it. Few problems, mainly with oil pressure sensor, but finally got that fixed.

    Today, however, I was sitting in line waiting for a DEQ vehicle inspection. Engine was on, gear set in Park, foot off the gas. I leaned over to the right to move something on the seat and WHAMMO--the gear shifter jumped into Reverse and sent me smashing into the car behind me. Not much damage, but a terrifying incident and very maddening. The techs at DEQ said that's a common problem with Fords--anybody else have this happen to them??
  • Yeah, I own the same type of truck and the Lariat's Captain chairs are crap. They're also too wide in order to accomodate the lousy location for the seat belt tensioner. Just cheap, like some other things I've noticed.
  • jrc346jrc346 Posts: 337
    One of the best motors ever built. I've got one in my 1979 F-150 with 130,000 on it. Runs like new, and still gets between 14-16 MPG.

    However, any truck with that amount of age and miles, can't be expected to be perfect. It really adds up to how well it was maintained.
  • Hi tbunder, or anyone:)
    wanted to find out what happened to your sister's
    5.4. I've got a 1998 f-150 that has blown 2 sparks they were able to screw back in, some threads left.(that was a couple years ago) The latest one blew out like a shotgun blast and took the threads with it. The Easy Care extended warranty I bough from the Ford dealer at 35,000 miles didn't want to pay to replace the head until I fought it. (inspector determined that the spark plugs were over torqued at the factory) Now we discover one cylinder is very low on compression and upon taking the engine out we find that the piston skirts are warn from slapping the cylinder walls and they are now scored. the tech says we should put in a rebuilt long block from Ford but Easy Care is denying the claim saying it was due to poor maintenance. The crank bearings are also worn. The threads in the cylinder could have caused some wear and may have worked their way down into the bottom of the engine but it sure is disappointing since the truck is in nice shape and has only 70,000 miles. Any ideas? On how to battle Easy Care, just found out today!
  • I have a 01 supercrew. Pretty nice truck but there have been some strange problems with it since I bought it 6 months ago. Already I've had to have the exhaust manifold gaskets replaced due to leaks, the stabilizer bar on the front suspension, and the rotors were gone after 60k and needed replacing as well. Now I'm told that the ball joints are shot and need to be replaced and it will cost about 1200. I have to say this has been the most trouble prone vehicle I've owned...and am scrambling to get out of it and into something better. I have always been a ford guy...I have an 89 mustang with 220k on it and it's still going strong...but these late model trucks seem to be very poorly built. At least that's the trend I'm seeing by browsing all the boards I can find. Any thoughts on a better replacement vehicle?
  • Hi,
    I have a 92' F-150xl custom with a 4.9L six and 5 speed manual transmission. The problem I am experiencing is subtle but is getting worse. It takes place when I am in third or fourth gear going between 25-45 mph. If the rpms are low the truck periodically jerks. I used to be able to leave it in a higher gear and slow down and pick up would be fine. This problem does not show itself until after the engine has reached almost normal operating temperature. Taking off when it is still cold there is no problem. Cap, rotor, plugs and wires all replaced. I am just looking for advise to where I should start first. Fuel, electrical etc.....
  • is a 351cu motor, The one I'm looking at has 172,000 miles in a Bronco 1994. It seems stouter than the 350 Chevy's I've driven, which surprised me, but I bet it don't get 16 miles a gallon.
  • Just got a letter from Ford saying they have an "updated inspection procedure" for 97-02 plus four other truck and SUV models. They say inspections are my responsibility and that worn rod ends may "adversely affect steering control." Sounds like they are having problems. I had them checked and, sure enough, badly worn ends ... another $750 bill. Have others had this problem and should this have been a recall item?
  • gfarlgfarl Posts: 2
    I have '01 supercrew lariat that after a bit of suspision blew its TRANNY OUT. I have 38k miles on it and of course i'm just over by 2 thousand on my warranty. I've been battling to see if Ford will stand by its 'built ford tough'motto but they are telling me its gonna be about $3,000 plus and no questions asked. I'm pissed especially because i've had 3 fords and really didnt like any of them and just got a good deal on this pile. Anyone else with tranny probs? I'll never but a ford again personally and hope anyone thinking about it changes their mind.
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