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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford F-150 clutch problems

clutch problem

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 052005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles


The slave cylinder on the clutch assembly leaks making the clutch inoperable and the driver unable to disengage the transmission. The problem is well known with Ford F150 owners yet there has not been a recall issued.

- Hartford, SD, USA

problem #5

Feb 292004

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Clutch failure: My truck has been in the shop multiple times for the malfunctioning of the clutch. The clutch has to be pumped up during long periods of non-use I.e. long highway driving or parked. The dealership has replaced the slave cylinder twice, once under warranty, once owner paid.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 292004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Consumer stated clutch slave cylinder failed. This caused the vehicle to take off unexpectedly while consumer's foot was on the brake. The dealer was contacted.

- Crawford, MS, USA

problem #3

Apr 242002

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 57,000 miles


Fluid leak in clutch system, dealer could not find source so he relpaced master cylinder and slave cylinder. Then Feb 21 2003 had same problem. Dealer relaced complete cluch assembly including the slave cylinder. Also at this time they noticed that the air bag switch was not functioning prorerly. This switch had been turned off at time of delivery and was never turned on again. How can this switch fail under this condition? this truck is driven over the road and well maintained. I don't feel that I should be having this much trouble when the clutch is not used as much as if it were used for in town or suburan driving. I feel that this model and year has a faulty clutch and air bag system.

- Oklahoma, OK, USA

problem #2

Aug 102002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving consumer was unable to take vehicle out of gear. Dealer examined vehicle, and determined that slave cylinder failed, causing clutch assembly to leak.

- Venton, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 232000

F-150 4WD

  • miles
A golf cart bumped the vehicle while it was parked, the vehicle rolled approximately 15 feet and came to a rest against a fence, the dealer stated this was impossible, however it did happen, the dealership was supposed to get back with the consumer but have not.

- Elm City, NC, USA

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