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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,934 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

May 152006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


: the contact stated that an independent mechanic determined while servicing the vehicle that there was a premature failure in the pinion bearings and the carrier bearings from the rear end of the vehicle. Updated 7/13/2006 - the differential unit started making noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair facility and told that the carrier bearing and pinion bearing and the races for both were pitted and had black streaks on them.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 102005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,802 miles
The consumer stated that the rear differential on his 2001 Ford F150 rusted. The consumer was having the vehicle fixed. The vehicle was regularly maintained. The dealership/manufacturer were not notified. The consumer said that the rusting starting about a year ago. The consumer stated the rear differential cover has rusted through and was leaking fluid. The rust was not isolated to just one spot.

- Lebanon Junction, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 152000


  • miles
Ring and pinion gear was making noise when driving. Vehicle has been in dealer's shop and had replaced ring and pinion gear on several occasions. However, problem was still reoccurring. Manufacturer was notified, and informed consumer that they did not not have a correction at this time. Feel free to provide any further information concerning this matter.

- Linden, LA, USA

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