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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,137 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 steering problems

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 272007

F-150 8-cyl

  • 130,000 miles


Ford F-150 supercrew 2001: Right tie rod broke catastrophically (broken socket), resulting in violent wheel oscillation, with front tire drag bringing vehicle to a halt; 20 mph; no warning; regularly inspected, ~110K mileage. Had been driving at 65 mph with family (5 passengers) day before tie rod broke. What would have happened?? same vehicle, ~130K mileage, date 8/27/07. Left tie rod broke catastrophically (broken socket). Just pulled into rest area on I95 in Connecticut. Tried to back up, wheels angled, towed, tie rod replaced. Minutes before I was traveling 70mph in passing lane on I95. What could have happened?? vehicle not used for off-road, no snow plow, maintained by service station regularly.

- Sutton, MA, USA

problem #12

May 302005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles
Problems began on 5/23/05 while turning right in normal driving conditions on dry pavement. Caller believed the passenger's side tie rod popped off the ball joint. No warning lights on in vehicle. It was not pulling or making any noise. Vehicle was going about 10 mph. Vehicle was in the shop. After stopping the vehicle, driver noticed the passenger wheel was turned to the right, all other wheels were facing forward. It was towed to the dealership and repaired.

- Fenton, MI, USA

problem #11

Dec 102002

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
Take a look a my vehicle history, I baby my truck - never used off-road. I have replaced several items that I feel should have been fixed by Ford. I had to buy a warranty that cover most of the stuff. Some parts with defects that were replaced. Most replaced at 40,000-80,000 miles 1.) transmission completely replaced 2.) rearend replaced 3.) I'm on my third set of all 4 ball joints 4.) tie rods, tie rod ends (replaced twice now) 5.) coil 6.) headlight housing (3-4 times) 7.) brakes, numerous things worked on and replaced dealership was never able to stop the thumping noise that is still there, said it was normal (not) 8.) idler arm (replaced twice) 9.) sunroof switch replaced twice, reported loud bang when opening. A&B Kia said it was normal - no, now it is completely broke and will barely open and have to force closed. 10.) sideview mirrors vibrated 11.) ABS sensor replaced 12.) keyless entry replaced 13.) steering bearings replaced 14.) back bumper is rusting these are just some of the things I can remember right off hand. I've got all receipts. I take care of this truck - wash and wax once a week by hand (unless really bad weather) then I just take it to the car wash automatic or actual people washing. Keep inside just as nice. If you want to check out a vehicle for safety/recall information you should start with mine.

- Cameron, WV, USA

problem #10

Aug 252004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,482 miles


Uncontrollable loss of steering on 2001 Ford F-150 supercrew due to failure of right inner tie-rod end. Ford F-150 skidded across the road (right to left side) and went down into a ditch and struck a tree. Ford F-150 was towed to nearest service station for repair of right inner tie-rod end.

- Watertown, NY, USA

problem #9

Dec 222004


  • miles
Upon inspection (using procedure provided by Ford) during standard mtce, mechanic advises vehicle owner of premature tie rod wear. Estimates $450 repair cost.

- Stillwater, OK, USA

problem #8

Nov 172004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
A tie rod failure. Consumer was having vehicle serviced for other issues when it was discovered that the tie rods were defective. Consumer contacted the manufacturer, who was not willing to do anything to assist him with this defect. A class action lawsuit has been filed against the manufacturer.

- Rutland, VT, USA

problem #7

Nov 292004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Tie rods are defective. Truck shakes violently and does not steer straight. The problem has been diagnosed as defective tie rods, but Ford will not replace at their expense since the vehicle mfg warranty has expired.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #6

Oct 012004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated that he went through an inspection and found that the tie rod was defective. He contacted Ford. However, Ford will not assist in any repairs. Consumer received a letter stating that they were aware of the problem. Consumer felt that this should be a recall.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #5

Oct 232004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
Ford Motor Co. Sent out a procedure on how to inspect tie-rods on Ford trucks. Fter inspecting mine, they need to be replaced.... there are lots of Ford owners who are having premature tie-rod falures and have to replace them.... I feel it's a serious safty issue... Ford should issue a recall.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 162004


  • 52,000 miles
During a routine inspection, the mechanic informed the consumer that the vibration he felt when driving was due to worn tie rods.

- Thebes, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 132004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


While backing out of the driveway the tie rod ends separated without warning. As a result the front driver side tire was punctured. The cause has yet to be determined. Please provide additional information.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 132003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,300 miles
While making a mild left turn into driveway, right tie-rod just popped off causing loss of control. No warning of any type not even 1 sound or problem leading up to incident, never had any current damage or accidents, purely faulty component.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #1

Jan 242003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
While driving the tie rod broke causing lost of control.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

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