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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Ford F-150 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 042006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles


: the contact stated the caliper bracket bolts unscrewed on their own. The service dealer replaced the bolts. Also, the serpentine drive belt fractured while traveling 50 mph, and caused the engine to overheat, and loss of steering control.

- North Waltham, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 212005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
(1) without warning the brake light came on due to a failure of a hydraulic control unit, which would have ultimately lead to a failure of the ABS system if it weren't for the awareness of the driver. The failure of the ABS could have lead to an even greater catastrophe than just the cost of parts and labor. (2) it is my understanding through my research and the word of the service department at bozeman Ford dealership in bozeman, Montana that this particular problem is not unheard of. In fact, it has become enough of a problem that Ford has made an attempt to correct the problem, by replacing the old hydraulic control unit with another hydraulic control unit, in addition to an electronic control unit and a bracket that mounts the two together. Although Ford has made an attempt to resolve the problem, they have not made any strides in issuing a recall for the faulty hcu. Instead of replacing a $300 part (which isn't even manufactured any more) three new parts are to be installed a price of nearly $1000 including labor. (3) the truck is currently at the dealership being repaired, and apparently we will be stuck with the entire cost of the larger figure above, simply because Ford does understand that there is in fact a problem with the hcu, but fails to accept any responsibility for it, by refusing to place the part under warranty or issuing a recall a the sub-par hydraulic control unit.

- Bozeman, MT, USA

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