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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 122005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles


Heard banging in rear of truck, mostly while backing up and turning to left at first. Heard loud bang while pulling into gas station, then when I drove away, felt dragging, still not sure what the problem was, till I got home while backing into a parking spot, heard the loud bang again. After some ivestigation, determined the problem was in the differential. Had to have truck towed to dealer, and they found broken spider gears in the differential. Dealer replaced parts. Sattisfied with repair.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 292004


  • miles
Driving at slow speed on gravel road, lost control of vehicle, swerved to the right, was able to stop vehicle, found left rear wheel had come off, left rear axle shaft broken at wheel. No vehicle damage, did not contact anything. Axle just broke.

- Ames, IA, USA

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