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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,862 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 232005

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,586 miles


No warning-upon attempt to engage shift selector into "R", the entire shift selector broke in half at the shaft connection inside the column. The structure appears to have been manufactured from a material often referred to as "pot-lead". had to have vehicle towed home at my personal expense. Could not disengage transmission from the "park" position and could not remove the ignition key.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 302004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
(1) truck's bed spreading apart and ignition/wiring shortage (2) the bed of my truck has spread apart for no reason at all. I cannot even shut my tailgate. My truck's battery continues to run down. When I turn on my truck, the starter doesn't want to stop. A light displays, "door opened!" the windshield wipers stopped working. The music goes on and off. (3) I took my truck to the dealer to get the bed fixed. They set me an appointment. I made another trip over an hour one way to get fixed and then they didn't fix. My warranty has just recently ran out. I am having several problems and don't know what is the matter. I haven't had no luck with talking with a Ford mechanic. The wires in the steering column looks too tight or loose. There is a constant buzzing sound. My clock and mileage readings erases. My windows stop working. This only happens when I place the truck in drive. Most of the time everything starts working once placed in park. I only have close to 70,000 miles. This has been going on for months.

- Sutton, WV, USA

problem #1

May 282003

(reported on)


  • miles
A popping noise could be heard in the steering column. The vehicle was at the dealer for this problem five times. The dealer replaced the clock spring, tightened the bolts in the steering column and replaced the steering shaft. The popping noise could still be heard.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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