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3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,977 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 suspension problems

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 222014

F-150

  • 151,800 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was driving my 2002 Ford F-150 VIN # ([xxx]) down the highway at 45mph when it started wheel hopping from the rear very bad, there was a school bus stopped letting children off & as I was braking it was hopping & was a near miss, this was close. I pulled the truck off the side of the road to inspect as I am mechanically inclined & retired, for the first 10 years of my life I worked in the automobile field because I had schooling for it, anyway I looked under the truck & spotted the problem right off the bat, both rear center leaf springs are broken bigger than crap. I am 54 and a die hard Ford fan and have been since the age of 16, that is all I have owned & I am thinking about switching brands because this is not the first time I have been disappointed with this truck. I am the second owner, I bought it in 10/2004 with 13,000 miles. It has never had anything over 100 pounds hauled in it and I am the only one who has driven it since I bought it. Is there any recalls for my truck on this problem" can Ford Motor Company do anything for me" thank you [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dresden, OH, USA

problem #7

May 072013

F-150

  • 146,000 miles
The rear portion of the frame is rotten to the point that the let springs hangers are ready to break off the frame and the spare tire holder is also ready to fall off. I just replaced the rear spring shackles due to the were also rotten and broke. The gas tank straps were also a problem due to rust but Ford though enough of the problem there was a recall on that, Toyota had a problem with rusted frames and did a massive recall on that issue. Why hasn't Ford done the same thing" the frame should be the last thing one needs to worry about with any vehicle. The truck currently has 146000 miles and now we need to figure out what the next move will be with this vehicle. Repair it, junk it or trade it ????"

- Voluntown, CT, USA

problem #6

Oct 162011

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
Leaf spring brackets attached to the frame have rusted out and have separated the leaf springs from the frame.

- Gardiner, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 202005

F-150

  • 30,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Shimmy / bad vibration at 50+ mph. Has been happening for awhile - gotten new tires and wheels, balance/rotate, new brakes and they are talking about a new controller arm or something...did some research and it seems this is common for this truck and Ford not willing to do anything about it? quality issues and no concern for people's safety...nice. Have had to pull over to the side of the highway many times because of this - guess people have to die in order for Ford to take notice. Sales down due to customer dissatisfaction among other things...

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 012004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Passenger door would open while vehicle was moving. The consumer also stated that the vehicle vibrated while driving. The consumer mother-in-law fell while trying to get into the front passengers side door of the truck. The brakes would lock up intermittently.

- Kingstree, SC, USA

problem #3

Sep 152003

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19 miles
Bad shimmy / vibration front end. This has been this way since I bought it new. Have taken it back to Ford on 4 different times. Once they tried to fix it but hasn't been resolved. Think it is a safety issue at higher speeds.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #2

Oct 032002

(reported on)

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Truck is subject to vibration at highway speeds with cause unknown by dealership. Tires have been changed twice and then mounted and balanced four times. Cause of vibration is still undetermined. Nlm

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 022002

F-150

  • miles
When making a slow turn there was a popping sound that came only when making low speed turns. Contacted dealer, and dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Burlington, NJ, USA

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