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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,086 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 wheels / hubs problems

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 142014

F-150

  • 136,500 miles

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

Takata recall. While I was driving I noticed a loud pop and my truck started vibrating and spun me sideways going down the highway. I had fought it until I was able to get it under control and come to a stop. (I was lucky enough that nobody else was heading in my direction because the truck took up both sides of the road). I got out and looked to see what had happened and seen my aluminum Ford factory rim had busted into pieces. Takata recall. A problem that I am having as of right now is spark plugs keep flying out and destroying my coil packs. This is the third time it has done this.

- Mckee, KY, USA

problem #5

Aug 192015

F-150

  • 115,000 miles
Involved in a roll over accident caused by the right front tire (purchased in 5-13-2014) bfg 275/60R17 from discount tires. Truck was totaled and the one piece of tire we have does not have the dot numbers on them. When the blow out occurred I hit soft sand losing traction causing the truck to roll 3 times while on a main road. I will be including three pictures - one of the tire on its rim, one of the truck at the tow yard and one of the piece of tire we picked up off the road upon my release from the hospital. The chp officer did not speak to any witnesses and I heard the lady who called 911 tell the officer I suffered a blow out and she pointed it out to him - yet he does not even mention it in the report nor the names of any witnesses. My insurance company (aaa) claims unless I file a complaint with the tire manufacturer they will find me at fault for not maintaining control of the vehicle which I find to be totally ridiculous. I handled a blow out in a Ford Explorer on a dry freeway previously and was able to control the vehicle to the shoulder without any serious damage or injuries. Different story when you hit sand. I feel the tire blowing out is what was the cause of the accident.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 042012

F-150

  • 226,000 miles
Front brake caliper mounting bracket seized on the slide bolts that allow the brakes to move in and out when pressed and released. The slide bolts that allow the caliper to move have seized causing the vehicle to pull very hard to one side of the road. In my case I was towing a 20' commercial landscape trailer equipped with dual axle trailer brakes. I approached a traffic light and proceeded to make a left turn going a speed of approximately 15 to 20 mph when I pressed the brake during the turn the truck pulled extremely hard to the left resulting in my trailer jack knifing into the left side of the truck causing major damage to my bed and rear wheel on my truck. Later after investigating the cause of the sudden pull found that the left brake caliper mounting bracket had one of the bolts seized while the other was moving properly allowing the brake to move a little but not properly causing the brake to drag against the rotor on the inner brake pad. When the brake is pressed the pressure pulls the truck to the left extremely hard. Replacing the slide bolts and the brake caliper mounting bracket fixed this issue and I haven't had any issues after replacement. I know this may be a little hard to understand as my description may not be the best, but the upper brake caliper bolt was seized while the lower bolt was moving freely, when the brake peddle was pressed caused the left brake caliper to grab harder than the right side causing the truck to pull extremely hard to the left. The trailer brake was set on 7 at the time and worked properly. The truck pulled so hard to the left caused the trailer to be at such a tight angle it began to slide and when I realized what was happening it was to late to correct it. The bed is still damaged from this. Btw I bought my Ford in 2002 brand new with 5.4 V8 and I am at 271,000 miles and it runs like the day I purchased it! I love it!

- Stoutsville, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 272004

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles

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

There was no cotter pin installed on the front driver side spindle. As a result, the entire driver side front wheel fell off and the vehicle crashed into a parked car.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Sep 172002

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
All tires are rotating on the wheel. Another set or rims and tires were replaced. As soon as tires are rotated they go out of balance. Tire were marked before putting them back on the truck. Truck driven for a few minutes and then returned back to mechanic. The mark had moved 180 degrees, complete opposite of tires. The tires were glued to the rims. Consumer stated that glue did not hold and dealer wants to put different wheels and tires on, but Ford Motor Co. Says no.

- Harrod, OH, USA

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