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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,360 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Ford F-150 steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 282010


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 55 mph the steering wheel became loose and easily turned the vehicle to the left. Once the vehicle began steering towards the left the steering wheel became very stiff and difficult to turn. Within a few seconds, the failure ceased and the contact was able to drive normally. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was told that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 03V349000 (steering:gear box:shaft pitman). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 85,000.

- Mansfield, LA, USA

problem #3

Oct 112007

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,719 miles
Steering gear failure. The vehicle had a large amount of play in the steering wheel. At times loss of steering would occur and you could end up in the next lane.

- Franklin, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 122007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,719 miles
When driving steering wheel was very loose. Steering gear was separating and was replaced at the dealer. Trying to find out why my vehicle was not covered under recall NHTSA campaign #03V349000.

- Franklin, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 102003

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
2003 F-150 supercrew XLT 4WD noise present in front-end. Especially when backing out of driveway sounds like an idler arm or steering linkage (tie rods) also noise in steering gear/pitman arm. Result is loose steering espcially while at high speeds. Loose steering is present even at lower speeds and vehicle tracks road in an unusual fashion. Have discussed with Ford service dept on 4 occasions. They have been unable to provide a remedy. They tell me its characteristic of the vehicle.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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