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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,385 miles

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2003 Ford F-150 wheels / hubs problems

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #10

Oct 202014

F-150

  • 58,000 miles

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

Very bad tread wear on front outside edge. Looked like alignment problem since tires still have 80% of tread. Tech at alignment shop said the alignment was ok and showed me where the tread had started to separate from the casing. Tech advised to replace tires very soon. Tire size not on recall list so it looks like I am stuck with replacing a bum set of tires

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #9

Mar 212012

F-150

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150 equipped with bf goodrich long trail T/a tires. The contact stated that all four tires had severe cracks and were dry rotted in the tread and sidewalls. The store at which the tires were bought was contacted and stated that they nor the manufacturer were responsible for the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage on the tires was 38,000 and the vehicle failure mileage 150,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Jacsonville, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 142011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Driving on I-95 in Florida, when I experienced a violent shaking of the truck. The truck swerved side to side almost resulting in a crash. I was able to control the truck and bring it to the side of the road. I discovered that my driver side rear tire had the tread separated from the tire. It was cooper tire discoverer H/T 265/70R17. So far, cooper took my information and is going to send paperwork on the damage to the truck.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 262009

F-150

  • 96,000 miles

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

I purchased new tires and rims in 05/2006. These tires and rims are only used from may through October. On September 26, 2009 I had a tire lose air on the interstate. I pulled over as rapidly as possible. Upon examination I found the valve stem to be cause of the tire failure, upon further examination I found the other wheels had valve stems that were cracking in the same manner as the valve stem that failed. I had the valve stems replacedin the three tires that didn't fail but was unable to on the tire that went flat because of sidewall damage to that tire. At this time I found out there had been a recall on valve stems. After further investigation I found out my valve stems are not part of the recall. The recall involves valve stems manufactured for dill or tech international between 07/2006 and 11/ 2006. The valve stems I have are TR 413 manufactured by argo winsoonshanghai. I have two of the valve stems and the damaged tire.

- St. Michael, MN, USA

problem #6

Jan 022006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,600 miles
Ameristar tires!! are they good tires? my opinion is no, no, no! I have 16,000 miles of granny-like driving on my 2003 Ford F-150, with the original ameristar tires provided stock on my truck. We don't get that much rain in California but every time it does rain I notice that I have to drive even more cautiously than I ever have. I slide all over the place even when the tires were brand new. Well today I merged onto the freeway at approximately 55 mph, while everyone else was passing me in there little tiny cars at 75 mph. I hit a puddle and that's all she wrote. I slid across 4 lanes and smashed into the center divide. This is just another example of car manufacturers and just about everyone else cutting corners to save a buck and risking the lives of children, mine was in the car, and consumers. I have already read that ameristar tires are falling apart anyway and Ford should rectify the situation and replace those garbage tires with something better. Now, after I have just about killed myself and my daughter, I have come to the conclusion that something needs to be done about this situation. Please help!!! I have to pay for the damage done to my truck and my higher insurance rates because of a cheap product. "aw he's probably a bad driver." You say, well I have driven thousands of miles in trucks in rainy, snowy weather and have never had any problems with hydroplaning. Get rid of your ameristar tires right away if you live in rainy areas.

- Irvine , CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 072004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,808 miles
While driving at 45 mph, suddenly the right rear axle broke and snapped off. This resulted in the right rear tire flying off followed by the driver losing control of the truck and impacting a ditch. The driver sustained minor bruises. The engineer stated that the axle flew off on impact even though the tire flew off prior to impact.

- Osceola, WI, USA

problem #4

Jul 022004

F-150

  • 31,300 miles

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

2003 Ford F150. The consumer had a tire blow out with bf goodrich tire equipment. There was a blowout on the passenger right side rear. The consumer requested reimbursed.

- Lake Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 012003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37 miles
A vibration at 38-42. Delaer has rotated and balanced tires twice in 5600 miles and told me I need to balance and rotate more often because my tires are cupping. The vibration has not gone away. The dealer then stated that I needed to get Ford to replace my general tires with michelins. I am still waiting for Ford to tell the dealer what to do.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 302003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
I had a severe blow out of a factory tire at low speed on a cold tire. The tire had approximately 6000 miles and had not been low on air. I have kept the damaged tire for inspection by qualified person.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 182003

(reported on)

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,600 miles
Front passenger tire came off. Dealer was contacted and stated that it was the drivers fault because he did not rotate the tires at 5000 miles. Therefore they won't cover the damages.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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