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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
63,912 miles
Total Complaints:
15 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (10 reports)
  2. replaced differential fluid with 75W-140 & friction modifier (3 reports)
  3. had emergency brake replaced and back rotors (1 reports)
  4. replaced rear differential clutch pack (1 reports)
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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #15

Sep 072011

F-150 XLT 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


This problem started a couple months after having new spark plugs done with Motorcraft plugs as a maintenance precaution. I drive on a winding mountain rd and in the exact same place on that road everyday as I am letting off the accelerator going down hill slightly its starts to knock and shake. when I accelerate it goes away Last weekend when I was on the Interstate 80 going to Reno I hit an area again where I let off the accelerator going downhill and as soon as I started to accelerate going uphill my truck started to lose power and shake like crazy finally I just let off the gas completely for about ten seconds and it went away. Its obviously getting worse and I am worried. Any suggestions? I had the differential fluid changed last summer. I am always doing preventative maintenance since I know Ford has a serious issue with this.

- , Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 012011

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I bought this truck and I noticed a severe shutter and shake in the truck. I also noticed on right turns and take off while accelerating, I could hear and feel a clunk in the rear differential. Ford is fully aware of this problem and will not take responsibility or accountability for this common problem. Ford dealer stated this is a very common problem and it is huge engineering problem that Ford will not admit to. Apparently it is the rear differential issue and clutch pack issue. I had a Chevy truck before this POS Ford and I would have kept the Chevy but needed a 4 door truck. I will DEFINITELY never by a f-n Ford product in my life. I have 2 other COMMON problems with this truck and I will post them (separately). Ford if you actually read this post........READ this.........FIX the problem for the folks that are stuck with these problems......And for you folks THINKING of buying a Ford product.......READ this..............DON'T BUY A FORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TRUST ME........Thank you!!!

- , Watertown, MN, USA

problem #13

Sep 182010

F-150 XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,212 miles

Changed rear differential fluid. Used synthetic 75w-140, added friction modifiers, all as required, and still does the "shutter/shake at take off and turning from stopped position". Also occurred 1 time around 60 mph. This is typical for the consumer. I read that Ford knew of this problem and I think that Ford should step up and correct it. Will they, probably when you know what freezes over.

- , Arlington, TN, USA

problem #12

Nov 032010

F-150 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles


Severe shaking at 40mph. I have to pull off the road--very dangerous. Took it to the auto mechanic on 11-25-10 and was told that it was the emergency brake. They saw that the e-brake pads had differential oil on them so he replaced the pads, emergency brake lines, and axle seals plus the rotor. Took it back on the road today, Interstate 83 @ 50 mph started shaking again so severely that I had to pull off the road. Extremely dangerous lots of truck traffic. I called the mechanic as soon as I got to work. He told me to drop it off again, and he will take a look at it again.. It will cost me again. Major pain since I use my truck for work.

- , New Freedom, PA, USA

problem #11

Jul 302009

F-150 FX4 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles

Had been experiencing shudders when accelerating from a stop, particularly if I was turning. On a couple of occasions, I experienced significant shaking while driving down the road at 45-55 mph. I did some research on F-150 forums and found the recommended solution was to change the differential fluid to 75W-140 full synthetic with added friction modifier.

I drained and replaced the fluid myself for about $80. The oil is about $16/quart, the bottle of friction modifier is about $5 and a tube of RTV was less than $5. The truck needed a couple of days' driving to work in the friction modifier, but has been perfect ever since.

- , South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #10

May 262010

F-150 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Severe shaking at 40mph. I have to pull off the road--very dangerous. Took it to the delaer yesterday and they thought it was the emergency brake. They took off the tiures and brakes and saw that the e-brake pads had differential oil on them--replaced pads, emergency brake lines, and axle seals. Paid $730 and then drove 5 miles and the damn thing started shaking again. Took it back to dealer and head mechanic went for a ride with me. As is standard, the fricken truck ran fine. Going back tomorrow.

- , Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #9

May 052010

F-150 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,350 miles


Well where do i begin,i have this severe vibration when i get the truck upto around 45 to 55 mph,it doesnt do this all the time but when it does u can feel it really bad through the gas pedal and if i might add as well im having trouble at times when it changes gear it seems to be changing rough and not smooth,im just glad i bought an ext.warranty on this truck....

- , Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #8

Jun 012005

F-150 Lariat 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles

After about a year the vibrating started very intermittently at about 50 mph. Feels like driving on a washboard road. Dealer notified twice, but can't diagnose since it could not be duplicated. The only way to clear this is to pull off the road, stop, and turn off vehicle. This usually works, or sometimes engaging 4 wheel drive and turning off when stopped will work. Has not failed in the past 15K miles. The truck now has 43K miles and I really like it, but I think I'm on a time bomb for a huge repair bill if I keep it. I'm done with Fords!

- , Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #7

Apr 212009

F-150 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles

I bought it at 30K and had no problems other than a little shaking while accelerating. Mechanic said to keep rear diff oil changed every 30k and it would last for another 100K. Problem is oil change is 90 bucks a pop. Anyway, at 125k had the thing rebuilt by Ford for around 1300 bucks. 23K later, another 600 bucks from a local mechanic instead of dealership. I've driven it maybe 1500 miles since then and the damn thing is shaking and grinding again. Suggested that I get a rear end from a newer model...the mechanic at the dealership said all 2004 rear diffs were screwed due to tooling problems at factory. Otherwise, I love it

- , Rome, GA, USA

problem #6

Dec 302007

F-150 Lariat 5.4L Triton V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles

I love my truck. If only she wasn't built under the Ford name. It started as a small shutter going uphill with light acceleration. Now she shutters every time I accelerate from a stop. I took it in to be seen and they told me it sounds like the drivetrain. Of course, I had waited until the 36,000 mile warranty had expired. A man has to work and can't afford $391.61 per week for a rental car. I just put up with the stammering and will have to fix it myself. I'm not afraid to start pulling things apart. My baby is paid for and I sure don't want another truck payment. Those Toyota's sure look nice; but, I'm not telling my baby blue that I'm looking.

- , Pleasant View, TN, USA

problem #5

Jul 162008

F-150 Xcab 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,318 miles


The vibration felt as if it was coming from the front end of the vehicle. Once it started (during acceleration and at approx. 50 mph) I had to pull over and come to a complete stop. Front end was checked, nothing was found. I was due for new tires so I replaced them with a different brand and slightly different size. The problem would still occur at random. A Ford service center diagnosed the problem as a rear differential clutch pack. They replaced it under my extended warranty. 6,000 miles have since been added to the truck and the problem has not returned.

- , Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #4

May 132008

F-150 FX4 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

Bought a 2004 F150 with 50000 miles on it and now when I turn and accelerate at the same time, the rear end shakes. Not really sure what it is. I read something about differentials if anyone has any input it would be greatly appreciated.

- , Mitchell, IN, USA

problem #3

Nov 012008

F-150 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I just had some work done on the rear end and now I think it is time for some tranny work done. I hate to say but Toyota is looking better all the time!

- , Hillsdale, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 062008

F-150 XLT 2.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,800 miles

I am finding more and more people with this shaking problem with the 2004 fi50 4x4. We need to all somehow get emails sent to attorney general. to get these recalled. The last time was very dangerous as I was on the highway and suddenly it started shaking (feels like ya came onto a washboard road.) then gets worse. I had to slow quickly and get to shoulder and shut truck off and wait a bit then it seems to be ok till only god knows when and where it will do it again. I am a disabled veteran and it looks like I will soon trade this in and be driving a Nissan or Toyota to the Veterans hospital in Ann Arbor Michigan, cause I don't like Dodge, and my buddies have lots a trouble with their Silverados and especially the Colorado trans. The Ford dealer thinks I am nuts doesn't want to admit these f150 do this.Its a shame too because I really really like my f150 but I am tired of worrying about what is about to break and how much it will cost to fix it..

- , Jackso, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 082007

(reported on)

F-150 XLT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

Out of the blue the shaking starts and will not stop until the truck is turned off. It feels as if one is driving over a very rough washboard type of road or like traveling with a flat tire. It's very unnerving when traveling at 60 mph. It has yet to be diagnosed properly.

- , Bothell, WA, USA

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