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5.3

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
7,774 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. lubed driveshaft (2 reports)
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2010 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2010 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 102011

F-150 Lariat 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,549 miles

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

The problem only occurred after coming to a stop and then starting off. I would get this subtle thunk. Took it to the dealer (Kip Kilmon Ford Louisa Va) got a mechanic to go for a road test with me and sure enough he said, "Yup, we have a TSB (technical service bulletin) on this problem. We use teflon grease to fix it." Went back to the dealership and about 45 minutes later I was on my way. Haven't had a re occurrence of the problem since.

- , Mineral, Virginia, USA

problem #5

Dec 012011

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,641 miles

Well problem started a few montha sfter purchasing truck, bought this truck used from dealer, had truck painted yellow for business, nice clean unit plain jane but does the job intended, clunk strted comming from rear end when slowing down for a traffic light foot comes off the gas then the traffic light turns green start pressing back on gas that's when the "Clonk" occurs, it's as if seems that it's when the tranny shifts from gear to gear that this occurs, Brought it to the dealer test drove and found nothing, I am going back this week and I will go for the test drive with them this time.

- , Noelville, Ontario, Canada

problem #4

Aug 302010

F-150 XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles

Will take this F150 to dealership this week. Clunk is getting worse and seems to be "clunking" both upon coming to a stop and when starting from a stop. My son also has a 2010 F150. Same as mine except 4.6L V8. His is doing the same thing, but not as bad as mine. Dealer will probably say "they all do it", in which case you will see the mushroom cloud over East Texas as I go off. I'll update later.

- , Lufkin, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 122010

F-150 XLT XTR Package 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,355 miles

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

Crazy Ford dealers are aware of this COMMON problem. So why didn't they make sure that driveshaft was lubed in the first place from the factory? Poor quality control from those fat idiots working in Dearborn Michigan!!

- , Richmond, BC, canada

problem #2

Mar 162010

F-150 XTR 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles

The truck clunks when accelerating. Again asked the dealership to look into with no success.

- , Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

problem #1

Oct 052010

F-150 XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,600 miles

So I was leaning heavy to the Toyota Tundra when my wife says "check out the F-150" so I did. I liked it, enough to trade in my 1996 Supercab F-250 4x4, 7.5L before we drove from Oregon to Virginia. The truck performed excellant, I averaged 8mpg in the passes and 15-16.5mpg cruising 50-60mph. This was towing a 2007 toyota corolla on a u-haul transport trailer. Now the truck, 2010 4x4, super crew, long wheel base, TOW PACKAGE! XLT. I have been noticing a slight "clunk" accelerating from stop lights. I finally was intrigued enough.

I am a mechanic and got home to trouble shoot, only after driving a like vehicle from ford. This truck did not do what my truck does. I put on my coveralls, engaged the parking brake and placed the vehicle in neutral with the engine OFF. I worked my way back from the transfer case, universal joints to the differential. I noticed that when I turn the drive shaft that it turns considerably. I used a small pry bar and moved the flange of the pinion shaft as far as possible in one direction without really forcing it. I placed a mark on the differential housing and one on the flange. Than I rotated back in the other direction, again following what I did with the pry bar and placed another mark on the diffential housing. With that said, altogether it difference was about a 1/4". I don't know what the spec is for back lash and I'm not pulling it apart for warranty purposes.

I bought this truck as others did, TOWING CAPACITY, tow mirrors, integrated brake controller, crew cab, I really love this rig! For the sake of argument lets just say that between the corolla and the u-haul auto transport trailer we have a weight of 7K, that still leaves 4,300 pounds. If I have to get the rearend replaced I will be saddend. I have owned fords for the last 12 years. I will keep everyone posted as it goes to the shop tomorrow.

Update from Dec 18, 2010: Alright, sorry for the delay, took it to the dealership and they said that the splined shaft that slides into the transmission was the problem, solution? Well the service manager said they filled it with teflon grease, no joke. I love the truck but I too am experincing the hard downshift from 2nd to 1st.

Also still feel the "clunk" occasionally

Update from Jan 5, 2011: Sorry for the delay in the response. Took it to the Ford dealership in Newport News, VA and the mechanic said that it was the slip yoke out of the transmission. Mechanic stated that he repacked the slip yoke with teflon grease , this seemed to cure it for a while though we still feel it sometimes. Also I can atest to the "hard downshift" it almost has a clunk to it. I love this truck and have no intention of selling it, hopefully some recalls will come out to mitigate.

- , Newport News, VA, USA

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