really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
117,546 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 fuel system problems

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #72

Aug 032011


  • miles


I want to know why the recall for the gas tank straps on Ford F-150 pickups 1997-2004 is not in Nebraska" because Nebraska is a cold weather state and they use chemicals to de-ice the roads"

- Blair, NE, USA

problem #71

Jul 082010


  • 170,000 miles
Gas tank fell out of my 2001 F-150 rupturing gas in the street. Cost me $1500 to fix and clean up. Who is going to pay for this?

- Milford, NH, USA

problem #70

Jun 012011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 185,000 miles
2001 F-150 2 door 6 cylinder; fuel tank dropped onto roadway due to rusted through tank strap. Had auto repair shop fix: Replaced fuel tank, fuel tank straps, fuel pump, fuel tank pressure sensor, towing charge total bill $2,600.

- Carlyle, IL, USA

problem #69

Jul 302011


  • 83,394 miles


Just filled the gasoline tank to full on Saturday evening, July 30, 2011. Left the station and drove about a 1/4 block and the front part of the gasoline tank fell off. Heard the dragging noise and stopped. Repair garage stated they have repaired many with this same problem. Knew how to handle it. Called bob allen Ford in overland park, ks. On Monday morning, August 1, 2011, and they stated they had no knowledge of any tsb on the problem. Never mentioned there may be a recall on it.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #68

Jul 012011


  • 105,861 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While driving 45 mph, the contact stated that the fuel tank suddenly detached from the vehicle with a half tank of gas. The dealer did not offer any assistance when contacted. The manufacturer was not notified. A private mechanic replaced the fuel filter, straps, and the fuel tank. The current mileage was 105,861. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Cape Charles, VA, USA

problem #67

May 132011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Hit a bump and front gas tank strap broke and dragged for 2 miles leaking gas, $40, worth. Stopped in parking lot with gas running, fire department and cops arrived. Truck towed to lot. Still not attempted repairs.

- North Reading , MA, USA

problem #66

Jul 282011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 178,000 miles


My 2001 Ford F150 gas tank fell of my truck, nose forward while driving. Restraints separated and fuel tank came down on the highway. I am very lucky, no explosion or fire ensued. Had to be towed. Clearly the restraints had corroded. Whole system needs replacement.

- Chestnut Ridge, NY, USA

problem #65

Jul 282011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
My wife was driving home from work last evening around 9:00 pm in our 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck when she heard a noise coming from under the truck. She stopped to investigate the source of the noise to find that the gas tank had fallen onto the road which put a hole in the tank which leaked out all the gasoline. The straps which support the tank had rusted out causing the tank to fall out. Thankfully she was not injured. Ford needs to address this issue before someone is killed.

- Sandy Lake, PA, USA

problem #64

Jul 212011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 121,000 miles
Driving my 2001 Ford F-150 down the highway and the gas tank fell off and was dragging beneath the truck. It was a full tank of gas that we were lucky did not ignite.

- Grand Ledge, MI, USA

problem #63

Jul 152011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 171,000 miles
Upon looking under my truck I noticed the fuel tank was hanging down. Upon further inspection I noticed the rear strap had rusted and broke apart. This led to the rear of the tank dropping down 3-4 inches. I replaced both straps with oem straps and am back on the road.

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #62

Jul 062011


  • 82,513 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the fuel tank straps fractured. The failure caused the fuel lines to also fracture as gasoline spilled onto the roadway. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and repaired. The failure and current mileage was 82,513.

- Fremont, MI, USA

problem #61

Jun 132011


  • 137,126 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the fuel tank detached from the vehicle as a result of the fuel tank straps fracturing. The contact stated that the tank did not have to be replaced but the dealer replaced the straps. The failure and current mileage was 137,126.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #60

Jul 072001

F-150 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Checked fuel tank straps after seeing news reports. 1 strap broken 2nd strap about to break. At dealer for replacement at my expense. Updated 08/11/11 the consumer stated one of the straps was rusted through and the other strap was rusted close to a complete break. Updated 08/12/11

- Glenmont, NY, USA

problem #59

Jul 052011

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F150. The contact stated that while approaching a traffic light, the fuel tank separated from the vehicle causing gasoline fuel to spill over the roadway. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who discovered that the fuel tank straps were corroded. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised that the failure was under investigation. The failure and current mileage was 115,000. Updated 08/15/11 the consumer stated both straps failed, breaking in the middle of the strap. The tank did drop to the ground and was dragged a short distance. There was damage to the fuel tank and it had to be replaced. Updated 08/24/11 updated 08/31/11 the vehicle has since beem repaired. Updated 09/01/11

- Hewitt, NJ, USA

problem #58

Jul 012011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford F150 regular cab long bed with 75,000 miles. While driving at approximately 40 mph the right inner tie rod broke causing the vehicle to shudder significantly until I was able to stop the vehicle. This brief shuddering caused the rear fuel tank strap to snap in half primarily due to excessive corrosion of the strap. Loss of the supporting strap caused the rear of the tank to drop almost to ground level which also broke the filler inlet off of the top of the tank, completely disconnecting the filler tube and presenting a large hole for fuel to escape. Both of these failures are not what I would expect from a vehicle with only 75,000 miles on the odometer. Either could have resulted in serious injury or property damage.

- Newton Falls, OH, USA

problem #57

Jun 292011


  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 to 40 mph he noticed the tank had detached from the vehicle. When he inspected the vehicle he noticed that two straps were fractured and were severely rusted, but no fuel had spilled out of the fuel tank. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor was it repaired. The failure and current mileage was approximately 126,000.

- Waukengan, IL, USA

problem #56

Jun 292011

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 127,500 miles
Both front and rear fuel tank straps are broke. Tank is being held up by fuel line in rear. Front strap being held on by plastic cover only. In the process of repairing now at a Ford dealership. Parts cost is approx. $80, labor is still not calculated. The consumer stated both strap broke in the middle due to severe rust; the rear more than the front. The fuel line was still in good shape. It was supporting the rear tank after the strap broke. The tank never hit the ground. While both straps were rusted out completely in the middle, there was a piece of plastic between the strap and the tank. The plastic was molded around the straps well enough that the front of the tank was supported by the plastic piece even though the metal strap had rusted away. However, the back strap had rusted away to a point that the strap fell and the tank was only being supported by the fuel line. Updated 09/21/11

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #55

Apr 012011


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that one the fuel tank straps fractured from the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 110,000.

- Pelham, NH, USA

problem #54

May 122011


  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F150. The contact stated while making a right turn at approximately 10 to 15 mph, the vehicle fuel tank separated as fuel spilled onto the highway. The vehicle was taken to the local mechanic who diagnosed corrosion of the fuel tank and straps. The fuel tank and straps were replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised that the failure was not recalled. The failure mileage was 129,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

- West Seneca , NY, USA

problem #53

Jun 102011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 171,000 miles
No warning at all. I was driving 10-15 mph coming to a stop when the entire gas tank fell off my 2001 Ford F150 crew cab truck. An entire tank of gas leaked all of the road and required the fire department to be called for safety and clean up. I had to have my truck towed to a repair shop, where it awaits diagnosis tomorrow. It appears that the straps and tank had completely rusted. I'm lucky nothing ignited since I was able to pull over and was driving so slow. Updated 09/14/11 updated 09/16/11

- Carmel, IN, USA

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