really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,500 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012005

F-150 6-cyl

  • 31,000 miles


Vehicle was traveling at 15 mph and lost control due to a codder pin snapping in half causing the right front wheel to come entirely off of the vehicle. The disk brake stayed connected to the rim and was also removed entirely from the vehicle causing the brake lines to be severed which caused no pressure. With no pressure in the brake lines I was not able to stop the other wheels but was forced to let the vehicle come to a skidding stop, which happened by hitting a tree. The vehicle was taken to a local Ford dealership where a year prior they had worked on the same wheel to pack the bearings and do other small maintenance. Both the dealership and Ford claimed no responsibility for the accident, which seems strange since a vehicles wheel should remain on when going 15 mph.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jul 272002

F-150 4WD

  • miles
Very serious failure!!! while backing up a steep hill in 4WD. The truck's pitman arm came completely off of the splined shaft that comes out of the steering box. So, there was no longer any connection between the steering wheel and the front wheels. The retaining nut and lock washer came off, too, and were recovered. The lock washer is of the helical spring type, and has a black oxide finish. Because of this finish, it is easy to deduce from the wear marks on the washer. That the retaining nut was not torqued at the factory. Luckily this failure occurred at almost zero speed in a driveway. Clearly, had it occurred at freeway speed (which is where the truck would have been 2 miles later), the results could have been catastrophic. The owner of this car, woody porter, is my father-in-law. I was driving it at the time of the failure, and filled out this form for him with his permission. If you have any questions, you my contact me, john gunther, at 650-802-8384. Thanks.

- El Macero, CA, USA

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