hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,950 miles

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2003 Ford F-150 windows / windshield problems

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 262000


  • 162,566 miles


I have a 2003 Ford F150, with a 5.4L engine. I found out that my windshield is leaking and seeping water onto my GEM/cjb and making it so in rain my windshield wipers shut off, my heater blower to stay on or go on when the key is not in the ignition, and has drained my battery. Here is a copy of the notice Ford sent to there dealerships in 2004, *Ford special message #15773 various electrical conditions resulting from water intrusion into the GEM/cjb some 1997-2002 Expedition and 1998-2002 Navigator vehicles may exhibit various unusual electrical conditions, including but not limited to: Front or rear blower or eatc staying on with key out of the ignition, radio staying on after doors opened and key out of ignition, wiper circuit failure codes, and multiple system warning lights with 'short to power' or 'low battery voltage' dtcs. These symptoms most often occur after a rain or snow. This may be due to GEM/cjb water intrusion resulting from a windshield water leak. To service, remove the GEM and cjb from the vehicle, separate them and inspect for water contamination or corrosion. If found in either component, replace both components and completely reseal the windshield. Effective date: 04/05/2002 so this is a known issue and they are charging between $900 - $1500+ for repairs and then on top of that charging for the windshield to be replaced. The hazards of this potentially shorting out and having a fire is a risk that I think should be addressed for the safety of the consumers. Having my windshield wipers stop on me in heavy rain on the highway almost caused me to get into a potential accident.

- Windham , ME, USA

problem #6

Apr 282008


  • 130,000 miles
Water leaked into the cab trough the windshield and shorted out the GEM module and corroded the fuse box. No leak was evident before the short out of various electrical systems.

- Waconia, MN, USA

problem #5

Oct 162007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,200 miles
Recently, the headlights, fog lights, dash lights, auto light functions, door locks, exc., all began perform erratically; including the dash lights going out while driving at night! the next day I went great lakes Ford in ludington, mi. As soon as I mentioned one of the symptoms, the tech immediately knew the problem: He told me that the oem adhesive on the windshield had failed causing water to leak down behind the dash and directly onto the GEM module and fuse panel. He said he has seen this problem over and over with this year F150 and had probably fixed more than 100 over the last year or two. The local windshield shop, duneside auto glass; the owner told me that they have done more than 25 windshields this year at great lakes Ford for this exact same problem. I check the Ford websites and also found that there is a tsb listed for this problem. The cost of the repair was $1200 which included $500 in parts for the box asy, module and new light switch, $351 in labor and $325 for a new windshield plus taxes. How can there not be a recall for this? if the problem is that prevalent at a northwestern Michigan Ford dealer, it has to be everywhere else in the country.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 282006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles


: the contact stated the entire front windshield glass slipped out of place without any prior warning. Although the windshield glass became dislodged from the molding, the glass did not crack or break. The glass rested between the hood slit and the glass molding. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The service department contacted a glass company in reference to the issue. The glass company inspected the vehicle and reinstalled the windshield glass with new glue around the windshield molding. Updated 3/17/2006 -

- Alliance, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 012005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated windshield leaked. As a result of the leak the vehicle suffered electrical damage. The instrument panel malfunctioned. When he took the vehicle for service the mechanic discovered the problem. The windshield was being repaired along with the electrical system. He has been in contact with Ford, and they offered no free solution.

- Callahan, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 192005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
2004 Expedition eddie bauer with 45K miles windshield bubbled making viewing difficult and driving dangerous. This started small and then went on to involve most of the windshield in little over a week. Dealer replaced windshield for $150. Windshield definitely defective and dangerous needs reporting.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 222005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,882 miles
After hearing an annoying whistle and/or wind sound in our 2003 Ford F150 super crew FX4 truck found that the windshield was not attached to the upper part of the car (we could see daylilght). We took it to a body shop the next day where they discovered that the windshield was not attached by any sealant, it was being held in by the molding only. A auto glass company was called and they discovered that the poly that is suppose to be on the windshield was on the rubber molding.

- Mount Airy, MD, USA

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