hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,876 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #54

Jan 152014


  • 112,000 miles


This is a recurrence, paid for it the 1st time. After driving a few miles and coming to a stop the rear differential chatters really bad until the vehicle has finished cornering.

- Buffalo , ND, USA

problem #53

May 022014


  • 94,000 miles
My rear end differential - axle went out and it's making a noise and feels like my rear end is lose when I drive down the highway almost feels unsafe but it is too pricey to fix I feel I should be something Ford should fix or recall.

- Kansas City , MO, USA

problem #52

Apr 242014


  • 146,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the driver was exiting a parking area when a loud noised was heard from underneath the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the drive shaft was fractured in half and caused damage to the fuel tank and muffler. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage were 146,000.

- East Fultonham , OH, USA

problem #51

May 012014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


Had a loud whinning noise I could hear when driving, but when I let off the gas it wouldn't be as loud and pretty much go away. It was not tire noise or hum. Just hit a 100,000 miles and the noise had gotten a lot louder. I read lots information online and found it to be the pinion bearing. Took it to local repair shop and they confirmed that the pinion bearing had gone bad. This is very surprising that so many 2004 and newer F150 owners are having this same problem and nothing is being done by Ford. I think they are turning a blind eye because of the cost of parts and amount of time of labor. Besides the pinion bearing, also had to do other bearings and seal. Truck is not driven hard at all.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #50

Apr 252014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 121,100 miles
Had the same problem as mentioned multiple times in this list. Accelerating past 40 mph, the truck slipped out of gear and rev'd up to about 4000rpm. Did the same thing repeatedly after the first incident. Apparently a broken snap ring. Hard to believe this is not considered a safety hazard, and something that should be fixed via recall??

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

problem #49

Oct 252011


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle started to shake violently as the transmission fault warning lamp illuminated. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Cathedral City, CA, USA

problem #48

May 242004

F-150 8-cyl

  • 4,000 miles


Developed differential chatter relatively soon after purchase. Carried back to dealer and complained. They replaced the drive shaft and universals, said problem was corrected. This did not last no more than 6-8 months before chatter came back, think they also replaced differential oil also. Carried back to dealer for repair, they claimed nothing was wrong. Disgruntled with dealer, stated I would never purchase another Ford truck again. Ten years have passed, to the day almost, chatter just as bad if not worse. Changed differential oil 2 times since, seems to help for a while. Do not pull a boat, pull a tractor, travel trailer or do any type of construction work with this truck. It is driven to work and back and occasionally taken on highway trips to beach and back, 500 mile round trip. Truck is pampered so that it will last, not driven hard well maintained, driven by adult male, basically in perfect shape other than differential. Do not understand why there has not been a recall with this problem. Have read about many others with the same issue. These are good trucks with one problem, the differential, that seems to me to be a factory issue. You would think Ford would step-up to the plate to fix this problem. Have been a Ford fan for many years, own a 2013 Fusion now also. Would like to see action taken to remedy this problem. Dates and mileage approximate.

- Inman, SC, USA

problem #47

Oct 252013


  • 80,000 miles
Bought 2004 F150 brand new, never off road, all scheduled maintenance completed: Son driving on interstate at 65mph, heard loud breaking noise, severe rattling, shaking, no power, coasted down ramp and to side road. Towed to mechanic--rod through the oil pan. Mechanic verified that oil was pumped properly through motor.. same mechanic has worked on this car since we have had it. We have had to have all 4 door window motors replaced (twice-second time, we fixed front door windows and had back door windows wired up), the back glass replaced for leaking, the 4 wheel drive sensors replaced, the transmission rebuilt, the overhead cam system replaced and now this.

- Fort Smith , AR, USA

problem #46

Sep 132013


  • 140,000 miles
The engine blew a spark plug out my grandfather bought this truck new it never had them removed before it did not come lose it blew threads and all out do your god dam job make Ford fix this before someone gets killed from a fire over this when the plug pops out it blows fuel out on the coil pack with it with it shooting lighting bolts if I had been a person with no mechanical knowledge it would have got bad I popped the hood and flames were popping out around the coil pack that is beating the crap out of the fuel rail if I had drove the truck or had been on the freeway that fuel rail would have been busted then a fire ball I can send U picks or make a video of the coil pack smacking the fuel rail.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #45

Jan 032011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Vibration at highway speeds.

- Nixa, MO, USA

problem #44

Apr 142013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles


As I was backing upward into my garage, I slowed down and the truck rolled forward and I quickly pressed the gas to resume backwards. This caused the check engine warning light to come on along with my od/off indicators on the dashboard. My reverse gear stopped pulling. I'm afraid had this been in route it might have been more serious of an issue.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #43

Mar 012012


  • 90,000 miles
Truck vibrated horribly on a straightaway starting at 40 mph causing me to slow down quickly. Happens irregularly. Transmission shop can't find anything wrong. Previously had ongoing problems with shuddering when turning around corners. Just waiting for something bad to happen when I am on the interstate.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #42

Mar 012013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 87,250 miles
Driving up a hill at about 35mph, and noticed the transmission slipping. It keep going in and out of gear. Finally the od shut off and was able to get it back to my house. Luckily I was only 4 blocks away.after diagnosis from the dealership, it turns out that the od retainer clip went out, took out my 2nd gear and cracked the housing. From looking online this appears to be a common problem that Ford is not aknowledging.

- Clinton, IA, USA

problem #41

Jan 152013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
I was driving down the highway doing 65 when my truck lost power... I barley coasted our of traffic and pulled over. I could not figure out what was wrong, oil was not low and electrical system seemed fine. Had to tow it to a mechanic to find out the engine is locked up. Apparently the cam phasers in this engine are junk and go out very frequently causing major engine problems. This needs to be fixed! these engine are very expensive to rebuild or replace.

- Pierce, CO, USA

problem #40

Sep 262012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Transmission failed. One owner vehicle. Ford will not accept any responsibility even though it appears that this is definitely a problem for this year truck.

- Darby, MT, USA

problem #39

Sep 242012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Turning out of a parking lot during acceleration the truck began to "jump" and ride rough like driving over a "washboard". after stopping and checking it out nothing was seen. Happened again on the way home. I took it to the dealership in town and they said the rear diff needed to be replaced.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #38

Sep 162012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Transmission will not go into reverse.

- East Granby, CT, USA

problem #37

Aug 012010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I started to get a vibration in the rear of the truck at 45 mph. I had just replaced the tires not long before and thought they might be out of balance. They are not. They have been checked many multiple times and rotated. The problem still exist. The dealer doesn't know what the problem is and claims it's not the differential or rear axle. I have replaced the bearings, seals, gear lube and rear shocks. Now there is a knocking sound coming from the rear end. It is a 4X2 and has not been driven hard. The vibration, which was annoying at first, has progressively gotten worse. The whole bed of the truck shakes when I hit 45 till about 55.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #36

Jul 122012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Started having problems last year with transmission. Overdrive would go out and sometimes transmission would not engage at highway speeds. July of this year was at a stoplight truck would no move, after racing engine truck moved, fault code showed on dash. When got truck home reverse would not engage, I finally got it to engage instead of going backwards it went forward.

- Meridian, MS, USA

problem #35

Mar 152012


  • miles
Waiting at stop light proceeded on green all of a sudden big banging noise underside of truck stopped in traffic by traffic light looked under truck to see drive shaft broke in half call 911 to help direct traffic called tow co. To tow vehicle to repair shop head mechanic confirmed drive shaft broke in half due to rust. Drive shaft cracked in half at the middle and not at the U joints head mechanic confirmed to me and also the dealership where I bought the truck said its the first for them of the rust and breakage.my issue is that I had a hard time finding a drive shaft and was told nothing in stock they had to make one special. I had to pay the price also was glad I was not driving on the hwy with my grand kids. My issue is that I believe the drive shaft was faulty not a wear and tear issue like Ford customer service said. Further more they said they cannot do anything because my truck warranty expired.

- Kapaau, HI, USA

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