really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,298 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #9

Aug 152004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2004 F-150 supercrew, from day one I have noticed a vibration in the steering wheel between 55-70 mph, I have had it in for service now four times in 3 months. Dealership indicated that it was "road force" bad tires. After replacement vibration still existed.

- Rogers, MN, USA

problem #8

Aug 052004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120 miles
Purchase a brand new 2004 Ford F150 XLT supercrew 4X4. Vehicle had steering wheel vibration. I was assured by the sales and service staff that it was a wheel balance issue. If they could not fix it they would give me a new truck. The truck has been back to the shop 6 times for this vibration problem and numerous parts have been replaced. The truck has spent several weeks at the dealership for this problem. After meeting with the Ford field service engineer he told me that this was a "characteristic of these trucks" and they cannot fix it because nothing is wrong with it. All this after they replaced the drive shaft, all the wheels, tires, added a steering damper, replaced front hub, hunter road forced the truck at least 3 times and the vibration is still there at highway speeds. Very annoying, uncomfortable to drive and completely unacceptable for a brand new vehicle. The dealership misrepresented themselves by telling me it was a wheel balance issue. Now, Ford is in breach of contract for not fixing the problem under the factory warranty. I gave them a fair chance to do the right thing and stand by their word and replace the vehicle with one that does not have the vibration. They did not. Now I want them to buy the vehicle back and pay all of the associated costs involved with dealing with this issue and ownership.

- Linden, VA, USA

problem #7

Jul 102004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vibrating/oscillating steering problem between 60-70mph. Had it serviced 4 times with no resolution. Rotors have been replaced. Nibble has been replaced. Tires have be replaced with better brand (nitto 404S, P275-55R-20). Had stock and good year gtii's prior). Tires have been road forced balanced many times with little impact.

- Van Alstyne, TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 092004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


2004 F-150 scab 4X4, steering wheel vabration at 50 + mph, dealer has attempted to repair this 7 times with no results, truck has been at dealer from May 20th to date unsafe to drive due to vibrations, dealer has replaced the tires 3 times, steering rack 2 times, numorus tire ballances, drive shaft. Asking Ford to replace the truck, but all of the trucks on the dealer lot have the same problem in some degree.

- Westminster, MD, USA

problem #5

Apr 012004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,300 miles
While driving at highway speeds, the steering wheel vibrated violently. The entire vehicle would shake.

- Three Rivers, MI, USA

problem #4

May 112004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15 miles
Test drove new F-150 super-crew-cab 4X2, at 60 mph experienced a terrilbe shimmy in steering wheel and bad vibration from left rear of truck. Returned truck to lot and test drove new F-150 super-crew-cab 4X4, experienced the same problem at 30 mph and 60 mph. Bought 4X4, salesman said the truck most likely needed wheel ballancing, or it was out of round. We made an appointment for two days later to address the shimmy/vibration problem.the mechanic had the truck on lift for twenty minutes. Result, dealer has to order a part for a service bulletin that requires a vibration dampening device to be installed. This is interesting, ther is a whole lot of new F-150 trucks at this dealership. I drove two and both had same problem. They (Ford), have a known service bulletin for this problem and yet as plentiful as this problem is on the lot they have to order the part, again for a know problem documentd by their bulletin that this part is required and they don't have it in stock to fix my truck or the other one I test drove on their lot or the next one and so-on and so-on.....after reading all of these complaints there had better be a fix for this or I will surely deliver my $40,000 worth of inquiries and advertisements. Motor trend truck of the year...or not!!!

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #3

Apr 152004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles


Vehicle has vibrations at different speeds. Service manager and Ford engineer concur with my perception and are trying to remedy situation. Rear-end of vehicle bounces wildly over bumps, displacing the rear from the desired driving line, resulting in a dangerous situation.

- Taylorsville, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 012004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Steering wheel nibble at highway speeds 65-75. Steering wheel shakes back and forth at highway speeds.

- Romulus, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 042004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
Vibration in the steering wheel above 55 miles hour, less control of truck.

- Spokane Valley, WA, USA

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