definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,429 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 suspension problems

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

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problem #51

Apr 022013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 50,938 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while the vehicle was being service for regular maintenance, the dealer diagnosed that the rear axle needed to be replaced due to a design flaw. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 50,938.

- Gladstone , MO, USA

problem #50

Dec 302006

F-150 8-cyl

  • 21,715 miles
Driving on the interstate @ 55mph the truck has a vibration -begins to shake- returned to dealer no problem found, this story goes on and on I have replaced out of my pocket rotors, calibers two whole set of tires and still to this day is still will shake @ and around 52 mph to 57 mph nobody will help me find the problem now it is out of warranty Ford doesn't care.

- Delaware, OH, USA

problem #49

May 012012


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 42 mph, the contact noticed the front end of the vehicle began to shake abnormally. The contact inspected the vehicle and discovered that the front coil springs were fractured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Sullivan, MO, USA

problem #48

Dec 012011


  • 24,500 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was having unrelated repairs performed by an authorized dealer, when the dealer stated that the front end could not be aligned properly because the ball joints needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 24,500. The VIN was not available.

- Lehigh, FL, USA

problem #47

Jan 312012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 94,120 miles
While my truck was being serviced, it was brought to my attention that I had a broken front passenger side coil spring. Their was a 2 inch piece of coil spring hanging on by the plastic covering of the spring. The piece was corroded, which tells me that it had been broken for some time. I have noticed online that this is not a uncommon occurrence.

- Prospect, ME, USA

problem #46

Jun 102008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
I'm driving my truck when all of a sudden it will start vibrating horribly, like driving over a washboard type of road. The only way to get it to stop is to pull over to the side of the highway, put it in park, wait, and then try to resume driving. But this does not always work. You sometimes have to stop and change to park, or reverse, a couple of times, before driving again so that the vibration goes away. I have complained about this before, and I see hundreds of complaints for the same issue on "Ford owner websites", and everybody is pissed. Nobody can get an answer from Ford service as to what is wrong. Many people have replaced many different things (I.e. transmission, clutch pads, bearings, U-joints, emergency brake cable or pads), all to no avail. They have wasted their time and money, and Ford refuses to live up to this awful and very dangerous problem. Apparently, Ford knows this is a big problem with 2004 F-150 trucks, especially, but will not acknowledge it. Someone wrote on the web that Ford knows they had a retooling problem with these trucks, and let the trucks go out for sale anyway. I am now having this problem more often, and I am afraid to drive it. I do not have any money to fix my truck, since our economy is so bad and have been unemployed for years. Make Ford take ownership of this recall problem!

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #45

Jul 202011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 35,564 miles


During acceleration there is a severe vibration and shaking. It also happens when driving down the road. The shaking is so bad that you almost lose control of the vehicle.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #44

May 302011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
2004 Ford F150 supercrew starts shaking horribly at highway speeds when pulling a travel trailer. It doesn't matter if you slow down, speed up, or take out of gear the only way to make it quit is to come to a complete stop. This has happened 3 times to me so far and it feels as if all the wheels are about to fall off. I called my dealer and they said that they haven't heard of this problem, but if you do a search on it there is a lot of people concerned of this dangerous issue. Luckily I haven't been on an interstate with my travel trailer because I would believe that this could cause me to possibly lose control at those kind of speeds.

- Tell City, IN, USA

problem #43

Oct 172010

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,650 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F150. During routine maintenance the mechanic noticed that the left lower control A-frame was cracked. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer where they confirmed that the lower control arm was cracked and they could not tell if it was only cracked on the side. They informed her that she would be responsible for the repair since there was no warranty or related recall. The manufacturer was notified and informed her there was nothing they could do since the warranty had expired. The failure mileage was 23,650. Updated 02/09/11 the consumer stated Ford finally agreed to help pay for the repairs. Updated 05/06/11

- Corficana, TX, USA

problem #42

Oct 182004


  • 10,863 miles
I have a 2004 Ford F150 that has had a terrible vibration and shaking problem to the point that the windshield wipers jump up and down everytime I have said anything to the dealership they say they dont what it is and they haven't heard of anything like this and even the last time I told them it was like something was seizing up we went online and started investigating the problem and found that all kinds of people are having the same problem and alot of them seem to think it is in the emergency brake system there is two metal parts that rust together and wont let it work is there anything I can do about this to get Ford to replace it even though it is 5 yrs old because this is very dangerous last winter I was driving in snow and the back end slid around on me and this was caused by the brake trying to seize up.

- Church Hill, TN, USA

problem #41

Oct 232007


  • 46,000 miles


2004 Ford F-150... truck starts to shake horribly when accelerating. The problem is random (once every 2-3 days?), but only stop S after the car comes to a complete stop. Most of the time the problem arise when accelerating on the interstate. It feels like driving over a washboard, which is very unnerving when traveling at 60 mph. I have repeatedly had to pull of the interstate, stop completely (maybe twice), before the issue is resolved. The issue has not yet been diagnosed by the dealer. Other people say it has to do with the rear differential, but not sure yet, since it has not been repaired. No injuries yet, but the problem seems very unsafe and widespread. Problem started in October 2007, and has progressively gotten worse.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #40

Dec 012005


  • miles
Since purchase the F150 has had terrible shaking in the front at 55-60 mph. Repeated attempts to fix have been negative. Dealers, repair shops have failed. Replaced all four tires, repeated balancing have not helped.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #39

Jun 202004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
I purchased my Ford F-150 as a demo in 2004. The truck has been back to the dealership at least 5 times for a vibration over 60 miles/hr. The truck now has just over 46,000 miles and I just put the 4th set of tires on the truck. The dealership states there is nothing they can do. I have read many online forums about the same complaints with this Ford truck. Two weeks ago I spent over $1000 dollars on tires and alignment, the vibration is still present. My next step is to file for the lemon law.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

problem #38

Oct 122005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
At least once a week our truck will go in to a violent shaking episode. The majority of the time it rides beautifully. There doesn't seem to be a pattern other than it begins after the truck has been parked and started to be driven again. It feels as if the wheels are falling off literally. It seems to be suspension related but sets off no engine light or warnings. Usually if my wife or I stop the truck, place it in park, shut the truck off, the problem will stop. It is such a violent shaking that the vehicle can not be driven and must be pulled off the road. Here in amish country not all roads have emergency lanes and this has put us in some dangerous predicament. Had the truck in to one dealer who could not replicate the problem. I have an appointment next week at another dealer for the same issue. I normally carry no load and no towing has been done with this truck to date.

- Oxford, PA, USA

problem #37

Jun 152004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Every time you reach the speed between 65- 70 mph the vehicle / steering wheel shakes as if the tires are not balanced. I had them balanced 3 times already and it still does the same. Rear end of vehicle throws to L/R when going over bumps. I've test driven other makes and there isn't a problem going over the same bumps.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #36

Jul 202005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,800 miles
Intermitent shaking of vehicle while driving at any speed and only stops shaking when vehicle is brought to a complete stop. No warning that truck will start shaking. Brought truck to dealer three times and dealer could not replicate shaking, says nothing is wrong, refuses to take any action. Service bulletin advises addition of rear suspension damper but could not be installed due to interference with dealer installed trailer hitch. Dealer is refusing to replace existing trailer hitch with another trailer hitch that would allow installation of damper.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #35

Jul 222005

(reported on)

F-150 4WD

  • 7,000 miles
2004 Ford F150 developed a problem with vibration when driving at 45 to 60 mph.** answer required***. the vibration began at about 7000 miles. The truck would vibrate so badly that the consumr was forced to pull to the side of the road. Many attempts were amde to repair the problem but they were not successful.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #34

Jun 052005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Ford F150 truck - the truck intermittenly exhibits severe vibration that can be felt in the steering wheel as well as in the cab. The whole truck shackes when this occurs. The vibration occurs primarily at speeds of 40-60 mph; but, has occurred at speeds in the 75 mph range too. There is a low level vibration that is present most of the time while driving. This low level vibration turns into the severe vibration periodically. The problem occurs on smooth pavement. It is very scarey when this problem occurs. The drive shaft and engine mounts have been replaced and the dealer tried 4 new tires on the truck too. The problem still exists.....alas it is intermittent and the dealer has not seen it. One interesting fact. When the dealer puts the truck on the lift to check it, the problem goes away for a week or two; but, then returns.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #33

Mar 032005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,549 miles
Had to put 4 sets of brakes on vehicle since purchasing the car. The rotors were getting grooved so badly that vehicle pulls off the road. The consumer talked to Ford, and they ignored him. He traveled and saw this problem with several other Ford cars. Ford told him it was cosmetic. While on the first trip with this vehicle, the rear end had gone out, the clutch pack was removed and replaced, the fog lamps were holding moisture and were replaced, the brakes would pulsate and pull from one side, the shifting was harsh when changing from first to second gear, a loud clunk would be present at times when starting from stop then decelerating and the vehicle would crank but would not start at times.

- Batavia, OH, USA

problem #32

Mar 292005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
The entire truck will vibrate at any speed with cause unknown. The area dealership examined the truck but was unable to determine a cause. While at the dealership the owner was made aware of two similar F150 pickups with the same intermittent vibration.

- Warren, OH, USA

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