hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,571 miles

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2005 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #4

Mar 222010


  • 72,000 miles


Fordmotor company on the 2005 Ford F150 there has been over 1000 complaints about the actuator on the four wheel drive there is a vacuum switch that operates them water runs down off the cowl contaminating the vac.line causing the actuator to go out therewas a service bulletin put out showing that they new of this problem and did nothing to correct it. The switch controls the vac. To the actuator with no vac. The four wheel drive is engage when.to make it simply it takes vacuum to disengage the four wheel drive if you are going down the road and the switch fails what's going to happen you will ruin the four wheel drive actuators and could get into or cause a accident.

- Oelwein, IA, USA

problem #3

Dec 102008

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 37,217 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that she heard a grinding noise while driving at any speed. The noise was heard intermittenly. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle later locked into 4-wheel drive while driving less than 55 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they found that the solenoid and the switch for the 4-wheel drive were defective. The contact paid $185 to have the vehicle repaired. The dealer was unsure if the repair would correct the failure because the electrical switch was susceptible to water damage. The current and failure mileages were less than 37,217. Updated 08/11/09.

- Christiansburg, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 192009


  • 53,900 miles
While driving, the vacuum solenoid for the 4 wheel drive tries to engage the 4 wheel drive - even at highway speeds- resulting in a horrible sound. The sound was "like I had run over a shopping cart or hit something in the road and was dragging it under the truck". this happened 5 times in two days in less than 30 miles of total driving. The noise is so loud and alarming that it made me immediately apply the brakes and pull to the side of the road because I thought I had hit something/someone. At first I wondered if my muffler or drive shaft or some other part had fallen off of the truck. This "false engagement" of the 4 wheel drive happens without any warning in all kids of driving conditions (slow, fast, breaking or accelerating). A new, redesigned (now has a cover on it to keep moisture out- which was causing the failure) vacuum solenoid was installed on truck - a $27 part. Dealership kept old part. Tech. At dealer told me that this part will go bad at some point and need replacing on all the trucks with the part. He said "not if but when". Ford knew about the problem - hence the redesigned part. Ford has not notified owners of this part and it's impending failure.

- Delmar, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 162009


  • 36,000 miles
Truck will not disengage from 4hi and even though it is turned off it will make a terrible grinding sound, which I think has something to do with the transfer case. The light doesn't come on when for 4hi, so I am also thinking there is something wrong with the relay switch.. also our truck vibrates, but has only done it twice, however the truck only has 68 thousands kilometers on it, it is like a brand new truck. We have had it to the Ford dealer and they say nothing is wrong with it. Are they actually waiting for someone to die in one of these trucks. How many complaints does it take?

- Montrose, Bc Canada, 00, USA

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