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2004 F 150: 4x4..wheels, tires..vibration..tight circles, drove…

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I have 2004 F 150...
I have 2004 F 150 4x4 5.4 engine and the truck vibtates at 80 - 90 KPH ( 50 - 60 MPH )

I have replaced the wheels, tires, Universal joints, Drive shaft, done a Road Force Balancing, totaling almost $2,5000 so far and the vibration is still there.

The mechanic next suggested a "Dampener" but said that it's installation on some of the trucks he tried it on did not work, so I am not prepared tospend another $500 on a "maybe"

I have read on the intenet hundreds of compaints for the is same problem with the same truck model years 2004-2008.

Is this a factory defect that can not be corrected?

Is there any way that I coud get someone from Ford to acknowldge this fact?

On one occassion ( and it happened only once) the truck started vibrtating a so badly I almost lost control of it.
I was sure one of the wheels must have came loose.

I stopped, turned the truck off, did some tight circles, drove up and down over some bumps and it stopped

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Gary Grant [email protected]
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Ford
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Ford Mechanic: AMEDEE, FORD TECHNICIAN replied 8 years ago
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Hello Gary!

 

My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will try and help you out with your concern.

 

Are the tires and rims after market? Are the bigger than normal size?

 

DOes this vibration only happen after you hit a bump or does it seem to happen without hitting a bump at this speed?

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

 

 

The wheels are Ford Wheels

 

Normal size\

 

Vibrates only between 80 - 90 KPH

 

The solution that I am looking for is to have a Ford Rep of some kind confirm that the vibration in some 2004-2008 F 150 pickups is a factory defect.

 

I am going to Court with Ford Oct 15 2010 and need confirmation that my vibration is a manufacturing or factory defect.

 

Thanks

 

Gary Grant

Ford Mechanic: AMEDEE, FORD TECHNICIAN replied 8 years ago

Ford has issued out this Special Service Message for a Generic Electronic Module re flash that pertains to this vehicle.

 

A4WD MAY EXHIBIT A HIGH-SPEED MOAN OR DRIVELINE PULSATION/SHUDDER. THE MOAN MAY ALSO OCCUR AT LOWER SPEEDS ON TIP-IN, WHILE GOING UP HILLS, OR WHILE TOWING AT HEAVY THROTTLE.

 

I would try to disable the 4x4 system by unplugging the 4x4 control module or disconnecting a drive shaft speed sensor and test drive for the shudder.
If the problem goes away, use a dual trace lab scope to check for inconsistent signals from the front and rear drive shaft speed sensors. If the problem does not go away, suspect contaminated fluid inside the transfer case or mechanical problems with the clutch assembly. Try replacing the fluid and test drive again for a shudder.

 

Also, you can try to disconnect the electrical connector at the transfer case. Drive the vehicle and see if it still binds on turns or if it works properly and the binding is gone.
If the binding is still present, the problem is with the transfer case itself.



Edited by AMEDEE on 6/16/2010 at 5:18 PM EST
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

 

 

Please respond to my last e-mail re what I require

 

Thanks

 

Gary

Ford Mechanic: AMEDEE, FORD TECHNICIAN replied 8 years ago
I am definitely not a ford rep so it looks like I cannot help you out. Sorry about that.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

 

 

I realize that.

 

Do you know any Ford Rep that would substantaite that the viration is a factory Defect.

 

That is waht I am afer?

 

Thanks

 

Gary

Ford Mechanic: AMEDEE, FORD TECHNICIAN replied 8 years ago
NO... we have no Ford reps or any Ford Engineers on this web site that I am aware of.

Edited by AMEDEE on 6/16/2010 at 5:58 PM EST
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

As mentioned the answer was not helpfull but thanks anyway

 

Gary Grant

Ford Mechanic: AMEDEE, FORD TECHNICIAN replied 8 years ago

You bet!

 

Good luck with your search!

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