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Driveshaft Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 67 problems related to driveshaft (under the power train category).

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 01/13/2017

On 12 January 2017 when returning from a normal oil change and tire rotation at a dealership the operator heard what sounded like marbles in a coffee can coming from the transmission and the vehicle experienced erratic shifts and loss of power. These conditions were reported to and noted by the dealership�s receptionist to be followed up on the next morning. On 13 January 2017 on the commute to work when accelerating from a stoplight on a city thoroughfare the vehicle downshifted abruptly from a high gear and shuddered to a halt in the middle of the roadway. The incident was so dramatic that the operator had assumed the driveshaft had been lost. The operator limped the vehicle into a nearby parking lot where the dashboard showed various warnings (see exhibit 1) and a towing company was called to transport the vehicle to the dealership. The vehicle had approximately 89,000 miles and the weather was sunny and 42 f on 13 January 2017. The dealership diagnosed the issue as an internal failure by using codes p0763, p0764, and p0979, along with removing the transmission pan which showed fine metallic shavings (see exhibit 2); the transmission was replaced by the dealership. This transmission issue was fortunate to not have resulted in any injuries or additional damages which could have easily occurred.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 01/02/2017

Reoccurring issue with transmission fluid leakage. My 2010 Ford F-150 XLT supercrew engine 4. 6 l at 89k miles with all its maintenance done like clockwork and driven like a baby required its automatic transmission seals replaced (transmission fluid leakage around the transmission bulkhead connector sleeve) 01/02/17. The dealer said that the current repair is not covered under warranty as the truck is passed its 60k power train warranty that previous repair completed back on Feb 2015 (completed under warranty as the truck had 57k miles at the time). Even though they have to do the same thing as back in Feb 2015 where they have to bring the transmission down and re-seal it in addition to the new repair of the transmission bulkhead connector sleeve. I can not understand why Ford and its techs whom are aware of the TSB 14-0069 (attached) *a known issue prior to 2014* did not "replace repair" this part back on Feb 2015 so that the customer would not find himself in this situation with a $721. 04 repair bill. I'm highly disappointed and dissatisfied with the purchase of my truck I have never owned any vehicle that within 6 years or less the transmission and drive shaft had to be repaired so often (this f150 is not used commercially and its well cared for maintained). My family and I have owned Ford's and Honda's in the past and never has anyone in my family and I had to replace or repair so often a transmission. This is not the 1st issue I have had with the automatic transmission of my truck I had taken it in to doral Lincoln while it was still under warranty as it was jerking on gear changes they lubricated the transmission and draft shaft additionally I had the drive shaft coupler/boot replaced at sawgrass Ford as well it was out of warranty this repair cost me $185. 90 on 09/17/2016.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 07/29/2016

When accelerating from a stop or slow roll, the truck will jerk hard feeling like the it is coming from the driveshaft. There is no common cause for this issue such as going over a bump, etc. Brought truck to the local Ford dealership and was told it was "leaf spring slap" which it is clear under the truck that there is deep grooves on the drive shaft, yoke area. Ford denies this is the issue. This happens 80% of the time that I accelerate either from a stop or slow movement.

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Failure Date: 03/01/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact heard a noise coming from the rear center of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician installed a driveshaft boot repair kit lubricant to keep the gear from wearing out. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,362.

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Failure Date: 02/01/2016

I took delivery of this truck in March of 2012. The truck has had documented ongoing serious drivability, safety and reliability issues since October of 2013. The issue of immediate concern relates to ongoing misfire, back fire, and engine stall. This condition has occurred at low speed, highway speed, and while towing. The immediate loss of power and subsequent surging effects caused by this condition renders the truck hazardous to me, my family, and other motorists. This issue has been repeatedly reported to and serviced by Ford. I have also personally filed complaints and concern with Ford motor company. See Ford customer service case number 8603638. The misfire, back fire, and engine stall is the current ongoing issue but you will also see in the service history this vehicle has also experienced traction control, drive shaft, steering system, and sensor/electrical component failures dating back to may of 2012. It is my understanding Ford motor company is aware of this issue with the eco boost engine and drivetrain in my truck. This known issue was responded to by tech service bulletin 13-2-14. However, the mitigation measures of that bulletin and other subsequent service attempted to repair my truck have not been successful. Further, the service bulletin does not take into account the significant safety issue of a truck traveling public roads and experiencing sudden loss of engine power. Finally, I want to point out that the ignition/engine problems my vehicle experienced has caused premature failure to other components to my drive train. This includes fouled spark plugs, damaged coils, and likely accelerated end of life to other emission controls and mechanical components to the engine due to the misfire and water entering the combustion chamber.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 12/18/2015

The truck misses at an idle and we also had to have the drive shaft replaced.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 07/08/2015

Vibration at 45 to 55. When cold strong jerk in rear end area and sometimes on turn to right. Also comes in at times when going to passing gear. It is a differential issue more than a drive shaft issue. All u joints are tight. No imbalance in drive shaft. Have gone to special teflon gear oil. . . This appears to be design and possible safety issue.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 05/30/2015

I have some strange shifting issues with this truck Ford has denied me a fix. As of now, it seems to be consistent with the split two-piece drive shaft "bump". (spline yoke needs grease) or TSB 14-0090 for the rear differential. It feels like sometimes you hit a bump but the road is smooth. Drive shaft spline needs grease? also, very rough "clunk" when shifting from reverse to drive and vice-versa. Second gear shuddering at times under slight acceleration. Rough shifting random, but it happens from time to time. I've been to one dealership several times. I've contacted Ford customer service for some assistance. . . The first time I got basically nowhere. This time, the representative from Ford says she cannot talk to me at the times I am available. I feel like they are hiding the problems with refusal to "fix" the truck. I know I've read all over the internet this is happening to other F-150 owners. Very frustrating and annoying. I've talked to a local area drive-train specialty shop. He said to bring it by and look at it for me at a cost. However, my truck is still within the drive-train warranty. . . But Ford refuses to assist their very own customers. Not a very happy customer any more. I just want my truck repaired permanently. Oh, yes, the dealership did finally replace the front pump assembly in the transmission earlier this year, but that has not resolved the problem.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2006 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 05/25/2015

The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the steering wheel became tight and loosened up at random times without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the driveshaft was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 160,000.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 05/22/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving approximately 3 mph, there was an abnormal noise. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed the drive shaft fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who informed that the drive shaft would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 99,000. Js.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 12/19/2014

Started to accelerate out of a parking lot and heard a loud thumping so I pulled over got out looked at the driveshaft seen it had slid back. A bit out of the transmission also out of the carrier bearing.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 07/07/2014

The vehicle driveshaft is heavily covered in rust which may over time deteriorate the integrity of the item possibly leading to a breakage.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 04/24/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Ford f150. The contact stated that while the driver drove out a parking area a loud noised emitted from under the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and found the driveshaft had fractured in half and caused damaged to the fuel tank and muffler. The vehicle was towed to the contact home. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 146,000. Li.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 11/15/2013

Around midday while driving on a city street, I heard a vibration coming from the underside of the vehicle. I drove a few blocks back to my office and the vehicle sat until I left to go home later that day. A few blocks from my office also while driving on a city street, I heard a louder vibration and this time a metal on metal clanking sound. I immediately pulled off into a parking area and looked under the vehicle to see that the drive shaft had fallen from its center mount. The two piece drive shaft carrier bearing mounting bracket had failed due to corrosion of the mounting bracket causing the drive shaft to no longer be mounted to the frame. Fortunately, I was on a city street driving and only driving approximately 20 mph and not at highway speed where I could have loss driver control of the vehicle. Less than a year earlier, the vehicle failed a state safety inspection due to an excessively corroded steering shaft u joint. The mechanic said this u joint could fail during driving causing loss of driver control. Either of these component part failure could have caused loss of vehicle control, an accident and injury or death to myself, my passengers or others in other vehicles or on or near the roadway. I have had multiple other non life safety mechanical defects with this vehicle but more importantly, this condition exists with many of these vehicles on the roads today and any of those drivers could experience a failure of either the steering shaft or the drive shaft at any time and be the cause of an accident.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 08/31/2013

The truck I bought has been shaking since the day I picked it up and brought it home. At 55 mph the truck has a distinct wobble. It has been back to sharpnack Ford twice for the problem and I was told they drove four other trucks on their lot and they all do the same thing. Also they took the tires off of mine and swapped them with another truck with the same result. I was told they took the drive shaft apart and rebuilt it, still no fix. After two times back to the shop, I was told by the head mechanic that Ford told him no more repairs will be done to this truck. I can see the bed wobble as I am going down the road and am confident this is where the problem is. Ford is not willing to do anything about it claiming the frequency is within specification limits. I have also driven a 2012 and a 2013 and both of them do the same thing. I'm not sure this is a problem that will cause imminent danger to anyone unless you factor in the"road rage" someone will have after paying 45k for a brand new piece of garbage that the manufacturer refuses to do anything about to fix.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 08/14/2013

On 08/14/13 I was at a bank in the city of fairfield CA. 94533, there was an accident in the parking lot, which is a 1 direction entrance, myself and several vehicles had to back out of the lot. As I preceded to accelerate to exit the lot, I heard a loud thump. The next thing I knew was I was unable to move. I exited my vehicle as others who were in the parking lot of the bank approached me and asked if that was my drive shaft hanging down. When I bent down to look I noticed that it had broken at the weld at the yoke of the transmission. When I returned home after being towed, I went on line to see of any other situations of drive shafts braking on Ford trucks, and I have found several, which one broke and the driver lost control and had an accident with massive vehicle damage. I went to the local Ford dealer, and they said they have no recalls with that issue. But Ford has had several complaints of a loud thumping when the vehicle is being placed in gear which is all a result of driveling and drive train problems. My concern is that if I had been traveling at highway speeds and this had happened, the drive-line would have dug into the asphalt and perhaps flipped my truck. Killing myself and perhaps others. I also called Fords customer care center in michigan, but their response is that there has been no complaints or recalls. To which I informed the representative that there were several blogs on line of people having drive-line problems on the Ford f150 trucks. I was in a parking lot backing up when my incident occurred but what happens when it occurs on the highway with children in the vehicle. I am now presently without a vehicle until I am able to have repairs done and I have a $600 monthly car note. I feel that this is a defect that Ford needs to be responsible for taking care of.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 12/20/2012

The vehicle has been in the Ford shop three times for a clicking or popping noise that came from the rear of the truck. I have complained about it since the vehicle reached 6,000 miles or 4 months old. The dealer has attempted numerous repair attempts (3 ea. )to fix the problem the vehicle has spent many days at the shop while the mechanic tried to fix the problem. The Ford engineers or so I have been told where aware of the issue and instructed the dealership to try the ssm# 22384 to fix the issue. The dealership performed the ssm# on Friday the 14th of Dec and after driving the truck I noticed the same complaint of the clicking noise and there was no apparent change to or after bringing the truck in for repair. I notified the dealership and they said the truck was safe to drive and they would keep me notified on any other fixes as they come available through Ford. After almost 200 miles after the attempted repair I was driving down the highway when I felt the truck shake then heard a large pow then bang, I quickly looked out the rear view mirror and saw smoke and sparks. I was able to recover and get the vehicle to the shoulder of the road where I noticed the driveshaft on the ground the only thing attached was the front of the drive shaft. The pinion bearing flange (rear) was attached to the driveshaft and the pinion shaft was sheared off the rearend. I feel this problem could have caused a serious injury to me or others if I was in a different senario and not so lucky to not be carry my children and towing my boat. This is a unsafe condition and should be delt with to ensure others don't have my incident that could create a accident. I have the service record copies and my truck is still at the dealership waiting on parts.

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Failure Date: 11/20/2012

Gm joe dennis at chino hills Ford failed to allow his service dept. To repair, correct or replace defective driveline or driveshaft componets that clunk and rattle on a new Ford raptor truck under factory warranty and an esp Ford 100,000 extended warranty. These faulty componets could fail and cause loss of control or serious injury or death to myself or passengers and other vehicles on the highway should they fail and seperate from the drivetrain, driveshaft, u joint or yoke of the truck. This is a known and much complained about issue on these Ford raptors and Ford motors has ignored the drivetrain clunk issues. This should be a Ford recall to determine what the drivetrain issues are with this $60,000. Truck and correct them ASAP for safety reasons.

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Failure Date: 08/01/2012

When putting truck in reverse after going forward or put in forward after backing up, clunk or chirp noise from under vehicle. Could be driveshaft or rear. Waiting for warranty servce.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 03/15/2012

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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 03/04/2012

Waiting at a stop light than proceeded to go when light turned green all of a sudden big banging and grinding noise coming from under truck looked under and sees drive shaft broke in half police were called to help direct traffic and called tow truck! mechanic of the repair shop told me why in his report that the drive shaft broke he said the drive shaft had rusted in the middle to cause it to break in half!! my safety issue is I bought the truck because its big I drive my grand kids in it now can you imagine what would happen on a highway at 55 mph!!! everyone I spoke told me they never heard of a drive shaft break and rust like that especially its only a 2004 model!! can you help me on this issue I have with Ford! thank you. . . . . . .

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Failure Date: 01/30/2012

I bought this vehicle 12/2011 with 19,800 miles on it (it was manf. 12/2010, sold in orlando,FL in 01/2011 and traded in 10/2011 and was used as a rental truck) as a certified pre-owned (cpo) from maroone Ford margate FL. There was a problem that when I was driving at a low speed <5mph the shift between 1-2 would sometimes be real hard (engine @ 3000rpm+) so this dealer checked and 'fixed' it with greasing the 2 part drive shaft. They told me that the wrong grease was used when the vehicle was built and needed to use a new grease. This happened again around the end of 2012(around 35k miles) and maroone Ford miami 'fixed' it again by greasing the drive shaft. Now it is happening again (8/2013) and this time they did not find anything wrong. It still happens and I am going to take my vehicle to a different dealership that is not maroone/autonation and see if they can 'fix' my problem. Also I am reading that now I am having problems with the drivers side lights rapid flashing but not the pass side or when the hazards are on so I googled and it seems that there are problems with the bcm (body control module) and that I have found is behind the drivers side rear seats on a super crew. The dealership (maroone/autonation) had not done anything to check if my vehicle was on a recall as far as I know and now I have to go to another dealership and also bring this up (and I doubt they would even know about it either). I was told by maroone/autonation that if anything is found to let them know. What? I have to pay to let their techs know their job? Ford should never have done a 2 piece driver shaft with a slip yoke or quit with things like the mechanical flasher relays even with pwm/canbus. This now becomes expensive to fix and not everyone is going to go out and buy a new vehicle. Next time will be a Toyota because they are driven in the deserts around the world, not Fords.

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Failure Date: 09/04/2011

Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that he attempted to accelerate from a stop, but the vehicle would not accelerate and a loud grinding noise was heard coming from the engine. Upon examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the drive shaft was corroded and split in half. The vehicle was towed home and parked. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 96,000. Kmj.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 05/29/2011

The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated the vehicle began to vibrate while driving 35 mph. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who stated the driveshaft was not angled properly. The contact was concerned since the failure was a safety issue. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 1,647 and the current mileage was 2,000.

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Failure Date: 12/16/2009

Transmission failed while driving. Leaving me stranded on the highway. Front bearing went out ,root cause of failure according to aamco mechanic. Truck only has 49,000 miles. Truck has always had a vibration . Lance cunningham Ford always pointed to tires, drive shaft. I believe that the true problem has now came to light. Unfortunately the original warranty was for 3 years or 36,000 miles.