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Driveshaft Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 55 problems related to driveshaft (under the power train category).

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 1
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 2
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.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 3
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 4
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.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 5
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.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 6
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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 8
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.

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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. . . . . . .

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 10
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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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 11
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.

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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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 08/18/2008

2004 Ford f150 with numerous problems. Now at 82000 miles the transmission is slipping badly. The transmission slips when accelerating and the engine revs until the transmission kicks in. I am afraid when it decides to jump in gear it is going to cause an accident. From what I have read on the internet many other f150 owners are experiencing the same problem with the transmission. Our truck was purchased new but has been in the shop repeatedly for brake problems (7 times), tire problems (2 times), rear end (2 times), broken drive shaft (2 times), electrical (1 time), electrical is starting to have problems now too. We replaced a 98 Mazda truck with this 04 f150 because we thought the f150 would be safe and reliable. The 98 Mazda, sold to my brother-in-law, is still running great. What a mistake!!!!.

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Failure Date: 12/01/2007

Officially logging a well known problem with the 2004 f150 driveline. It has done this to the point of transmission replacement due to wear on the shaft. The driveshaft is not serviceable at all and was never lubed from the factory causing binding on the slip yokes which in turn causes swing bearing wear, u joint failure and to the point of transmission stub shaft wear ultimately causing failure. There seriously needs to be accountability for these due to the severity and liability. We owned the truck new and have driven with this problem until now. I hope to see a recall soon as tsbs are no help to the customer and most dealers do not even know that these parts are unserviceable. As a life long customer, thumbs down on Ford to allow this to go on.

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Failure Date: 02/17/2006

2004 Ford f150 supercab 4x. Intermittent violent vibration in driveline. Dealership has replaced rear end, driveshaft,checked front end,tires,etc. Usually small vibration becomes violent at times. Can not duplicate at will. Dealership now says nothing wrong. When violent shake occurs must stop vehicle to stop shake. I feel that it is a safety issue. Has shaken violently 6 times in about 6000 miles.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 01/11/2006

: the contact stated while attempting to shift from drive to reverse, the vehicle made a clicking sound and would not move forward. The contact physically pushed the vehicle into the driveway. After further inspection, the contact determined the drive shaft was broken. The drive shaft broke in two along the welds. The drive shaft was removed and taken to the dealer. The dealer suggested sending the part to the manufacturer for inspection. Updated 2/28/2006 -.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 08/10/2005

Ever since delivery of vehicle (2005 Ford f150 lariat 4wd), vehicle "shutters" or "jerks" on acceleration from a complete stop. Initially there was also some "popping" on turning and acceleration, which was fixed by the dealership. The shuttering has been fixed, but after 3 repair attemps, the truck continues to jump/jerk on acceleration from a complete stop. The dealership states this is normal, but the driveline only jerks when in 2wd mode - it does not jerk in 4wd. To get the shuttering to stop, Ford installed a shim kit to align the driveline, which they state is a problem they finally found.

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Failure Date: 06/22/2005

Vehicle has drive train vibration & rear end howl sense I test drove it Aug 2004. I pointed out the drive train vibration to my salesman and he said it " probably lost a wheel balance weight". A friend went into the same dealership ( lindquist Ford) and was told the same thing after they have acknowledged there are tsbs on this problem and after my truck was in & out of their shop numerous times. So far the tires and wheels have been forced balance, drive shaft replaced, cab mounts replaced, transmission tail shaft end play checked & rear end replaced. None have resolved the issues. The service manager told me Ford has identified the automatic transmission as the problem. We preceeded to arrange replacement and I insisted on a new not a rebuilt one. He got back with me and said the new Ford rep he was dealing with doesnt replace transmissions ! mine suddenly. . . . . . . . . . You guessed it. . Its within specifications !! the dealership management wont return my calls. Ford wont be shamed into fixing these problems unless/ until the media gets involved.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 06/15/2005

The vehicle has been to the dealer 3 times. They didn't know what was wrong with it. There was bad vibration ,like a tie rod end going bad or the wheel coming off. They replaced all the tires , and put a new rim on the passenger's side, and put in a new driveshaft. This started around June 15, 2005. The vehicle was going back to the dealers for the fourth time. Haven't contacted the manufacturer but got information on the lemon law.

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Failure Date: 06/15/2005

The vehicle has been to the dealer 3 times. They didn't know what wrong with it. There was bad vibration , felt like a tie rod end or wheel was going to come off. They replaced all the tires, put a new rim on it, and put in a new drive shaft . This started around June 15, 2005. The vehicle was taken back to the dealers today for the fourth time. Haven't contacted the manufacturer but have checked the information for the lemon law.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2005

After several trips to the dealer about serious vibration problems in my vehicle, the dealer replaced the drive shaft. This corrected the problem. Others have had a similar problem. My concern is that vehicles which continue to be driven without replaced drive shafts may be subject drive shaft fatigue and failure in the future.

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Failure Date: 05/29/2005

Been to dealer 4 times with complaints of vibration. Replaced tires, drive shaft, rotors & cluthes in rear end. Still had vibration & returned to dealer ony to hear "we can not duplicate the problem". The vibration occurs about every 500-1000 miles.

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Failure Date: 04/06/2005

There is a loud clanking noise in the rear end when taking off and when shifting gears. It jumps so bad sometimes you have to stop the vehicle and let it cool off before resuming ride. It's being having this problem for the past 2000 miles. Have taken to the manufactor and the dealer. It's been at the dealer 3 times for this problem alone. No parts have been replaced. The dealer told consumer that if there was no recall they couldn't fix it because all the trucks 2005 f150 regular cabs have the same problem.

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Failure Date: 03/15/2005

Bought my 2004 f 150 2wd from dealer in ok. 5800mi have a vibration @ 38-42mph and 58-62mph. Have taken to the dealer 4 times in which they have replaced the driveshaft, reclocked the driveshaft on second visit, rebalances and rotated the tires but still have the peroblem in which they mentioned will be acceptable. It isn't normal.