Driveshaft Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 77 problems related to driveshaft (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford F-150 based on all problems reported for the F-150.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 12/19/2018

While driving down the interstate our truck shut down stopped working. We coasted to the side of the interstate and re-started the vehicle. No warning lights, nothing the vehicle engine shut off. There was a wrench that appeared. We took the vehicle to a repair shop to determine what the code of issue indicated an issue. No code was detected. We were told that perhaps it was bad fuel. We purchased a fuel cleaner. Again, we traveled down the interstate and again the vehicle shut down without warning. We took it to the shop to find out that the bracket holding the entire drive shaft was broken. We replaced the part. Still the vehicle downshifted for no reason. We again took it to a repair shop and finally a code appeared. The code indicated that the transmission control switch was in error. This is a very dangerous issue. We called Ford motor company and there is no recall at this time. A very dangerous sit-in 2, 1. The drive shaft could have seized the rear wheels, thereby causing an accident. 2. The transmission control switch indicated that the engine shuts down with no warning. Please be aware that both of these situations could have caused a fatal accident, yet Ford motor company refuses to provide assistance, send out a warning to others that may be effected. This is irresponsible on the Ford motor company to provide no indication or warning to people that own these vehicles. 2011 and 2012 have been recalled. Please have your vehicles checked for both issues. The code that finally resulted in our further insistence p. 1780-00 for your and any passengers safety. Please have your vehicle inspected.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 10/20/2018

I'm having two issues with the drive train of my 2014 f150. First is accelerating from a stop. Its as if the driveshaft is missing a tooth and doesn't turn with the transmission. It hesitates then catches and you hear a thud like metal hitting metal. The other issue is far more serious. While on the highway I began accelerating to change lanes. As I changed lanes and put my foot down, the truck acted like it was going to accelerate or downshift and accelerate, but then did neither. It was like the gas peddle was dead. I took my foot off the gas peddle, then re-applied and it was fine. I however was almost reended. I've seen both of these issues by several folks on NHTSA website and other sites associated.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 06/15/2018

Clunky transmission at start of acceleration and when coming to a stop. Happened at about 40k miles. Under warranty dealer removed drive shaft and greased splines. Same thing happened at 90k miles. This led to total transmission failure at 92k miles when the sealed transmission began to lose ability to properly downshift. Transmission had developed leakduring long trip which was not detectable. Transmission temperature read normal throughout the driving even when trans failed. Vehicle service on transmission is not until 150k miles and vehicle has no dip stick to check level or quality of fluid. Now I'm stuck with a $5k bill to replace transmission with a rebuilt unit. I get that it is no longer under warranty but a design that has no way to check fluid and a design that requires greasing the drive shaft spline to stop binding of shaft to transmission should not be allowed with no recourse for the consumer.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 03/05/2018

Sudden downshift to 1st gear orange wrench light comes on been having trouble with transmission bob boyd service did a drive shaft boot repair on Feb 28 2018 asked about recall 16n02 said my truck wasnt covered.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 01/24/2018

Had to replace complete drive shaft because of bad carrier bearing, twice.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2018 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 01/20/2018

Noticed chassis vibration starting at and above 60 mph. Dealer attempted various fixes including replacing drive shaft, but vibrations remain.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 01/10/2018

Cab leaks after rain can be a mold issue some time when turning going off curbs or hitting months you hear a banging noise the driveshaft it will pop when take off I had it grease by Ford little bit better once in awhile still does. All this still go on.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 10/10/2017

I was stopped at a traffic light, when the light turned green I gave the truck some gas and it started making noise and acted as if something was about ready to fly apart and severly vibrating. I had to stop as quick as possible with cars behind me swerving to get around me. I had to call a tow service to get my truck home, after inspection of the driveshaft I found that the carrier bearing had slip out of it's housing and the driveshaft was bouncing around in the bearing bracket. I could not locate a carrier bearing anywhere so I called the Ford dealership and was told I would have to buy and replace the entire driveshaft. I did some searches on the internet and found that this has happened numerous times. If you inspect the driveshafts now being sold for replacements you will find that there have been design changes made but Ford won't admit that they had a design flaw with the original driveshaft. By the way, my 2007 f150 only has 32000 miles on it, it's not a wear issue.

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2017 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 07/01/2017

With the vehicle in park, with the weight of the vehicle resting on the transmission's parking pawl, or resting on the parking brake, when the engine is started, there is an intermittent clunk that can be heard. It can vary from no clunk to a very loud clunk that can be heard from 40ft or more. This can happen when vehicle is hot, cold, driven short distances or long distances, on an incline or not. The 3 dealerships have reproduced the issue, but have called it normal or a characteristic. One dealership's service director says his demo vehicles make the same noise and that adding bigger tires and a lift kit made it worse. He also said and I quote "because its not abnormal, there is no fix". He stated that Ford techline says its normal as well. . Read more...

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car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2017 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 07/01/2017

I own a 2017 Ford f150 4x4 with the 3. 5 ecoboost engine and the 10 speed transmission. A few days after we brought the truck home, we noticed a very loud clunk that would happen when the engine is started. We have taken the truck to multiple dealerships and all have said that the clunk is normal and that its just the transmission "loading up". This same clunk is also happening on 2018 f150s as well, with the 6 speed transmission and the 10 speed transmissions. I am concerned that this issue is going to affect the long term safety of the vehicle, since metal striking metal is never a good thing when it comes to automobiles. . Read more...

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

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 12
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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 13
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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 14
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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2006 Ford F-150 19
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 20
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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 21
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 22
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.

car image   Driveshaft problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 23
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 24
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 25
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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