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Old May 7th, 2008, 08:54 PM   #1
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Common Problem with f150?

I have a 2003 f150 supercrew 4x4 that i've had minimal problems with. I've finally surpassed the 100k mark and as i expected, an issue has occurred. When i put it into reverse it makes a loud clunk noise, then when i start backing up it sounds like two people going at it on an old bed. The sound is coming from the back somewhere and it sounds like the drive shaft. When it's in drive there are no problems until about 40mph and the steering wheel starts to shake. It's not a violent shake but enough to where i can feel and see it. I had a problem a while back when my parking break basically grenaded inside the drum, but we just removed that and problem free until now. Now i hear that my friend's mom, who has the exact same truck as me, is doing the same thing. Anyone experience this problem? Before i start tearing into things or take it to the shop
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Old May 7th, 2008, 09:26 PM   #2
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i would start with u joints/pillow bearing/driveshaft inspection look for any play or obvious wear, for the steering wheel shake hows the alignment, tires in good shape no uneven wear, or missing wheel wieghts?
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Old May 7th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #3
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i would start with u joints/pillow bearing/driveshaft inspection look for any play or obvious wear, for the steering wheel shake hows the alignment, tires in good shape no uneven wear, or missing wheel wieghts?
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Old May 7th, 2008, 10:08 PM   #4
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i would start with u joints/pillow bearing/driveshaft inspection look for any play or obvious wear, for the steering wheel shake hows the alignment, tires in good shape no uneven wear, or missing wheel wieghts?
front end is tight and tires are in great shape. My brother suggested power washing my rims out to make sure no dirt is making it shake but i already did that. The sound make me think it is the u joint but i got under there and tried to see if the drive shaft had an play, none. ah i hope its nothing expensive -->dealer ship <--- me
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Old May 8th, 2008, 06:41 AM   #5
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when you check the drive shaft was it in nuetral? if not there can be enough bind in it to keep you from finding the play
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Old May 8th, 2008, 08:45 AM   #6
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my 99 F150 was similar when the Ujoints needed replaced
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Old May 8th, 2008, 08:51 AM   #7
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X a billion, u-joint
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front end is tight and tires are in great shape. My brother suggested power washing my rims out to make sure no dirt is making it shake but i already did that. The sound make me think it is the u joint but i got under there and tried to see if the drive shaft had an play, none. ah i hope its nothing expensive -->dealer ship <--- me

U-joints don't necessarily have to have play in order to make noise.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 10:40 AM   #9
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U-joint, U-joint, U-joint, U-joint...........................................U-joint.

Probably the one on the back of the rear driveshaft, "but change them both on the rear driveshaft"

If you have a short wheel base Ford truck, or Bronco, they will go bad.

Change them before the Drive shaft drops and you have to have that replaced as well.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 09:12 PM   #10
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Thanks for the replies. My instincts were the u joints but i wanted to make sure there wasn't a common serious problem. Thanks guys
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Old May 9th, 2008, 07:09 AM   #11
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myne did this in my truck. i checked and no play. drivn down the road and there goes my rear shaft. destroyed it. had to find another one.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 12:26 PM   #12
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the only way to really find the u-joint, IMO is to pull the shaft out and rotate all of the ujoints all the way. probably are binding, which you will never find with the ds in the truck. it would cause all of your sypmtoms. but it also could be bearings in the rearend, but i rule that out b/c you say it happens right when you put it in gear. that means something is loading and moving without the wheels moving yet. that rules alot of stuff out. i bet a 100$ that its seized ujoints
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Old June 27th, 2008, 08:05 AM   #13
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slip splines are known to stick slip and cause a loud thump when coming to a stop or going from rev to fwd etc.

Solution it usually to pull apart the slip and regrease with the appropriate lube. . Although U-Joints are an easier check.
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Old July 6th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #14
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I know this thread is a little out dated but it did end up being the u-joints. Man, i wish i would have taken pictures. The rear u-joints were so bad the needs were either deteriorated or welded together. It was bad but after a few hours and curse words i got the problem fixed. Thanks for the replies.
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