2003 Ford F-150 4X4

Tiny
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  • 2003 FORD F-150
Bought this truck new and continue to have 3 problems.
1. Snapping sound in the steering wheel, this truck has been brought into the dealership at least 5 times. They have taken the steering wheel apart and replaced bearings and clock spring. Noise goes away for a while then comes back. If you push the wheel at 6 and 12 back and forth you can hear the snapping noise. No one can seem to fix the problem. Dealer does not know what to do.

2. Truck now has 56,000 km on it and the crown and pinion was replaced for a howl in the rear end at 36,000 km and is currently in the dealership getting the same parts replaced again at 56,000.

3. Rotors have been machined once already and brakes need to be down again. Going to put on after market and see if that helps. This vehicle is not driven hard, its hardly driven. Has anyone got any advice for me. Especially with the snapping noise because it is driving me crazy.
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Thursday, September 27th, 2007 AT 4:45 PM

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Tiny
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When you get into the truck, do you grasp the steering wheel and pull yourself in?

20,000 miles and the noise is back? Update this when you get it back if the repair worked. there was a tsb for a rear whine that involved the repair your having. However, it may be a bent driveshaft, or wheel bearing. Curious to the out come.

I rarley machine rotors anymore, too many go south because they can't handle the heat from reducing the thickness. If you have rear drums, adjust the shoes when you do the front. Replace the pads at the same time in front and meticulously clean the slides pins, hardware, bracket, lube with high quality caliper grease.


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Friday, September 28th, 2007 AT 5:37 AM
Tiny
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In answer to your question. Do I pull myself in by the steering wheel? The answer is no there is a handle on the side of the door frame for pulling yourself in. I was supposed to get the truck back yesterday but the service manager would like to drive it around today to see if the repair is good or not. I will update you after I drive it awhile. Do you have any more thoughts on the noise in the steering wheel?
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Friday, September 28th, 2007 AT 10:17 AM
Tiny
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Another Mod mentioned: the plastic outer covering of the upper column bearing going bad when the steering wheel is continually pulled on, other than that I don't know.
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Friday, September 28th, 2007 AT 1:26 PM

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