2004 Ford F150 - Misery loves company

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#1

Have you had a lot of problems with this engine? I have had plenty.


#2

You didn’t even say WHICH engine you have so how are we to reply?


#3

And how about telling us WHICH 2004 F-150 you have . . .

“new” body style?

heritage?


#4

It is also 14 years old, so if you bought it used then it could have been neglected enough that you are getting the results from that. You also did not list what problems you have had so they might be normal or not.


#5

New body style. 5.4 triton. 3 valve. 126645 miles.


#6

All of the above.

7/11/2011

71890

Purchased

17010

7/15/2011

71890

New rear tires

0

7/26/2011

72090

key, code for door

69

7/26/2011

72090

lens for box light

95

8/15/2011

72350

new shocks rear

124

9/2/2011

73550

seems noisy in

0

9/14/2011

73744

new noise?!

37.5

9/17/2011

73842

noise from right front wheel

862

9/23/2011

73850

engine noise, cam phasers

1262

9/23/2011

73850

spark plugs replaced

535

5/27/2012

79115

new engine belt

41

6/15/2012

79345

ball joint, rotors surface,

824

8/4/2012

80856

replace front rotors

80

8/6/2012

80941

replace rear rotors

120

4/17/2013

86252

noise from left front, see note

1596.12

6/30/2014

95940

installed VCT solenoids

194

4/11/2015

101360

windshield replaced

175

4/22/2016

108011

fuel pump control module

60

7/17/2016

110690

Brake shoes, tie rod end- driver

145

9/11/2018

125878

took in for engine noises

322.56

9/27/2018

126147

passenger exhaust manifold

1000

7542.18

Curious if this is an average list of problems for that generation. Current issue, scored camshaft holders. Anyone in this group own similar vehicle and get away with not having this list? Note the diagnosis on the 11th of September this year was to replace the engine for around 8000 dollars. I opted out of that for now.


#7

Many of these items sound like normal wear. But also questionable practices by your mechanic. Turning your rotors then replacing them 1500 miles later!
As far as the engine itself, sounds like it had been abused and or not properly maintained by the previous owner.
The ballpoints should last longer but may have been driven hard over rough terrain.


#9

Wow! Sorry I offended. I will unsubscribe from this group.


#10

The 3-valve 5.4 has had some problems with the cam phasers, that’s pretty much the only thing that stuck out

Everything else is typical for an old truck

I’ll tell you from a professional perspective . . . it was a HUGE mistaken when Ford did away with zerks on most of their trucks. That’s why when I replace ball joints on a Ford, I always specify Moogs, because they tend to have zerks

I’ve seen some Ford trucks that needed ball joints after only 20K . . . and these trucks were NOT abused. Normal driving.

That year had a stupid front brake rotor design. The rotor and hub were essentially one piece. I suggest replacing it with a Centric setup, which consists of a separate hub, and you use the 4x4 front rotor. It makes future rotor replacement much quicker and cheaper. I wonder if your mechanic did this, or even offered it as an option . . .

I see the tie rod(s) were replaced. Outer, I presume. Again, you should have installed Moogs with zerks. It does make a difference.


#11

I’m sorry to see your post was greeted in such an unfriendly manner. You didn’t offend anyone. I hope that someone else can provide some info to assist you, and that you’ll stick around.