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Old 07-05-2010, 19:40   #1 (permalink)
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2000 F150 new owener questions

Hi all

I bought a 2000 F150 Triton V8 XLT a few weeks ago with 300K on it. I bought it for towing my camping trailer.

The truck runs well, but I have noticed that in past few days it will shimmy at almost any speed.

I think the truck will need an alignment, as the steering well is canted about 45degrees to the right when the front wheels are straight.

Could the lack of alignment cause the shimmy? The tires look evenly worn.
I want to take it to a mechanic to have it checked out. What things should I have the mech check? Are there any "must haves" that I should have checked, as opposed to "would be nice"

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Old 07-05-2010, 21:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 F150 new owener questions

I would have everything front end related checked out, ball joints, tie rods, bushings, wheel bearings ect
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Old 07-12-2010, 15:27   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 F150 new owener questions

The steering wheel was probably removed to replace a clock spring. Or, steering linkage under the hood going into the steering box was replaced, and not aligned correctly. An alignment shop will only set the tires to where they should be, they won't set the tires in relation to the direction your steering wheel is pointed. With 300K it's a good idea to get an alignment for better piece of mind.

With 300K, it'd be wise to get the rear axle fluid changed and perhaps the transmission fluid. If it doesn't smell burnt and it's still a fairly transparent colour it should be OK, but get the mechanic to verify if you're unsure. A standard tune up procedure with new plugs can't hurt either if you plan to tow with it.

As for the shimmy, ask the mech to have a look at the driveshaft, as it might be out of balance causing the shimmy you feel. If it's felt more through the steering wheel instead of through your seat, then the whole front end should be inspected.
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Re: 2000 F150 new owener questions

Thanks all. I had a friend of my connect is code checker and it came up with P0171 with a "system too lean" error on Bank 1 I think.

Can someone shed some light on what this means and where I should start looking? My friend thinks it may be the fuel filter.

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Hope this helps

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Old 08-04-2010, 20:30   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 F150 new owener questions

Thanks for the help everyone. I have another question for you

Last week I have noticed the the truck is "losing power" in that when I go up a slight incline/hill, the truck doesn't have as much "power" as it first did when I bought it about a month ago.

Also, the truck sounds now like it is a diesel rather than a gasoline truck, it is that loud when driving.

I have to have the accelerator to the floor, and the truck will not accelerate as much as I think it should. The hill is not like 45degress or anything, but should not pose a problem for the truck

I looked under the truck today to see if I could find anything. I found that where the two parts of of the muffler system connected, the clamp is practically rusted and you can feel the gap between to two parts of the muffler system.

I am sure this is causing my loudness problem, but could it also be causing the loss of power as well?

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Old 08-04-2010, 21:26   #7 (permalink)
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Have you checked for any more codes? I'd also clean the MAF with MAF cleaner.
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Old 08-04-2010, 21:56   #8 (permalink)
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no, I haven't checked for anymore codes since the "system too lean" check. Also, I am a newbie, so what is a MAF and MAF cleaner?

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Old 08-04-2010, 22:32   #9 (permalink)
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Mass Air Flow sensor. How to clean the MAF (Mass Airflow Sensor) in a Ford F150
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