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Truck shudders when turing right or left from a dead stop

My 2004 f-150 supercab 4wd, 83,000 miles, has started to shudder when you turn left or right from a dead stop, if you go straight it does not do it. It feels like it is in rear end but probably isn't. The transmission fluid is upossed to be a lifetime fluid but I don't know about that. Do you think a fluid/ filter change would work or can you not replace that transmission fluid? Is it the torque converter - I had heard Fords have tranny problems around 80-90 k in miles

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  • madisonacme Feb 13, 2009

    No, when I come to a complete stop at a light or stop sign, then resume driving - when wheel turned left or right, it will vibrate or shudder then stop after I am over 5-10 mph.



    I read of a possible problem being driveshaft they used was sealed and did not hold up and they had to be replaced with a unit you could lubricate manually

  • madisonacme Feb 13, 2009

    The shudder/ vibration sure feels like it is coming from the rear end of truck. I wil look at changing Ujoints, on JC Whitney, for that model, they are a top selling item. Thanks for yor help

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    Did you ever find out exactly what it was? I have the same truck with the exact same problem.

  • bikerkkbob Apr 02, 2009

    i have 04/4.6/2wd/76,000 miles

    about a month ago i notice a dragging/thumping noise coming from the rear end when taking corners/turns. i have had the rear differential drained and cleaned . i have added the ford friction additive also along with fluids. the vehicle still has problem. going forward and reverse is no problem. anyone have any suggestions would be appreciated

  • alltimelowe Apr 03, 2009

    I have the exact same issue with the "shuddering" sound, which 'sounds' like it is coming from the rear end. Have 60K miles on it.

    Have the best transmission guy in town working on it today, so we'll see what happens and I'll post back.

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    My 2004 F-150 has the exact same problem Madisonacme described. Took it to dealer today who gave me the rear differential additive and said that would take care of the problem. Been happening since about 40,000 miles. He new exactly what it was as soon as I took him on a drive. Let you now if the fix works or not.

  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    I have the same shuddering problem 85,000 miles, I would like to know what to do to fix this.

  • bumpaalso Apr 21, 2009

    I have a 2004 with 85,000 and have the same shuddering problem as described by several, any soulutions?

  • tig118 Apr 22, 2009

    i have the same problem (2004 f150 FX4 changed diff fluid and added the linited slip additive. changed trans fluid and filter. used amsoil transmission fluid. the problem has gotten better but it is still shuddering at takeoff and worse when turning from a stop.

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 2004 F150 44000 miles. They put A new clutch pack in my truck A year ago and it stopped and now since it started again the say it is the pinion angle. Wrong!!!!
    and they want to charge me 1000 dollare to fix. What they don't know is I am A retired mechanic with 39 years exp. so be careful when you take your trucks in for these problems. I have also been told that the additives are working well . this is A common Ford problem and they do not know what the problem is or won't tell.

  • nominis May 11, 2010

    Does your truck have a limit slip rear differential, most 4x4's do. This could be normal shudder from the limit slip.

  • Tommy Walker May 11, 2010

    Are there any lights on on the ininstrument cluster? Like a Check Engine light?

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I Am a Mechanic I have mainly worked on diesel for the last 12 years I have a 2004 F-150 FX4 EXT CAB TOW PACKAGE 5,4 4X4 WITH 9.75 rear end. I had the same problem I drained my rear end and put motorcraft and the limited slip addative I got from the ford dealer here in town. SAME PROBLEM. I drained the rear end again. put in amsoil and 2 "I said 2BOTTLES OF LIMITED SLIP ADDITIVE." that was almost 1 yrs ago I havnt had any problems since and I spend about 3/4 of the time pulling a trailer.

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Mine was the same.It needs additive in the rear end. I put 2 bottles in mine and droveit. The vibration went away within a few days and have had no problems since. That was a year and a half ago and 80 000 km ago

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I have a 2004 F150 2 wheel drive with 38,000 miles I have the same troubles with ours making the strong scrubbing noise from stop and only when turn left or right, pulled rear differential out found that it is caused by a soft bolt that ford puts in the spider gears it breaks and then creates extreme wear on gears and eventually ruins the rear end. Got no help from ford at all and they know about this situation and will not do anything about it. Guess its gonna take a class action to make them recall the dern thing. Oh by the way hold on to you wallet ford wants $1600. for the parts only search around for aftermarket like I did they hold up better and only cost $500.

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  • Mustang_Momm Feb 15, 2010

    I also put the additive in when I rebuilt the rear differential however I am at 40,000 miles and am beginning to feel the shudder once again. This is a real common problem in only the 2004 Model F150 Pickup trucks. They also have a rear differential from a Ford 700 under them or so the ford parts guy says when I threw the bearings up on the counter and he said that didn't come from no F150 are you trying to play a joke, I say it's out of the 2004 F150 Super Crew he says that not right they really messed up this time.

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Some fix this problem by adding a friction modifier to the differential fluid in the rear end. If the fluid is changed and the mechanic does not add the modifier this will happenn. You can buy friction modifier at most auto stores, find the square plug in you differential in the rear end, this is the plate with 9 or 12 bolts between the 2 rear tires in the middle. Find the plug on tne differential and put a socket wrench on it with no socket, turn it lose and add the friction modifier, it may take a few days to work. For some this will not fix the problem and you need new clutch packs which are expensive to have replaced.

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The driveshaft would not give you a shudder from turning. It is possible to replace the sealed U joints with ones that have grease fittings.
This is certainly a front end problem. Without being there though, my best guess would be that you are having a problem with your ball joints.

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  • Tommy Walker Feb 13, 2009

    You are quite welcome. If you are certain that the noise is coming from the rear end then by all means go with the U-joints. They are not too bad to change out and inexpensive.

    Good luck.

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I have a 98 ford e150 4wd with a bad noise in the rear diff under load and coast no load noise fades away to near zero noise has been getting worse over last 2 months checked rear diff brgs where fine axle shats bad so replaced axles, brgs and seals but didnt help as i expected it wouldnt this is a limited slip diff ring and pinion fine diff and pinion brgs appear fine and tight pattern on ring and pin appears perfect no metal or exesive wear anywhere has what i would consider normal amount of metal filings in diff considering axles where flaked and axle brgs where out flushed diff and added mobel synth lube per factory specs problem appears to be getting worse

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