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I am buying a 2001 Ford F150 with a broken frame near rear leaf spring mounts. Can I still drive it like this?

The frame is broken near the the rear leaf spring mounts. Its cheap and has low miles. Can the truck be driven like this. I am not using it for work just to drive. Help!

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NOT a real good idea to drive a vehicle with a broken frame. It's not safe. It will affect the drivablity of the vehicle, including the steering and braking ability. Better to take vehicle to a welding shop to see if the frame can be repaiered.

Posted on Dec 30, 2013

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    katbertolino Dec 30, 2013

    Thanks! I'm not gonna buy it!



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