I've got an 01 F-150, extended cab, 4wd.
It has a Ford ESPP (premium care) until 75k miles. This is Ford's
most inclusive (and expensive) warranty)
Recently the truck developed a "clunk" in the front end when
deflecting the wheel at slow speeds. Particularly when switching from
forward to reverse, or vice versa.
So the truck went into Ford.
Ford found that the cross member is loose and it needs to be resecured
to the truck, via removing the loose rivets, bolting it down, and
adding some sort of glue to something. They also need to allign the
There is a TSB on this issue:
Bulletin No: 15502
CONCERNS WITH POP/CLUNK/CLICK NOISE FROM THE FRONT SUSPENSION WHEN
MAKING LOW-SPEED TURNS IN FORWARD OR REVERSE GEARS.
Ford says that this is *NOT*
covered by the ESPP - even premium care,
because this sort of fix is an "adjustment" of the crossmember.
Nevermind the fact that crossmembers are not made to be adjusted.
They are saying that if the crossmember was to be replaced, that such
would be covered.
From what I can read in regard to the specifics of the warranty, the
following is covered:
"Front suspension - Ball Joints (Upper and Lower)
Control Arms (Upper and Lower)
Control Arm Shafts and Bushings
Kingpins and Bushings
Linkage and Bushings
Load Leveler Suspension System
MacPherson Struts (Front and Rear)
Spindle and Spindle Supports
What is NOT covered:
Service adjustments and cleaning, battery and cables, belts and hoses,
brakes (front hub, drums, shoes, linings, disc rotors, pads), coolant,
exhaust system (includes catalytic converter), filters, fluids,
lubricants, lights (bulbs, sealed beam, lenses), manual clutch disc,
shock absorbers, spark plugs and wires, squeaks and rattles, tires,
tune-ups, wheel balancing, wheel alignment, wiper blades, wheel studs,
and compressed natural gas/liquid propane fuel system components. "
I believe the the dealer is saying the removing a crossmember and
having to reattach is a "service adjustment". I might let this fly if
the crossmember was made to be removed or adjusted, but we all know
that this might as well be a piece of the frame!
Advice / opinions?