The Ford F-550 Super Duty is part of Ford's line of heavy-duty vehicles. These tough trucks are meant to be used by professionals working in fields such as mining and construction. Unfortunately, even rigs like these have their problems. Here, we take a look at some of the common problems plaguing a number of F-550 Super Duty parts, most of which were due to manufacturer defects.
F-550s equipped with a 7.3-liter diesel engine are prone to stalling. This is caused by the vehicle's camshaft position sensor, which could malfunction at any time and possibly stop the engine. Ford issued a recall for affected vehicles in 2007, and all camshaft position sensors were inspected and replaced.
F-550s equipped with a 6.0-liter engine also suffer from the same problem. This is due to the vehicle's faulty electrical harness connected to the fuel delivery system. A recall was issued in 2007 wherein upgrades were given to the fuel injection control module harness. A new injection control pressure sensor was installed as well.
The fuel system was also a problem for the F-550, especially those with a 5.4-liter or a 6.8-liter gasoline engine. Defects with the fuel jumper line may cause it to disconnect from the main fuel bundle and cause a significant fuel leakage. Drivers who experience such a problem will notice a sudden loss of power before the engine finally ceases. If the leak occurs near any ignition source, this could also cause a fire. A recall order was given in 2005 wherein an external retention clip was installed to secure the fuel jumper line.
An error with assembly of the 2005 F-550's steering gear has resulted in the installation of an incorrect re-circulating ball tube retainer. This means that the ball tube it was meant to contain won't be properly secured and may result in it being dislodged. Most drivers will notice a distinct noise, and steering the vehicle may require an additional amount of effort. At worst, drivers could completely lose control of their vehicle and crash. There was a recall for the vehicle in 2005 to have the offending part replaced.