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Old 05-12-2012, 12:28 AM   #1
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I've noticed that when I accelerate at half throttle or more from a dead stop, my driveshaft would make a clunking noise. It's done this since it was stock, but became more pronounced lately. Anyway, I took it into Ford earlier this week and my service advisor was well aware of the problem. He told me it has occurred on several newer model F-150's. Basically, they just R&R'd the driveshaft, re-lubed the slip yoke, and test drove it to confirm the problem no longer existed.

My truck now actually feels much better when accelerating from a dead stop, and there's no more clunk. Just thought I'd share this in case anyone else was experiencing it.
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This was a pretty common problem on the 04-08 F150s as well. I had that problem on my '05. This is the first I've heard of it on the newer models but maybe I just haven't paid much attention because I don't have it. I ended up selling my '05 before I ever had anything done about it. But, from what I read, you can re-lube the slip yoke and it will only temporarily fix the problem. On the older models I had read where guys had to lube it multiple times. I'm not sure what the interval between was though.
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thanks for the info, mine clunks too..........looking forward to getting my driveshaft lubed
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Regreasing your slip yoke can be done in your garage with everyday tools. I think YouTube has a video. It is the only fix for the clunk and the grease will wear out and you'll have to do it/get it done again. It would be NICE if Ford put a grease fitting there so that we could do this very quickly ourselves. Or maybe that is a good idea for a Mod?
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Ford ended up completely redesigning the drive shaft for the 2012 model because of this. There were some other minor changes made as well.
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Should be a tsb for as common as this is
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Well if they redesigned it for 12, they failed, mine clunks too, but it also depends on when the clunk is heard. Mine clunks when I put it in gear when the engine is first started and the RPM's are high.
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Well if they redesigned it for 12, they failed, mine clunks too, but it also depends on when the clunk is heard. Mine clunks when I put it in gear when the engine is first started and the RPM's are high.
That is most likely due to the higher rpm during the transmission engagement.
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Should be a tsb for as common as this is
I agree.
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there is one for the raptor. 11-5-7
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