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Publication Date: November 3, 2010

2009-2010 F-150

This article supersedes TSB 09-25-5 to update the Service Procedure.


Some 2009-2010 F-150 vehicles equipped with a 2-piece driveshaft only and built on or before 12/1/2009 may exhibit a rear driveshaft slip/bump concern on light to moderate acceleration from a stop or when coming to a stop with light braking.


Follow the Service Procedure steps to correct the condition.


It is not necessary to remove the entire driveshaft from the vehicle for this repair.

  1. Mark the rear driveshaft flange and differential pinion flange.
  2. Mark the center slip yoke barrel across the boot and the clamp crimp heads to the rear shaft spline stud shoulder. (Figure 1)

    Figure 1 – Article 10-22-6

  3. Remove the clamps from the center slip yoke and discard.
  4. Remove the rear axle to driveshaft flange fasteners and remove the rear portion of the driveshaft only.
  5. Remove the boot.
  6. With a clean towel thoroughly clean old grease from the splines on the slip yoke only. Do not use solvent.
  7. On 4X4 vehicles only, using hand tools, loosen the center bearing bolts and slide the center bearing fully rearward in the slotted holes.
  8. Torque fasteners to 35 lb-ft (48 N-m). Refer to WSM, Section 205-01 for detail.
  9. Apply an even coat of Motorcraft® PTFE Lubricant to the internal splines of the yoke only. Amount of lubricant applied to the yoke should be 1/2 of the tube contents. (Figure 2)

    Figure 2 – Article 10-22-6

  10. Position boot and clamps over the spline portion of the driveshaft. Do not crimp the clamp at this time.
  11. Install the rear portion of the driveshaft into the center slip yoke.
  12. Fasten driveshaft flange to the rear axle using the previous alignment marks for reference. Refer to WSM, Section 205-01 for detail.
  13. Position the clamp heads in-line with the alignment mark on the slip yoke and stud spline shoulder to minimize any balance shift.
  14. Crimp clamps using service tool ESST 205-343.

    Other driveline noise conditions will not be corrected with this procedure. Refer to appropriate WSM for diagnosis and repair for engagement clunk, hesitation during light throttle 1-2 upshift, harsh downshift while coasting 15 MPH (24 Km/h) and, shudder/vibration on moderate to hard acceleration. See other applicable Technical Service Bulletins for details.

XG-8Motorcraft® PTFE Lubricant
9L3Z-4421-ASpline Boot
9L3Z-3B478-AClamp (2 Req.)


Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage
IMPORTANT: Warranty coverage limits/policies are not altered by a TSB. Warranty coverage limits are determined by the identified causal part.

102206A2009-2010 F-150: Clean And Lubricate The Splines Of The Driveshaft Slip Yoke Following The Service Procedure (Do Not Use With Any Other Labor Operations)0.5 Hr.



NOTE: The information in Technical Service Bulletins is intended for use by trained, professional technicians with the knowledge, tools, and equipment to do the job properly and safely. It informs these technicians of conditions that may occur on some vehicles, or provides information that could assist in proper vehicle service. The procedures should not be performed by “do-it-yourselfers”. Do not assume that a condition described affects your car or truck. Contact a Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury dealership to determine whether the Bulletin applies to your vehicle. Warranty Policy and Extended Service Plan documentation determine Warranty and/or Extended Service Plan coverage unless stated otherwise in the TSB article. The information in this Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) was current at the time of printing. Ford Motor Company reserves the right to supercede this information with updates. The most recent information is available through Ford Motor Company's on-line technical resources.

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