Alternator/generator/regulator Problems of Ford F-150
Ford F-150 owners have reported 35 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category).
#1 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1998 Ford F-150
The vehicle is a 1998 Ford F-150. Incident #1 intermittent electrical contacts in engine bay affecting charging system, emissions, and drive systems. Ford dealer diagnosed as "bad alternator" and "bad wiring harness". After I brought it back without having repairs done, I cleaned and lubed all connectors. All problems went away. I ended up having to buy a new battery due to damage done by the faulty connections. The problems had been intermittent and progressively got worse before I cleaned and lubed all connectors, this problem cost me a battery, and almost caused me to wreck as the battery died at night on the highway. With no battery and no alternator, the vehicle stalled, lighting died, etc. Incident #2 leaking timing cover gasket and lower intake gaskets. At this moment the vehicle has 127k appx miles on it, and it is currently sitting as I will not drive it until it is repaired, all miles put on vehicle have been "light" miles (no heavy towing, no overloading of vehicle, no excessive speed, etc). Ford issued a bulletin stating that there was a problem with gaskets up until roughly 1/16/98. They then issued a customer satisfaction remedy that did not cover the full gasket set or all affected engine model years. According to the bulletin, my engine (mfg date prior to 9/97) is affected, according to their customer satisfaction remedy it is not eligible. In my book, this is something that needs to be the basis of a recall. Engines have died with as little as 50k miles on them, I have never had a vehicle that I was honestly scared to drive until now. I will most likely be performing my own repairs on this vehicle due to Ford's incompetence. It was Fri., Jan. 1, 2010 when this alternator/generator/regulator issue happened.
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#2 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle is a 2004 Ford F-150. On my 2004 Ford f150 XLT lariat supercab, the passenger rear window regulator has now failed. The driver's one went first (within three years of ownership), then the front passenger one (a few months later) then the rear passenger one ( about a year after the first) and now this. All four regulators have had to be replaced from the original factory installed ones. This latest one occurred while the truck sat parked in the driveway unoccupied; all the others happened on the roadway while the vehicle was in motion. It was Wednesday, August 14, 2013 when this alternator/generator/regulator issue happened.
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#3 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The car is a 2004 Ford F-150. Replaced two window regulators in vehicle. Driver's windown and passenger window. This alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred 05/01/13.
#4 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2006 Ford F-150
The car involved is a 2006 Ford F-150. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was IFTPX14516_. The driver's side window regulator on my 2006 Ford f150 has broken three times, I was able to get two replaced under warranty, but the third time happened this last month, I am replacing it today. I believe from my experience, and from thousands of forum entries citing the same thing, that Ford should recall this part. This part is going to cost me approximately $400. 00 to repair. The failure date was 05/01/2010.
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#5 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Ford F-150. The VIN of this vehicle is 1FTPW12504_. Driver side power window, this is the forth time I have to have window repair on my truck, previous time before last one, was in July only 4 months ago I had to pay almost $300 to repair window, and now last time paid $425 dollars to repair that very same window and this time is the window regulator. Window will make a loud noise and drop, unable to bring it up or closed again. The failure date was Thursday, November 15, 2012.
#6 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The car is a 2004 Ford F-150. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FTPW14594_. I have a 2004 f150 with 22,000 miles on it and every window regulator in the truck has gone out and send the window crashing down. This is the fourth one. Ford will not recall it, it is a know issue. The dealership told me, "lady its you and thousands like you. ". This issue happened on 04/27/07.
#7 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The car involved is a 2004 Ford F-150. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Ford F-150 is 1FTRF14564_. In late-June 2012 a loud clunk/thud/pop/small explosion occurred in the passenger-side door of my 2004 Ford F-150 regular cab truck, while the vehicle was stopped and idling, and the window dropped into the door frame. When I returned home I removed the door panel and discovered that a small piece of molded plastic, 1 1/8" x 1 7/8" (probable cost to Ford about 39 cents) on the window regulator had disintegrated/failed, allowing the regulator cable to release the window. I have found a replacement window regulator on the internet for $70 (Ford charges $175 for the part) and will repair the defective item myself. I notified Ford of the failure of a less-than-quality plastic piece on the regulator and asked for reimbursement. Ford responded: "there are no factory warranties or programs in effect on your vehicle that would provide financial assistance for your current vehicle concern. " however, they did add: "recommend that you keep your repair receipts in case Ford initiates a recall or customer satisfaction program in the future based on customer feedback or further engineering review of similar complaints. " I see from the large number of complaints on this website by Ford truck owners that I am but one of hundreds who have been affected, and obviously, there will be hundreds more; the odds are very high that the majority of the plastic pieces on Ford truck window regulators will fail sooner or later, and I seriously doubt that the 2004 Ford F-150 truck is the only model year that contains plastic parts in the window regulators. $70 to replace a failed piece of plastic that initially probably cost Ford about 39 cents to produce is a sad commentary on quality. It was 06/25/2012 when this alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred.
#8 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The VIN of this F-150 is 1FTRF14564_. On 25 March 2011, I encountered a loud pop in the door on the driver-side of my 2004 Ford F-150 regular cab truck, and the window disappeared into the door frame. I removed the door panel and discovered that the cable mechanism within the window regulator had failed. Without further delay I turned the truck into my Ford dealer to have the window regulator repaired, and received a repair bill of $301. 86 (the regulator alone cost $159. 36); the Ford advisor stated that they had the part in stock since the window regulator failure was a common occurrence. I did not inspect the regulator to determine why the cable mechanism had failed. This alternator/generator/regulator problem happened on Thursday, March 24, 2011.. Read more...
#9 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle is a 2004 Ford F-150. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1FTPW12554_. All 4 windows regulators broke within a span of 4 months. Window regulators have a steel cable which adheres to a plastic pulley--who designed this poor compatibility? common sense will tell you that this is not condusive to wear and tear for electric windows. Vehicle is in excellent shape accept for this problem which as a consumer is unacceptable due to inferior products used. Aluminum or another type of metal should have been used for the pulley--definetly not plastic. Reported to Ford--can't and won't do anything about this but tell me to take to Ford dealer for repairs and pay an outrageous amt for the labor and regulator. I spoke with a local Ford service manager and he revealed to me that Ford knows this is a problem with several of their vehicles and also the lincolns but because of the cost incurred by issuing a recall that they chose to "wash it under the rug". This is an unacceptable excuse as far as I am concerned. 4 window regulators in a 4 month span to break--something needs to be addressed and brought to Ford's management and design departments. This alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred 05/02/11.
#10 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The car involved was a 2004 Ford F-150. First incident: August, 2009 I was driving down the highway going approximately 65 miles an hour when the back passenger side window started decending without anyone pushing the button. I was then unable to use the window again. My infant son was in the back seat next to the window and it was raining. I took the vehicle to the Ford dealership and had the window regulator replaced. Second incident: January, 2010 once again I was driving and the front passenger side window went down without prompting and never worked again. I am an attorney and was on my way to the courthouse and was forced to leave my car unattended for a short amount of time and obtain continuances on all of my cases that day in order to have my window repaired. I was informed that it was the window regulator and the part needed replaced. Third incident: August, 2011 same scenerio, my husband was driving the vehicle on the highway at approx. 55 mph when his window decended without prompting and we were unable to make the window work again. I had to have the window regulator replaced. Besides the cost of repairs ($350. 00 each window), I believe that this is a safety hazard. I had an infant by the window in the first incident and driving at speed the window could have shattered. Also, all incidents occured while I was driving and proved quite distracting. It could have caused an accident. Last, because I was unable to make the window(s) go back up I had to leave my vehicle unsecured. This issue happened on 08/06/2009.
#11 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1998 Ford F-150
1998 Ford F-150. Consumer writes in regards to recall notice and problem with charging system the consumer stated after having the fuel straps replaced at the dealer under the recall, a few days later, he began to smell gas. When he looked under the vehicle, he discovered the fuel tank was leaking gas around the rear fuel tank strap, that was just replaced days before. The consumer returned to the dealer and explained to them, the fuel tank was not leaking when he first brought the truck to them. The dealer stated they were not responsible. This alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred 09/01/2011.
#12 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving in up state NY, going about 30-35 mph, my rear passenger window started to open for no reason. By the time I was able to pull over the window was completely open and fell down into the door. I was unable to close the window and the Ford dealership I brought the car to look at to try and fix it told me the regulator was broken and needed to be replaced. The dealership was able to get the window closed and taped it shut. I was 300 miles from home and I had to get home to try and get the window fixed. This is the second time this has happened to me. About 2 years ago the same thing happened to the drivers window and I had to get the regulator replaced Ford needs to own up to it's default and announce a recall on all it's window regulators. The failure date was Thursday, July 28, 2011.
#13 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Ford F-150. Failure of second window regulator in two years. Driving down the road this time and nearly swerved off the roadway after I thought that the passenger side rear window had been shot out. Turns out it was the regulator failing. Ford needs to recall this part as a safety hazzard before somebody is hurt in a crash caused by the failure of the regulators. Ford knows they have a problem but apparently will not recall or offer a fix. It was Sunday, September 4, 2011 when this alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred.
#14 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2005 Ford F-150
The car was a 2005 Ford F-150. Multiple window regulator assembly failures during normal use of the vehicle and even parked in some instances. It happens randomly and causes much stress. If you are driving in the extreme heat, snow or a heavy rain storm you can do nothing about it. If you have passengers especially small children they will have to suffer until you can get to a service station or have the tools on hand to fix it. Once the window falls you are exposed to the elements with no protection from having the window up. The window falls into the door and you cannot get the window back up unless you take the door panel off and manually shove the window up and place something there to hold it. I have had the parts replaced every time and it continues to happen and to multiple people. It has happened to me five times in three years. This alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred 06/27/08.
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#15 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2005 Ford F-150
The vehicle is a 2005 Ford F-150. My truck has 56k on it bought it used with 35k on it when it starts runs with high idle and the top end ticks really bad the ticking does not go away at all speeds at a stop light it sounds like a diesel tic tic tic sounds like a lifter is stuck. I put "lucas" in it to try to make it go away then I changed the oil ran about two weeks with no difference and changed it again and no change called Ford dealer they couldn't help they said I would have take it in and get charged $165. Then I changed the spark plugs maybe a fouled plug that wasn't it there goes 120 bucks a couple of weeks ago my wife was driving on the freeway and the drivers side window falls the window regulator broke $140 replaced that already. The passenger seat belt locks up sometimes now to the front the steering wheel shakes really bad when you apply the brakes turned the rotors at napa $20 new brake pads $90 at kragens balanced tires free I work at a tire shop shaking went away for about three days 350 miles later the shaking is back with a vengeance checked the balancing on the tires they were good rotors are out of shape again still on there now and the shaking is getting worse I cant afford them right now so they will stay there hooked up the snap on ehtos computer to it and registers that two sensors have an open circuit but no explanation for top end noise injectors might be bad. This problem occurred on Saturday, December 8, 2007.
#16 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FTPW12514_. The reporting person's vehicle is a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact attempted to place the vehicle into reverse and heard a loud noise. Afterwards, the vehicle would only move forward. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the transmission gears failed. The dealer replaced the gear position indicator; however, the vehicle would not start after the repair was made. The contact had to recharge the battery in order to start the vehicle. The vehicle was returned to the dealer and they stated that the alternator failed. The alternator was replaced; however, on June 16, 2008, the vehicle would not start again. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current was mileage 46,000. It was 12/01/2007 when this alternator/generator/regulator issue happened.
#17 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle is a 2004 Ford f150. Driver side window fell into door while driving due to power window regulator failure. This alternator/generator/regulator problem happened on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009.
#18 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle was a 2004 Ford f150. Window regulator failure, third occurrence within a year. First incident was left rear window, then right rear window now right front. All three incidents occurred while driving, causing a hazardous distraction to the driver. Two incidents happened in foul weather further disrupting the driver. This alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred Sunday, January 16, 2011.
#19 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle involved was a 2004 Ford f150. While driving in parking lot (approx. Speed 5mph) driver side window fell into door and would not respond to electric window operation. Window regulator replaced by Ford dealer. Within three months same exact thing happened to the drivers side rear window, result failed window regulator. At this moment vehicle is at Ford dealer being repaired. This alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.
#20 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
Consumer owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving 20 mph, the battery light illuminated and the alternator gauge dropped. The dealer stated that the alternator caused the failure and they made the replacement. Approximately one year later, while driving 20 mph, the failure recurred. The dealer replaced the alternator again. The contact stated that the failure occurred two more times under the same circumstances. The dealer stated that the alternator was the cause of each failure. The failure mileage was 8,100 and current mileage is 26,200. Updated01/07/08 the windshield wiper blades and a fuse was replaced. The failure date was 11/01/2006.
#21 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle is a 2004 Ford F-150. While I was driving the truck on local roads, the passenger side electrically controlled window which was fully up suddenly slowly receded down into the door of the truck and now cannot be raised back up. The window is not broken, and the noise when I press the window control seems to indicate that the motor is still working properly. I have called several repair shops (and the dealer), and the conclusion so far (hearing the description but without inspecting the vehicle) is that the window regulator needs to be replaced. The failure date was Thu., Sep. 9, 2010.
#22 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle involved is a 2004 Ford F-150. No significant events lead up to. . . . 3 out of 4 windows on my 2004 Ford f150 fx4 had to be replaced because out of the blue they come crashing down. I have spent about 700 dollars so far on this defect and have to go in tomorrow to get my passenger side window fixed which will put me over 1000. Ford needs to recall these window regulators and I should get every penny I have spent on these pathetic devices back. Come on Ford, really? I feel like I and everybody else in this same situation have been taken advantage of for Ford to make an extra buck. Who is going to be the one to raise the [xxx] flagged and take Ford to the bank on this one. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6). It was Sunday, September 19, 2010 when this alternator/generator/regulator issue happened.
#23 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The car is a 2004 Ford F-150. Currently own a 2004 Ford f150 fx4. The driver side window suddenly fell off the track while driving and into the door, thankfully it didn't shatter. Took it to the dealership, wasn't covered under warranty. It was the window regulator. Cost around $500 to fix it. A year later the driver side window fell of track when shutting the door and fell down into it. Don't really have the money to fix it, so we rigged it to stay up, however it falls slowly while driving and we have to keep pushing it up. Now the rear passenger window has fallen down- where our child sits and this is becoming a problem. $1500 to fix 3 windows in 2 years is not acceptable on something that is clearly a defect. Ford claims they are waiting for the NHTSA to require the recall from Ford, until that happens they wont correct the problem. This is a safety issue as well as a consumer issue. Please continue to advise Ford of this defect and urge the recall. The failure date was Tue., Oct. 23, 2007.
#24 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The vehicle having this issue was a 2004 Ford F-150. 2004 Ford f150 supercrew. Window regulator failure, resulting in a loud crashing sound while driving the vehicle; once almost resulting in a crash. This has happened with 3 regulators now. This alternator/generator/regulator problem happened on Saturday, November 20, 2010.
#25 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The car involved was a 2004 Ford F-150. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1FTRW12W24_. I have lost 4 window regulators over the space of 2 years. I have replaced the drivers front , pass front twice pass rear once. I currently have a broom handle holding up drivers rear. This has gotten very old and tiresome. I worked for Ford dealerships for 27 years and I am very disappointed with the apparent disregard of quality is job 1. This alternator/generator/regulator problem happened on 09/15/10.
#26 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2004 Ford F-150
The VIN of the car is 1FTPW145X4_. 2004 Ford F-150 window regulator failure 2nd in 6 months/ both rear windows on supercrew truck. It was 04/25/2011 when this alternator/generator/regulator issue happened.
#27 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2002 Ford F-150
The vehicle is a 2002 Ford f150. Problems with vehicle passenger door, and paint defect on driver side of vehicle. The consumer was told that the only problems were with the torque converter which was replaced and the alternator. The consumer was concerned that the vehicle was previously involved in an accident, as there was a paint defect on the door handle which didn't fully shut at times. The consumer was willing to give back the vehicle in return of all the monies (payment(s)/down payment).
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#28 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2002 Ford F-150
The car involved is a 2002 Ford F-150. The VIN of the car is 1FTRF17272_. 2002 F-150 has had the alternator replaced 4 times previously in the last 2 years. This time the gauges all dropped to nothing, jumped back up and truck lost power. Would not restart immediately, when restarted, gauges went to full power, dropped to nothing, then bounced back and forth. Within 20 miles, battery level dropped to almost nothing. The failure date was 04/02/2006.
#29 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2001 Ford F-150
The vehicle having this issue was a 2001 Ford f150. While driving, vehicle lost all electrical power. A wire was burned at the alternator. Dealer stated voltage regulator overloaded alternator. It was August 6, 2001 when this alternator/generator/regulator issue happened.
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#30 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1999 Ford F-150
The vehicle involved was a 1999 Ford f150. The VIN of the problem F-150 is 1FTRX07WOX_. Noise in the engine due to worn idler pulley, belt and alternator. This alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred Thursday, Mar. 30, 2000.
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#31 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1999 Ford F-150
The vehicle was a 1999 Ford f150. My family and I were traveling on the interstate when our gauges on our truck began to go from zero to one hundred miles per hour back and forth. Our gas gauge would from full to empty. All gauges on the dash would go crazy. Our battery light had come on a few miles before this occurred. We lost all power and our truck decelerated quickly on the interstate. We found a parts store and put on a new alternator and battery thinking that would do the job. As we continued our trip, the gauges began to do the same thing within ten miles of changing alternator and battery. I would like to know if there is a flaw in 1999 Ford f150's. We checked all fuses and have no idea why this occurred. The truck cannot be driven because it will shut off while driving. This alternator/generator/regulator issue occurred May. 23, 2003.
#32 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1999 Ford F-150
The car involved is a 1999 Ford f150. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FTRX18L9X_. Consumer has a 1999 Ford f150. At 3 am while sleeping the contact woke up to the sound of the anti alarm system going off. Went out and found that the hood melted and the fire was coming out of the front of the vehicle. Called 911. In the meantime the contact's husband tried to put the flames out with an extinguisher. The vehicle burned completely except for the back bumper and the back tires. Then , basically the fire department came and put the fire out. After the fire was put out the contact called the insurance company, and they investigated the fire, and found out that the fire was started due to the alternator. Two days prior to the vehicle catching on fire the contact received manufacturer's recall 05528 concerning cruise control deactivation switch. Never changed the alternator or the wires. The contact's boat and home were damaged . The failure date was October 6, 2005.
#33 - Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 1998 Ford F-150
The vehicle was a 1998 Ford f150. The VIN of the problem F-150 is 1FPZF72XWK_. In wet and cold conditions vehicle stalls out and dies with no warning. Just before the vehicle stalls, alternator light comes on. To restart vehicle, driver has to turn the ignition off . The dealer has been notified and they have notified the manfacturer. This issue happened on Wed., May. 12, 1999.
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