Ford F-150 owners have reported 49 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford F-150 based on all problems reported for the F-150.
Ford f150 4x4 XLT, dash board keeps going out. Shows skidding, and tire sensor faulty, dingging, a/c goes hot, inside lights don't work. Has happened many times, spoke with Ford took it in, they stated they could not duplicate the problem, which we have found out is a lie. They stated we needed a new battery, which we had tested as well as the alternator and nothing wrong there either. We took it to advanced auto to see what they could tell us. A young man said that Ford had put out a inside notice that his buddy showed him of a faulty wiring harness in the dash. He asked if he could show us a short term fix. . . He smacked the dash and all the lights came back on. If we hit a bump it will do it again, or on really hot days, because of the heat. We are waiting on Ford to recall this as it is a serious hazard and maybe start fires. As sometimes you smell electrical, this happens daily when ever we drive the truck, you can have a wreck trying to smack it hard enough to get it to come back on. This happens when you are sitting in the truck , driving, or when you go to start it up. . . You will have no gauges, lights a/c or heat in the winter. Yet the outside lights will work, yet when you push the brakes you hear a loud clicking. This has been happening for approx. 2. 5 yrs +. . . Ford needs to recall and fix this. Everyday we deal with this problems multiple times a day. We brought this truck new and it first did this around 23,000 miles. Now at just over 50,000 miles. There are times that smacking the dash does notwork and we have to wait for it to come on, those time you have to run with traffic or if others are passing you need to speed up. Very dangerous.
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Hi my 2012 Jeep I was driving home from work and suddenly my truck lost of power . And truck shot down completely . Had to have my truck to my house. Iam thinking there mit be a alternator/electrical problem. I checked my VIN on the recall please can call me on my number and how to proceed this manner thank you.
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Wiring harness was shorted out from rubbing on top of differential housing causing alternator failure while underway in warren PA. Stopped dead shortly after at traffic light.
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My husband was driving home this past Sunday and was starting to turn into the drive when the left passenger window fell down into the door. He had not put it down or up - it just fell down. This is now the 4th window we have replaced in this truck. The other three have been replaced, to the tune of $350. 00 each. When I brought this to the attention of the service manager at the local Ford dealership, he said there was nothing that he could do - the window regulators just break. I contacted the Ford 800 number and was told the same thing - nothing to be done - just a broken part - even though it happens a lot. He said there was no recall on it so there was no help they could give. So, I guess I'll be paying another $350. 00 and pray they don't start dropping again since Ford won't admit they have a problem.
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Started the truck in the morning (temperature was 45) and the battery light came on. Took it and had it check and had the battery replaced. After the battery was in, they ran a test and said the alternator was charging too much and the light will come on again. Sure enough after a few seconds, the battery light came back on. Took it to the dealer (apple Ford in red lion, PA) I purchased it from and they said the alternator is bad and charging too much. There stated that there are no after market alternators for this make and year. So after paying $1055. 00 for a Ford brand alternator, the truck was fixed. That is way too much money for an alternator. It is an outrage!! I checked around and I cannot believe that the price of this part is actually this expensive. I asked if they have heard about this problem, and the answer was no. I have been a Ford owner most of my life, but this may change my opinion on Ford trucks for my next purchase.
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that whenever he came to stop, the gears would engage independently and make a loud noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times where the technician diagnosed that the alternator was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The contact mentioned that he had to replace the alternator a total of four times. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 175,000 and the current mileage was 190,000.
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On the night of Dec 20, 2013, I was travelling south on i81 north of syracuse NY. Road conditions were not very good. A block of ice fell off a truck ahead of me, evasive action was not possible due to ice and traffic volume. The ice struck the alternator which is cleverly positioned about 10" off the ground on the lower left front of the vehicle. The vehicle began to lose electrical power system by system. I cant recall the exact sequence, as it was all happening pretty fast. Eventually, the electric power steering system lost power. When this happens on this vehicle, you lose all steering capability. Its not like its just manual steering, there is no steering other than the ability to slightly alter course by pulling extremely hard on the wheel. The vehicle had no lights, the shoulders were unplowed, stopping wasnt a good idea. As good fortune would have it, the cicero NY exit presented itself at that moment. I was able to pull extremely hard on the wheel and was able to steer the slight curve. At the bottom, I discovered I had no breaks. I shot across the usually busy NY 31 and into a kwikstop, where I stomped on the emergency brake and came to a stop. We shortly discovered a fire underneath the engine and were able to extinguish it with snow. I cannot believe a steering system like this is permitted. Had I known it had this system and its limitations, id never have bought the car. If my son and I had been killed that night, it would have all been chalked up to road conditions. In furious about this system. It needs to be recalled. . . . . Now.
Cpsc: i144350a. 2011 Ford F-150. Consumer stated the electric power steering system lost power. The consumer stated while driving, a block of ice fell off a truck that was ahead of him, and evasive action was not possible due to the ice and traffic volume. The ice stuck the alternator which was positioned 10 inches off the ground on the lower left front of the vehicle. Then vehicle then began to lose electrical power . Eventually, the vehicle lost electrical power steering. He was able to pull hard on the steering wheel and was able to steer a slight curve. He then realized he had no brakes, so he shot across the highway, which was usually busy, and he stomped on the emergency brake and came to a stop. The consumer then discovered there was a fire underneath the engine, but quickly put it out with the snow.
We were travelling down the interstate when the red battery light came on. Shortly thereafter loss of power steering, loss of stability control (per dash indicator), and loss of power brakes. I have had the alternator replaced 2 separate times since for a total of three (3) alternators as well as one new battery. Now truck is in shop again for same malfunction. 2011 Ford f150 lariat. Crew cab. V-6 engine. Only 54000 miles and I am anticipating my fourth (4th) alternator. I use the truck in non-mountainous terrain, mostly highway for errands, and rarely tow. I believe a recall investigation should commence.
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.
Rear passenger window regulator stopped working and window fell into door. Had my daughter done this while driving she would have been scared by the loud popping noise and potentially crashed into object injuring herself and or others. This is a common problem and Ford needs to recall the trucks with the plastic parts and falty mechanism. Search the web and there are hundreds of vehicles with the same issue . Years 2004-2006. Ford needs to recall!!.
Replaced two window regulators in vehicle. Driver's windown and passenger window.
First why was" this vehicle included in the recall of bad throttle body I had the same problem as people are having with the Ford escape. I reported this back in 2012 when it was brought to the attentioni of the NHTSA I did not receive a response then but there are the same problems with the F-150 I had to replace mine @ a cost of over $600. 00 and also damaged my alternator I was driving in traffic when it went in limp home mode showing a wrench symbol with lost of power and acceleration, I almost was hit by several vehicles as there was knowwhere to pull over time. This is the same throttle body that comes on the Ford escape and it should be included with that group of recalls.
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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 contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the he vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure but replaced the fuse box, alternator and the battery. The failure continued after the repair. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic where the computer was reprogrammed. Additionally the contact stated that the dome light would not illuminate. The light bulb was replaced but the contact stated that the illumination was dim. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 12,000.
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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.
I leave my windows up on the truck. It is cold (winter time) truck was in the garage. I went to the garage and the window on the passenger side was down. I cranked the truck, pushed the button and the window would not come up. I took the truck to the dealer they said the front door window regulator had to be replaced. This cost $344. 66 to replace the regulator. Since the first replacement, the two back windows have done the same thing. I assume if my truck is having this problem others are also. This appears to be a defect and the company should pay for the repairs.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
2004 Ford F-150 window regulator failure 2nd in 6 months/ both rear windows on supercrew truck.
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. . Read more...
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.
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.
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