Check Engine Light On Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 304 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling 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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 03/18/2018

While driving the truck would jump gears after a few moments it would smooth out research the issue found there was a recall for trucks with t he same issue but was told my VIN # wasn't covered. The leas frame was the issue addressed after this 900. 00 repair the check engine light illuminated codes suggested turbo and tune was needed these situations was not happening prior to the previous mention repair.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 02/15/2018

I was driving down the highway and my 2014 Ford F-150 lost all engine power. My engine was still running but my gas peddle would not work. I was passing a semi truck when this happened. My dash board had the little wrench turned yellow. I turned my engine off and restarted and vehicle ran again like nothing every happed. I took the vehicle to Ford dealer and was told this is a know issue with said vehicle. My truck had 35,863 miles at the time of the incident. I was told a vehicle is still under factory warranty it would be fixed for free but parts are all on back order. I was advised I could still operate my truck until parts arrived. Today I was driving to work and merging onto the highway and again my truck lost all power with engine still running again. I was again able to shut vehicle down and restart but check engine light is now on. This time I was almost rear ended trying to exit the highway. *note: I did purchase this vehicle in canada while working in canada for the u. S. Dept of state so this will be a canadian VIN.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 01/11/2018

I have not had any problems with the truck until now. Lately I t's not been cranking and the check engine light on. Sometimes it cranks fine and sometime it doesn't. I took it to auto zone and they got a communications code. I've heard a lot of complaints on this issue. I've also been told that the vehicle will shut down on you while driving.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 01/05/2018

I was driving home from the store when the check engine light came on so I connected a code reader and pulled a p0016. Crankshaft/camshaft correlation sensor. I took the truck to a mechanic to find out what can cause this code. After checking out the engine they found that the primary timing chain is stretched causing the play in the engine. This play causes the crankshaft and camshaft timing to be off enough to cause this engine code. This truck has 55000 miles on it and in no way should be having timing chain issues this soon. Clearly Ford has a problem with this timing chain and I should not have to spend $3,500. 00 to have this fixed. This is a growing problem for folks who have these trucks and needs to offer a solution before someone gets hurt.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 12/26/2017

While trying to accelerate at higher speeds the vehicle shakes and appears to misfire. When this happens the vehicle struggles to accelerate and black smoke appears from the exhaust. This occurs mostly while trying to pass another vehicle. The check engine light appeared in the beginning and the code referenced a problem with one of the ignition coils which was subsequently changed but the problem still existed without any codes appearing.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 11/24/2017

Engine rattles upon cold startup and check engine light illuminates from p0016 error code relating to the timing chain being stretched. Ford has issued technical service bulletins regarding this issue meaning it is a known issue with this model of vehicle, yet they refuse to help with the repair yet I have purchased an extended warranty and just so happen to be 3000 miles over the mileage limit.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 10/11/2017

My v-6 ecoboost engine shudders upon accelerating, loses power, check engine light flashing on & off. This has occurred several times especially when the weather is damp. My truck only has a little over 75k.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2017 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 10/09/2017

Two different occasions I was driving 65 on the freeway, the engine compartment started violently shaking. The car lost acceleration and flashed the check engine light. Additionally I will be sitting at stop lights and you will get the same shaking from the engine compartment.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 09/07/2017

While driving the vehicle at highway speeds - rpms on engine begin to fluctuate between 2000 and 750. At next stop, engine dies, but will immediately restart. No engine malfunction codes when checked with an obd ii reader, and the check engine light does not illuminate.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 08/12/2017

While accelerating to pass engine lost power and began to shutter check engine light flashed several times and finally cleared all power was restored. This has happened several times since I've owned the vehicle. This was the first time the check engine light flashed. This causes safety concerns. It had 98,000 miles on it the last time it happened.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 07/04/2017

In motion at 70mph engine lost power vehicle began to shutter, while attempting to pass another vehicle on highway. Check engine light came on flashed for 30 seconds and went out. Dealership shows no codes or problems. Very dangerous situation on two lane highways. This is a 3. 5 v6 ecoboost Ford engine,.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2017 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 06/21/2017

Engine stalls at stop (after letting up on brake and auto start stop re-starts the engine) followed by "hill start assist not available" error flashes along with other brake related errors; vehicle engine won't turn over/start unless transmission is put back into park. Upon restarting all engine error/fault messages are cleared and things seem back to normal. Today was the second time this has happened. The first time was about 7 days ago. This is dangerous should it happen entering an intersection. I reported the problem to livermore Ford and they said that since it is intermittent without a check engine light on they cannot diagnose it.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 05/23/2017

I excelerated from a stop, suddenly my check engine light started to flash and I started to lose power and acceleration. My vehicle then began to shudder, I let off the accelerator pedal and moved to the side of the road. After about a minute the engine light turned itself off and the full power came back to the truck.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 05/16/2017

Driving 2011 Ford f150 ecoboost on the highway on a 8 hr trip to reno from las vegas. Went to pass a large truck and experienced shaking and studdering. Had to back off as oncoming traffic was approaching. Had to back off and almost caused an accident in rainy conditions because another vehicle was behind me attempting to pass along with me. This caused swerving and hard braking by many vehicles behind that vehicle. Check engine light flashed but did not remain on. I later replicated this by doing a hard acceleration on a clear stretch of road same studdering and flashing light. Drove conservatively the rest of the way. In reno, I had the truck scanned at an auto parts store. No codes showed. Have not had an issue since. This could have killed people. The internet says this is a known issue to Ford on the early ecoboost engines having to do with faulty intercooler design which gathers moisture then blows it into the cylinders when accelerating. I live in the desert and so have not had this problem until that trip. They (Ford) have never notified me that this is a potential problem. There is a TSB for it but that won't help the large bill for the fix or the safety hazard this condition creates. This needs attention. At the least, Ford should notify owners that the problem exists, that it is a safety hazard and fix at no cost.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 05/05/2017

I have a 2012 Ford f 150 with 66,800 miles on it and have changed one of the turbos . About may of 2017 I noticed a shutter and shaking of the engine, then lose of power, failure to accelerate on hills, the vehicle would down shift for no reason or you had to put the gas peddle to the floor to even move then it would kick in and cause the wheels to spin. I took the vehicle to my local Ford dealer to diagnose the check engine light. I was told that one of the turbos needed replaced at a cost of $1800, well I had it replaced at my own personnel garage and after driving the vehicle 5 miles it had all the same issues. I called the Ford hot line 3 times asking what they will do to fix my truck, I was told the warranty ran out at 60000 miles, I explained the vehicle just started doing this and I did not haul anything and only drove it about 12000 miles a year, this should not be happening. This is very dangerous trying to drive a vehicle that losses power then accelerate without warning. Ford told me there were some recalls on the 3. 5 l eco-boost engine but not on my truck. I have been a Ford man for over 40 years, I bought this truck brand new in 2012 and Ford will not do anything but charge me more money, I do not beat my truck I baby it, I take very good care of my vehicles, this is not my fault it is poor engine designee and Ford should fix this for me because as I said it is a safety hazard for me and anyone else on the road with this engine.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2017 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 03/30/2017

My waste gate has malfunctioned then replaced but has been back 3x in 30 days with my check engine light going on and sending the truck into limp mode while driving.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 03/10/2017

Experienced multiple engine misfire events in past year with 3. 5l ecoboost engine. Dec 2015- misfire code p0300. Six spark plugs replaced by napa certified shop at my cost. Aug 2016 - towing 7,000 lb. Travel trailer - engine stutter & power loss going uphill, check engine light came on. Took to local Ford dealer. Diagnosis - cracked spark plug on cylinder 6. Spark plug replaced at my cost. Dec 2016 - under normal highway driving conditions. Accelerated from 65 to approx 70 mph to pass semi - engine stutter & power loss. Check engine light came on & truck began to shake, engine went into limp mode. Had to pull over & slow to 50 mph before power came back. Took to local dealership. Diagnosis - fouled spark plug & bad ignition coil on cylinder 3. Coil replaced under warranty, spark plug replaced at my cost. Feb 2017 - under normal highway driving conditions. Again accelerating from 65 to approx 70 mph to pass another vehicle - engine stutter & power loss. Check engine light came on & truck began to shake, engine went into limp mode. Had to pull over & slow to 50 mph before power came back. Took to same local dealership. Diagnosis - cracked spark plug & bad ignition coil on cylinder 6. Coil replaced under warranty, spark plug replaced at my cost. March 2017 - again, under normal highway driving conditions. Again accelerating from 65 to approx. 70 mph to pass another vehicle - engine stutter & power loss. Check engine light came on & truck began to shake, engine went into limp mode. Had to slow to 45 mph before power came back. Took to same local dealership. Was told that I was now 200 miles outside of extended warranty. They would look at it but it would cost me. Took to autozone for code read - error code p0305 - cylinder 5 misfire. Multiple articles & online forum reports of this issue. Ford appears to be ignoring the issue.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 03/04/2017

Had the engine studded and drop a cylinder,this is an ecoboost motor,the check engine light started to flash while running rough. It happened as I was passing a tractor trailer on the highway,as I got around him another trailer was coming on behind me,this is when it dropped a cylinder,the trailer almost ran over me. This is a problem with this truck I found out once I did some research,Ford needs to do something about this before someone gets hurt or killed. I called the dealer the first time this happened,as far as the studded and he said bad gas keep driving it(59,500 mls). It happened again at 61,381,took to dealer and they did a TSB 14-0017 reprogram,this worked for about a week then it happened again,took it to the dealer 61850mls,they couldn't get it to do it,I picked it up and 20 miles later it did it again,I got it on video this time so theres no questions, seems as though they know about it but are blowing it off, let me get outside warranty then take a look at it. Let me tell you if it happens again, and my family gets hurt I will own Ford !!!! thanks for you time.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 02/20/2017

I have a 2012 Ford f150 ecoboost. Recently my family was out of town trying to make our way home when my truck shutters and lost power for a minute, followed by a blinking check engine light and then a solid check engine light. I took it into my local dealership and was told I need to replace spark plugs and coil packs, and it would cost over $500. I was amazed by this considering the truck only has 55,000 miles on it and it is recommended by Ford to replace spark plugs at 100,000 miles. To add to my amazement, my fairly expensive extended warranty didn't cover this, not even the coil pack replacement, which to me seems like a warranty issue considering they went bad so early into the engines life. I know this is a common problem on these trucks and have read extensively on the issue. How is this not something that is being addressed?.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 02/19/2017

On three occasions now while accelerating the vehicle suddenly looses all power. There have been audible warning sounds and check engine lights, also messages such as hill assist not available. On all occasions I was turning on to a street from a complete stop and accelerating. Turning off the engine seems to correct the problem. I have brought the vehicle to the dealer twice now.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 01/23/2017

I experienced a condition noted in Ford TSB: asi-32166 "some vehicles, with turbochared gasoline direct injection engines, will exhibit flashing malfunction indicator lamp, an intermittent stumble and/or misfire during hard acceleration during extreme humid or damp conditions. " while driving at a relatively steady 55-60 mph (on a rainy afternoon), I pushed the accelerator down in an effort to overtake a vehicle. Immediately, the "check engine" light began flashing, the truck began to shimmy, and I started to lose power. Unable to accelerate any more, I promptly exited the interstate, parked, shut off my vehicle in an effort to allow it to "reset". When I restarted the vehicle, the check engine light was off and the truck ran fine. I was (thankfully) unable to replicate the scenario on the remainder of my drive home.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 01/09/2017

In Jan 2017 an electronic throttle body failure caused vehicle to 'stall' and enter "limp home" mode while traveling at highway speed of 65mph. The vehicle sputtered, shuttered & stumbled into "limp home" mode with the wrench symbol and check engine lights displayed on the instrument panel. Dealer replaced the electronic throttle body in Jan 2017. The vehicle started exhibiting similar but less severe problems (sputter & stumble/hesitation) in July 2017, and is increasing in frequency and severity through now. Called the dealer service department to have it diagnosed and they will not acknowledge that this is a known or systemic problem, but it impacts drivability and safety, especially when towing a trailer.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 10/14/2016

In heavy rain conditions after driving for 2 hours in the pacific northwest on the I-5 the truck ecoboost turbo stalled and lost power during a passing situation of a large 18 wheeler. I was driving at 60 mph, and attempted a pass, but was unable to pass due to power loss, shudder, and limp mode. Intermittent check engine light and partial limp mode occurred. This is the known stall/shudder issue that multiple ecoboost motors on f150s are experiencing in rainy damp conditions. Severe safety issue if you are trying to pass on a two lane highway and you lose power while trying to pass a logging truck and someone follows you and you get only half way. This is the second incident I have had with this truck. Dealer did a TSB that involved reprogramming the pcm and removing a deflector shield. This fix seems like a band aid, and Ford should be doing a complete redesign of the turbo cooler intake.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 10/10/2016

The truck has had issues with the hillassist failure, then check engine light then wrench light causing the truck to go from 45 mph to 2mph without notice. The throttle bottle also went out on this truck causing the truck to go from 45 mph to 2 mph in traffic, this is the Ford wrench light. On two seperate occasions, when starting the truck and releasing the parking brake, a parking brake malfunction light flashes, then when trying to move the truck into gear it will move from park to drive to reverse, but will not move. Please contact me ASAP. I have a detailed list of dates and occurances along with all email conversations with Ford. Ford soes not believe this is a problem and seems to ignore the safety concerns.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 10/07/2016

On hard acceleration like when entering a highway or trying to pass another car it will miss fire continuously thru the acceleration 60-70 mph. Shaking violently and check engine light blinking throwing p0300 codes for misfiring at 47,000 miles changed all spark plugs / coil packs / wires / air filter / 48,000 still misfiring.


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