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Ford F-150 owners have reported 198 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 12/07/2014

I accelerated from a stop and the engine lost power and went to idle. The check engine light came on steady and the engine would not accelerate from idle. I turned off the engine and restarted and was able to accelerate past idle. After travelling about 1/2 mile the engine again lost power. I again restarted the vehicle and was able to travel home (approximately 15 miles). All the while the check engine light stayed on steady. A similar event occurred while towing a 30 foot travel trailer while on the I-80 freeway near rawlings wyo. In June, 2014, although that time the engine shuddered violently and the check engine light flashed on and off. After pulling to the side of the freeway the light stopped flashing and I was able to accelerate normally without having to restart the engine. The engine shudder has occurred several times since and has been reported to my Ford dealer (mission valley Ford truck in san jose, CA). The dealer was not able to duplicate or capture any computer defect codes after doing a computer scan.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

2005 Ford F-150. Consumer writes in regards to spark plugs and coils problem. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled, upon acceleration. The consumer also stated the check engine light illuminated and flashed when a spark plus misfired.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

While traveling at interstate speed of approx. 70 mph, I attempted to pass a slower vehicle going up a slight hill. There was a shudder and then the vehicle lost engine speed. I went from 70 mph to 55 mph without the abiliry to maintain any speed, I was not applying the brakes. I could not complete the pass and had to pull over to the side of the road. If I tried to maintain speed or accelerate the vehicle shook violently, waking up my family. The check engine light came on and just flashed. I pulled from the driving lane and restarted the vehicle. The light went off and I was able to continue the drive, had to be very mindful of my acceleration. It happened a second time the next morning, again passing; shudder and then an inability to maintain speed or increase it. I pulled over this time the light came on and stayed on. I will be taking it to a dealer this week. I was traveling for approx. Two hours prior to the first event. It was raining during the first event, the second event it was partly cloudy.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 08/30/2014

While driving on a 2 lane highway in northern wisconsin with my 11 year old son, I went to pass a slower moving vehicle in my 2012 f150 ecoboost and when I accelerated quickly the engine just lost all power and to avoid a head on collision I had to slam on my brakes and quickly return behind the slow moving car. Quite frightened, I didn't accelerate the rest of the trip north. While returning labor day, day, and on a four lane expressway I again tested the acceleration to have it happen again, but this time the check engine light started to flash and then shortly after stayed on. Being 400 miles away from home, I drove the rest of the way very carefully. After getting home and before calling the dealer service to schedule a service visit, I did some searching on the internet to find this to be a problem with f150 ecoboost engines. Doing some more searching I found the following article "NHTSA closes Ford-150 ecoboost acceleration probe" by noah joseph on April 14th 2014, detroit news. I was appalled that you would close an investigation when the reason to accelerate, could be to pass a slower moving vehicle, and to lose power during this move could be deadly! since I purchased this truck, I have made countless passes on slow moving vehicles on two lane highways and felt very safe to complete that legal move until Saturday, when, if I didn't take a drastic measure to brake and turn back into my lane, more than likely I would not have had the opportunity today to write this letter to you and more important, my son may have not been here either. I question why you made the determination to first, close the probe, and second, not demand that Ford take the necessary steps to correct the problem, that is clearly a safety issue. I would appreciate a response and hope not to have to take further action for you to resolve this oversight.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 08/03/2014

Driving in rainy conditions attempting to accelerate my truck started to lose power, shaking and check engine light started to flash. After getting out of traffic to pull over called my wife to bring me my o. B. D hand held found that I had codes p0300, p0304, p0305 and p0306 which is for cylinders misfiring . This is the second time this has happened in heavy traffic condition it could easily cause a traffic accident, does someone have to die before ya'll take action. My truck is at kenly Ford in kenly north carolina and like the first time they play it off like I don't know what I am talking about and they always say they can't find anything wrong with it. Please don't sit around and let this problem cost someone their life. . . . . .

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 08/03/2014

While traveling at 55mph, up a slight incline on the highway, I pulled out to pass another vehicle. As I pressed on the accelerator I had no engine power and the the f150, lariat, eco boost began to slow. The check engine light came on and flashed. I let off of the accelerator and then pressed it down again. This time I had power. I pulled back into the lane and everything appeared to be in working order.


car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 07/25/2014

The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle would vibrate and there was a sudden loss of power. The contact also mentioned that the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 07/21/2014

While attempting to accelerate and pass slower traffic on the highway, my 2011 f150 (4x4, ecoboost) truck lost almost all engine power, the check engine light started to blink, and the entire truck shook violently. Due to the truck's sudden deceleration without brake lights signaling it, oncoming traffic (including a large tractor/trailer) approached from behind rapidly and everyone had to brake abruptly to avoid a collision. I turned on my hazard lights, pulled the truck to the right shoulder and sat there for a few minutes while I called work to inform them that I would likely have to wait for a tow truck and be delayed. During that call, the engine light stopped blinking and the truck began running normally again. I reentered the highway when traffic was clear and the truck proceeded to run normally until I reached my workplace (roughly 2-3 more miles on the highway and about 5 miles through the city). A less severe instance of this occurred months before. In that case, there was a short power lag upon attempted acceleration, the check engine light blinked 2-3 times and then stopped blinking and the truck did not shake at all. The whole episode disappeared as quickly as it appeared after letting off the accelerator for a second or two. I believed it was a one-off thing. After today's much more severe episode, it is clearly not a one-off and obviously has the potential to cause an unsafe situation. Conditions (in central PA) at the time of today's occurrence (7:45am): temp: 69f, humidity: 96%, overcast (not raining), wind: 0mph, truck speed: about 65mph, a/c: on auto set to 72f, load: driver w/ personlal belongings (no extra load).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 07/19/2014

The contact owns a 1999 Ford F-150. The contact stated that fuel fumes emitted into the vehicle and the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The toll booth attendant informed the contact that flames were coming from under the front drivers side of the vehicle. The contact exited the vehicle and immediately after flames engulfed the drivers side burning the interior. The police report was filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed. The manufacturer was not contacted. There was no diagnostic test completed on the vehicle. The failure and current mileage was 200,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 07/11/2014

This is a Ford ecoboost truck that is turbocharged. During a heavy rain on interstate 95 I tried to accelerate from about 5 mph and the truck lost power and barely moved. After about 30 seconds the truck regained power and moved ahead. There were 2 other instances on this trip also during rain. . The second time the check engine light came on and stayed on. Upon returning home I searched the internet and found out I am not alone in this. There have been 3 TSB's to effect a repair. I made an appointment with the dealer. The engine code was a misfire on cylinder #6. TSB 13-08-01 was applied and I was billed $255. 66. This problem needs a recall and repairs made before someone is badly hurt. I was nearly rear ended on the interstate. The problem is high humidity condenses in the intercooler (cac) or charge air cooler as Ford calls it. Then a sudden acceleration causes the condensed water to enter the engine grounding out the spark plugs on the left side of the engine causing a loss of power and stall. This has also been known to damage the left catalytic converter. Why must I pay to fix a design flaw? Ford needs to recall all of these trucks and repair them. This is not a mileage based problem but is inherent in all of them. During the right conditions it will happen.


 
car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 07/05/2014

As I tried to accelerate to pass a vehicle the motor in my truck started to miss, the check engine light flashed on and off and I was not able to accelerate. The motor proceeded to idle even though I was pushing in the gas pedal. After about 15 seconds of no response to the gas pedal being pushed the entire truck started shaking as though it was about to fall apart. Another 30 seconds later and everything went back to normal. This occurred in a 2013 F-150 with the ecoboost motor.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

As I was merging onto the highway, I had to accelerate to avoid a semi who was approaching in the right lane. I hard accelerated, but the truck started shaking and the check engine light began flashing. I had lost all acceleration and was forced to put my flashers on and merge to the break-down lane to avoid being run completely off the highway. The truck shook violently while in 6th gear and I had to manually shift to 5th gear to stop the truck from vibrating apart. Less than 10 minutes later (while driving down the highway in 5th gear) the check engine light turned off and the truck was able to be shifted back into 6th without any vibration. This lack of acceleration is extremely dangerous and has happened more times than I can count. Above was only an explanation of the last occurrence. The truck has been serviced (under warranty) where issue was discussed with Ford, but they were unable to "reproduce" the problem. . .

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 06/29/2014

While attempting to pass a slower vehicle on a two lane road, my truck lost all power and the check engine light began blinking. I was in the on-coming travel lane adjacent to the vehicle I was passing when the incident occurred. The incident nearly caused an accident as the vehicle I was passing slowed down when I lost power an I was unable to immediately get over. I coasted with a rough running engine to the shoulder and shut off the engine. When I restarted it a few minutes later it ran a little rough and the check engine light remained on. Research shows that this is a know issue for this make model with the ecoboost engine. The Ford dealership, while having a TSB in place for the issue, did not notify me of the issue and will not cover the cost of the recommended service under either the power-train warranty or my Ford extended warranty (bumper-to-bumper has expired). This is a huge safety issue and this should be a recall from Ford to fix these issues and they apparently will not take the initiative to do so on their own. The incident occurred in southwestern missouri on a day in which it had been raining off and on.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 06/27/2014

Driving down the highway at 75 mph for an extended period of time in high humidity. Pushed the pedal down to pass a couple trucks going up a mountain and the engine begain misfiring and studdering. There was loss of power and vehicle went into limp mode with flashing check engine light. Failed to passed the trucks causing a dangerous condition by producing unexpected results. This problem is detailed in Ford's TSB 13-8-1. I believe that this is a dangerous condition and a recall should be issued for this condition.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 06/25/2014

As I was merging onto highway 694 north, I had to accelerate because of a semi approaching me from behind, I gave the truck full throttle but the truck started shaking and the engine felt like it quit or just had no power left. The truck struggled to reach 55mph, and within seconds I almost got rear-ended and almost ran off the highway, do to the fact that my truck had no power. After I merged onto the highway the truck shook violently for about 3 miles while my check engine light was flashing. During this time it felt as though my truck had lost 50% of its power.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 06/24/2014

After driving for several hours on the interstate we had stopped to re-fuel. Upon re-entry onto the interstate the truck failed to accelerate, the check engine light came on, the truck was shaking it took 30-40 seconds before normal operation resumed. This is the 3rd time this has happened, twice on of which were on the interstate while attempting to merge into traffic or pass vehicles. All three times the conditions have been high humidity,rain & traveling at a relatively constant speed for an extended period of time.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 06/15/2014

I went to pass another vehicle and the engine bogged with all loss of power. It was the second time this happened. The check engine light came on and engine shuddered and would not regain power until I stopped the truck and shut it off then re-started it. The first time this happened the check engine light went off and when I took it in to the dealer they could not find any issues when the diagnostics were run. The second time it happened, the check engine light came on and stayed on. Truck is currently at the dealer and I am waiting to hear their findings.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 05/29/2014

5. 4l truck always maintained and serviced at Ford dealerships. It was running perfect until it immediately began idling rough at a stop. No check engine light, we just know our truck. Took it in for a tune-up (replaced spark plugs, etc. ) and oil change. Perfect bill of health - couldn't replicate problem. Engine checked out diagnostically- perfect. They suggested it could be an intermittent sticking fuel injector, so we were going to get an additive to add to the fuel tank. Didn't make it that far. Drove it home - 35 miles - got home and engine stalled in driveway. Turned back on, engine died again. Long story short - towed it back to Ford - they were able to replicate the problem - oil pressure drops suddenly (intermittently)- pointing to cam phaser, timing area of engine - end result - need new engine - this one is shot at only 68k miles - estimated cost $7,400 plus tax. Extended warranty expired. Did some internet research, appears to be a common problem. These 5. 4l engines are breaking down left and right in these trucks. Don't know what changed. Had a 1999 expedition with a 5. 4l - great vehicle. Contacted Ford customer care - was told to keep all receipts in the event of a recall. An engine should not blow at 68k miles, especially a built Ford tough engine. We've owned Fords since high school and they used to be reliable, long driving vehicles.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 05/17/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph the vehicle stalled and the vehicle shook violently. The check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel during the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed a part in the inner cooler needed to be altered. No repairs were made to the vehicle and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current and failure mileage was 63,000. Sr.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 04/21/2014

During acceleration to highway speed during rainy weather my truck exhibited a power loss. The check engine light started to flash and the engine looses power and the vehicle decelerated. This has occured 2 times since I have owned this vehicle (since December 2013). I have the truck in the shop now for another issue and have informed the dealer of the incidents but have not heard back from them.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 04/05/2014

Engine shudder/viberation after accelerating. Loss of lights, dash instruments, radio out. Vehicle check engine light came on. This has happened three times before. Taken to dealer twice for repair.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

While trying to pass a vehicle on the highway my truck started to sputter and loose power, the check engine light came on for a few seconds and went off. This problem is happening every day now under all conditions. There are numerous complaints on this problem and no real resolutions.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 03/20/2014

The contact owns a 2011 Ford f150. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate, the check engine warning light illuminated as the engine became unresponsive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that a wire connected to a spark plug was faulty. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 72,000.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 03/02/2014

When passing on interstate truck lost power an went into a limp mode check engine light went to flashing which made the truck unsafe when other traffic was moving at a higher rate of speed.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 02/19/2014

While accelerating the truck hesitates, looses power and jerks violently, the check engine light flashes several times while passing a vehicle. When the truck jerks and looses power it feels like the engine is about to explode. Has almost caused several accidents because of the sudden lost of power. It appears to me that the truck is misfiring.

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