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Ford F-150 owners have reported 213 problems related to check engine light on (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 07/20/2015

Vehicle is a Ford f150 2012 ecoboost v6 3. 5l. Vehicle was driven in high humidity and fog with cruise control on for a time period of around 4 hours without spooling the turbo chargers. Upon trying to pass another vehicle the gas pedal was pressed to accelerate. Vehicle began to shake violently, and began to lose power. Vehicle was able to drive at current speed but would shake violently when gas was pressed to pick up speed. The check engine light did illuminate. This issue was consistent with the issue of condensation/water in the charge air cooler causing the cylinders to misfire and vehicle going into limp mode. There was no issue when atmospheric conditions were optimal. This happened after the Ford dealership made the recommended Ford bulletin repairs. This issue has the potential of causing a fatality.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 07/06/2015

July 6 lost power to truck engine at 60 mph when going to pass in hard acceleration situation. Truck engine shuttered for over 3 mins until I could get it stabilized around 2000 rpms in a lower gear/speed. This was the first of two similar situation on the same day with the truck and throughout the remainder of the day any acceleration over 3500 rpms caused a loss of power. We limped the vehicle home that day. Next day check engine light came on and off until we could get truck into our local Ford dealer for service on 7-13. This issue has been researched via info on this site to no conclusion. I can say if you drove this vehicle and simulated this issue you would see the major issue this causes and potential risk of accident at highway speeds with acceleration. Specifically heavy traffic situations. The issue caused spark plug damage, catalytic converter damage and the dealer performed the TSB (4th issued by Ford) to attempt to fix the issue. This is a known issue, causes safety issues and should be recalled to permanently fix not try to patch with four different TSB. Fix this correctly before accidents occur that cause deaths.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 06/27/2015

Vehicle is a Ford f150 2012 ecoboost v6 3. 5l. Vehicle was driven in rain with cruise control on for a time period of around 3 hours without spooling the turbo chargers. Upon trying to pass another vehicle the gas pedal was pressed to accelerate. Vehicle began to shake violently, and began to lose power. This action nearly caused a head on collision. Vehicle was able to drive at current speed but would shake violently when gas was pressed to pick up speed. This happened twice in the same trip causing the check engine light to illuminate. This issue was consistent with the issue of condensation/water in the charge air cooler causing the cylinders to misfire and vehicle going into limp mode. There was no issue when atmospheric conditions were optimal. Again, this issue nearly caused a head on collision as I tried to pass another vehicle in an area which allowed passing in my lane. Ford re-flashed the the ecu and added a deflector shield to the top of the charge air cooler and it did not fix the problem.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 05/23/2015

Driving on interstate doing 70 mph (in fast lane) when truck stopped/stalled and I guess from research went into "limp mode". I was unable to press the gas pedal, it just shook three times each of which slowed it down incredibly, the check engine light was on and a wrench showed up, but the radio still worked. While trying to pull over almost wrecked (memorial day weekend and I was in fast lane). Finally able to pull over to side of road hysterical, shut off and waited a minute and it started. Drove rest of way home miles* with check engine light on and abs light on. I am scared to death to drive again. Not fun having a vehicle stall/quit whatever on interstate in rush hour traffic.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 05/13/2015

Fx2 3. 5l v6 ecoboost: was driving approx. 65 and had to quickly accelerate to pass. The turbos started to kick in and suddenly the engine began to shudder and misfire. Check engine light came on and then went off. Problem occurs during any sudden acceleration.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 03/11/2015

Ford f150 ecoboost 2013 13,000 mile the engine shakes and a lost of power when passing. The check engine light come on while its happen but shuts off when the power come back. I have taken it to Ford 4times but because it has no check engine light on they look at me like if I'm crazy.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 02/10/2015

We have had our 2005 F-150 king ranch for about 10 years now. Today (Feb 10,2015), my wife and our one year babe were heading to the post office the truck displayed a message reading "engine failsafe mode". The truck lost all power, no steering, and it stall on the highway going about 65 mph. Luckily, she said there were vehicles behind her and she pulled it over with no steering and the engine dead. My wife then sat on the highway for about 10 minutes and tried to start the vehicle, which started and there were no "engine failsafe mode" on display anymore. Know with-in the last year our truck has had the check engine light and the abs light has come on and off every other month. I have checked the fuses and had replace a few but at time it is not the fuse. I've had the interior dim in and out and at times it does not work at all. By reading the f150. Net forum found out the a wire that splits into two wires was corroded on the passenger side floor board, it seems that condensation or water come in and stays in that pocket were that wiring harness goes thru. I am now terrified that truck will shut off on the highway again with my family and I in it. This seems to be a life threating problem. I have read thru some forums and it seems that people have called the Ford dealership and the service department claimed they have never heard of this problem, but can work on it if they bring it in. But that Ford claim that they fix the problem and the people says that the problem still exist. Hope some one can help or assist us in fixing this issue not just for our family but for others too. Sincerely airborne paratrooper! aatw!.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 01/17/2015

The ecoboost engine flashed the check engine light and started blinking and lost almost all power, vehicle slowed to approx 35 mph in the middle of high speed traffic. Ford says the recall never happened because you closed it with satifactory repair results. I am told I have to now pay for this fix since it is after thier 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. Yet the vehicle almost killed us. They say they have a misfire , cac fix TSB to correct the issue.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 12/18/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the engine misfire and the check engine warning light illuminated. The problem recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the spark plug was fractured and that needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000. Pam.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 12/18/2014

The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150 with eco boost. The contact stated that the vehicle started to switch gears without warning and jerk violently. The contact mentioned that when the failure occurred, the check engine light illuminated and the gauges on the instrument panel stopped working. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 49,000.


 
car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 12/17/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35-40 mph and driving up an incline, the vehicle failed to accelerate and the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that a retro kit had to be placed onto the turbo boost. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000. Djr.

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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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Failure Date: 11/26/2014

There was a misfire and no check engine light. This happened 5 times before the computer showed there was an issue. On the third time I had Ford install the deflector to keep water away from the turbo chargers. The last time it happened the computer finally showed a check engine light. I took the vehicle to auto zone to have them diagnose it. The computer was showing misfires in 3 cylinders. When I got the vehicle to Ford it was only showing one cylinder having had a misfire. Based on this, and the fact that the computer didn't register the previous misfires. I feel there is a defect with the computer in my vehicle. Ford refuses to address the issue. I know there was an investigation on this, but the misfires have happened when it was not raining or humid, in fact the first misfire happened on a dry day. Also, I have had the repairs made based on moisture causing the issue and still have the same problem. Please advise.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 10/15/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the vehicle decelerated as the check engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the camshaft phaser needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

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car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 15
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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 16
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.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 17
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 18
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. . . . . .

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 19
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 20
Failure Date: 08/01/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled as the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer numerous times for the failure. The dealer performed a diagnostic which located several codes; however the codes did not related to the stalling failure. The dealer checked the engine oil for oil sludge but the engine oil was normal and the computer was reprogrammed. The dealer advised that they were unable to repair the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 8,000. Pam.

car image   Check Engine Light On problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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.

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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.

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