Ford F-150 owners have reported 468 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category).
Sitting in my truck with the key turned or even on idle, the electronics on my dash(radio allumination, trip box, etc. ) will be faded on one side or will be completely faded and I cant see the time, station, gas mileage, etc. From time to time when it does this, my cruise control figure wont show but after a while(10-30 minutes) it will pop up on the cluster. It doesnt matter if its cold out or hot out, idle,running or ignition switched off, it will be faded. Its becoming more of a common thing(daily).
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Adaptive cruise control was set and engaged on vehicle at 75 mph. My vehicle was traveling on inside lane of four lane divided highway and came up on slightly slower vehicle traveling in the same lane at around 70 mph. My vehicle slowed down and tracked the other vehicle for about a mile before coming up on a slower moving tractor trailer truck in the outside lane. As the vehicle in front on my truck passed the tractor trailer on the inside lane, it moved over in front of the tractor trailer to the outside lane to allow me to pass. Instead on speeding up to 75 mph, my truck started to brake before I disengaged the cruise control (around 65 mph). At that time, I was located beside the tractor trailer near the back of the trailer. A vehicle following me had to brake due my truck unexpected braking and slow down.
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The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the cruise control failed to engage and disengage. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the activation switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.
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When driving at night in the far left lane going 72 mph with the adaptive cruise control on, the truck randomly slammed on the brakes and the red crash indicator flashed although there was nothing in front of the truck. If someone was behind me, it is likely they would have rear ended my vehicle. There seems to be a defect in the auto cruise control,although Ford believes this behavior is normal.
I noticed that the cruise control started shutting off without ever touching the brake pedal or off switch. Then sometimes it would work fine for a few minutes then just shut off. When it does that it will not come back on again till the next day. I then checked the console shifter, I was able to shift of park with out pressing the brake padal and even engine in off position. I am worried that the truck may jump out of park and run off and hit something or someone.
While traveling to san diego - as we exited off the freeway the cruise control failed to release. Stepping on the brake, turning off the switch did not change the stuck cruise control. We were going 70 mph as we exited and continued at 70 for about 1/2 mile - through 1 stop sign and 3 stop lights before were able to get to a safe place to turn the key off and loose all control of steering of the truck. We turned onto a side street. Turned off the truck 10-15 seconds - upon turning the truck back on it went immediately to 6000 rpm's burning rubber only reason we did not speed out of control again is because had both feet on the brake. Turned truck off again waited 10 minutes - turned it on again - the cruise control had finally released. We drove to the nearest Ford dealership which was 5 miles. They found nothing wrong with the truck - when we returned home we took it to our local dealer where we bought the truck - they found nothing wrong and said to bring it back if it happens again - we may not be alive next time to bring it back!.
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While the cruise is set and traveling on the interstate, in this case 70mph, when I pass an 18 wheeler the adaptive cruise control senses an imminent collision while passing the 18 wheeler in the left travel lane. The adaptive cruise immediately alerts and engages the brakes. Fortunately, this has not yet resulted in a rear end collision in my case however I'm sure at some point it will with owners of these vehicles. This has happened twice since I purchased the f150 in January(2015) and both occurrences happened while passing a tanker truck specifically and while in the left lane- tanker truck was in the right lane traveling at a slower speed perhaps around 60-65mph. This defect to me appears to be very dangerous because if my f150 engages the brakes for no reason and there were to be cars behind me a rear end accident could likely occur on the interstate. Ford has been very slow in responding to this safety concern and has not came up with a fix for this issue. Many on internet are voicing concern however are told by dealers that the system is functioning as designed and sent on their way.
After accelerating to pass on the highway (65 mph to 70 mph), the truck remained going 70 mph when accelerator released. Vehicle could be slowed with difficulty by applying brakes, but would resume speed when brakes released. Fortunately, traffic was light. Cruise control was not being used at time of incident. Attempted to resolve issue for approximately 4 miles/minutes at highway speeds (determined accelerator not stuck on floor mat, engaged and disengaged cruise control, braked repeatedly while making sure I was also not hitting the accelerator). Eventually slowed vehicle to approximately 10 mph with extreme braking on an uphill incline, at which point vehicle would not slow any further. Took truck out of gear and shut off engine (vehicle stopped). Had towed to service department of Ford dealer who "could not reproduce problem" but replaced electric throttle body assembly and cleared/reprogrammed computer. When asked if incidents such as these are reported to Ford for their database, the service representative said no, that they had no means to do so.
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While driving on the highway, I pushed the on button for the cruise control and pushed the set/excel button at 70 mph. After a minute or so I looked down and was going 75 and accelerating. I tapped the break which had no effect. I tapped the break several more time but the truck kept accelerating. I pushed the off button several times while continuing to pump the break. The cruise control finally went off. Several miles down the road I tried to use the cruise control again with the same results. My truck is a 4. 2l v6 and has had the recall taken care of several years ago. This appears to have happened to several other people and could have had a disastrous outcome.
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The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal was stuck intermittently while traveling approximately 70 mph on a major highway with the cruise control engaged. The contact disengaged the cruise control and the failure occurred intermittently. The contact had to drive onto the emergency lane, shift into neutral gear and applied force to the brake pedal; however, the vehicle surged forward while the brake pedal was applied. The contact had to turn the vehicle off and restart it in order to reset the computer. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer several times and they were unable to replicate or diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 14,676.
2013 Ford F-150. Consumer writes in regards to airbag system, cruise control system and other electrical issues. The consumer stated he returned the vehicle to the dealer twice, for the issues. The dealer failed to identify any electrical faults in the air bag system. A month later, during service on the air bags, the horn failed to operate.
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Tl- the contact owns a 2003 Ford f150. The contact stated while driving approximently 65 mph, on cruise control the vehicle accelerated with out any warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be diagnosed. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and current mileage was 143,000. Ml.
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I was on the expressway and set my cruise control at 74 mph. When I pressed my brake pedal, the cruise control wouldn't disengage and the brake pedal became hard like a rock. I then pressed the off button to turn the cruise control off but it remained engaged. I pressed harder on the brake and was able to slow down to 65 mph but as soon as I released the brake the vehicle gradually sped up to 74 mph. I exited the freeway and had to put the truck in neutral to stop. When I did this the engine raced to 4500 rpm. I then put the vehicle in park and turned it off. When traffic cleared, I restarted the engine and it raced to 4500 rpm. I put the truck in drive and made a left turn into the center left turn lane and had to put the truck back in neutral while I waited for traffic to clear so I could merge. The engine raced to 4500 rpm. When traffic cleared, I put the truck back in drive and the cruise control finally disengaged. However, at this time I smelled smoke coming from the engine compartment. Since the cruise control was disengaged at this time I decided to re-enter the freeway and return home. I haven't tried the cruise control since then but I smelled smoke again this morning when I took it into the dealership. I should note that my vehicle is a 2004 F-150 heritage edition which in essence is identical to the 2003 F-150. The 2003 F-150 was recalled for a problem with the cruise control but according to Ford motor the 2004 F-150 heritage wasn't. Both the dealership and Ford customer service have told me that I must pay for the repair since the vehicle is out of warranty. I think it was just an oversight that the 2004 F-150 heritage wasn't recalled along with the 2003 F-150. This incident could have been much worse than it was.
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 60 mph, he attempted to increase speed via the cruise control steering wheel controls. After reaching the target speed, the vehicle continued to accelerate and the cruise control failed to deactivate. The contact shut off the vehicle to regain control. The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 72,899.
Ecoboost engine: 7/06/13 first time after driving 90 miles on I-10, pulled off in rest area. When getting back on the interstate, went to accelerate to match traffic and engine fell on it's nose, felt like a stall then bucked, misfired , lost all power. When lifting off accelerator engine returned to normal. Attempting to accelerate again, engine lost power again. It felt like either bad gas or ignition failure. Was able to get truck up to speed using cruise control. With a light accelerator touch, was able to make in home from pensacola to winter haven, FL. Filled up with different fuel and problem seemed to go away, so I did not take it to dealer. Second occurrence 11/16/13 while heading to pensacola after driving several hours (70-75mph), when passing a semi going uphill on I-10, faster traffic was approaching from behind, so I attempted to accelerate to get around the semi to clear the left lane . Engine fell on it's nose once again, stalled, misfired, shook and lost power. The traffic was upon us in seconds. I was able to get truck back up to speed by gently using cruise. This time took truck back to dealer. They installed a "shield or partition" in the charge-air and did a reprogram. Current mileage is 14,800. Dealer did not seem confident that this was the fix. We will see.
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Traveling at 65 mph with cruise control engaged as another vehicle merged on to the freeway I floored the accelerator to avoid a collision,the accelerator stuck at a very high rate of speed (85 to 90mph),tapping the brakes had no effect,disengaging the cruise had no effect,turned the ignition off in neutral for aprox 4 seconds had no effect,cruise finnaly disengaged after shutting the vehicle off in neutral for aprox 10 seconds.
Tl - the contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph the vehicle was stuck at a high acceleration and was unable to stop. The contact mentioned he had to put the vehicle in neutral to control the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated the while in cruise control the vehicle accelerated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 71,000. Bt.
We were merging onto the highway outside of st. Louis mo and when the accelerator was fully depressed the engine started to misfire and power was reduced. A blinking cel was displaying on the dashboard. It seemed as though the turbo system was not adding any extra charge to the ambient air. There was a pronounced vibration to the vehicle that seemed to originate from the engine/drive train. Luckily there as not a lot of traffic at the time and our poor acceleration did not result in an accident. My solution was to manually select the gears and drive at much higher rpm. This smoothed the misfire and we had an adequate amount of power to keep up with traffic. After about 10 minutes everything smoothed out and the misfire was gone. Truck behavior returned to normal. The weather that day was a pleasant 60 degrees and sunny. The previous day we drove from central ohio to st. Louis through much rain and fog. Since we were on vacation and away from home we did not take the truck to a dealer to be serviced. The problem has not occurred since then. There was one previous occurrence at a previous date. I don't know exactly when it was. We were traveling home to vt from ohio. We had been driving for many hours, mostly on highway/cruise control driving. We had just gotten off the interstate highway and were on state highway. I went to pass a slower vehicle in my lane and upon depressing the accelerator the engine seemed to misfire (rpm went up but power delivery fell flat). I stepped off the gas pedal and slowly pressed a second time and this time the truck responded as expected. There was no cel this time. Each of these incidents occurred with my entire family in the vehicle. We were not very happy about it and did not feel safe at the time.
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The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving with the cruise control activated at 62 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated to 80 mph. The contact had to turn the engine off in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was later taken to the dealer. The dealer advised the contact that vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 05v388000 (vehicle speed control) and that they were unable to inspect the vehicle for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 115,000.
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The contact owns a 2007 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph with the cruise control activated, the cruise control system suddenly stopped functioning with the illumination of the wrench warning icon. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it appeared that the power steering bearing failed and the serpentine belt became detached from the vehicle. As a result, the serpentine belt erroneously came into contact with the engine temperature sending unit and fractured the wires from the sensor, struck the clutch fan and was destroyed. The failure caused all of the plugs and wires to be exposed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the sensor unit, power steering pump, clutch fan and all associated parts were replaced. The manufacturer was notified and lodged a complaint. The failure and current mileage was 57,319.
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Tl - the contact owns a 2003 Ford F-150. The contact stated that according to the fire department the cruise control malfunctioned causing a short and the vehicle was completely burned. No injuries were reported. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who filed a complaint and stated that they would contact him at a later date. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileage was 270,000. Pmb.
Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Ford f150. The contact stated when the cruise control was set at 45mph the vehicle jerked, and when the cruise control was set at 35 the vehicle made a loud noise in the rear area. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The dealer replaced the charge air cooler; however the failure was not corrected and the dealer advised that the vehicle was operating normal. The manufacture was made ware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle failure occurred at zero mileage and the current mileage was 2,600. Li.
Driving turnpike at 1:30am with wet roads but not raining. Cruise control was engaged at 75 mph. Approaching a bridge and upon starting to climb on the incline I heard a noise that sounded like the transmission had disengaged then the engine light started pulsating on and off so I tried to accelerate and the truck did not react but since I was going 75 it took me over the bridge and then I coasted down the bridge with the cruise control disengaged. I pulled over to the side and placed truck in park the engine was still on. I turned off the truck and waited about 1 minute then I turned the key back on and the truck started up with no engine light or any sign of problems. I drove all the way to miami with no further incidents. I took the truck to Ford of homestead and they said they could not pull a code out of the computer that showed anything had happened. I later took the truck again this time making noises when u accelerated it sounded like the transmission was shuddering and again nothing they could do to replicate it. Again on or around March 2013 I took the truck to another Ford dealer and tried to replicate the shuddering between 3 or 4 th gear to no avail. The truck this past weekend on the same bridge again with wet roads made the shuddering sound and feeling but the engine light did not come on and the truck upon getting to the top of the bridge continued without having to be turned off and on. At first I thought this might be a transmission issue but whenever I guess the truck accelerates to gain speed to go over the bridge or after leaving a stop or red light between 3 or 4 th gears it shudders and when the bridge comes around it goes to a lower gear and starts losing power. When it happens between 3 or 4th gears it is with me accelerating. They told me that the truck has a memory if you drive it hard or softly it remembers this and shifts differently.
After using cruise control for 1 hour on a 4 lane highway at 70 mph during high humidity early in the morning I try to accelerate and the motor loses all power. I had TSB 12-6-4 applied to the vehicle Friday, three days ago, and though it may reduce the likelihood of this situation, it does not overcome what appears to be a design flaw with the intercooler in this ecoboost motor. This flaw allows for condensated water to be sucked into the motor and causing the misfire during hard accelerations after long periods of using cruise control in high humidity situation. The impact of losing power will be a fatal accident for a customer at some point in time if it has not already occurred.
The Ford mentioned above caught on fire in the morning around 3am and it caused damages to my car Mazda mx-3 parked beside the Ford. The Ford was completely burned down. I believed it was the deactivation switch of the cruise control that caused the fire. For further detail of this incident, you can contact nationwide insurance and the claim number is [xxx]. Thanks
information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).
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|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Cruise Control problems||
|Vehicle Speed Control problems||
|Car Accelerates On Its Own problems||
|Accelerator Pedal problems||
|Accelerator Stuck problems||
|Speed Control Linkage problems||
|Speed Control Cable problems||
|Car Throttle Stuck problems||
|Speed Control Springs problems||
|Fail To Accelerate problems||