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Cruise Control Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1



Ford F-150 owners have reported 461 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 11/06/2014

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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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 08/16/2014

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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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 08/05/2014

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.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 06/09/2014

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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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 05/06/2014

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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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 02/02/2014

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.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 08/24/2013

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.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 07/06/2013

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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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 06/27/2013

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.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 06/11/2013

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.


 
car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 01/10/2013

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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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1998 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 11/27/2012

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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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 11/03/2012

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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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 10/16/2012

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.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 10/01/2012

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.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 09/02/2012

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.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 08/13/2012

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.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 06/21/2012

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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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 01/18/2012

While using the cruise control a few times. . . . When I tap it once to disengage, my vehicle speeds up! then I have to hold the button down & gently tap on the brakes to disengage the cruise control. It's not really a big deal because I'm expecting this to happen, but there could be that one time where I might not be able to disengage the cruise control!.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 12/15/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Ford f150. The contact was driving approximately 70 mph with the cruise control activated and suddenly without intent the cruise control failed to operate. In addition, the horn would not sound upon engaging. The authorized dealer was notified and they informed the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 05v388000 (vehicle speed control). A few years later, the identical failure recurred. The vehicle had not been repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 11/22/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150 super crew. The contact stated that after parking the vehicle, he was informed that the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The fire department was called and advised that the modular of the cruise control was the cause of the fire. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised the contact to take the vehicle to a dealer. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 248,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 10/24/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While parked, the vehicle became engulfed in flames. The contact was able to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher. The contact noticed the fire had originated from the cruise control system. The fire department reported to the scene and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The dealer was waiting for the manufacturer and the insurance company to communicate in order to inspect the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 101,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 10/14/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked next to a residential garage. Later that night, the contact discovered the vehicle engulfed in flames. The fire department was contacted and they advised him that the fire could have been caused by the cruise control switch. The vehicle was towed to a garage. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no immediate assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 150,000.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2000 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 10/04/2011

On Tuesday October 4, 2011 my truck caught fire while sitting in a parking lot at my wifes place of employment. The truck was not running and had no major mechanical issues. The fire started from the engine compartment and damaged the a majority of the front end of the vehicle, it is totalled. I beleive my Ford truck caught fire due to a failure in the cruise control wiring system and a leak in the brake fluid system. There was a recall for the wiring and my truck was not fixed due to me being the second owner. I was not aware of the recall until I searched this morning after the fire.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 09/20/2011

On or about 2004, complainant purchased a Ford truck, F-150, supercrew, 4x2, model 2001. Complainant owns and lives in a house. Said house has a gate carport. By September 20, 2011, the above referenced vehicle had been parked and turned off for about one (1) week in the gated carport of complainants house. On September 20, 2011, sometime between 12:00pm and 1:00pm the above reference vehicle began to burn inside the carport. The flames and the smoke flowing from the vehicle expanded into complainants house causing damages to the structure and a myriad of movable objects located therein. According to complainants forensic expert, the vehicle began to burn as a result of a failure in the vehicle's cruise control switch deactivator.