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Ford F-150 owners have reported 71 problems related to engine clicking and tapping noises (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 11/02/2014

We have a Ford f150 crew cab with a 5. 4 triton motor. I was putting it in reverse to drive away and there was a strange popping sound. I instantly shut it off and opened the hood. My father examined it for me and stated the number 3 spark plug had ejected itself, cracking the coil as well. We had to have a helicoil kit installed in order to have threads for the new plug. The truck still is not running properly. This has costed approximately $300 so far, and there is more work that will have to be done since it still sputters and runs rough. This is a well known problem by the Ford dealership, as I have researched it on the internet but Ford refuses to take responsibility for the poorly manufactured triton motor. Fires can start when they pop out as well. This is a dis-service to the public who have unknowingly bought these vehicles and get stuck with huge repairs due to the design of the motor. I am disgusted that there is not a recall. Ford must be held responsible for all these repairs! there is a huge injustice happening by allowing Ford to walk away from the responsibility. A recall before deaths happen would be the responsible thing to do! lemon laws should apply to the triton motors by Ford! if I had known this was happening we would never ever have purchased this vehicle! shame on the Ford company!!! get the recall set into motion to compensate all the people who bought these dangerous pieces of crap!.

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Failure Date: 09/22/2014

While driving my vehicle under very normal circumstances, traveling approximately 30mph, my truck began to run very rough and there were loud popping noises coming from the top of the passenger side valve cover. It turned out to be a blown-out spark plug and coil pack.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 08/21/2014

I was driving down the road and I heard a loud popping noise so I pulled off on the side of the road and turned the truck off. I then saw smoke like the engine had overheated but in a matter of seconds flames ignited and I quickly got out of the vehicle and called 911. As I was speaking to the dispatcher there was a loud explosion and the whole front of my truck was engulfed in flames. By the time the fire department arrived and put out the fire my hood was totally burned up the engine is burned up and melted and the windshield and driver's side window blew out and the dash and front interior is burned and melted. I am lucky that I was able to get out in time because it happened so quickly. I am also glad my 10 month old son was not with me on this day.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 03/24/2014

The contact owns a 1999 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving 30 mph he heard a popping sound in the engine, followed by loud, repetitive clicking or popping sounds. The contact pulled over to examine the failure and the number 4 cylinder had fractured, the spark plug also blew out of its proper position. The contact took his vehicle to the closest independent mechanic. By the time the contact reached the mechanic the vehicle was overwhelmed with a strong persistent odor of used gasoline. The mechanic stated the number 4 cylinder spark plug did blow out. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer and dealer have not been alerted. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 190,000.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 09/10/2013

The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated while starting the vehicle, there was a loud popping noise coming from the engine without warning. There was also smoke coming from the engine. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who stated that the engine coils needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 149,000.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 07/20/2013

While driving 60 mph, I left off the accelerator to slow down to 45 mph the posted speed limit ahead. At 45 mph, I slightly touched the accelerator to maintain the 45 mph speed limit, the rpm's went over 4000 and would not stop. I applied the brake, but the engine kept the rpm's between 4000 and 4200. I stomped on the brake with both feet and the un-intended acceleration stayed at the higher rpm. I could hear the anti-lock brakes engage to help slow the truck down, but the engine labored over 4000 rpm. I was concerned with not being able to stop the truck, so I shifted the transmission into neutral and coasted to the berm of the road with the engine staying at a very high rpm. Once I came to a complete stop, I shifted the truck into park and the rpm's were over 6000. I immediately shut off the engine and waited a few seconds before trying to re-start the truck. I checked the condition of the floor mat ASAP to verify it was not on top of the accelerator. This happened to my wife less than a year ago and nothing was found at the Ford dealership and the ogc reviews suggested that the floor mat may have caused the first un-intended acceleration. As I turned the key, the engine would not start and it made a clicking noise. I got out of the truck and opened the hood to check the motor. I could not see anything, so I went back into the cab and started the truck. It started, but would not idle, the rpm's went to over 6000 and stayed constant. I shut the truck off again and waited a few seconds and on the third attempt, I shut the truck back off, because the rpm's would not idle and went to 6000 and stayed there. I adjusted the power adjustable foot pedals and waited a few seconds and the truck started and idled at normal rpm's. I left the truck at the dealership on 7/31/13 for an inspection.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 07/11/2013

While driving on interstate I attempted to pass a slower vehicle. After moving over and accelerating - the truck buckled and stalled! I was almost rear ended by an 18 wheeler at 65 mph! this was very close to being a serious accident involving multiple vehicles. Please investigate and resolve this issue as Ford doesn't seem to be concerned about it. Not to mention I took it in for Ford to repair the problem and they refused to make the repairs as the vehicle did not show a trouble code. I looked online and there is a TSB on this vehicle by Ford for the repair but Ford won't make the repair. Not to mention since then the fuel mileage has dropped drastically since the event. This has happened three times now. I am very worried about an accident with this issue, not to mention it going out of warranty and I should not have to foot the bill. This is a design flaw and there are lawsuits all over the internet for this same reason. This is our family vehicle and it losing power is a huge safety issue due to tractor trailers not being able to slow down in time when this happens on the interstate. When the vehicle lost power it drops the vehicle speed to 40 mph. Not a safe speed for contested interstates. I bought this vehicle in April and spent 40,000 dollars on a truck that's very unsafe but not even dependable. This vehicle has a 3. 5l ecoboost engine with an automatic transmission and it also shudders at various speeds with a hard clunking sound during gear changes. Thank you.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 04/18/2013

While driving on mo hwy 150, I heard a loud popping noise coming from the engine compartment. I immediately pulled my 2002 Ford F-150 king ranch 4wd, to the side of the road and turned off the motor. Upon opening the hood I discovered the #3 engine cylinder sparkplug was gone! after towing the vehicle home I contacted my Ford dealer to have the motor fixed. The repair bill was $865. 00. I went on the www and discovered that the Ford motors are notorious for this problem. Further, if the plug would have struck the fuel line just above, a fire might have engulfed the vehicle. I feel the Ford motor company should recall all the vehicles with this 5. 4 motor and replace all parts effected by this problem.

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Failure Date: 11/12/2012

The engine runs very rough at idle and other times during operation, its losing coolant level and shows a milky white residue in the oil fill cap. Dealer says the milkshake stuff is normal, not!!! dealer says loss of coolant level is normal from atmospheric conditions. Dealer says that these 3. 5l v6's just normally run rough. Transmission hesitates and pulses when pulling a load. Recently I get a load snap/click sound at the heater control. This truck is brand new and feels like an old beat up truck. Ford got rid of the 3. 5l v6 and replaced it with a new revamped 3. 7l v6. They couldn't fix the problems with the 3. 5l v6 but won't fix those issues with mine and others who are stuck with a problematic engine. There should be a national recall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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Failure Date: 08/15/2012

My wife and I were driving in maine on vacation hauling a 3600 lb 14 foot camper. It was early evening and raining, I was in a flat area coming into a steep hill so I accelerated hard and the engine staggered hard. It was like a hammering for several seconds and a total loss of acceleration. I thought I had actually broken the engine some how. A few seconds later the hammering stopped and the truck returned to normal. When I talked to my Ford tech about it he said it was bad gas. The engine since then has had a ticking sound that the tech says is the fuel injectors working, I'm not so sure since it did not make that sound before the above described incident. It has not reoccurred, but I have been careful not to expose the vehicle to hard acceleration again, but that hardly seems to be an appropriate solution.


 
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Failure Date: 07/20/2012

Firstly, while driving along a 3 mile straight stretch of road I pull out to pass a slower vehicle. My truck engine shut down in to what Ford describes as "limp home mode" mid-pass and I had to decelerate quickly and get back in to my lane before a head on collision occurred. There were vehicles in the lane that I had to cutoff to get to safety. I had to pull over to the side of the road and shut off the vehicle then re-start it before the condition cleared up. This same scenario happened again in September of 2012. This time I was driving along with my cruise control set to 62 mph when for no reason the vehicle went in to "limp home mode" again. I had to pull over once again and stop/start the engine. I was in a fair amount of traffic when this occurred and it could have resulted in a dangerous situation had ther not been a convenient pullout in the area. I took the vehicle to a Ford dealership for service and was told they could not find anything wrong. Secondly, the engine make a popping sound while I accelerate from a stop (again the dealership can find nothing) thirdly, the four-wheel drive system randomly cyles some unknown solenoid during use which the dealer cannot reproduce. This is a brand new ecoboost engine, which I love but which I feel is very unsafe and I can get no resolution from Ford.

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Failure Date: 06/11/2012

The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact was traveling 45 mph when a popping noise emitted from under the hood and the vehicle decelerated abnormally. The check engine light illuminated after the failure. The contact stated that a private mechanic confirmed that the passenger side coil for a spark plug became detached. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 98,791.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 06/01/2012

Poor gas mileage. Window sticker says 23 mpg highway, best I ever got is 16 mpg,with cruise set at 65 mph on flat level highway. Had at dealer, 4 times, they updated computor, changed turbo intercooler and they still cant improve my fuel economy. Around town I get 12 mpg. Bad turbo lag when pulling out low power, dealer said its how turbos work. Doors rattle, speakers crackle, rear end springs make a creaking sound. 4 wheel drive makes a loud growling, sounds like gears are not meshed right. I would not recomend a new F-150 to any one. Nothing but trips to the dealer and let downs.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 05/31/2012

The contact owns a 1999 Ford f150. The contact started the vehicle and heard a popping noise coming from under the hood. The contact then inspected the vehicle and found that the spark plug was spewed from the engine . The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer stated that the spark plug needed replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the vehicle was not under recall. No further assistance was provided. The failure and current mileage was 112,000.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2000 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 04/07/2012

When trying to back out of my driveway, the truck made a loud popping sound from the engine. When I raised the hood, I could smell unburnt fuel. I then did some research online and found out that this could be a blown spark plug from the cylinder head. I have read many forums and talked to several mechanics about the symptoms I have experienced. All have said this is a very common problem with this engine and other Ford engines. I called Ford motor CO. And they were not aware of any problems with this engine. My local dealer was aware of the problem and therefore stock plenty of ignition coils on hand. This repair is estimated to cost me $400. Ford should be responsible for this cost, no questions asked.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 01/18/2012

The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The vehicle was included in the recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 11v107000 (air bags:frontal:driver side inflator module). After the recall repairs were performed, the air bag warning light illuminated on the instrumental panel. The contact heard a ticking noise coming from the engine while the vehicle was parked. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technicians advised that the engine would have to be replaced because it was beginning to fracture. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

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Failure Date: 01/03/2012

The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, a strong odor of fuel emitted inside of the vehicle. There was also a loud ticking noise coming from the engine. The contact was able to maneuver to the shoulder of the road. The vehicle was then towed to the contact’s residence. The contact stated that a spark plug dislodged from the cylinder head and he planned to take the vehicle to an independent mechanic for repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

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car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 09/16/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was idle and in park when it exhibited an abnormally loud popping sound. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer who diagnosed that four cylinders were defective and needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failure but denied any assistance with repairs. The failure and current mileage was 61,000.

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Failure Date: 06/17/2011

Was driving normally when I started hearing a loud popping noise from engine. Took to mechanic and was told the spark plug blew out - was also told this is a "common" problem with Ford triton engines and a design flaw with the engine (too few threads on spark plugs).

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Failure Date: 05/27/2011

I purchased my truck six months ago, at the time of purchase I noticed a ticking in the engine, after inquiring to the salesman about the engine noise he informed me that his service tech's had inspected the problem and there wasn't a problem. The noise has progressively worsened since purchase. I was at an engine re-builders place of business with a friend and the mechanic asked if I knew what the ticking was, I replied no and he took me into his office and printed a tech bulletin (aera tb2471) that addressed the camshaft and lash adjuster design change for Ford 5. 4l VIN 5 engines. These were redesigned in 2005 to correct the ticking noise and keep valves from dropping, which the mechanic informed me he had 5 vehicles in his shop due to this issue. I went to my local dealership for a recall issue (clockspring in air bag) the service advisor mentioned the ticking as I drove up, I asked if he knew of the service bulletin and showed him the copy I had, his comment was to not tow anything! I called the service manager for this location and was told to contact Ford directly, which I have and am waiting for a response. The mechanic I spoke with said this is a common occurrence with this engine, look for the number 5 as the eighth digit in your VIN number. I feel that this truck has been completely misrepresented to me during and after purchase and feel lemon laws or recalls should be used or in place.

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Failure Date: 05/17/2011

I have a 2001 Ford F-150 lightning with roughly 31,000 miles on it. Three weeks back I was turning into my neighborhood at 5 mph, and I head a popping sound, and the truck begins to run roughly. I immediately pull over, and pop the hood, I smell gasoline. I shut the truck off. Call a tow truck to my Ford dealership. There they tell me that the spark plug has shot out of the cylinder head, stripping the aluminum head. I get the bill for repair in which they re-bore the head, and install a heli coil at a cost of $560 plus labor. The dealership tells me this should in fact strengthen the cylinder, so I continue normal operation of the vehicle Tuesday 5/17/11, I was driving on route 290 in worcester when all of a sudden at 70 mph the heli coil pops out causing me instantly lose power. In an effort not to damage the vehicle further I put it in neutral, and coast to the break down lane of a three lane highway and proceed to call aaa to get a tow. Once back at the Ford dealership the tech tries to do the same thing, and re-bore the head to install another heli coil. He does and takes it for a test drive. The heli coil that he just installed blows. Now they are telling me that I need a new cylinder head. A $1600 part, plus 19 hours of installation costing $3600 in total. This as I have been told by the dealership and upon hours of research, is a common problem with the 1999-2003 Ford 5. 4l triton engine. This is a factory Ford defect, they did not drill the appropriate threads for the spark plugs. Now it has happened to me twice, this very easily could have gotten me hurt on the highway, or could have set fire to my vehicle since gasoline from the cylinder was spilling onto the hot engine block, directly next to the fuse box, there a current runs through. I have spoken to Ford and there is no recall on this. A factory defect, that is costing me almost $4000, through nothing but careful care of the vehicle.

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Failure Date: 04/15/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at the speeds of 45 mph, there was a popping noise heard coming from the engine compartment. The contact stopped the vehicle and noticed that a spark plug and coil pack detached from their cylinder. The vehicle was driven to the contact’s residence and then taken into the dealer where the failure was diagnosed. The dealer replaced the spark plug and coil pack, but the failure recurred. The contact did not feel safe driving the vehicle. The failure mileage was 71,000 and the current mileage was 84,266.

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Failure Date: 03/22/2011

While driving 45mph on suburban two lane highway I heard a loud bang and subsequent rythmic popping sound accompanied by an engine misfiring. Upon inspection I found the # 4 cylinder spark plug lying on the valve cover; un attached to the cylinder head. The mechanic found the threads "blown out" of the head and had to utilize a heli-coil kit to repair. The spark plug was a motorcraft original equipment part. This seems to be a prevalent problem with the triton 5. 4 liter engine. I suspect the problem originating from undue stress fractures in the aluminum head after continued use and inherent thermal differential rates (expansions/contractions) of the two different metals; I. E. Steel spark plug vs. Aluminum alloy head. Poor engineering !! I am the original owner of the f150 with 140k miles.

car image   Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 03/15/2011

I was driving home from work doing about 35mph and a large and loud pop followed by repeated quieter popping sound until I shut the engine off. I looked under the hood and confirmed my suspition. A spark plug ejected from the #3 cylinder. I had to helicoil the head to fix it, otherwise the dealership wanted $1800 to replace the head. 2 months later driving too work the #2 cylinder ejected its sparkplug. Same fix. I'm to worried to drive the truck at this point and haven't driven it since.

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Failure Date: 01/06/2011

The contact owns a 2010 Ford f150. While driving approximately 50 mph, the contact heard a loud clicking noise from the engine. The failure would recur whenever accelerating up to 50 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was advised that the clicking noise was a normal occurrence. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000.

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