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Engine Knocking Noise Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1



Ford F-150 owners have reported 53 problems related to engine knocking noise (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 12/26/2015

My truck felt like it was driving really well, I was driving from a to b which was about 6 miles. Im almost home & I stop at a light,when it turned green I accelerated &when I did I heard a knocking sound&so I pulled over& I couldn't pin point exactly where it was coming from,just it was coming from the back of the engine on the right side. Im guessing maybe the 3rd or 4th spark plug. I checked my oil I was maybe 1quart low. So hoping that was it, I bought a quart&some oil repair to go in with it. The guy at autozone thought the same. As u could guess that didn't work. It sound almost like a lawn mower. Which is baffling cuz there was no warning, no check engine light,no prior noise. I'm lost. I've been reading about spiting spark plugs&a lot of the same stuff happening in these trucks. I'm wondering if there was a recall? if not why? if there are complaints from over 1000 people saying the exact samething,why hunt Ford done anything about it?I use this truck to take my71 year old vietnam veteran grandpa to his dr appointments&use it for work. From what I'm reading no one is gonna help but I have to try. Please let me know if there is any advice or hopefully do the right thing & help me work with the dealership I bought the truck from. My# is 6614419336. Thanks.

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car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 08/14/2015

Purchased this vehicle used from a well known and popular dealer in utah. We did not note any noises during the test ride and vehicle appeared in great condition. On the drive home (of course) we stopped for dinner. Noticed a loud knocking noise coming from the engine. This continued and worsened and we feared the vehicle would stall. The problem subsided when the rpm's increased slightly. We were able to duplicate the problem repeatable in a parking lot at low speeds and low rpms. Specifically when turning left and the problem worsened when the 4x4 was selected. I video taped the engine noise as proof for the dealership. Doing research we have noted that this is a common problem with the 2009 f150 5. 4 l. Range of problems described as either cam phaser or internal engine problem. Corrections have been noted as either cam phaser replacements (not very helpful) or full engine replacement. Taking the vehicle back to the dealer this morning to return.

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car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 05/13/2015

I am now a victim of the 2004-2008 5. 4l cam phaser problem. It started out when I came to a stop light and the truck started shacking really bad and making a loud knocking sound. As soon as I accelerated it went away so I thought it was a fluke. Nope!! it stated doing it more and more but I was not getting a check engine light. Finally the light came on and gave me the code p0012-intake camshaft position timing over retarded on bank 1. The only place to take it was Ford because they have the most up to date and complete diagnostics tool. It is still in the shop right now but to look at the phasers to see if I need both it is running me $600 just for them to remove the valve covers to look. He said it was going to cost me close to $1500 just to fix the issue! I have read all over the internet about this issue and it seems like Ford know about this issue because in 2013 they got sued because of this same problem! if you look 2004 has the most complaints of every year by far! please stay away from the 5. 4l engine or Ford in general. I don't even want to get started with the spark plugs that break in the engine if you don't know what you are doing. That was another $600 bill that Ford had to do. The 4wd system as well had many issues with the iwe because its a vacuum system and was brand new in 2004. To many problems with Ford!.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 04/12/2015

Driving at normal speed (45 mph), no abnormal noises or vibrations present. Loud bang noise came from within engine bay, and truck began to sputter and stumble very badly. Check engine light came on and preceded to flash, put truck into neutral and rolled to the side of the road where truck was shut off. Excessive fuel was found on top of the engine at the third cylinder from the front on the passenger side (4. 6l v8 engine). Spark plug was separated from the wire and lying on top of engine. Spark plug boot was melted and smoking suggesting it was previously burning. Spark plug was %100 covered by burnt sooty material.

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car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 08/08/2014

The truck have only 55k miles which the engine should not have any problems but this is a very common problem which should be a recall. It's known for the camshaft phasers to start making a knocking noise and make the vehicle sound like a diesel truck. I don't think it's right that we pay tons of money for a vehicle and we have problems like this that cost us customers more money. I've done some research and I'm not the only person with this problem. Please take the time to review this problem because there are many other customers out there with this problem and cant afford to have it fixed. Even with the aftermarket parts the cam phasers go back out again after 60 miles.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 04/12/2014

Upon accelerating from a stop 4or 5 loud knocking sounds were heard and felt, and engine power loss was experienced. I let off throttle to reduce knocking sound,which sounded like turbo wastegate possibly, and engine shook and had reduced power for several miles. Temperature outside was warm and dry. I had been driving vehicle for over an hour before problem. It has had reduced power and minor shaking before,but nothing like this. Fortunately no other vehicles were coming. I do notice wastegate poping off on short,steep hills more lately. I have the ecoboost engine. Have not been to dealer yet, but have appt soon.

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car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 04/05/2014

I had just changed the oil and checked the fluids and had to run some errands up town about a mile and a half up the road the engine started making a knocking noise, I was close enough to the garage I use so I pulled in there to see what was going on the oil pan was on fire oil and what looked like anti freeze was coming out of a hole from what use to be the oil pan or what was left of the pan, the fellow that ran the station told me it had hydro locked and bent a rod and pushed it thru the oil pan, he went on to say he had seen several of the 4. 2 do this and it looked like Ford wold have done something when they were aware of the problems with the 4. 2,I talked to Ford about it and got the run around from them, just couldn't believe it I had never pulled or hauled any heavy objects or mistreated it in any way, don't understand when the powers that be were aware of the problem with this engine the consumer was left holding the bag to a tune of thousands of dollars in repairs, now got to do with out to try and save the money to get it fixed, mostly used the truck to get my wife back and forth to the dr. She has m/s and a heart condition, the poor always catch it if there was anything to Ford they would make it good and the same goes for the NHTSA they know the problem is there just look at the Ford forms, but god always makes a way just have to wait and see what his plan are, alot of folks like us have no family so we take care of or trucks, it sure wasn't abuse that cause the problem.

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car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 04/04/2014

There is a knocking sound coming from the motor already replaced the catalytic converters and O2 sensors and the sound is still there with the check engine light on. When the truck gains some speed the truck shakes don't feel real safe driving it long distances.

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car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, a loud knocking noise was heard from the engine compartment. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that both the vtc sensor and the cam phaser would need to be replaced. The vehicle was being repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 45,871.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 01/31/2014

The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving at approximately 24 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the vehicle failed to accelerate. The contact had to depress the accelerator pedal with extreme force and the vehicle started to make an extremely loud abnormal knocking noise. The vehicle was parked at the contact's residence where it was diagnosed by an independent mechanic that the cam phaser seized and the engine needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 185,000.


 
car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 11/15/2013

The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while idling at a light, he heard a knocking noise from the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the cam phasers and lifters needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 09/17/2013

The contact owns a 2002 Ford f150. The contact stated that he heard a loud bang noise coming from under the hood. Upon inspection, the contact discovered that the spark plug was loose and had ejected from the cylinder head. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure and current mileage was 108,000.

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car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 02/05/2013

I keep having major issues with my truck ejecting spark plugs from the engine which is breaking not only my spark plugs but my coil pack as well. This is rediculious. The first time I was at a light at a dead stop when I hear a loud banging noise like something exploded then my truck started running rough and had to get it towed. It stranded us 45 minutes from home. The second time was two days ago on March 18 I was driving through a drive thru again at a dead stop and heard a loud noise and had the same issue. Again my spark plug was ejected and coil pack broken. The first time was in cylinder 1 and was repaired then one month later the next time cylinder 2 ejected. 5 minutes after it was repaired and had new plug and coil pack it again ejected. Im upset because I can no longer drive my truck. If Ford doesnt fix this I willnever purchase another Ford. Now it is useless sitting in my garage takin up space.

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car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 10/16/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, there was a loud knocking sound coming from the motor. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 215,000. Updated 1/14/cn.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 06/01/2012

As vehicle warms up after driving several miles coming to a stop. The engine begins to knock attempting to stall out. When giving the vehicle gas it kicks almost causing several auto accidents. I have taken the vehicle to several mechanics replacing the cam phasers due to a code. The issue is still happening and the code still says replace cam phaser. From what I understand I'm not the only one with this problem which can't be fixed. As far as the knocking sound the Ford dealership has told me its a Ford triton that's the knocking sound im hearing. But from mechanics the sound is from air escaping from the bottom of the engine is a common problem with the vehicle. Ford refuses to accept the defect fixing issues since buying the vehicle new in 2004.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 12/27/2011

Engine makes a knocking noise. I was told by a Ford dealer that they can't repair it because Ford doesn't know what is wrong with the engine. I was told by Ford dealer to drive it till it quits. The engine could lock up at any time, possibly on the highway which could cause an accident to occur. I called Ford customer service and was told there was nothing they can do.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 09/01/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 40 mph the vehicle noticed the vehicle began to hesitate while accelerating and a heard a knocking noise in the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated the spark plugs had to be replaced. The dealer attempted to remove the spark plugs but one of the spark plugs was stuck in the head gasket and could not be removed; however, the head gasket would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 08/05/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, a loud banging noise emitted from under the hood and the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. The front end of the vehicle also began to shake. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer, but the manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 211,000.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 05/13/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph he heard a loud banging noise before the vehicle stalled. The vehicle coasted to a stop and the contact noticed the spark plugs had fractured from the engine. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that this was a known failure. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was notified and also acknowledged this was a known failure; however, the manufacturer offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were 65,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 03/30/2011

Drove approximately 27 miles, then heard a loud pop under the engine. Smelled gas while inside cab with the windows rolled up. Loud knocking noise followed. Found that the number 3 spark plug had blown out of the head. Luckily no fire.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2006 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 11/26/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving 55 mph there was a knocking and banging noise in the engine which caused the vehicle to malfunction. The vehicle was then driven home. The dealer was not notified of the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 66,000. Rvk.

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car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 09/28/2010

On September 28th 2010 I was driving from indianapolis, in to louisville, ky on a very busy I-65 interstate. At approximately 4pm I heard a very loud pop and lost all power. I could hear a very loud banging noise and at first I thought I blew a tire. I immediately tried to get from the fast lane to the emergency lane but with as many cars on the road this was difficult. I finally made it to the emergency lane and turned my flashers on. When I got out of my vehicle I checked for a flat tire but that was not the issue. I restarted the truck and lifted the hood of my engine. I noticed that one of my coil power packs was at a weird angle. When I went to check if it was still attached the compression of my number 2 cylinder blew the spark plug the rest of the way out of the engine and hit my hood very narrowly missing my head. The coil was also destroyed by the force of the spark plug coming out of the cylinder. My truck is a 2002 Ford F-150 with less than 100k miles. This is a very dangerous issue that needs to be corrected.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 09/08/2010

The contact owns 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited an abnormally loud knocking noise from the front end of the vehicle. The contact inspected under the hood and noticed that the spark plug located nearest to the driver side had disengaged from the coil head without warning. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where a helium coil kit was installed. A few months later, the same failure recurred and the engine was replaced by the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000. Consumer is still having problems with the aluminum head. Updated 11/10/2011.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 01/16/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While driving 40 mph the contact heard a banging noise in the engine and the vehicle started to lose power. The contact was able to safely drive onto the emergency lane and after looking under the hood, he observed that a spark plug was missing. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic to have the vehicle repaired. The contact is concerned that a crash could have occurred when the spark plugged popped out of the engine. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 98,000.

car image   Engine Knocking Noise problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 08/01/2008

We purchased the vehicle new. Before it was a year old, we heard a knocking sound. We were told it was normal. After a couple of years, the knocking got louder, took it to the dealer ship, they said it was normal. As the years passed, we asked other dealerships, repair shops, and there was never a recall. We were always told not to worry about it. The knocking sound got louder, the engine was bogging and today it is in the shop for a new engine and we have to come up with $6,000. 00. There are thousands of complaints like mine. Why is there not a recall?????.