Engine Noise Problems of Ford F-150

Ford F-150 owners have reported 28 problems related to engine noise (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford F-150 based on all problems reported for the F-150.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 02/22/2018

Sadly, we feel we have purchased a lemon occasionally engine or transmission squeals/grinds, if accelerate too quickly/power up. ,and now, on cold days [temps low 40s & under] hear rubbing/grinding whirring at left front tire? gets louder when depress brake, and can feel in brake pedal. Sound occurs during slow forward speed 2-40 mph, on gravel driveway or paved road. Scheduled service today for noise; they were more interested in fixing recall item [locks - rpr time 3+hrs], if they had parts in stock. Recall srvc completed [under 1 hr], and "no noise was heard. " I requested further look for cause of noise, service advisor said quick lane would check suspension?. 2 hrs later, nothing seen, nothing heard, nothing repaired. As I pulled away from dealership, having signed off on service, the truck immediately began making the noise [funny serv advsr didn't hear when he brought truck around?]. I drove less than 1/10 mile back to dealership, took the service advisor for ride; at which point he acknowledged he heard noise, but tried to assure me it's a 'tire issue. ' my husband and I believe otherwise - this is not tire noise, the noise never crescendos or changes pitch with increase or decrease speed, on gravel or asphalt, and we have never felt 'tire noise' in brake pedal. This noise/friction merely ceases after you've driven a few minutes [for now]. Service advisor assured me I was not doing any further damage to truck, continuing to drive it without resolution to the problem. I asked him if I needed new tires, he said indeed not, mine are in great shape [original tires] with 63,000 miles on them [but it's a tire issue?]. Something's up [similar concerns have been raised in forums on the internet- along with dealer dismissal/failure to resolve. We want our truck repaired [resolution of these mechanical failures] while it's under warranty, or we want a new vehicle.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 01/22/2018

At 10k blowing black smoke, lose power when passing at 10k also, check engine light at 40k. Dealer found nothing wrong and cleared code and check engine light went off. At 54 k engine ran rough and wanted to stall, began to make noise. Towed to dealer. Timing chains went bad and bent valves. Dealer said 10,000 dollars for new engine. I talked to Ford and they said nothing could be done. Dealer said to call them again. They said nothing can be done again. Next day dealer called and said they would do the engine for 5643. 00 dollars. The truck only has 54,000 miles!.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 01/15/2018

Cold starts create rattle in engine area. Ford TSB 16-0027 covers this problem but the dealer, dick witham Ford in waterloo, iowa continues to play games with covering this issue. Truck has been in several times for other issues, some covered, and I asked if there were bulletins about lag in acceleration or other things that may cause this. They told me multiple times, no, just a computer reprogram that I already had completed. Now my truck is making noise and by all reports on the web, it's going to get worse. Ford knew about this going back to August 19, 2015 (see TSB 15-0131) yet never told me or looked at my truck to see if that was causing my issue. Now with my truck just over 5 year old but still well under the warranty for miles, it may not be covered. However, the new TSB clearly states dealer coding 6c525 and condition code 42, it is under warranty via the emissions. This is my 5th new Ford truck over the years, I will not own another. With the price we pay for brand new cars and trucks the manufacturer must be held to what they promise the consumer. This is a timing chain stretch issue caused by poor design and the variable camshaft timing (vct) units leaking causing timing chain damage. Ford's fault, not mine.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 09/18/2017

While driving, I noticed that I was having to push on the accelerator harder to get power. I came to a stop at a stop sign and waited for an opening to turn left at the intersection. When I started to turn left, the truck started to accelerate and then the engine sounded like it revved up but there was no power or speed increase and a simply coasted out into the middle of the road. The traffic coming from the left was coming up over a hill and I was very lucky that they were able to stop before hitting me. The truck was able to pick up speed down hill, but lost speed quickly going up hill. I could see this being a dangerous issue when crossing a busy intersection or trying to pass. I took the truck to the dealership and was told the timing chain stretched. The truck had only 74000 miles.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 05/20/2017

3. 5 ecoboost engine 75,000 miles, engine noise on startup and check engine light registering a p0016 crankshaft/camshaft position sensor, and goes into "limp mode" with loss of power and poor acceleration. Dealership states this is a recognized issue with the timing chain and TSB 14-0194 addresses the issue. Dealership states this is a $ 1,500- $ 2,000 repair and is not covered by Ford. Timing chains should last longer than shock absorbers.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2016 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 10/07/2016

The contact owns a 2016 Ford F-150. While driving at any speed, the vehicle made noises from the engine and transmission areas. The contact stated that the vehicle consumed too much fuel and the air conditioning blew hot air. Also, the oil low pressure warning indicator illuminated and flashed off and on. The contact also stated that the brakes squeaked and the front passenger side tire deflated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (koons Ford in sterling, va) for diagnostic testing. The dealer found nothing wrong with the vehicle; however, the failures recurred several times. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the same dealer several times and, during one of the visits, the engine was replaced without the contact's consent. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures and did not assist. The vehicle was not completely repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 40.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 05/04/2016

I have a 2012 with 78000 miles. I am experiencing the very common tsb15-0131. A few months back I started to hear a rattle at some engine starts but now it is occurring daily. I only started to research the noise recently and came across a lot of others on the web forums. I dropped it off at a local dealer. The guy made it sound like this is something new or never heard of. Long story short, they had the truck 4 days and claimed they heard no rattle when starting. After getting my truck back from the local dealer I have heard the noise every morning when I started the engine. I video record my engine at start up and plan to from now on. I called my purchasing dealer to see what they can do. They were going to check and let me know. I heard back and they say since I am out of warranty there is nothing they can do. They said I have to contact Ford customer service to go further and gave me the phone number. I contacted them who said the same thing. . Sorry no more warranty. I do not think this is right. I understand my extended warranty is just past but this seems to be a prevalent issue with the 3. 5 ecoboost engines. I paid over one thousand dollars to upgrade to this engine after seeing and hearing advertisements about its benefits and durability. Now, when it has a problem by no fault of mine, I am told that it will not be taken care of. This was my first Ford and will be my last.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 02/14/2016

The phasers and tuners are shot internal engine damage it started to make noise while moving.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 02/02/2016

My truck has been experiencing hesitation upon acelleration and is making noises and my check engine light was on. I took it to the dealership on February 2, 2016 be fixed and at first it was covered under warranty. I took it back on February 16, 2016 bc I had to have a Ford rental per Ford. The truck was repaired but then it wasn't covered per Ford and I had to pay over $400 to get it fixed. My check engine light came on again and it had to go back to the dealership but this time it was covered under warranty. I just got my truck back on April 11,2016 and today on April 14, 2016 the light is back on. I am waiting on a call back from the Ford dealership to find out what to do next.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 11/19/2015

I was cruising down the highway when all of sudden the truck would not accelerate and it felt like the engine had shut off. The rpm was fine, however on the speedometer it kept going up and down (my mph was all over the place), and it felt like some one was pumping the brakes (lightly). I tried accelerating but all it did was make a screeching sound. I had to pull over to prevent cars from rear ending me and placed in park. I noticed that the engine was still on at this point and pulled back out on the highway with no further problems. A few days later, I took it to a dealership which they ran a diagnostics and found no issues. On my way home from the dealership, I experienced the same thing as I was exiting i35.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 10/31/2014

On October 31 2014 while visiting family after 350 mile drive my 2007 Ford F-150 XLT super cab 4x4 4. 6l motor made a noise similar to an explosion that was felt in the cab by all passengers. Right after the explosion the truck lost power and sounded like an exhaust pipe had fallen off the motor. There was a strong smell of gas and exhaust but truck was drivable. Brought truck to dealership and was told that 2 spark plugs has blown out and one of the two had taken the threads with it. Advised me that this was very rare and I had to options to fix. One was to re-thread and replace all spark plugs for $899. Second was to replace head at $2100. Told dealership to do the lesser option. Had to leave truck there and obtain a one way rental for 5 people at $300. Have now found out that its not rare and may not be fixed even after the repair. I am glad that this happened on a surface road at low speed and not on the hwy.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 05/27/2014

I was merging into traffic after picking up my daughter from daycare. I pressed down on the accelerator firmly to gain speed to get into traffic. My truck stalled with a pinging noise coming from the engine and an uncharacteristic black smoke pouring out of the exhaust pipe. Oncoming traffic had to brake to avoid hitting my truck on my daughters side. The truck recovered but only gradually picked up speed with very little power. It was a low constant acceleration. This is the 4th time this has happened with my truck but this time it endangered my daughter so I feel that I need to speak out. This needs to be addressed before my 1. 5 year old daughter or someone else gets hurt due to faulty equipment.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 09/08/2013

I have 2010 Ford f150 fx4. I have 36000 miles on it and am the original. Bought it new from dealership. Today I was towing my horse trailer with 2 horses in it and came through the residential area near the barn. Speed limit is 30 miles an hour and I was doing 25 and was actually braking to slow it down to 20. I heard a weird engine noise and suddenly the truck surged and took off. We hit almost 50 miles an hour in this residential 2 lane road in a matter of seconds and I was standing on the brakes with both feet. My friend in the truck was downshifting (automatic) for me in an attempt to slow engine down. We managed to get it to 2nd and with me standing on brakes we were able to keep it at 40 mph. Neutral had no effect and rpms way too high for first gear-every time I slightly lifted my foot of the brakes slightly, we surged to 50 and the truck kept trying to go faster. Nothing we tried could get it to stop, slow or return to normal. We tried neutral and nothing happened. It was not the floor mat or the tow feature. Did not have speed control on. Scariest ride of my life and with two horses behind me. I was prepared to hit a tree or rock wall as we were running out of road. I was terrified of jack knifing. We finally hit an incline for a hill and we slammed it into nuetral again,pulled the emergency brake and shut off the engine when we got to the top. Think my brakes completly burned out and smoke was coming from my engine. Numerous people that we had terrified pulled over with us once we got the runaway truck stopped. Called tow truck and had towed to dealership and will see what they say tomorrow. I shudder to think what could have happened had someone pulled onto the road in front of us or a deer stepped out. I am terrified of this truck now.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 08/01/2013

While attempting to pass a semi truck after driving a constant speed of 65 in arizonas humid monsoon season, under hard acceleration my f150 had a sudden loss of power along with a very strange shudder and loud revving sound. After I let off the accelerator and pulled behind the semi I was attempting to pass (due to on coming traffic), the truck ran normal. The dealership was unable duplicate the issue. The conditions were different the day of test drive and the truck was not driven at highway speeds for nearly as long. This could be a very serious issue that needs resolved immediately.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 15
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   Engine Noise problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 04/13/2012

Pulled out of side road onto major highway and suddenly a loud flapping noise from engine was heard. Immediately pulled to shoulder of road and turn vehicle off and called for assistance. Was told that a spark plug was the cause of the problem and that it should be a easy fix, this was not the case because the head had to be removed to extracted to damaged plug. Our fix is costing upwards of $700.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 09/15/2011

I have been having problems with engine noise ranging from a deep howling to a sound like a steel chain being drug over an aluminum ladder. I have had problems with the sync, memory seats and steering wheel, auto start, and an ongoing problem with hesitation or miss firing in the engine that cause the truck to loose power on acceleration and go into limp mode. I have had some really close calls getting onto the highway where I was almost hit from behind when the truck lost power. I have had the truck in the shop 13 times and getting ready to go back for the 14th time. I have tried the bbb and the lemon law program which I was denied by a third party arbitrator. I was expecting that because a bbb employee said 93% of all people that file a lemon law claim in missouri get denied. I have an extended warranty with 50,000 miles left on it and the Ford engineer in charge of repairs says he refuses to do anything about the engine noise anymore because of the past failed repairs. This is an v6 ecoboost . I don't know what to do next.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2007 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 11/26/2010

2007 Ford f150 4x4 my wife cane home from work and said the rear end was making a sound I went out to look and found the rear housing had broke off at the housing bell and was resting on the axle. In all my life I have never seen this. All people I talk tohave never seen this. I do think this is a defect in the housing. Just wanted to know if this has ever been reported before. If so can any thing be done about it. Can Ford be held responsible for it. Thank god she was not in a wreck. Pickup will only be four years old in Dec.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2006 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 09/15/2010

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while accelerating or decelerating, the vehicle suddenly hesitated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that there were only two quarts of oil in the engine instead of the seven it was supposed to contain; the dealer could not figure out why the vehicle was losing so much oil. The dealer also stated that the timing chain caused the vehicle to hesitate. The failure mileage was approximately 23,400 and the current mileage was 23,423. Updated 01/13/lj the consumer stated it was difficult to et the vehicle out of 4-wheel drive. Also, the timing chain was making a scraping noise due to lack of oil. Updated 03/31/11.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 04/10/2007

Started with engine noise. Ford diagnosed it as cam shaft. Cost $1700. 00, my cost would be $800. 00. Local dealer is now out of business. I have talked to 3 other people with the same problem. There must be a lot more.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 04/28/2006

11/16/2005 ~ go in for a routine oil and lube. Attendant gives me details, I have air filter replaced and coolant added because it was low. 2/23/2006 ~ go in for my routine oil and lube. I ask the attendant to look at the coolant, I tell him that it keeps getting low. Sure enough he comes back and lets me know its very low, did I want to put coolant in it. 4/28/2006 ~ I go to my 97 F-150 to head out to an interview, shirt and tie, cup of coffee and paperwork in hand. Put the key in the ignition and it wont turn over. It isn't the "battery is dead" won't turn over, its a "I want turn over but I can't" over and I call my mechanic. He arrives and gets out his jumpers to see if it is a dead battery. We look at the starter, electrical everything and can't seem to figure it out. He says to me, "you don't have very low or little coolant, put some in the resevoir" he asks me if I noticed anything odd, any hesitation the previous day, I tell him no, I literally drove 3 miles to go to the market and that was it for driving that day. He asks me to put it in reverse and we try and push it backwards to turn the motor over. It won't budge, at this point he says there has to be something in the cylinder(s), gas, water, oil, something and we'll pull the plugs and see what comes out. We pulled the plugs and coolant came pouring out of cylinder #2. I have pictures etc of the coolant and plugs. I found there are many people having issues identical to this within the same timbering of mileage and even the same cylinder. . Read more...

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 01/03/2006

Constant engine noise that sounds like lifters, very loud. . . . Have had numerous people look at the problem, no one can seem to locate the issue, or repair it in any way or diagnose the problem.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 09/20/2005

I have a 1999 Ford f150 with just over 60,000 miles on it. It has been maintained very well and has had no problems until now. While driving to work on 9/20/05, my engine sounded like it blew up. What actually happened was my #3 cylinder spark plug blew out. Thankfully it did not cause an accident. After investigating how to fix the problem I learned this was becoming very common with Ford triton motors and would cost appx $3000 to repair. Ford offered no help other then for me to bring it in for the expensive repair, with no guarantee it would not happen again. I thought the truck would last much longer then 60k miles and feel like I bought a lemon.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2003 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 06/01/2004

Pinging noise coming from engine, have taken vehicle in twice with no resolve. Bought truck new in Jan 03, have 29,000mi on it. First they replaced the maf still heard noise, then second try they reprogramed the computer. Service manager stated it might be coming from fuel injectors. Sound heard on acceleration at all speeds greater under load.

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car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 04/25/2004

Engine noise.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2003 Ford F-150 26
Failure Date: 09/02/2003

I have many problems with my 2003 Ford f150 from engine noises to transmission leaking and slipping. My vehicle has been in twice now and nobody at Fords or their engineers seem to know what is wrong. Fords does not know what to do. I would greatly appreciate if someone could look into this matter because no one should have this many problems with a brand new $30,000 vehicle.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 2003 Ford F-150 27
Failure Date: 04/18/2003

On a cold start up vehicle knocks every morning. Has been to Ford dealer 5 times. They have told me numerous things, like use heavier weight oil, no problem, we hear it but not sure what it is, we hear it common engine noise. Problem still exists. First time I took it in was 4/2003, and vehicle is at dealer now again.

car image   Engine Noise problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 28
Failure Date: 07/05/2001

Tune up. See odi no 562415. Nar 12/04/2002. The consumers vehicle was taken to Ford service department to get a tune up. 4 hours later the engine sounded as if it was going to blow apart. The consumer requested a meeting with the service attendant to get an explanation as to why the vehicle is now malfunctioning. The consumer would reimbursement for damages done to the vehicle.

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