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Ignition Switch Problems of Ford F-150



Ford F-150 owners have reported 14 problems related to ignition switch (under the electrical system category).

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 10/03/2009

Normal driving, dry, clear, daytime. Going thru parking lot 5-8mph, bump and pot holes. My 2004 Ford f150, supercrew cab, died. No power to restart. Towed to local automotive shop. They found a blown maxi 20 amp fuse (#102 in fuse box) replaced it. Two days later, again going up a hill with some wash board ripples in road, truck dies/fuse blown. Tow it home, replace same fuse as before, attempt to start truck, fuse blown again & again. Call Ford motor dealer, they suggest to replace "ignition switch", I do so and new fuse, attempt to start truck, fuse blown again, call Ford dealer, they say to replace "transmission range sensor", I unplug that connector-due to a new part is very costly and you can not return electrical parts. New fuse, attempt to start w/o connection to trs. Fuse blown. So transmission range sensor, not the problem. This is a costly ongoing repair with no satisfaction. (now luckily when the "fuse" blows, I have not been in los angeles rush hour traffic) how ever I was on a very busy up hill grade when the second time it blown the fuse and my family and I were nearly hit several times due to traffic that couldn't see over the hill top, nor would the same direction of traffic from behind slow down. We were lucky, I researched web sites for answers to a fix. I found other individuals with f150 trucks have the same issue. Ford motor CO. Has no technical service bulletins for this problem, why not? I have spent 5 weeks researching my wires, parts and informational sites and mechanics, very unsuccessful. I heard that Toyota made their pcm so it would malfunction after so many miles, could this be what Ford is doing to collect money for repairs? I am a certified mechanic & smog tech in California, I am lost as far as how to repair this problem, before I pay to tow to a Ford dealer and get reamed on expense for an electrical problem that is probably an easy fix. Can you help? thank you for your valuable time.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 08/12/2005

I recently bought a 2005 Ford F-150 xl, in the two months that I have had this truck I've had nothing but problems with it. The ignition switch has blown fuses, causing the truck to not start, but sometimes it takes 3-4 turns of the key to get it started, either the engine does nothing or it will hesitate for 5-6 seconds before finally turning over. I am also having problems with the truck stalling. Most commonly the stalling occurs while sitting at a red light but it has stalled while I was moving causing me to lose power steering until I could get the truck started again. The passenger door was off line and wouldn't always shut right causing noise and rain to get in. I was missing screws on the door panels witch caused a constant rattling from both sides of the truck. The doors have been fixed by the service department where I bought the truck, but it is still by no means quite in there, and nobody can permanently fix the engine troubles because they don't know why it's happening. This truck is not a safe and dependable way of transportation for me or my one year old son who is sometimes with me.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 08/10/2005

Ford f150 started on fire while parked with the key out of the ignition.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 01/04/2005

My neighbor and I lived in a duplex with adjoining garages in which she would park her Ford F-150 pickup. At approx. 11 pm on 1/4/05, my son woke me up to say he smelled smoke. When we went outside we saw my neigbors truck engulfed in flames and the garage itself was starting to burn. By the time the firefighters arrived and put out the fire, both our garages were destroyed along with part of her duplex. The rest of the dwelling had extensive smoke, heat and water damage. The fire investigators did not come up with a definite cause of the fire, but two of the three felt it started with the truck. Do I have any recourse in this matter as I lost a substantial amount of property? I would appreciate any information you could give. Thank you.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 1998 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 09/12/2004

The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact attempted to start the vehicle, but it would not start. The vehicle was then towed to a Ford dealer and they stated that a wire in the ignition switch failed. The dealer repaired the switch, but the contact still had to make several attempts before the vehicle would start. The dealer finally disconnected the switch, but it continues to take four or more attempts to start the vehicle. The contact has paid $200 in repairs. The failure occurs in both cold and hot weather and the contact believes that the disconnected wire was the cause of failure. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 229,000 and failure mileage was 180,000.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2000 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 06/08/2004

While in the street vehicle was in park and the key was taken out of the ignition switch. Then, vehicle caught on fire under the hood, followed by black smoke and large flames. The fire department indicated that ignition switch caused the fire.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 10/17/2003

On multiple occasions all external and internal lights would cut off for a fraction of a second and then light back up. Each time they went out once and so fast that it was barely noticed. The number of these incidents are unknown. I would say fewer than 10. The first dealership it was reported to was crescent Ford in high point, nc. At the time, they did not record the issue as being reported and did not advise me that it should be checked. The problem was happening so infrequently that I did not realize it might be a serious problem. In the later part of 2003, October I believe, I stopped at a local tire distributor to have my tires balanced and rotated. I noticed from inside the store that the headlights were not off. I returned to the vehicle to attempt to turn them off by manipulating the light switch and ignition switch with no success. I had the work done at the tire store and took the truck staight to bob dunn Ford in greensboro where they advised me that the fuse box had to be rewired and that it was not safe to drive. The service technician showed me a fuse that had been removed from the fuse box. The fuse was black, melted and the element in the fuse was not burned through. The cover to the fuse box had a white spot on it where the plastic was heated and charred. The dealership provided me with a vehicle to drive and my truck was repaired but at my expense. I had applied to be reimbursed by Ford but have never heard any response dispite multiple calls to the dealership. After having learned of the recall for fires in parked f150's I decided this should be reported. Dates provided are estimates. I would have to have the dealership records pulled to find exact dates and mileage. The mileage on the vehicle was approximately 28,000 miles but it was out of warranty as it was older than 3 years.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 04/03/2003

Front and rear brakes were out of round. Front were 1. 022 after cut . 994 using a lathe. Rear were . 471 before cut. 452 after cut. Sales rep told me it was due to corrosion. Replaced ignition switch on sept. 12 2002 I lost power on my power door locks windshield wipers .

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 10/22/2002

Consumer states that it will be hard to start the vehicle and they will have to try numerous of time before the vehicle will start. Dealer notified. Mr.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 06/28/2000

Ignition lock cylinder stuck in on position. Unable to start vehicle or shut off ignition. Had to disconnect battery to prevent drain. The plastic slide that activates the ignition switch broke while the ignition was in the "on" position, and the steering wheel lock does not work.

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car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 2000 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 05/01/2000

There is a very bad fuel odor within the passengers compartment and outside of the vehicle which is causing the occupants to become sick. Consumer has contacted dealer. Dealer found a major freon leak. Other problems with this vehicle include: ignition switch, relay switch on drivers side window, weather stripping leaking. Owner traded vehicle in.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 09/15/1999

Ongoing problem with cargo lights and courtesy lights remaining on intermittently or staying on for 45 minutes or more, also, ignition switch alarm remains on even after vehicle started. Dealer / manufacturer notified, and infomred consumer that vehicle was out of its warranty, and repairs would only be at consumer's cost. The cargo and interior light stayed on draining the battery.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 01/01/1998

The ignition key can be removed when the vehicle is in motion. When shutting down the vehicle, the engine stops (of course), however sometime you can restart the vehicle without the key. In other words, I can not be sure that the vehicle is secure all the time, since there are times when it will start and run without the key in the ingnition.

car image   Ignition Switch problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 06/19/1997

While vehicle was parked driver smelled smoke, opened up the hood and went back to vehicle and the dash exploded. First before all this happened, vehicle died out. So went to look for the problem and that is when smelled smoke and seen the dash on fire.