Starter Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 35 problems related to starter (under the electrical system 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   Starter problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 08/22/2017

Battery voltage light kept coming on, truck engine died while slowing down on highway to exit. Restarted after sitting briefly. . When trying to start on another day, starter would spin but wouldn't start. After dealer changed battery and alternator, problem continued. Brought back to dealer. Noted melted fuse for fuel pump relay. Installed kit to reposition fuse and wire for fuel relay pump.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 05/05/2017

Starter system fault was working very nice and stop after, con you help me fix it please, thank you.

car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 05/09/2015

The problem started with the vehicle not starting and the battery appearing to be dead. Battery was replaced and now the electrical issues are widespread and out of control. The radio, wipers, dome lights and dash lights go off and on and the starter tries to start the truck after it is running. I have been locked out of the truck due to the locks engaging on their own and I had to pull over in a severe rainstorm due to the wipers that all of a sudden stopped working. It has been root caused to be water intrusion into the vehicle from the windshield getting into the fuse box and the gem module is now bad. I have researched this and it very frustrating to know that this particular vehicle year is well known for this issue. I have read literally a thousand comments of people having the exact same issue with no resolution from Ford. No recall was issued and we have to spend a large sum of money to fix a known issue with this and similar vehicles. Now the Ford dealer is telling me the gem module has been on back order for months as they are resourcing the product, so I can't even get the parts to fix it. I am fortunate this did not result in a severe accident or fire.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 12/31/2014

Used automatic starter today around 4:30pm. The temp today was in the 20s here in western maryland. While driving home I noticed the rear window passenger side panel was completely shattered. Upon inspection there was no impact area. Just the entire panel was very spider webbed. I will be contacting Ford before I file an insurance claim. This is absolutely a defect with the design of these windows. Ford needs to recall these before a child gets injured from shattered glass. My kids heads are very close to this glass. I'm sure if this happened when traveling at a high speed it could cause any injury. Ford needs to step up and address this before it becomes a big lawsuit.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 09/04/2014

Upon turning off the ignition the starter kicked on and wouldn't stop. Got truck out of garage. It died in the driveway. Saw smoke and sparks. Opened the hood and saw a small fire under the engine block. Called fd but had it out by the time they arrived.

car image   Starter problem of the 1989 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 02/10/2014

The contact owns a 1989 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact stated that the vehicle had two starters replaced previously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 188,000.

car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 02/15/2013

My 2002 Ford f150 XLT sup cab 4wd v8 has been acting up for a month or so it started by acting like it had a dead battery but that wasn't it we used 2 new battery's in it so the local mechanic shop showed us how to remove the hot post have the truck turned on but not cranked and when you replace the hot post watch for the rpm to race to the highest then back down to 0 then crank it this is a two man job by the way and it worked then it just stopped needing to be done and has been running fine I drove it on Tuesday no problems and today Friday someone came inside and told me the truck was cranking on its own I had the only set of keys in my pocket so I thought impossible well I went to check and sure enough it was trying to start on its own I got into the truck and tried to crank it but it wouldn't start on my 3rd try it turned over but sounded like the starter was banging into something and now that I have read multiple cases where peoples truck has caught on fire while no one was in it and it had not been driven in a few days I wonder if there truck had tried to start on its own and they just didn't know it im going to call Ford motor company tomorrow but the people whose trucks caught on fire got no help from them im hoping they will help me before my truck catches on fire its undriveable at this point but a fire would not only destroy any chance of fixing it but the damage the truck could cause to other things or people around it would be irreversible has anyone else had there truck to crank without a person or key near it ? here's hoping Ford motor company cares about there customers.

car image   Starter problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 07/02/2012

The windshiel leaks on this model style and the ater runs down to the gem module and fuse box causing the gem module to short out and the electronics do what ever they want to. The truck will start on its own even if off or running and driving with the starter ingauging. Windows roll down the alarm actvates radio comes on all the electronics come on at there own even when parked with the engine off and the key removed. This is a very common problem from my research to tens of thouands of these trucks. This is very dangerous due to the car can even engage the transmission as well as it can cut off while driving as it has with myself. This part is very expesive and the leak is very common.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 04/22/2012

Truck parked in garage from sat evening 4/21/2012 from short 9 mile trip. Truck started around 10:30 a. M. Sun 4/22/2012. Removed from garage for 3 minutes then returned to garage. Shut off. Left residence in another vehicle. Returned around 7:30 p. M. Opened the garage to find a smoky haze coming from it. The entire garage was hot. I noticed drips of some substance under the truck and on the running boards. I immediately realized it was the undercoating that was warm enough to melt and drip. I got into the truck to start it up but the battery was dead. It was warm enough in the cab of the truck to liquefy tootsy rolls that were in there. I could not get the truck in neutral to push it out of the garage. After a short period with the garage doors open and everything seeming to cool down. I used a battery charger to try start the truck. It would just click and not roll over. With the charger there was enough power to put it in neutral and push the truck out of the garage. There we used a commercial battery starter and the truck started up. There was a check engine light on all the time but it seemed to run fine. All gauges read where they were supposed to. The water temperature gauge was immediately at the warmed up line upon starting. Left it outside overnight. Following morning drove it 10 miles to local Ford dealership. They tested everything and could not find anything wrong with it. The dealership called their hotline and they had never heard of anything like that happening before. . There was nothing else in the garage that was affected.

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car image   Starter problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 03/09/2010

I was driving home from town when all the ball bearings fell out of the steering column and the steering wheel became loose and the truck began to sway from right to left, it was controllable at the low speed I was going but thank god I wasn't on an interstate or highway at a higher speed I could have run off the road or worse had a head on collision ! the truck has not left my property since but I still have to keep full coverage insurance and tagged for insurance purposes and a lien from my bank on it,I have also replaced the starter on it eight (8) times the parts are very cheap but it has an airbag and my local Ford dealer gave me an estimate of 200. 00 two hundred dollars to replace two six and seven dollar bearings. When the incident happened I had no idea what happened since the ball bearings are very tiny and are hard to see and it took a long time to figure out what happened my truck just sits there all this time because im afraid of someone getting hurt seriously or killed because im afraid of losing control on the steering. I have been driving since I was sixteen and was a big truck driver from 1979 to 1996 till I became ill but I would never drive a vehicle with steering problems, thank you.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 02/05/2010

2002 Ford f150. 4x4. 5. 4 l v8. Drivers side leaky windshield. Leak causes corrosion of electrical components under dash. The gem module; which controls most all electronics on the dash; radion, 4x4, wipers, headlights controls, heating and air conditioning controls. Due to the corrosion or the gem module and fuse box on drivers side of vehicle the starter will randomly engage itself as well. Many of the relays under the dash are under abnormal conditions. During the malfunction of the above two items the relays will "chatter" constantly. All of the above conditions will happen with the keys out of the ignition. With no keys in the ignition the fan blower will still run, headlights stay on ( in auto position). Numerous other electrical problems. There are numerous postings or identical troubles on the internet. Countless Ford mechanics will tell of same troubles.

car image   Starter problem of the 1998 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 10/22/2009

The contact owns a 1998 Ford f150. The starter would engage and seem to restart itself as if she were turning the ignition. She stated that there was a loud noise when the failure occurred. The dome lights inside would turn on and off without warning. The four wheel drive warning light would illuminate on the instrument control panel. The radio compartment also made a loud clicking sound. When she turned the vehicle off, the heater would still run without the key in the ignition. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility, but the mechanic could not determine the cause of the failures. A service representative at the dealership stated that water entered through the firewall. He speculated that this could be the cause for the failure (according to similar vehicles he repaired). She replaced the windshield at a glass company but realized that the windshield was not the cause for the problem. The mechanic who installed the windshield told her that he could see daylight where the emergency brake was located and he believed that was the location where the water was coming in. The contact called the manufacturer and was referred to NHTSA. No repairs were made. The current and failure mileages were approximately 174,000. Updated 02/1710 updated 02/19/10.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 03/07/2009

The starter motor was engaging while the engine was running with the key in the run position. I had to disconnect the battery to stop it. The heater blower, parking lights, dash light and gauges, key chime, and radio would turn on and off by themselves without a key in the ignition. According to the Ford dealer, this was all caused by water leaking in from the windshield causing the fuse block and gem module to short out. They said it was a common occurrence with windshield leaks on 2000 Ford F-150's. They had to remove the windshield and reseal it and replace starter,fuse block, and gem module. This windshield was also resealed 2 weeks after buying this vehicle brand new from the dealer in 2000.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2008 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 11/24/2008

The ignition system on the Ford 2008 p/u continues to crank once the key is turned until the engine starts. This could cause a fire by the starter overheating while trying to start the engine. It needs to be recalled and replaced or repaired as necessary. There has been no incident reported, but this is a safety hazard.

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car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 03/20/2008

I have had the 02' f150 just over one year and have had problems with the windshield leaking into the cab. I have found that this is a common problem in the 97' to 03' f150 model via Ford forums and other internet groups. This leak shorts out the fuse panel causing the loss in power in various equipment including the windshield wipers. This short has also caused the instrument panel to fail causing the computer to not read what gear the truck is in which has caused the truck not to start or stop running while the truck is in operation. The only way the fix the problem is to have the windshield removed and resealed as well as replacing the fuse panel replaced. Others as well as I have had to have other repairs made due to the leak including the instrument panel, starter, relay, alternator, and the ignition sensor. I have had to make these repairs out of pocket as no manufacture recall has been issued, only a special service bulletin. Ford has been contacted about this issue but has stated that it is not a safety issue.

car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 03/20/2008

I have had the 02' f150 since December 07' and have had major problems with the windshield leaking. I have found that this is a common problem with in the 97' to 03' f150 models via Ford forums and other internet sites as well as the local Ford dealer repair shop who worked on my truck. This leak shorts out the fuse panel in the cab that causes the loss of power to equipment including the windshield wipers which is a safety issue when driving in inclement weather. The leak also tends to short out the instrument panel causing the computer to be unable to read what gear the truck is in. This causes the truck to not start and even shut down while driving which again is a safety issue while driving in any condition. This leak cost me $1500 dollars in repairs due to damage to the starter, relay, alternator, computer, fuse panel, and having to replacing the windshield. I was told by Ford that this leak was not a safety issue and have only issued a special service bulletin! I can not understand how the windshield leak is not a safety issue yet a recall can be issued for fading paint?.

car image   Starter problem of the 2006 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 02/17/2008

The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-150. The contact stated that her vehicle would not start on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at least three times for the failure. After the most recent failure, the dealer changed the starter and the failure appeared to be remedied. In addition, when the brake pedal was depressed, the brakes extended to the floor. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they discovered that the seal failed in the master cylinder. The dealer replaced the seals in order to repair the failure. Shortly afterwards, the brakes began to emit a red, greasy substance on the wheel. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer, but they did not want to repair the vehicle. The dealer stated that all the brakes operated in that manner, but the contact disagreed by stating that the rear brakes did not. The dealer finally took the vehicle in; however, they only washed off the grease. The contact retrieved the vehicle and the brakes extended to the floor again. The vehicle was returned to the dealer and they stated that nothing was wrong with the vehicle. The manufacturer took the contact's information, but offered no assistance. Most recently, she heard a noise from the brakes when driving in reverse and braking. The noise was described as a cracking sound. The current mileage was 14,380 and failure mileage was approximately 12,000.

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car image   Starter problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 02/07/2008

I have a 1997 Ford f150 with a 4. 2 l engine that just turned 100,000 miles. I bought it second hand from a Ford dealership June 1999 with about 45,000 miles on it. This truck was meticulously cared for over the years. After noticing that the coolant level was down after a a recent refill I refilled it again. I didn't drive the vehicle for about ten days but when I went to start it the engine made a clunk and wouldn't crank. I suspected the battery after a charge yielded the same results. The battery was replaced but still the same result and also after refinishing lead terminals and starter replacement. I checked the oil filler cap and there was a thick light brown substance I had never seen before on it and all the way down around the inside wall of the filler tube. I suspected a leak in the head gasket or elsewhere and went to the internet sites for clarification. After some research I realized I was far from being the only one with this problem. As I suspected the coolant leaks via the loose seal of the head gasket into one or more of the cylinders. It appears that this was a known defect and recall that Ford never conveyed to all the owners of this model.

car image   Starter problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 08/20/2006

The truck was driven back from the store, a distance of a few miles, then parked in my driveway. Apprximately 30 minutes later I head what sounded like a compressor running out in the street. Went out into the driveway and found the starter was turning over the engine. The truck had been turned off when parked and the key was removed. Went back inside got the key, and turned the ignition switch to the "run" position. Truck started and ran. Turned off ignition and removed key, but the starter continued to turn engine. Did this several times before letting the engine run for approximately 5 minutes, then finally was able to turn off ignition and starter did not crank the engine. Next morning truck would not start. Truck was towed and had to have starter replaced because it had burned out. The truck has only 15,000 miles. Called local Ford service department where truck was purchased and they said they were unaware of any problems with starters. Obviously there is a problem with starter engaging by itself.

car image   Starter problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 05/14/2005

Bought a used truck, and after the warranty expired had to replace the starter/the ball joints/he upper tie rods, and the control arm on both sides. Engine manifold split, and exhaust system rusted. Later, while driving tie rods came off. There was a slight drop at the entrance to the parking lot, and as vehicle went back up the drop, it slid and there was an impact. Got out of the car, and saw that the tie rod came off and gouged into the pavement. Spoke to the manager of country club Chevrolet, and he simply gave consumer a discount on parts and labor. Yesterday he went to a certified used vehicle dealer and asked for the 88-point inspection,, and they were unable to provide that information.

car image   Starter problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 02/24/2005

The 4 wheel drive in the consumer 1999 Ford f150 engaged in low range while driving. This caused the truck to jerk, lose control and the rear end to go out. The consumer had a new rear end put in but the truck has continued to go in and out of 4 wheel drive automatically. Now the truck start on it's own. The consumer had to disconnect the battery to keep from burning out the starter. When the cruise control is on the transmission wouldn't shift and the rpm's raced into the red. The consumer could hear clicks under the dash while this was happening which resulted in the battery being drained. The radiator leaked.

car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 02/09/2005

The starter broke off of mount causing bolts to break off in transmission housing, I have had to replace the solenoid 2 times and had to keep tightening it off because bolt on it broke, now I have to find someone to drill the broken bolts out & I do not have very much money to get fixed , I just spent $189. 00 for a starter!.

car image   Starter problem of the 2000 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 01/23/2005

The vehicle started however, I was unable to shift it into gear. After three calls to a Ford dealership, I was advised to shift it into neutral, start it then shift it into drive. I was able to drive it home however, the power windows & windshield wipers were not working. I heard "clicking" noises coming from the fuse box. After placing it into drive, the radio would not work. When I placed it in park, the radio started working. When using the panel/floor defrost, I heard an electrical shorting noise coming from under the hood. On 1/23/05, it would not start; only the lights on the dashboard came on; I was unable to shift it into neutral; the engine did not turn over. The vehicle was towed to krieger Ford. Initially, I was told that it needed a new starter. After further testing, I was advised that the fuse box and gem were water-logged due to water leaking into them as the result of a faulty seal in the windshield which is the original factory installed windshield. I found an article ironically titled "quality is the prime imperative with Ford". The 1st paragraph states "installing windshields in vehicles has always been a pain. Fixing water leaks is the last thing you want to do in a vehicle assembly plant". The 2nd paragraph states ". . . Has brought the number of windshield leaks significantly under 1 per 20 hours of production. . . " the 3rd paragraph references the word "defects". I wrote a lengthy letter dated 2/5/05 to the ceo of Ford with attachments of the article, online complaints stating the same problems & questioned the September 2004 tie rod inspection procedure mailed to me from Ford with regard to premature wearing and separation. I had also spoken to individuals in Ford's customer service center on several occasions. I paid krieger Ford over $1,000 to replace the starter (their "quick" fix), replace the gem & fuse box & remove & re-seal the windshield. Ford responded to my letter by placing me on their promotional mailing list. Documentation available.

car image   Starter problem of the 1998 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 10/18/2003

I have had numerous problems with the starter and/or ignition in my 1998 F-150 Ford truck. Beach Ford in myrtle beach, SC has replaced the starter about 7 times and today the truck left me stranded.

car image   Starter problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 09/15/2003

Starter on F-150 sometimes "grinds" as if engine is running when first starting engine. Happens speratically. Once every two to three months. More often during colder weather.

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