Timing Tensioner Problems of Ford F-150

Ford F-150 owners have reported 8 problems related to timing tensioner (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   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 02/14/2018

Timing chain / timing chain tensioner defect in 2012-2014 ecoboost engine. Vehicle's timing chain loses tension and needs to be replaced at low mileage. Very costly repair, with estimated 13 hours labor. Design defect is being reported by more and more owners of vehicles with ecoboost engines released between 2012-2014. Ford motor corrected design defect in later models, but did not notify current owners or provide path to resolution if after 5 year/60k warranty.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 02/01/2017

Code p0016, timing chain tensioner and timing chain looseness on ecoboost Ford F-150. 2011 w low miles at 59,000. Common problem should be a recall.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2012 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 01/23/2017

The ses, service engine soon, light came on. I noticed my truck lacking power and taking longer to shift gears when accelerating. It become less of a smooth shift and more jerky. When traveling on the highway at ~70 mph, the engine would not hold 6th gear. It would drop to 5th and 4th gear, until I gave it more gas. It would reach 3500 rpm's at times before shifting which was not normal. I also noticed starting in the fall of 2016 a short loud abnormal noise at cold start. After researching these issues, this led me to TSB 14-0194, code p0016, dealing with the 3. 5l ecoboost engine. I took my truck to my local dealer and this was the issue. I have been the only owner of less than 5 years and was at 75,500 miles, out of the 60,000 mile warranty. I just had the repair done, costing me $3600. The repair included parts listed in TSB 14-0194 as well as timing belts, additional gaskets, seals, guides, tensioner, cam, sprocket, gear crankshaft, among others. I question how this known issue of timing chain stretch with the TSB is not a recall. This problem can cause an accident when accelerating on to a freeway. It can also cause an accident by suddenly downshifting while driving. I am glad my truck is fixed, however did not like the price tag. I fear that this known issue will lead to a deathly accident and it is unfortunate that a recall has not been issued yet. I hope this post helps make a change, saving consumers a costly repair and even someones life from a future accident.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 09/19/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds or while the vehicle was parked, a loud noise could be heard coming from the engine. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed with a cam phaser issue. The contact stated that the cam phaser, solenoid, and tensioner needed replacement. The vehicle was repaired, but the issue persisted with an even louder noise. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 01/19/2015

In all 04-10 f150 trucks with the 5. 4, lack of oil pressure can and will cause cam phaser failure resulting in the motor locking up or even shutting off damaging the timing chain guides and tensioners. This can become extremely dangerous as all 04-10 5. 4 motors experience oil pressure problems to the top end and all exhibit a knocking sound. I'm sure I'm not the first to complain as hundreds of thousands of people have had issues and accidents because of this incident. Please instigate and read the countless articles of these situations. Ford is causing people to pay up to 8 thousand dollars to repair this. It is a rip off scene by Ford and something should be done.

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car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 02/09/2012

When you accelerate at 40 to 50mph the engine struggles to pick up speed like it is not getting fuel. It has also stalled several times at various speeds causing me to put it in neutral while still rolling,or come to a stop, turn the key completely off and then restart. Took the vehicle to the Ford dealer and to be told it was the cam phasers which will cost about $2,900. 00 to fix were the problem. He also said the worst decision Ford ever made was using the 5. 4 triton v8 from 2005-2008. You would think if a manager of a Ford mechanic shop tells you this, I am not the only one having this problem. It also has a constant ticking noise in the engine which I was told is the tensioner for the timing chain. The truck currently has 138,000 miles.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 06/01/2011

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Ford f150. While driving approximately 25 mph the contact heard a knocking noise coming from the engine. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the dealer where the contact was informed the variable time cam phaser tensioner needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and a report was filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 115,428. Ds.

car image   Timing Tensioner problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 07/18/2008

Truck(83000 miles) was parked in driveway. Went and started and the truck began to sputter and shake and the check engine light came on. Truck would not accelerate and I took to dealer. Began to shake even more and lose power. Problem was timing chain tensioner failure which caused failure to engine. Engines needs replaced. Dealer explained that this can happen at any time and usually causes major engine damage and failure.

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