Gasoline Engine Problems of Ford F-250 - part 1

Ford F-250 owners have reported 43 problems related to gasoline engine (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2003 Ford F-250 1
Failure Date: 04/05/2008

I was driving on hwy 59 south to home when a spark plug blew out of my 2003 F-250 with 5. 4 motor. Number 3 passenger spark plug blew out, truck only has 53,000 miles on it. Truck was towed to dealership and they acted like they never heard of such but that they had a kit to fix it. Cost to fix was $454. 36, then the told me no warranty on the fix. Plus tow bill of $149. 00 Ford motor company knows of this defect and refuses to do anything!.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 2
Failure Date: 03/23/2008

Spark plug popped out.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 3
Failure Date: 03/05/2008

I have a 1999 Ford f250 with a triton 5. 4l v8 engine. In March of this year it blew out a spark plug from the cylinder head. After researching this I've found it to be a common problem with these engines. This could have been disastrous due to the fuel vapor that was coming from the exposed cylinder. The smell of gas in the cab was substantial. I had to replace the engine at a cost of $4521. It is just a matter of time before some one gets hurt or worse from a fire caused by this problem.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 4
Failure Date: 11/28/2007

This is the second issue that I have had with my Ford 5. 4 liter truck. The first was a famous firestone tire blowout in rush hour traffic that could have easily killed me and several others, as I was traveling 60 mph across a bridge. It caused about $3500 damage to the bed of my truck. Today, a spark plug blew out. The threads are gone. I am the only owner of the truck, so I know nothing has been damaged before. I have smelled fuel for the past two days and couldn't come up with an answer. I had scheduled to take it in to the shop tomorrow, but it didn't make it that long. There seems to be many people with the same issue. Will Ford stand up to the plate and remedy the issue, please? in calling the dealer today, their comment was "wow, we've never seen that before. " that really infuriates me, as I know they have dealt with many of them. Just do a simple search on the internet and you will find hundreds. I am yet to get it fixed, as I hope the dealer will do something about it. I'm not prepared to spend thousands on what should have never been an issue.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2002 Ford F-250 5
Failure Date: 09/28/2007

I own a 2002 F-250 sd truck which has the 5. 4 triton engine in it. On September 28,2007, I was driving down the road and the # 3 spark plug ejected out of the cylinder head in which stripped all the threads in the cylinder head and the spark plug. I have the spark plug. I am having the problem repaired by an independent auto shop. I have done some research on this situation and found this has happened alot from 1998 to 2003. The plugs are tapered and the plugs have 12 threads , but only 4 threads are the cylinder head which means that the spark plug is only held by 4 threads. I believe Ford motor company has an engineering flaw and should be held responsible for the cost of the repairs. Updated 02-13-08 updated 02/13/08.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2001 Ford F-250 6
Failure Date: 09/18/2007

My 2001 Ford F-250 super duty ejected a spark plug out of the # 8 cylinder.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2001 Ford F-250 7
Failure Date: 07/23/2007

Spark plug (#3) blown out of a 5. 4 l v8 triton Ford engine. 2,000. 00 miles past warranty(100,000) has already cost 1,450 and truck is still broken down. Ford recommending an engine tear down which will most likely cost more than the truck's worth. I am noticing that this is a very common Ford problem, I am wondering why the aluminum head hasn't been recalled? the explosion from the ejecting spark plug has damaged the #3 cylinder and my engine might need to be rebuilt or replaced. This as we know is very costly and when the vehicle is only worth 10k for trade in, running it is hard to know what to do. I hope this makes its way to someone who can change something because it appears to be a common and pricey problem.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1997 Ford F-250 8
Failure Date: 03/10/2007

1997 Ford f25. This was the second spark plug to blow out of head. First repair cost $450. 00, this time it cost me my truck, 2 cameras, gps, laptop computer and several other items as the truck cought on fire when spark plug hit fuel inection rail an started a fuel fire that burnt the truck to ground. Total loss. Burned my hands trying to save items in cab. Had a fire extinguisher, but high pressure fuel lines sprayed fire to fast. My girl friend, her dog, and I had 30 seconds to get out. In 2 minutes the cab was engulfed in flames. I will be dismantling this engine as I am a mechanic and machinist and plan to prove there were not enough threads securing spark plugs in thee alumin um heads. There were standards outlined for machining threads.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2001 Ford F-250 9
Failure Date: 01/05/2007

My vehicle is equipped with the 6. 8 liter v-10 the engine keeps blowing the spark plugs out of the top of the motor when this occurs raw gas escapes through the hole all over the engine until you can pull over and shut the vehicle off all though it is not much gas it is still very flammable and could result in a fire and possibly causing you to loss control and crash.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2002 Ford F-250 10
Failure Date: 01/04/2007

No warning , the spark plug just blew out of the cylinder head with a loud bang while driving down the road. Ford motor company denied responsibility and placed the blame on one of it's dealers who previously had replace an ignition coil on a different cylinder. Neither party wanted to accept responsibility for the repair cost. This vehicle is used for business purpose and it gets expensive when it is not in service. After a week of phone calls and correspondence between the dealer and Ford and getting no where I had a local mechanic repair the vehicle a my cost.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2001 Ford F-250 11
Failure Date: 01/02/2007

The # 7 spark plug blew out of my 2001 Ford f250 super duty (5. 4l engine). It cost $1761. 61 from the dealership to fix this problem. The plugs were original from the factory. There was 74254 miles on the vehicle and Ford does not recommend plugs until 100,000 mi. Further research has shown that this seems to be a very common problem with this engine and Ford dealership claims they do not know anything about it. I contacted Ford motor CO. And got a similar response. This can be a life threatening problem if the plug damages the fuel lines and starts a fire. I was lucky to not have this happen this time, but I have at least 7 more chances for this to occur. Ford needs to be held liable for this problem. Please help!! I see by the next questions that a death might get results. I hope this is not the case.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2007 Ford F-250 12
Failure Date: 12/13/2006

Electronic throttle control (drive by wire) fails intermittently. Engine goes to idle with absolutely no response to the throttle pedal while driving. Pedal assembly has been replaced twice and the pcm once. Vehicle has less than 1500 miles.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 13
Failure Date: 06/22/2006

I simply pulled out of the driveway heard a loud pop the truck started missing very bad. Looked under the hood to find the #4 plug had blown out. If it had hit the fuel rail very hard my mechanic said it could had ruptured and caused a fire. After looking online I found this a flaw in motor head design by Ford may truck is now in the shop. This is my second time this has happened in 8 weeks.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2005 Ford F-250 14
Failure Date: 04/26/2006

F-250 sd 4x4 short bed pu 5. 4l gas engine 4. 10 rear end lacks power to tow a 5th wheel (7800 lbs. ) up grades on national highways. Vehicle struggles at 45 mph to make the hills engine requires over 4000 rpm to maintain or improve speed. Vehicle gets 6 mpg while towing.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 15
Failure Date: 03/26/2006

I have a well maintained truck with av10 engine. I drove the truck home and parked it. The next time I started the truck the crankshaft and two rods broke. I use this truck with a camper. If this had happened on the highway with the camper on, a serious accident would have resulted. I cannot even get anyone to tell me why this happened to prevent it from happening again. I talked to Ford in detroit and to a dealer who services the car. The engine only had 75000 miles on it. This is not the only case I have heard of this happening to v10 engines. I think the question of why this happened is reasonable and yet I cannot get an answer. This is safety issue. Thank you.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2000 Ford F-250 16
Failure Date: 11/25/2005

I have experienced three spark plug blowouts on my Ford F-250 pickup truck which has a 5. 4 liter engine. It is a 2000 model. The spark plug can no longer be reinserted due to damage caused by the ejection. A head replacement was the only remedy offered by the dealership at a rather significant cost to me for what appears to be a prevalent defect.

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car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1997 Ford F-250 17
Failure Date: 04/30/2005

While driving along a spark plug was blown out of the cylinder with the insuing loud banging scaring the driver and almost causing an accident. Ford dealer rethreaded spark plug hole and replaced spark plug.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2001 Ford F-250 18
Failure Date: 04/22/2005

The cylinder head in my 2001 Ford F-250 super duty truck blew out a spark plug. The dealer has quoted a $3,000 repair. The repair requires replacement of the drivers side cylinder head. Research of this problem indicates that Ford has been having problems with cylinder head failures in the 5. 4 liter triton v-8 motor. The apparent cause is due to the number of screw threads available to contain the spark plug. This cylinder head spark plug ports have 4 to five threads available to engage the plug, which is about half of what one would normally expect to find. Spark plugs blowing out of a cylinder head are rare or so I thought. There are numerous posts on line of people who have had the same thing happen, on various Ford products which use the triton v-8 motor. The mileage at which failure occurs is varied. The dealer informs me that I have no recourse with Ford, since my vehicle is out of warranty.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 19
Failure Date: 12/26/2004

Without prior warning, number 3 cylinder spark plug ejected violently when driving on interstate at 65 mph - damaged coil pack and cylinder head - resulted in immediate loss of power. Vehicle returned to bishop, CA (nearest town, approx. 10 miles) and left at shop there for three days while repair completed. Repair failed a second time in February, 2005. Vehicle repaired again and subsequently sold.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1997 Ford F-250 20
Failure Date: 10/16/2004

I own a 1997 Ford f250 truck. On the below listed date, while driving at 0430 hrs in the morning on a two lane roadway, the third spark plug on the passenger side blew out of the cylinder head. I looked up information on internet and found that this problem has been occurring without warning or fault of the drivers/owners for a number of years. This just happened today and I have not contacted any repair service yet. It is obvious that this is a problem and Ford has not recognized the design fault. I was lucky I was able to get off the road safely due to the lack of engine power from this problem. My complaint is that the Ford motor company has known about this safety issue for several years and done nothing to notify owners of the potential dangerous situation not to mention unwarranted cost to vehicle owners that could possibly prevent this if it was known. It is pertanant that someone or some organization with standing and power deal with the Ford motor company on this issue. Thanks for your time.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2000 Ford F-250 21
Failure Date: 06/19/2003

Driving at 45 mph , I heard a loud bang and the engine started missing. I stopped on the side of the road and discovered the boot assembly & spark plug were missing. The next day I bought a spark plug and a boot and put it back together (somewhat) and went back home. This all happened 200 miles from home on a fishing trip. I contacted the dealer and was informed Ford was not doing any out of warranty service, I had 54687 miles on my 2000 F-250 5. 4 l. After many phone calls and heated discussions with the dealer , they said Ford would pay for the parts if I paid the labor ,this cost me $1385. 26. This was the #5 spark plug. On August 3, 2003 at 57646 miles the #2 spark plug blew out resulting in the same repair as before , but this time the dealer called it a "po7 " goodwill warranty "given" to me for $495. 00. Both times the respective head was replaced. I had not tampered with any of the spark plugs, because in the owners manual it stated the spark plugs are good for 100,000 miles. This vehicle is my personal vehicle and not used for any type of commercial use.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 1999 Ford F-250 22
Failure Date: 11/10/2002

No summary. Dt.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2002 Ford F-250 23
Failure Date: 10/21/2002

Consumer states her truck 's engine keep racing even though her foot is on the brakes, it keeps raving as if wants to go, and if you lighten up on the brakes just a little it jumps forward. Ts.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2002 Ford F-250 24
Failure Date: 06/27/2002

Consumer had the brakes changed two different times, but problem still persists. Dealer has been notified. The vehicle dies while driving due to cam sensor failure. The gas gauge reads 1/2 full after driving 40 miles due to fuel sending unit failure.

car image   Gasoline Engine problem of the 2001 Ford F-250 25
Failure Date: 05/05/2002

When the vehicle is at a complete stop and consumer will try to start moving vehicle will go into idle and not move for about 10-15 seconds before moving again. Contacted dealer, and theyare aware of problem, but can't remedy it.


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