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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 18
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,475 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #25

Mar 202008

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103 miles


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.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #24

Mar 182008

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 F150 supercrew leaky windshield causing electrical parts to go on and off. I wish Ford would fix this problem im afraid to take the family in it in fear of an electrical fire.

- Califon, NJ, USA

problem #23

Feb 192008

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 410,000 miles
Vehicle dash lights would stay on when vehicle off. Door locks would lock and unlock by themselves while driving. And while the truck was off. Vehicle would be completely dead when go to start. After replacing with a new battery, truck would not start. Had a tow truck come and when he tried to start it, it started right up. After he shut off, it was completely dead would not start. Took truck to garage. It took mechanics 5 hours to find the problem. After checking all the relays and fuse boxes, etc. It ended up to be the fusebox under the dash. The fusebox was corroded and deteriorating due to water damage, which was causing the electrical problems. The mechanic said there was some type of leak from the windshield causing water to enter the fusebox. Thus causing the fusebox damage. The mechanics replaced the fusebox and a relay. I do have the old one that was damaged. He said the windshield needs to be taken out to be resealed on reinstalling. Which needs to be done yet. He said I was lucky not to have any major problems while driving or shorting which could lead to a fire problem.

- Washington Township, MI, USA

problem #22

Feb 062008

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


I have a 2002 Ford F-150 supercrew, about 6 months ago my electrical panel started having a mind of its own everytime it rains. My radio, windshield wipers, blinkers, tail lights and interior lights go off and on. I have almost been in several accidents due to this problem not being able to see because of windshield wipers not working and also because of blinkers not working. The problem is getting worse and I believe Ford should fix this since it is definitely several large safety issues.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #21

Sep 102007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
Possible windshield leakage causing extreme random electrical failure. Truck won't start if raining. Truck shuts off during operation. Particularly hazardous during highway operation. Electrical operations occur without warning, with or without keys in ignition.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #20

Aug 102007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
My F-150 pickup just started smoking then with in seconds was fully engulfed in flames resulting in me jumping out to save own life. Thankfully no one else was with me.

- Shadyside, OH, USA

problem #19

Aug 262006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


In late summer of 2006, my 2002 Ford F-150 began experiencing chassis electrical system malfunctions. Every time there was a rainstorm. Specifically, the windshield wipers ceased to work, the interior dome light would flash on & off, the blower motor for the heater would continue to run after shutting off ignition, the keyless entry system would not work, the ABS warning light would come on. I took the vehicle to Ford dealer # 1 who, when I described the symptoms, stated immediately that the problem was due to water leaking past the lower windshield seal and shorting out the GEM module and the fuse block mounted on the interior firewall. Dealer stated "this is an expensive repair, you might want to do the work yourself". as I didn't feel I had the ability to repair, I let it go for several weeks. In late November of 2006, I was driving to work before sunrise, in a very heavy rain, when the wipers shut off and the dome light came on making it impossible to see. I told my parents about this & they instructed me to take vehicle to Ford dealer # 2 for repair at their expense. Dealer # 2 was aware of the condition as well. The estimate for repair was $553 to repair the electrical components damaged by the moisture, and the vehicle would then have to be taken to a glass shop to have the windshield re-sealed. The work was declined, and I contacted Ford customer service explaining that as this was a safety related issue, known to both dealerships, I felt they should absorb some of the expense of making vehicle drivable during any weather condition. Request was denied. My contention is that since driving in a rainstorm without wipers and an erratic electrical system, and since both dealerships were acquainted with the condition, there should have been a voluntary recall, or at the very least, a tsb advising owners of the potential problem.

- Warren, PA, USA

problem #18

Nov 192006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
Drove my 2002 F 150 approximately 25 miles home and parked it. The truck has never given me any problems and wasn't making any noise. About 30 minutes later I noticed a orange fire ball realizing it was my truck. The truck was fully involved within minutes. The entire front end of the truck melted away. The drivers side wheel, hood, and everything connected to the engine block is non existent. This is in addition to the cab which there is nothing left either. I am the second owner of this truck, never received a recall notice in the mail. Im not sure what caused the fire. Fire marshall said it started in the engine compartment.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #17

Nov 152006

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
Wipers and radio work only when in park. Lights remain on even when in off position. Vehicle will sporadically not start. Problem started in the fall of 05 and persisted until summer 06, at which time all symptoms disappeared. Now in the fall of 06, all symptoms have returned.

- Bonanza , OR, USA

problem #16

Jan 182006

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
: the consumer stated the windshield wipers and radio work intermittently. The dome light remained illuminated. The wipers and the radio come on for a few minutes and then stop working. The windshield wipers come on intermittently with the switch in the off position. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #15

Oct 252005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,500 miles


Electrical system failed due to water leaking from faulty windshield installation.

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #14

Sep 112005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
After raining 4X4 indicator light flashes, windshield wipers and radio shut on and off while driving.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #13

Sep 232004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Ford F150 caught on fire while parked in the driveway. The vehicle was parked then approximately thirty minutes later, the horn began to hunk and the consumer had come outside and found the vehicle engulfed in flames in the cab portion of the vehicle.

- San Augustine, TX, USA

problem #12

Jun 042005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
Spark plug blew out of head on my 2002 Ford F150 (5.4L Triton V8) pickup on the passenger side of motor. No warning, everything was working properly then it just blew while driving. Lost power & coasted to the side of the road. Truck had to be towed to the local Ford dealer. Head is being replaced, truck is still under warranty. Time to get it back will be about a week & a half.

- Ithaca, NY, USA

problem #11

Mar 022005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving approximately 60 mph consumer heard a loud pop coming from the engine. Took vehicle to dealer for service, and it was determined that a spark plug blew out.

- La Crescent, MN, USA

problem #10

Jan 042005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
While parked in a work yard vehicle caught on fire. The cause has yet to be determined.

- Stafford, TX, USA

problem #9

Jan 142004

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 306 miles
Electrical: At 306 miles the solenoids had to be replaced. Upon shutting the vehicle off; the dash board would still illuminate. Also, upon shutting the vehicle off it would continue to run. This has happened a total of four times. The transmission completely failed with no warning. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer, and was told the windshield had a leak which corroded the electrical system. The electrical problems started at 44000 miles. The gasket had to be replaced, and the harness wiring had to be replaced also. Upon trying to start the vehicle again the battery would be completely dead.

- Fort Pierce, FL, USA

problem #8

Dec 082004

F-150 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
Vehicle blew out a spark plug, resulting in fuel going into the cylinder unburned. Then it washes down, pass the rings into the crank case, which could cause a fire or an explosion. Provide further details.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #7

Oct 012004


  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer noticed that all the electrically compliences failed. To come on its own. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic stated that the problem could not duplicated.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #6

Aug 272004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Spark plug blew out of the head. I hear this has happened to many times to mention. I have a 2002 hd - F-150 with 45,000 miles on it.

- Sumas, WA, USA

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