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really awful
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 4 of 4)

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problem #5

May 022004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,379 miles


Windshield seal leaked (rain) along roofline causing multiple electrical problems. Vehicle has multiple system warning lights visible on dash. Short circuit sounds coming from behind dashboard. Warning lights, blower motor and head lights operate without key in the ignition causing battery to be drained. Wipers cut off without warning. Door windows stop working without warning. Vehicle shifts into four-wheel drive without warning. Engine races while parked (revs to 4000 RPM and returns to normal). Sales man informed that Ford will not cover the problem because the truck is out of warranty and to bring truck to dealer (5/3/04). Truck would not start until 5/8/04. Seal to windshield separated from vehicle on left side while driving to dealership (5/10/04). The truck now has excessive wind noise. Truck will no longer start (5/11/04). I called FordS customer and requested that a representative from Ford inspect the truck. Customer service asked that the truck be towed to a Ford dealer. Truck was towed to local dealer. Dealer did not want to help me contact Ford after I informed them that the truck has a defective windshield seal. Dealership informs me on 5/13/04 that the zone supervisor from Ford said that there was nothing that could be done about the problem. In addition, dealer refuses to put statement in writing. The dealer also informed me that for a fee, they could seal the windshield and diagnosis the problem but the dealership where the truck was purchased from should do the repairs.

- Macomb Twp., MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 302004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,180 miles
Sparkplugs blew out of the head at 65 mph on svt lightning. Service manager indicated Ford is aware of this happening but they are not issuing a recall. He stated they put out a "what to do" if a vehicle comes in with this problem. Unfortunately, that does not help us consumers who have to fork the bill.

- Knob Noster, MO, USA

problem #3

Jul 102003


  • miles
Electrical system fails intermittently, causing headlights and other electronic components to blink.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 022003


  • miles
Hello, I'm writing to complain about my friends 2002 Ford lightning which launched a spark plug through the head. I've heard that this problem has been happening to many of these trucks, and I think the problem needs to be resolved. How about a recall.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 052002

(reported on)


  • miles
The rear door locks will not open unless the lock is manually unlocked. The front doors will unlock and open by using the inside door handle. The rear doors will not do this. You must first unlock the rear door manually (for with the power locks), then open the door with the inside door handle. I feel that this condition is a safety issue because if there is an instance where someone is riding in the rear seat and the person must exit the vehicle in a hurry, they may become disoriented and forget to first unlock the rear door manually. They will get panicky then until they realize, if they do, what is happening. This is especially true in the case of older children who are old enough to operate a car door by themselves.**** dims 11 IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****769311.

- Richmond, TX, USA

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