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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

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #65

Jan 012011

F-150

  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle cab rocker panels rusting off rear window leaking cruise control not working vehicle rusting and been in area with no salt on roads

- Westville, IN, USA

problem #64

Apr 122016

F-150

  • miles
Vehicle caught fire after being parked for 5 hours. Almost burnt my building down.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #63

Apr 012016

F-150

  • 91,000 miles
Loud noise spark plug blow out and caused sparks when opened the hood. Afraid it was going to catch fire so had it towed. According to mechanic is a Ford issue ongoing but no recall nor will Ford pay for it. 91120 miles on truck well maintained.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #62

Dec 012015

F-150

  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Turns signals didn't while driving in cold vehicle in cold weather. Once the temperature warmed up the inside of the vehicle the turn signals worked normally. I had no problems in the warm months of the year. Turn signal lever works properly on and off. Thought it was the flasher unit, replace it and had the same problem. When the vehicle is cold ( somewhere below 40 degrees Fahrenheit ) the turn signals do not work when steering wheel is in a lower tilt position. This is especially true if the temperature is close to freezing. When the cab of the pickup warms up signals will work. When the outside temperature is above 50 degrees F signals will work. The signal wires are stretched in the column by tilting the steering wheel down. The cold makes the wires stiff. When the wires warm up they flex to complete the circuit on the turn signal lever connection and active the signals properly. There may have been a recall on Ranger trucks for this issue. Would like to see one issued for this truck.

- Decorah, IA, USA

problem #61

Oct 142015

F-150

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. While the vehicle was parked, it caught fire. A fire report was not filed. The contact's daughter extinguished the fire. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 01/27/16

- San Tee, CA, USA

problem #60

May 092015

F-150

  • 160,000 miles
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.

- Port Huron, MI, USA

problem #59

Apr 022015

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 138,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at 15 mph cylinder #5 spark plug liberated it self from the engine.

- Harwinton, CT, USA

problem #58

Jan 052015

F-150 8-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
This is the second occurrence of this nature. The previous happened approximately in July of 2014. At that time the dealership said that the key was the problem and I paid for a new key and everything has been good until ~ 1/4/15. This time, the pats (anti-theft) system triggered and rendered the vehicle useless. After ~ 45 minutes it eventually started and I drove it to the dealership. It was there for 2 days and they couldn't get the system to trigger. Therefore, they had me come pick up the vehicle. Two days later, the vehicle rendered itself useless again through the pats system. The vehicle wouldn't start for 2 days as I tried to start it periodically as I was instructed by the dealership. Finally it started on the 3rd morning. When I originally took the truck in the two guys at the dealership said that this is a common problem in this year model. In fact when I told him of the issue I was having, the service manager asked if I had a 2002 F150. We had a good laugh when I said "yes, and that isn't a good sign that you know that- without seeing my vehicle." He explained that the tilt mechanism in the steering column damages the wire that runs from the key transponder area to the sending unit that tells the engine that this is the correct key. This was the night that they kept the truck for 2 days. This is a situation where a perfect operational vehicle is not functioning because of a chaffed wire or the wire has been pulled from its soldering point. I am the owner, yet I have the same chance of starting that truck as a car thief. It makes no sense. This didn't seem like a safety issue to me until I was stranded for 45 minutes in a parking lot and it was extremely cold. I envisioned someone turning their car/truck off for some reason in a place where the temp was well below freezing and freezing to death because this system has been triggered.

- College Station, TX, USA

problem #57

Oct 102014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 118,870 miles
Have noticed that the turn signals and tailbed brake lights do not work when moving the tilt wheel. Will work when steering wheel is placed in highest position. Have seen recall on Ranger trucks for this issue.

- Kettering, OH, USA

problem #56

Jun 022014

F-150

  • 230,000 miles
Odometer worked intermittently, sometimes would go out and then come back on. Now not working at all. Airbag light stays on. Updated 4/24/2015

- Allenstown, NH, USA

problem #55

Sep 262013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Spark plug ejected while driving on high way. This is the second time a plug has ejected. The first time the truck had 39000 miles, original factory torqued spark plugs.

- North Andover , MA, USA

problem #54

Aug 152013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 192,000 miles
Spark plug blew out of engine. This is the second time in a year on two different plugs. These are the original plugs.

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #53

Jul 162013

F-150

  • 178,000 miles
The truck was parked in the driveway and caught fire and was totaled.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #52

Feb 192013

F-150

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that after parking the vehicle for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, a loud noise was heard from the vehicle. The contact discovered that the vehicle had caught on fire from under the hood. The police and the fire department were contacted and a report was filed. The fire department advised him that the failure was caused by an electrical issue. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were unknown. The VIN was unavailable.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #51

Feb 152013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 186,498 miles
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.

- Albany, LA, USA

problem #50

May 272012

F-150

  • 195,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F150. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked in a residential driveway overnight when a fire erupted from under the hood of the driver's side. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The fire department was contacted who and arrived on the scene. The fire department concluded that the fire was caused by an electrical issue. A police and fire report was filed. There were no injuries reported. The manufacturer was not notified of the incident. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 195,000.

- Radley, LA, USA

problem #49

Mar 052012

F-150

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F150. The contact was driving 35 mph when the ignition caught on fire and melted the area where the ignition key was located. The contact merged onto the shoulder as the fire independently diminished. The contact received burns to the fingers. He then attempted to reinsert the key into the ignition however, to no avail. The vehicle was pushed to the contact's residence and later towed to the dealer. The dealer informed the contact that the ignition would need replacing. The contact also received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 11V385000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Tank assembly: Mounting) for corrosion of one or both of the fuel straps. The contact stated that the dealer would not repair the vehicle under the recall but was not advised as to why. The manufacturer was notified who offered no assistance and could not provide a reason why the dealer would not repair the vehicle under the recall. The vehicle was not repaired.the failure mileage was 101,000.

- Lawrence, MA, USA

problem #48

Dec 152011

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F150. The contact was driving approximately 70 mph with the cruise control activated and suddenly without intent the cruise control failed to operate. In addition, the horn would not sound upon engaging. The authorized dealer was notified and they informed the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 05V388000 (vehicle speed control). A few years later, the identical failure recurred. The vehicle had not been repaired for the most recent failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000....update 01/20/12 updated 01/25/12

- Van Buren , AR, USA

problem #47

Dec 052011

F-150

  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that various warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the GEM module failed due to a water leak. The contact was also informed that the module needed to be replaced and the windshield needed to be resealed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired because the necessary parts were on back order. The failure mileage was 103,000. The VIN was not available.

- Salem, NE, USA

problem #46

Nov 172011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 107,590 miles
Spark plug blew out of plug hole, stripping threads of intake cylinder head. Plug was found laying between valve cover and intake manifold.

- Kelso, WA, USA

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