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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
130,551 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 engine problems

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #42

Nov 162014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 134,600 miles


Spark plug blew out of head.

- Garfield, NJ, USA

problem #41

Nov 132014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
2002 F150 harley davidson edition with only 75,000 miles blew a spark plug out of the head. Ford admits no culpability even though they have tsb's. estimate to repair plug & change out other 7 spark plugs with 8 new coils was $2800. I could almost purchase a new engine for that. Found a reputable garage to do the work for around $900 total. Understand that I should get used to this happening until all 8 spark plug holes have been repaired. Ford man for 35 years. Own 3 currently. If dependability is no longer a priority for Ford don't know what I will do.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #40

Nov 112013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Another spark plug blew out of cylinder head taking threads with it. Possible fire hazard as fuel spews into engine compartment with live sparks close by.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #39

Apr 042011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles


Spark plug blew out of #2 cylinder taking threads with it required special insert for new plug cost $400 possible fire hazard as fuel blows into engine compartment and spark plug is still firing.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #38

Sep 222014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
While driving my vehicle under very normal circumstances, traveling approximately 30mph, my truck began to run very rough and there were loud popping noises coming from the top of the passenger side valve cover. It turned out to be a blown-out spark plug and coil pack.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #37

Sep 082014


  • 200,006 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the spark plugs detached from the cylinder head and caused the vehicle not to perform properly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,006.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #36

Aug 082014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 168,000 miles


Engine quits running and wont restart, so you have no power steering or brakes. Problem indicators are 1. engine wont restart/ or quit running 2. odometer reads all dashes, no numbers,3. anti theft activated. This is caused by the power wire in the fuse box under the hood corroding off for the PCM relay and leaving the PCM dead.

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #35

Mar 222014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 204,000 miles
On March 22, 2014, the truck was parked in a local parking lot, the ignition key was removed and the truck was locked. The driver returned to the truck to find that while it was parked, a fire had begun in the engine compartment of the truck, and the fire department and police department were on the scene putting out the fire. Because of the quick actions of an individual parked nearby who used a fire hose to contain the fire until the fire department arrived, the cabin and the body of the truck were spared, and the damage was localized to the engine compartment. The cause of the fire was the speed control deactivation switch.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #34

Mar 122014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
Spark plug failure as accelerating from a stop light, and engine problem resulting from 7 cylinder operation. Got it to a mechanic and he was able to sleeve the spark plug thread and install a new plug. Now the same is starting again. I am taking the vehicle to the mechanic to make permanent repairs for all the spark plug. This may end up with the engine heads being removed in order to make complete repairs, and the cost for that will be thousands of dollars. This is a Ford engine design problem that Ford has been aware of, yet they continue to deny any responsibility.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #33

Jun 072014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Spark plug blew on my F150 king ranch.

- Harrison Township, MI, USA

problem #32

Jul 162011


  • 145,000 miles


On more than one occasion spark plug and coil for #4 cylinder has blown out. Few times I was able to tighten down the plug and replace the coil. Last time it happened it messed up the threads. Had to buy a special plug to put in along with a rethread part. Now I can not every replace that spark plug do to having the threading housing.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #31

Mar 242014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 206,000 miles
Was driving down the road at 35 mph and heard a pop then the engine started to run rough. Took to the mechanic said that I had a blown spark plug.

- Pierre, SD, USA

problem #30

Apr 132011

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,730 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 65-75 mph, the engine would hesitate then surge forward when the contact was attempting to accelerate. The failure was recurring. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic, who stated that the egr sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacture was not alerted of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 58,730. The VIN was not available....updated 03-12-14

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #29

Jan 042014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
A spark plug ejected from the right side head of the engine head while running down the hwy at 60 mph. The head might be damaged. I haven't had a chance to get it fixed. Been a Ford truck guy all my life & I can't believe Ford hasn't accepted any responsibility of any portion or kind for this. My estimated expense to repair this is $1,000 to $3,000 depending on any damage to the head etc.. I paid $4200 for the truck in April of is in very good condition & to good to junk in my opinion. Besides I can't afford to buy another truck so I have to try to fix it. This is beyond disappointing, it is a major blow to the budget etc. Etc. Etc......

- Wisconsin Dells , WI, USA

problem #28

Jan 242014


  • 134,000 miles
Engine threw a spark plug out of the hole, broke the mount for the coil pack. This is the third time I have had this issue.

- Versailles, KY, USA

problem #27

Dec 042013


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle made a loud noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that there was a blown spark plug that needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 170,000.

- Russellville , AR, USA

problem #26

Nov 012013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
#4 spark plug blew out of the engine. Stripping the threads from the block.

- Townville, SC, USA

problem #25

Sep 262013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
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 #24

Sep 132013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 252,000 miles
I was driving about 60 mph on a county road when the number 3 spark plug blew out of the cylinder head. I was able to stop safely, but the incident scared my 5 year old daughter. Because of the plug blowing out me and my daughter were stuck on the side of the road for about an hour in the Florida sun waiting on someone to come and get us and the truck. I called around and several repair shops stated it would cost me between $700 and a $1000. After doing extensive research online I discovered this is a major problem for the 5.4 Triton engine. I called Ford and they said the repair cost would be on me to fix. I feel that there needs to be a recall because of this defect in the cylinder head.

- Lake Butler, FL, USA

problem #23

Sep 172013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 106,800 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that he heard a loud banging noise coming from under the hood. Upon inspection, the contact discovered that the spark plug had become loose and had ejected from the cylinder head. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure and current mileage was 106,800....updated 11-12-13 according to the invoice, the #2 spark plug blew out of the head. The vehicle was repaired. Updated 11/19/13

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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