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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
129,638 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 engine problems

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

problem #63

Nov 192016

F-150

  • 73,000 miles

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

Vehicle in motion, city street, speed at 35mph. Sudden loud bang, engine started banging. Spark plug #4 blew out of engine head.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #62

Apr 032014

F-150

  • 124,729 miles
Started vehicle and heard a real loud bang followed by a load continuous popping sound. A spark plug got blown out of the engine and it took the cop with it so a fire could not start. We were stranded in bad weather.

- Vandalia, MI, USA

problem #61

Aug 292016

F-150

  • 190,000 miles
#3spark plug blew out of right cylinder head. Since the injector was still pumping fuel into the open chamber this could have caused an engine fire inow have found this to be somewhat of a problem with the 4.6 litre engine due to the aluminum heads.

- Danielson, CT, USA

problem #60

May 132016

F-150

  • 159,000 miles

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

The spark plug on the passenger side of my vehicle exploded out of the head as soon as I started the vehicle breaking the coil pack in the process. I purchased the vehicle used a year ago and since the plug blew out on me I discovered that this is not the first time this has happened to my truck so it is an ongoing problem.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #59

May 252016

F-150

  • 123,000 miles
While pulling up to a stop light my truck started popping and shaking. I pulled over and opened the hood to find out a spark plug had blown out of the motor. It exploded with such force it broke the coil over housing on the head. I have called Ford and they say they don't know of any issues of this. It is all over the internet about it. They are in court right now over the 2005 and up vehicles having the same issue. I am the original owner and have never had to replace the plugs so they are straight from the factory, and the truck has only 123,000 miles on it. It is now going to cost me over $400 to fix this one plug with no guarantee it won't happen to any other plugs. I'm retired on social security and cannot afford a new truck payment, or continue to fix their defects.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #58

Apr 122016

F-150

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

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #57

Sep 192015

F-150

  • 139,000 miles

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

About 6months ago, cruising about 60mph; heard a "pop", lost engine power, engine light on, ...pulled over and discovered #3 cylinder missing the spark plug and the cop broken. Had it towed home (approx 25miles); went online and discovered it's a systemic problem with many other Ford V8-V10 1997-2003 motors.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #56

Feb 052016

F-150

  • 92,364 miles
Spark plug ejected out of motor when I was pulling out of a driveway onto a city street.

- Glasgow, KY, USA

problem #55

Oct 312015

F-150

  • 96,212 miles
I blew the 3rd cylinder spark plug out on the passenger side, 2 times in 600 miles while driving at normal highway speeds. This caused raw fuel to leak onto the hot manifold causing a safety issue. I spent $1142.17 to have this issue repaired.

- Bismarck, ND, USA

problem #54

Oct 022015

F-150

  • 120,000 miles
Spark plug was ejected out of the engine.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #53

Oct 032015

F-150

  • 120,000 miles

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

Spark plug ejected from engine.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #52

May 062015

F-150

  • 37,000 miles
Exhaust manifolds have developed holes in them. I believe Ford's suppliers provided inferior materials in their casting of the manifolds. This not only offers more pollution to the atmosphere but is a possible fire hazard. My vehicle has been well cared for and has only 37000 original miles. I have vehicles built in the 1950 and their exhaust manifolds continue to function. I believe a recall on these vehicles is in order and Ford Motor Company should make the necessary repairs at their expense. Updated 10/01/15

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #51

Jun 212015

F-150

  • 97,000 miles
Driving home from the river towing my boat a spark plug blew out of the engine with no warning leaving me stranded in the middle of the desert.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #50

May 062015

F-150

  • 122,000 miles
Was driving my vehicle and the spark plug was blown out of the engine. Could have caught on fire. Never heard of this happing before until the tow truck driver told me his Expedition with a tritonv8 did the same thing. Dealer wanted $700 to fix the spark plug and $1200 total to replace all coil packs and plugs which is ridiculous for a non-custom pick up truck. What if my wife would have been driving and not known what to do" it could have caught fire or caused a crash. The dealer rattled off the estimate like they do it all the time which tells me this is a defect in manufacturing and why has this not been recalled"

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #49

May 122014

F-150

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. While driving at 5 mph, the engine stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. Updated 5/20/15

- Hockessin, DE, USA

problem #48

Apr 022015

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
While driving at 15 mph cylinder #5 spark plug liberated it self from the engine.

- Harwinton, CT, USA

problem #47

Mar 122015

F-150

  • 151,020 miles
The spark plugs were blown out of the heads; the threaded portion of the head was stripped; heli coils were used to correct the problem; this happened three times now in less than a month.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #46

Jul 012014

F-150

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the contact noticed smoke and an oil odor emitting from the front of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed that oil was leaking from the exhaust. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #45

Dec 302014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Driving on the freeway a spark plug came out of the engine causing the vehicle to shake and loose power. The dealer and a shop I took the vehicle to stated that this is a frequent problem with this engine.

- Kaysville, UT, USA

problem #44

Dec 252014

F-150

  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. While the vehicle was parked, smoke appeared under the hood and the vehicle caught fire. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

- Violet, LA, USA

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