pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
129,831 miles
Total Complaints:
85 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. helicoil insert (32 reports)
  2. not sure (28 reports)
  3. bigserts are inserts instead of helicoil (9 reports)
  4. tapered seat insert in head (not helicoil) (6 reports)
  5. cylinder head repair kit (5 reports)
  6. replaced cylinder head (3 reports)
2002 Ford F-150 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 5 of 5)

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problem #5

Sep 032010

F-150 4x4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


This happened to us twice on a move across the county. I can't believe the amount of info on this. Three different Ford dealers knew all about this problem, but Ford refuses to accept responsibility. We are done the Ford and trying to get the word out to the rest of the world. Even though this issue appears to be well known on line, we didn't know about it until it happened to us. Ford must be spending a lot of money to keep this quiet,

- , Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #4

Feb 142010

F-150 Supercrew 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

I spent ALL DAY in front of an auto parts place borrowing tools and trying to put a spark plug back in that blew out of my 5.4L Triton v8. The temp. was in the upper 30's and the wind was blowing about 15 mph. Sure would have been nice if Ford had the balls to take responsibility for this defective design and issued a recall to fix the problem. It has to be a defect considering the huge number of complaints there are for exactly the same problem.

- , Joshua, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 242009

F-150 Lightning 5.4L Supercharged

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

3 spark plug blew out of head and ruined coil when it exited the head. Ford dealer stated it was a known problem but Ford wouldn't issue a recall. Found website named blownoutsparkplug.com and flew their tech out to where the vehicle was and it was repaired where it sat. The owners of this niche business are Ric and Dave Mahlmeister based out of Southern California. It took Dave a little over 2 hours to fix the head, replace spark plugs and inspect all spark plug threads. The fix is guaranteed. Cost for this fix is 800.00 plus airfare and expenses if overnight stay is involved. This figure includes up to 2 thread replacement inserts, new spark plugs and new coil. I highly recommend this website in lieu of paying Ford 4K to pull the engine and replace the head, which is what is recommended by Ford.

- , Hermiston, OR, USA

problem #2

Apr 292009

F-150 XLT 4.6L V8 Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Blew spark plug from cylinder head. Out of truck for awhile. Did internet search. Lots of similar complaints. Problem has even spawned businesses to address the repairs. That tells me alot. I asked a 25-year Ford tech about it. He admitted to the problem. Ford doesn't admit to anything.

- , Seal Beach, CA, USA

problem #1

May 202008

F-150 Supercrew 4x4 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I have an 02 F-150 with the 5.4L V8 (modular) and have blown 2 spark plugs out of the motor. This is a problem that Ford has recognized and actually approved a company's product to use (www.fulltorque.com) for repairing the problem, but will not recall as a defect. I have spent $2200 in parts and labor (doing the absolute minimum) and I can hear another spark plug about to go. This has been a real pain in the ass.

- , Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

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