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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 32
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,416 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 engine problems

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #54

Jan 102016

F-150

  • 170,000 miles

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

In 12-14 and 1-10-2016 the butterfly in the throttle body stuck and vehicle wouldn't slow down. 1st incident -10F, came from warm garage, interstate, cruise control in use, in about 15 minutes of driving eventually speed got to 85mph on its own, cruise shut off and vehicle maintained 85 mph, once stopped throttle and cruise cable were checked and free, butterfly was stuck partially open when manually moved and broke free, problem went away; 2nd date -5F came from warm garage, interstate, cruise on, 20 minutes into trip, similar results, weather clear low humidity, vehicle would not slow down, cruise shut off, no-load engine speed over 5000 RPM, vehicle speed 65mph on level with no throttle input, cables when checked were free, brakes would barely slow vehicle, engine operated normally once butterfly was broke free but problem reoccurred about 30 minutes later. Ford F150 XLT 4.6L automatic supercrew, no problem noted when weather is warmer

- Norwalk, IA, USA

problem #53

Feb 072013

F-150

  • 150,000 miles
There was a recall for the cruse control, it was replaced by Ford, because it could cause a fire, the new one worked for about a year and stop working, never work after that. 2nd item is rear window and drivers passanger window leak rain water inside the cab, leaks everytime it rains in motion or stationary.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #52

May 042015

F-150 6-cyl

  • 702,000 miles
I was driving to the office, and approached a red light so I started slowing down. Once I reached 15 mph my 2002 4.2 L F150 accelerated extremely high. I was applying the brake but the truck was still slowly moving, so with my foot still on the brake I turned into the office parking lot. I tried to put it in park but it was a struggle, I called my daughter outside when I was in the office parking lot, and she told me the rear tires were spinning. When I finally got it in park I turned the truck off. I gave it approximately one minute and turned the truck back on, and it was still accelerating extremely high so I turned the truck back off so it wouldn't damage my engine. After an hour I turned the truck back on, and the truck was back to normal. After doing a bit of research I saw tons of articles with instances similar to mine, so I disconnected the cruise control switch and took it to the nearest shop.

- Ft Worth, TX, USA

problem #51

Sep 232014

F-150

  • miles

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

I parked the vehicle and 20 minutes later discovered the vehicle on fire. Further investigation revealed that master cylinder was totally engulfed in flame. The fire damaged the wire harness, air filter, fuse box and completely melted the cylinder.

- Christiansted , VI, USA

problem #50

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 #49

Aug 162014

F-150 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving on the highway, I pushed the on button for the cruise control and pushed the set/excel button at 70 mph. After a minute or so I looked down and was going 75 and accelerating. I tapped the break which had no effect. I tapped the break several more time but the truck kept accelerating. I pushed the off button several times while continuing to pump the break. The cruise control finally went off. Several miles down the road I tried to use the cruise control again with the same results. My truck is a 4.2L V6 and has had the recall taken care of several years ago. This appears to have happened to several other people and could have had a disastrous outcome.

- Harrisburg, MO, USA

problem #48

Apr 162014

F-150

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle burst into flames after the alarm sounded. The contact personally extinguished the flames. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number 05V388000 (vehicle speed control). The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 138,000.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #47

Nov 082013

F-150

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F150. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked and not operating when it caught on fire. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. The contact indicated that the vehicle was destroyed and only the bed of vehicle remained. No additional information was available regarding the incident. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Freeport, TX, USA

problem #46

Feb 262014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 154,000 miles
Throttle body linkage "plastic cover clamshell" cracked in half at plastic hinge (oxidized plastic). Loose plastic cover wedged open throttle fully causing "dangerous life threatening" driving stuck at full throttle. I have the cover and photos if you want me to send them.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #45

Aug 242013

F-150

  • 72,899 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 60 mph, he attempted to increase speed via the cruise control steering wheel controls. After reaching the target speed, the vehicle continued to accelerate and the cruise control failed to deactivate. The contact shut off the vehicle to regain control. The vehicle was not repaired or diagnosed. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 72,899.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #44

Apr 032013

F-150

  • 175,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while the vehicle was unoccupied, it ignited into flames. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was completely destroyed. Prior to the failure, there was a brake fluid leakage. There was a recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05V388000 (vehicle speed control). The contact experienced the similar consequence as mentioned in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 175,000.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #43

Apr 092012

F-150

  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while reversing from of residential garage, sparks and smoke started to emit from the steering column. The contact mentioned that the failure stopped once the vehicle was shut off. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 05V388000 (vehicle speed control). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 142,000.

- Hereford, AZ, USA

problem #42

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 #41

Oct 212011

F-150 6-cyl

  • miles
I am reporting this incident as the person who's car was affected by the fire. I parked my car next to a 2002 Ford F150, and after being home for about an hour and a half, a police officer came to my door and told me that my car (VW jetta) was involved in a car fire. Apparently the F150 caught fire and burned my car, a bush, and another car. The fire marshal on scene explained to me that Ford had a recall on multiple vehicles that had this problem. The F150 in question is totaled and has to be towed off the property. I have since come inside and found the switchfires.com website, and clicked on the link provided below, which in turn has led to giving in my info, and discussing my dilemma.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #40

Jul 182011

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
Faulty cruise control shorted out causing fire in the engine compartment and damaging some wires, air filter housing, fuse box, brake master cylinder, hood strut and hood.

- Conway, AR, USA

problem #39

Jul 072011

F-150

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F150. The contact stated the vehicle caught fire at his home; destroying the vehicle and the home. The fire department assisted with putting out the fire, but the contact did not receive a report. A recall notice for the vehicle cruise control was received by the contact; stating that if not repaired, the vehicle may catch fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The dealer nor manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 160,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Euless, TX, USA

problem #38

Apr 192011

F-150

  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked and idle when it ignited in flames. The contact was able to extinguish the fire using a water hose. The vehicle was destroyed. Two vehicles that were parked near the contacts vehicle sustained damages from the fire. The police and fire department responded but neither a police of fire report was filed. The fire department stated that the fire was similar to ones they had witnessed that started from the cruise control. The vehicle was not diagnosed for the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 102,000.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #37

Apr 092011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 210 miles
Engine fire; brakes reservoir/master cylinder caught fire sitting in yard.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #36

Apr 012011

F-150

  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F150. The contact stated that the vehicle caught on fire while parked and sitting idle. The fire was extinguished and the vehicle was taken to the dealer who informed him that the cruise control switch had burned the master cylinder, cruise control cable and the wiring that connected the master cylinder to the cruise control. The manufacturer did not offer the contact any assistance in repairing the vehicle. The vehicle was repairable but was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was unknown.

- Bainbridge, GA, USA

problem #35

Feb 282011

F-150

  • 134,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F150 super-crew. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V388000 (vehicle speed control) was performed approximately two years ago but the repair did not correct the failure. While he inspected the vehicle he found the speed control deactivation switches were not replaced. The deactivation switch was leaking fluid abnormally. The manufacturer would not assist with the repair. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 134,000.

- Pounding Mill , VA, USA

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