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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
113,369 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 fuel system problems

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

problem #55

Mar 312016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 201,593 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. While walking past the vehicle, the contact noticed a strong odor of fuel. The contact discovered that the fuel tank straps were corroded and created a hole in the fuel tank, which caused fuel to leak from the tank. The contact was informed by the dealer that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V385000 (fuel system, gasoline) but the remedy could not be performed at the time due to the corrosion of the fuel tank. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 202,000. The VIN was not available. Updated 05/31/2016

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #54

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 #53

May 072013


  • 146,000 miles
The rear portion of the frame is rotten to the point that the let springs hangers are ready to break off the frame and the spare tire holder is also ready to fall off. I just replaced the rear spring shackles due to the were also rotten and broke. The gas tank straps were also a problem due to rust but Ford though enough of the problem there was a recall on that, Toyota had a problem with rusted frames and did a massive recall on that issue. Why hasn't Ford done the same thing" the frame should be the last thing one needs to worry about with any vehicle. The truck currently has 146000 miles and now we need to figure out what the next move will be with this vehicle. Repair it, junk it or trade it ????"

- Voluntown, CT, USA

problem #52

Mar 052012


  • 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 #51

Nov 232011


  • 130,556 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V385000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Tank assembly: Mounting) on November 23, 2011. The fuel tank had been leaking fuel ever since the repair. The contact stated that the leak was caused by the straps being taken off and replaced. The contact felt that the manufacturer should be obligated to repair the fuel take in addition to repairing the fuel tank straps. The failure mileage and current mileages were 130,556.

- Leicester, NY, USA

problem #50

Nov 152011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
Driving with two kids in truck hear bumping sound pull over strap broken and gas coming out of tank get home call seabreeze Ford hes aware of problem get it their said gas tank strap rusted to the fuel tank so when strap broke it ripped a hole in fuel tank he also said could not have done a replacement on strap because it already bonded to tank rusted together Ford will only pay for straps at this time service man even the said faulty straps breaking ripped the hole in the tank lucky no fire how can they not accept a caused B bad straps caused ripped hole in gas tank.

- Avon, NJ, USA

problem #49

Nov 142011


  • 131,000 miles


Again here is VIN # as appear on title will not let me enter in box at top of form why why why VIN 1 [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Avon, NJ, USA

problem #48

Oct 282011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I received a recall on my Ford F-150 pickup, replace fuel tank straps. I called and made a appointment. When I got to the dealership, they took my truck to the service department. They informed me, they didn't have the parts to repair it. It was unsafe to drive, but wanted me to sign a waver, which would hold me accountable, if the straps broke, and caused an accident.they wanted me to drive the truck home!! I had to leave the truck at the dealership. I wasn't going to drive a dangerous truck home? this is Friday, they won't have the parts until Tuesday to fix it. What a pain!!! they wouldn't even give me a rental to drive, they had to drive me home!!

- Austinville, VA, USA

problem #47

Sep 262011


  • 33,278 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F150. The contact stated the fuel straps bore a hole in the fuel tank and caused the fuel to leak. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that they would repair the straps under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V385000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Tank assembly: Mounting) but they would not repair the hole that the strap caused in the fuel tank. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but advised that they would only repair the straps under the recall. They offered no further assistance. The failure mileage was 33,278.

- Mccutchenville, OH, USA

problem #46

Dec 152010


  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150 XLT. The contact stated that the natural fuel tank was leaking. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who advised the contact that the natural compressed tank O-ring was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and the contact was awaiting a response. The failure mileage was approximately 86,000.

- Watermill, NY, USA

problem #45

Sep 262011


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that she noticed that fuel was leaking from the fuel tank after receiving the recall notice associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V385000 (component: Fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting). The manufacturer and dealer were made aware of the failure, but refused to repair the fuel tank because the recall was only addressing failures associated with the fuel tank straps. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 90,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 10/27/11 updated 3/30/12

- Wellsburg, WV, USA

problem #44

Sep 202011


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 11V385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting). The contact also stated that he fuel tank was leaking as a result of the corroded straps, but the dealer would not replace the fuel tank because it was not part of the recall. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic and the fuel tank was replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Paragon, IN, USA

problem #43

Aug 082011

F-150 6-cyl

  • miles
Straps broke on gas tank while driving causing it to falloff an break.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #42

Jul 302011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
Fuel tank straps failed while driving resulting in the tank dropping. The front of the tank contacted the road surface resulting in a leak and spilling of approximately 21 gals of fuel on the road. No fire resulted but the hazmat team was required to clean up the spilled fuel. The 2002 F 150 was towed to a Ford dealer for repair.

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #41

Jul 142011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
Fuel tank straps rusted out causing fuel tank to breakaway from the vechicle. Fuel tank dragged on the highway spilling entire 25 galons of fuel. Fire department was called to remove the tank before the truck could be towed. Fuel tank is damaged beyond repair needing replacement.

- North Reading, MA, USA

problem #40

Jun 282011


  • 138,125 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. While the vehicle was parked the contact stated it caught fire. The police and fire department were notified of the fire. The fire department extinguished the fire. A report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. There was damage to the roof of the building where the vehicle was parked. A consumer who occupied the building observed that the vehicle was on fire, suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 06E056000 (fuel system, gasoline) that may be related to the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,125.

- Bergenfield, NJ, USA

problem #39

Jul 072011


  • 122,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contacted stated that while driving 5 mph he heard a loud banging noise and noticed that the fuel tank was dragging on the ground. No fuel leaked out of the tank. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was informed that the straps which held the fuel tanks in place fractured due to corrosion. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 122,000.

- Wyoming , PA, USA

problem #38

Jul 052011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 116,210 miles
I was traveling on rt. 64 heading East toward rt 59 in West Chicago when I suddenly heard a thud followed by a scraping noise coming from what I first thought was the bed of my 2002 F150. I pulled off the road to check and didn't see anything wrong from the suspected area. I drove a little longer and when the noise wasn't stopping, I pulled over again and noticed one of the brackets holding my gas tank was dragging and the front half of my gas tank was on the ground. The bracket was rusted through and fallen away on one side. I was absolutely shocked at this problem because I had just had my truck in the shop a few months before and there was no mention of any rust issue with the bracket from the shops I had been in. I had the fuel pump and filter replaced in Jan. 2010 and there was no mention of rust issues with the bracket then.

- West Chicago, IL, USA

problem #37

Jun 112011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 166,867 miles
The straps holding the gas in place on my 2002 F150 failed on the expressway causing the tank to drop to the ground at 65mph. By the time I was able to stop, a rip in the tank caused all of the fuel to leak out. Luckily no sparks of fire. I was never informed of a potential problem from the dealership I regularly get serviced at. I researched this issue online, and found many similar complaints. This could have been tragic/fatal, for me and all the other people driving around me. I am not one to write complaints, but I am upset at the danger this put me in and the time and cost of this failure.

- Howard, OH, USA

problem #36

Jun 272011


  • 99,500 miles
My 2002 Ford F-150 has very badly rusted fuel tank straps, why is the recall only up to 2001 F-150's. Ford definitely used some cheap metals while making these F-150's is it possible to include 2002 as well?

- Winthrop, ME, USA

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