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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,151 miles

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2008 Ford F-150 engine problems

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2008 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

May 092016


  • 126,000 miles


Radiator and thermostat - I have had to replace 4 radiators in my Ford F250 truck and the vehicle only has 125,000 miles. This is a known defect from Ford and they have done nothing to protect their customers. I have been stranded 3 times as a result of this defect with my children in the car.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #30

Apr 172016


  • 92,000 miles
I have been advised by the local phil long Ford dealership service department that my truck needs the cam phasers replaced to fix the problems I am experiencing. I have seen that this is a "very" common problem with the 5.4 engine and Ford has retired this engine from their vehicles do to the failures and it has been known by Ford since the 2003 models and yet they continued to sell a known faulty engine. They should pay to have these engines repaired and not the consumers. This is in Colorado springs, co and the problems is still intermittent at this time.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #29

Apr 052016


  • 114,376 miles
On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, while driving 45 miles per hour, on a 2 lane, back country, road my Ford F150, that had 114,376 miles began to clank and rumble up under the hood. The noise made the vehicle vibrate as the noise got louder so I pulled off of the road and popped the hood. There was smoke, clicking and clanking on top of the right side of the engine so I turned the vehicle off. I called my insurance and asked to be towed to a Ford dealership 5 miles away. The truck was still drive-able but smoking and clanking. The next morning I learned #2 spark plug had loose stripping threads in the cylinder head and the coil cracked from the plug blowing out. The plug and boots had to be replaced. Replaced the #2 coil and the dealer had to extract the broken spark plug cylinder #2. the parts, supply, and labor cost was $1292.24. I have had large V8 engine, vehicles all of my life with 200,000 miles or more on the engine but never any spark plug issues with high mileage on both spark plug and other vehicle engine parts. If I had continued to drive my truck it surely would have ignited causing more damage or injury. The spark plug issues with Ford need to be addressed. I purchased this truck in December 2013 with 81,160 and had no problems for 2 years, 4 months. At no time should spark plugs blow up or out unless they are defective parts or plugs not suitable to be transfixed into the cylinder or engine. Driver safety is at risk.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #28

Apr 052016


  • 113,600 miles


On April 5, 2016, while driving my 2008, F150, Triton, 4.6, about 45 mph, on a two lane, back country road, a sudden rattling and popping noise occurred. I immediately pulled over, popped the hood, whereas smoke and the rattling noise continued. I turned off the engine and had the vehicle towed to the Ford dealership 5 miles away. I have 113,600 miles on my vehicle and purchased it from a carmax dealer in December 2013, with 81,160 miles, having experienced (no problems thus far). I was told by the Ford dealership that my #3 sparkplug had caused the mechanical issue and all plugs needed replacing. Additionally replacement of right side engine issues resulted from not having done the 100000 mile tune up (bull). It had been tuned up previous to being sold. After using choice words towards the dealer and advising him of my ownership of 3, larger V8 engines, no sparkplug explosions had ever occurred in my life. All my former vehicles with the exception of my 2008 F150 had never experience such sparkplug explosion issues and these vehicles reached close and over 200,000 miles. My vehicle is still under warranty but does not cover this issue, nor was the Ford manufacture helpful in assisting with this matter. The total cost for repairs is $1295, and my fight with Ford has just begun.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #27

Nov 022015


  • 100,000 miles
My vehicle has a bad miss in motor, have had all plugs/wires replaced to no avail. Data link still says misfire on #3. have to drive slow up hills if drive at normal speed check engine lights up. No one seems to know whats wrong, even major dealerships. Need help on this, have talked to multiple people that are havint the same issue. I have alerted Ford to this and they have been no help at all. This needs to be a recall. It happens mostly when driving at normal speeds going down the highway. Sometimes it misses sitting still. It is a FX4 as well.

- Scooba, MS, USA

problem #26

Mar 102016


  • 75,000 miles
Spark plug blew out in a crowded store parking lot, ' braking the coil. A fire could have resulted if coil had not broke. The gas fumes were strong. I thought it was gasket problem and continued to drive to my mechanic's shop.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #25

Feb 132016


  • 52,631 miles


For the second time in less than 4 months the #2 spark plug has blown out of the cylender head. Ford has known abuot this problem for years but will not fix it. This could cause an explosion & fire in the engine compartment as the plug & injector ar still working pumping fuel into an open hole.

- Sandy Ridge, NC, USA

problem #24

Jul 312015


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. While driving, the engine made an abnormal noise and the check engine light illuminated. In addition, the oil pressure was low and the vehicle shook violently. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The technician informed the contact that there was a tsb for the failure (14-0114). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,000.

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #23

Dec 272015


  • 79,000 miles
While driving at 40mph. My truck made a loud popping sound and I pulled off the road, raised the hood and learned that the sparkplug blew out. I have replaced the spark plug and coil. I learned this is a common occurrence and nothing has been done to fix the problem.

- East Bernstdt, KY, USA

problem #22

Dec 162015


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns 2008 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving at approximately 55 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the engine and there was a sudden loss of power when attempting to accelerate. The contact shut the vehicle off and restarted it. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Carlsbad, CA, USA

problem #21

Nov 282015


  • 182,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 182,000.

- Batonrouge, LA, USA

problem #20

Nov 112015


  • 90,000 miles
Travelling approx 60 mph on an interstate. The spark plug popped out with a large pop.

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #19

Oct 022015


  • 99,000 miles
Broke 4 spark plugs in block trying to replace

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #18

Jan 202014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle jerked forward without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the engine temperature gauge reached high levels. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where the technician stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #17

Oct 312014


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at 5 mph, an abnormal noise emitted from the engine. The vehicle was taken to a dealer mechanic, who diagnosed that the timing chain, timing chain slide, timing chain tensioner and cam phasers need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacture was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- New London , MN, USA

problem #16

Dec 142014


  • 54,000 miles
On Sunday 12/14/14 at 7pm my 2008 Ford F-150 shut off when I was going 65 mph down the New York state thruway. I was stuck on the side of the road for hours waiting for it to be towed. Turns out the fuel pressure module (fpm) that is mounted in the back of the truck on a crossmeber of the frame up above the spare tire was the cause. Ford needs to recall these 2004-2008 Ford F-150 that use this fpm before someone gets killed on the side of the road!

- Montgomery, NY, USA

problem #15

Nov 272014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
I was driving my truck home on thanksgiving and it blew out a spark plug (second incident, different cylinder). I was later told that an engine fire could occur from the fuel/fumes coming from the open cylinder head.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

problem #14

May 302014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Drivers side seat belt takes a few tries to get it to click and sometimes it doesn't engage all the way and the latch comes out. A misfire in cylinder 1 lead the discovery of known issues with spark plugs and removal. 3 of the plugs were loose.

- Portland, MI, USA

problem #13

Nov 082014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 168,500 miles
Motor ejected spark plug passenger side third one back. Should be a recall because it is a faulty design.

- Fuquay Varina , NC, USA

problem #12

Sep 222014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 51,200 miles
Vehicle would stall at slow speed and severe rattling and loss of power to vehicle which could easily result in accident. Ford service indicated that it was cam phasing or otherwise known as intake camshaft position timing over retarded problem. Very dangerous condition which should be addressed via recall.

- Flemington, NJ, USA

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