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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,784 miles

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2011 Ford F-150 lights problems

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2011 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 052016


  • 51,250 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to reverse from the gear shifter several times, the instrument panel failed to illuminate for the gear in reverse, there was no illumination on the gear shifter, and the gear was difficult to change in reverse. Prior to the failure, the instrument panel lights illuminated for the gear shifter when changing gears. The failure continued to randomly progress. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 51,250.

- Falls Mills, VA, USA

problem #8

Jan 182016


  • 67,252 miles
When the "service advance track" light indicator lights up, when you actuate the turn signal lever, the turn signals will only flash once, and then they stop flashing. This can happen when the vehicle is stationary or moving at any time.

- Terryville, CT, USA

problem #7

Apr 242015


  • 55,000 miles
I own a 2011 Ford F150 FX4. While my truck is parked and engine off and doors locked the dash backlight stays illuminated and drains the battery completely. Z this begin about 6 months ago. Around 55K miles on it. I have to unhook my battery when I get out of the truck to prevent my battery from draining. I found if I unplug battery for about 10 min I find the backlight will not come on for about days. Also, my drivers side back door will not unlock remotely or inside the car. It can only be locked or unlocked manually.

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #6

Jun 022015

F-150 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. While shifting from reverse, the transmission jerked and the reverse tail light failed to illuminate. In addition, the reverse lights would not illuminate when the brake pedal was depressed. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V190000 (exterior lighting, power train). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000. Updated 09/21/15 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired. The consumer would like for the vehicle to be added to the recall list. Updated 3/29/2016

- Tylertown, MS, USA

problem #5

Jun 162015

F-150 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle and attempting to shift into reverse, the vehicle would hesitate. The contact observed that the reverse lights were not working. The check engine and tool warning lights were also illuminated. When the vehicle was shifted between drive and reverse the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the transmission sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000. Update 01/13/16 MA updated 01/19/16.

- Neptune Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

May 112015


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-150. When the vehicle was shifted into reverse, the reverse tail lights were not illuminated and the "R" was not illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure recurred each time the vehicle was shifted into reverse. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission sensor was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 12V190000 (exterior lighting, power train). The approximate failure mileage was 135,000...updated 06-16-15

- Lehigh Acres, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 162015


  • 99,000 miles


2011 F-150 XLT will not go into reverse or other times when you put it in reverse the vehicle behaves like it's in neutral then will suddenly shoot backwards (does this in drive as well-forward). When this occurs the backup lamps do not illuminate and the backup camera does not function and the instrument panel does not display the what status the vehicle is drive/reverse etc.... I took the vehicle to my mechanic who immediately informed me the vehicle was under recall (NHTSA campaign #12V190000). He printed the service bulletin and recall info. I took the vehicle to Ford where I was told my VIN # did not fall under the recall despite the fact it's the same exact model transmission, vehicle, and issue to the letter. It should be known that many more vehicles are affected beyond the initial recall. This has the potential to be an extremely dangerous defect as the vehicle lunges backwards/forwards without any indication of the status of the vehicle and while the vehicle's safety features are not working properly.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 162014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 22,550 miles
Reverse lights failure.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #1

Oct 082011


  • miles
I rented a Ford pickup truck from U-haul, and I feel that the automatic lighting controls on it are a safety issue. At night, when you open the driver's door, the dashboard illumination (speedometer, other gauges) comes on automatically. When you put in the key and start the engine, the daytime running lights (white lights on the front of the truck that are not as intense as the normal low-beam headlamps) come on. The dashboard illumination remains on at all times. Rear red running lamps/tail lamps do not illuminate*, but this is not obvious when you are in the driver's seat. The result is that it is possible to drive at night with some white light coming out of the front of the vehicle, and the ability to read the speedometer, but with rear lighting*. I verified that the parking/emergency brake was fully off (as that is sometimes an input to the drls), and had a friend stand on the side of the street and observe as I drove the truck, and he verified that I had no running lights/tail lights on the back. The brake lamps operated normally when I stepped on the brake, but there was no red light to the rear unless I was stepping on the brake. All of the above was with the headlight switch off. When I clicked the headlight switch to the first position, the running lights illuminated (orange on the front near the headlamps, red in the rear lamp clusters.) when I clicked it to the second position, the normal low beams came on at full intensity. What I think should be different: Either the automatic lights/drls should also turn on the tail lights at night, or there should be some indication to the driver that he needs to take additional action (operate the headlight switch) in order to have tail lights. Having the speedometer illumination go out when the engine is started might be a good choice.

- Blue Springs, MO, USA

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