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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,804 miles

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2012 Ford F-150 lights problems

lights problem

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2012 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 192016


  • 53,212 miles


Started my truck around 9 pm and placed the transmission in reverse, had to back down a long straight parking lot, speeds of at least 15 mph. Came to a complete stop, shifted the transmission into drive and pulled out onto a main road, hit the merge turn signal and heard nothing. I diddnt think much of it, thought I diddnt hit the turn signal arm hard enough. Turning onto main road and hit turn signal again, no sound. Looked at dashboard, everything is off, no back lighting and no gauge movement/lights at all. Exterior lights work but not reverse lights, turn truck on and off 3X with no resolution to the problem. 4th try finally reboots the computer and has run fine since then

- Avon, CT, USA

problem #2

Jul 242013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
2012 Ford F150 stx "auto lamps" can not be turned on by dealerships, if they were not factory installed, even though factory wiring and proper parts, exists. "lights on with wipers", which is an available option with the auto lamp feature, is required by Pennsylvania law, who must consider it a safety issue.

- Dallas, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 132013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 4,700 miles
While driving at highway speed, I heard a pop and 'ding' sound before losing all electrical items - dash board, head lights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, etc., but the engine was still operating. I then felt a grinding noise and immediately exited the highway safely to park at a gas station. I turned off and removed the key but the engine was still running. I was only a few miles from a Ford dealership. I inserted the key, turned it to the on position and tried to put the truck into gear while depressing the brake. The transmission brake release would not work. I called roadside assistance who scheduled a tow to the dealership. I had to call the dealership to figure out how to turn the engine off. They advised that I should pull the fuel pump relay fuse which did stop the engine. To date, Ford does not know what is wrong.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

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