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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,985 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 engine problems

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #89

Nov 062013


  • 3,400 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2013 Ford F150 ecoboost. The contact stated that when driving at various speeds, the accelerator failed to respond to acceleration attempts and the check engine warning light illuminated intermittenly. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle erroneously decelerated while the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and the mechanic stated that the problem was unknown. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 3,400.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #88

Nov 062013


  • 11,750 miles
I was merging onto the highway while it was raining. In attempting to accelerate to merge in front of a semi my vehicle stated shuttering violently and lost power. I could not get past 40mph. The check engine light was flashing. This was after the truck had been running for two hours. The semi almost rear ended me as I got off the road as soon as possible. I shut the truck off and restarted the engine and it ran fine after that. I took the truck back to my dealer the next day and they could find nothing wrong, not even an error code. The truck has a Ford 6 cylinder eco boost engine.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #87

Jul 262013


  • 400 miles
While making a left hand turn across traffic I floored the gas pedal and all power was lost almost resulting in a crash. The next time was on the highway while trying to pass another vehicle total loss of power. Unable to pass almost rear ended, luckily able to get off the road. Todat November 3rd 2013 9:00 am traveling 40 mph on flat ground clear sky about 45 degrees I floored it and the truck did nothing it did shake alittle and I kept my foot to the floor for about 1/2 a mile and it never regained any power. Then I smelled something burning. No check engine lights ever came on and my fuel econemy get worst every day. The truck feels like something is dragging it down all the time. Poor fuel economy mixed with unreliability is going to equal disaster. Ford is lucky no one has been hurt or killed yet.the truck will be towed to the dealer in the morning I simply will not risk my life while Ford sits on there thumbs. Fix the problem before someone is hurt!!!!

- Gilberts, IL, USA

problem #86

Oct 312013


  • 3,300 miles


My family was driving home from a trip on the interstate in rainy weather conditions for the majority of the trip. On two or three different occurrences, when accelerating to pass or merge, the truck engine shuddered and failed to provide power necessary to accelerate. Never did it completely stall, but there was a noticeable shuddering of the engine and the truck felt like it was riding over rough pavement. I had read about this issue with the ecoboost engine in the F150 (unfortunately after I bought the truck) but had never experienced it until yesterday. When I felt the shuddering of the engine, I eased off the gas and gently reapplied as I had heard about instances of the vehicle completely stalling when pushing the accelerator to the floor. If it would have stalled last night on the interstate, in stormy weather, late at night, it would have been a scary and very dangerous incident. When I called my local Ford dealer today and asked him about service bulletins, recalls, or possible fixes, he acted like he had never heard of the issue before...

- Trenton, OH, USA

problem #85

Jun 082013


  • 7,100 miles
Driving new Ford 2013 F-150 with the ecoboost engine. It was raining at the time. I tried to pass a vehicle and it went into limp mode, engine light came on and would not accelerate. This happened again several weeks later and the check engine light stayed on. I took it to the dealership and they replaced #6 spark plug and the catalytic converter. The problem happened again. Now I hardly drive the truck and it stays in the garage especially on rainy days.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #84

Mar 042013


  • miles
Loss of power under acceleration while driving on I 95, attempting a lane change when power dropped, almost hit by a tractor trailer, pulled over finally and sat for 15 minutes then coasted to my destination. No engine warnings or lights/faults registered. Happened on two more occasions since then. The first time, I took it to my dealer service department and they said they could find nothing wrong. My truck had all the updates they said. The second and third times were on back to back days. All occurrences were during rain driving. The servicing dealer now says there is tsb on the intercooler and they will fix it.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #83

Jun 232010


  • 700 miles


When first accelerating early in the morning the truck accelerates suddenly when 1st taking off. This really became a problem when someone stepped in front of me, the truck took off and then I had to stop suddenly. I have reported to Ford and taken it in twice, but they insist no one has had this problem. The motor's RPM fluctuates about 200-300, then settles down.the visibility has been a problem since day one. Ford replaced the wiper blades, but the problem is still there. I have back to the dealer 3 times and all they say is "we can duplicate the problem"

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #82

Oct 142013


  • 3,950 miles
Raining most of the day, I exited I-29 on to St 46, when I tried to pass a car, the engine pretty much shut down and began viborating. The check engine light came on and I had to pull over and let it idle for a bit. This happened again 2 days later on I-90. The dealer said there was nothing they could do. I'm lucky traffic was very light at the time.

- Gayville, SD, USA

problem #81

Oct 132013


  • 3,300 miles
I took my 2013 Ford F-150 with the ecoboost engine on a week long vacation down to South Texas (approx. 1200 miles or 17.5 hours one way) it was sunny and warm the entire trip down and the vehicle ran great. However on the way back up to Iowa in was raining as soon as we left and only let up raining for 20 min increments the entire way home. About 5 hours in we pulled off the interstate to get gas and eat. We got back in the vehicle and proceeded to get on the on ramp and return to the interstate. I was going about 40 mph with smooth acceleration when I gave my truck a little bit of gas to merge into the 75mph traffic. My truck did not move, instead it continued to go 40mph and revved up to redline. I had to let off of the gas completely and put my foot back on it and slowly climb up to 65mph. The truck started shaking horribly and my check engine light started to flash. After about 45 seconds the check engine light stopped flashing and the engine stopped shaking. I then could make very slight speed increments. I could not however step on the gas to pass somebody without the truck revving up to redline and shaking again. This happened every time I tried to accelerate quickly the rest of the way back (12.5 hours). The truck runs great until it is introduced to 70mph interstate driving in heavy rain for long periods of time.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #80

Oct 032013


  • 1,240 miles
3.5L ecoboost engine. Went to merge on highway, pressed accelerator, engine stumbled, pressed further on accelerator, engine stumbled, loss of power, check engine light flashing, violent shaking when trying to accelerate to safe speed on on-ramp, light went out after a period of 1 - 2 minutes. Had to pull off side of road to avoid traffic as I was unable to accelerate. This was the second incident for this truck. Ford engineering to my service department that there was no fix but they were aware of the issue.

- Wilder, KY, USA

problem #79

Jul 172013


  • 1,600 miles


Interstate, night, raining went to pass vehicle and accelerated when engine stumbled, shuttered violently, and loss power. Engine malfuntion light illuminated had to pull over on side of highway due to loss of power.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #78

Sep 162013


  • 19,000 miles
Shudder/misfire. The misfire occurs at various speeds going uphill or on a flat surface. The truck is currently at Ford dealer ship who is trying to resolve the issue. According to the dealers tech the misfire can occurs at low RPM's. new spark plug coils and three sets of new spark plugs have been installed. Apparently it keeps blowing spark plugs.as of yet no solution has been found to the problem.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #77

Sep 232013


  • 4,500 miles
While trying to merge into traffic I pressed the accelerator to the floor to get the truck up to the speed of traffic flow.I had no response from the engine for approx 1 to 2 seconds. This put me in a very dangerous situation as I had to get on the brakes hard to slow the vehicle on the on ramp to keep from getting hit by the faster traffic on the highway. In addition the traffic behind me had to rapidly slow down to keep from hitting me.we took the vehicle into the Ford dealership on Monday 30 Sept 2013. This was ruidoso Ford in ruidoso New Mexico. They checked the vehicle and said there was no problem with it and that they knew of no other problems of this type on 2013 F-150 fx-4 pickup trucks. I am still in the talking stages with them about this problem as I feel they have made little effort to solve it and the research I have done indicates that Ford Motor Corporation is aware of this problem. (this problem has happened to me several times since I purchased this vehicle, I thought that after the break in period, as the truck was new when purchased this problem would go away but it has not. Also this truck does not get the gas mileage that it is claimed to get.

- Laluz, NM, USA

problem #76

Sep 292013


  • 720 miles
Ford F-150 ecoboost loss of power. - trying to pass a semi on the highway when the vehicle stumbled after a downshift, lost power, check engine light flashed, and the vehicle started to shudder. Tried to pull off of side of road but once I was able to get over to the median, the light stopped flashing and the shudder went away as did the light. It was in the mid 60S, I had traveled about 120 miles on the highway at about 70 mph in Ohio on I-75 South of toledo. It had been raining off and on all day.

- Wilder, KY, USA

problem #75

Sep 212013


  • 2,400 miles
I purchased a 2013 Ford 150 supercrew cab 4X4 with the 3.5L V6 motor 4 weeks ago. All has been well until the first rain last week. I was on the freeway behind a slow vehicle, I went to pass they vehicle ahead of me on a four lane freeway, and my truck stumbled and lost power instantly as I put my foot down. I had myself, wife, and two children 1 and 2.5 in the truck. It was very scary. The check engine light was on and with no power as safely as I could I moved back into the slow lane of traffic and off the freeway around other passing vehicles. I cannot believe this. I have 2,400 miles on the vehicle. I turned it off. Restarted and no check engine light. It ran fine, I scaredly pulled back on freeway and went 50 mph to my destination. I reported issue to Ford and took truck in. No issue is shown and vehicle is running fine. They kept my vehicle overnight to diagnose no issue. Help! please!

- Red Bluff, CA, USA

problem #74

Sep 232013


  • miles
I purchased my truck brand new in April of 2013. It is a 2013 Ford F-150 FX4 super crew ecoboost. Monday (9-23-13) I was driving on interstate I-75 at approx. 70mph, I hit the accelerator to pass a vehicle and when I did, my truck dropped down to 2nd or 3rd gear, began to shake violently, lost power (hp), and the check engine light came on. I pulled over, turned off the truck and waited a couple of minutes and proceeded on my drive home. I drove one more hour, stopped in tampa for about two hours, then got back on I-75. One and a half hours later, it did the same thing at 60mph this time. This truck is known for this issue. The intercooler seems to be the problem. My truck now has 9500 miles on it. What's upsetting is that this is the 2nd time my truck has done this. The first time occurred on July 15, 2013 with 5,100 miles on the odometer. My local Ford dealership kept my truck for 4 days and replaced the intercooler, assuring me the problem was resolved (which it wasn't, as my truck repeated the issue yesterday, even with the replacement part). There are have been numerous complaints about this model truck having this issue. This is a huge safety concern, as the first time this happened to me, I could have been hit head-on by oncoming traffic (because the vehicle totally loses all power, no acceleration).

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #73

Sep 192013


  • 17,000 miles
I was driving at 48-50- mph when I decided to pass a cement truck that was going below the speed limit. As I pulled out to pass the truck everything seemed fine. When I got alongside the cement truck my truck started to hesitate and misfire. The engine light started flashing. I was stuck from going back as another car was behind me, also trying to pass the slow truck. I barely made it past the cement truck as an oncoming vehicle had to swerve into the shoulder to miss me and the vehicle behind me. When I returned home I looked up ecoboost problems on the internet and found numerous other people with the same problem. Thankfully no one was injured or killed today, I believe the it will only be a matter of time before there is a fatality if there hasn't been one already.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #72

Sep 152013


  • 10,000 miles
I was driving from milwaukee to des moines on Sunday Sept 15th, 2013, and when I went to pass another driver in dubuque that pulled in front of me the truck lost power and failed to accelerate as I anticipated. It was raining off and on throughout the trip, temp was 55deg, and I had been on cruise control for the majority of the time before this happened. Basically, I went to change lanes and pushed the accelerator pedal and instead of gaining speed quickly I received no acceleration causing the cars behind me to have to brake quickly. During this time the check engine light was flashing indicating a mis-fire was occurring at which point I knew what was happening and got off the highway and the mis-fires ceased and after a brief stop I was able to continue my drive. My truck was built on 1/15/2013 and has all the updates to the intercooler Ford claims addressed the issue. The issue is definitely not fixed and despite Ford claim in their response to the nhsta investigation this is a safety issue. Ford also claims in their response to the nhsta investigation that many complaints are just against the dealers and not for safety concerns so let me be perfectly clear here this is a safety complaint!

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #71

Jun 292013


  • 14,200 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle began to shake, wobble and lose power. The vehicle was turned off, shifted into neutral, and restarted however, the vehicle continued to run erratically. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that a shroud would need to be placed over the inner cooler to prevent condensation. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred the same day. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not further repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 14,200.

- Luray, VA, USA

problem #70

Sep 052013


  • 2,300 miles
While driving from wilson, N.C. to swan quarter N.C. in the early morning hours on a fisking trip, I started to pass a slow school bus then my truck start jumping, loosing power and the chech engine light started flashing. It almost caused me to have to ditch my truck to keep from hitting another vehicle. It was a very foggy morning and I had been driving at 50 and 55 mph for a long distance before this happened.

- Lucama, NC, USA

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