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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,241 miles

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2001 Ford F-250 engine problems

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2001 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #17

Apr 082010

F-250 8-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


Spark plug spit from motor smashing coil pack. 5.4 liter Triton motor. This has happened three more times. I have lost four plugs to this engineering disaster. At a cost of one dealer repair, and time off work to repair the other three. Once I had to be towed over fifty miles. After what I have read, their should be a remedy to this problem. Why not!

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #16

Feb 012012

F-250 10-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
While driving 55 mph, heard a load bang and then a steady popping sound. After pulling off road to check problem open the hood to see the coil exploded and arching against fuel rail, and spark plug on the valve cover. Got the truck home started researching this issue and I see this is a common problem yet Ford says it isn't. my best educated repair solution is cal van 38900 Ford 5.4L spark plug port repair kit at a cost of 250. It took a day and a half to do a complete repair. Seems to be working but Ford has a problem and should do something for the owners should it happen. They cant say this is a torque issue this are the factory plugs and coil. So if they torque them wrong at the factory.

- Va Beach, VA, USA

problem #15

Feb 062012

F-250 8-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
Spark plug blew out of engine causing failure. Engine. Fire

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #14

Jan 262011

F-250 8-cyl

  • 80,500 miles


Attempted to start a 2001 Ford F-150 super crew that has a 5.4liter engine and only 80,500 and heard a bang. Engine started but made a lot of noise. I shut down the engine and checked under hood. On the right side of engine found a plug wire and coil destroyed which indicated a spark plug exploded out of the cylinder head. Repair shop said do not drive it as fuel will spray on hot manifold and will cause a fire. They said I was lucky engine was not hot. These were the factory installed plugs as original window sticker says 100K mile tune-ups. Estimate of repair is $4,000. Ford accronim applies here "found on road dead or, fix or repair daily." Upon internet search this appears to be a common occurance and neither Ford or nhitsa are doing anything about it. Ford has even put out a tsb07-15-2 authorizing a specific tool and repair procedure for aluminum heads for the 5.4 1997 to 2004 fseries. Ford knows it is an engineering defect and nhitsa knows it is a fire hazard as some vehicles have caught on fire.

- Cape May, NJ, USA

problem #13

Jan 162012


  • 116,000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford pickup with 116,000 miles that I have babied since I purchased it just this week I had a spark plug blow out of the head, just so happened I was 45 miles away from home, so a wrecker charge was due, took my truck to my usual repair shop but they said they couldn't fix the problem. So I then had to find someone else, anothe wrecker charge. Ford must know from all the complaints that this is a big problem and very costly. Ford should recall all vehicles with aluminum heads and install a steel sleeve in all spark plugs to take care of this problem, they are saving tons of money with this type of faulty engine. I had considered buying a new Ford pickup, but this just might have changed my mind. The price of vehicles these days, many people like myself have to drive their vehicles serveral years, we can't afford a new vehicle with the price of gas. The poor middle class is almost a thing of the past, if you're not making 100,000 a year you're hard pressed to keep your head above water. Someone needs to stop the things that ragan started with his trickle down policies and fix the problem. Keep the republicans out of office and let some good people work for the middle class for once.

- Henderson, KY, USA

problem #12

Oct 192009


  • 113,000 miles
The Ford F250 truck (2001) was parked outside of heb grocery store for approximately 30 minutes when witnesses saw sparks shooting out from underneath the vehicle seconds before it caught fire. The entire engine compartment burned and began to consume the cab before the fire department put out the fire. The Ford F250 cruise control was used the previous two days and was having intermittent problems during a trip (~900 miles).

- Friendswood, TX, USA

problem #11

Sep 162009


  • 47,000 miles


2001 Ford F150 caught fire in the middle of the night and was completely destroyed. Vehicle had not cranked in over 24 hrs., and no keys were in the ignition.

- Leland, MS, USA

problem #10

May 302009


  • miles
My Ford F-250 had been parked outside my sons home for approx 2 hrs. When a neighbor informed me that it was engulfed in flames. The fire dept. Was called to extinguish it. There was nothing salvageable.

- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 042009


  • 100,000 miles
On multiple occasions I have been driving and heard a loud bang and felt the motor starting to shake and loss of power to the vehicle. Upon inspection, I have noticed the coil pack of my 2001 Ford F-150 sitting on top of the motor. I have replaced two coil packs twice each. It is getting costly to repair as it costs $50 per coil pack. I have retapped the holes but the problem keeps occurring. I am a divorced father of a 2 year old son. I can't afford to keep repairing the problem.

- Plainfield, CT, USA

problem #8

Jul 142008


  • 83,577 miles
#3 spark blew out of engine head and broke spark plug coil in the process. This was an original factory installed spark plug.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 032008


  • 19 miles


We own a motor home, built on a Ford incomplete vehicle chassis, powered by a Ford V-10 Triton engine. The first engine began to spit out spark plugs after reaching 75,000 miles on the odometer. This occurred on Friday, January 27, 2006, about forty miles East of kingman, Arizona. After spending money to get the problem diagnosed at a Goodyear dealership in kingman, Arizona, we had to order a special repair kit from baril engine rebuilding company in green bay, Wisconsin, paying for the shipping both ways. A mechanic resleeved the cylinder. As I had to make a speaking engagement, we had to drive for close to 1,000 miles with wretched fumes and horrid noise. The second spark plug was spit out on Friday, feburary 10, 2007. As I had another speaking engagement, which is how I make my living, we had to drive to pensacola, Florida, and thence lafayette, Louisiana, before another repair kit was rented to be used by yet another mechanic. The third spark plug was spit out two weeks later, on Monday, February 26, 2007, as we were driving from pensacola to lafayette. We rented the tool kit from baril engine rebuilding company once again. This original Ford V-10 Triton engine died on Thursday, April 19, 2007, on interstate 80/94 just East of mile marker 160. Two cylinders had lost compression entirely. No one at terry Ford Lincoln Mercury in peotone, Illinois, could explain why this had happened. We had to raise $9,000 to pay for a new engine and its installation. The engine had been well maintained. The replacement engine has also been maintained well. Despite this fact, however, the engine spit out its first spark plug, just 19,000 miles and thirteen months, eight days after its installation, an incident that occurred this afternoon, Wednesday, June 3, 2008, at exit 22 of the New York state thruway in selkirk, New York.

- Monroe, CT, USA

problem #6

Jan 012003

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F250. The engine has a boil heater that will keep the oil heated in the vehicle. The contact has had to replace two of them within five years. It was discovered that the plug to the oil heater was defective and caught fire. The fire burned the front license plate of the vehicle and front bumper caught on fire. The vehicle is currently in his possession and he replaced the part himself. The current mileage was 170,000 and failure mileage was 60,000. Updated 03/18/08. Updated 03/18/08

- Cincinatti, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 012005

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle's exhaust manifold inner fender well cracked due to salt and weather and the bolts fractured off. The service dealer was unable to fix the issue.

- Kirtland, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 142006

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles
Faulty engineering on a 2001 Ford Expedition. Spark plugs under pressure just pop right out of the head. The Ford barely hit a 100,000 miles. Ford boasts that tune ups are not necessary until a 100,000 miles. Well anyways the spark plug shot out of the head and the end result is that it will cost me $2,000 dollars to replace the entire aluminum head. After talking with other owners and doing some internet homework with on Consumer Affairs, I noticed at least a hundred other people with the exact same model Ford and that have had the same exact problem.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 012005


  • 27,000 miles
The consumer stated at 27,000 miles his 2001 Ford F250 developed an engine vibration. The consumer was told there was no fix for the problem. When the consumer applied the brakes, there was a vibration. The dealer machined the front rotors and replaced the pads that were cracked. There was a rattle noise coming from under the vehicle. The exhaust shields were loose, the hose clamp on the radiator was replaced and the power door lock was replaced.

- Ashland, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 012005

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer's 2001 Ford F250 Super Duty caught on fire under the hood while parked in the consumer's barn. The fire started under the front hood on the driver's side.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 222004


  • 40,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph engine sputtered. Consumer pulled over, and opened the hood, and noticed that the spark plugs separated from where it was connected to the engine. The spark plugs were laying on top of the engine. Vehicle was towed to a dealership, and mechanic determined that this occurred because of a failure with the aluminum engine motor head.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

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