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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,894 miles

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2012 Ford F-250 engine problems

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2012 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 092013


  • 26,000 miles


I have had to replace exhaust heat sensors 4 times in my 2012 F-250. The same sensor twice, first at 26K around June 2013 and and again at 46K, Oct 2014. I've been stranded 3 times and had to be towed to a dealer. I occasionally pull a 42ft 5th wheel camper and am very worried it will happen while pulling it with no place to pull over. Ford needs to step up to the plate and get a fix for this problem.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #9

Nov 132014


  • 84,500 miles
Driving down expressway about 70mph during rush hour traffic. Truck had been running about 30 minutes prior. Message pops up on instrument panel that states "stop safely now", no other message given. Once slowed to approximately 10mph the engine died and I had no power steering or power brakes. This is in rush hour dallas traffic. I pull over to the side of the road as much as possible and try to restart it for 40-50 minutes with no avail. Have it towed to dealership which now informs me that I have 3 bad egt sensors and they need to be replaced for the same reason, none. They state that they are not covered under warranty and Ford has not recalled them. This is concerning because this is the second time this has happened and this one was in a very dangerous situation. I know of 2 other very close friends that have Ford F-250 trucks that this exact thing happened to.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 032014


  • 30,000 miles
I was driving on I 26 and a warning came on saying to slow down and pull over safely. I dad no chance to do this as the computer put the vehicle in "limp mode". an 18 wheeler narrowly missed hitting my truck as we moved to the shoulder and the engine died. The truck would not start for about 45 minutes. We then drove to the dealer who said he could find nothing other than a warning to change the oil. In the past 2 weeks, the truck has shut down twice again. A tow truck had to be called both times. The first time I was on I 77 and the truck went into limp mode and the shut down as I pulled to the shoulder. The next time I was on us 521 going uphill with no shoulder. The truck again went into limp mode and then stopped on the highway. Cars and trucks were swerving to avoid us. My wife was crying because she was certain that an 18 wheeler would not be able to miss us. I called the sheriff and Ford and later had the truck towed. These two times, the cause was an exhaust gas temperature sensor failure. I believe #2 failed and then #3 (there are 4 of these sensors). Dependability is of course an issue here. But the real issue is safety. Ford has designed a computer system that stops the vehicle no matter where you are to save the engine and/or the emissions system. In doing so, the lives of the driver and passengers are put at risk and could be killed as a result.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #7

Feb 122014

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 18,000 miles


Red fluid found on garage floor. I took my truck in and Ford could not find any leak. Within a week later I took it back and showed them where it was leaking. Ford brought the master mechanic over and they determined that it was something loose on the right side up high they did not tell me what it was. Within a couple of weeks I took it back again and they determined the water pump was leaking they had the truck for 3 days. After picking up my truck within 200 feet from the Ford dealer the low power illuminated and the engine symbol lit up. They 1st told me they would have to take the top of the engine off to check it out. A hour passed and I got called and told it was the diesel fuel was gelling up and they would have to put a additive in the fuel and that I should add it again every other tank of fuel.

- Elba, AL, USA

problem #6

Nov 012012

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 450 miles
On 28 September 2012 I purchased a new 2012 Ford F250 diesel pickup from a Ford dealer. On/about 1 November 2012 while accelerating (from approximately 10 miles per hour speed) into an interstate traffic lane this vehicle suddenly went into an engine near stall/loss of power condition which lasted approximately three to five seconds and then regained normal engine power. This was a very alarming condition as I was entering into high speed traffic and needed capable acceleration while entering into traffic. The truck had approximately 450 miles on it when this first occurred. I took this truck back to the dealer when the truck had 551 miles on it and they could not find anything wrong. While driving the truck on 27 November 2013, this same engine near-stall event occurred under a similar highway ingress condition when the truck had approximately 5,100 miles on it. I called the Ford customer service hotline and was advised to take the truck to a Ford dealer for a second checkup. I then took the truck to a different Ford dealer on 6 January 2014 when the truck had 5,510 miles on it and they could not find the problem. Neither of the two Ford dealers that I've taken the truck to for diagnosis will provide me with a further course of action to fix this recurring engine malfunction. I want this malfunction fixed or a new pickup to replace it, it creates a personal safety hazard for me and my family and the problem has been in the truck from when it was only a month old and had 450 miles on it.

- Dumfries, VA, USA

problem #5

Aug 252013


  • 33,285 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle independently decelerated to 30 mph with the illumination of the check engine warning light and a warning chime. In addition, a caution message displayed that advised the contact to stop safely. The contact noticed black smoke emitting from the exhaust pipe. The vehicle maneuvered to the side of the road. The engine was restarted and was driven at a low speed cautiously. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the one of the four engine O2 sensors was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 33,285.

- Eldred, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 292011

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 100 miles


The truck engine will stall at low speed for one to five seconds, especially dangerous if you are trying to enter traffic. I have reported to northside Ford every time I have it serviced, they finally agreed that I have a problem, however they have failed to fix. I get the impression that Ford is aware of this problem, but for their own reasons do not want to fix it.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #3

Apr 272013


  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-250 sd. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled and an alert advising to stop the vehicle immediately illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the egt sensor would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred within 8,000 miles. The vehicle was towed and repaired a second time. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000 and the current mileage was 56,600.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #2

Mar 142013

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the stop safely now warning message flashed on the instrument panel. The contact moved off the roadway and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was restarted after thirty minutes. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the exhaust temperature sensor malfunctioned and caused the vehicle to stall. The dealer replaced the exhaust temperature sensor. The failure mileage was 1,600....updated 04/25/13 updated 05/22/2013

- Gracemont, OK, USA

problem #1

Jul 252012


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph on an incline the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that after he inspected the vehicle he noticed that the engine oil was overheating. As a result, the vehicle decelerated and ultimately stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 7,000 and the current mileage was 8,200.

- Ventura, CA, USA

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