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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,032 miles

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2004 Ford F-350 engine problems

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2004 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 012007

F-350 4WD 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


Own a 2004 Ford F-350 sd. For years have had surging problems when driving. Have taken into shop and they cannot determine reason. It happens while stopped or driving, surging and trying to jump because of the surge. Turbo charger has not been replaced.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #13

Jun 152004

F-350 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
Since new vehicle purchase, my Ford F350 diesel P/U experienced engine surging (200-250 RPM) while stopped with the automatic transmission in drive. The surge was significant enough to lurch the truck forward with the brake applied, such as at a stoplight. In several cases, I almost rear ended other vehicles before applying the brake hard enough to stop the truck from moving forward. I later learned to anticipate the surge using the brakes to minimize movement of the truck while stopped. My surging problem was confirmed on multiple occasions by technicians during test rides, but they could not duplicate the problem in the shop. In all cases, the first step was to reflash the ECM which masked the problem for several days while the truck relearned my driving habits and prevented a diagnosis. The engine had to be operated at full temperature in road conditions before the problem developed. In the shop, idling the engine to warm up to normal operating temperature was not sufficient to replicate the problem. Ford dealers made multiple attempts (10 or more) to diagnose the problem: Replacing injector control pressure (icp) module, egr valve, and icp wiring connectors to no avail. The problem was finally diagnosed and corrected, out of warranty at approx. 44,500 miles, by replacing the engine wiring harness. I found a dealer who was willing to send a technician on a test ride with me and hook up an onboard computer laptop that identified the problem before reflashing the computer ECM. A number of surging complaints from other owners of Ford F350 are posted in online forums documenting similar circumstances and frustration. The incident date provided is the approximate date of the first occurrence. In my case, the surging occurred on a near daily basis, although intermittently, for 41000 miles of driving without any resolution from Ford. The engine wiring harness was replaced in Feb 2009 which corrected the surging in my truck. I paid a $100 deductible.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #12

Apr 252005


  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F350. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The dealer replaced the injector control wiring module and the owner was responsible for paying $2200. After the repair, the vehicle miss fired, black smoke was in the engine area and their was troddle resistance. The dealer confirmed that there were no existing recalls and the contact would be responsible for the cost of repairs a second time. The mileage was unknown.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #11

Apr 272005


  • 217,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F350. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The dealer replaced the injector control wiring module and the owner was responsible for paying $2200. After the repair, the vehicle miss fired, black smoke was in the engine area and their was troddle resistance. The dealer confirmed that there were no existing recalls and the contact would be responsible for the cost of repairs a second time. The failure mileage was 217,000.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #10

Oct 052007


  • 104,000 miles
My 2004 Ford F-360 truck would "cut out" and try to quit running when slowing for a stop sign or red light. Thought it was bad fuel, fuel filters. Had recalls done (gfr). Problem began again and while my daughter was pulling a 16 ft. Trailer with one horse loaded, began to emit white smoke from the exhaust. The truck apparently overheated but the temperature gauge did not indicate such. Truck was towed to dealer and they were 99% sure it was gfr again, but it was not. The problem is much bigger. Apparently it will cost $5-10,000 for repairs. The mileage is 104,000, just out of warranty and I did not purchase any extended warranty. I then had the truck towed to another dealer who said he could fix the truck for a lot less. But, his estimate was just as costly as the first estimate. The truck remains at the dealer as I refuse to pay that much to repair.

- Deville, LA, USA

problem #9

Oct 012006

F-350 4WD 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F350. While at a stop light, the engine would rev. Depending on the contact's reaction time, the vehicle would move 4-5 feet. There were no warning indicators. The RPM would increase to 1,000. The dealer replaced the control module, three turbos, three egr valves, and the back pressure sensor. However, the failure continues. The failure mileage was 40,000 and current mileage was 61,000. Updated 01/11/08. Updated

- Moyock, NC, USA

problem #8

May 042007

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles


Vehicle had a stalling problem on accelleration. Vehicle idled fine, but frequently on acceleration from a stop after vehicle started to roll. Engine will misfire, shutter, or backfire for several seconds until clearing up. Also, vehicle misfired at highway speeds. Vehicle was taken to the dealer on several occations to find the cause of the problem, but they reported could not duplicate the problem. Dealer replaced several injectors and egr valve to no avail.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #7

Jun 022006

F-350 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
I purchased a new 2004 Ford F-350 in October 2004. Since that time, I have had the vehicle serviced 8 times prior to 6/2006 for the same problem. The vehicle has not been driven since that time as it continuously stalls without warning and needs to be fixed again. The vehicle dies for no apparent reason and without warning and the dealer has not been able to correct the problem. This vehicle is unsafe and Ford refuses to buy back this vehicle as they should.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #6

Dec 212004

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 60,942 miles
2004 Ford F350 developed problems with the engine.** answer required***. the vehicle would run rough. The starter burned out causing the vehicle not to start. The vehicle had multiple fuel system problems. The rear window latch assembly broke. The steering dampner chafed. The long drag link was replaced because it was weak. Steering stabilizer was installed because it wasn't installed at factory.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 162004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
When pulling off from an intersection, the vehicle stalled. Moments later, the consumer restarted the vehicle all power resumed as normal. Owner has taken the vehicle back to the dealer who wanted to keep the vehicle for a couple of days so they may find out what was causing the defect. Provide further details.

- Loveland, CO, USA

problem #4

Oct 152004

F-350 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving, the vehicle stall. The driver tried to restart, but was able to do so. The consumer noticed that the vehicle started accelerated suddenly without warning. The driver applied the brakes and the vehicle continue to accelerating with speed. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and drove it to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that this problem could not be duplicated. Please fill in additional information.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 182004

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
Vehicle was purchased for pulling a horse trailer. Transmission and engine locked at 600 miles. Driver stated there was a real bad jerk. Currently, when driving vehicle was constantly bucking. Vehicle was jerking while cruise control is either on or off, and when pulling trailer on any speed. Dealer performed diagnosis, nothing was found. Dealer also replaced icp, and ap switch to repair transmission lock-up.

- Lehi, UT, USA

problem #2

Jan 152004

F-350 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
While driving 30 mph the vehicle stalled without warning. This caused lost of steering and brakes. The dealer told the consumer that he was using the wrong gas but the consumer is using high diesel octane. Please provide any additional information. The consumer stated there was a technical service bulletin which stated there was a problem with wire chaffing.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 022004

F-350 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
While stopped at a traffic light my diesel truck suddenly lurched forward. I was able to step on the brake pedal firmly enough to prevent hitting the vehicle in front of me.

- Kinnelon, NJ, USA

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