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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,172 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Ford F-350 fuel system problems

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2004 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #9

May 152013

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 74,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Ford F350. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was stated that the fuel injection control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000.

- South Bellefontaine, OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 092012

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 73,251 miles
Engine began bucking, sudden power loss and power steering and power brake loss. Mechanic conclusion was that the lining of the fuel tank had dislodged and caused the engine to foul, causing a sudden power loss. Dealer said they had never heard of the problem but we later learned they were very familiar with it, had done dozens of repairs (replacement of tank with poly tank) and that a "secret" repair bulletin had been issued ty Ford to all dealers. This issue is now the subject of a class action lawsuit in New Jersey. Google "Ford fuel tank lining" for more info on the suit, but by not issuing a recall this issue is a potential safety concern. Had we been in heavier traffic and unable to get the vehicle to the side of the road there may have been a serious accident.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #7

May 202010

F-350 4WD 8-cyl

  • 121,355 miles
Sudden power losses at highway speeds resulting in engine shutting off and not being able to be restarted.

- Orrstown, PA, USA

problem #6

Jan 102009

F-350

  • 23,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The gas tank failed on my 2004 Ford truck with only 23,000 miles on it causing engine damage.

- New Canaan , CT, USA

problem #5

Aug 012008

F-350 Diesel

  • miles
2004 Ford F350 dump truck shuts down with no warning. Consumer states that Ford will not honor truck warranty and will not repair the problem. The consumer stated when the dump truck shut down, there was no power steering or brakes. The dealer stated the problem was with the diesel tank and diesel line which had eroded due to containments in the diesel gas, however the problem recurred two more times.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #4

Nov 052007

F-350 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The truck stalled in rush hour traffic, just before the entrance to a tunnel. This could have been a very serious safety issue had I not been able to get out of the travel lanes of the interstate. Managed to cross from the right lane, across a merge lane to the shoulder. Managed to restart engine. Excessive smoke, running rough. Stayed on shoulder until engine ran smooth enough to go. Taken to dealer. Egr valve replaced. Intake manifold cleaned. Turbo cleaned. Cost $1776.82 to repair. Supposedly not covered by warranty. This happened on either the first Monday of November or the last Monday of October, as well as the previous Friday.

- Onley, VA, USA

problem #3

Feb 162006

F-350 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Diesel smell in the cab of a Ford F350 truck with 6.0 engine. This is the second instance of this in this truck. Both have been covered by warranty, but the first time was in may of 05 and the second time was Feb 06 is this going to happen again. The smell is sickening and if you do not open the windows eyes water, feel tired, sick to stomach, all not good for driving down the road (people really look at you like you are nuts when its 5 degrees outside and you are driving around with your windows open). This time it has been blamed on the exhaust manifold, the first time it was what they called the down exhaust pipe. I believe that there is a bigger problem which has to do with the 6.0 engine. Too much pressure for the exhaust. The other problem is with the radiator hose. I have 46700 miles on the truck and the radiator hose has to be replaced due to rubbing on the power steering gear box, Ford will not cover this under warranty, even though they have come up with a new hose and new part number to stop this from happening. I have not been told if they are replacing the hose with the old style or the new style.

- Mukwoango, WI, USA

problem #2

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 #1

May 152004

F-350 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1.) I own an 04, F350 superduty, diesel truck. There are 2 fuel filters \ water seperators on it. One on the drivers side, under the frame and the other on top of the engine. Owners manual reccomends that you must drain the one under the frame at least with every fill up to prevent water from getting into the engine. 2.) the problem is that you must use an allen wrench under the frame to loosen the screw for the fuel in the filter to drain out. Ford reccomends at least 25 seconds and into a container. I have done this 5 times now. 4 times the screw has fallen out and I was soaked with diesel fuel, and had a 45 second or so flow of fuel on the ground, contaminating it. 3.) I feel that there needs to be a recall to change that drain screw to a petcock or a spring loaded screw to prevent the screw from falling out. This would prevent these small fuel spills that are harmful to the enviornment, and the dangereous fuel that is being spilled onto people.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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