really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 12
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
151,410 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 engine problems

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Nov 202016


  • 100,211 miles


While moving to coeur D alene, id, from California, a spark plug blew out of the engine block for the second time, causing it to be un drivable, leaving us broke down on a major interstate, and requiring a very expensive tow from Oregon to our new home in Idaho.

- Coeur D Alene, ID, USA

problem #32

Nov 212016


  • 150,000 miles
Spark plug ejected from the engine block, as vehicle was moving on a highway. Disabled, needed a tow. Repair very expensive

- Goleta, CA, USA

problem #31

Oct 142016


  • 109,000 miles
Spark plug blown out of head. Spark plug #7 blew out 9 months ago. Now plug #8 blew out. Mechanic says it's due to poor design of aluminum head and insufficient threads. Both times, this happened while coasting at a slow speed (< 30 mph).

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #30

Sep 172016


  • 106,000 miles


The sparkplug blew out for the second time. The first time was about 9 months ago. Running fine then about 40 mph the plug blew out

- Elyria, OH, USA

problem #29

Jun 302016


  • 159,000 miles
Blown spark plug on cylinder 8.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #28

May 132016


  • 196,000 miles
Engine blew the spark plug out while idling. Could cause an engine fire.

- Mcneal, AZ, USA

problem #27

Nov 072015


  • 178,000 miles


The spark plug popped out of the cylinder head.

- Thawville, IL, USA

problem #26

Oct 252015


  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. When the vehicle was started, it idled roughly and made a popping noise. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle rode roughly and had difficulty accelerating. While depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle hesitated and still would not accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 112,000.

- Bullhead City, AZ, USA

problem #25

Sep 202015

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 263,458 miles
I had been at my neighbors house for over 1 1/2 hours. We heard a loud boom that shook the trailer we ran outside and discovered the drivers side tire blew out due to the fire. The entire hood was melting down onto the motor. There was no electrical components left under the hood by this time and the fire was spreading to the cab, but we finally put it out then the fire department came. I called my insurance co, they are investigating the cause of the fire. Please let me know if any of this pertains to my case. Thank you

- Blaine , KY, USA

problem #24

Sep 202015


  • 286,457 miles
All I know is I was at a neighbors for around 1 1/2 hours and we hear a loud boom. We ran out side and my truck hood was on fire, it burned everything visible on top of the motor and toward the driver firewall. It busted the driver side tire and completely burned everything visible under the hood. The dash components as far as the eye can see are not bad, unknown of internal damage.I'm not sure what caused the problem. I did go to the recall site to see if there may have been something I did find this control switch for speed recall and not sure if it applies to mine.even though it brought it up when I entered my VIN #. I did receive a recall on the gas tank straps but did not replace them they were in great shape. But I did not receive on on this. I do have pictures if you need them. Thanks

- Blaine, KY, USA

problem #23

Jul 032015


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While the vehicle was parked approximately 12 feet from the contact's residence, the security alarm sounded. The contact observed flames coming from the front of the vehicle that spread to the driver's side of the vehicle without warning. The fire was extinguished by the contact and other individuals. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V017000 (vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was approximately 160,000.

- Mount Judea, AR, USA

problem #22

Jul 172014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 200,014 miles
I parked, walked inside...moments later the truck was on fire..

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #21

Apr 072015

F-150 8-cyl

  • 164,500 miles
Spark plug has blown out on 3 different times 1 plug has blown twice. No fire, but if I had continues it may cause a fire, fuel and spark out side the engine.

- Graysville, TN, USA

problem #20

Apr 082015


  • 150,000 miles
Spark "blew out" of cylinder head and also damaged coil-on-plug assembly.

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #19

Dec 192014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 232,089 miles
I was driven and the spark plug blew out of the head.

- Rockaway Park, NY, USA

problem #18

Nov 022014


  • 150,000 miles
We have a Ford F150 crew cab with a 5.4 Triton motor. I was putting it in reverse to drive away and there was a strange popping sound. I instantly shut it off and opened the hood. My father examined it for me and stated the number 3 spark plug had ejected itself, cracking the coil as well. We had to have a helicoil kit installed in order to have threads for the new plug. The truck still is not running properly. This has cost approximately $300 so far, and there is more work that will have to be done since it still sputters and runs rough. This is a well known problem by the Ford dealership, as I have researched it on the internet but Ford refuses to take responsibility for the poorly manufactured Triton motor. Fires can start when they pop out as well. This is a dis-service to the public who have unknowingly bought these vehicles and get stuck with huge repairs due to the design of the motor. I am disgusted that there is not a recall. Ford must be held responsible for all these repairs! there is a huge injustice happening by allowing Ford to walk away from the responsibility. A recall before deaths happen would be the responsible thing to do! lemon laws should apply to the Triton motors by Ford! if I had known this was happening we would never ever have purchased this vehicle! shame on the Ford company!!! get the recall set into motion to compensate all the people who bought these dangerous pieces of crap!

- Barnum, MN, USA

problem #17

Oct 132014


  • 145,000 miles
There is a problem with Ford F-150's blowing spark plugs. I have blown 2 so far and read on numerous websites of many many people having this same issue. Both times I have pulled over and disconnected the ignition coil. If I would not know how to do this the blown plug could result in an engine fire. This is a serious problem that Ford needs to fix!

- York , PA, USA

problem #16

Sep 222014


  • 131,000 miles
The gas peddle stuck on the for F150, I see complaint and a recall about the escape, but what about the Ford? on the intranet are several complaints about the same issue with the Ford trucks. We had a major accident and out truck was destroyed due to this.

- Lake Hopatcong, NJ, USA

problem #15

Aug 182014

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
The truck was parked in my driveway for at least 24 hours without being used or turned on. The front of the truck suddenly went on fire. The fire department came and put it out. The fire burned only the front up to the windshield leaving the cab partially melted and my daughters car seat unsafe. Now this mess sits in my driveway as I wait for inspector. As it falls apart more and more each day as my family and neighbors smell the burnt rubble and are reminded of that frightening afternoon.

- West Babylon, NY, USA

problem #14

Aug 182014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
Motor ejected #3spark plug on passenger side.

- Sioux City, IA, USA

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