hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
114,601 miles

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2001 Ford F-150 fuel system problems

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 012011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 185,000 miles


2001 F-150 2 door 6 cylinder; fuel tank dropped onto roadway due to rusted through tank strap. Had auto repair shop fix: Replaced fuel tank, fuel tank straps, fuel pump, fuel tank pressure sensor, towing charge total bill $2,600.

- Carlyle, IL, USA

problem #7

Jun 032011

F-150 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Ford F-150. Consumer states problem with vehicle gas tank the consumer stated while driving, he heard a loud metal noise. He pulled to the side of the road, exited the vehicle and looked underneath, only to discover the entire gas tank was on the ground. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the gas tank was re-installed and the fuel tank straps, pressure sensor and fuel filler neck were replaced. Updated 07/20/11

- Painesville, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 042011

F-150 6-cyl

  • 137,805 miles
The fuel tank straps on my 2001 Ford F150 are completely rusted. Other areas have also rusted out such as the radiator supports - radiator and shroud dropped out and are hitting against the engine fan. The pick-up bed of the truck is also rusting out. Updated 08/11/11 the consumer stated when he inspected the straps, he found one of them completely covered in rust, but still in tact. Also, there was unusual rusting all over the underside of the vehicle. The entire lower radiator support was rotted out and the underside of the pick-up bed and other supports have major rust. Updated 08/12/11 the consumer stated when the support gave out the radiator and radiator shroud fell onto the fan that is mounted to the engine. Also, the ball joints and steering were wearing prematurely due to lack of grease fittings. Updated 08/30/11

- Halifax, MA, USA

problem #5

Jul 072001

F-150 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles


Checked fuel tank straps after seeing news reports. 1 strap broken 2nd strap about to break. At dealer for replacement at my expense. Updated 08/11/11 the consumer stated one of the straps was rusted through and the other strap was rusted close to a complete break. Updated 08/12/11

- Glenmont, NY, USA

problem #4

May 062011

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 218,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 70 mph, there was a loud noise and immediately the vehicle was maneuvered to side of the road. The contact noticed the fuel tank detached from the vehicle and both fuel tank straps were completely rusted. The failure caused damage to the fuel tank as a result to an extensive amount of fuel leakage on the ground. The vehicle was temporarily repaired and driven to the residence. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer stated there was not a recall and provided no further assistance. There was an open investigation under NHTSA action number EA11006 (fuel system, other: Storage: Tank assembly). The failure mileage was 218,000. Updated 07/21/11 the gas tank strap broke, causing the tank to fall while driving. Updated 07/25/11

- Redford Township , MI, USA

problem #3

May 022011


  • miles
2001 Ford F-150. Consumer states vehicle caught fire and then exploded the consumer stated she saw a report on T.V. regarding problems with fuel tanks and NHTSA was investigating.

- Harlan, IA, USA

problem #2

Jan 172008

F-150 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph he was told by a passerby that there was a fire underneath the vehicle. He drove to a fire station and the entire cab was consumed with flames. The fire department extinguished the fire, inspected the vehicle and stated that the fire was caused by the fuel tank. A fire report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that they no longer had the records for his vehicle and could offer no assistance. The current and failure mileages were 155,000. Updated 06/16/11 updated 08/08/11 updated 08/29/11

- Tarzana, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 102010


  • 103,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F150. While driving at speeds of 70mph the fuel tank fell from the vehicle. There was a large quantity of gasoline spraying from under the vehicle and onto the highway. The contact was able to move the vehicle off the roadway without further incident. The vehicle was towed to his residence where the contact made repairs to the vehicle. The fuel tank straps had fractured causing the fuel tank to fall from place. The dealer was unable to provide any assistance. The manufacture was not contacted. The failure and current mileages were 103,000.

- Cecilia, KY, USA

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