hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
120,737 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 fuel system problems

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #19

Dec 102016


  • miles


In the less than 2 years we have owned this truck, it has blown spark plugs 3 times.

- Fairbank, IA, USA

problem #18

Sep 072016


  • 149,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while parked the vehicle leaked fuel continuously. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V3850000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was notified about the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 149,000. Updated 01/10/17

- Palermo, ME, USA

problem #17

Sep 302016


  • 207,000 miles
My vehicle had its fuel tank straps replaced under a recall. The corrosion from the original straps spread to the fuel tank. Now, the corrosion on the fuel tank has caused the fuel tank to begin leaking under the replaced straps. Perhaps some of the issue is due to the process / procedure used in replacing the original fuel tank straps. Vehicle now has approx 207,000 miles. Fuel leak was noticed while performing other regular maintenance.

- Milford, MI, USA

problem #16

Jan 012011


  • 85,000 miles


Vehicle cab rocker panels rusting off rear window leaking cruise control not working vehicle rusting and been in area with no salt on roads

- Westville, IN, USA

problem #15

Oct 142015


  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. While the vehicle was parked, it caught fire. A fire report was not filed. The contact's daughter extinguished the fire. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was unknown. Updated 01/27/16

- San Tee, CA, USA

problem #14

Aug 172015


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that there was a fuel odor coming from the fuel tank. The contact noticed a strap hanging under the fuel tank and that fuel leaked onto the driveway. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that there was rust and holes underneath the tank that came from corrosion and that the straps on the tank needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Parksburg, PA, USA

problem #13

Apr 022015

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 138,000 miles


While driving at 15 mph cylinder #5 spark plug liberated it self from the engine.

- Harwinton, CT, USA

problem #12

Jan 222015

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 156,371 miles
There's a recall already for the fuel tank straps in the salt belt states.I live about 20 mile from tenn.im seating at my job and looked out the window and my fuel tank strap broke.the tank was about 2 inch above the road.call Ford and they said its not covered.im in the mountains and we use road salt every year.what makes ten any different.this could have been bad it started dragging on the road while I was driving.wher the strap rust.it caused the fuel tank to rust.now the tank is leaking same place the strap rusted.help.

- Bryson City, NC, USA

problem #11

Nov 162014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 134,600 miles
Spark plug blew out of head.

- Garfield, NJ, USA

problem #10

Sep 222014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
While driving my vehicle under very normal circumstances, traveling approximately 30mph, my truck began to run very rough and there were loud popping noises coming from the top of the passenger side valve cover. It turned out to be a blown-out spark plug and coil pack.

- Sandy, UT, USA

problem #9

Jun 252014


  • 92,000 miles


On 06/25/2014 I was driving my 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty 7.3 litre diesel South on rt. 81 in syracuse NY. At exit 81 and in congested traffic when I lost all engine power. The transmission light came on but when I pressed the accelerator nothing happened. The engine was still running but the truck would not go. I was in the left lane intending to go South on 81 with a barrier on my left and no shoulder to escape traffic. I signaled and drifted over to the right and ended up stopping in an area between the rt 81 lane and an exit ramp. While doing this I had slowed considerably as the truck had no power and cars and trucks behind me had to swerve and brake abruptly to avoid striking me. The area where I finally came to rest was directly between the two lanes without room on either side. I attempted to exit the truck to try to evaluate the situation but traffic was traveling within a foot or two of the truck. I contacted aaa and had to wait in this very hazardous position for about 45 minutes for a tow truck to arrive. I had to be towed almost 200 miles to my home after my mechanic diagnosed the problem he stated that it was one of or possibly two sensors that had failed. These sensors controlled the fuel and air flow to the engine and when they failed it refused to allow the engine to accelerate not allowing me to move the truck. I feel that Ford should be made to design a sensor that provides a warning or a means to override the system in order for a driver to make it to a point of safety. This situation mimicked the same situation caused by GM cars having their ignition shut off causing death and serious injuries. I just happened to be very luck as I narrowly missed be struck by fast moving tractor trailers and cars. Hopefully something can be done by Ford to correct this dangerous situation. My wife and I feel very lucky to be home safe today.

- Pottsville, PA, USA

problem #8

Nov 292013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 71,525 miles
The spark plug blew out of the engine and caused the engine to become damaged.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #7

Nov 062013


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while traveling 15 mph, the fuel tank support straps failed and the fuel tank became detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who stated that the straps had failed due to rust. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 11V385000 (fuel system, gasoline). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 66,000.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #6

Sep 262013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Spark plug ejected while driving on high way. This is the second time a plug has ejected. The first time the truck had 39000 miles, original factory torqued spark plugs.

- North Andover , MA, USA

problem #5

Aug 012013


  • 156,000 miles
Fuel tank straps rusted thru the gas tank, Ford replaced the straps, but would not cover the gas tank. The frame, rocker panels, cab & bed are rusted thru, will not pass inspection again.

- Hillsboro, NH, USA

problem #4

Apr 042013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 220,000 miles
The vehicle was traveling at highway speeds when the gas tank fell out. The tank straps had rusted through dropping the tank. The tank cut open from skidding on an interstate expressway releasing 23 gallons of fuel. Ford dealership inspected and said the straps are under recall and will replace, but will not replace the tank. The tank is only damaged due to faulty straps which Ford has identified as problematic. The faulty straps by Ford have resulted in a large financial loss due to tow, cleanup, gas loss, time.... and Ford estimates $800 for a new gas tank. This is a severe hazard and thankful nobody was injured. I believe the next person may not be so fortunate.

- Peotone, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 052013


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford F150. The contact stated that there was an overpowering odor of gasoline fuel inside the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and was advised that the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that the vehicle was not included in any recall campaigns. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Heislerville, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 042012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 200,500 miles
A spark plug worked loose from the head and blew out causing damage to the head and the ignition coil. All 8 plugs had to be replaced, two damaged spark plug holes repaired and two ignition coils replaced.

- Hortonville, WI, USA

problem #1

May 112012


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford F-150. The contact stated that after receiving a recall repair under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V385000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) his gas tank is leaking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who took pictures to be sent to the manufacturer. The dealer called the contact and informed him the repairs would not be done. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 107,000.

- Wharton, NJ, USA

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