really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,170 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 electrical problems

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #58

Dec 172011

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles


Truck was parked in the parking lot at 5:45 am on 12/17/2011 at my place of employment. At approximately 4 pm several employees and I heard what we thought was someone's alarm going off. They went to parking lot to see what was going on and saw flames inside my truck around the dashboard on the drivers side. The noise was actually the horn blowing. We did not attempt to open the door, we called the fire department. Upon arrival they put the fire out. The truck had been parked all day & I never entered it after I arrived at work. The truck is destroyed.

- Lynn Haven, FL, USA

problem #57

Nov 022010


  • 96,584 miles
Driving at 50 mph my truck dies. Tow to a Ford dealership (thomas Ford, beverly MA.). diagnostics show blown pcu. Dealer replaces pcu at my expense. Finds that, or says that, the pcu was blown by the fpdm. Ford does not have any in stock and 3 months behind in production due to bad economy. Dealer pressures me into buying used fpdm because 3 other trucks on lot has same problem and they will buy part if I don't. 3 months without truck if I don't. dealer also says I should complain to Ford Motor Company direct because (they believe) it should be a recall. Fmc did nothing. Not even expedite a new part. PCM was $970 part only and fpcm was $343 part only. Fpcm cracked because mounted on dissimilar metal under spare tire.

- Groveland , MA, USA

problem #56

Oct 262011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance. The contact was advised that there was a spark plug shortage and that the wires would need replacing. The manufacturer was not contacted and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was unavailable. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #55

Jul 282011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles


I was traveling on a main boulevard when all of a sudden the drivers side window slid down with a loud sounding bang. The window did not break. However, what seems to be a spring loaded mechanism, must have broken causing the window to collapse down inside the door. The sound was so loud, it caused a nervous reaction in me which resulted in pulling on the steering wheel to one side. Thankfully, there were no vehicles to that side and I was able to correct my steering to get back into my lane. As if one experience was not sufficient, it happened again 9/1/11. This time on the passenger side door. The same exact experience repeated except that this time I was driving at 75mph on I-25. I expected to find a recall to this dis-functional mechanism. What are the chances of this happening almost back to back within a 6 week period?

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #54

Oct 192011

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
The power window on the front passenger side just abruptly stopped working and the window fell down into the door. This appears to be a problem with this vehicle that has not been addressed by Ford.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #53

May 022011

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
All 4 windows regulators broke within a span of 4 months. Window regulators have a steel cable which adheres to a plastic pulley--who designed this poor compatibility? common sense will tell you that this is not conducive to wear and tear for electric windows. Vehicle is in excellent shape accept for this problem which as a consumer is unacceptable due to inferior products used. Aluminum or another type of metal should have been used for the pulley--definitely not plastic. Reported to Ford--can't and won't do anything about this but tell me to take to Ford dealer for repairs and pay an outrageous amount for the labor and regulator. I spoke with a local Ford service manager and he revealed to me that Ford knows this is a problem with several of their vehicles and also the Lincoln but because of the cost incurred by issuing a recall that they chose to "wash it under the rug". this is an unacceptable excuse as far as I am concerned. 4 window regulators in a 4 month span to break--something needs to be addressed and brought to Ford's management and design departments.

- Wildwood, FL, USA

problem #52

Nov 242010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


In less than one year I have had to replace three windows in my 2004 F-150. The windows would just fall inside the door and the mechanism no longer worked. As I researched online, I noticed there were numerous complaints for this make, model and year. I feel this should have been a recall. I hope Ford Motor Company looks into this and we will all be reimbursed for our expenses. Thank you.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #51

Sep 042011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Failure of second window regulator in two years. Driving down the road this time and nearly swerved off the roadway after I thought that the passenger side rear window had been shot out. Turns out it was the regulator failing. Ford needs to recall this part as a safety hazard before somebody is hurt in a crash caused by the failure of the regulators. Ford knows they have a problem but apparently will not recall or offer a fix.

- West Grove, PA, USA

problem #50

Jul 282011


  • 89,500 miles
While driving in up state NY, going about 30-35 mph, my rear passenger window started to open for no reason. By the time I was able to pull over the window was completely open and fell down into the door. I was unable to close the window and the Ford dealership I brought the car to look at to try and fix it told me the regulator was broken and needed to be replaced. The dealership was able to get the window closed and taped it shut. I was 300 miles from home and I had to get home to try and get the window fixed. Ps: this is the second time this has happened to me. About 2 years ago the same thing happened to the drivers window and I had to get the regulator replaced Ford needs to own up to it's default and announce a recall on all it's window regulators

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #49

Jun 192011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 100,960 miles
While I was driving, the rear drivers side window made a loud pop and the window just fell down. The window will not go back up. It is stuck down. I could not find any recall on the window but googled and found that is a problem for a lot of Ford F150 owners.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #48

May 302011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 94,213 miles


After starting the truck, and having seemingly normal operation. It started to run rough and had a marked loss of power. The check engine light did not initially illuminate, giving no indication of a serious problem. Thinking this was a temporary problem, we continued home. The next day my wife took the truck on her normal daily routine. She notified me later that the truck had gotten worse and that it was very rough and low on power, to the point of making merging very dicey. We took the car to the dealer for diagnosis and they found a wiring harness had chafed through due to a riding condition on an air conditioning line. This affected coil number 4. the dealer repaired the chafed wire and returned the car to service. The ironic thing(or disappointing, depending on your perspective) was that we had the car in for a recall campaign for a chafing wire in the airbag system.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #47

May 062011


  • 70,000 miles
I was driving my 2004 Ford F150 lariat on us 50 going West bound in heavy traffic around 5:30 in the evening driving 70 mph. I heard a loud pop (as if a gun was being fired), which startled me to where I swerved into the lane beside me. Luckily there was not another car right beside me or else this would have definitely lead to an accident. I turned out to be something within in the electrical system of my driverside windows controls. The window fell down as soon as I heard the pop. I called one of the local Ford dealers and was told that it would be about $400 to fix and that they have to fix this sort of problem all the time on the same makes and models of my truck. I then asked if there was a recall and was told that there was not. I am not able to afford repairs at this time, so I am having to just deal with the fact that I do not have a window on the driverside anymore. This whole incident could have caused a serious accident. Ford should really do something about this before it does.

- Pueblo West , CO, USA

problem #46

Mar 302009

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Electric window motors fall apart inside doors.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #45

Jan 162011


  • miles
Window regulator failure, third occurrence within a year. First incident was left rear window, then right rear window now right front. All three incidents occurred while driving, causing a hazardous distraction to the driver. Two incidents happened in foul weather further disrupting the driver.

- New Carlilse , OH, USA

problem #44

Sep 152010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I have lost 4 window regulators over the space of 2 years. I have replaced the drivers front, pass front twice pass rear once. I currently have a broom handle holding up drivers rear. This has gotten very old and tiresome. I worked for Ford dealerships for 27 years and I am very disappointed with the apparent disregard of quality is job 1.

- Balch Springs, TX, USA

problem #43

Nov 202010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 107,425 miles
2004 Ford F150 supercrew. Window regulator failure, resulting in a loud crashing sound while driving the vehicle; once almost resulting in a crash. This has happened with 3 regulators now.

- Trinity, FL, USA

problem #42

Oct 152010


  • 84,000 miles
I attempted to raise my front passenger-side power window on my 2004 Ford F-150 supercab. I heard a loud pop and the window began to lower automatically. When it was completely inside the door, it stopped. I am now unable to raise this window. I was personally at a stop when the window failed, however, there are numerous accounts of this failure occurring in moving vehicles creating a safety hazard.

- Raeford, NC, USA

problem #41

Oct 232007

F-150 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Currently own a 2004 Ford F150 FX4. The driver side window suddenly fell off the track while driving and into the door, thankfully it didn't shatter. Took it to the dealership, wasn't covered under warranty. It was the window regulator. Cost around $500 to fix it. A year later the driver side window fell of track when shutting the door and fell down into it. Don't really have the money to fix it, so we rigged it to stay up, however it falls slowly while driving and we have to keep pushing it up. Now the rear passenger window has fallen down- where our child sits and this is becoming a problem. $1500 to fix 3 windows in 2 years is not acceptable on something that is clearly a defect. Ford claims they are waiting for the NHTSA to require the recall from Ford, until that happens they wont correct the problem. This is a safety issue as well as a consumer issue. Please continue to advise Ford of this defect and urge the recall.

- Copperas Cove, TX, USA

problem #40

Sep 192010


  • 60,000 miles
No significant events lead up to.... 3 out of 4 windows on my 2004 Ford F150 FX4 had to be replaced because out of the blue they come crashing down. I have spent about 700 dollars so far on this defect and have to go in tomorrow to get my passenger side window fixed which will put me over 1000. Ford needs to recall these window regulators and I should get every penny I have spent on these pathetic devices back. Come on Ford, really? I feel like I and everybody else in this same situation have been taken advantage of for Ford to make an extra buck. Who is going to be the one to raise the [xxx] flagged and take Ford to the bank on this one. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Belle Chasse, LA, USA

problem #39

Sep 092010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 22,550 miles
While I was driving the truck on local roads, the passenger side electrically controlled window which was fully up suddenly slowly receded down into the door of the truck and now cannot be raised back up. The window is not broken, and the noise when I press the window control seems to indicate that the motor is still working properly. I have called several repair shops (and the dealer), and the conclusion so far (hearing the description but without inspecting the vehicle) is that the window regulator needs to be replaced.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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