definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,276 miles

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2008 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2008 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Dec 102015


  • 27,000 miles


We purchased a brand new 2008 Ford F-150 back in may, 2008. We have only put on it 27,000 miles and have never towed anything with it, we don't even have a trailer hitch on it. On Dec. 10, 2015 the "trans fault" light came on the dashboard while driving on a city street and the truck started making lots of noise and jumping into gear when you put it in "drive". we drove two miles to our home and got it in the driveway. After it was in the driveway, we tried to drive it to a repair shop and it wouldn't got into any gear, not even neutral so it couldn't be moved. On Dec. 11, 2015 we had it towed to a transmission shop where we had to replace the entire transmission or have it rebuilt. We decided to get a brand new transmission, it had a better warranty. Even the transmission guy with 38 years experience couldn't believe the transmission had to be replaced at 27,000 miles. I had contacted Ford but they wouldn't take any responsibility and said that there weren't any recalls.

- Lincoln, CA, USA

problem #21

Jan 202014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle jerked forward without warning. In addition, the contact stated that the engine temperature gauge reached high levels. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where the technician stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #20

Mar 292015


  • 64,172 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the shifting cable burned through or fractured due to the cable resting on the exhaust manifold. The dealer replaced the transmission shifting cable. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,172. The VIN was not available.

- Midford, OR, USA

problem #19

Mar 272015


  • 64,172 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician diagnosed that the shifting cable had burnt thru or fractured due to the cable resting on the exhaust manifold and corrosion. The dealer replaced the transmission shifting cable and repaired the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,172.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #18

Dec 042014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
Rear end does a skidding when coming from a complete stop to moving. Looks as though the brakes are not releasing like they should, but sounds like there is grinding from the rear differential. When calling auto part stores about getting a replacement, they have all advised that this years (2008) Ford F-150S all have this same problem. All stores say it is the differential clutch packs in these 2008 Ford F-150S but Ford will not take responsibility of the malfunction of this part.

- Kyle, SD, USA

problem #17

Sep 222014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 51,200 miles
Vehicle would stall at slow speed and severe rattling and loss of power to vehicle which could easily result in accident. Ford service indicated that it was cam phasing or otherwise known as intake camshaft position timing over retarded problem. Very dangerous condition which should be addressed via recall.

- Flemington, NJ, USA

problem #16

Sep 232014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 38,450 miles


Started vehicle with no issues, drove from home to location approximately 30 miles away. During the drive, I could feel a "hesitation" during the automatic shifting of gears. Hesitation seemed to progress during drive to location. Arrived at location with no further issues. 3 hours later I left location, in route back to my home, and noticed same hesitation. On the way home the "trans fault" code came on and the "O/D off" indicator light began blinking on and off. I arrived at my home with no further issues. While at home, I attempted to place the vehicle in reverse and it did not shift for almost 3-5 seconds, then the transmission seemed to abruptly shift into reverse. At this point my vehicle is not operable for fear of causing further damage.

- La Porte, TX, USA

problem #15

May 142014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Started shaking and sputtering in reverse at low RPM. Two transmission shops said it was the reverse band in transmission and needed rebuild. Had trans rebuilt (at cost of 2390.00). After rebuild, mechanic was driving and it still had problem. After researching, he thinks it is the cam phasers causing problem. He had replaced my plugs before transmission work to rule that out (all 8 of the plugs broke while taking them out, he had never seen all break on a F150 before). This engine/transmission is a bad design all around and Ford needs to step up, admit it and fix and or reimburse customers for repairs. You can spend thousands chasing problems in this power train! even though the transmission rebuild did not fix the initial problem, the rear band was worn, and the plate in the transmission had a small dent and hair line cracks, so it was going to fail eventually! the transmission shop said this is common in these. I want something done!

- Piedmont, AL, USA

problem #14

Jul 092014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
My truck has 81K miles on it and the torque converter has gone bad. I have never in the past heard of a bad torque converter from normal wear and tear. The top of my steering wheel is showing major wear. My wife's 2000 mini van has no wear on it. Why would the top of my steering wheel be falling apart?

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #13

Nov 182008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
I bought this truck new with 26 miles on it. I have since had brakes go out...steering go out, powertrain replaced with refurbished one. I don't understand why the steering issue is not a safety issue and all the mechanics at Ford say it should be a recall. I don't understand why the spark plugs can't be removed without breaking off and Ford is totally aware of this problem. My truck steering...I was told a part needs to be replaced that happens to all these trucks...it is at least $1300...and when I asked for a tuneup and was told because the spark plugs break off it can be over 800.00...I was astonished that with all the trouble with GM recalls you would not target this 2008 Ford F-150...there are multiple major safety issues. I already went up against Ford about the powertrain and have paid $35,000 for this truck, I owe thousands more. Can you help or be of any assistance for all Ford truck owners? oh, and the truck starts shaking and I have to stop put in 4WD and then out again in middle of traffic to get it to run right, and the emergency brakes sticks too. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Mount Vernon, OH, USA

problem #12

Jun 012012


  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the gear shifted into neutral independently. The failure recurred sporadically as the contact drove at lower speeds under 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the cause of failure was not determined. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 87,000. The current mileage was 100,000.

- Jackson , MS, USA

problem #11

Feb 292008

F-150 8-cyl

  • 1,200 miles
We bought our F150 5.4 in July of 2008. In late August I noticed a slight vibration under my feet. The vibration continued to get worse. I have taken the truck to a my Ford dealership for all maintenance and each time I have reported the vibration. In July of 2011 I replaced the tires after they stated it was the tires. That did nothing to fix the vibration. They have continued to rotate and balance the tires but I still have the problem. Which is wearing out my tires. I overheard the mechanic talking to the mgr. Of the service department he told him to bill it as a recall but the problem is not fixed. Also in April they said they didn't know what the problem was that it may take weeks to find it at my cost because Ford would problem not pay for it. I don't think this is fare. It was a brand new truck. What if something breaks while I'm driving 50 mph in the traffic.

- Garfield, AR, USA

problem #10

Aug 172011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
At idle the engine knocks loudly vehicle stalls engine fails. Not able to drive. I have been told by Ford techs and dealership to replace engine.

- Greenland, NH, USA

problem #9

May 192012

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 34,250 miles
I bought my Ford truck used in April 2012 with 33000 miles. About a month later I noticed that when I applied the brakes to stop, the engine would rev up. It has since gotten alot worse. Now the engine has started to overpower the brakes. I find that when the engine starts to rev, if I let off the brake and rebrake it will drop the RPM's back down. It's dangerous to have to let off the brake especially in traffic! it's such a safety issue. In researching this for a recall, I've come across other complaints like this.

- Ohio City, OH, USA

problem #8

Mar 052012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 31,733 miles
Safety concern. Solenoid that activates 4 wheel drive failure, causes partial engagement of 4 wheel drive at ant time.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jan 112012

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 18,885 miles
While backing up the four wheel drive went out, and would only operate in two wheel drive. This happened when it was very snowy and icy road conditions. Cause was from electric actuator that engages 4X4 system. Vehicle had less than 19,000 miles on it. Ford would not repair under power train warranty.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #6

Nov 152011


  • 52,000 miles
While driving on the interstate at 70 mph, the vehicle lost acceleration. The RPM's shot up, and truck would not accelerate. It was as if it had slipped into neutral. Had to pull over on side of highway, and turn the truck off. This seemed to reset the issue for the time being. Has happened several more times. Took it to two different dealerships. The first one cleaned the maf sensor. The second dealership flushed the tranny and reprogrammed the truck. None of these solutions have worked. It happened again this week with my two young children in the car. Was able to make it onto shoulder before an accident occurred. Have another appointment at dealership tomorrow morning. This is dangerous!

- Laporte, IN, USA

problem #5

Nov 222011

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
There has been several times while I'm driving at a slow rate of speed at 20 to 30 mph, my RPM gauge will rev high to 4 to 5 and stay there for several minutes and will go back to normal RPM after my transmission shifts gears. I don't see why my truck needs to rev that high at a slow speed to shift gears. To me that shows that my transmission is slipping gears or the gear ratio was never properly tuned when I bought the truck. My truck revving that high while I'm slowing driving is an unsafe act and could potentially cause more unsafe situations.

- Fort Riley, KS, USA

problem #4

Sep 042011


  • 10,000 miles
While driving on interstate, truck self engaged in 4X4, but only driver side wheel locked causing severe pull towards left side. Almost lost control. Dealership has replaced all components twice now and the problem is intermittent.

- Bay St. Louis, MS, USA

problem #3

Mar 022011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
On Wednesday, March 2, 2011 the front differential on my 2008 Ford F150 truck blew apart while backing up on a residential street in nashua, nh. There was a loud noise and the truck slammed to a stop. The truck was towed to best Ford on amherst St., nashua, nh. Apparently a rod broke in half and ricocheted in the housing damaging the gear shaft and slicing a gash in the differential cap. I was on a quiet street with little traffic. Had this occurred on a busy street or highway, it would have most likely resulted in an accident. I have taken photographs of the damaged parts if they are needed.

- Hollis, NH, USA

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