really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,722 miles

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2009 Ford F-150 electrical problems

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2009 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Dec 272016


  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the warning indicator flashed for the anti-theft lock. In addition, various needles fluctuated for the gauges. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Planada, CA, USA

problem #24

Jun 012014


  • 110,000 miles
The rear door wiring harnesses are under/poorly engineered for normal usage and durability and are subject to premature breakage specifically where the body meets the door resulting in multiple exposed wires causing first and foremost the dangerous potential for vehicle fire as well as inoperable door ajar sensors, electronic locks, window control and interior lighting.

- Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #23

Sep 032016


  • 110,000 miles
2009 Ford F-150 stalling and not starting. This was due to an improperly located 20-amp fuse exposed to excess heat. The fuse needs to relocated or the problem will continue. The truck stopped working suddenly in the middle of traffic and almost caused an accident.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 142016

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 46,000 miles


Keep getting fault code "check fuel fill inlet" this is cap less fuel tank system. I checked cap less fuel fill inlet seems ok but continue getting fault codes. Hundreds Ford customers complaining about same issue, this affects all Ford vehicles using cap less design. From what I read on the web currently there is no fix for this problem. I called Ford Motor Co. Warranty group and open a case regarding this issue. My truck currently at the dealership to diagnosis the fault code. I was a design engineer at john deere for 13 years, a problem fuel storage could be dangerous and fatal. Fuel system design problem L should be identified and resolved immediately during development & testing for this truck. I hope NHTSA address this issue seriously and get this issue recall list. Thank you. [xxx]4/14/2016. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Oak Harbor, WA, USA

problem #21

Oct 212015


  • 92,273 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. While parked, the anti-lock braking system and the traction control warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the anti-lock braking system module failed and needed to be replaced. The contact mentioned that the part for the repair was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 92,273.

- Tallassee, AL, USA

problem #20

May 042015


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. While driving at an unknown speed, the ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the computer that runs the brake system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired due to the part not being available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 19,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #19

Oct 012012

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles


Having problems with ignition. When you turn ignition switch, the car doesn't start. Already have changed a part in steering column related to the ignition.

- Cortland, OH, USA

problem #18

Jul 222014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
Our truck was parked in a parking lot. We had entered a store about twelve minutes before. No one was in the truck and it was turned off. Someone came running into the store and yelled there is a green Ford F 150 on fire in the parking lot. We ran out to see the truck up in flames. After the fire was put out the cab had melted and all the left side of the drivers side.was burned and melted. The windshield had. Racked and broken in many pieces from the hot fire. Had aaa tow the truck to a auto repair shop. It was totaled called Ford co and they told me that they have had no complaints of a spontaneous fire with these trucks. Today they called and said they determined it should just be handled with the insurance company. They took no responsibility. Aaa had not sent them any paperwork yet on the incident. But they determined with no knowledge of what evidence was going to be reported that they did not have to handle it. Found on google a complaint sight where 44 people have had the same problem. I am very unsatisfied with the Ford co and the way they just dumped this issue.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 122014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 66,700 miles
Approaching an yellow light at approximately 35 mph I hit the gas pedal hard for passing gear. The accelerator stuck, the engine roaring, I had to step as hard as possible to stop the truck so I would not hit the vehicle in front of me. Engine would not stop accelerating forcing me to turn off the truck. Shocked, I sat in traffic for a moment before I restarted the engine, but it immediately went to full speed again, forcing me to again turn off the engine. My friend climbed out and pushed me out of traffic. After sitting in a parking lot for about 5 minutes I again started the engine and it started normally.

- Allen Park, MI, USA

problem #16

Aug 302013


  • 34,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the combination lock and key fob failed to unlock the vehicle. The contact mentioned that he was able to start the engine but was unable to move the vehicle since the transmission was locked. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician instructed that as a temporary remedy, he should remove the positive charge cable from the battery and put it back, in order to re-start the computer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to determine what caused the failure however, he stated that there was a loss of communication between the body module and the computer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 34,000 and the current mileage was 34,500.

- Marthasville, MO, USA

problem #15

Jun 142013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


I bought a preowned 2009 Ford F-150 in November 2011 with 49000 miles on the odometer. I had always complained the instrument gauges were difficult to see. I finally investigated and realized that the instrument panel is not illuminated under daylight conditions. It is only illuminated when the parking lights or headlights are on. The only way to get illumination during daylight is to cover the light sensor thus simulating darkness. This, however, only illuminates the gauges at the lower setting for nighttime driving. The dimmer knob/wheel is operational but does not increase illumination to the level expected for daylight driving. There are at least two other complaints on this website regarding this issue and there are several other like complaints on other websites. The dealer tech was helpful, but upon checking with Ford, was told the vehicle was designed that way. I find that to be ludicrous. For instance, today, on a sunny morning, when driving toward the East at 10:00 am it was impossible to read the gauges! how can this not be a safety issue?

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #14

May 022013


  • 44,000 miles
After the onboard computer system detected a fault from the ABS sensors (rear wheels were 17" and fronts were 18" so rears turned faster than fronts), the drive-by-wire (acceleration) software suddenly limited me to the speed at which I was traveling at the time: 50mph. Even though I pressed the accelerator to the floor, I got no further acceleration. Lights and warnings on the dash indicated an ABS and brake problem; there were no such problems. At the time of the "override", I was about to merge into freeway traffic traveling approximately 20mph faster than I was moving thus leading to the probability of a rear end collision. I moved closer to the shoulder and (wild guess) pushed the button for skid control (?)--two squiggly lines on the button. Had the override occurred 4-5 seconds later, I would likely have been injured. I had installed 18" wheels on the front with the intent of installing 18" wheels on the back the next day. The vehicle came with 17" wheels. I had driven approximately 20 miles with that 18-17 configuration before I experienced the warnings and corresponding speed limitation. Drive-by-wire means drive-by-software. Someone made my driving decisions for me and those could have resulted in my injury or death. Vehicle testing can no longer center on performance measurements only. True safety testing must include an assessment of the "safety" software where drive-by-wire systems are used. I purchased the vehicle on 2/25/2013 from carmax; 43,124 miles. The vehicle was in good condition with no prior history of accident or major repair.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 012013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Foul odor developed in vehicle, consistent with mold and mildew. Entire carpet pad found to be wet. Inspection at dealer revealed leaking third tail light. Dealer noted this is a common problem. Clearly this situation is a public health hazard due to the resulting environmental hazard from mold growth.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #12

Sep 182012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 43,740 miles
I was entering an on-ramp onto the interstate and accelerating at the time. As I was nearing the end of the ramp, I felt the truck was traveling faster than I had intended. I removed my foot off of the accelerator only to hear the engine revving and watched the speedometer continue to climb. I was traveling between 80-85 mph by the time I was entering the interstate approaching a tractor trailer truck. I stood with both feet, straight legged with 130 pounds on the brake while not only trying to avoid the tractor trailer in front of me, but watching another tractor trailer approaching me from behind. My speed continued to climb as the accelerator remained stuck. After approximately half a mile of me standing on the brake, I heard a loud bang as the accelerator let go and my braking took effect. I took it to the closest Ford dealership who "could not duplicate the problem, the peddle must have been stuck on the floormat". as I was not satisfied, I then took it to the dealership where I had purchased it only to be told the same thing. As the person driving the vehicle, I can assure you, it wasn't stuck on the floormat. The same thing occurred to my husband as he accelerated to pass a vehicle. However, the period of acceleration did not last as long as this last episode. Both dealerships were made well aware of both incidents.

- Rimersburg, PA, USA

problem #11

Jul 102012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 47,560 miles
I wa traveling on I-20 East traveling from vicksburg, ms heading to atlanta, ga. I had been using the cruise control consistently for about 3 hours. I also was using the accelerate & decelerate buttons on the steering column. I approached a slight curve in birmingham, al with the cruise control locked in at 60 mph, when all of a sudden the vehicle accelerated full throttle. I applied foot pressure to the brake, but the vehicle would not slow down. It continued to accelerate to about 85 mph. I then somewhat raised up in the seat to apply all the foot pressure I could to the brake. It slowed down slightly. When I took my foot off the brake, it began to speed up again. Next I fumbled with the cruise control buttons to see if they were stuck. The vehicle continued to accelerate. Finally, I moved the gear shift to neutral & the vehicle began to slow down. When I put the vehicle back in drive, everything appeared to be normal. Needless to say, I did not use the cruise control anymore. Thank god, we survived!

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #10

Apr 222012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Truck parked in garage from sat evening 4/21/2012 from short 9 mile trip. Truck started around 10:30 a.M. sun 4/22/2012. Removed from garage for 3 minutes then returned to garage. Shut off. Left residence in another vehicle. Returned around 7:30 P.M. opened the garage to find a smoky haze coming from it. The entire garage was hot. I noticed drips of some substance under the truck and on the running boards. I immediately realized it was the undercoating that was warm enough to melt and drip. I got into the truck to start it up but the battery was dead. It was warm enough in the cab of the truck to liquefy tootsy rolls that were in there. I could not get the truck in neutral to push it out of the garage. After a short period with the garage doors open and everything seeming to cool down. I used a battery charger to try start the truck. It would just click and not roll over. With the charger there was enough power to put it in neutral and push the truck out of the garage. There we used a commercial battery starter and the truck started up. There was a check engine light on all the time but it seemed to run fine. All gauges read where they were supposed to. The water temperature gauge was immediately at the warmed up line upon starting. Left it outside overnight. Following morning drove it 10 miles to local Ford dealership. They tested everything and could not find anything wrong with it. The dealership called their hotline and they had never heard of anything like that happening before.. there was nothing else in the garage that was affected.

- Rosebush, MI, USA

problem #9

Dec 192011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
Truck purchased 3-30-2011. 9-2011 needed to have battery jumped. Cleaned battery posts. Seemed fine. 12-19-2011 battery went dead. Aaa replaced battery. 01-31-2012 battery went dead again. Aaa came and said the battery was fine. Had it jumped and took it to holman in maple shade, NJ. They kept the truck for five days and could not find anything wrong with it. When aaa came they said it seemed as if something was pulling from the battery holman said if it happens again not to have it jumped just have it towed. Seems it may be electrical. Not really sure.

- Cherry Hill, NJ, USA

problem #8

Sep 172011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
The fan blower speed control stuck on high only and was replaced 09/2011. The vehicle kept stalling out upon deceleration going down the road. With loss of power steering and power brakes when this happens. Could be going 30 mph or 60 mph. When get motor is started again it usually runs rough. The left oxygen sensor code was on so this was replaced. 11/2011 the fuel gauge also stopped reading fuel in the tank when this happens. Replaced fuel pump in tank, fuel filter, fuel power module, all was fine for three weeks. Truck dies 8 times today and all the same problems are back. Engine light on, fuel gauge stopped working, truck runs rough for awhile when restarted then clears up. Engine light now stays on and fuel gauge will read 1/2 tank when it is full. 36 gal tank. 11/22/2011.

- Mooresville, IN, USA

problem #7

May 232011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 20,900 miles
Vehicle has stalled/shut down on three separate occasions during operation. The first two times the vehicle shut off while stopping at a traffic light. During the latest occurrence the vehicle shut off while navigating a left turn through an intersection. The stall resulted in a power steering and brakes failure. I was able to stop the vehicle without incident because there was no traffic. The latest incident occurred on 05/23/2011. The vehicle has been taken to the local Ford service department but they cannot recreated the problem and therefore have no solution. I have also notified Ford customer service of the problem. There have been six other quality issues with this vehicle. Ford customer service instructed me to continue driving the vehicle and report the incident to the service department when it happens again. Hopefully the next time it happens it will not result in a crash.

- Paris, TN, USA

problem #6

Jan 022011


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. While stopped with the brakes depressed, the vehicle abnormally accelerated resulting in a crash. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The contact also stated that when reversing, the rear view camera would not alert him that he was reversing into another vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but not repaired for the failure. The failure mileage was 25,000 and the current mileage was 37,000.

- Pearl, MS, USA

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