really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 15
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,819 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 electrical problems

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2010 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #86

Apr 212015


  • 84,500 miles


2010 F-150 passenger rear window spidered this morning when I turned on rear defrost.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #85

Mar 082015


  • 76,422 miles
The truck was parked in the driveway warming up with the rear window defrost on when a lot of smoke started coming out of the area around the rear passenger side head rest. I turned off the truck and then there was a loud bang and the passenger side rear window panel had shattered.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #84

Feb 232015


  • 99,100 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that when the rear window heater was turned on, the window shattered completely. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 99,100.

- Sunnydale, TX, USA

problem #83

Jan 262015


  • 28,000 miles


After turning on rear defroster on a 15 degree day I heard some electrical snapping and popping sounds. I turned off the rear defroster for a few minutes then back on again. Not long after that I heard a very loud bang which was my right side rear window shattering. It stayed in place but was completely spider webbed with a few small missing pieces.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #82

Jan 122015

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The ambient temperature was approximately -10 degrees Fahrenheit. I went to warm up my truck and turned on the rear window defroster. When I returned to my vehicle to drive to work I found that my rear window on the passenger side had shattered. I inspected the window for signs of vandalism but besides the spidering of the tempered glass there was no sign of any impact. After an extremely short google search I found this is one of the most common problems with the 2010 F-150. The complaints about this problem are so abundant it's become comical. Which is not a good thing Ford... you shouldn't be content with your product being a punchline.

- East Bethel, MN, USA

problem #81

Jan 052015


  • miles
Driving my son to school on a cold morning with the rear defroster on. About 10 minutes into our drive we heard a very loud pop and my son noticed that the window behind his head had shattered. After researching this issue it seems to be fairly common among this year model with people describing the exact situations. Called Ford and they refused to do anything about it. Absurd that this defect and the related costs should be passed on to the consumer when it is an obvious issue with the truck.

- Lantana, TX, USA

problem #80

Dec 292014


  • 50,724 miles


On the morning of 12/29/14, he had a heavy frost so I used my rear window defrost on my drive to work. Drive was approx. 10 minutes. When I got out of the truck at work, all glass was ok. When I got back in truck to leave work, I looked in rear view mirror, I saw that the passenger side of the three piece rear window was shattered. The glass stayed in the frame and did not fall out. I had to spend over an hour on the phone with my insurance company just to file a claim, and it took the glass company two tries to install the new rear window and rewire it to make it work again. Ford knows there is a problem because they have changed the design on the window along with the wiring to the window. Why will Ford not step up and at least admit there is a problem with the rear defrost and offer to fix it.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #79

Dec 262014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 67,721 miles
I remotely started my F150 to warm up the vehicle on a morning that the outside temperature was 37F. While inside the vehicle I heard a load bang that sounded like glass breaking. Observed that rear passenger window shattered approx. Three minutes after rear defroster switch was turned on. Inspected glass both inside and out and observed that the glass was intact but the whole passenger side back glass what shattered as with safety glass would. I took the vehicle to the nearest dealer and they had seen the problem before but there advised it would not be under warranty or policy. Dealer gave me local csr to contact to discuss the issue and ask for policy. Glass estimate was around $621 for parts and 3 hrs of labor. Declined repair until speaking with csr to ask for consideration under policy. I don't know what I would have done if the glass would have fallen out during driver. Numerous incidences report of this exact mode of failure. Severe safety issue that needs to be addressed with Ford by NHTSA.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #78

Dec 282014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Rear defroster was on for approximately 15 minutes. After pulling into driveway and stopping rear passenger reported a funny smell. After turning off the vehicle and while stepping out the rear light on passenger side(which has defrost wires running through it) shattered with a loud pop. The glass remained in place but has spiderwebs throughout the whole light.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #77

Dec 292014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 50,723 miles
I left for work in the morning and I turned on the rear defrost because we had a heavy frost overnight. Window was fine when I got out of truck at work. It was a 10 minute drive to work. When I got back into truck 10 hours later to leave work, I saw that the passenger side of the three piece rear window was broken. The glass did not fall out of the frame so it was not from an impact. Air temp stayed just below freezing all day. Had to spend roughly an hour on the phone with my insurance company and my Ford dealer to get the part ordered. It will be four days till it will be fixed. I just hope nothing happens that will cause the glass to fall out of the frame. I drive my truck at least 6 days a week so I cannot be without it. Please do something about this issue.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #76

Dec 202014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 42,200 miles


While driving, the vehicle lost power completely so power steering was non-functional. Was able, with much difficulty, to guide the vehicle off of busy road and on to side street. Darn lucky I wasn't involved in accident. Had vehicle towed to crossroads Ford in cary, N.C. here is word for word what the mechanic wrote. "vehicle towed in. Customer states vehicle turns over but won't start. Check and advise. "could not duplicate concern. Ran oasis. No codes. Read past hotline reports for bad pin fit for fuse 27 in under hood fuse panel. Tried to relocate to different location. Wire terminal damaged during removal. Installed inline fuse holder to fuel pump wire. Installed 20 amp fuse. Test drove and no problems at this time." So basically, this was a flaw in manufacture regarding pin fit for fuse 27 that caused vehicle to cease power while driving and endangered passengers. I called Ford service at 800-392-3673 and case was opened. Case # [xxx]. customer service rep at crossroads Ford was [xxx] and mechanic was [xxx]. I spoke with service manager [xxx] and he was made aware of situation and I'm waiting for his reply as to if there will be compensation. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #75

Dec 082014


  • 65,000 miles
Initiated rear window defrost; abnormally loud "pop" from exploding passenger side rear-window glass.

- Lewisburg, TN, USA

problem #74

Nov 242014


  • 78,000 miles
Approximately 2-3 minutes after turning on my rear defroster, the passenger side panel of the three panel rear glass shattered. Nothing struck the glass to cause this. Temperature outside was around 36* F, windows were slightly foggy, not covered in frost.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #73

Nov 172014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
While driving into work, had the rear defrost active for roughly 10 minutes. At a stoplight, noticed smoke rising from outside of the rear window. As I proceeded to pull off the road, heard a loud bang and the passenger side rear window proceeded to spiderweb. The gasket for the rear window has been burned on the lower left hand corner (when observed from outside of the vehicle). It is apparent there is an issue with the rear heating element, as observed by the number of identical complaints on this site. I hope that Ford steps up and does something about this before someone actually gets hurt.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #72

Oct 222014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 32,400 miles
Contacted Ford first about rh rear defroster not working. Luckily only had the burnt smell and not the explosion of glass. Being this is the highest number of complaints on this site Ford should really consider looking into this before possibly a child in a car seat gets a face full of glass. As usuall from Ford I received the usual form letter back about not being under any recalls. Vehicle only has 32,400 miles on it. Would like to know the actual manufacture Ford buys these from. Even offered if they were to send me a rear unit I would replace it myself as being a auto tech all my life and send the old unit back for verification.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #71

Oct 242014


  • 42,000 miles
Rear window defroster caught on fire and shattered rear window glass. This could be dangerous and should be recalled.

- Henderson, KY, USA

problem #70

Aug 122014


  • 98,012 miles
2010 Ford F150. The rear right door ajar indicator will not turn off.

- Churchville, VA, USA

problem #69

Dec 162013


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contacted stated that while driving 25 mph with the air conditioner on activated, the front passenger side vent began dispersing heat. The failure recurred twice. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired for the related failure eight months prior but the repairs were unknown. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Pueblo West, CO, USA

problem #68

Sep 172014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 60,302 miles
Used rear defrost (approximately 63 degrees outside) drove approximately 5 miles and passenger rear window shattered. Was sitting at a complete stop at a light. Sounded like a gun-shot. Researched the issue to find many other 2010 F150 owners with the same problem who were told it was a short in the rear defrost electrical. Ford will not cover repairs.

- Spring Lake, NC, USA

problem #67

Mar 072014

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 43,000 miles
My seat heater stopped working several months ago, I went to replace it today and found that the heat element had melted and turned black the seat cushion in the area of where it melted, I don't believe that there was actual fire but had the power not shut off I am sure that the seat would have caught fire.

- Marysville, WA, USA

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