really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,377 miles

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2012 Ford F-150 miscellaneous problems

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2012 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Jan 012017


  • 91,000 miles


When I an pushing the gas pedal to go, the whole truck vibrates at random intervals and lasts for about 15 seconds at intervals every 1 to 2 minutes. This happens at all speeds and is getting worse everyday. Les schwab checked the tires, brakes, rotors, axels, bearing and U-joints and everything is good. It feels almost like you are driving on a rumble strip but more harsh. The severity of the vibration is worse while driving up hills and it is getting worse by the day.

- Prineville, OR, USA

problem #29

Dec 132016


  • 48,583 miles
Was driving vehicle at 55mph heard a loud bang. Sounded like an explosion! the sound startled me almost causing an accident. The rear window had shattered. Pulled over and got out, the bottom right corner of the window was on fire. Not realizing what was happening I attempted to pour water on it. It continued to burn, then I quickly took a rag from inside the truck and began to try an put out the fire. Between that water, rag and a screw driver the fire was finally out. The fire that was burning was very odd in nature nothing I had ever seen before. I immediately looked the incident up online and saw that this has happened hundreds of times Ford Motor Company is fully aware but will not cover it unless entire vehicle is still under warranty. This is totally a danger to society! this almost caused an awful accident.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #28

Nov 182016


  • 40,000 miles
Sunroof imploded while parked. I went to my truck to get something in the afternoon closed the door, thought I heard a pop. Went back to work and a coworker pointed out something looked wrong with my sunroof. The glass popped up and the entire sunroof shattered. How am I responsible for replacing this!? $900 was the estimate.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #27

Nov 102016


  • 94,679 miles


I have a 2012 F-150 flex fuel 5.0. last night it started downshifting and slamming into 1st gear while driving approximately 65 mph. I stopped for errands got started on the road again and the truck did the same thing but a "wrench" appeared in my dash display. I took it to my local mechanic who diagnosed the problem with P0731 - molded lead frame. He indicated Ford had issued a service bulletin stating a "free" fix of the problem. The truck is at Ford now but Ford is saying my VIN is not part of the recall. My truck was built in January 2012 at the Kansas City plant. What would make the molded lead frame go bad if it is not part of the recall?

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #26

Aug 292016


  • 73,500 miles
Fluid loss: On 2 separate occasions I have parked my truck in my driveway at night and in the morning I awake to find puddles of fluid under truck. I have taken the truck to a Ford service center and both times have been told I have no leaks. 2 days ago the puddle of reddish fluid was much bigger. Once again I am told no leaks by service department. I have shown them pictures & I am told there are fluids they cannot check, Ford has not provided a way to do that on this truck. I purchased an extended warranty as I can't afford a huge repair bill. Other F150 owners have had similar issues and I am concerned. Is Ford going to wait until someone dies or are they hoping the consumer will pay for fix after warranty has expired" what are they hiding"

- Fountain Hills, AZ, USA

problem #25

Aug 192016


  • 59,000 miles
Our transmission is doing exactly what the recall mentioned. We are traveling with a 2 year old and I can not believe that Ford does not have a fix to this problem this usa very dangerous situation while traveling on an interstate

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #24

Jul 112016


  • 90,000 miles


I have shuddering goin on somewhere in the drive shaft, transfer case and the transmission. I just got it back from Ford where they told me they could not fix it. And on the way home I hit a bump on the highway and the shudder almost ran me into the car next to me. I am feeling very scared to drive it, I feel like it's gonna fall apart. I've had it into Ford many times for this problem and others and to no avail, they can't fix it. I'm ready to file a lawsuit over this. Please help. Thanks

- Winnebago, IL, USA

problem #23

Jun 042016


  • 30,150 miles
I was involved in a traffic accident June 4, 2016 in which a car attempted to make a left turn in front of me at an intersection and the result was a moderate collision. Due to the collision my vehicle lost all power (engine and electrical) and the air bags failed to deploy.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #22

Dec 232015


  • 176,621 miles
I was going down 105, to get from conroe to porter, when I changed lanes to get near an exit to go through back roads the truck all of a sudden shot down to 42 or 43, causing someone behind me to try to avoid hitting me, he avoided most of the truck but hit my bumper on the right side pushing it into the bed a little, I didn't know what was going on so I slammed on the breaks causing the belts to tighten up. He got out to help me and we got my truck towed, he assumed it was the transmission locking up. Once back in houston I was told the transmission was fine and it was a freak accident.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #21

Mar 212016


  • 75,000 miles
While driving on the highway at 7:15am I was using the rear window defroster to melt the ice on the rear window. It was 24 degrees Fahrenheit outside. The drivers side rear window pane (3 paned rear window) shattered. The window that shattered is where the connections for the rear defrost are located. There were no holes or impact points on the window.

- Streetsboro, OH, USA

problem #20

Feb 172016


  • 69,000 miles


The electronic assisted power steering pump is going out on my truck. It gave me no warning lights or signs that it was going to fail. I was driving into a curve and my steering wheel locked up I was able to still control my vehicle but it was hard to turn. It has then started making noise and wants to lock up when I turn. I brought my truck to Ford and they're using a scapegoat not to cover it under my extended warranty and blaming it on a modification to the vehicle.

- Jennings, LA, USA

problem #19

Jan 042016


  • 73,000 miles
Just had my 2012 F150 FX4 super crew appearance package rear window shatter. Last night my truck is sitting all by its self on a flat surface I hit the automatic start as I'm walking out to my truck it's about 22 deg F out I hear this loud pop didn't know what it was then in the morning I noticed my right rear window was shattered. Hopefully Ford will cover this if not there's a chance my aftermarket warranty will or I will file a collision claim through my insurance. The seames to be an ongoing problem with these trucks and Ford should take the responsibility to correct it. I love my F150 have had it since brand new it's been great up until now besides the radio modular need replaced when it was just over a year old. Warranty took care of that no problem.

- Harrisburg, PA, USA

problem #18

Dec 192015


  • 36,000 miles
While I was warming my F 150 in my driveway for departure to work, I heard very very loud thump sound coming from the rear window. Assuming maybe I opened my driver side door to far and wide upon getting in, that may have made the thump sound. But as I continued to drive out of my driveway, and proceeded a half mile down the street, I notice tiny small spider fragments on the right end of the 3 panel rear window. I first assumed it was mist dropping from the window but all the other windows on the truck were dry & clear. So I pulled over to get out to check to see if it was truly cracked and damaged. And yes indeed!!! it was the rear right side panel window damaged. I remembered the very loud thump sound that occurred five minutes ago and saw that my defrost was light flicking and now I realize that the rear defrost must have a defect, because I never experience this ever before on any other vehicles I owned and considering I only have less than 37000 miles there must be a major defect with the F150 rear panel windows. If you have any information regarding the Ford F-150 please contact me because this is unsafe especially when you have small children, or any passengers sitting in the rear. I'm just thankful there was no one in the rear. The cost to repair is extremely costly considering that the entire rear panel window has to be replace, this isn't fair to the consumers.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #17

Dec 272015


  • 30,240 miles
I started my 2012 F-150 and activated the front and rear defrosters. While idling in a driveway, I heard a loud pop, looked around and realized my passenger side rear windshield panel had shattered spider web style. Luckily I turned off the defroster in time and was able to duct tape the broken window. Unfortunately, tiny splinters of glass were already on my rear passenger seat, and I got some in my hands from taping it up. Thank god nobody was sitting in that seat. Temperature was low 40S, I was trying to get rid of a slight frost.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #16

Dec 222015

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 109,500 miles
Upon hard accelaration the engine will begin to shudder, vibrate, and misfire. Usually happens when it is raining.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #15

Nov 272015


  • 42,650 miles
Takata recall. I recently purchased a 2012 F150 FX4. While driving on a secondary highway at about 55mph I heard what sounded like a gun shot. Upon immediate inspection I found the rear window behind the driver had shattered into a thousand pieces.

- White City, KS, USA

problem #14

Nov 192015


  • 52,000 miles
I was cruising down the highway when all of sudden the truck would not accelerate and it felt like the engine had shut off. The RPM was fine, however on the speedometer it kept going up and down (my mph was all over the place), and it felt like some one was pumping the brakes (lightly). I tried accelerating but all it did was make a screeching sound. I had to pull over to prevent cars from rear ending me and placed in park. I noticed that the engine was still on at this point and pulled back out on the highway with no further problems. A few days later, I took it to a dealership which they ran a diagnostics and found no issues. On my way home from the dealership, I experienced the same thing as I was exiting I35.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #13

Nov 142015


  • 3 miles
Back passanger side loud boom window busted when defrost cut

- Youngsville, NC, USA

problem #12

Feb 022015


  • 33,100 miles
The below problem has repeated itself more than 20 times since the first incident. When parked overnight or over a long period of time, upon starting and operating the truck - either reverse or drive - the brakes fail to engage the first one or two times. Had to either hit the brakes very hard or I had to revert the truck to P(parking) position. This just about works to bring the truck to a halt, but even this failed a couple of times when D(driving forward). Thankfully, no one was around for 10 meters. This has led me to only starting the vehicle when there is no person/object either in front or the rear. It is high-risk each time given the damage the truck can do if it collides into something. It is not readily reproducible as it works fine thereafter and hence could not prove it exists to Ford technicians. Reported it first to Ford along with an E-brake issue on 02/12/2015. They replaced the E-brake but brushed off this issue saying it could be rust and it's normal on vehicles parked for long. However the frequency has increased of late and I see quite a few Ford owners having the same issue on Ford forums. The possible issues could be the vacuum pump failing, but Ford technicians claim to have never heard of this problem. Really at a loss and hope Ford sends out a bulletin to fix this asap. This is not a joke. It's life threatening and could cause real damage very soon.

- Northborough, MA, USA

problem #11

Aug 312015


  • 49,500 miles
Internet research yields common problem with 2009 and later model year Ford F150 tire pressure monitoring system. Tire pressure monitoring system fault occurs, cannot be reset, is expensive to repair, and frequently fails again. Consumers are operating vehicles, ignoring the sensor fault display. Ford should extend warranty to 10 years, 100,000 miles until engineering deficiencies are resolved.

- Sussex, WI, USA

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