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2013 Ford F-150 brakes NHTSA complaints: Electronic Stability Control

NHTSA — Electronic Stability Control Problems

2013 Ford F-150 (Page 1 of 2)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,329 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Feb 032020


  • 180,000 miles


When I was backing my F150 out of my driveway I heard a loud squealing sound when I turned my steering wheel. This caused a stable trac light, a hill decent light, and a power steering light. I clicked on the ok button to clear all three faults on the dash because the truck seamed to working properly. As I drove to work a vehicle in front of me slammed on their breaks and when I went to react the power steering did not work. This is a very dangerous issue that could cause serious injury and or death to me and my kids. The power steering did come back and worked for a few days then it happened again when a car turned in front of me and when I swerved to miss a head on collision with my children in the truck the power steering failed yet again. I now have all three faults every time I start the truck and the power steering is completely out now. This condition is extremely dangerous if a younger person or someone that doesnżT know what to do or have the physical strength to manually turn the vehicle when the power steering goes out without warning.

- Auburn, AL, USA

problem #27

Apr 012020


  • 129,000 miles
Advance track service warning keeps popping up, turn signal will not work unless you turn car off and back on. This is a recuring problem as many Ford have the same issue. They should all be fixed as Ford is very aware of the problem IżM sure. This happens at random times, at start up or while driving. Not sure how long its been going on, I just bought the car and it was doing it.

- Oxford, OH, USA

problem #26

Jun 102020


  • 150,920 miles
Going 70 mph on the high way my truck is down shifting to a lower gear then looses power the RPM and the speedometer starts going hay wire jumping back and forth. Doing 40 mph it does the same thing and doesnżT want to pick up speed. Took it to a Ford dealership and they reprogrammed the brain now the mph donżT work no fuel notice it's blank

- Cedar Hill, TX, USA

problem #25

Mar 012020


  • 130,000 miles


Keep getting service advance track warning which disables turn signal, truck must be turned off and back on bur warning keeps coming back disabling turn signal. Through research this is very common and dangerous.

- Oxford, OH, USA

problem #24

Oct 242019


  • 155,800 miles
I have a F150 4-wheel eco boost V6. I recently had my vehicle in for an oil change and at that time decided to have the recall done for the software update. The next few days I noticed that there was some hesitation with the gears shifting and the transmission at times would drop. I contacted the dealership to bring my truck back in at that time they could not find anything wrong but an oil pressure sensor. Some days later I was driving on the feeder road getting ready to enter the highway. As soon as I entered my speedometer stop working and the transmission dropped into 1st gear. There was a car behind me that almost collided with my truck. My family was in the car at the time and this could have been a serious accident. The next day I brought my truck back into the dealership and they did a quick diagnosis. They stated that I had transmission issues and that I needed to look into getting another vehicle through them and trading my truck out. I was upset by the response so I took my vehicle to a local transmission shop where they thoroughly inspected the truck. The findings were that the oss sensor was faulty and it pull up a P0270 code. The shop advised me that this was a warranty and safety issue and that I immediately take it back to the dealership to have it repaired. When I return to the dealership they at that time acknowledge that it was a warranty issue and could be fix, but they could not even look at it for 2-weeks and would not even provide a loaner after stating my safety concerns. I then contact Ford Motor Company and they could not assist until the dealership looked at my truck. I did state to them the time issue at the dealership but was told they have no control over what they do. I'm stuck with driving a unsafe vehicle for an issue outside of my control and no one at Ford is taking the matter seriously. This could cause a fatal or severe injury.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #23

Jan 012019


  • 71,000 miles
Failing electronic steering gear in the electronic powered assist steering see

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #22

Jun 122019


  • 50,000 miles


I was driving on the freeway in the fast lane. Suddenly the wrench warning light and check engine light came on, and the car experienced what appeared to be a total loss of engine power. I placed the hazard lights on and was able to navigate to the shoulder, with 18 wheelers and other cars trying to react to my sudden loss of power and speed. After turning the car off, and restarting it, it appears ok to proceed. This same incident has happened now 8 times in the last few days. I took the car into Ford and they are claiming it's an issue with the throttle body. I mentioned that I see a throttle body recall for 2015-2016 F-150's, but Ford is denying the issue, indicating there is no recall for my 2013. I find many complaints identical to mine for F-150's earlier than 2015. They also claim Ford denies the issue and refuses to fix the problem. Most also reference concern for a significant safety issue, feeling that Ford will only fix this once people die. I took my F-150 to the local Ford dealer today and they verified it was the throttle body, and are charging me $650 to fix it. I have read from others that the component used to fix the problem is the original faulty component, so there is no reason to feel that the problem will not happen again eventually. I have experienced four times on the freeway at 65mph, and several times on city streets at 30mph. I was driving straight, not braking.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #21

Apr 042019


  • 97,000 miles
Vehicle always in motion, appears to lose power, wrench light comes on, odometer has dash lines, speedometer falls to 0, and other mpg digital sensors, distance to empty sensor and air bag failure all happen simultaneously. Occasionally the truck seems to have power loss at lower speeds. Tachometer continues to work. A few times shutting ignition off and turning on again all goes back to normal. Recently had recall software upgrade completed but the problem occurred just 4 days later as I was turning onto freeway. Before the recall work was done I took vehicle to local shop I trust, there were multiple codes found. I had the service tech I had clear the codes. All incidents have occurred at speeds less than 30. All seem to be associated with loss of power and noise from transmission.

- Hixson, TN, USA

problem #20

Mar 022019


  • 47,000 miles
Vehicle stalls randomly while driving, no matter if it's on the highway or city streets. This is dangerous. It has been to the dealer 4 times. It's there now and they are unable to figure it out. Ford is aware of this problem and recalled the 2011 and 2012 and some 2013S. But not mine. This vehicle needs to be recalled. It's an accident waiting to happen. It left me stranded it rural Colorado in a snow storm in 7 degree weather with my daughter. I did restart but that would have been really bad had it not.

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #19

Mar 122019


  • 123,000 miles
Truck's output speed sensor and harness failed while moving through an intersection and downshifted the vehicle into low gear almost causing an accident. Ford has a current recall on the software but not the sensor. Prior year vehicles also had the same recall and Ford replaced the sensor as customer satisfaction. See link: Https://

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #18

Sep 032018


  • 86,000 miles


I took my truck into red mccombs Ford in san antonio, tx because I had issues with my transmission. I can be driving and it would rev up to 4K RPM without my foot on the acceleration. There are times when I'm driving and it drops into 1st and jars me when it bogs down. Took it in and we paid almost $1000 for repairs to fix it since I feared for my safety. It felt like I had no control of my vehicle. That was in Sept we are March 2019 having the same issues. I tried taking it in, but they did not have the offer of a loaner vehicle while they fixed again, so I have had no choice but to drive my truck still. I love my truck...but this is scary driving like this. I don't have a choice because I have to get to work daily. I need a reliable vehicle per I had major surgery last Sept and have had 2 emergency room trips since and cannot afford to get in a wreck or have my truck go out with my health issues. I'm afraid all the jerking is going to cause me issues with my back and safety of my family. I have had to pull over and restart truck to get it to quit revving up, and not rear ending someone.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #17

Mar 012018


  • 85,000 miles
The down hill decent light and traction control sensor are intermittent which affects the blinkers, the power locks on the doors and sometimes the traction control.

- Edgefield, SC, USA

problem #16

Jan 192019


  • 153,000 miles
Loss of power steering while driving. In a parking lot, I was very fortunate I was not going down the road or in the middle of traffic. The truck is very hard to turn, and cannot be driven at this time until repaired.

- Ohatchee, AL, USA

problem #15

Jan 212019


  • 81,000 miles
Experienced common epas failure multiple times. Have experienced at high speeds, losing control of all steering. This issue has been well documented all over the internet, and is actually a recall in some Ford vehicles, including the 2014. But they have not issued a recall for the 2013. This is a major concern and safety issue. I've received this issue when vehicle gets wet from rain or car wash. And I've also experienced it when hitting a bump at both low speeds and high speeds. Such as a bridge deck seam on the freeway, pothole, rumble strips, gravel road washboard etc. When hitting these bumps, or when caused due to moisture, "service advance trac" message comes on dash, and all power steering is lost until vehicle is turned off and started again. Not only is this an extremely expensive fix, it is extremely dangerous, and could put a driver in a life and death situation. This needs to be recalled by Ford on all vehicles they manufactured with this epas system in it.

- Welch, MN, USA

problem #14

Dec 162018


  • 77,000 miles
Ford F-150 prower steering assist failed resulting in a near death experience. Making a left in alameda on to high St. String failed and I slammed on my brakes to avoid going on to the curb. I was stuck in oncoming traffic while cars swerved around me.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 012017


  • 39,000 miles
My "serive advance traction control" warning light comes on and prohibits my turn signals from working properly. I have taken to many shops none has figured out how to fix bout problem has been going on since August 2017

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #12

Sep 262018


  • miles
Takata recall, the rear defrost does not work and it has happened to multiple people where the rear glass explodes. I have disconnected the cable connecting the rear defrost to stop it from heating up but it is a common issue on 2013 Ford F-150 trucks. If the cable connecting the rear defrost behind the driver side is disconnected the light for the rear defrost works and the side mirrors work but once connected again nothing works

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #11

May 242018


  • 84,000 miles
While driving engine continues running but suddenly discontinues movement of vehicle. After couple minutes with engine off vehicle will resume normal operation. Has happened twice, once on neighborhood street when turning corner and second time on freeway traveling about 60mph.

- Milwaukie, OR, USA

problem #10

May 092018


  • 58,000 miles
When turning into a curve a speed 20 mph and above the traction control light comes on and the van pulls hard to the left. Have taken it to the Ford dealer several times and was told that it is not putting any error codes into the computer and that they have no idea what is causing it. Van is very dangerous to drive.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #9

Jan 262018


  • 82,000 miles
1/26/17: It was 45 degrees this morning so I used the remote start (factory supplied on key remote) to get my truck running before leaving for work. As I walked outside (did not touch the truck), I heard a loud gunshot. Thinking something had fallen on the truck I looked up and it was not parked under anything. I walked around the truck to find that the drivers side panel of the back window was spidered. Again, I was not driving or parked under or around something that could have impacted my truck/window.

- Spring, TX, USA

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