really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,432 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #83

Apr 152016


  • 12,000 miles


I've repeatedly taken this vehicle to the Ford dealer. It has the stutter shift problem, sticking in either 1st, 3rd, or 5th gear. Shifting from 1st to 5th when accelerating, downshifting from 5th to ist with the resulting screech of the rear wheels and going into limp mode, remaining in 5th gear when stopping, the display going blank and the rectangle with wrench symbol occurring, etc. Etc. Iv'E read many of the complaints list ed on this site and it seems I've had them all. I've had to take serious evasive measures on three occasion. The only response I get from the dealer is "if you can't duplicate it, we can't fix it." I file a grievance complaint and received a call from the district supervisor who said we are not buying back your truck as there is nothing wrong with your vehicle. This was followed up by the factory Ford satisfaction representative who was not interested in my problem but calling to evaluate the Ford dealer and state if you can't demonstrate the problem we can't fix it. This is a serious safety hazard and judging from what I've read, it should be opened to recall investigation. My problems started around 12,000 miles and I now have approx. 17,000 miles with over 100 incidences. It seems once you stop and start the engine a reset takes place and it one usually can continue without incident. I personally feel this is a software issue and there are bugs in the so called adaptive driving(I.e. artificial intelligence) and the trained service technicians are not equipped to solve problems of this nature. I've talked to these techs and they want to fix the problem, but unless they can retrieve a diagnostic code there is nothing they can do. This needs to be elevated to the upper levels of Ford management.

- Brookings, SD, USA

problem #82

Dec 152016


  • 64,000 miles
On this vehicle, I rarely use 4WD, except in winter conditions. I could not get the vehicle out of 4WD low back into 4X2, even while the foot was on the brake and in neutral. I attempted to drive over a small pile of shoveled snow at the end of my driveway entering a city street and I shifted it into 4WD low. The vehicle was in neutral and the brake was applied. It made a horrible grinding and then a "thud" from the powertrain and lurched forward. After I was out of the driveway I decided to take it out of 4WD low, so I stopped, and with the brake applied, I shifted to neutral and then selected 4WD high. The vehicle advised to pull forward so I shifted to drive and nothing happened. The vehicle would not move and had a very high RPM. And the speedometer started climbing. I then shifted back to neutral and then tried reverse. Same result, I got the same, no movement high RPM and then all of a sudden the gears started to grind horribly! I immediately shifted back to neutral. I even attempted to shift to 4X2, but still would not move. It seemed as it was stuck in between gears. I then had to get out of the vehicle while in neutral and pushed the vehicle forward, as this is what the onboard system was saying. It wanted you to pull forward, but nothing was engaged to let you pull forward. No other option than to push. After a few tries of this pushing and shifting method, it finally decided to catch and it slammed back into 4WD high, but it also sounded like the front end of the truck was being ripped apart at that point. It was in gear for me and moving again though, and I was able to shift it back into 4X2 immediately.

- Corning, NY, USA

problem #81

Dec 122016


  • 81,000 miles
I was driving in traffic at approximately 45 mph when my truck suddenly surged as if I had hit something and a faint squeal of the rear tires. Then as sudden at it happened the truck began to roll smoothly again. A wrench appeared on the dash screen with a statement that said "maintenance required". the airbag indication illuminated. Once the wrench symbol and "maintenance required" statement disappeared the regular screen came back that showed the mileage and the amount of miles until empty, except the numbers were all dashes. Also the speedometer was showing that I was going 0 mph when I was clearly moving around 45 mph. I tried to accelerate and the vehicle would not accelerate no matter how much throttle I gave it. I noticed the truck was stuck in 5th gear. I tried to manually shift the gears and when I pressed the + and - buttons on the gear shifter the number "5" on the dash would flash and not change gears. I could not seem to get the truck over 2300 RPM. I took a photo of the display showing the dashes and 0 mph.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #80

Nov 012016


  • 59,500 miles


The front wheel bearings are going out, it is called the spindle part of the hub, makes loud vibration sounds and can be felt and heard throughout the car at lower speeds. Sounds of rubbing or grinding with low miles and just purchased used from dealer weeks ago.

- Saint Louis Park, MN, USA

problem #79

Oct 292016


  • 41,770 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds, the wrench warning indicator illuminated and the speed decreased. The vehicle would not accelerate while depressing the accelerator pedal. The dealer diagnosed that the throttle body failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 41,770.

- Blair, NE, USA

problem #78

Sep 262016


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle downshifted to first gear and caused the contact to lose control. The contact was able to shift the vehicle into neutral and pull over. The vehicle was restarted and driven in first gear to the contact's residence. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power train control module needed to be reprogrammed and updated. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V248000 (power train). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 64,000.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #77

Sep 102016


  • 95,000 miles


With cruise control set on and going 70 mph, on a straight level highway, transmission downshifted to 1st gear. Rear tires slid, engine RPM's were increased from the engine braking effect of the sudden downshift and tires dragging. Pulled off the road and turned off the engine for a short time. Started the engine and went home slowly without another issue. Did a search for what happened and found the recall for 2011 and 2012 F150. This is a seriously unsafe and unpredictable condition that if it occurs on a curve or rain slicked road could cause a serious accident through loss of control. I have contacted Ford and been told the recall does not cover may year model. I think my 95,000 miles on my 2013 model F150 puts my vehicle in the mileage range obtained by earlier year models so I may be the start of the same issues with the 2013 year models. There is a component issue with the transmissions that they failing in such a dangerous and unpredictable manner. The NHTSA campaign number is 16V248000 for 2011 and 2012 F150S.

- Driftwood, TX, USA

problem #76

Sep 082016


  • 48,000 miles
Like many other Ford throttle body complaints in vehicles 2010-2013 mine has the same electrical connection problem from the vehicle computer to the throttle body itself. Sending the vehicle into the "limp home mode " while in motion at any speed causing a safety issue by, at any given time losing throttle control.this vehicle needs to be included in the earlier recall ( customer satisfaction program via Ford Motor Company ) of electronic throttle body defects.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #75

Mar 112016


  • 105,000 miles
Upon entering freeway merging traffic I had a hard acceleration.my truck stumbled would not go any faster then 30 mph by then the semi was on my rear causing a serious problem had to pull off to the shoulder.waited a few minutes and the problem seam to go away. This has occurred numerous times.

- Woodway, TX, USA

problem #74

Aug 082016


  • 1 miles
Upon leaving my driveway which is on a hill I went to apply my brakes and had no response, caused me to go off the curb. My brake pedal was hard to operate I went on line and did some research found out about recall.

- Woodway, TX, USA

problem #73

Apr 042016


  • 66,700 miles


While driving the vehicle at 50mph the truck suddenly shifted from 5th gear to 1st gear causing the rear wheels to loose traction and loss of control into on coming cars in a turn lane. After a few seconds noticing the RPM's reached 6800 the truck shifted to 3rd gear and I was able to avoid impact. No trouble lights or any indications were given. I'm filing a complaint to see if any other owners of this year truck are having this problem. There is a recall 16S19 for 2011-2012 Ford trucks but when asking Ford about my 2013 doing the same thing I get shunned. The damage caused by the down shift has resulted in the truck needing a complete new transmission which was stated by Ford's field service rep. My truck has been sitting at the dealer since April 18th and is still not drivable after 2 different attempts to fixing the problem.

- Moscow Mills, MO, USA

problem #72

Jun 172015


  • 50,000 miles
I was parked on a incline with the engine off and the transmission in drive. I went to step out of the vehicle when it started to roll backwards. The truck was rolling backwards and the door was pushing me down the hill with it. Luckily I was able to get back in the truck and stop the vehicle. Another time I was parked in a parking lot with the engine off and the transmission in drive and after awhile the vehicle started to roll forward. After both incidents I asked my Ford dealer and they stated that it was normal for the truck to roll when the transmission was in drive. The first time I could've been seriously hurt and the second time someone in the parking lot could've been seriously hurt.

- Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA

problem #71

Jun 082016


  • 49,060 miles
When I turn on and place the truck in drive, my steering wheel locks up to where I cant use steering wheel, I get a error on dash stating "assist power steering failure. I place truck in park and turn vehicle off, and restart and problem seems fine, until steering wheel locks up while driving and I get this same error. Ford dealer is charging me $2000 to fix this problem. This could cause a major crash. I believe Ford should have this recalled and pay for this.

- Laveen, AZ, USA

problem #70

Jun 062016


  • 42,000 miles
While accelerating to merge into traffic on the interstate the truck shuttered violently and lost all power to the drive train. Motor was still running but transmission would not engage for approximately 10-15 seconds. Tapped accelerator 2 times and motor would rev up but transmission did not engage again until third attempt. I have my truck serviced regularly, this is not a low transmission fluid issue and seems to be the same issue reported by other F150 owners across the country. This is a safety issue, I was almost hit in the rear after this happened. The service light came on when this issue occurred; however, after going to the dealer and shutting the engine off the service light did not reappear when started again.

- Gastonia, NC, USA

problem #69

Jun 082015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 35 mph, the transmission downshifted independently and the rpms increased. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it could not be diagnosed or duplicated. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000. Updated 07/14/16 the consumer stated the transmission/computer was reprogrammed by the dealer. The problem recurred several times. Updated 07/19/16.

- Berwick, ME, USA

problem #68

May 022016


  • 28,000 miles
Vehicles has several times after being at a stop, vehicle will not engage transmission. Vehicle will accelerate engine RPM's, but is like it is neutral and speedometer goes to 0. vehicle will roll, but stops in middle of road, intersection or shoulder if enough speed before it stops. Brought vehicle in 2 times and kinsel Ford dealership can't get it duplicate problem. Called Ford motor and they told me they can't help me until a certified technician sees it. Was told I need to drive vehicle until it does this again and call roadside assistance and don't restart so codes won't clear. I feel this was unsafe because vehicle can stall in a intersection and cause a cause a wreck. Ford told me they couldn't help me until they could actually see this prove. I have to have a vehicle and drive it until it does it so I can get this fixed.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #67

Apr 222016


  • 40,600 miles
Truck shifts up & down by self. Jerks hard when shifting. When stopped speedo goes to 30 to 50 and shows in 3rd gear. At start in this situation it jumps violently forward. When trying to merge with traffic will not shift out of 1st gear. Restart and take back roads as it is not safe in traffic or where there are pedestrians at a cross walk. Phil long Ford denver is waiting to hear from Ford. Ford has started a case report on this vehicle but has not responded. I am concerned this is a big safety problem. This appears to happen when the transmission temperature goes up over 200 degrees F. the problems happen while stopped, stopping, starting highways or secondary roads, this happened 2 times within the last month.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #66

May 032016


  • 77,000 miles
While driving 75 mph the transmission dropped into a low gear enough to make the tires bark, then within seconds while assessing what happened it happened again. I put the vehicle in neutral and coasted to the shoulder. If a car had been following within 3 or 4 car lengths there would have been a collision. The action was severe and abrupt. The motor never shut off, but the transmission shifted into a lower gear twice before I was able to put it in neutral and work my way to the shoulder.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #65

Feb 022016


  • 34,000 miles
My truck has been experiencing hesitation upon acelleration and is making noises and my check engine light was on. I took it to the dealership on February 2, 2016 be fixed and at first it was covered under warranty. I took it back on February 16, 2016 bc I had to have a Ford rental per Ford. The truck was repaired but then it wasn't covered per Ford and I had to pay over $400 to get it fixed. My check engine light came on again and it had to go back to the dealership but this time it was covered under warranty. I just got my truck back on April 11,2016 and today on April 14, 2016 the light is back on. I am waiting on a call back from the Ford dealership to find out what to do next.

- Cherry Creek, NY, USA

problem #64

Jan 202015


  • 16,000 miles
From time to time the truck starts to shake violently and have to pull over and stop.it shakes all the time from the rear between 45 and 60 mph. Has been back to dealer 3 or 4 times with no results. The last visit I was told this normal, after some research there seems to be a lot of complaints about this.I have had this truck a yr and 1/2 put 10,000 miles on it because im afraid something is going to shake out of it.Ford should be ashamed taking peoples money for trucks they cant use

- Logan, OH, USA

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