really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,447 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 engine problems

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 10 of 11)

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problem #24

Jun 072013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 10,503 miles


While traveling at highway speed on I-69 in Michigan between lansing and flint, I attempted to merge into the passing lane to allow merging traffic from the on-ramp onto the expressway. In order to change lanes, I used firm acceleration to avoid contact with the faster vehicles in the passing lane. The steering wheel started shaking violently while the check engine light flashed. All forward acceleration was impossible the engine sputtered for 45-60 seconds after the event until power was restored. One week after I took delivery of the truck, this problem began on a similar trip on the way to toledo around the dundee exit on I-23. The vehicle only had 400 miles on it at the time. This was in early May 2013. I took the vehicle to the dealer who performed the tsb replacing the charged air cooler and updating the software in the engine control module. This can be repeated on any trip of significant duration on a rainy day. The tsb did absolutely nothing to address this problem, and I fear for my safety as well as my family's safety. I do not let me wife drive the car because she would not be as well equipped to deal with an event like this. I feel cheated by Ford, and I am not satisfied with their attempts of fixing this. Furthermore, I know every time this happens the engine is taking in large amounts of water through the intake, and this is catastrophic for engine life and longevity. Please pursue recall efforts now on this horrible engine.

- Eaton Rapids, MI, USA

problem #23

May 152013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 10,600 miles
Vehicle lost power when trying to pass another vehicle. Note I was in a 75 mph area trying to pass a vehicle that had trash flying off truck. In any case when I punched the accelerator the vehicle did a nose dive as it lost power. It took about 2 seconds for the vehicle to restore to normal operation.

- Anthem, AZ, USA

problem #22

Jun 062013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 550 miles
My vehicle is a 2013 Ford F-150 ecoboost. I was traveling on the interstate and my check engine light came on and the truck shuddered violently. While this was occurring the vehicle had little power. I was in the left hand lane, and was pinned between a tractor trailer on my right and a car behind me. The vehicle shuddered for approx. 8 to 10 seconds then stopped. I was then able to accelerate and pass the truck. Weather conditions: Raining temp: Between 75 and 80 degrees time: 7:00 a.M.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #21

Jun 062013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 600 miles


Traveling on the interstate during heavy rains. Traffic in my lane stopped. I tried to change lanes and accelerate briskly. When I tried to accelerate, the vehicle started to shutter and the engine power died. It seemed to go into limp mode. The check engine light flashed several times. The vehicle would not accelerate and left me hanging in the travel lane with faster traffic almost causing a crash. Vehicle is one week old and has approximately 600 miles on it. The engine is the Ford ecoboost 3.5L V6. The vehicle had to be turned off and restarted to get it to drive normal again.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #20

May 222013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 950 miles
On 5/22/13, while traveling on I-81 vehicle hwy mileage dropped from 20.3 to approx 16 mpg. On 5/23 while driving to Ford dealership in houlton, Maine I was passing a vehicle at 30mph ina 45 zone and the engine almost shut down. I had to pull back because of approaching traffic. At the Ford dealer, their computer check showed the engine dropped the #6 cylinder (that's what they told me). They said it was a ecoboost problem and would have to call the factory engineers. Two weeks later, I have not heard from Ford or the Ford dealer. I ordered & they built the truck in April 2013. It was delivered 4/26 at Cherokee Ford, woodstock, ga. I bought the ecoboost engine because of the epa hwy mileage rating of 21 mpg and paid $1050 extra to get it. I have always go better than the rated mpg on my vehicles, so this is not driving habits. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #19

Apr 152013


  • 1,200 miles
2013 Ford F-150 XLT V6 ecoboost displaying shuttering and violent shaking upon 1st start up of the day and sometimes 2nd start up of the day if it's been a while between starts in St louis, mo. Feels like an old vehicle start up not anything like a brand new $42K truck should sound like. My wife also states it shutters while driving on the highway sometimes. I took to dealer (sunset Ford) and let them keep it overnight so they would start and check in the morning. Of course they had the nerve to say it did not do anything when they started it. Well after reading various posts about how they seem to not want to fix the product they sell I was upset. So when I went up there I had the service manager go with me outside to start it later that day after they already started it and it did the same thing I took it in there for. It's like they didn't even do their job properly. He hemmed and hawed and stated to bring it back up for another service apt later in the week. I have yet to do so B/C my time is too valuable for them to give me the run around but it still always shutters and shakes sometimes violently upon start up. Don't know what to do other than trade it back in for another truck brand for someone else to deal with. It's a shame B/C I really like Ford my grandfather retired from there. I guess like every other company they just keep getting leaner and meaner. Good for their pocket books I guess but not for the everyday man or woman.

- House Springs, MO, USA

problem #18

May 022013


  • 7,000 miles


While driving North on I-95 in Georgia at 65 mph, I attempted to accelerate. The truck began to shake violently, lose power, and the check engine light illuminated. The weather at the time was 70 degrees with moderate rain. I had been driving for approximately one hour at the time of the incident. I had to pull over to the emergency lane and shut off the motor. The engine restarted ok. I did not attempt any more hard accelerations. I had no more stall problems. I took the truck to the dealer where they found a misfire code, but had no explanation or fix to prevent the problem from happening again. This is an ecoboost vehicle.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 032013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 8,000 miles
I went to pass a car and the engine started to cut out and lose power. I did finally pass the car and the engine was erratic for at least 2 more miles. Engine light was flashing the entire time but then stopped and everything was okay. It had just stopped raining at the time and was humid, temp 75. It happened during full throttle. I have contacted my local Ford dealership and they are looking into it.

- Star, NC, USA

problem #16

May 232013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,150 miles
While on I95 in Virginia, after traveling for about an hour with the cruise control on in an intermittent rain, I attempted to accelerate to pass another vehicle. I depressed the accelerator and the truck started to shake and buck. The check engine light started flashing and I was not able to accelerate. Any attempt to do so caused the truck to jerk and shake. As I moved to the right lane to get to the shoulder, the light stopped flashing and the truck behaved normally. I could not replicate the incident since I did not drive at a constant speed again for any period of time remaining in the trip. This occurred in a 2013 Ford F150 XLT supercrew with a 3.5L eco boost engine.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #15

Mar 152013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns 2013 Ford F150. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 2,000.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #14

May 252013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,750 miles


2013 F150 XLT w/ ecoboost 42K cost, had to accelerate to get out of the way of a potential accident and the engine stalled started missing barely missed totaling the truck had to plow in to a grass median to keep from being hit. I was able to restart the truck and get it home and have not driven it since. I am so disappointed. If this is not a safety issue I don't know would be, this is scary stuff.

- Mcqueeney, TX, USA

problem #13

Nov 012012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Stuttering, loss of power, bad fuel mileage.

- Clinton, TN, USA

problem #12

Dec 142012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,608 miles
Ecoboost V6 3.5L. Driving about 3 hours 70-75 mph with last hour in rain. Had to pass cars on two occasions after the rain. Both times upon acceleration, car shuddered violently, lost speed and engine light was flashing. Both times had to pull over and turn off car, then restart to get engine to work. First time engine light turned off. Second time engine light stayed on solid until I got it to dealership. They replaced the intercooler and cac shield. Has not occurred since with 6 months driving including several tests of acceleration. However, I have not tried it in the rain, and I'm seeing reports of moisture accumulation as the issue.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #11

Apr 282013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 300 miles
My Ford F150 XLT, 4X4 stalls and almost shuts down at times. The truck is brand new. This truck has the ecoboost V6 engine. The conditions were that the road was wet. Unhappy because I paid a tremendous amount of money for this vehicle.

- Maysville, GA, USA

problem #10

May 222013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 7,500 miles
While driving on the interstate with cruise control set approximately at 70mph, I stepped on the gas to accelerate past a vehicle. The truck did not respond but decelerated and the steering wheel began to shake. The check engine light flashed. I continued to drive and with only slight pressure to the gas to maintain speed. After approximately 5-10 seconds the vehicle regained power. The incident happened a second time, same conditions same results. The Ford dealer says its a known problem with parts back ordered. This seems unacceptable if its a know problem. Someone can get in a serious accident at highway speeds if they pulled out in fast moving traffic expecting acceleration to be there.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #9

May 102013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 1,300 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle suddenly decelerated and independently engaged into limp safe mode. The contact mentioned that while attempting to accelerate, the vehicle started to shake violently as the check engine warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 1,300.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #8

May 172013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 2,200 miles
Upon hard acceleration to pass on highway the truck lost power check engine light continually flashed and shuttered when attempted to give truck any acceleration. After a few minutes of driving on shoulder to get to safe exit vehicle seemed to reset and regain all functions and power.

- Ozark, MO, USA

problem #7

May 262013

F-150 8-cyl

  • 1,503 miles
I have a new Ford F-150 with only 1,500 miles on it. I was leaving a restaurant getting on the road with cars rushing behind me going about 45mph when all the sudden the trucks engine started shaking really bad. The engine light come, truck started beeping and the tool wrench started to flicker on the dash board saying "service". the truck stopped accelerating all of the sudden and no matter how much I pushed the petal to accelerate, truck would not accelerate at all. Lost all power to accelerate. Cars from behind had to quickly maneuver out of my lane to avoid hitting me. Could have been much worse if I would have been going faster. Called Ford roadside assistance to take truck to dealership to see what??S going on. I have read other similar problems to mine stating the weather and/or condition of road was wet but as for my issue the weather outside was cool and sunny no rain or wet road at the time the issue happened.

- Lawrenceville`, GA, USA

problem #6

Apr 182013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 2,499 miles
I went to pass a slow moving vehicle and only had a short distance to pass. I pressed down hard on the accelerator, the engine shutdown, truck was coasting, and the orange traction slip light came on. Then the engine came back on and I was able to finish passing. This was in carlsbad, nm. I took it to the local Ford dealer they said there nothing showed on their diagnostic computer, but they did try to charge me $150 labor. I refused to pay, because this is a new truck and the incident happened twice driving into carlsbad. I have tried to duplicate the incident once since, but the engine did not shutdown.

- Livingston, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 192013

F-150 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
I just read a story and the one on fox news. This exact ecoboost problem happened to me about 1 month ago in my 2013 F-150 king ranch (28K miles). I was driving North on I81 in pa and suddenly my truck went like a bucking Bronco, losing power as I went along until I was down to about 30mph on a highway. This lasted for about 10-15 minutes and then miraculously cleared up. I fear the damage it has done to the engine and could be very dangerous if this happens again in heavy traffic on a highway. This has happened one other time as well. All I could assume at the time was a bad tank of gas or some sort of misfire/cylinder problem. Who do I report this to? I am sure Ford will just say oh well, it works now.. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

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