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 4 of 11)

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problem #144

Feb 162015


  • 17,600 miles


Pickup has a ticking noise coming from engine compartment after engine reaches operating temp. Notified Ford about issue and was advised to take to dealership. Took to dealership as advised dealership stated this was normal for a 5.0 liter engine. Notified Ford after taking to dealership they have not responded back.

- Atoka, OK, USA

problem #143

Feb 242015


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle did not decelerate and increased in rpms when the brake pedal was depressed. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was not filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was taken to a body repair shop, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #142

Aug 212014


  • 8,000 miles
This occurred on a rainy hot day southbound towards cape cod. I was driving my second 2013 Ford F150, both of which have the ecoboost engine. I attempted to pass on a two lane road, and upon acceleration the engine began to shutter, engine light came on, engine lost most of its power, and vehicle slowed dramatically. After approximately 20 to 30 seconds the engine began to return to a normal operating mode. Had there been oncoming traffic, I would not be writing this. As I said, this is my second ecoboost, and I thought that Ford would have fixed what is clearly a potentially fatal flaw with this engine. I had the same issue occur twice before in my prior ecoboost F150. I brought the truck to a dealer today for another minor issue and asked that the ecoboost issue be addressed, but that request was rejected by the dealer, whom sighted Ford policy. Clearly there is a pattern of failure on these engines, and just as clear it appears there is an effective and economical fix, based on my personal research of available information on line. It is unexplainable why Ford would not get in front of this issue before there is a fatal accident.

- Andover, MA, USA

problem #141

Dec 182014


  • 49,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150 with eco boost. The contact stated that the vehicle started to switch gears without warning and jerk violently. The contact mentioned that when the failure occurred, the check engine light illuminated and the gauges on the instrument panel stopped working. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 49,000.

- Watford City, ND, USA

problem #140

Aug 182014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 17,325 miles
While traveling on the highway going about 50 miles per hour, the vehicle loss power and would not respond to me pressing on the gas pedal. I pulled over to the side of the road and stopped, then the vehicle start to shudder real bad. I turned off the vehicle and restarted it, and the problem disappeared for about a week, then it occurred again with the same effects.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #139

Jan 152014

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 5,000 miles
Vehicle would repeat law battery message. Took to dealer battery tests good. Vehicle would sometimes die overnight with a no start condition in mourning. 6 dealer visits and one new battery, "no problem found" from dealer. This vehicle could strand you at any time. I have a open case from Ford but problem continues.

- Tomah, WI, USA

problem #138

Jan 062015


  • 34,000 miles


I was driving to pick my son up from school going about 25 mph I turned right accelerated and the truck completely lost powered it did not stall just lost all power and the gas pedal had no response I was able to idle to my son's school. Thank goodness no one was on the road behind me because when I lost power the truck just stop abruptly in the middle of the road. Can't imagine how that would have played out if I had been going 70 down the highway. Ford is saying it's the throttle body I don't think that's correct :(

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #137

Dec 132014


  • 38,000 miles
Yesterday, my truck started fine with no issues, all systems were fine. This morning, 12/13/14, I went to start my truck and my battery was completely dead. I left nothing on and nothing plugged in. I purchased a new battery and it started fine although the remote start (factory installed) no longer works when pressed, the horn blows once and the lights flash twice. I looked out of my window a few minutes ago and noticed that the white instrument cluster lights are on. I went out to make sure my truck was locked, got in, started the engine and shut everything off again but the instrument cluster lights won't go out.

- Essex, MD, USA

problem #136

Dec 082014

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Vehicle sputtered and stalled while slowing down on freeway. After towing to dealer, dealer could only find loose battery cable. 2 days later engine stalled again while accelerating on freeway with same symptoms. Vehicle will not start and is with dealer who initially said no issues can be found. Vehicle symptoms match description of "limp mode".

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #135

Jan 222014


  • 7,800 miles
Purchased new 2013 Ford eco pickup. It was advertised and sold to be a high efficient fuel economical vehicle. First time temperatures dropped below 30 degrees F, my fuel mileage drastically dropped. After discussion with dealership, they seemed to be aware of the affect cold air had on its fuel mileage. Prior to cold weather I was experiencing 18 to 24 mpg. As soon as cold weather arrived I was experiencing 12 to 14 mpg. This type of mileage is consistent all through the winter until late spring. Seems the 24 mpg is unachievable anymore. Dealership briefly explained the boosters work best in warm weather. This information was not offered during the purchase process. I even showed them a magazine article written on how Ford eco boost had been experiencing lower than advertised mpg. The salesman acknowledged the article and said they had corrected the problem. I was told during a maintenance process, that it had to have 12,000 miles before they could test it for lack of mpg. I had it inspected at 11,800 miles and they claim there is nothing they can do. My advice to anyone purchasing a 150 eco boost expecting good to above average mpg, it will not happen.

- Emerson , NE, USA

problem #134

Jun 122012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 16,500 miles


Pulling out to merge into traffic engine shut down, engine light comes on. No power, engine missing very bad. Pull over to shoulder kill engine wait and restarted. Ford said no computer code came up but reset computer for turbo. 2nd Ford F-150 with 3.5 ecoboost that has done this.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #133

Jun 172014


  • 11,132 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred only during rainy or humid weather conditions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer on three separate occasions where the six spark plugs, converter assembly, and nuts were replaced. In addition, the PCM was updated, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 11,132.

- West Olive, MI, USA

problem #132

Jan 302013


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. The failure occurred twice. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 6,000.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #131

Sep 042014


  • 24,000 miles
Upon turning off the ignition the starter kicked on and wouldn't stop. Got truck out of garage. It died in the driveway. Saw smoke and sparks. Opened the hood and saw a small fire under the engine block. Called fd but had it out by the time they arrived.

- Mukwonago , WI, USA

problem #130

Aug 012014

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
This brand new truck is misfiring. When I inquired about why this was happening I was told that Ford is still investigating the problem but has not even reached out the customers who just paid all this money for these trucks like me at a sum of $50,000. I'm told this problem has been going on since 2011 when the ecoboost engine was introduced. Where is the customer service Ford! so many people have had this problem with this ecoboost engine and you can't tell me you didn't know of these problems before continuing to sell these trucks to people. I thought you were better than Chevrolet but I'm starting to feel differently.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #129

Aug 082014


  • 30,200 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the check engine indicator illuminated and the vehicle misfired. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician was unable to determine the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,200.

- Nashville, IN, USA

problem #128

Aug 032014


  • 11,800 miles
Driving in rainy conditions attempting to accelerate my truck started to lose power, shaking and check engine light started to flash. After getting out of traffic to pull over called my wife to bring me my O.B.D hand held found that I had codes P0300, P0304, P0305 and P0306 which is for cylinders misfiring. This is the second time this has happened in heavy traffic condition it could easily cause a traffic accident, does someone have to die before ya'll take action. My truck is at kenly Ford in kenly North Carolina and like the first time they play it off like I don't know what I am talking about and they always say they can't find anything wrong with it. Please don't sit around and let this problem cost someone their life......

- Lucama, NC, USA

problem #127

Jul 052014

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 14,000 miles
As I tried to accelerate to pass a vehicle the motor in my truck started to miss, the check engine light flashed on and off and I was not able to accelerate. The motor proceeded to idle even though I was pushing in the gas pedal. After about 15 seconds of no response to the gas pedal being pushed the entire truck started shaking as though it was about to fall apart. Another 30 seconds later and everything went back to normal. This occurred in a 2013 F-150 with the ecoboost motor.

- Holstein, IA, USA

problem #126

Jul 042014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 7,800 miles
Regular morning, right as I was driving out of the parking lot, two alarms went off: "power train" and "service engine soon". at first I thought it was an error so I continued to drive out of the parking lot. Not even 10 yards out, my truck began to jerk forward so I put on park and shut the engine off. I started again, attempted to drive back to my parking stall, and same thing happened. I bought this truck about 10 months ago and it only got 7800 miles on it. I haven't put any strenuous work load on this truck, mainly used for commuting so far.

- Newmarket, NH, USA

problem #125

Aug 182013


  • 2,805 miles
Was accelerating entering interstate I95 North bound from an on ramp and suddenly my vehicle lost power and began to stall and shutter. The truck rapidly lost power plus speed and a tractor trailer truck almost ran in to the back of me. I dealt with this issue for the remainder of my 500 mile trip to nyc (and still dealing with this issue today now weekly bases). Once back home I took the truck to the dealership who was aware of misfire issues with my truck model (apparently it is known by the manufacturer that the truck stalls and misfires issue and said I had all the latest updates however still today I experience stall and misfire mainly under hard acceleration. Lately the issue has worsen and I am told by the manufacturer that there is nothing that they can of will do about it until they come up with a fix. This vehicle is a major safety risk period. I have asked the manufacturer over and over to correct the problem however they simply told me they don't have a fix for is as of yet. I am asking that you look into this and investigate my concern please don't wait until someone god forbid loose their life because this is a major safety concern. We need to be more proactive than reactive. The Ford F150's equipped with the turbo eco boost engine is a major safety hazard it is just a matter of time before someone gets hurt and loose their life before something might be done - that is the sad part. Please I beg you to look into my concern and follow up asap. Just last night my vehicle stalled I have to constantly drive it cautiously. I only have less than 14,000 miles on the vehicle because I am scared to drive it - I don't want to sell it to no one else because I would feel bad knowing the major safety issues this vehicle has - I just can't bring myself to putting someone in a vehicle that could hurt them. Please get behind Ford and investigate this issue.

- Aiken , SC, USA

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