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 1 of 11)

problem #204

Jun 062013


  • 100 miles


Since new if traveling highway speed of 70 and I accelerate to pass the engine stalls while in the passing mode and there is no power resulting in un able to pass and engine light flashes during this happening. Not safe to pass at high highway speeds. At 27000 this is still happening.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #203

Dec 262016


  • 27,000 miles
While driving at 70 mph I accerlrated to pass and suddenly the engine bogged down and begain to slow down along with engine light flashing.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #202

Dec 102016


  • miles
3.5 V6 ecoboost fire. Completely burned my truck to the ground with my family driving in, wife and 5 yr old. Passenger suffered 3rd degree burns, 12/10/2016. Truck was in motion, we smelt smoke and within 2 minutes the truck was completely engulfed.

- Mcdonald, TN, USA

problem #201

Jun 212013


  • 18,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds and attempting to pass a vehicle, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The failure recurred on three occasions. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer after each failure, but the failure could not be duplicated. The contact placed a shield on top of the turbo cooler to prevent water from entering, but the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #200

Oct 252016


  • 57,000 miles
Cooling system connections. Ford has put in clips on hoses that connect to overflow for cooling system and on a Y-connector at front of motor that not only leak all the time but can just pop off and cause the engine to overheat. I am constantly having to keep buckets under my truck to catch fluid. Ford want an outrageous amount of money to fix and based on what I have read in forums the fix may only last a week and start leaking again. This happens on the 5.0V-8 econoboost.. here is a video I took https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=dn4owb5dxx4

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #199

Sep 012016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the engine had sludge, the vehicle had a strong hesitation, and stalled more than twice. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and repair shop more than once for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #198

Sep 152016


  • 73,000 miles


Ford V6 eco-boost engine turbo temp and pressure sensor failed which can result in the turbo overheating and possible engine fire.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #197

Sep 112016


  • 75,000 miles
Driving on a city street the truck started shaking and loss all acceleration, it showed a wrench on the dash screen, coasted to a safe place and turned truck off. It restarted fine. Approx 30 mins later on the highway it did the same thing, started shaking, no acceleration and the wrench showed up. Again coasted to a safe spot and restarted. Took it to the dealer the next day and they say nothing is wrong, but that it could be the etb but with out a code showing they cant do anything.

- Washington, MO, USA

problem #196

Sep 102016


  • 37,560 miles
While driving along, lost power and motor vibrated. Light with wrench came on. Vehicle slowed down. Pulled on side of the road. Motor kept running erratically. Engine surged to a higher speed by itself. Problem cleared by itself. Went to autozone and had error code read. It said that it was a defective throttle body. Could have caused an accident if in gear and engine surged or if failure occurred on a freeway.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #195

Apr 012016


  • 36,000 miles
Multiple times now, my truck will downshift and send the rpms over 4500 this causes the engine to misfire, the engine light will blink and the truck will struggle to maintain its speed and any acceleration is extremely diminished. This is extremely dangerous as I frequently drive on rural 2-lane(one in each direction) highways and find this problem significantly impacts my ability to safely pass slower vehicles. It has failed to accelerate enough times that I cannot depend on the truck to accelerate when I move into oncoming lanes of traffic. At 30,000 miles the engine developed an oil leak. Within a month of having the leak repaired at the dealer, the engine experienced a major misfire event causing the engine light to come on. I returned the vehicle to the dealership for repair. The dealership explained that two ignition coils went bad and required replacement. This caused damage to the spark plugs for which I was charged approx $250 but was able to negotiate it down to $140. Within a month of getting the vehicle back, the vehicle started displaying the misfire symptoms with diminished acceleration and blinking engine light. Very unhappy with this vehicle's performance!

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #194

Aug 012016


  • 47,667 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While applying the brake pedal, a squeaking noise was present from all four wheels. The vehicle shook and vibrated. The vehicle also suddenly lost power and appeared to stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the brake pads and rotors, but the failure continued. The contact was informed that the stalling was due to a faulty brake booster. The dealer changed the spark plugs, but the failures continued. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,667.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #193

Sep 032016


  • 60,800 miles
If you have an ecoboost V6. I have noticed that sometimes when you have to accelerate very quickly the vehicle takes up to 5 seconds to respond and give you any power. I assume that the computer is spinning up the twin turbos but those critical seconds can cause a serious accident. I have on a few occasions almost got ran over because the truck decided to take its time giving me power to get out of the way. Its like for those few seconds you have no power.

- Brandon, MS, USA

problem #192

Sep 012016


  • miles
I bought my truck new from the dealer 2013. IżM consistent with all the up keeps of my truck. However, mid August 2016, I noticed the truck hesitated to start at the beginning while in stationary position for a few days, then out of nowhere from one day to the next, the engine didnżT start in the morning again while in stationary position and then the engine light came up! I bought a new battery thinking that maybe it needed to be replaced, even with the new battery the truck failed to start in stationary. After that, I tried starting my truck for two consecutive days, by the third day the truck started! I drove it immediately to autozone but nothing came up wrong with it? so, I drove it back home. A week later, I had no problems with the truck, like nothing ever happen. Then, yesterday all of a sudden I was driving home, while in motion the engine died in the middle of traffic on a city street, so I pulled over to the side of the road and immediately attempted to restart the truck as it continued to hesitate. Finally, after 10 minutes the truck started and I drove to autozone and again nothing came up wrong with it. So I drove it back home. Then, today, which is September 2, 2016 while the truck is stationary it failed to start and the engine light, came up again. Something is wrong with this truck! I donżT feel safe to drive in fear that my truck will stop working while in motion and cause an accident. I can get stranded anywhere at anytime.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #191

Aug 062016


  • 61,000 miles
While driving on the highway in rainy conditions, went to accelerate and the truck engine hesitated then shuttered and nearly shut down. The check engine illuminated and this continued for approximately a minute. This has occurred on four different situations all at 70-80 mph while trying to pass. In one situation, it nearly caused an accident. Also having the ticking and severe knocking during engine start first time in the morning or after cold soaking. Ford has refused to fix the issues on their own because the truck has 63,000 miles.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #190

May 022016


  • 35,000 miles
I get the engine code P0301 which is an engine misfire when driving in all driving conditions and streets and highways. The truck engine stumbles and has reduced power when you try to accelerate. This is a very unsafe condition especially when I try to pull a cargo trailer.

- Connellsville, PA, USA

problem #189

Aug 112016


  • 65,000 miles
My 2013 F150 ecoboost has approximately 65K miles on it and has recently begun stalling while in operation - always moving. When this occurs, an orange crescent wrench appears on the information center, the RPM's begin to fluctuate, the truck loses all acceleration power, the truck begins to shutter, and I am forced to immediately stop and restart the vehicle. There is no specific time when this happens as opposed to not, and it is very dangerous as the traffic around me has no way to anticipate the issue either. The shop I took the vehicle to stated they "think" it is the throttle body, but are not positive. This is my first Ford in several years/cars and though originally pleased with the truck, I am quickly becoming frustrated.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #188

Aug 132016


  • 37,900 miles
While attempting to pass a car on a relatively busy 2 lane highway on sat Aug 13 2016, the engine light came on and the truck lost power and speed. I was unable to continue passing when this ocurred. Another vehicle coming from the other direction was closing in fast, and the car I was passing (was just up by the front side of it) was beginning to pass me now. I know they didn't know what was happening with me or my vehicle. I ended up letting off the gas peddle and ducked in behind the car I was passing. It was only seconds when the vehicle coming from the opposite direction went by. Very scary for me and my wife as it could have been a disaster for all involved. This is actually the second time this happened. The first time was just accelerating, and posed no threat or endangerment. My son had the same thing happen to is (2011 FX4 ecoboost) and was told by a dealer that he may have gotten water in the fuel. I don't agree with the statement. If no one has been injured or killed yet, I feel it will happen, because our incident was close enough for me to be writing this to you.

- Dalton, MN, USA

problem #187

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 #186

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 #185

Jul 142016


  • 60,000 miles
In the span of one week the vehicle lost power and went into "limp mode", on three (3) separate occasions. The console display goes orange, with a wrench. Two of the instances occurred at steady speed greater than 50 mph. One event was while accelerating from a stop through a right turn. The vehicle was brought to dealer for service. No obd codes were stored and the events cannot be replicated after a week of testing. This is a serious safety hazard! the vehicle must be stopped in order to shut it down and restart, where the display clears and it runs normally until without warning, it occurs again. Ford does not seem to have an answer. Panic could easily ensue form this loss of power and the drivers ability to take evasive action could be the difference between life & death.

- Snohomish, WA, USA

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