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Crashes / Fires:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,261 miles

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2018 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2018 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 9 of 11)

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problem #41

Aug 082018


  • 7,000 miles


The driver side rear view mirror has a double image. This makes night driving and identifying object in the mirror more difficult. It duplicates headlights which at night creates more light in the drivers face making it more difficult to see the road. The mirror has been this way since it was test driven the drive train issue, at 7,000 miles the truck has developed a whining sound while accelerating the dealer belies this is the pinion bearing.

- Scappoose, OR, USA

problem #40

Mar 312019


  • 1,038 miles
Danger!! potential extreme injury or death possible. These issues must be addressed by Ford. Vehicle speed control:engine accelerating on its own when in reverse. Braking: Would slow down but will accelerate when brake was released upon reverse. Upon reversing up an uphill local side street driveway, braking, and releasing the brake, the vehicle accelerated in less than one second at a tremendous speed. When the vehicle was put into drive from reverse, the engine created a high-pitched whining sound. Had there been the children in the driveway, they would have been killed. There is also a whining sound from the engine when it is running. Changing gear from reverse to drive: Engine creates a high-pitched whining sound reverse up a slight hill: Reversing up a small hill immensely accelerates on its own. We notified the dealership when we received the vehicle, but it was not corrected.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #39

Mar 012019


  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate while depressing the accelerator pedal. Also, a clunking noise was present when the transmission switched gears and the vehicle felt different. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. Nye Ford (1555 upper lennix ave, onye, NY) and the manufacturer were notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 14,000.

- Canastota, NY, USA

problem #38

Mar 192019


  • 16,000 miles


Started vehicle as usual, shifted the shifter from park to drive. The vehicle appeared to be in drive but the transmission was in reverse. Releasing the brake pedal confirmed that the transmission was in reverse (vehicle moved backwards) but the shifter showed drive. I then shifted the shifter to park but the transmission remained stuck in reverse. Once I turned off the engine I could not restart because the transmission was stuck in reverse even though the shifter showed it was in park. Had the vehicle towed to dealership for repair. This event happened in my driveway and did not result in damage or injuries.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #37

Aug 272018


  • 5,000 miles
Since purchasing the truck, the 10 speed automatic transmission doesn't seem to shift smoothly in many gears. It seems to lurch when shifting at often times and will skip gears when sifting quite frequently. For a new vehicle it doesn't shift smoothly at all. It's been serviced at an authorized Ford dealer where they told me the transmission was reprogrammed due to a technical service bulletin but even since then it still doesn't shift smoothly. It happens pretty much everyday or every time I drive it since it was purchased.

- Gonzales, LA, USA

problem #36

Feb 202019


  • 13,000 miles
This vehicle generally exhibits harsh upshifts (3rd-to-4th) and downshifts (4th-to-3rd) as indicated on the driver's ip. I have experienced multiple occasions when the vehicle will "miss" the shift from 3rd to 4th, normally when cold and under light to moderate throttle conditions. The gear indicator briefly shows 1st gear, however, I was able to apply full throttle (100% accel pedal), but had no power to the wheels (drive is not engaged), engine speed rose to approximately 3000 RPM. This condition lasted for about 2-3 secs before it shifted to 4th, the revs settled to normal/expected range and drive to the wheels was re-engaged. This is an extremely dangerous condition that leaves me without power to safely accelerate, or merge with traffic.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #35

Jun 012018

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


The contact owns a 2018 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds, the transmission downshifted on its own. The vehicle was taken to joel confer Ford (2935 penns valley pike, centre hall, bellfornte, pa) on several occasions for the same failure and the transmission control module was reprogrammed; however, the failures continued. The manufacturer was notified of the failures, but no assistance was offered. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Snow Shoe, PA, USA

problem #34

Feb 172019


  • 14,000 miles
Truck shuts off when pulling a camper and will not run after restart unless you rev the engine and quickly pull the shifter into drive and accelerate quickly. The instrument panel shows 'auto startstop shift to P, them restart engine.' This has caused many near miss accidents. The vehicle will stall when you try to cross an intersection or pull away from a stop sign.

- Knoxville, GA, USA

problem #33

Feb 132019


  • 10,000 miles
Transmission downshifts hard, delays of power to rear wheels, clunking noise, shuddering. Been to dealership,3 times for transmission. Dealership said I need to drive the truck until transmission gets worse before they can fix it. Dealership said im wasting their time with warranty work. Ford will not take action to help. Transmission problems make the truck unsafe to drive along with its severe steering problems. Please someone please help me before myself or my kids or someone else gets injured due to this unsafe truck and negligent dealership and Ford

- Proctorville, OH, USA

problem #32

Feb 092019


  • 26,000 miles
10-speed transmission hesitates/randomly shifts constantly during driving. When stopping at traffic lights, after being completely stopped, the vehicle lurches and an audible clunk can be heard from the transmission. It has always been sluggish when accelerating, today that has gotten far worse and the transmission light is on. I had a 45 minute drive home and the truck struggled to get up to 40 mph. This erratic transmission behavior makes it dangerous to drive in any kind of traffic or on the highway because you can't predict how the vehicle will behave when pushing the gas pedal.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #31

Jan 262019


  • 13,566 miles


When decelerating from driving speed, the engine shuts off at approximately 5-8 mph disabling the power steering. A message appears on the display "auto startstop manual restart required." Transmission must be shifted to N or P to restart. Vehicle shuts off at subsequent stops, while still moving, disabling power steering. Disabling the auto startstop by pushing the button on the dashboard has no effect on this happening.

- Sartell, MN, USA

problem #30

Jan 042019


  • 9,000 miles
The steering constantly pulls to the left and pulls to the right. The steering has impulses that are felt in the steering during normal driving. The steering wheel oscillates and attempts to make steering corrections at any speed. The steering wheel will remain turned in one direction. For example, driving through a curve going left, hands can be removed from steering wheel and steering wheel will lock itself in position and stay turning left. The dysfunctional steering drove me off of a 2 lane road at 55mph. The poor steering of this vehicle creates an unsafe and not road worthy vehicle. The transmission can not decide which gear to be in creating pauses of power distribution to the rear wheels. The transmission shifts hard and pulls the vehicle back and forth creating loud clunking noises and rattling the passengers. The poor operation of the transmission creates unsafe driving conditions.

- Proctorville, OH, USA

problem #29

Jan 032019


  • 8,459 miles
Vehicle will some times hesitate during acceleration and transmission will slip - engine rpms will rise to about 2000 and then transmission will engage with a heavy clunk in the drive train. This issues has happened when engine is cold and at normal operating temp. The vehicle currently has 9000 miles on the odometer and has happened five(5) times already. Took to local dealer and they are unable to doplicate

- Fountain, CO, USA

problem #28

Sep 142018

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Ford F-150. While towing a trailer at 60 mph, the vehicle vibrated violently and shook. The contact had to drive dangerously below the speed limit to maintain control of the vehicle. The dealer (eric von schledorn Ford, W4873 co rd R R, random lake, wi 53075, (920) 994-4376) stated that the failure was caused by the trailer not the vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that they would call the contact and dealer back. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 1,000. Consumer stated vibration problem was an inherent problem.

- Random Lake, WI, USA

problem #27

Dec 012018


  • 17,000 miles
4WD iwe system is failing, causing hubs and 4WD system to partially engage while driving. A loud rattling and grinding noise can be heard while this is happening.

- Anderson Township, OH, USA

problem #26

Dec 082018


  • 60 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Ford F-150. While driving various speeds and changing gears, a high pitched whining sound was present. Also, while driving and releasing the accelerator pedal, a rattling sound was present coming from the engine. In addition, water leaked into the cabin due to a faulty vent. The vehicle was taken to hassett Ford (3530 sunrise hwy, wantagh, NY 11793), but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 60.

- Port Washington, NY, USA

problem #25

Sep 212018


  • 4,000 miles
My truck occasionally does not accelerate from a stop at the correct speed. The rpms go way up but the truck barely moves. I described it to the dealer as being in 1/2 of 1st gear, but even then it does not feel totally connected between engine and transmission. It was much worse during hot weather.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #24

May 022018


  • 2,990 miles
This issue pertains to the 10-speed transmission that occasionally locks up the rear wheels. The first time it happened to me, the truck had less than 500miles on it. I had exited the interstate and was approaching a light on a downhill grade. I decelerated for the turn, then started to accelerate, but decided I was too late for the light and started to lightly brake again. At that time, the rear wheels locked up, make a screeching sound, and the truck suddenly decelerated so hard that it locked my seatbelt. I immediately looked in the rear view mirror to see what kind of truck had just hit me from behind. To my surprise, no vehicle behind me. I was on my way (5min) to the Ford dealership for the transmission cable recall and we discussed this issue. Could it be related to the cable recall? the dealership said my cable clip was fine and recall did not apply. They told me they could not fix it unless a check engine/check transmission light was illuminated. None was illuminated, so they sent me on my way. This has happened 4 times in 10months (9900miles). Each time has the same slight down slope when shifting either up or down. Scares the hell of of me every time, let alone the damage it is doing to the drivetrain, tires, and engine. New trucks should not have this problem. If it happened on a wet road or snow/ice contaminated, I'm sure it would cause a wreck or worse.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #23

Nov 082018


  • 8,700 miles
While driving 60mph up a slight incline on the interstate, the truck stopped decelerating. The engine rpms jumped up. Fortunately I was in the right hand lane and pulled to the shoulder and out of traffic. I was able to rev the rpms and no acceleration, while the gear indicator continued to read "D." it appeared the transmission slipped out of all gears. I coasted to a stop and apologized to my friend for the language as I was on a handsfree call. I placed the gear selector in park, noticed that there were no warning indicators on the dash, and shut off the truck. I pulled out the manual and tried to think of what to do next. Finding no solutions, a friend suggested before I call a tow truck, to start it up and try to put it in drive. I did, and it went into gear normally. It has not happened again, however it has had a few unusually aggressive gear changes. I do not trust this truck with the coyote V-8 engine and 10-speed transmission combination.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #22

Aug 042018


  • 700 miles
The truck has acceleration problems.. its known as the dead pedal.. I have taken it back to Ford twice. They tell me all the trucks have this problem. Im afraid that it going to cause a accident. My wife will not drive the truck because of this..

- Dallas, GA, USA

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