hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,849 miles

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2011 Ford F-250 engine problems

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2011 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #20

Dec 142016


  • 186,000 miles


Our lady of the lakes road in St. Martin parish, Louisiana, is a curvy road. The "service advance track and hill descent control, check engine light and break light" came on. The "!" and the "ABS" light came on. Break pedal was hard to depress, while in motion. Fire started under the hood and burnt front seats and engine

- New Iberia, LA, USA

problem #19

Aug 282016


  • 115,342 miles
The truck went to limp mode for 3 sec then shut off. My son was driving and it shut of on a busy 4 lane road with nowhere to go, no power steering, brakes, no motor nothing. Let it be known and I am coping this letter. This could be very hazardous even deadly. I hope something is done before it kills someone or multiple people. The vehicle was in motion when it happend.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #18

Jul 012016


  • 53,000 miles
Pulling my fifth wheel trailer up a hill at 50mph the engine just shut down very abruptly. No alarms or lights that I saw. After letting it sit for a minute or so, put it in park and it restarted, oil temp at 240, trans: Temp at 201. First time this has happened. A little over 50,000 miles.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #17

Jun 262015


  • 29,000 miles


While driving at 35 mph on city street "stop safely now" appeared on the dash screen. Within a few second the vehicle shut down, which eliminated the power brakes and steering, while still at 35 mph. This made the vehicle difficult to control and stop. Vehicle would not restart, luckily I was able to pull into a parking lot and out of traffic. This turned out to be any egt sensor failure.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #16

Jun 122016


  • 35,000 miles
My vehicle has experienced no power while accelerating onto a state highway. Acceleration was extremely slow and created a dangerous situation in which the vehicle had to be pulled over on the shoulder immediately to move out of the way of traffic, which was very far away when I initial pulled out on the highway. This occurred multiple times and at random. The vehicle could only reach 40 mph on flat highway and while driving on mountain roads, this would decrease to a maximum speed of 20 mph. This would create a significantly dangerous situation if on was crossing an intersection with oncoming traffic. And

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #15

Apr 222016


  • 75,000 miles
The truck that I own has no accidents, no damages, 75K miles on it and the radiator is prematurely failing. This coolant leak on the lower driver's side is a reoccurring issue with this model vehicle and would cause the engine to overheat. Ford is aware of the issue and has refused to recall the part.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #14

Mar 102015


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-250. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle shook and stalled. The steering wheel became difficult to turn and the brakes failed. The vehicle had a full tank of fuel. The vehicle took awhile to restart. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was unable to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Chugiak, AK, USA

problem #13

Nov 112015


  • 180,000 miles
Turned onto busy highway, vehicle warning chimed a few times and message center said 'stop safely now" vehicle slowed down and then shut off in the middle if an intersection with no prior warning. I had to have my wife exit the vehicle to a safe location and then have the vehicle pushed out of the intersection. I contacted a towing company to have the truck towed to a local Ford shop. They diagnosed it as a failed number 4 egt sensor. Upon further investigation I have found that this is a know problem.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #12

Mar 032015


  • 60,000 miles
Driving the car at 50 miles per hour on a highway, the message "pull over safely now" came on, within 10 seconds the engine and subsequently steering shut itself down. There was no place to pull over except for a turn out lane. I bought this car to pull my 2 horse trailer and drive on interstate for long road trips. I drive at night since that is easier on my horses. If the engine and steering can shut itself down going at 75 miles per hour on interstate, 10 seconds is not a safe enough time to pull over when carrying a live animal load. I was told the sensor was bad and needed to be replaced. The vehicle is completely unsafe for what it was designed to do. No piece of mind driving and towing with a vehicle that can shut itself down without adequate warning due to bad sensors within 10 seconds. Extremely dangerous! apparently the sensors on these vehicles go out on a regular basis, it's just a matter of time until someone gets killed due to a $50 failed sensor and the engine shutting itself down and lost steering control. Dealers I have talked to are very familiar with this issue but say they can't do anything until engine shuts itself down. Dealers say it's random and unpredictable when egt sensor will fail. Some of the sensors are covered under warranty, but engine needs to shut down before dealer will fix it! insane. I have a friend whose wife died on the freeway in an accident caused by a similar issue on her vehicle before it was declared a recall. I believe that the sensor issue on the Ford 250 will lead to similar situations. It's time this is looked into before lives are lost.

- Sedona , AZ, USA

problem #11

Feb 032015


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F-250. The contact stated that after coming to a stop, there was an abnormal odor coming from the radiator. The contact noticed coolant leaking from the radiator. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #10

Sep 182014

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 64,981 miles


While going up the highway the message of " stop safely now" was displayed. Once pulling over to stop the truck died and would not start back. Had to have it towed to a dealership. Turns out the egt exhaust gas temperature sensor was faulty. This seems to be a very common issue.

- Mooresburg, TN, USA

problem #9

Jan 292015

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Truck shut down by itself. Towed truck to dealership and was told the egt exhaust gas temperature sensor went out. Discovered that Ford was under investigation on a partial recall of same part for same engine for ambulance package trucks. Called Ford to ask if my truck was covered and was told no even through it is the same part and the same engine as the October 2013 recall of 2011-2012 Ford F 250 ambulance package vehicles equipped with a 6.7lt diesel power stroke engine.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #8

Jan 182015

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
Started vehicle and drove about 1/4 mile and warning came on to find a safe place to pull over. Check engine light came on. Soon as I slowed down and stopped the engine shut off. Had to have it towed to dealer. Was told it was a bad sensor. Something to do with egr/ oil pressure. This is second time this happen. Previous time was while driving through town, stopped at a red light and truck shut off for overheating. Again had to tow it in, and again was a bad sensor sensing the truck had overheated. Nothing wrong with the truck either time except sensor.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #7

Jan 062015

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 79,803 miles
Driver was piloting vehicle through turn at intersection fully loaded with salt and a snow plow. Vehicle dash display read shut down vehicle safely and then immediately shut the vehicle down. Truck was stranded impeding traffic for 40 minutes until a good samaritan was able to pull it back out of the intersection. Vehicle was towed to dealer and egt exhaust temp sensor was found to be bad. The charge was $100 for the work plus the tow bill which was $113.50. This is a safety issue. I use this and another truck with the same engine (also submitted complaint for that VIN) to tow and heavy haul all the time. This is not safe if it happens when traveling down hill, fully loaded and the truck shuts down. That is not safe, but in fact rather scary.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #6

May 152014

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Driving through my neighborhood at approximately 30mph. Less than a mile from my house, vehicle displays warning to stop vehicle safely. I began to turn into a driveway so that I could turn around and head back home and the vehicle shut down. My truck was now blocking the roadway and a person's driveway at the only entrance to the subdivision during the morning commute hours. I shut the truck off, and tried to re-start it, but it would not re-start. The vehicle would not shift into neutral so that I could push it out of the roadway. I had to call a tow truck to haul the vehicle to the dealership. The dealership said it was a faulty sensor. (this was the second indecent for me involving a faulty engine sensor.) I have spent more that $300 fixing sensors that should not fail. Leaving me stranded in the middle of a roadway, blocking traffic. I am just thankful it was in a subdivision and not on a highway.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #5

May 072014

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Stop safely now came on in display. Continued driving until I came to a stop light. When I slowed to stop and slowed to 3 mph the vehicle shut down in 5 pm traffic. Had it towed to home where it started the next am. Attempted to drive it to the dealership under the advisement of the service writer and it shut down again 2 miles from home. Had to wait on a tow again to the dealership. One of the four egt exhaust sensors had failed. Dealer told me it is a known issue with these trucks.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #4

Feb 192014


  • 108,000 miles
Purchased 2mth ago. Would not start. Replaced batteries. 4 wks later "pull over safety" on & shut down on a windy road at 6pm. Vehicle towed to auto place. $1500 fix electrical problem. 1 mth later it does it again down busy freeway almost causing near collisions. Toad again. Fixed and same afternoon pulling out to state highway and same signal to pull over comes on & vehicle shuts down & backing up 5pm traffic before being towed again.

- Baton Rouge , LA, USA

problem #3

Nov 032011

F-250 6-cyl

  • 560 miles
Our first F150 ecoboost purchased in July 2011 was taken by Ford as a lemon. The replacement truck provided in November 2011 has the same issues. While driving in rain on a freeway our V6 ecoboost F150 truck engine starts to shudder, shake and then rapidly lose power while driving at highway speeds. Then the engine completely shuts down when accelerating. Our vehicle barely made it to the side of the road where it stopped running. After letting it sit for a few minutes the engine was restarted. Although the engine worked the truck continued to shudder and shake with limited ability to accelerate for the remainder of the 3 hour drive. Over a period of many months the problem recurred many times, almost always when driving in the rain. The problem was even worse while driving in the rain and towing a boat trailer. The problem is especially horrific when towing a trailer and driving in the mountains in the rain. The problem also occurs no matter then weather when driving through the mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee and northern Georgia. The truck is totally undependable. Although the truck has been in the dealership for repairs the problem is not fixed! on top of the loss of power, a life threatening situation when driving in traffic on any road especially a freeway, the miles per gallon has never been higher than 18mpg when driving on a freeway at 55mph (confirmed by a Ford mechanic) significantly below the product advertisement by Ford. To date after multiple times in the Ford dealership repair shop the problem has not been fixed.

- Saint Augustine, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 012012


  • 9,900 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford F250 sd. The contact stated that there were exhaust fumes inside the vehicle and the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was inspected by an authorized dealer and advised the contact that the cause of the failure was an obstructed exhaust gas recirculation cooler cord. The exhaust gas recirculation cooler cord was replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 9,900. The current mileage was 19,000. ## VIN passed ## 2011 Ford Super Duty ##

- Springfield , OR, USA

problem #1

Feb 052013

F-250 8-cyl

  • 35,400 miles
Loud metallic rapping sounds emanating from engine during cold weather start-ups. Unknown mechanical defect in motor.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

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