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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,859 miles

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2012 Ford F-250 electrical problems

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2012 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 182023


  • miles


Without any warning, smoke started billowing from the driver's side dash and overhead liner. When looking for the cause, I pulled the solenoid and the smoking stopped. Upon further inspection, I discovered broken, melted wiring in the rear drivers side door jamb. In researching this problem online, I found that other owners had experienced the same problem.

- East Helena , MT, USA

problem #12

May 132022


  • miles
Okk Main issue is what everyone calls the -??Death Wobble-??. It has done it countless of times since I-??ve had the truck. Even after I bought a New Fox Single steering stabilizer. I have replaced quite a few things under the front end that I was told -??Could-?? be why it kept doing it. The most recent I-??ve bought for the front is brand new Fox Shocks just like the ones I have on the back and it still does it. I-??ve had the front end aligned a couple times since I-??ve had the truck and rotated my tires once too. And to this day it Still does that death wobble. It scares me every time too still. Im afraid ima end up in a wreck or cause a wreck bc of it. Another issue is I keep having this warning pop up saying -?? Engine Temp too high reduced engine power -?? bc it thinks the engine coolant is too low which it-??s Not. And when I scan the code through the OBD port it just says -??Engine oil temp sensor too low/too high-??. I had the Ford dealership in my town put a new Oil Temp sensor in it but it still throws a code just about everyday I drive it. Another issue I had was the High Pressure fuel pump on the front of the motor go out Literally while I was sittn in my driveway at night after just driving it not even 3 miles down the road to the store to grab a few things. And it ran fine like normal but soon as pulled in the driveway an was rolling my windows up about to go in it just died on me an had to get it towed to the Ford dealership in my town. They looked at my fuel an said my fuel was fine with No contaminants in it. I was just Unlucky they said so that was basically 10k out my pocket to pay for a Whole New fuel system. The Death Wobble is my most concerning issue but other than that the truck has been awesome.

- West Monroe, LA, USA

problem #11

Dec 222021


  • miles
Power Mirror Driver's side doesn't retract /extend automatically. Driver's seat doesn't power adjust. It is stuck in one position and will not move. Electrical short w/ annoying hum over speakers when radio is on.

- Wynnewood , PA, USA

problem #10

Jan 052021


  • miles


Interior lights do not come on when door is opened, only can be manually turned on. The cargo lights and high brake like no longer work as well which is a safety issue with the center high brake light. Turns out a lot of 2012 F250 owners are complaining of the same issue and it's caused by the BCM. Body control module. It appears that a design flaw lets water drip on the module which eventually makes it no longer operate as explained by several repair shops I've contacted. The 2011 F250 has a recall for this same problem.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 172020

F-250 8-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
While driving with cruise control on, when adjusting speed, engine will stall out and power steering, brakes stop working, all interior and exterior lights remain on, incident has happened twice within a week

- Jetersville, VA, USA

problem #8

May 162020


  • 176,000 miles
While driving, dash lights, speedometer, RPM gauge, ac, and radio intermediately shut off for 5 to 10 seconds and then come back on. This repeatedly happens.

- Atwood, CO, USA

problem #7

Apr 012019


  • 113,000 miles


Started my truck to let it warm up before I took it in to town. Went inside for around 150 min, come outside and I seen smoke coming from my doors and as soon as I opened it feom the passenger door it was full of smoke and I seen a fire on my driver side feint seat. It completely burnt my truck and another F250 the was parked next to it.

- Hulbert, OK, USA

problem #6

Jul 282018


  • 157,000 miles
I bought a used 2012 F250 four wheel drive that had no dome, cargo, or map lights but everything else worked normal. After replacing bulbs, dimmer switch, and checking all fuses I took in to my Ford dealership and they found that due to moisture in the cab, it burned out the body control module aka BCM. Rumor has it that these trucks leak water from windshield or firewall. I paid 650 to have it replaced.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 252017


  • 81,160 miles
Egt sensors shut down my truck in the middle of a 2 lane highway and would not start at all

- Newwaterford, OH, USA

problem #4

Apr 212017


  • 145,000 miles
"takata recall" vehicle engine failure at speed, failed egt sensor caused the truck to shut-off in the middle of an interstate

- Boyce, VA, USA

problem #3

Feb 252016


  • 33,000 miles


Two different problems: First I was left stranded about 2 1/2 hours away from home because of a simple egt sensor defect shut down my truck. Had to pay a tower $350 to drive my truck to dealership and they tell me it was a little sensor that left me stranded. This type thing shouldn't happen when you pay $60,000 plus for a vehicle. Now months later I have another issue that from all the blogs say is a problem most 2012 models have called the "death wobble". it is now happening at least once on every drive I make. I have had over 8 situations where I have had to slam on breaks to make the vibration stop and the car behind me almost slam into the back of my truck. Because once the wobbling starts you have to come to almost a complete stop before the wobbling will stop. My wife now refuses to drive my truck because she is scared to death to drive it. I don't even like to drive it, but it's necessary because it is the only vehicle I have to drive. I am at the point of wanting to trade it, but what kind of trade in am I going to get with this problem happening. My 2012 just has a little more than 40,000 miles, not very much when you are talking about a diesel engine. It is happening more often now than before, and I fell it will just continue to happen more. No one in my family wants to drive or ride with me in my truck anymore. It seems as though Ford is refusing to admit that this is a problem on every online site I go too, I assume it will take a few people getting killed before they realize there is a problem. What are owners to due with this, because if we trade the truck know one is going to want to buy it. So once again the consumer gets shafted. NHTSA we are looking for you to help us with this problem before someone gets killed. Please help us with this problem! please!!!!!!

- Blackshear, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 092014

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-250. While driving approximately 40 mph, all the warning lights illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was unable to restart and was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician diagnosed that the power control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000. Updated 02/09/15 updated 6/9/2015

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #1

Jan 052011


  • 7 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Ford F-250. The contact stated that burning fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The contact stated that the fumes made his eyes burn and made his stomach upset. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 7 and the current mileage was 108,000.

- Otisville, MI, USA

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