The current and failure mileages were 17,000. I realize there are a lot of miles on my truck, but this could happen at any time. Please do something, innocent people can not be taken advantage of by Ford. The contact called the fire department, but was able to extinguish the fire himself. The failure mileage was 60,000. Ford does not acknowledge this as a problem. I woke up this morning and started my truck up and there was a loud knocking coming from the motor.
The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The engine was replaced by the dealership approximately 2 years ago for unrelated problems. The other day I noticed that my coolant level was low and then the I threw a rod. The second time my plug blew, I was driving on a very ice covered highway I-15 just north of blackfoot, id. I too believe that they have covered up this problem by a re-design that corrected the design flaw in later vehicles.
The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 144,000. There is a serious problem with the design of this engine!! A friend of mine warned me about these engines, he had to have his replaced 3 times within 3 years. I've done some investigation and found hundreds of these problems posted on messageboards. Because the truck just lost total power. These were replaced and it runs fine. The non-Ford mechanic said this is a rare event, seeing only 3 incidents on the 10 years he's been repairing. I will most likely be performing my own repairs on this vehicle due to Ford's incompetence.
The contact was advised that the spark plugs would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. However, it is commonly reported by F-150 and lightning owners. The contact stated that smoke was seen coming from under the hood area. I believe Ford Motor Company should have had this motor recalled and properly fix the problem. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for inspection where the contact was advised that the spark plugs did not have enough thread and separated.
The failure and current mileage was 147,000. I have copies of this bulletin. The insurance company stated that the vehicle was a total loss and was towed. The vehicle was not repaired. This combination made me lose control on the freeway and almost slid off the side of the freeway possibly rolling my truck. With no battery and no alternator, the vehicle stalled, lighting died, etc. The engine blew up without any warning.
Based on research, I understand this is a serious issue. Replacing a cylinder head should not be considered regular wear and tear. I now have the same problem as earlier posts of a bent rod and need a new motor. She starts it up to come home, and the engine was knocking loud. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The dealer's asked the contact not bring the vehicle in for service until the end of February when recall parts would be available. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the passenger side cylinder head needed to be replaced.
The contact moved off the roadway to examine the noise. . The manufacturer was contacted and provided no assistance. The engine has a serious design flaw that causes it to loosen and eventually blow spark plugs out of the cylinder head. Which stated the problems with the F-150.
The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they advised that the spark plugs would need to be threaded and coiled. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who advised that water had entered where the spark plugs were located. Given the seriousness of this issue and the overwhelming incidents, I think it is time someone took action against Ford. My wife drove it to work, it ran fine. While driving 30 mph, the contact heard an unusually loud knocking. It appears this is a common occurrence on the Ford triton motors after doing some research by talking to parts stores, the internet and the dealer.
The contact stated that the vehicle caught fire while parked after being driven for 20 minutes. The insurance company investigated and deemed the vehicle a total loss. This had been a great truck and has had regular oil changes. The problems had been intermittent and progressively got worse before I cleaned and lubed all connectors, this problem cost me a battery, and almost caused me to wreck as the battery died at night on the highway. Engines have died with as little as 50K miles on them, I have never had a vehicle that I was honestly scared to drive until now.