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Ford F 150 common problems (2004-2014)

Ford F 150

Life is becoming expensive. Whatever you bought last week is quite likely to cost you more this week. So, everyone’s having to cut costs, and one way we can help you do so is by cutting the cost of keeping your car on the road.

So, if you happen to have a Ford F 150 built between 2004 and 2014, we can tell you problems you’re most likely to face. In addition, we can also help you work out what the weird noise is, and how to fix it with as little cost as possible.

For example, the engine can shudder and lose power. This generation of F 150 also has a weak spot regarding its brake rotors, which regularly require replacement. The rear window is a known area of fragility, because it is known to break easily.

But don’t worry, because these issues shouldn’t cause you sleepless nights – they’re pretty straightforward to fix. Just follow the Haynes lead and your Ford F 150 will be back in the game before long.

Ford F 150

What recalls has the Ford F 150 been subject to?

The Ford F 150 is based on dependable mechanicals but nevertheless has been back to the dealer a few times for recalls. One of these concerned a temperature sensor in the automatic transmission, while another recall was caused by a faulty brake master cylinder.

Some models built between 2011 and 2013 and fitted with the 6R80 transmission were recalled because a sensor failure could cause the transmission to change down unexpectedly.

Then, versions were recalled to have a spacer installed in the steering gear.

What common problems does the Ford F 150 have?

Some Ford F 150s have suffered an issue that causes an audible moan from the transmission.

Another problem causes an audible click from the steering rack. The headliner has also been known to sag on models built between 2012 and 2013.

Air-conditioning systems have been known to emit grinding noises when the user changes modes, too.

So, it’s a relief that sorting out most of these issues shouldn’t be a big problem if you have a Haynes F 150 manual

Ford F 150 common problems

Does the Ford F 150 have noisy drivetrain problems?

The Ford F 150 has been known to be afflicted by an issue that causes its transmission to moan at speed.

This problem afflicts two-wheel-drive examples, and concerns the driveshaft centre bearing. The repair involves jacking up the vehicle and checking whether or not there is a 19mm shin in the driveshaft centre bearing. If there is, it must be removed.

However, do not worry, because this is a simple enough task if you follow the instructions in your Haynes F 150 manual.

Ford F 150

Does the Ford F 150 have noisy steering problems?

Some examples of the Ford F 150 have suffered a noticeable click from the steering column when on the move, which is bound to be annoying because you move the steering wheel all the time while driving.

The fault has been traced to a worn upper intermediate shaft in the steering column.

Again, the remove and replacement procedure is covered in depth in the Haynes F 150 manual, so you have nothing to fear here.

Ford F 150

Does the Ford F 150 have headliner problems?

A saggy headliner is going to irritate you every time you get into the Ford F 150, but unfortunately it’s an issue on certain models built between 2012 and 2013.

This problem doesn’t affect cars with a sunroof, but it will if no such roof is present. The sagging can occur either at the front of the cab or just above the rear window.

Happily, the Haynes F 150 manual covers how to get into and reattach the headliner, so you’ll be able to repair the fault quickly and cheaply.

Ford F 150 common problems

Does the Ford F 150 have air-con problems?

Air-conditioning and climate control and undeniably great systems to have, not only in hot weather but also for demisting the windscreen when it’s cold.

However, the mechanism behind the dash can sometimes emit a grinding noise when changing modes. The issues concerns a vent motor and flap that are insufficiently lubricated.

Just as well your Haynes F 150 manual explains how to take the system apart and relubricate the affected components.