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Recall Alert: Ford F-150 EcoBoost Engine Under Investigation for Losing Power During Acceleration

By Trevor Dorchies | May 28, 2013
If you own a 2011 or later Ford F-150 that's equipped with an EcoBoost engine, listen up. The U.S. government has opened up an investigation into F-150s that rely on the EcoBoost V-6 engine for motivation, as some have been reported to lose power while accelerating. In all, the government's investigation covers around 400,000 F-150 models made from 2011 to 2013. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the problem at hand usually occurs when it's raining or humid out. No accidents or injuries have been reported stemming from this issue but the NHTSA has received 95 reports concerning EcoBoost engine failures. Those who filed reports with the NHTSA said that the problem occurred when accelerating hard, such as when passing someone on the highway. Making matters worse, the NHTSA has outed Ford for advising dealerships on how to fix this issue but not telling the affected owners. If you're unfamiliar with Ford's EcoBoost engine, it relies on turbochargers and advanced fuel injection to achieve torque and power numbers that are closer to engines with a bigger displacement. For those of you keeping track at home, the EcoBoost V-6 engine application used in the F-150 is rated at 365 horsepower, 80 more ponies than the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado's all-new V-6. Ford designed the EcoBoost to achieve similar power to that of a 6.0-liter or bigger engine while still keeping fuel economy figures high. Ford has already been sued by people who have allegedly seen this EcoBoost engine fail firsthand, too. Cases in both Louisiana and Ohio federal court have been heard and claim the EcoBoost engine loses power while accelerating and is therefore defective.  Ford is cooperating with the government's investigation and as more information surfaces, we'll pass it along so stay tuned. Source: The Detroit Free Press
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12 comments
butch.giles
butch.giles

I have just put my 2013 F150 ecoboost in the Shop for the 3rd time.  According to the Lemon Law in SC, since I have over 12,000 miles I am not able to pursue this option.  I want everyone to know that the vehicle was at the dealership for 12 days for what they said was fuel injector leaks and they also replaced the fuel pump.  When I picked it up, I had it for 4 days and had to drive out of town for a 400 mile trip.  When I would accelerate, it would loose power and the MPG was terrible - got 15 MPG at the time.  Then two days later in the morning, tried to start the truck and it would not start as it was flooded out so bad that the truck smelled like GAS and I believe if someone would have lit a match, it would have ignited!  Had to have it towed to a dealership where they indicated the first dealership put double gaskets on the fuel injectors which messed the truck up.  Without proof, I am nowhere!  Had to leave the truck out of state and then after the dealership contacted me to say it was ready to be picked up, I contacted a FORD representative to have the vehicle shipped to me.  They would not do it and indicated since I was out of state, I would have to send receipts for reimbursement for Hotel and gas expenses. Now mind you I picked up the truck on Friday and then yesterday, which was Sunday, on the way home, I punched the gas to go around a semi and guess what, you got it, loss of power, sputtering and then engine light came on.  After I let off the gas, it picked back up and you could feel the "miss" while driving. 


Wife prayed all the way home and we made it but now the truck is back at the dealership.  The truck only has 17,500 miles on it and I am at a loss as to what to do - sue FORD? 


Any advise?

Ken Watts
Ken Watts

i have a 2012 f150 ecoboost and have just started encontering these issues as well . mine started 2 days ago 1/11/14 on my way home from philly it was raining and i was travling about 65 up the highway it started bucking spitting and sputtering so i pulled over shut it off when i started it up it acted fine for about 30 miles then it started again so thank god i was only 100 miles from home had to keep stopping and shutting it off but made it home the next day i started it wasnt raining it ran fine, today i went to work it stalled 2 times engine light came on and now is running just like it did on my trip i called the ford dealership they said they cant get it in for 3 more days this is my daily driver and really worried because i love this truck and need for my transportation and now my wife wont drive it because shes afriad it is going to stall on her as well so i hope they do something to fix this!!!!!  i as well as many others cant afford to make payments on a dead horse  so to speak who would  want to put thier family into a vehicle that could potentially stall in traffic and cause an accident so if any one hears anything please post so we can see what options there may be

Raymond Santellana
Raymond Santellana

Well my sisters truck is doing the exact same thing. Loss of power in the rain. She took it back to the dealer and they traded her out to a new one. And guess what happens? The exact same thing about a month later. She is from south texas and about to join the lawsuit cause when she went back a the second time, they tried to fix it but to no avail. She is still having the problem and they cannot fix it. We are done with ford and going to gmc cause my dads 2001 and 2008 sierras run great with no issues.

dayyyyna
dayyyyna

I have a new 2013 ford Taurus limiited AWD with the v6 3.5 ecoboost engine ...... FEEL LUCKY YOU GUYS!!! I had my car 38 days only 2033 miles it did exactly all this and more ! THE ENGINE BLEW! and guess what Ford will not back the warranty because there is water in the intake tube and air filter . I have no clue what to do now!

Jose Mendoza
Jose Mendoza

I EXPERINCE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY 2013 F150 ECOOBOOST (LOST OF POWER UNDER RAIN) PLUS BAD SHIFTING FROM 3 TO 1 GEAR, AND A SOUND WENT YOU PUT REVERSE. THEY SAY FORD WAS WORKING ON THE PROBLEM AND ALSO THE JUST REPROGRAM THE COMPUTER BUT NOTHING CHANGE.

Tristan
Tristan

This issue isnt being talked about with the other vehicles that use the Ecoboost engine. For one internals are different on this engine to handle the towing and higher torque values that are needed for this truck. The problem lies within the transmission specifically the torque converter. If throttle input is slowly applied while going up a slight incline the engine loses rpms so the torque converted should lock up and provide extra torque to continue moving the vehicle before a downshift is needed. In my 2011 i can feel it wanting to lock up but wont unless i either lose too much speed or the transmission decides to downshift. I have a 2011 supercrew with a 6.5ft bed with 3.55 rear. Havent been able to recreate the issue in a 2012 supercrew 5.5ft bed with 3.73 rear.

Warren Pfeiffer
Warren Pfeiffer

I know alot of people who own these trucks never heard about this problem must one of those welfare motor company's trying too gain market shares. Hmmmm.

flaconstable
flaconstable

I was traveling south in the outside lane on I 95 (Florida) during heavy rain, approaching a slower moving vehicle in front of me. I changed lanes and accelerated to approximately 70 mph, when the engine suddenly lost power, began to misfire and rapidly decelerated. The vehicle had been traveling in rainy conditions at highway speed for approximately 1 hour.

Since I had committed to make the overtaking maneuver and for the few seconds I was unable to accelerate and/or pull back into my original lane as I was traveling adjacent to the vehicle I was overtaking, I realized that there was another vehicle fast approaching me in the inside (fast/over taking) lane. Luckily the driver was observant enough to release of the impending collision a head if he did not take evasive action and slow down. After a few seconds I was able to pull back into outside/slow lane.

This loss of power and misfire continued for another 45 minutes, up until I exited the highway and drove to my local dealership.

Kent Walker
Kent Walker

Our 2012 F-150 Ecoboost stalled today and we Googled the problem and saw this article.  It was 0730 and humid after a rain.  My wife was following me while I was picking up a motorcycle and she pulled out in front of a 18 wheeler and it stalled on her.  She is now scared to drive it!  We're stationed at Ft. Jackson, SC and can we return the truck or is this a easy fix???  Stuck with scared wife and faulty truck.....

Please help if anyone knows.  kentwalker64@gmail.com


krisde1
krisde1

Okay, about time. I have a F 150 2011  ecoboost engine and experienced the engine failure on 3 occasions. Each time after the problem started the engine continued to fail. Problem found each time were a failed coil packs. Dealerships in Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware were aware of the issue and worked quickly to replace parts. Loaner cars were given during the period of repair. All problems  were when mileage was under 10,000 miles. Now with 36,000 I have not had any issues. Fingers crossed. Took a while to get my trust back. I also have a 2010 MKS same engine, 59,000 miles with no problems (  that is except for a broken spark plug tip).

Jim Pasquariello
Jim Pasquariello

hey my F-150 was doing excactly what it says in the artical. i brought to the dealer  5 times , before they said it was the turbo  sucking in mositure, causing to to misfire.   Now my warrantee has run out. and my turbo is making noise when i first start up. Does anyone know the long term affect that this recall can do to the turbo ?

Blaster05
Blaster05

And there's no mention of any complaints with the SHO's, Flex's, MKT's, MKS's, and Explorers with the same engine? Hmmm.

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