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The Most Common Ford Problems

By combining owner complaint data from CarComplaints.com with investigation, recall, and Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), we’ve put together a list of some of the most widespread problems out there. We can sometimes use this data to predict which cars might experience issues in the future, and what owners can do about it in the meantime.

Problems You've Had (Or Will Have Soon)

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Carbon Monoxide and Exhaust Poisoning in Explorers

Concerns about the 5th-generation Explorer filling with exhaust have reached a fevered pitch. Owners complain about nausea, shortness of breath, and fears of carbon monoxide poisoning. Ford has released TSBs outline the problem, been sued multiple times, and issued a “complimentary service” pr...

Latch Failures Allow Doors to Fly Open

Ford is having a tough time with its door latches. The seemingly simple devices keep finding new ways to fail allowing doors to fly open while driving, or rebound and hit you when you go to close them. The issues have been investigated and recalled, but keep expanding to include more cars and ...

Door Ajar Light Won't Shut Off

Ford owners are dealing with a door ajar warning lights that won’t shut off. 2011-2013 Ford Edge owners, in particular, are having this problem in record numbers. The problem happens just outside the car’s standard warranty and has prompted a federal investigation.

Explorer Cracked Rear Panel

Own a 2002–2005 Ford Explorer? Chances are your lift-gate is cracked. Complaints about cracked rear panels in that generation of Ford SUV’s – including the Mercury Mountaineer and Lincoln Aviator – is one of the most commonly issues reported on CarComplaints.com

Windstar cracked axle laying on the ground

Cracked Rear Axle in the Windstar

The Ford Windstar is well known for a rear axle that can split apart or suddenly snap like dried kindling. An alarming number of owners have told their axle stories on CarComplaints.com, saying that the issue can happen anywhere from backing out of the driveway to cruising down the highway.

Spark Plug Ejection

Ford Triton engines are spitting out spark plugs like sunflower seeds, but the suits in Detroit act like there isn’t any problem. They’re wrong. We believe this defect affects the following 2-valve engines: Triton 4.6L V8, 5.4L V8, 6.8L V10 & possibly others.

Spark Plugs Stuck in Triton Engine

Replacing spark plugs in cars has been a relatively simple task since Henry Ford mastered the assembly line, that is unless you have a Ford V8 engine from 2004-2008. Those 3-valve engines hold on to their spark plugs like an anaconda choking its prey.

Ford Electronic Throttle Body Complaints

It’s been a long road for electronic throttle body (ETB) complaints in Ford and Mercury vehicles. It’s been an even longer road for owners with ETBs that are prone to sudden surges, dangerous stalls, and being sent into ‘limp home mode’ which is like driving a snail through a molasses puddle.<...

Ford's Takata Recalls

Parts supplier, Takata, manufactured defective, shrapnel-hurling airbag inflators that need to be recalled. The issue affects 34 million+ vehicles spread out across 24 brands, making it one of the largest (and most dangerous) recalls in automotive history.

Ford’s Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) Failures

Power steering is one of those things you don’t think about until it’s gone. And owners of Ford cars with electronic power assisted steering (EPAS) are thinking about it all the damn time, if you catch my drift.

MyFord Touch Complaints

Ford’s customer satisfaction has been in steady decline since 2010. MyFord Touch was also released in 2010. This is not a coincidence. The system was Ford’s attempt at an all-in-one, in-dash communication and entertainment system. What owners got instead was an unresponsive, difficult-to-use a...

EcoBoost: Violent Shaking and Engine Fires

Ford promised a direct-injected EcoBoost engine capable of producing power while achieving better fuel efficiency. But owners generally categorize the engine as under-powered, prone to catching on fire, and subject to shaking, shuddering and stalling.

Shattering Rear Windows Leave SUV Owners Ducking For Cover

It doesn’t matter if the temperature is hot or cold, or even if the car is moving or parked, the rear windows of some Ford Explorer, Escape, Edge and Mercury Mountaineers SUVs are just exploding at random.

Torque Converter Fails Without Warning

A faulty torque converter was causing widespread and dangerous transmission problems for owners of the 2004-05 Ford Freestar. The problem was investigated and eventually recalled, but did the recall cover everybody it should have?

Aluminum Hood Corrosion on Ford Hoods

Cars are prone to rust, unfortunately that’s just the way it is. This is especially true for those who live in rust belt states where salt is used to clear ice from roads. We can fight the onslaught with regular washes and waxing … unless you own one of these Ford hoods. Then it’s inevitible.<...

Higher Mileage Explorer Transmissions Are Bound to Fail

Nothing lasts forever and transmissions in early 2000’s Ford Explorers are no exception. One dealership claimed 1 out of every 10 Explorers from the 3rd generation will experience a premature transmission failure, and with a typical repair cost over $2,000 bucks, it’s easy to see why owners ar...

Focus Key Won't Turn In The Ignition

From 2000 to 2003, the Focus has a serious problem where the key won’t turn or can’t be removed from the ignition. The problems is covered under the standard manufacturer warranty, but the problem typically happens later on.

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