really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,136 miles

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problem #14

Mar 162012

F-250 10-cyl

  • 88,715 miles
On 03/16/2012 at 10:30pm while on my way home from work, I came to a stop at a stop sign. Truck was running fine. As I pulled away from the stop sign and accelerating I heard a loud pop and what sounded like an exhaust leak. I immediately pulled over and looked under the hood. I found that the coil on the #3 spark plug was out and the exhaust sound was coming from the hole where the spark plug should have been. Only living 2 miles from work, I drove the truck home and parked it til morning. In the morning I went out and tried to put the plug back in and realized there were no threads to thread the plug into. This is very disconcerting realizing that there will be some major work needing to be done on the truck before I can drive it again. Not to mention cost. Upon some internet research, I have found that this has been a major problem with these Ford trucks and that Ford is refusing to do a recall on this matter. I just purchased this truck on 03/12/2012 and cannot drive it any more. I will not drive it any more due to the safety aspect of the fuel vapors coming out of the hole and possibly catching fire from the spark plug wire still arcing. Least of all that it will cause more damage to the engine before it can be repaired. Thank you for your time in this matter and I am hoping that something can be done in the near future that will make Ford do a recall on these trucks and get the problem fixed once and for all.

- Tonopah, NV, USA

problem #13

Dec 262011


  • 163,000 miles
Blew spark plug out of head while accelerating to get on highway. Had gas spill on motor. It has the 5.4 Triton motor.

- Blackstone, MA, USA

problem #12

Dec 182011


  • 122,580 miles
My truck threw a spark plug while driving down the road. This is the second time it has done this and the same exact one as before.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #11

Nov 172011

F-250 8-cyl

  • 107,590 miles
Spark plug blew out of plug hole, stripping threads of intake cylinder head. Plug was found laying between valve cover and intake manifold.

- Kelso, WA, USA

problem #10

Jul 282011


  • miles
Help! spark plugs #3 and #5 have blown in my Ford 2002 F250 since the beginning of 2011. These failures have happened on two separate occasions causing me to loose power on major highways and narrowly avoiding an accident while trying to navigate my way through traffic to get to a safe place. I understand that this failure happens frequently to a large number of Ford vehicle owners. I also understand that NHTSA has denied any further action against Ford. I find this denial questionable with the vast number of complaints about this same problem occurring over and over. My safety and the safety of others was jeopardized on both occasions that my plugs blew out of their sockets. Something needs to be done!

- Mt Airy, MD, USA

problem #9

Dec 232010

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
Spark plug blew out of engine while driving.

- Wind Gap, PA, USA

problem #8

Sep 192008


  • 115,174 miles
2002 Ford F-250 pickup with a 5.4 litre engine. Spark plugs keep blowing out of the engine. The Ford service department tells me they see this often and then present me with a $400 bill each time a spark plug blows loose. I've recently learned that this can also result in an engine fire because the compressed gas and air mixture are being blown through the spark plug hole, while the loose plug continues to fire nearby.

- Driggs, ID, USA

problem #7

May 252007

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
I woke up last week to the sound of a car alarm. I looked outside and the front of my Ford F 150 was engulfed in flames. It was so hot the tires melted into the driveway. We had not driven the truck in several days. It appears the fire started in the engine as the entire front of the vehicle is incinerated.

- Lake Tapps, WA, USA

problem #6

Apr 122007

(reported on)


  • miles
Ford F250 truck customer states that Ford is not standing behind the problem with the spark plugs blowing out* the consumer stated the spark plug blew out of the motor, which required replacement of the engine.

- New London, WI, USA

problem #5

Sep 012006

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,600 miles
: the contact stated at various speeds, without warning, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle restarted occasionally. When the vehicle would not restart, a new camshaft position sensor was installed. The vehicle has not been inspected by a mechanic and the problem persists.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 012004

F-250 10-cyl

  • miles
Complaint regarding problems with Ford V-10 engine. The consumer started a petition with other Ford consumers who have experienced problems as well. Additional problems the consumer experienced were: Brief tapping noise and a pop, then a loud noise like a manifold leak, the mechanic observed a spark plug had been blown out of the cylinder and the cylinder head had broken. The consumer's cell# 845 0 438-3527.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #3

Nov 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 77,249 miles
Excessive exhaust smoke. Poor performance.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 102003


  • miles
Consumer stated the clamps are to lose and causes anti freeze to leak from the vehicle. Dealer notified.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 262002

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While the consumer was backing the vehicle down the driveway, the engine stalled and due to the increased ability to steer or brake, the vehicle rolled into the kingpin of the fifth wheel and damaged the upper left rear fender. The consumer requested reimbursement or refund.

- Auburn, CA, USA