The F-150's handling is sound and the cabin is roomy, but the ride isn't that good and the noisy engine strains under acceleration. Uncomfortable seats further detract from the driving experience. Electronic stability control (ESC), full-time four-wheel drive and curtain airbags are all lacking. (Only the Harley-Davidson version has AWD.) 
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There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2021 F-150 to be less reliable than other new cars. This prediction is based on Ford's brand history and the previous generation of the F-150.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"steering was sluggish and labored until the ball joints were repaired"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"We have had this truck eight years and this is the third set of Ball Joints to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Bushings

"Noticed a light thud of a noise when I'd sometimes steer left. I'm told these bushings do commonly age out but the repair at Ford wasn't too salty and it was a fast afternoon fix. While in there they found a few other things to warn me about that I should consider in the future (one being the timing belt which I've never replaced on this truck so I consider it a good thing)."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Ford F-150)

"Bushings on sway bar links completely came apart. Had to purchase a sway bar link kit to repair the sway bar."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"I have had to replace power steering lines 5 times over the life of this vehicle. I own two other vehicles and store them the same way with no problems. In addition transmission lines have rotted out and connections for ac rotted out. I have never seen anything like this truck and have owned a lot of cars going back to 1966."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Power steering fluid lines corroded through"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Power steering coolant leak. One time, refilled reservoir to get to service center. Drivable. Fixed."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"All part of the previous problem"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Power steering leaks"

Linda D., ON (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Failure of pressure hose"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Corroded power steering lines"

Kevin D., PA (2008 Ford F-150)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Fall of 2019 power steering hose broke, had the truck towed in the next day, picked it up the following day."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Ford F-150 XL Unsure)

"Power steering pump whine and check valve failure. Whine since 2010, constant, 2020"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 Unsure 4.5-L V8)

"Hose failed"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat)

"The power steering lines on this vehicle have rotted out three times since I bought it. Finally my mechanic painted the lines before installing them which seems to have fixed the problem"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"power steering carriage weeping along seam"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"When in shop repairing oil leak, mechanic noticed both front springs & shocks broken."

Thomas S., NJ (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"The shocks/struts on this truck have been replaced at least twice in the eight years we have owned this truck. We drive around 6,000 miles per year. It would appear the front end/V8 engine are too heavy for these suspension parts"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"shocks struts need replacing on the front end. They are rattling when going over bumps"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"Cracked drivers rear leaf spring ….I believe just from fatigue over the years. The vehicle has never towed anything or had any large loads in the box. Suspension fatigue from potholes maybe over time?"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"The front sway bar link was worn after 100,000 miles. The only problem I've had in 10 years!"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Had to replace a broken leaf spring"

Gary C., AB (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"steering torsion bars were replaced to fix sluggish steering problem"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"During annual state inspection they discovered both front springs had broken in the past year. I had not noticed, but I did not drive the truck much last year. The mechanic replaced both springs the same next day."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Friend borrowed the truck and it had a broken front left spring when returned."

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"u joints in steering column rusted out and were binding"

D H., CO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Replaced rack and pinion steering assembly. Started as small leak, progressed to a quart of oil every three days."

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)

"Massive leak of steering fluid led to replacement of rack because fluid lines couldn't be replaced without breaking."

Anonymous, ME (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Had steering wheel vibration for 2 years and it never did it for the mechanic. Finally blew steering fluid all over the driveway of our lake house, and the highway for 300 miles to get home (and 5 pints of fluid)"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Rack and pinion replacement because of power steering pump valve failure, 2020, 2020"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 Unsure 4.5-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Hub bearing went out on a front wheel. Difficult to detect but more road noise caused me to look further for a problem"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-150 4.2-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Abs lite came on as I was backing out of driveway. Mechanic said that they checked then reset. Lite came on again. Son said sometimes they freeze up when truck sits for periods of time."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-150 STX 5.4-L V8)

"ABS BRAKE MODULAR"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)

"abs system failed"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

"The light is always on as well as the brake light on dash even tho problem was fixed. And the sensors in the tires to indicate a low tire do not function correctly."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Ford F-150 FX2 4.2-L V6)

"The dash light has been on for a number of years. We have rarely been in a situation where it would have engaged."

Anonymous, NM (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"had corrison problem with wiring to wheel sensors tech said if the abs light goes back on which it did id have replace leads and sensor"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"The ABS warning light stays on all the time. According to the OBD, the ABS pump has problems, but my mechanic says it's OK & not worth spending $600 to replace. But the light is annoying!"

F E D., FL (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)
Calipers

"Caliper hung up causing the brake to wear out the rotor"

Anonymous, SD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Brakes were repaired a week earlier. Then we were driving down the highway and the brakes caught on fire. THey said it was bad calipers. One week after getting a break job?? Ended up costing us over 1200 dollars."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"When replacing front disc pads and resurfacing rotors the calipers were not replaced. Thereafter, the calipers locked up and had to replace the pads and rotors. This was a dealership issue and not a manufacturing issue."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"The truck is parked outside 24/7 and the calipers rusted from little use."

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

"Seized brake caliper caused premature wear on right front brake"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Calipers seized"

Linda D., ON (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Master cylinder

"Replaced master cylinder"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"needed new rear pads and rotors after 160000 miles"

Anonymous, MS (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Brakes wore down due to driving on inclines."

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"The front wheel brake disk seem to go out of round too quickly. .this causes excessive vibrating with the ABS especially when going down steep hills and many times when just slowing down"

Anonymous, AK (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Needed new brakes, just like any vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-150 FX2 4.5-L V8)

"Replaced with new brakes after 130,000 miles"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)
Parking brake

"Over the last few years it has gotten worse to the point of not holding the car on a hill any more."

Anonymous, NM (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Seized brake caliper"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"We had our truck checked before vacation, and the brakes were found to have wear"

Anonymous, AR (2008 Ford F-150 King Ranch)
Pulsation or vibration

"Vibration increased with normal braking. If there is a weak area in this F150, it is the brakes, should stop better without problems."

Larry T., CA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Aftermarket rear rotors were installed on my truck to pass safety at the dealer and continually warped and were machined twice. Never buy bargain rotors."

Doug C., ON (2008 Ford F-150 FX2 4.5-L V8)
Rotors

"They should be heavier duty, I have towing package, yet rotors overheated and warped rather easily."

Larry T., CA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Squeaking

"Think due to abnormal brake wear."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Ford F-150 FX2 4.2-L V6)

"Brakes were squeaking and needed to be replaced which then brought to light that the pulsation was actually from the wheel bearings that need to be replaced"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Rubber moulding on rear passenger door comes off when temperatures below freezing"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The front driver side grab handle broke when I was using it to enter the vehicle. I discovered this handle is made of pure PLASTIC. I had assume it was a metal piece encased in plastic. Certainly the grab handle is not nearly as sturdy as I feel it should be."

Gary C., AB (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is rusting through and peeling especially in the rear bumper and tailgate ares. I believe it is faulty painting."

Anonymous, AK (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Rust

"Rust holes beind both doors are aout 4 inch diameter plus rust is staring to show through both rear fenders."

Keith H., IN (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Bumpers are rusting from the inside out. I think is is poor paint from the factory"

Vernon S., AK (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Very minor around rear wheel wells."

Bruce W., ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

"Rear bumper started bubbling and than rusting. Rusting from the rubber step."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"rust around wheel well drivers side &rust below back drivers side door"

Jerry H., KY (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"cab corners and rocker panels"

Mike C., NE (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Excessive rust in the rear quarterpanel of the truck bed. Also have perforation rust and peeling paint in the front hood. The problem is getting progressively worse and I will need to have body work repaired this summer."

Sean W., PA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"Rust is coming through trim and bumper areas. Looks like a bad paint job."

Anonymous, AK (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"I bought it used with 110000 miles on it. With the rust on bumpers, wheel wells, and sides, it is estimated that rust repairs would cost at least $6000.00."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Cab corners and rear fender flares are completely rusted through. Very little rust on underbody or rest of truck. The truck needs significant body work to repair."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Rear wheel wells bubble with rust within a year of having them repaired."

Anonymous, KY (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Paint chips on door skin edge rusting; hood rusting on front corners"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Corrosion on front fenders behind wheel well and body above wheel wells. As much as you pay for trucks these days, you should not have rust throughs within 5-6 years."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"Rusting so badly even though we undercoated it several times at the local garage."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"complete rust through on both rear fender wells. Problem started about one year ago and has gotten quite bad by now."

Anonymous, KY (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

"wheel fender well rust from age"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"There is an ongoing issue with rust where water pools between the doors and trunk/bed"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Both cab corners rusted through. I had a body shop cut the corners out and replace them"

James K., IN (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"cab corner rust thru"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Rear quarter panels are rusting in identical areas. Should not be happening"

Julie B., MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Had to replace the clutch interlock starter switch"

Joe B., TN (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"Automatic transmission shifter brake interlock (to shift out of park) failed. Dealer only part, abt $125 relatively easy do it yourself fix."

Peter B., OH (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"transmission wont shift to Park. Been told it is an electronic solenoid that will cost $50 in parts and $125 in labor. Getting it fixed next week"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Could not shift out of park."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Had gear selector replaced for the second time since purchase. First time was covered by warranty. Second time convinced dealer to cover part of the cost. This design flaw is known to Ford but they have chosen to offer no remedy. Expect to have to replace it again in the next year or two"

William B., GA (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"clutch cylinder leaked on clutch plate requiring clutch replacement. clutch was fine otherwise."

Stephen B., FL (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)
Rough shifting

"Shifts down so hard from 3rd to 2nd when accelerating fast it clunks hard"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Significant shudder when torque converter released at around 55 mph. Changing the transmission fluid and filter fixed this for now."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"The rough shifting problem was due to the slipping transmission. At times I would have to either quit giving it gas or floor it in order to get it to go into gear. Steady acceleration resulted in the truck jerking forward."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"This transmission should not have failed with 87K"

William C., ME (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"The transmission started slipping in and out of gear. I scheduled a repair at the dealership and the day of the appointment I was barely able to get there due to the slipping."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Transmission is starting to slip"

James L., CO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Experienced slipping transmission when hauling heavy loads, whether in the box or trailering"

Jan H., MI (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"Tail shaft Aluminum Housing where drive connects at transmission cracked. Years of corrosion by salt and tail shaft clamp assembly made of steel. Dissimilar metals connected together. Expand and brake"

F R., MI (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

"Age related leaks"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

"Transmission lines rotted out. Have never experienced that on any other car."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Cracked rear housing with no external trauma"

Kevin D., PA (2008 Ford F-150)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Not sure, but believe the solenoid is related to the gear shifter replacement problem"

William B., GA (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

"Converter went bad"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Exhaust leaks

"Bolt broken in exhaust manifold"

James B., IN (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"exhaust manifold leak."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Same manifold"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Exhaust manifolds seem to require repairing every two years from leaks"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8 supercharged)
Exhaust manifold

"an exhaust manifold bolt came out, causing excessive noise and fuel consumption, as well as potential passenger cabin air quality concerns"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"bolts rust out"

Richard J., MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Makes the truck shudder when accelerating and odor. Unfortunately the repair will cost more than the truck is worth."

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Exhaust manifold bolts break. Causes exhaust leak when starting engine quites some when heated. To fix manifold has to be replaced new bolts placed in head if the old ones can be taken out."

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Noisy and became misshapened"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Started at less than 75000 klm, known problem with these motors but no help from Ford."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Fixed an exhaust leak on the exhaust manifold that was the source of a lot of engine noise"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"Both sides needed the exhaust manifold replaced due to leaks"

Kevin K., UT (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Exhaust manifold gasket leaking"

Ronald B., MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"The exhaust manifold had a crack which caused exhaust fumes to come into the cab. This is the second time this has happened since I've owned this truck"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Leaks"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Failure at 101,000 miles"

Louis B., MD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"replaced battery"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"After being idle for several months, the truck would not start. The lights would not even come on. I charged up the battery and it stated and drove fine. Then I parked it for another three months. The battery would not take a charge. It was a 5 year top of the line battery from Walmart. I got a new battery for free under warranty. Now the truck runs fine."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Coil

"Each plug has its own coil which intermittently go out from time to time happened on my last f150 also....expensive fix"

John S., IL (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"You have my F150 listed twice. I only have one F150"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)
Electronic ignition

"The coil pack failed on cylinder # 5 but F150 was still driveable"

Frank R., MI (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

"Ignition Coil Pack developed a crack in the base of the module causing a ignition miss."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

"engine misfire and stalling during acceleration Ignitions sticks sometimes during start-up"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-150 XLT)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Needed replacing."

Anonymous, MD (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Engine miss #3 cylinder has not been repaired yet."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

"I had misfires while driving slowly as well as major vibration when downshifting from overdrive to 3rd gear."

Louis B., MD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"The coating or chemical make-up of the wire covering attracts mice and they chewed EVERY WIRE leading to the plugs ."

Joe M., (2008 Ford F-150)

"Spark plug failures caused truck to stall and die multiple times. Over 10 visits to three different MAJOR automotive places were unable to correct since the plugs break and even replacements were faulty. These faults caused larger issues including cat converter failure and poor gas mileage. The check engine light came on so many times that the gauges and warning lights never turn off. Now I have permanent warnings for cat converter and brakes, which I've been told is a known fault in the instrument panel. Fortunately I don't notice too much since the truck has so many rattles when the wind blows that I'm constantly driving with my arm out the window hitting things trying to determine where the rattle comes from."

Matthew B., NM (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"replaced ignition block and plug wires"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

"On going problem after changing sparkplugs. Gas mileage went to heck and hasn't gotten any better. Actually, at times, worse. Shop is working on this"

Anonymous, SD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Spark plugs break off in cylinder head"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Cam followers failed in cyl head at 214000 miles"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Piston malfunction causing spark plug contact. Total engine was a loss requiring rebuild."

Jim G., BC (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"Oil gaugeinstalled on dash is insufficient to show inadequate oil pressure"

William C., ME (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Cam shaft broke with spark plug mistiming"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Started in the last 6 months. When the engine is hot, highway driving, then idling or waiting in line, engine begins to choke and stammer as if not getting fuel. Error code P0345, recommenced fix is engine replacement. Ford known problem."

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Cam shaft failure, had to get a rebuilt engine. Cost thousands of dollars and loss of use of vehicle until rebuilt."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Cracked manifold"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

"Replaced within the last year. I was told this normally occurs at about 80,000. Mine lasted much longer."

Anonymous, ID (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Ran really rough and wouldn’t get above 30mph"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Worn cam phasers both heads. Noticed noise about 3 months ago, February 2020. Check engine light came on in April 2020. Repaired at dealership, $1800.00."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Tensioner pulley went bad so I had all pullies and belt replaced at same time"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Timing chain repair in conjunction with cam sensors requiring replacement at only 210,000 km on an 8 cylinders engine. Seems ridiculous"

Scott J., ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"On hot days, the AC blows hot air when stopped at (at lights, etc) for any length of time (minutes). Cold air resumes when vehicle is in motion."

Paul T., CA (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

"Air compressor was replaced under used car warranty but only the heat works now."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

"At the beginning of summer I noticed that the air conditioning system wasn't cooling as well as it should. The next time I drove the vehicle, 3 days later, the air conditioning system was not cooling at all. About 48000 miles"

James R., NM (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"Climate control hunts. Blows cold air then hot air. Never settle on a cab temperature."

Anonymous, AK (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"HVAC blower failed. About $75 on Amazon for aftermarket replacement. Simple do it yourself fix but contorted long reach."

Peter B., OH (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Fan does not operate on the 2 lowest settings. I can only run the Air conditioning using the 3rd. and 4th (highest) speeds."

Sean W., PA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"I took it in for repair because speeds 1 & 2 were not working on the blower and it was not putting out cold air. Turns out even though there was nothing wrong with the compressor it had to be replaced because the part that was malfunctioning was not sold separately from the compressor. This was over $1000, repair"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Evaporator

"Had a hole in it causing the refridgerant to bleed off"

Anonymous, SD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Heater system

"B Heater exchanger cracked dumping Preston all over the cabin floors"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Heater system doors in dash failed to open/close properly. Found that the factory installed insulation had fallen down onto the door system and required complete removal of the dash to repair"

James L., CO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"I think these were related to the compressor failure"

James R., NM (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The backup and break light module above the rear window leaked during rain storms and water ran into the back seat."

Paul T., CA (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

"Left rear brake light and turn signal inoperative, it was not a bulb or fuse problem, a connector had to be replaced."

Joseph R., MT (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Gauges

"All the gauges stop working while driving"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Headlights

"Headlight switch replacement. Had to disconnect battery for 18 hours to avoid drain on charge from headlights unable to turn off. $730"

Anonymous, NM (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)
Interior lights

"Lights not a problem on this vehicle."

Anonymous, NM (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"There's a short apparently in the dimmer switch and the lights keep coming on. We have to hit the dashboard for them to go off. This happened within a few days after purchasing the truck. Due to lack of funds we have not been able to have it checked"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Keyless entry

"The lock control switch got wet when rain came in open window. Now the lock control panel doesn't work properly. Driver's door position doesn't lock or unlock doors when the door has been opened; requires the door to be closed and ignition switch on. Passenger side works well."

Anonymous, NM (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Does no work at 5 below zero"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Warning lights

"Brake warning light came on due to a bad connection on the dash circuit board."

Clifford W., SC (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"There is a known fault with the warning lights due to bad solder joints in the instrument cluster. The only fix is to replace at high expense or remove and resolder for cheap (several hundred dollars if outsourced but cheaper than a new panel). Of course difficult to drive the vehicle without an instrument cluster while it is shipped out."

Matthew B., NM (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"All I know is the dealer said the could fix the engine problem for $5,000. My husband found a guy, who knew a guy...died it for $500."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-150 XL Unsure)

"Related to the Coil Pack failure"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Heavy pinging on acceleration. I am saving up to have the cam phasers, timing belt and oil pump replaced."

Art L., NY (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"New camshaft and rollers installed on driver side of motor. In the winter time it drives great. But in the summer when it is hot out engine idols very rough. When put in reverse when running rough almost stalls out."

Anonymous, NE (2008 Ford F-150 4.5-L V8)

"There was a hesitation or miss in the engine that was repaired by replacing coil packs"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"The engine knocks or pings when inexpensive gasoline is used. A higher octane gasoline or an additive usually solves the problem. The engine will also hesitate on acceleration during periods of extreme wet weather."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

"Ticking noise, which more and more people are tellling me, is common to the 5.4 litre engine. Ford dealership quoted $3,500 in repairs. Cam sensors require replacing they tell me. However, other owners have said this issue goes on for years without any major issues. Symptoms I experience include less power and increased fuel consumption"

Scott J., ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Oil leaks

"Related to the P0345 problem,"

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Oil was leaking from a seal and was repaired at the local ford dealership. No other problems since then."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"Oil cooler line has a slow leak where the metal line is attached to a rubber line with a compression fit. This is the original line that came on the truck when it was new."

Anonymous, AK (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"The issue was with the transmission ring gear failure causing the transmission and engine to shake violently when under load in drive or reverse"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Failure of a compression washer resulted in the transmission having to be rebuilt."

Edward W., CA (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Transmission stopped shifting to high gear. Internal problem, required a new transmission."

Chris L., UT (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"This is apparently on the TSB list for these trucks, transmission whines as you increase speed. I have not fixed it yet but it will need a full transmission rebuild or replacement which is going to equal down time for me and a significant cost."

Anonymous, DE (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Reverse gear broke. Transmission worked good in the forward gears. Replaced reverse gear and changed fluid."

Anonymous, (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)

"Transmission failed and had to be replaced at 199,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"2nd transmission for this truck. Don't think it's built to handle any kind of weight through the years"

Landmark C., CA (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

"Transmission had to be replaced after 75k miles. Had to fight with warranty company to get them to pay. They paid for a rebuilt transmission"

Anonymous, KS (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"check engine light is on. Checked the message and it says the egr valve needs replacing. engine currently runs normal and will replace the egr next week"

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)
Fuel injection system

"Have had occasional problems with fuel injection system over the years. The fuel rail had to be cleaned the last time."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

"Related to the spark plug problem"

Anonymous, SD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Fuel pump

"The problem was actually the fuel pump module. Check engine light came on, indicated lean fuel mixture and missing in one cylinder. It took two days for the mechanic to diagnose a failure in the fuel pump module, which is located between the body of the truck and the spare tire. Easy to replace after diagnosis."

Chris L., UT (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Evidently on this model year there is a fuel sensor mounted underneath near the gas tank that was not properly covered which allows moisture and debris to accumulate causing it to wear out thus it fails and no fuel. A simple rubber boot to cover would seem to solve the problem. $500 repair to replace sensor board"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Supposed to be 6 disc player, have same unit in my 01 Ranger which also doesn't work properly"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"Goes blank if I hit the display it comes back briefly"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Radio

"It quit working and sapped the battery. We unplugged it instead of paying for repairs."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford F-150 5.4-L V8)

"Radio put my new batterie down"

Yvon G., QC (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)
Software update fixes

"Electric coil went out, caused engine light."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8 supercharged)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"The rear brake light on roof leaked causing the back seat and floor to get very wet. Took two visits to the dealer to finally fix."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

"Lots of noise from air leaks around doors"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford F-150 STX 5.4-L V8)

"Water leaking in from firewall area. Silicon-ed up where wiring harnesses come through and used a body seam sealer on a firewall body seam just below right lower corner of windshield. Seems to have stopped most of leak, however still had some water in right rocker channel after rain storm"

Larry T., CA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Unknown source and unknown location"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.5-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"When driving the truck ,it makes a lot of noise and not from tires."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"My sister got the truck stuck in the mud and when I engaged the 4wd the actuator failed making a clunk then clicking sound . The actuator should not have failed."

Art L., NY (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Differential

"Started leaking"

Kenneth H., CO (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Driveline vibration

"Problem since I acquired vehicle in 2010. Thought it was unbalanced wheels/tires but had same problem with a different set of wheels be and tires. Had driveshaft professionally balanced and u-joints replaced. It helped but problem still exists. I have learned to live with it"

Micheal C., AK (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Motherboard needed to be replaced. Engine never failed - was warned by check engine light and computer detected problem"

Anonymous, SD (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Temp Control ---"

Roland M., TX (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Design problem with the intake manifold. Coolant through the manifold causes leak in the manifold due to coolant eroding the manifold plastic. Required entire manifold replacement."

Jim G., BC (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"Antifreeze leaking from crack in engine head. Head was replaced at the local ford dealership and no other problems occurred since then."

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"A deer ran into me, crushing passenger door not to open"

Anonymous, SD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Locks and latches

"Driver side electronic window control has a loose connection."

Anonymous, KY (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

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Recalls
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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Oct 08, 2008
THIS FAILURE MAY RESULT IN A LOSS OF PERFORMANCE, ILLUMINATION OF THE MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LAMP (MIL) AND, IN EXTREME CASES, A STALLING OF THE VEHICLE DURING OPERATION WITHOUT NOTICE, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
ROUSH IS RECALLING 213 MY 2007-2008 FORD F-150 TRUCKS ALTERED TO OPERATE USING LIQUID PROPANE INJECTION. THE HYDRO-CARBON PAPER AFFIXED TO THE INSIDE OF THE AIRBOX LID WITH ADHESIVE MAY BECOME DISLODGED DURING OPERATION.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE AIRBOX LID WITH A NEW ONE THAT INCLUDES THE HYDRO-CARBON PAPER WHICH HAS BEEN AFFIXED USING AN ADHESIVE PROMOTER AND GREATER PRESSURE AS RECOMMENDED BY THE MANUFACTURER FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 21, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT ROUSH AT 1-866-307-6788.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V523000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 213
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