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We tested two versions of the Ford F-150 pickup: one with the new 5.0-liter V8 and the other with an EcoBoost turbocharged V6. Performance numbers for the two engines were nearly identical overall, but we liked the V8's sound better than the more high-tech V6's. Both of our trucks got the same fuel economy -- 15 mpg overall, which was then strong for the class.
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There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

“After a brake job at 45000 miles, had to replace calipers within 5000 miles”

William H., FL (2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch Unsure)

“Twice this yr. the rt. front caliper stuck on and totally wore out the inner pad”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“I had a defective caliper cause premature wear and required replacement along with rotors and pads”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Calipers at about 30,000 miles started to seize up and cause the brake pads to have continual contact with the rotors. The brake pads were falling apart as a result and caused uneven ware on the rotors. All items had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Product recall”

Anonymous, ID (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“It was recalled and corrected”

Mary C., OR (2013 Ford F-150 FX2 Unsure)

“Recall on part of Master Cyldr”

Steve S., MN (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“This was a RECALL from FORD. I had NOT experienced a problem. The recall is the reason I had this part replaced. Without the recall I would not have taken it in to the dealership. So, don't let my answer skew the results....I just responed to a recall issued by Ford. Thank you”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“I've been waiting for parts to replace under recall”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Experienced soft brake pedal and pedal would go to the floorboard. Took in under extended warranty - dealer replaced the master cylinder and would not release the truck to me until they were able to receive the part a several days later. The master cylinder had failed. Interesting stock delay!”

Al L., CA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Parking brake

“In addition to warped rotors, a front parking brake cable is stretched and doesn't pull brake pedal fully up - leading to occasional dash light and bell ringing starting while driving. This happened at 20,000 km but beyond warranty. Will cost $250 to replace it”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“false indication of emergench brake release”

Anonymous, NM (2013 Ford F-150 STX 5.0-L V8)

“parking brake sticking”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“At 55000 parking brake release ratchet failed causing the parking brake to only partially release”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.7-L V6)

“Cables stretched”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford F-150 STX 3.7-L V6)

“parking brake would stick sometimes... after getting it to release the parking brake light would remain on”

Clinton M., MA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Premature brake wear

“pads & rotors had to be replaced under warranty, warped rotors led to vibration/pulsing when braking”

Ken L., NB (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“complete brake pads and calipers at 45000 miles”

William H., FL (2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch Unsure)

“This has been a recurring problem with every F-150 I have owned (approximately 8). The brakes are not deigned to work for any reasonable length of time without being redone. This is clearly a design flaw”

Cathy C., TX (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“As a result of calipers seizing up”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“I feel that the brakes wore out too quickly and need to be replaced including rotors”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Rotors

“Warped rotors”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Worn..needed replacing”

John H., TX (2013 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Purchased with 17500 miles on it - just in from Canada on lease. After driving it for a month, there was a "pop" in front L suspension when turning L and with a bump (driveway). Brakes were pulling and making a funny sound. Vehicle still under factory warranty. Bushings replaced and required a total brake job with rotors and pads - one rotor cracked. Not a good job of pre-sale inspection by dealer”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Slight vibration started about 20,000 km. I took it in at 25000 km to have serviced. $500 to turn rotors, not covered by warranty. Also parking break cable is loose and apparently needs replacing - will cost $250. All at 25,000 km”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Rotors probably need to be turned”

W L., GA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“frt rotors were worn had to be replaced at 35000 miles”

Anonymous, HI (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Warped rotors, brake pulsation, not covered by warranty”

Anonymous, KS (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“As soon as knew needed brakes (sound), rotors we'de grooved”

Anonymous, NE (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.7-L V6)

“Front rotors warped at about 40000 miles”

John B., FL (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The rotors needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, LA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Rotors warped at 4K miles, and again at 7K. Replaced with aftermarket units, and have had no problems since. Poor quality original equipment on a $45K vehicle!”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Brakes vibrate when breaking at higher speeds. Took to dealership and they said the rotors were worn which is highly unusual for a low mileage truck. Warranty would not cover it. Living with it till is gets worse”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

“rotors severely rusted on bearings/shafts, had to replace all 4”

James J., MI (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“My front pads have squealed from 30k miles. Ford checked them said no problem. Also said nothing could be done. I knew better, I have worked in the automotive industry for over 50 years. I knew there was no safety hazard as long as there was plenty of pad. There is two remedys, 1. Put disc brake quite on the back of the pads. 2. Install a better grade of pad”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“front passenger wheel shutters upon stops continually”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“The camera went defective and was replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Camera is in mirror and the screen went crazy”

Shaun O., CA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“did not always come on when vehicle was placed in reverse - this eems to have been repaired by the dealer”

Emile T., NH (2013 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Big problem-cabin heater/ac fan solenoid caught fire while in the dealership. this is a chronic problem for f-150 2004 through 2013. ford made it very difficult to get help. had extended 100,000 bumper to bumper warranty and they refused to make it a warranty item. Insurance had to cover and sued Ford for the repair cost. Dealership said they have dozens of solenoids go bad. Can give you a better explanation of the engineering factors. I am a previous automotive engineer”

John I., PA (2013 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The symbol indicating the vehicle is not displayed correctly on the road on the map frequently. Sometimes it works fine, other times it doesn't”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“gps sometimes just doesn't know where it's going on the map, takes you to wrong aeas”

John C., WA (2013 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“performed a SYNC update and the navigation system quite working. Contacted Ford and the sent me to a dealer and it was fixed on a extended code from Ford”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“already did this”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Sync would say connected but calls would not come through the radio”

John H., TX (2013 Ford F-150 FX2 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Shows IPhone paired, receives call, but no connection; dealer still checking”

Richard H., MN (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“the bluetooth pairing/sync is very sensitive and malfunctions quite often”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Radio

“Radio sometimes does not turn on”

Richard H., MN (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Audio control module failed which shut down the entire audio system including phone pairing”

Michele W., OR (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“both front speakers went bad on this vehicle. ford rep said that they only cost them $8 each. for $30K i expect better quality. have factory speakers on a '95 mustang and '07 odyssey that sound better”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

“Volume up/down often causes station to change. Also, unable to reset "oil change required" after oil change”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“For three years of ownership the radio controls on the steering wheel would inconsistently change stations or satellites instead of obeying the "left" or "right" buttons pushed. This repair took two all day visits shortly before the extended warranty expired”

Norman D., TX (2013 Ford F-150 STX 5.0-L V8)

“volume control button will sometimes change the stations on the radio”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Voice control commands

“voice command system is junk”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The voice control commands on my SYNC pickup are a JOKE !! It does not understand what I am saying - or even close to what I am saying. It is 'frustrating' to say the least ! I have had the pickup back to the local Ford dealer several times for this problem. On the 3rd or 4th return the Ford dealer was able to get the Voice Command system to understand most of what I am saying (75% or so) but it still has its moments when it is completely clueless. And all I use it for is to direct it to ca”

Tim T., OR (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“For no apparent reason the phone voice command ceases to be able to hear”

Norman D., TX (2013 Ford F-150 STX 5.0-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

“Clutch noise, started binding replaced compressor”

Kenneth L., ON (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“The air conditioner will not work or the system just shuts off. Restarting the vehicle usually fixes the issue”

Anonymous, LA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Back window defroster just quit”

Anonymous, WY (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.7-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“No blower when it is hot outside. The blower tries to work but cuts off immediately. So no air conditioning”

Troy H., CA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Computer control failed requiring replacement along with the blower”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford F-150 FX2 5.0-L V8)

“Fan motor required to be replace, covered by warranty”

Anonymous, AL (2013 Ford F-150 STX 3.7-L V6)

“Quit blowing. Replaced blower motor and resistor...blowing now”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford F-150 STX 3.7-L V6)

“Water was leaking on connections for blower causing corrosion and ultimately stopped working. Known issue with my model”

Anonymous, OK (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

“Overheating, excessive fan speed”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Condenser

“needed to be replaced and took two days”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)
Evaporator

“The evaporator went out on the A/C while the truck was still under warranty”

Ann B., FL (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Didn't realize the problem during the winter and discovered it just after the warranty expired”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

“Evaporator developed a leak, required replacement. Unacceptable at this mileage, yet out of warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Had to have the evaporator changed twice due to smells coming from under the dash area”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Defroster system of back window and side mirrors no longer work. Ford has not been able to trouble shoot this problem”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Fan failed”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

“For 3 summers, I had no issues with the air conditioner cooling the truck cab. Last summer, I could barely get a cool breeze out of it. A recharge of the system with R-134A by the dealer seems to have corrected the problem”

Larry D., MA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Low freon due to leak, low AC performance”

Anonymous, LA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

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

Driveshaft or axle

“Left rear axle seal leaking”

Anonymous, NH (2013 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)
Driveline vibration

“First a clunking noise when accelerating and decelerating. Paid dealer to lubricate some sort of spline. Driveline has always vibrated at about 50 mph”

Michele W., OR (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Stability control (ESC)

“Currently experiencing "Hill Descent Control Fault" frequently. This is a known problem with the F150, but Ford has done nothing about it. When the vehicle goes into limp mode on the highway, it creates a very dangerous situation”

Gary L., NM (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Electrical failure

“Back window defrost failed, had to replace whole window”

Shaun O., CA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Short somewhere in blower motor wiring. Intermittent blower failure”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford F-150 STX 3.7-L V6)

“Wiring harness was loose under dash. Vehicle was dying randomly. Took Ford dealership 3 hours to locate issue”

Anonymous, OK (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

“The trucks electronics randomly fails. One day the ac will stop working. Another day the emissions lights come on. Another day it just won't turn on. And so on”

Denise D., GA (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“100 miles from the closest town, the throttle body sensor failed causing the vehicle to go into limp mode. Replaced. Currently experiencing "Hill Descent Control Fault", which causes vehicle to go into limp mode on highway. Very dangerous”

Gary L., NM (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
4WD/AWD components

“Noise and vibration coming from front drive line. Ford doesn't have a fix. Only seems to be on vehicles with" auto" transfer case”

Dennis B., MN (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Faulty actuator that would engage 4WD”

Steve S., MN (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“front axle hub had difficulty engaging/disengaging”

S S., IN (2013 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Front electronic switching from 4 wheel to 2 wheel”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The components (IWE?) that engage the four wheel drive on the front wheels have been replaced on both sides at 33k miles and already need to be replaced again”

Greg M., NC (2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch 5.0-L V8)

“Rear locking axel would not disengage”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Differential

“Rear seal leak”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The seal around the pinion gear was bad and fluid was leaking from the differential”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford F-150 XL 3.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“The third brake light on the back leaked around the seals, staining the headliner. The light was replaced, but the problem came back. It is an issue that Ford knows about but did not do a recall on. It is not a safety issue”

Larry D., MA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.0-L V8)

“Coolant leak off and on since 16k miles, service not able to identify, finally found leak at water pump. Apparently a known problem with f150 cooling systems. Should have been a recall, but Ford decided not to tell any one”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

“lots of squeaks and rattles I drive a GMC truck for work with 350,000 km and it is quiter”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Breaks make grinding noise”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“rear seat rattle”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Driver and passenger front doors rattled on rough roads”

Anonymous, MT (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“all windows rattle when driving or opening and closing doors. numerous other rattles never experienced in my 2005 F150. side panels rattle when closing door and standing outside of vehicle. next truck will be Honda or Toyota”

John I., PA (2013 Ford F-150 XL 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“automatic step sqeeks. and steering wheel also”

Anonymous, WY (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.7-L V6)

“This vehicle has a lot of noise and rattles, even when just going over a small bump in the road. It is a newer vehicle with few miles and we feel it should not make these noises at all”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“The doors are not very quiet at all, annoying whistle on drivers door ESP. Right by the ear”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 5.0-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

“Replaced spark plugs early at 72k miles, and Cylinder 1 was galled when removed, and aluminum head material was embedded in the threads of the spark plug. My Extended Warranty Claim was denied because they say the spark plug caused the issue, and they say the original OEM sparkplug is not covered under the extended warranty. Ford does not have an approved helicoil repair for my engine, so I have to replace the entire engine head if I still want warranty coverage; plus, a helicoil might not wor”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Loss of Heat from Heater lead to discovery of loss of coolant. Coolant leaks showed leaking gaskets to turbo chargers. Both Turbo's replaced. Coolant loss continued but burning internally. Eventually discovered head gasket leaks. Manufacturer replaced motor”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Timing belt or chain

“The timing chain needed to be replaced. Dealer replaced it while under warranty”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

“The fuel injector on 1 cylinder stuck open and had to be repaired..covered under warranty”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“While pulling onto an expressway, I lost power and could not merge in. I had to drive on the shoulder to avoid being run over. Brought it to Fox Ford and they told me one turbo was bad and the other looked like it was about to go also. Had both replaced. 3 days later had a very similar problem. Now they say the timing chain is bad and need to be replaced. Said the turbo and timing chain go bad often on this Eco-boost engine”

Bill C., IL (2013 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The exhaust manifold warped and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, BC (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Truck needs to idle at least 45 secounds before driving everytime the engine cools down, Ford and dealers have never had that problem before. Would not fix”

Arnoldo L., TX (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The intercooler caused an issue with collecting moisture in it and then it being pulled into the engine causing the engine to jerk and loose power and cause computer codes. I hear since that it is a known common problem with the ecoboost engine for a while but ford won't fix it untill this issue happens to you. Their fix is to put a thin ]lasting sheet over the bottom half of the intercooler to keep it from being as effective at doing its job”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Turbocharger , had to replace fuses and something electrical, cost $460.......seemed to be minor but not under warranty and cost not minor”

Anonymous, LA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The throttle body had to be replaced. The truck lost power and slowed way down. This was not covered under warranty, but Ford acknowledges that there is a problem at about 100,000 miles. They will not have a recall on this. I think they should”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“The gear shifter would not on occasion go into Park. Resulting in difficulty starting thevtruck after shutting the engine off. This has happened twice. The repair was fiffetentvesch time”

Allan W., ON (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“When it drops down into 4th gear, it is a very rough shift when coasting”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“We taken for service I was told the rough shifts and slipping was normal. The transmission thuds in and out of gear”

Denise D., GA (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Slipping transmission

“While driving @ 50 80 km / hr, transmission would shift itself into first or second gear! Would have trouble periodically getting ojutvof first gear”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Replaced transmission pan and valve body. Molded lead frame and reprogrammed”

Lisa S., TX (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Transmission computer

“Had Transmission fluid exchange service. Within 10 miles had transmission clunk and it went into limp mode. Dealer found no trouble”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“internal wiring harness short and replacement of transmission control bos”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Transmission leaks

“Rear end seal was leaking”

Gregory M., IA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Solenoid sensors and electrical hookup replaced! Transmission would drop into lower gear”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Antifreeze leaks were not known until heater did not work. Leaks were both internal and external. Ultimately replaced bothed turbos and finally because of blown head gaskets the engine was replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Leaks at turbocharger”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Replaced Degas bottle bypass upper radiator hose and Y connector”

Lisa S., TX (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Overheating

“After 40,000 miles began getting poor gas mileage. Despite having a full factory tow package could not tow lightweight trailer up small grades without engine overheating and going into precautionary shutdown mode. Have heard of similar F-150 ecoboost owners having same issue with towing in mountainous areas. Multiple Ford dealerships could not fix or identify problem. The fact that the F-150 ecoboost trucks develop these problems is well known (see F-150 message boards) and something Ford ch”

Barbara B., CA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Around the 12,000 mile mark, a belt came off somewhere in the engine causing my F150 to overheat, eventually lose power and steering control and completely shut down”

Brent F., AL (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Water pump

“Leaked at 50,000 miles with no warning, leak was 2 cups at a time”

David C., TX (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Water pump went out and left my husband stranded on the interstate on the way to work. Mileage on truck at the time was 120000”

Ann B., FL (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Difficult to fill up gas tank

“At times is difficult, maybe the nozzle of the pump is faulty”

Troy H., CA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Engine computer

“Intermittent engine stalls under acceleration creating highly dangerous condition. . Dealer unable to diagnose. Replaced battery and alternator to no avail. PCM and/ or throttle body. Blown fuel pump relay fuses”

Mark P., BC (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

“The air intake butterfly valve was sticking, and my engine would suddenly lose all acceleration power, like a neutral coast-down state. It was extremely dangerous if driving 70 mph in the fast lane. I would have to coast to the side of the road, shut down, and restart the engine. The error code would not stay locked in to the computer so that technicians could diagnose the problem. It took five times of this occurring over a two week period before the error code finally stayed locked in. Th”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“The engine computer does not want to communicate with either the Control Module or the Transmission "molded lead frame". When stepping on the throttle (approximately 1/3 throttle) the engine will rev up to 4200 rpm, but the transmission does not engage and the pickup "coasts" while the engine "revs". The engine revving will continue for 3-4 seconds while the pickup just "coasts". The pickup has been in the shop for 9 nine days just to diagnose the problem. The Service Advisor states there is”

Tim T., OR (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“A sensor connected to the air intake just past the air filter box went out. This caused the engine light to come on. I was told it was a known issue”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Engine knock or ping

“Knocking occurs as a result of engine overheating. Goes into precautionary shutdown mode with loss of power and steering...not good when you're towing a trailer uphill”

Barbara B., CA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Head gasket and front bearing gasket”

Anonymous, WY (2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“Periodically the alarm goes off after the truck is locked, have to re-shut the doors again”

Anonymous, KS (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Truck started showing battery error icons on the dash. Replaced battery, but warning continued. Ford repaired damaged/deteriorated harness wire at firewall. Off warranty-$650”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Headlights

“Had to have the 'high beam' switch replaced”

Anonymous, KS (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“Poor coverage”

Don B., MA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 6.2-L V8)

“Associated with previously mentioned wiring harness issue”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

“The seats take forever to cool or heat , not very comfortable on cold or hot days . Not what I was expecting”

Ronald H., QC (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

“Every time you move the seat it won't work. Then if you push the heat button the cold works. And vice versa”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)
Mirrors

“The blinkers in the mirror when out”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)
Sunroof

“Sunroof closing mechanism had to be replaced”

Randall T., BC (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Windows

“rear window defroster works part time repair is $1200”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“When doors are opened there seems to be little paint to cover metal sill at bottom of door opening so scratching has become very apparent and looks terrible”

Ronald H., QC (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-L V8)

“Paint peeling from driver side post adjacent to windshield. Top coat only, primer intact. No repair attempted to date”

Warren B., CA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Bumper and tailgate paint chipping”

Darcy M., AB (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)
Rust

“Front bumper is all rusted. Looks like a 1970's import car”

Bill C., IL (2013 Ford F-150 Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“Rust is causing the paint to chip. It is fairly significant”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Ford F-150 FX4 5.0-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)

“Evaporator canister purge valve failed causing the truck not to start. Ford Premium Extended Warranty did not cover so $450 to fix. Search on web shows MANY Ford models have this same problem, some with a recall. No recall yet for F150”

Wales E., NC (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.7-L V6)
Fuel cap

“This Ford has a hapless fuel system and there was a air leak in the filler pipe that caused considerable work and money to fix”

Dean S., TX (2013 Ford F-150 STX 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Fuel injection system

“Throttle Body.Failure Twice”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“I had two sensors go bad. Mass air flow and temp sensor”

William T., OH (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 3.5-L V6 turbo)

“there in the most inapropret locations”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

“It has had alignment issues repeatedly”

David K., TX (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)
Ball joints

“Lower ball joints needed to be replaced due to driving conditions. Extensive miles on gravel roads and open fields”

Anonymous, LA (2013 Ford F-150 Lariat 6.2-L V8)
Shocks or struts

“Right front strut was leaking and had to be replaced”

Robin L., GA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

“It had to do with the hill assist part of the rack”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Wheel bearings

“There was a noise that was diagnosed as the wheel bearing”

David K., TX (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.7-L V6)

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

“Experienced engine misfiring on grades when pulling my 5th wheel. Took it in to dealer under extended warranty. Bad spark plug wiring was discovered (carbon tracking?) and Ford replaced the wiring and plugs”

Al L., CA (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“This was replaced under warranty at no cost to me”

David R., MI (2013 Ford F-150 XLT 5.0-L V8)

Exhaust

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

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Recalls
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POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Jun 10 2019
Unexpectedly downshifting into first gear may result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2013 F-150 vehicles equipped with 5.0L or 6.2L gasoline engines, that previously had the powertrain control module (PCM) software reprogrammed under recall 19V-075. The software used to reprogram the PCM did not have the necessary updates to prevent the transmission from unexpectedly downshifting into first gear, regardless of vehicle speed.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module, free of charge. The recall began June 24, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S19.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V433000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 107857
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Feb 11 2019
Unexpectedly downshifting into first gear may result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2011-2013 F-150 vehicles equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The transmission may unexpectedly downshift into first gear, regardless of vehicle speed.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module, free of charge. The recall began March 4, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S07.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V075000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1263051
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FLUID
May 24 2016
Loss of brake fluid from the primary reservoir results in a complete loss of front brake function, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 F-150 vehicles manufactured August 1, 2013, to August 31, 2014 equipped with 3.5L engines. The master cylinder rear cup seal may roll, resulting in brake fluid leakage from the primary reservoir into the brake booster.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake master cylinder and, if necessary, the brake booster, free of charge. The recall began on October 28, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S24.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V345000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 225012
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