About Ford F-150
Ford F-150 is a light-duty truck manufactured by Ford Motor Company since 1975. It belongs to the famous and long-lasting Ford F-Series lineup. The first F-150 was introduced to avoid certain emission control restrictions. It is a very successful and prevalent car in North America. F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States since 1981 and the best-selling pickup since 1977 as well as the best-selling vehicle in Canada. It also has received many awards to prove its popularity such as Motor Trend 2009 Truck of the Year Award, 2009 Best Redesigned Vehicle from Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com and so on. It has been produced through many generations.
In 2009, the twelfth generation Ford F-150 (2009-2014) was introduced. It then offered several trim levels including F-150 XLT, F-150 FX4 and added SVT Raptor and so on. Engine options included two new V8 engines and a new 3.7 L V6 engine and a powerful twin-turbocharged 3.5 L V6 engine. All engines were fitted along with standard manual transmissions and optional automatic transmission. Then for the 2015 model year, the thirteenth generation Ford F-150 (2015-present) was unveiled by Ford Motor Company. It now is available in XL, XLT, Lariat, Raptor, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited trims and gets power from 3.5 L V6 engines and 2.7 L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine and 5.0 L V8 engine.
Ford F-150 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Just like any pickup truck, Ford F-150 is also used for transporting, loading heavy items for long distance. Thus, it is inevitable that some problems would come for it. According to consumers who have drove F-150 for a long time, here are the most common problems they have met:
First, engine problems. In general, F-150 would suffer engine misfiring and rough idle, which usually is caused by spark plug failure. Other symptoms also include car is in a no starting condition as well as decrease in power, acceleration and fuel economy. Sometimes, drivers also heard ticking or clunking noise from the cylinder head or engine kept overheating due to leaking coolant. Once similar situation happen, spark plug failure would cause ignition coil failure, and you had better also check the rocker arm and intake manifold gasket.
Second, braking system problems. Braking system can save people's life when faced with emergency situation while driving. F-150's braking system started to leak brake fluid as well as corrode. Generally speaking, brake backing plate, brake dust shields, brake line, brake pads, brake disc, brake pedal, parking brake cable and brake booster are the most easily worn out auto parts. When performing thorough inspection, these parts need your extra attention.
Apart from above mentioned parts, some easy-to-neglect parts like door handle, headlight, and window switch are closely related with your F-150's lifespan. Keeping them in order is a must for a long life expectancy of F-150.
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