There was no warning or anything, just cruising along at 55 then a dead truck with no power to the brakes or steering whatsoever. I have searched the internet and found this to be a common problem but nobody seems to know how to fix it. Had to slowly pull vehicle over shoulder of road. The next time I used it to haul a load, it did it again, only this time I was attempting to pass. While traveling in the fast lane of a 5 lane freeway in moderate traffic, the vehicle stalled without warning. Within the first 3 weeks of ownership the truck broke down and left me sitting on the side of the highway.
This created an explosion hazard as well as put my safety in jeopardy as well as that of those around me. I have contacted several Ford dealers and all they can offer is expensive diagnostics with no result. But I do know that this vehicle is a disaster waiting to happen. I was driving to work on the interstate and all of a sudden the truck started shaking real bad, the service engine soon light came on and the engine shut down. This is the second time the same failure has occurred.
I discovered last night that many others have experienced what I am attempting to correct, all with the same results, no repair. I did not hear any warning sounds that a failure was imminent. Camshaft position sensor failed - replaced. The vehicle was very difficult to restart. This is a safety issue when traveling at highway speeds and loosing power and ability to control vehicle. There may already have been accidents caused by this chronic problem, I do not know.
I had it towed to the dealer and the result of the breakdown was a cps, cam position sensor. After I drive another block to a gas station to look under the hood I came to the conclusion that I had blown a spark plug. Prior to the incident, there was one problem with the vehicle starting. Could not complete pass and fortunately was able to get back in behind the vehicle I was trying to pass and avoid a head on collision. Pulled over to the side of the road, attempted to restart truck and it did. They reprogrammed it, again, and gave it back with a significant bill.
This vehicle is dangerous when under load. I know this is not the first time someone has reported this issue and I think its about time a recall is issued for this problem. I'm just concerned with the safety of people here. I am still in contact with my dealer regarding this problem with no options available. After using a hand held scanner to check engine codes, problem was identified as a failed cps cam position sensor. But if that gas would have hit I spark my truck could have blown up. This is the third cps I have changed on this truck.
It needs to be addressed and fixed. All Ford would do is to continue telling me over and over to just go to my dealer as they know all. This incident cost me right at six hundred dollars total but since I have learned to replace it myself. I think that the heads design was poor and weak and is S safety hazard. When I got in the truck to leave I went to start it and I had heard a loud bang from under the hood followed by a clattering sound.
I think someone needs to step up to the plate and fix the problem. I placed vehicle in neutral and attempted to restart, to no avail. Because it is a known issue I had a spare in the glove box. This problem is known to Ford and the company is refusing to do anything about it for all vehicles with these particular engines that are having these problems. This is a known problem to Ford and needs to be addressed for all vehicles manufactured that are affected by this problem.
Mechanic stated that due to a faulty design, the 7 spark plug had been shot from the engine, damagine the ignition coil and allowing fuel to spray from the injectors onto the now loose spark plug. There was a strong odor of gas when this occurred and serious vibration from the engine misfiring. Per my research, it became very apparent that Ford's computer for engine operation and diagnosis is flawed as there were never any number indications revealed to indicate the source of the problems, per numerous others as well as myself. I stopped immediately and checked under the hood I could not tell with the engine off so I restarted it and inspected it and found that my number 2 spark plug had blown out of the cylinder head after buying a new coil pack and spark plug set I discovered that all the threads had blown out of the head with the spark plug and after changing one of the other spark plugs I found that it was barely holding in. Mechanic explained that the design of the engine means that the aluminum heads have approx.
When I arrived home, took it to my local dealer to have it repaired. This problem also appears to be happening to vehicles much newer than mine. It restarted after several attempts. Not only that, but replacing them can get expensive. Driving along towing a 21' goose neck stock trailer and the truck shut down. I feel Ford is hiding this issue for decades and gouging the consumer multiple times! And it took out the ignition coil with it and striped the threads on the head. New camshaft position sensor resolved the problems.