Recurring Ford Engine Problems and California Lemon Law

by Aryn Plax

Feb 25, 2021

Ford is among the most popular automotive brands in the United States, and its Ford F-150 pickup truck is the nation’s most popular vehicle. However, Ford vehicles also frequently appear in lemon law cases – that is, cases alleging the vehicles to be defective. Many faulty vehicles that eventually get bought back have experienced repeated engine problems that dealerships and repair shops couldn’t fix.

Under the California Lemon Law, vehicles are considered defective if recurring problems negatively impact the vehicles’ use, safety or value. Well-documented engine problems affecting Ford vehicles can affect all three of these categories.

Ford faced its own diesel scandal when its F-Series trucks, equipped with 6.7-L Power Stroke diesel engines, allegedly came with software that allowed the trucks to cheat federal emissions tests. While the diesel trucks seemingly passed the tests with flying colors, the software allowed the vehicles to emit up to 50 times the legal limit of pollutants such as NOx gases.

Meanwhile, owners and lessees of Super Duty trucks with 6-L engines reported problems such as blown head gaskets, oil cooler failures, faulty head bolts and complete loss of engine power.

Commonly reported engine problems in Ford’s F-150 trucks include engine knocking, revving, misfires and excessive oil consumption.

In particular, a class action lawsuit claims Ford F-150 trucks with 5-L Coyote engines have high rates of oil consumption and experience premature wear of engine parts due to low oil levels.

A technician fixes an engine.

A common thread among many consumer complaints is the costly nature of repairs for repeated vehicle problems. In particular, the Duratec engines in Ford’s F-150 trucks, Explorer SUVs, and Fusion and Taurus cars have resulted in costly repairs due to the location of the water pump. Since the water pumps were installed inside the engines, broken pumps lead to increased engine damage and expensive repairs.

Other common engine problems include stalling, non-starting of engines, overheating, damage to components and vehicle fires. For example, some 2013–2016 Ford Taurus vehicles were equipped with faulty fuel pumps that would cause engines to stall or fail to start. A more worrisome problem occurred in 2013–2014 Ford Compact Fiesta cars; poor circulation of coolant lead to the engine overheating and facing an increased risk of fires.

If your Ford vehicle is experiencing recurring engine problems that won’t go away, your Ford may be defective, or a “lemon.” The California Lemon Law protects owners and lessees of new and used vehicles with manufacturer-backed warranties. If you own or lease a lemon, a California lemon law attorney may help you get cash compensation, a vehicle replacement or a lemon law buyback.

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