Recurring Problems Every Ford Owner Should Watch Out For

by Aryn Plax

Feb 24, 2021

Finding out that your vehicle is a lemon is a frustrating manner, and it’s no different for owners and lessees of Ford vehicles. Even when you spend time and energy researching how to avoid buying a lemon car, truck or SUV, this is not a surefire method of prevention. The following common problems may surface after your buy or lease your Ford vehicle. You should keep an eye out for common issues in the following components:

1. Transmissions
2. Fuel Pumps
3. Airbags
4. Steering
5. Other Ford Vehicle Systems

However, potential problems within your Ford vehicle are not limited to those listed below. If recurring issues in your Ford vehicle do not go away after multiple visits to a dealership or repair shop, your Ford vehicle may be defective.


Many vehicles that are found to be defective have faulty transmissions or repeated transmission problems. Sometimes, transmission problems are common enough in a set of vehicle models that consumers file a class action complaint. Some Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta vehicles were found to have faulty DPS6 “Powershift” transmissions that cause stalling and acceleration problems.

In some cases, some Ford F-150 trucks and Ford Expedition SUVs have their transmissions slip out of gear, which makes these vehicles move on their own regardless if the keys are in the ignition.

Fuel Pumps

Faulty fuel pumps can cause stalling, non-starting of engines and other problems before ultimately failing. In one case, some 2013–2016 Ford Taurus vehicles had faulty fuel pumps that made the cars stall and made drivers struggle to start the engine.

Ford and other manufacturers have issued recalls of vehicles equipped with DENSO fuel pumps, which could suffer several issues. The pumps, which are supposed to supply fuel pressure to the fuel injection system, contain impellers that crack and deform over time. When this happens, the fuel pumps may fail outright. Check if your Ford vehicle has a DENSO-related recall here.


The Takata airbag crisis resulted in 400 injuries and 27 deaths globally and one of the largest recalls in automatic history – and for good reason. The Takata airbag inflators can rupture while deploying, shooting metal shards throughout the vehicle. More than 67 million Takata inflators have been recalled in the United States, and even more recalls are likely forthcoming.

Included in these recalls are 2006–2012 Ford Ranger, Ford Fusion, Ford Edge, Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKX vehicles. If you have one of these vehicles, visit this site to check if your Ford vehicle has an unrepaired recall related to your airbag.

Other Issues


Ford recalled 1.2 million Ford Explorer SUVs because fractured rear suspension toe links could impact steering and cause damage to the vehicles. If your Ford Explorer has steering problems, visit this site to check if your Ford vehicle is part of the recall.


Some Ford Fiesta cars may experience a shaking defect similar to the Chevy Shake, thanks to problems with fuel pumps, engines, gears or brakes and gas pedals. Specifically, vehicle jerking can be due to engine vacuum leaks, or rapid changing of gears or depression of the brakes or gas pedals.

Leaking Gas

Most commonly found in the Ford Explorer, leaking poisonous gas was a problem in many Ford vehicles. This often happened while the engine ran. This was particularly dangerous, as drivers could not detect the gas via smell.

If your Ford vehicle is experiencing recurring 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.

If you have questions about recurring problems in your Ford, fill out the consultation form below or call us at 877-222-2222.