Which stated the problems with the F-150. A private mechanic informed the contact the cracks were due to the weight of the door. Why buy a new crate 1998 Ford F-150 engine and pay double? Once the engine started, it struggled a little and then smoothed out once I began to drive. This happened in the day time. The cruise control switch was not disconnected in the vehicle and was in working order.
They then issued a customer satisfaction remedy that did not cover the full gasket set or all affected engine model years. Also, the doors had cracked one half inch from the corner of the window seal. The vehicle was parked for 2 hours prior to the fire. No indication of problem before hand. Just can't figure out how this would happen.
The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. Luck would have it, there were no other vehicles near me. With no battery and no alternator, the vehicle stalled, lighting died, etc. Based on research, I understand this is a serious issue. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. This combination made me lose control on the freeway and almost slid off the side of the freeway possibly rolling my truck. The second time my plug blew, I was driving on a very ice covered highway I-15 just north of blackfoot, id.
Consumer did report this to Ford. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for inspection where the contact was advised that the spark plugs did not have enough thread and separated. Dealer says nothing is being done to fix this problem and that no recall was made. He found coolant on the plugs and water intrusion through the intake manifold into the block. Incident 2 leaking timing cover gasket and lower intake gaskets. The fire department stated in a written report the fire started in the engine compartment in the driver's side.
A private mechanic was consulted, who determined the head gasket was blown. The failure mileage was 153,000. Consumer did not know which cylinder. If I'm not mistaking, the 3. On September 1, 2005, I attempted to start my truck and found that it would not turn over right away. Since this happened, I was on the fightback. Purchased a re-manufactured engine at approx 125,000 miles on old engine.
Additionally, a private fire investigator was hired to investigate the incident and came to the same conclusion as the insurance company. Mechanic reported it during routine service. Consumer was traveling in vehicle at about 30 mph up hill. Glad they have the job because I am about to losing mine. A friend of mine warned me about these engines, he had to have his replaced 3 times within 3 years. Needless to say I was fortunate that this did not occur on the highway because my son and I would have been killed. The spark plugs were replaced under at owners expense.
The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was notified who advised the contact that there were no recalls for the failure and offered no further assistance. The engine needs to be pulled and disassembled to check engine bearings, connecting rods, valves and pistons to see if there is more damage than just blown head gaskets. The contact was advised that the spark plugs would need to be replaced. Please do something, innocent people can not be taken advantage of by Ford. She starts it up to come home, and the engine was knocking loud. Ford continues to deny there is a problem and will not help! I never received such notification, although I have, in fact received information for other recalls.
The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they advised that the spark plugs would need to be threaded and coiled. I found that Ford Motor Company issued a recall on the intake manifold gasket in 1999. No tsb issued for this vehicle but some for other Ford vehicles in same manufacturing year. I wound up rebuilding the entire motor due to an intake gasket malfunction that Ford could have and should have prevented by way of a recall notice. Since this vehicle is regularly serviced, problem was caught right away. The manufacturer was contacted and provided no assistance. The engine was replaced by the dealership approximately 2 years ago for unrelated problems.