Ford F Truck Diesel Problems Continue

May 01, 2012
By: Robert Silverman

Driving a diesel Ford F-Truck with an R as the eighth letter in your VIN? If so, you may be dealing with a number of defects.

For quite a few years, we have continuously received calls on the 1 800 LEMON LAW hotline from Ford F-150, F-250, F-350 and F-450 drivers complaining of blue, white or gray smoke coming from their vehicle, along with overheating issues and loss of power. Many of these Ford trucks are also dealing with problems with their radiator and/or degas bottle leaking coolant.

If you are having problems with your defective diesel truck, it is essential that you get to a Ford authorized dealership for repairs. Make sure when meeting with the service adviser that you provide a comprehensive list of your complaints. If necessary, offer to take the service adviser on a test drive to illustrate the issues. You also make want to take photographs of the smoke or coolant leak. The more information you provide, the more likely the mechanic will identify the problem associated with your diesel truck. When picking up the truck, make sure you also receive a service invoice which outlines all of the problems and the work that was done to address the problems. Keep those invoices in a safe easy-to-find place.

If you have been in repeatedly for problems with the Ford F Truck, or an extended period of time, it is important that you look at your rights under State Lemon Laws and Federal Warranty Laws. For many years, we have been helping Ford F Trucks drivers with their defective vehicles.  Depending on the situation, you could be looking a new truck, a repurchase, or at the very least monetary compensation to reflect the diminished value of the truck as a result of the problems. Based of all, legal help is free.

If you feel that your truck is not “built tough” and you are having Ford F Truck diesel problems, call us at 1-800 LEMON LAW or fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form.

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8 Responses to “Ford F Truck Diesel Problems Continue”

  1. #1 hc brown says:

    2008 Ford Super Duty Lariat Diesel Now needs radiator number 3

    • #2 Mike Pitassi says:

      I operate a small non profit ambulance service. We purchased a 2004 6.0 liter diesel van chassis. We have just over 100K on the truck and it’s history has been terrible. In just the last year we have had the engine pulled two times and spend over 25K to keep it running. Is there any help for us?

      • #3 LemonLaw says:

        @Mike: Sadly, due to the age of the vehicle, it is unlikely. That being said, I would still reach out to your state’s attorney general office to see if any used car laws may come into play.

        • #4 Bert Williams says:

          I bought my 05 f350 6.0 from kiefer nissan in gresham with no warranty and they said it didn’t qualify for one. At 112k, they said it went through their inspection, I barely put 2000 miles on it. First camping trip out this memorial day, over heat twice, and loss of power. The next morning would not start. Its in madras, Oregon at the ford shop now. Should the car dealers stick to there good reputation for selling quality vehicles And at least pay for repairs?

          • #5 Dwayne says:

            My 2008 Ford F-350 has only 77000 miles it just had its 4th radiator installed along with the ford dealer has had in the shop over 90 days in the last 6 months trying to repair a continued oil leak.

            • #6 Kathy Delker says:

              Our F350 diesel 2008 has 106K miles and the thermostats have had to be replaced and the a/c broke. Now the engine casing and pistons need 13K worth of work! The truck is barely woth that amount! So frustrating!

              • #7 Richard Lee says:

                My name is Richard Lee I own a company in Orlando fl I depend on my 2015 Ford F-350 diesel for work we bought it new and now has 39k miles on it and is on number 5 motor has been in the shop 4 months of the time we have owned it and is curantly in shop again for 38 days now getting another motor and has had many many more issues other then the motor

                • #8 Darla says:

                  I drive a 2007 F-350 6.0 and 5 years ago with only 69,000 miles the engine failed…whole new motor then the turbo failed and now with only 55,000 miles on the new motor/turbo, the turbo has failed again. I figure nothing can be done but I sure want to vent about this sorry 6.0 Ford product!

                  • State: LA

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