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2012 Ford F-150 repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (21%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (5%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (29%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 124 repairs.
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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Ford F-150 in Texas, United States
Jan 2012 - Jul 2015
May 2012

4000 mi
A warning message came on about the anti-skid system. The dealer reset something on the steering sensor angle. 
Oct 2012

8000 mi
Check engine light started flashing accompanied by loss of acceleration. Dealer complied with a TSB and returned the vehicle. 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Ford F-150 in Ohio, United States
Sep 2012 - Aug 2014
Dec 2012

16000 mi
Plastic cowling under engine dropped down and was scraping pavement. One of the thumbscrews that holds it in place just backed out. Easy to fix once we figured it out. 
Jun 2013

21000 mi
Engine cowling fell off again 
Sep 2013

23000 mi
Rotors were turned 2 times in first 18000 miles. Vibration occurred again and rotors were replaced. 
Aug 2014

31000 mi
headlights kept going out.unexpectedly.Didnt take to dealer because they had already told me several times that they couldn't "search" for a problem: This was intermittent. Sold Ford and bought a new Chev Silverado. 
Ford F-150 in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2012 - Mar 2016
May 2014

22940 mi
Rear power sliding window switch replaced. 
Jul 2015

37040 mi
Passenger mirror defrost failed. Mirror needed to be replaced. 
Ford F-150 in California, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2016
Aug 2015

67000 mi

US $110
Fuel door spring hinge broke. Dealer replaced the mechanism. It was not covered under ESP warranty. 
Ford F-150 in Alberta, Canada
Jul 2015 - Dec 2015
Aug 2015

30360 mi
Rear end Failure, Rebuild Required 
Ford F-150 in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2012 - May 2014
Oct 2012

4700 mi
Popping sound from leaf springs. Shims and leaves were greased to quiet it. 
Dec 2013

16000 mi
3rd brake light had condensation buildup. Dealer replaced light assembly. 
Ford F-150 in Texas, United States
Nov 2012 - Mar 2016
Feb 2013

7500 mi
Engine kept cutting out on acceleration. Would start hesitating and shaking as if running on 2 or cylnders. Would not shift, or would shift to neutral and then engine would race to 6500 rpm or more. 
Jun 2013

14000 mi
TSB 13-3-3 Engine stumble and cut out in warm or humid weather. Vehicle would not drive properly. Getting 7 to 0 mpg and inability to pass another vehicle, because engine would cut out. 
Feb 2014

22000 mi
A rear shock absorber mount was broken. 
Sep 2014

30000 mi
Pinion Seal leaking. Covered by warranty. Parts and Labor. 
Nov 2014

31000 mi
APIM and BCM not communicating through DLC. ABS light keeps activating. Reprogramed ABS sensor. FORD Engineering is checking for further solution. 
Dec 2014

32000 mi
NOT resolved. Still ongoing problem. APIM AND BCM not communicating with each other. No way to down load or update. In hands of FORD Engineers. 
Feb 2015

32000 mi
APIM not working. No communications. 
Jun 2015

32000 mi
Engine Coolant overflow tank. Hose leaking at O-ring seal. Tank to heater hose. About 3 feet long. Special molded hose. Tank also leaking but has been repaired with sealant. 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

360-horsepower 5.0L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Ford F-150 in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2012 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

4960 mi
Front bumper rusting along the top front under grille and around driving lights. running boards are pitting like rust.. suppose to be stainless steel ??? Along the outer edge under black step pad..Just waiting for dealer for a repair outcome 
Ford F-150 in Georgia, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2016
Mar 2012

1000 mi
Sync system "disappeared". No voice control or USB/Aux in. Repaired by removing synch fuse for 3 min and reinstalling. Works fine now. 
Ford F-150 in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2012 - Mar 2016
Dec 2012

6000 mi
Erratic shifting (intermittent). Adjustment. Problem apparently fixed. However, very disappointed with 14.2 mpg. 
Ford F-150 in Michigan, United States
Nov 2011 - Mar 2014
Dec 2012

11000 mi
code P0446 canister vent solenoid wire corroded. Replaced . Replaced rusted lug nuts. 
Oct 2013

24000 mi
popping noise when opening the doors heated seats not working well 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

360-horsepower 5.0L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

Ford F-150 in Virginia, United States
Mar 2014 - Sep 2015
Jul 2015

64000 mi
ELECTRIC HEATED AND COOLED SEATS 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

360-horsepower 5.0L V8 6-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Ford F-150 in Alberta, Canada
Apr 2015 - Mar 2016
Jul 2015

26040 mi
The window would go up and down without stopping once activated by the button. 
Aug 2015

27640 mi
Power loss in third gear. Rpms drop as much as 1000 but no drop in speed. Tech cannot find the cause. 
Ford F-150 in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2012 - Jun 2015
Sep 2012

3100 mi
O2 Sensor replaced 
Jul 2013

15960 mi
Upgraded seat track passenger front seat. 
Jun 2015

40300 mi
Parking brake pedal sticking, replaced under warranty. 
Ford F-150 in Ontario, Canada
Aug 2015 - Mar 2016
Mar 2016

26660 mi
Tailgate Torsion bar (driver side) was noisy when dropping the gate (snapping sound). Was replaced. 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Ford F-150 in Nebraska, United States
Jun 2012 - Oct 2013
Feb 2013

9000 mi
Paint above front door skins crimps at bottom of both front doors was bubbling due to contamination during factory paint process. Area sanded and resprayed by dealer body shop. Looks much better and paint is better thickness 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 6-speed automatic RWD

Ford F-150 in Texas, United States
Sep 2012 - Feb 2016
Aug 2014

33000 mi
Transmission whine. TSB concerning this problem. Torque converter replaced. 
Aug 2015

55700 mi
Felt like being bumped from behind when stopping or starting. Slip joint needed to be lubricated. 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Extended Cab 5.5ft bed

411-horsepower 6.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Ford F-150 in Indiana, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2016
Aug 2012

9300 mi
Engine had a small coolant leak at operating temp, dealer added missing hose clamp at thermostat housing coupling. 
Mar 2014

27000 mi
Coolant leak in same location as last time, replaced gasket on T-stat housing. Driver's side door misaligned from the factory, started making popping noises when opening and not closing correctly. Cab tail light LEDs were shorting out, entire unit was replaced. 
Oct 2014

36000 mi
Coolant still leaking at thermostat housing. Rear differential cover weeping Rear window defroster stopped working 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Crew Cab 6.5ft bed

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

Ford F-150 in Alberta, Canada
Jun 2012 - Mar 2016
Sep 2012

7440 mi
Steering locks when doing a sweeping left hand turn 
Oct 2013

24580 mi
Firmware update due to hard shift from 2 to 3 Front driver speaker was not working 
Jun 2014

34720 mi

C $275
Harsh shifting from 2 to 4 
Jul 2014

36620 mi
Speaker shorting out Fan switch would not work on 1 or 2 
Ford F-150 in Washington, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2016
Oct 2012

8300 mi
Sun Visor has faulty retaining spring 
Ford F-150 in Newfoundland / Lab., Canada
Jul 2013 - Mar 2016
Jul 2013

14880 mi
During wet weather driving, on highway speed acceleration, engine would lose power and almost shut off. A moisture deflector was installed over the turbo intake. 
Jul 2014

27900 mi
On cold start ups brake pedal would go hard and a lot of force would be needed to stop the truck. Antilock brakes would kick in. Deal found brake vacuum pump was faulty. 
Mar 2015

35340 mi
Cluncking in rear end at takeoff. Fixed under a TSB Brake booster pump was causing problems again 
Apr 2015

36580 mi
Both plate lights were gone. Harness had to be replaced on both sides 
Jul 2015

39880 mi

C $450
Replaced brakes 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Crew Cab 6.5ft bed

360-horsepower 5.0L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

Ford F-150 in Idaho, United States
Dec 2013 - Mar 2016
Feb 2014

65500 mi

US $107
moaning/rubbing sound from front of truck when in 2x4, noise goes away when in AWD or 4x4 IWE (integrated wheel end) vacuum operated 4x4 actuators failed. I replaced both actuators since failure of one usually leads to failure of the other 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Crew Cab 6.5ft bed

360-horsepower 5.0L V8 6-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Ford F-150 in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2013 - Mar 2016
Jul 2014

15480 mi
pinion seal leaking... dealer didn't have part... still waiting over 2 weeks now... but will be done under warranty. 
Jun 2015

21080 mi
Transmission had to have it's memory reset as it started hesitating. 
Oct 2015

26000 mi
I have a long box crew cab...drive shaft slip joint was rattling needed to be re filled with grease 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Crew Cab 6.5ft bed

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 6-speed automatic RWD

Ford F-150 in Kentucky, United States
Nov 2012 - Aug 2013
Apr 2013

48000 mi
Transmission would not shift out of neutral. Transmission was completely replaced with a new one. 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Ford F-150 in Alabama, United States
Mar 2012 - May 2015
Apr 2012 Small rattle in front passenger door panel. Shop fixed issue in 5 minutes. Water leaking into exterior bed light lens. 
Ford F-150 in Arkansas, United States
Aug 2012 - Apr 2016
Oct 2014

13700 mi
Warning message about "Service Advancetrac". Found faulty steering position sensor, replaced. 
Apr 2016

23000 mi
Windshield Wiper switch malfunctioned. Would not turn off. Dealer replaced switch/ 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Ford F-150 in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2013 - Apr 2016
Jan 2014

17540 mi
weird noise from right front wheel, all wheel drive solenoid said to be broken and fixed......problem has returned since 
May 2014

20460 mi
Noise from front IEW replaced (4 wheel drive system) rear shocks leaking badly 
Apr 2016

39060 mi
Iwe (part of the 4 wheel drive system) bearings had to be replaced 
Ford F-150 in Wisconsin, United States
Apr 2012 - Oct 2015
May 2012 The rear of the transmission oil pan was leaking. Dealer found a faulty gasket which was replaced. 
Ford F-150 in Texas, United States
May 2014 - Dec 2015
Jul 2015

31300 mi
This is the second or third time I have had to have the instrument control panel replaced. Each time it has been done at no cost, but is inconvenient, due to days without my truck. 
Ford F-150 in Colorado, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2015
Apr 2015

42300 mi

US $300
Fuel filler door spring fell off, which leaves door swinging open while driving. Had to remove fuel filler and replace spring on door hinge. 
Ford F-150 in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2015
Apr 2013

8700 mi
vehicle has intermittent electrical draw that drains the battery. It also has exhibited a problem with the ignition not engaging the starter without a slight delay and on two occasions, the engine stopped running right after starting. 
Jul 2014

21500 mi
Truck has had extremely random amperage drain leaving the battery completely dead. This has occurred 7 times since the truck was purchased. The instrument panel has been replaced and,since the last occurrence, so has the radio. Continuing problem of battery being discharged due to random and unpredictable amp drain. 
Oct 2014

25000 mi
Ford has agreed to replace the vehicle under the terms of the "Lemon Law". Replacement of the vehicle is pending. 
Mar 2015

27000 mi
Truck bought back because of continuing battery drain. 
Ford F-150 in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2012 - Mar 2016
Dec 2012

6820 mi

C $110
paint lifting on door seams Paint was lifting on the bottom door edges. Truck was sent to body shop and doors cleaned up and resprayed. 
Apr 2014

18600 mi
problem with sensor, had to move block heater for some reason 
Ford F-150 in Saskatchewan, Canada
Oct 2012 - Mar 2014
Apr 2013

17660 mi
heated seats were cooling even on heat setting. replaced "module". oil change. 
Ford F-150 in Alberta, Canada
Jan 2012 - Jul 2013
Jul 2012

8680 mi
Steering rack and components defective from manufacturing 
Nov 2012

13920 mi
Drivers window switch stopped working 
May 2013

19180 mi
Shifting irregularities. TSB repair which reset the transmission shift points. Blown speaker. 
Ford F-150 in California, United States
Jan 2012 - Jan 2015
Jul 2013

58000 mi
Exhaust leak reported. Dealer found left exhaust manifold warped (leaking) and left turbo bad. Manifold, turbo and turbo coolant line replaced. 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

Ford F-150 in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2012 - Feb 2014
Sep 2012

9300 mi
Dealer replaced overhead console under warranty. 
Ford F-150 in Kansas, United States
Jan 2012 - Mar 2014
Jan 2013

11300 mi

US $145
Replace CAC with new version. Regap plugs from .035 to .032 Update PCM software with 01-02-2013 version. 
Ford F-150 in Kentucky, United States
May 2012 - Jan 2016
Jun 2012

2000 mi
Transmission shifting poorly 
Apr 2013

10000 mi
Turbo intercooler needs to be replaced. Condensation building up causing the engine to stall. 
Jun 2013

17000 mi
The catalytic convertor had o be replaced. Related to inter cooler issue 
Ford F-150 in Nova Scotia, Canada
Oct 2014 - Mar 2016
Nov 2015

52040 mi
Rear axle cv joints needed to be greased Rear window defrost no longer working - entire rear window needs to be replaced. 
Mar 2016

57040 mi

C $100
Rear window defrost stopped working. Apparently a very common problem - rear window replaced - covered under extended warranty but had to pay deductible. 
Ford F-150 in Tennessee, United States
Dec 2012 - Jan 2015
Mar 2013

14000 mi
Intercooler, and broken coil 
Jun 2013

17000 mi
Turbo/ Intercooler issues with moisture. PCM reset, issues remain. NHTSB complaint filed. 
Ford F-150 in Texas, United States
Nov 2012 - Apr 2013
Feb 2013

25500 mi
Wheel was sticking at positions around 11 O'clock on the wheel. dealer replaced the entire electrical steering system under warranty. Seat motor gears grinding. Seat tracks and motor replaced under waranty. Engine hesitates or misses at speed and low input on accelerator. Dealer states known issue with turbo intercooler. Parts on backorder over a month. 
Apr 2013

26000 mi
Intercooler repaired, didn't fix problem, sold truck. Never got close to EPA mpg. 
Ford F-150 in Colorado, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2016
Mar 2014

23000 mi
Broken front 4WD differential 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

411-horsepower 6.2L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Ford F-150 in Michigan, United States
Apr 2012 - Dec 2014
Oct 2012

3700 mi
electrical system goes into sleep mode /so the lights inside and keypad do not operate electrical module defective 
Jun 2014

14000 mi
electrical sensor for 4 wd 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

360-horsepower 5.0L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Ford F-150 in Texas, United States
Nov 2012 - Dec 2012
Dec 2012 A/C not working. Only fan blowing. A/C control panel replaced. Still having issue and will be taking it back. Seems like a short. 
Ford F-150 in Florida, United States
Aug 2014 - Mar 2016
Oct 2014

47700 mi

US $90
Emergency brake was not releasing. Had to be taken apart, cleaned and sprayed with a lubricant. 
Ford F-150 in Texas, United States
Jul 2012 - Aug 2014
Aug 2013

15000 mi
Mass Air Flow sensor went bad. Door locks and windows decide not to work randomly. Not a big issue as it corrects itself within a few minutes. 
May 2014

22000 mi
Bad cam sprocket, caused by two bad valves installed from factory. Dealer repaired under warranty. Still running a bit rough. 
Aug 2014

24000 mi
Engine problem wasn't completely fixed so traded. 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

360-horsepower 5.0L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Ford F-150 in Wisconsin, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2016
Apr 2013

24300 mi
Blown drivers side tweeter 
Sep 2013

31000 mi
Thermal expansion valve replaced. 
Jun 2015

59000 mi

US $105
Bad MAF sensor 
Ford F-150 in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2012 - Jul 2015
Jun 2015

25000 mi
AC was blowing cool but not cold air. Dealer replaced Schrader valves in AC, evacuated and recharged system. 
Ford F-150 in Texas, United States
Jan 2012 - Jun 2014
Apr 2012

4000 mi
Parking brake release broke a spring so truck electronics was not sure parking brake was released.  Electric socket in rear passenger compartment broke off. 
Sep 2012

9000 mi
Squeak coming from Dashboard panel below gauge cluster. Unable to replicate noise, but had it for several hours. When I went to pick up the truck I was able to replicate the noise in 2 minutes. Have to return it again to be fixed. 
Dec 2012

12000 mi
Needed Oil Change and to repair unsuccessful repair to squeak in Dashboard. Repair took almost a day, Dealership provided rental car (paid for $30 of the $46 cost). Repair was successful for approximately 2 weeks. 
Feb 2014

27000 mi
Transmission was shifting rough and would only drive in 3rd and 6th. The repair took a few days because the transmission department was very busy. It took about a days worth of work to fix a sensor and they noticed abnormal wear on a gasket 
Ford F-150 in Alberta, Canada
Dec 2013 - Mar 2016
Jan 2014

35800 mi
Oxygen sensor Noisy catalytic converter 

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2012 Ford F-150 4dr Crew Cab 5.5ft bed

360-horsepower 5.0L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range

Ford F-150 in Wisconsin, United States
Jan 2015 - Sep 2015
Feb 2015

44500 mi
Front differential bearings and Left IWE replaced 

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2012 Ford F-150 2dr Regular Cab 6.5ft bed

302-horsepower 3.7L V6 6-speed automatic RWD

Ford F-150 in New Mexico, United States
Feb 2015 - Mar 2016
Apr 2015

29300 mi

US $150
Door ajar sensor on driver side went out. 

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