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Ford EcoBoost Engine Issues Frustrate Veteran Technician: Video

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Various Ford EcoBoost engine issues have been outlined in great detail in the past, ranging from carbon buildup to coolant leaks in Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost1.6L EcoBoost, and 2.0L EcoBoost engines used in a variety of vehicles including the Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, Ford Edge, Lincoln MKC, and Lincoln MKZ that brought on a class-action lawsuit. As experienced Ford technician and YouTuber Ford Tech Makuloco points out in this new video, these EcoBoost engine issues don’t affect every vehicle equipped with one, but when they do, things can get pretty frustrating.

Makuloco has shared quite a few helpful videos in recent weeks, including one detailing how to fix the backup camera on 2011-2019 Ford Explorer models, another outlining a common canister purge valve problem with a variety of Blue Oval models, a video that walks us through the process of servicing the power transfer unit on a 2020 Ford Escape, and a clip covering the roller followers on the Ford 5.4L Triton 3V V8.

Once again, we’re looking inside a troubled Ford F-150, this time a 2013 model that appears to be in great shape but is experiencing some engine problems. The truck started making tell-tale rattling noises that indicate that it’s time for a timing job with just 70,000 miles on the clock. If that isn’t frustrating enough, there are plenty of leaks visible when the tech pulls off the truck’s underbody shields.

There are leaks coming from a variety of locations, including the cat tube, turbo, vacuum pump, and various other hoses and fittings. It’s obviously a disappointing discovery given the fact that this is a relatively low-mile truck that’s been well taken care of, but as our master tech points out, that’s sometimes the case with these trucks. While some may last 200k-300k miles with zero issues, others are plagued by leaks far sooner than that.

We’ll have more interesting videos like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. mickey

    does not matter who you buy a truck from , the problems start at 40K miles on these trucks. all the motor and transmission including electronics are all smashed in the that tiny area and cant breathe, batteries go bad in two years from the heat , leaks, the cheap black plastics on the outside of the truck fade and turn white, electric mirrors start failing, window glass have problems, infotainment crap has problems the day you buy truck, 10k miles brakes start squeaking, rattles appear , the ride of the trucks get hard, who dont agree here, you all know its true and so does all 3 of the Big 3 , they are designed and engineered this way so you head to the dealer and get a new one.

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    1. John

      Funny ours has almost 200000 on it and no issues with the engine at all. You state problems start at 40000 on these trucks. We you sell as many as Ford does issues will arise but your statement implies that all these trucks have issues. Well ours and a close friends 3.5l eco with 170000 hard mikes don’t have the issues you state. Very solid trucks. We also have a Ford technician in our family who swears by this engine and the 6r80 trans. BUT Everyone does have an opinion like every has…well you know.

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    2. Ted

      You just described my Audi A6 to the t! Congratulations.

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  2. roger Heymann

    I agree yet;
    I think Ford today has its strongest management it has ever had since the founding Henry Ford. Would be nice t have Jim Farley most recent thoughts and plans on fixing Ford quality with current sold vehicles and new coming. He said he will hold suppliers to account for 50% of recall costs, there has to be more on quality. It involves development, tests, research, design standards, oversight- Jim Farley knows how Lexus does it, what now for Ford

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  3. Bob

    EcoBoost means Boost Ford’s service department & parts counter dollars!

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  4. Don

    Have a 2011 f150 has over 300K miles. Have only recently replaced the purge valve. And the backup camera sometimes don’t work. That’s it keep up with maintenance. Love this truck.

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    1. Joe

      5.4 o 3.5

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      1. John

        3.5

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    2. John

      Exactly. Ours has 200000 and no issues. Great truck.

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  5. John Martin

    I have a 2012 F-150 and it’s been plagued with problems, fuel sending unit twice, throttle body twice, drivers turbo and coolant lines separate, canister purge valve, vibrations and shifting problems for 60 thousand miles now and drivers side exhaust manifold bolts sheared off. Slop in the rear end. With all this going wrong I never get a check engine light or a code except for O2 sensor. No help from Ford at all except sorry cannot duplicate slap with a charge for plugging in The scanner. Then Ford motor company says try another Ford dealership.

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  6. Pete

    Ford has always danced away from ALL WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES ,they have and always will. It’s the bottom line that’s important above all else. The number crunchers are in the DRIVERS SEAT, the use of plastics, weak engineering as bad as dodge and Mitsubishi lack of honoring warranties, also another lackluster weak step son of Ford, Nissan just as weak as Ford, Chevy also!!!! Well that’s my 2 cents, after 52 years in the auto service Industry, diagnosing and reengineering their screwups unleashed to good hard working folks!!!

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  7. Michael

    Thanks for being honest now I will hesitate to buy used ford eco engine

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    1. John

      Why. Many on here will confirm these engines and transmissions in these trucks are solid and reliable. Ours is at 200000 and a friends at 171000 with no issues. His is a work truck and not babies. Keep up maintenance and never an issue with these. Both have been great trucks.

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  8. Michael Quinn

    Thanks for your video

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  9. Adrian

    Buy Toyota. At least they hold their value if nothing else

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    1. John

      And so do all trucks. I worked for Toyota. Nothing to brag about from that company nor their so called trucks.

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      1. Al

        Really? We run 3 Toyotas (05 RAV4, 07 Highlander Hybrid and 06 Tundra) and have had almost no problems, in fact, the Tundra has not had a single repair in 135K miles.

        Btw, I also own a Ford Ecoboost….a 1.0L in a Fiesta. Fantastic engine (loads of torque!) but too early to tell how long it’s going to last (22K miles). Kinda doubt (with Ford’s reputation) that it will go 300k!

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        1. Kevin Mevis

          Get rid of that fiesta 1.0 mine needed to have the timing belt service at a 150000 right after that the coolant ate the cylinder walls and needed a new $6000 motor, Watch your overflow coolant bottle it will slowly start going down that’s when you know your motors eat the coolant.

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    2. Aaron P.

      As a previous Toyota tech, never. They get worse gas milage, terrible longevity when used as an actual truck, cannot tow or load nearly as much. Buy a Toyota truck if you want a glorified minivan. If you want a real pulling machine, Ford or GM.

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    3. Ted

      Lol! Toyota does not make a “truck”

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  10. NCEcoBoost

    After highly touting the EcoBoost family back in ’12, Consumer Reports and others flat out knocked it for underwhelming fuel economy. And then the problems began…I have one myself. Time to go all the way back to the drawing boards, and EVs won’t help out for the next decade. Not a good predicament, Ford.

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  11. Gary B kempf

    Gee my 189000 mile 2004 f150 hasn’t had nearly that many problems in fact not even close. So my next truck either 2021 or 22 will definitely be an f150.

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    1. John

      Ours too

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  12. Ed

    2015 Escape 1.6 morning startup light smoke. Disappears quickly with no other issues.

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    1. Bob M

      Probably condensation burning off.

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    2. Wayne S

      Dealer statement on a friends Escape 1.6L “During the inspection we found the turbocharger leaking externally and internally into the CAC Tube. This is covered under your powertrain warranty. So no charge to you. We will need to repair this issue first then retest. Since the oil is leaking into the CAC Tube this can cause abnormal smoke from exhaust and abnormal smells” Advice get a comprehensive driveline extended warranty Which cover ALL expenses of the repairs to 150000 mile or more if you’re going to keep it longer.

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  13. Fishstyx

    I have a 2011 F150 Ecoboost FX4 that has 75k miles. I’ve been one of the lucky ones. No problems other than a failed fuel injector just before the warranty expired. I regularly tow a 5,000lb camper and use it in 4L on some pretty rugged rocky terrain on my mountain property. I changed every fluid at 30k and do my own intake valve cleaning every 30k. I’m feel for those people who got lemons but mine is holding up.

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  14. Rich

    American made JUNK !
    This is no surprise to me as I have been working in and out of the auto repair business since 1978.
    Could even finish watching the video.
    Need vehicle in your future shop in this order.
    Toyota
    Hyundai
    Kia

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    1. John

      Toyota is no where near a tough reliable truck. I worked for Toyota an can tell you if these trucks are worked hard in any way they do not do well. You should see the warranty work on the so called trucks after they are used for towing or hard work. Not pretty.

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    2. Ted

      Dude! Put down the pipe!

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  15. Mary Kaplan

    Bought new 2014 Escape Ecoboost w/extended warranty and maintenance plan. All maintenance done on time at Ford Dealership. 2019 loose oil filter caused all oil to leak out. Dealership covered new engine, but put in a short block. 2020 did very little driving. 2021 took it in when saw coolant level low. They just topped it off. Shortly thereafter Ck Engine Soon indicator. Coolant leaked into engine. Wanted $8200 for new engine. 2014 Escape only had 36,000 original miles. Sold beautifully cared for car to Ford Dealer as is, for $5000.

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  16. Mike Parnell

    I have had, since 2004, a 1996 Ford Ranger Splash, short cab, side step, 3.0L V6, 5 spd manual with 245,000 kilometers on it and it has very little rust. Didn’t do hardly any maintenance to it until 200,000 kilometers, then alternator, battery, exhaust, brakes, water pump, clutch, leaf spring brackets, tune up, and now it is like a new truck.
    Was thinking of getting a new Ford product, but after reading about the reliability of them ( my 96 Ranger is probably more reliable now then they are at 25% the cost of a new Ford for what I paid for the maintenance ), I am going to forget it, and keep my Ranger. Ford does not build them like they use to and they certainly are not as easy ( did some of the work myself ) or as cheap, to repair.

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  17. Mike Zimmer

    I have a 2013 F150 lariat and I cannot get no more than twelve miles to the gallon very poor with an eco boost engine, any suggestions I sure would appreciate it the cost of fuel is killing me.

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    1. Ted

      Ram 1500 with the EcoDiesel. 30 mi MPG is not unheard of and very common

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      1. DJ

        And, $ 10,000 more initial cost. Unless your towing or hauling heavy, it doesn’t pay. Additionaly, Diesel maintenance is more expensive.

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  18. TW Volk

    Yes, Ford is deteriorating in areas of plastic uses and i am done with Ford. I put 462000 miles on my 1984 F250, but had to replace the engine 3 times. Brand new it got only 2000 miles to a quart of oil, found out from inside informer Ford ordered installation of 12 Diesel engines that had standard pistons in 10 over bores, I got one of them! Ford squirmed and made excuses at warranty time and basically said get lost. Shame on Ford, so I bought a used 2014 and guess what? Shame on me! The big 3 are only in it to make money, not good products.

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  19. Salvadore Borsellino

    I have a 2014 F 150 5.0 coyote. Low compression on #7. Going to look into more as far as diagnosing the compression issue. Hoping it’s valve seats. But it’s still a costly repair. Looked at history of the truck. Ford dealer in Hudson, Wi. Put plugs in it at 52,000 I’m sure for misfire code. Shame on them for not diagnosing correctly. Motor was still under warranty!! This should of been taken care of then. I purchased the truck with 78,000 miles on it. Now I’m stuck with big repair bill. Shame on you Hudson Ford!!

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  20. Thomas Potts

    This is one of those issues for should step in and correct

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  21. Frustrated that these are known problems

    I have a Ford Edge with an Ecoboot 2.0L. I have already replaced the Cannister Purge Valve Solenoid. Three months ago the transmission went with 127K miles. Now at 130K the check engine light is on returning the P0299 code, the Turbocharger for the Ecoboost.

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  22. TS

    Bear in mind that this guy is a mechanic so he never sees the Ecoboost engines which have NO problems.

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  23. GENARO CORONADO BONILLA

    F-series family is a respectable one, but to tackle maintenance problems Fo Mo Co ; should engineer their vehicles toroughly ; otherwise Asian carmakers will eventually gain the largest portion of the market. Instead of plaguing vital mechanical components with plastic; Fo Mo Co itself should acquire metal collecting centres for the purpose of lowering production costs and using the approppriate alloys of metallic parts.

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  24. David Dickinson

    I’d like to state I appreciate that FordAuthority posted this article that gets into the nuts and bolts of technical issues. You are being honest with problems with Fords and aren’t just a cheerleader.

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  25. Jeffrey Bomzer

    Hey, I have 2016 Fusion, leaked antifreeze into cylinder 3. Completely blew my engine 93,000 miles and had to replace the engine, $5,000. later. Sued my dealer, won.
    Now trying to get my money. Ford sucks,
    They knew about it, and never a recall
    There is a class action.

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  26. Jon

    Welcome to the club we have had carbon build up on german cars for decades, Bad injectors, faulty hpfp. These are all part of the forced induction. People are quick to point fingers at the Germans for reliability. Well see how Honda, toyota, Ford all deal with turbos they have never used on their motors before in the past. In the end VW will end up having the last laugh.

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    1. DJ

      The big three have lots of experience with 4 stroke and 2 stroke Diesels. In the truck world, VW can’t compete, at least not in the USA. Besides, VW will rip you off with false claims as has been proven in court. I wouldn’t recommend a company like that. Through in unreliability and outrageous repair costs and you can understand how the company that could have out sold Toyota has slipped so far.

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  27. Richard Taylor

    I have a 2018 F150 Eco 3.5 and I just had the camshaft sensor replaced. 15k miles. It was covered under the drive train warranty but is this what I can expect in the future?

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  28. Dento

    300k on my 2016 F150 2.7 ecoboost. Very dependable with no major issues.

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  29. David Greer

    All of the nay sayers are knocking the motor, 3.5 eco beast, I had a 2011 F150 XTR. 105600miles, ran an SCT tuner on 93 Oct fuel. That truck ran like a sowing machine. Gobs of power, pulled my 6500 boat like a toy. Only issue I ever had, the damn elec vacuum pump. But , ford had a recall, fixed.. I only traded it last month for an F250, just to get more towing capacity. If I had invested in a smaller fifth wheel, I would have kept it..

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  30. M505

    Oil and oil filter, oil and oil filter. Without watching the video I can guarantee that engine was using conventional oil and a fram or similar filter and going to long on oil changes. The owners manual says synthetic oil is required and if you’re not using a motorcraft filter I would like to know why. They cost 2 dollars more than a fram and it’s a better filter. I own a 2012 f150 with 160k oil changes are done early at 3500-4500 miles I use mobile 5w-30 full synthetic and a motorcraft oil filter. This is the same reason the 4.6 and 5.4 got a bad rap for cam phasers people using junk oil and filters and not changing the oil then complaining when they had phaser problems.

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  31. LovemyF150

    I have a 2014 F150 FX4 with the 3.5L and 67k miles.
    Not a single issue or concern.
    My buddy has a ’13 3.5L with 110k – no issues.
    I use synthetic.
    I love this truck!

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  32. W Timmins

    I have had 2 F150 trucks with ecoboost engines. A 2012 and 2018. Problems began before 50000kms. No way to get the dealer to address any problems. Needed to buy a second vehicle while Fords were constantly waiting for repairs which usually consisted of parking my vehicle in a corner of the dealer lot while it healed on its own. Finally unloaded the 2018 (really hoped it was going to be better than the 2012) after the engine started hammering. Dealer said it was normal of course. Never buying another. Ford just does not care about quality or service. Too bad since they do produce very appealing comfortable vehicles.

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  33. Hans

    I have 2018 f150 2.7 twin turbo ecoboost. Always feels like it’s going stall, just a rough idle feeling. No codes yet. My dealership says many similar problems. Waiting on Ford for a fix

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  34. Joe Smith

    My 2013 F-150 Ecoboost has had no problems until last year. Leaks in the turbo coolant fittings this year which had to be replaced and both fuel sending units, one this year and one last year. Luckily it was still under warranty which ends this November. So basically if I hadn’t purchased the warranty I would have saved money by just paying for the repairs; this time. Overall a pretty good run. Now, do I sell it and buy a new one before something breaks after the warranty runs out or keep it and roll the dice?

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  35. Terry Hackathorn

    2014 ford fusion/,echoboost failure. Ford had dropped ball for 2yrs. After yr got claim from corporate was told local dealer help me. Not. Texas not apart of lawsuit. Shame on Texas

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  36. Arthur Cotton

    Hi l have a 2018 f-150 and I want to know if anyone having a problem with the tailgate handle mind is hard to open and close.

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  37. Sherry Matthew

    Yeah my boyfriend had the 2013 less than a hundred thousand miles and it also has a rattle how and where would I take it to check this out to see what is going on and yes we are in Texas thank you

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  38. Tommy

    I got a 2015 f150 3.5 ecoboost and I run it on A sct turner 93 oct with 130k miles and as of now only real problem I’ve had is pcm problems, sometimes my truck will shut off while on the freeway. Lately I’ve also been having issues with spark plugs.

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  39. Mark L Bedel

    I have a 2016 Focus ST and after having the valves carefully cleaned manually and with mild chemistry, with only 13,000 miles, it was amazing how many carbon deposits there were with only this many miles. I soon learned about Catch Cans and their benefits especially with direct injection engines and had a UPR unit installed post cleaning. It’s made a big reduction in deposits. You do have to empty and clean the can and filter unit regularly, but if this helps keep things running smoothly, it’s certainly worth the effort.

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    1. Nauticalone

      I’ve recently learned about the oil catch cans also. They are becoming more common place on a number of engines (DI as you said).

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  40. Nauticalone

    Pretty poor consistency from too many manufacturers, including from Ford here. And which EcoBoost is this? 3.5? I missed that info.

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