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Some Ford F-150, Expedition Vehicles Making Very Loud Noises

Several reported issues with the Ford F-150 have popped up during production of the current generation model, such as an accumulation of underbody rust and corrosion, as well as unknown issues causing their batteries to drain rather quickly. Another problem has now popped up, and it not only affects the F-150 but the Ford Expedition as well. It’s a bit more uncomfortable than the other recent issues, as some owners of the aforementioned vehicles have experienced odd, loud sounds relayed through their pickups’ sound systems, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

2023 Ford F-150 Ford Pro Trailer Hitch Assist - Exterior 001 - Front Three Quarters

Owners have described the sound as “ear-shattering.” While the cause is unclear, affected F-150 and Expedition models present with a loud and abnormal noise. In some cases, the sound can be turned off right away, while other times, it can last for 15 minutes or longer, prompting some owners to pull over and park, claiming that it’s too distracting to drive safely. Some owners have claimed that the sound exceeds 100 decibels. For context, the Centers for Disease Control states that prolonged exposure to sounds over 70 decibels can cause hearing damage.

So far, several dozen owners of Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition models have filed complaints with federal regulators regarding the strange sonic issue. Ford has since responded with a technical service bulletin to remedy the issue in 2021 through 2023 model year F-150 and Expedition units, although the automaker did not disclose how many total vehicles may be affected by the problem. So far, FoMoCo has received over 100 complaints about it, however.

2023 Ford F-150 Ford Pro Trailer Hitch Assist - Exterior 002 - Rear Three Quarters

The fix involves a software update that can be pushed via over-the-air (OTA) or can be performed at a dealership. Once this software update is applied, the amplifier in the vehicle’s sound system is used as a filter to counteract the loud audio system noise.

Several other Ford vehicles are under scrutiny for other issues from the NTHSA. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is being investigated due to the handling of a recall dealing with overheating high voltage battery main contactors. The Ford Escape is being investigated over door check alarm attachment point failures, while the Ford Explorer is being looked at due to rear axle mounting bolt issues.

We’ll have more on this as soon as it’s available, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 news, Ford Expedition news and continuous Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. CE

    Does that include the brake squeal when I back up my F-150? : )

  2. Tim

    Test drove a bronco that had the same noise annoying at first pain in ears shortly after.
    Poor quality poor engineering. Not the ford it use to be.

    1. Rob Mcginley

      I had 4 Rangers in a row. But these days I am afraid to purchase a Ford
      Very poor engineering is job one.
      Not sure if it’s a ploy to make there dealers profitable or just plain bad designs.
      Ether way they did there best to drive me away.

  3. Shockandawe

    Furd, defects Job 1!

  4. Thomas

    Another example of Ford quality.

  5. CP

    And prices for these vehicles are…………..?

  6. The Retired Viking

    Ford Authority has still not sent out a correction to an issue with the website. Ads and features pop up and block the right hand side of articles one is trying to read, as frequently as every 12 to 15 seconds. Even more of a mystery is that some of the ads are for competing brands; Mazda being an example.

  7. Shockandawe

    What do you expect, anything related to Furd either doesn’t work or it’s recalled.


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