1996 Ford F-150 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1996 Ford F-150

1996 Ford F-150 Problems

Noise from rear end when turning

If a noise from the rear end is heard when going around turns or after driving at highway speed for an extended period, there is an updated differential clutch kit available.

Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak

The engine oil pan gasket can develop a leak. Leaking oil may accumulate on the exhaust system resulting in a burning smell. Replacing the gasket should correct this leak.

Spark Plugs May be Difficult to Remove

Our technicians tell us the spark plugs in this engine can be very difficult to remove. Ford has issued a service bulletin (08-7-6) to address this issue, which includes a recommended procedure on how to remove the plugs. Failure to follow the recommended procedure can result in the one or more spark plugs breaking off in the cylinder head.

The recommend procedure is as follows. Using this procedure will greatly reduce the chance of breaking a spark plug.

1. Break the spark plugs loose when the engine is warm.
2. Turn each plug 1/8 to 1/4 turn and soak the treads with 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of Motorcraft Carburetor Tune-Up Cleaner or a quality penetrating oil. Do not try to remove the plugs at this time.
3. Let the threads soak for at least 15 minutes.
4. After the soak period, tighten and loosen each spark plug, working it back and forth until the turning effort is reduced. Then, you can remove the spark plug.

There are special tools available to remove the broken spark plugs and repair shops will often charge additional labor time, over and above the quoted spark plug replacement cost, for the removal of each broken spark plug.

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1996 Ford F-150 Recalls

Recall 05V388000
ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH SPEED CONTROL, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.
Recall 96V161000
THE CERTIFICATION LABELS ON THE INVOLVED VEHICLES HAS INCORRECT REAR TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE DESIGNATIONS. THIS DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FMVSS NO. 120, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS FOR MOTOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN PASSENGER CARS."
Ford Recalls 1994-1996 F150 Trucks for Seat Recliner Issue

Ford has recalled certain 1994-1996 F150 trucks due to a concern with the front seat frames. The seat recliner to seat frame bolts could loosen, fatigue, and fracture. If this occurs, the seat may recline completely, which can cause a loss of vehicle control. Dealers will refresh and replace washers and fasteners at the seat frame to seat recliner mounting.

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1996 Ford F-150 Reviews

great truck bought it for 500 bucks and have been beating on it everytime i drive it its been great for hauling i have a wood flatbed on it and had ten rr ties on it, that old 300 V6 never lets me down
looks like a different truck. it has 4 doors witch was not mandatory on the f150

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