Ticking Type Noise Due to Warped Exhaust Manifold on Ford F-150

Problem Description and Possible Solution

A ticking noise may develop from the engine due to a warped exhaust manifold. Damaged exhaust manifolds will require replacement to correct this issue.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 105,510 (7,000–278,000)
5 model years affected: 1991, 2003, 2008, 2009, more2010
14 people reported this problem
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had the right side go first then 20,000 klms later the left side.
manifolds were replaced in both instances
Have a very noisy ticking sound at first it would stop when engine warmed up now constant ticking waiting on ford to do something about it. on has 55,000 miles on it. Understand very expensive fix. If Ford does not fix will be last Ford
I buy. I was told very frequent problem on Ford trucks.
Passenger side exhaust manifold leak
Leaking on passenger side so far not on other.
cracked exhaust manifold, right side, VERY labor intense $$$$ repair..never buying another Ford again
Both exhaust manifolds have holes, rusted through. Dealer wants $1,800. Think I'll shop around first.
I have the all to common exhaust leak on the passenger side of my 03 F-150. Why you would put stainless steel bolts on the hottest part of the engine is beyond me. Yeah stainless steel bolts don't rust, but stainless steel also don't hold heat well. Love my truck though, just gonna be a costly repair.
Second time right side manifold leaking. First time was at 38,000
miles under warranty. I have seen and heard hundreds of these trucks leaking and loud. Ford claims there is no problem. This is the fourth F series truck I have owned with the same problem.Why is it always the right side?? Its and expensive repair, and they offer to pay for half the cost, even though you have had problems in the past. My other F series truck has 21,000 miles on it, and its the second time its leaking as well. I never thought would look at another brand, but Ford , despite record profits, is turning its back on its decades loyal customers.
Ticking noise thought to be either sticky lifter or exhaust. Right side manifold warped. Need replacement.
We are replacing exhaust manifold a. Had this truck 2 months, had the ticking noise, noticed there were cracks in the exhaust manifold a. We could also smell exhaust..
TRUCK ALSO HAS BAD MISS AND POWER LOSS AND SEEMS TO BE WORSE ON RAINY DAYS.