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Ford F-150 Lightning Problems

Engine -- Verified

An illuminated Check Engine Light could indicate that one or more of the ignition coils has failed due to excessive spark plug gap. To fix this problem, the ignition coils that have failed, the spark plugs, and all coil boots should be replaced.

Engine -- Verified

Oil leaks can develop around the intake manifold gaskets and valve cover gaskets.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

Failure to change the power steering fluid can cause the fluid to become gray with metal particles. The contaminated fluid can damage the power steering pump resulting in a growling noise when the wheel is turned; the damaged pump will require replacement to eliminate the noise.. Life of the power steering gearbox and pump will be shortened if the fluid is not serviced regularly.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Tubes for the EGR system (exhaust gas recirculation) can break, causing an exhaust leak and noise under the hood.

Engine -- Verified

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 bre...

Ford F-150 Lightning Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., March 7, 2003

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The courtesy lamps on affected running boards may overheat when exposed to moisture and road salt. Overheating may cause the lamps and boards to melt or start a fire. Dealers will replace the wiring harness for these running boards.

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Drive Train, August 13, 2007

Summary: ON CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS, PASSENGER VEHICLES, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, AND MOTOR HOMES CHASSIS, THE SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH MAY, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, LEAK INTERNALLY AND THEN OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.

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Engine, October 21, 1996

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Ford has recalled certain 1992-1994 E and F Series vehicles due to improper tension in the accessory drive belt. On some vehicles, the belt can detach from the pulleys, which can cause multiple system failures. Dealers will install a new tensioner pulley, drive belt, belt guide, and idler pulley.

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Ford F-150 Lightning Questions and Answers

svtcards, 1993 Ford F-150 Lightning, Old Orchard Beach, ME

my check engine light on my 1993 lightning has been on for over 3 years now.i had it checked out with my garage,an he told me the code it through was for the EGR valve.so i replaced the part myself...

svtcards, 1993 Ford F-150 Lightning, Old Orchard Beach, ME

i'm replacing my EGR valve,an it says on your web page tells me to clean the egr system.what do i use to clean egr system out with.an what do i clean.besides the ports.the ports is where the h...

svtcards, 1993 Ford F-150 Lightning, Old Orchard Beach, ME

i just went to my local repair shop to see if the check engine light thats on is still reads the egr valve.it does.the scan machine he used said egr isn't opening.what would cause this to hap...

Jambanc, 1993 Ford F-150 Lightning, Westland, MI

How do i get the fixture off to replace the bulb?I found 2 screws in the tailgate jam but still cant take it off.

wolverine76, 1993 Ford F-150 Lightning, Oakley, CA

The engine is sometimes wanting to accelerate when I am not pushing on the gas. It does it in all the gears. If it is in drive it will go up to 40mph. Is this a major problem?

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Ford F-150 Lightning Reviews

i own a 99 ford lightning and the problem is that the truvk doesn't run as it should be 1st of all when i am at racing the truck takes to long to change gears and its not giving the performance its known for it feels slow at the take off it changes gears to slow and i just need some help with what might be the problem with it! and its previous owner changed the pully to a bigger one because he wanted to save gas i don't know if it affects its performance

Have had since new 11/2000. Have flushed and changed all fluids prior to 13K. Added second set of tires then, changed to '04 Wheels, Bilstien shocks, '04 Lights (4corners, fog), Front bumper facia, Added signal mirrors. Has bed liner with H/D soft cover and vent visors. Black with fiberglass air induction hood. Ported and polished air horn and throttle body. At 29,500mi and NO time trials, ON third set of tires which seem to be dying of old age and nothing more. Rides and handles great. Gas mileage could be better 11/18, but Hey, it's a LIGHTNING.

LOTS OF POWER, JUST NEEDS SOME ADJUSTMENTS WITH EXHAUST AND INTAKE FROM FACTORY

I've had a '94 Lightning for six years now & will never let it go. At 150,000 miles it is very reliable with scheduled maintenance.

i think its a fun truck love to beat ricers with it

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