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2003 Ford F-150 Problems

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Most Common 2003 Ford F-150 Problems

Heat may stop working either from one or all the dash vents. Several issues have been reported but most often the issue revolves around the failure of one of the blend air door actuators. Anytime t...
An illuminated Check Engine Light and a rough running engine could indicate that one or more of the ignition coils has failed. Often times this is due to excessive spark plug gap. To fix this probl...
Oil leaks from the right-side cylinder head gasket are common. Oil from this type of leak will commonly drip onto the starter. The solution to addressing this issue is to install updated head gask...
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0 Known 2003 Ford F-150 Brakes Problems

3 Known 2003 Ford F-150 Drive Train Problems

If a noise from the rear end is heard when going around turns or after driving at highway speed for an extended period, this could be caused by a failing differential clutch kit. An updated diffe...
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.
New TSB may be available According to Ford Bulletin 06-04-04 Some 2003 + INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION (IRS) AXLE F-150 vehicles equipped with a 9.75″ or 8.8″ limited and Mustang veh...

1 Known 2003 Ford F-150 Electrical & Lights Problem

Drivers may notice the engine idling roughly, hesitation to accelerate, and even engine stalling on the Ford F-150 with the Triton V8. The mass air flow sensor (MAF) is prone to fail, and commonly...

5 Known 2003 Ford F-150 Engine Problems

An illuminated Check Engine Light and a rough running engine could indicate that one or more of the ignition coils has failed. Often times this is due to excessive spark plug gap. To fix this probl...
Oil leaks from the right-side cylinder head gasket are common. Oil from this type of leak will commonly drip onto the starter. The solution to addressing this issue is to install updated head gask...
The Ford F-150 has known issues with the V8 engine ejecting spark plugs. This will make a tapping or knocking noise, plus the engine will begin to misfire at all speeds. The check engine light will...

3 Known 2003 Ford F-150 Exhaust & Emissions Problems

Intermittent rough idle may be caused by the EGR sensor sticking, causing the EGR valve to stay slightly open. The valve and sensor must be replaced together to correct this concern.
A ticking noise may develop from the engine due to a warped exhaust manifold. Damaged exhaust manifolds will require replacement to correct this issue.
Catalytic converters can go bad and potentially plug the exhaust, hurting engine efficiency and performance.

1 Known 2003 Ford F-150 Heating & Air Conditioning Problem

Heat may stop working either from one or all the dash vents. Several issues have been reported but most often the issue revolves around the failure of one of the blend air door actuators. Anytime t...

0 Known 2003 Ford F-150 Maintenance Problems

1 Known 2003 Ford F-150 Miscellaneous Problem

0 Known 2003 Ford F-150 Suspension & Steering Problems

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Known 2003 Ford F-150 Problems & Complaints

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.
Intermittent rough idle may be caused by the EGR sensor sticking, causing the EGR valve to stay slightly open. The valve and sensor must be replaced together to correct this concern.
The 1997-2014 Ford F-150 is known for displaying the normal symptoms of a coolant leak, including overheating, especially when the vehicle is idling, the strong smell of coolant from the engine, an...
If a noise from the rear end is heard when going around turns or after driving at highway speed for an extended period, this could be caused by a failing differential clutch kit. An updated diffe...
Oil leaks from the right-side cylinder head gasket are common. Oil from this type of leak will commonly drip onto the starter. The solution to addressing this issue is to install updated head gask...
Heat may stop working either from one or all the dash vents. Several issues have been reported but most often the issue revolves around the failure of one of the blend air door actuators. Anytime t...
The Ford F-150 has known issues with the V8 engine ejecting spark plugs. This will make a tapping or knocking noise, plus the engine will begin to misfire at all speeds. The check engine light will...
An illuminated Check Engine Light and a rough running engine could indicate that one or more of the ignition coils has failed. Often times this is due to excessive spark plug gap. To fix this probl...
A ticking noise may develop from the engine due to a warped exhaust manifold. Damaged exhaust manifolds will require replacement to correct this issue.
Drivers may notice the engine idling roughly, hesitation to accelerate, and even engine stalling on the Ford F-150 with the Triton V8. The mass air flow sensor (MAF) is prone to fail, and commonly...
The Ford F-150 is known for idling roughly, with a slight whistling noise from the engine compartment. After a short time, this may result in poor fuel mileage, and illumination of the check engine...
Catalytic converters can go bad and potentially plug the exhaust, hurting engine efficiency and performance.
New TSB may be available According to Ford Bulletin 06-04-04 Some 2003 + INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION (IRS) AXLE F-150 vehicles equipped with a 9.75″ or 8.8″ limited and Mustang veh...
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