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I have read that there is a common problem with premature wear/stretch on Ford Ecoboost F150s. I have a 2012 with 82,000 miles and I'm having issues with the timing chain. Have any of you guys dealt with this? If so, did a replacement chain solve the problem? Thanks
 

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Nothing? I'm planning to drive this truck to Colorado next month. Any info would be appreciated.

The truck runs okay but the chain stretch is causing the engine light to come on. I don't want to pay a couple thousand if the chain isn't going to fail or if the new one will end up with the same issue. Thanks.
 

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I was thinking that. My wife needs a new car, though, and we don't want 2 payments. I think I'm just going to wait and see what happens. I'm probably going to end up breaking down in the middle of nowhere. Right now, I think I'd prefer to take my chances. Hopefully, it is just minor stretch and not near failure.
 

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Could be your chain tension is getting weak, made from plastic. I would have it looked at before I go out west. Who told you it would cost 2 grand to replace your timing chain?
 

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Have you tried calling Ford (800) 392-3673 and asking them? They probably would say needs to be fixed but you could get confirmation if it is a common problem and what are the odds of a big problem. You could also ask if an engineer could contact you directly.
 

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Could be your chain tension is getting weak, made from plastic. I would have it looked at before I go out west. Who told you it would cost 2 grand to replace your timing chain?
My mechanic looked at it when I had it in for inspection. The warning light had been on for a couple weeks. He estimated $2k.
 

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also don't wait till 100k to change the spark plugs as per the owner's manual. my buddy just had his done at 90k and it cost him over 800 dollars because 6 out of 8 spark plugs broke.
 

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If you have engine noise first thing in the morning and P0016 the chain is bad.Ford is covering it for 8 years or 80 K miles.I would try for a goodwill warranty if they say no.You could also have a bad VVT solenoid,low oil pressure or dirty oil if you only have P0016.
 

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Thanks. I have engine noise at start up. I also feel like it doesn't idle as smoothly as it used to and lacks power (some kind of limp mode maybe). It's 4 1/2 years old but I have put around 94,000 miles on it. I'll do some more research. I'll probably wait until it stops working or wait until I step into some extra money.
 

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Ford is sitting on trucks right now.Stopped production for a few weeks.Might be a good time to trade in I don't know.
 

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I finally have to do something about this. The truck is running horribly. It looks like I am going to need to have the engine replaced. It's a 2012 that I purchased new, always used fully synthetic oil and changed it on schedule. The truck does have 95k miles but I am still not pleased. This is my third F-150 but I am done with Ford after this one.
 

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Okay, it is going to cost over $7k to get my truck fixed. I owe about $3k on it still. It is less than 5 years old but has 95,000 miles. I need to figure a way out of this mess. I want to dump this truck and get something reliable.

My problem is that the trunk is running really poorly so I can't sell it or probably get anything for it on a trade. Does anyone know of way to unload a late model vehicle that needs serious engine work? I'd rather not sell it to a junkyard for peanuts.
 

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Man that stinks. Wish I would have saw this post back in July when you had 82k miles and only a stretched chain. Definitely not good to run it that way, as you have apparently learned the hard way. Valves can hit pistons etc. $7,000 seams high. Did you get an estimate from any other shops? Maybe find a junk yard engine from a wrecked vehicle? If the truck is in good shape otherwise, you would probably be better off repairing it and keeping it.
 

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Thanks. I have engine noise at start up. I also feel like it doesn't idle as smoothly as it used to and lacks power (some kind of limp mode maybe). It's 4 1/2 years old but I have put around 94,000 miles on it. I'll do some more research. I'll probably wait until it stops working or wait until I step into some extra money.
At 22,000 miles per a year, Ford is not going to just give you free service.
Maybe if it was 4 years old and only had 60,000 - they might admit that it was their fault. As others has said, once it goes beyond the warranty, and you keep driving it with the light on, now it is your baby.

The purpose of the LIMP mode is to get you home, not to keep on driving it - because you don't want to put any money into it.
 
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