Marketed as a heavy-duty pickup truck, the Ford-350 features a blend of ruggedness and classy appeal. As part of Ford's famous F-series, the pickup truck is known for its strong and sturdy chassis applicable for greater towing capabilities. Because of these settings, off roaders and adventurers fancy the F-350 as their number one choice for a pickup. However, car owners should take notice of these common problems to prepare themselves in case such F-350 issues arise.
Probably the most common issue involving the Ford F-350 pickup truck is its transmission. Despite its off road capabilities, the large pickup truck is equipped with a flimsy transmission. It is supposedly built for a heavy duty job, but the truck's transmission is known only to last on an average of 30,000 to 50,000 miles. In some cases, the transmission is caused by a tachometer sensor failure where the meter jumps around to zero. This causes the unpredictable shifting of the car's transmission. In fact in 2002, Ford has ordered a recall on certain models equipped with manual transmissions for faulty brake cables and defective transmissions.
The pickup truck also had several engine issues that manifested in various sorts of engine defects such as noise problems and turbo spooling. In fact, this problem resulted to engine rattling and misfiring. Not only that, the defective Ford F-350 engine eventually lead to smoke and emission issues. Several complaints surfaced and blamed Ford's faulty fuel injectors and filters. In some cases, the upper engine coolant hose of the pickup truck blew.
Most of these problems were attributed to the Navistar 6.4 diesel engine. However, despite constant complaints from the pickup truck owners, Ford has attributed most of the engine problems to fuel contamination.
Ford F-350 equipped with the 6.0-liter diesel has been recalled for all sorts of problems. In fact by 2008, Ford ordered a massive 1.1 million recall that involved camshaft issues. The camshaft sensors failed to respond and at times only stalled when the Ford F-350's engine is turned on. This affects how the pistons and cylinders operate.