The 2019 Ford F-150 is amongst America’s best-selling pickup trucks. This particular model was marketed as a “tough performance to follow.” That may be the case if Ford is referring to the extensive mechanical issues that can appear in the 2019 Ford F-150.

Despite outstanding sales, several 2019 Ford F-150 drivers have felt lukewarm at best about their vehicles. The F-150 lineup is notorious for a variety of issues. It has been the subject of dozens of recalls and over 1,600 technical service bulletins. The 2019 Ford F-150 has six recalls of its own, affecting a range of important vehicle systems. There appear to be extensive issues with the 2019 F-150’s V8 engine, 10-speed transmission, structure, and more.

2019 Ford F-150 5.0 Engine Problems

Engine trouble is by far the most common issue drivers have experienced in their 2019 Ford F-150 pickups. Ford-F150 owners have reported a variety of different engine issues to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). One issue that appears frequently is abnormal noises coming from the engine. Multiple drivers have heard tapping, knocking, or rattling sounds in the engines of their vehicles. 

Another issue drivers regularly encounter is a problem with the auto start/stop feature. In numerous reports to NHTSA, drivers say that the engines in their vehicles would suddenly shut down and a warning light indicating an issue with the auto start/stop feature would appear. One driver described this phenomenon in their formal complaint to NHTSA, “I was decelerating down a hill. I was still going about 20 mph while braking and I received an error saying ‘Auto Stop/Start, Put the Vehicle in park and Restart Engine’ and my engine shut off and I lost power steering and brakes and had to coast myself to somewhere as close to the side of the road as possible.”

Other issues that drivers have experienced in their Ford pickups include excessive oil consumption, engine fluid leaks, and stalling. Oil leaks from the right head gasket near the back of the engine are mentioned in several official ratings on NHTSA. Oil leaks in this component can cause oil to drip onto the vehicle’s exhaust, potentially resulting in damage to other parts, and these repairs can be costly. Several F-150 owners say that fixing this problem can cost over $3,000.

2019 Ford F-150 Transmission Problems

Transmission issues are also common in the 2019 Ford F-150. Drivers have reported difficulty when shifting gears, lags in shifting, grinding noises in the transmission, and transmission failure. The following complaint to NHTSA describes a host of transmission issues, “I started experiencing vibration at highway speeds 60+ mph. The vibration is felt throughout the steering wheel and in the seat you can feel the console and everything vibrate. The transmission clicks, bangs, and clunks like a 15 year old vehicle. The shifting is sloppy, jerky, and occasionally delayed.”

Structural Issues in the 2019 Ford F-150

Malfunctioning doors are another common complaint among drivers. Doors on defective Ford F-150 vehicles may open by themselves or have difficulty staying latched and closed, as this driver described in their complaint to NHTSA, “doors have popped open several times while driving. At other times the doors will not close and latch at all… many times the doors appear to be closed, yet when you push on them they pop open.” Other F-150 owners have also complained of defective doors that make loud creaking or squeaking noises and sound like they will fall off at the hinges. 

The tailgate is another area of concern in the 2019 Ford F-150. Several drivers say the tailgates on their vehicles have fallen randomly, resulting in damage. This can be particularly dangerous for drivers carrying trailers or other heavy objects while driving. 

Electrical Issues in the 2019 Ford F-150

Additionally, the electrical system in the 2019 Ford F-150 can also present several concerning symptoms, including the risk of fire. In their complaint to NHTSA, one driver describes how their vehicle’s electrical system began to emit smoke, “three days ago my alarm would go off every 15 minutes until I unplugged the battery. I disconnected the battery and go a “LEFT REAR DOOR AJAR” message on the dash. After inspecting the sensor and wiring harness in the left rear door, I found no issue… a litany of other warning lights involving cameras, emergency braking, etc. came on. While attempting to drive to the dealership to have them inspect the issue, the wiring harness behind the back seat on the right side of the vehicle began smoking.”

In November 2019, Ford recalled certain 2019-2020 F-150 vehicles due to an electrical system defect. The fastener that secures the Power Distribution Box (PDB) 12V cable and Battery Monitoring System (BMS) eyelets to the positive battery terminal can become loose and affect various vehicle systems such as the dashboard display, braking assist, and steering assist. The engines in affected vehicles may also stall. This defect can cause a resistive short, which can result in overheating or increased risk of fire.

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor Problems 

The 2019 Ford F-150 can have malfunctional engine, transmission, and infotainment systems. Like other Ford F-150 models, oil leaks, stalling, strange engine noises, and engine failure are commonly experienced problems. The transmission is another area of concern. F-150 Raptor drivers have experienced jerking while shifting gears and abnormal noises from the rear of their vehicles. 

The infotainment system in the 2019 Raptor is particularly notorious among drivers. Ford’s infotainment system, My Ford Touch, can have a series of problems including delayed navigation, Bluetooth connectivity issues, and blank screens. 

Ford F-150 Headlights Recall

The headlights in the 2019 Ford F-150 may be defective. In February 2020, Ford recalled certain 2018-2020 F-150 pickups with high series LED headlamps with Autolamp (On/Off) functionality. Affected headlights may not dim at night, reducing the visibility of other drivers and increasing the risk of accident. 

The California Lemon Law Experts

Problems with Ford trucks can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Grinding engine noises
  • Engine failure
  • Shuddering
  • Defective doors
  • Delay in acceleration
  • Replacement of transmission components
  • Transmission failure
  • Stalling
  • Infotainment errors
  • Malfunctioning headlights
  • Abnormal transmission noises
  • Fluid leaks

Any combination of the issues previously discussed can affect the safety, value, and use of your Ford vehicle. If you have taken your Ford in for multiple repairs during the warranty period, there is a chance that your vehicle may be a lemon. 

Luckily, you have legal rights and recourse should that be the case.  If you own a lemon, you could be entitled to a refund, replacement vehicle, or cash compensation for the diminished value of the vehicle. A lemon law refund would consist of all incidental and consequential costs that resulted from your lemon, including taxes, registration, towing fees, rental car fees, monthly payments, attorney fees and more. To learn more about your options, consider contacting the Lemon Law Experts today. 

The Lemon Law Experts have successfully represented countless clients across California in their claims against Ford Motor Company and other major auto manufacturers. Our team of Experts are qualified, experienced lemon law attorneys who can evaluate your situation and help you determine what you could receive in recovery through a free, no-obligation evaluation. If you have problems with your 2019 Ford F-150 pickup or other vehicle, give us a call or fill out an online case evaluation today.