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Ford F-150 EcoBoost Problems: Shuddering, Power Loss & Limp Mode

UPDATE: We’ve been told that Ford has a fix for this problem coming ASAP. SeeĀ for the details.

In recent months, a growing number of Ford F-150 EcoBoost owners are reporting that their trucks can shudder and stall during normal use. In severe cases, some EcoBoost F150 owners have said that their trucks have suddenly gone into “limp mode,” where the engine loses almost all power.

Reports of EcoBoost shudder and power loss are coming primarily from humid states, such as Texas and Florida.

After reading numerous Ford truck forums, talking to various auto experts, and even talking to a couple of Ford technicians, this is what we’ve learned:

  1. Ford has a growing problem here, as the number of EcoBoost owners reporting issues isn’t getting any smaller
  2. Ford’s response to this problem has only served to anger afflicted EcoBoost F150 owners

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Problems

Toyota Recalling 51k Tundras To Fix 25 Of Them

In news that is sure to get the ‘haters’ all fired up, today Toyota has announced a recall of almost all 2011 Tundras because of a potential driveshaft casting defect in 0.05% of all trucks sold during the model year.

From Toyota:

[Toyota will conduct] a voluntary safety recall on approximately 51,000, 2011 model year Tundra trucks to inspect the rear drive shaft. The rear drive shaft in an estimated 0.05 percent of the vehicles may include a component (slip yoke) that could break due to improper casting during the foundry process. Toyota is aware of one drive shaft slip yoke failure in a customer-owned vehicle. There are no reports of accidents or injuries associated with this condition. No other Lexus or Toyota vehicles are involved in this recall

Yes, you read that correctly. 0.05% of 51k 2011 Tundras may have a defective driveshaft…if you’re doing the math on that one, the answer is Toyota is worried about 25 trucks.

Toyota is going to recall an entire year’s worth of trucks just to find 25 of them that may have a defect. Crazy, no?

What makes this recall even more amazing is that Ford hesitated to recall 1.5 million F-150’s with malfunctioning airbags not even two months ago, even after NHTSA asked them to do a recall!