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2006 Ford F-150 Starting Problem

Sometimes and getting more frequent, when I go to start my truck it will turn over and crank for about 4 seconds before it will start, or it will just kinda stumble on itself kinda like you did not hold the key over long enough. Please Help the dealership is giving me a hard time. Thanks

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  • Anonymous Sep 11, 2008

    I have a similar problem that maybe related. However, I notice this only seems to be a problem for a hot start. That is, when I try to start the vehicle shorlty after shutting it off. (Within 20 minutes or so) I never notice this problem after is sits all night before I leave for work ... or after it sits all day at while at work. However, if I drop by the fast food joint and shut it down for a few minute then go to start it back up. I will often get a stutter at start-up.

  • Anonymous Sep 15, 2008

    I had an '05 F-150, 5.4L, with a similar problem. It only occured during a hot start. I'd turn the key, starter would engage and the engine would either not fire at all or sputter then quit. It generally took three tries to get it started. This would happen 3-4times/month. I've now got an '06 that has the same problem, though only about once every other month. Dealership never had a solution. One mechanic told me to turn the key harder...gee, thanks.

  • 06 f150 Oct 14, 2008

    O6 F-150 Hesitates or sputters when starting...usually have to try 2 to 3 times for a normal start.... recently having problems with instument cluster as well.... all warning lights will turn on and all gauges will die while vehicle is running eventually causing it to stall...

  • Pat71 Dec 04, 2008

    I have the same problem with my 06 F150. Seems to not start when hot. It always starts in the morning and after sitting at work all day. Brought it to the dealer and it wouldn't do it while it was there all day. If I go out and shut it down for a few minutes then I go to start it it wil do it, sputter and not start on the first try. Ford needs to find a solution soon.

  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

    My 2006 F-150 sputters after I brake and the rpms go low. Seems like it has a difficult time settling into a proper idle. Have had similiar starting problems like others have described. Turn the key, seems like the engine kicks, release the key and it's a no go. Ford needs to get a handle on this. This is very difficult for a shop to troubleshoot. If there are any Ford mechanics out there, help. I'm going to try higher octane fuel, along with additive and injector cleaners next.

  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    i have the same problem. It starts ok when it has set all night but from a hot start it will not start unless you mash the gas. my truck is showing miscellaneous misfires on all cylinders, but mainly on cylinder 7. Also when I am setting still when I am in drive or reverse it has a skip and sputter. It is currently in the shop for this problem. It is NOT the coil packs,coil wires,ejecters,fuel filter,or gas pump.



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  • wallaceanna Mar 14, 2009

    I, too, have a similar starting problem...but mine goes deeper. I have a 2006 F150 w/ the 4.6L V8, not the 5.4L V8. The starting issue you all describe it the same thing I experience, expect for that mine happens on both hot starts and cold starts. There seems to be no ryhme or reason to the problem. Same as most of you, Ford dealership can't recreate the issue, therefore can't find a solution. No codes have ever been tagged. Now, here is where it gets deeper... Twice in the last 4 months the truck has went into "Limp Home" mode and the gold colored wrench lights up on the dashboard. According to the owners manual that light indicates a problem w/ the electronic throttle body. Both times this has happened it has been when going from reverse into drive. As soon as you put it in drive the truck kind of goes "chu-chunk" (almost sounds like a transmission issue) and then the engine dies down and spits and sputters, but never dies (hence, the "Limp-Home" feature). There is barely any acceleration when stepping on the gas. Both times this has happened all I've had to do was to shut off the truck, restart it, and it seems to run fine...light goes away and all. I didn't bring it into the dealership the first time this happened, but I did when this happened 2 days ago. Surprise, surprise it is not tagging any problem codes... however, here is the weird thing- it is showing a code P1000, which indicates the PCM has been cleared by a disconnected battery or manually with another plug in, NEITHER of which has been done. In my opinion it is showing the P1000 code with no valid reason to show it. Could that be a problem with the PCM itself and maybe that is why it isn't tagging any error codes related to the starting issue or the "Limp-Home" mode issue? Keep in mind I have had this truck into my dealership about 4 or 5 times now for the same starting issue, the only time they have ever done anything is to replace the electronic throttle body back in Oct 08. I think they only did that to appease me. Now I think it's awfully weird that this starting issue has never gone away, and after they replaced the throttle body the limp-home mode thing has happened twice, not to mention the incorrect P1000 code coming up at the most recent dealership visit. I just can't imagine that all of these issues aren't connected somehow. Someone PLEASE help! My dealership, whom I feel for, can't fix it because, of course, it has technician syndrome and won't act up while there. They have contacted the Ford engineers and the only recommendation they had was to keep my service ticket open so that if it happened again it would still be covered under factory warranty. What the hell are they doing to cover under warranty if they can't find anything to fix in the first place? I, along with my service advisor, is worried that this is going to become more regular and maybe even one day leave me stranded somewhere. Has anyone here got any ideas? I need the advice!

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The ford dealership has my truck now, they said it was the injectors leaking and not holding gas in the fuel rail for start up, and that would also fix the sputtering problem i have. I will know for sure no later than wensday 2/4/09 if that fixes the problem. I will post the results when i get my truck back

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  • shawnmerritt Feb 02, 2009

    I now have my truck back and it runs and starts great. The ford place changed the injector on the # 7 cylinder( it was leaking)

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I, too, own a 2006 Ford F-150 XL pickup with the V6 4.2 engine, and I have the exact same issue. It only happens to me once every month or two, and seems to be only on a warm start. It either stumbles for a second or two when you first turn the key, or the starter whirs for 4 or 5 seconds and the engine won't start at all. (When that happens, it usually starts fine on a second attempt.)

I believe "shawnmerritt" has the correct answer though. I did a lot of reading on F-150 forums and other people said the problem is due to a leaking fuel injector not holding gas in the rail for a warm start-up. (I guess it doesn't affect a cold start because when cold, the engine computer assumes fuel has already drained back out of the rail?) I don't get any "check engine" light or anything, and my problem hasn't gotten any worse after owning this truck about a year and driving it daily. So I don't think it's a huge concern - but may schedule an appointment to get it fixed anyway.

Also, just FYI: Whoever warned about the spark plugs breaking off in the engine - that issue doesn't affect the 2006's with the V6 4.2 engine, only the V8 models. They used a 2-piece plug that tends to break off in the engine. (Bad design, Ford!))

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2006 F-150 Turn key all light on dash come on as if ready to start, but then nothing... Absolute silence!!! Nothing cranks or turns over... I've put a new starter, battery and altenater within last year... But this just started happening Sunday... Appreciate any advice Thanks Ron...

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I have found out that the stock battery for 06 is ****. change the battery and i believe your problem will be solved. i have 5 friends with 06 f150's and we all had different problems that were solved by replacing the battery.

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It not getting fire to the plugs on my 06 f150 5.4l

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Whenever you turn the key and you feel it turn over, tap the gas a couple times until it starts. temporary fix until you can get a finite solution for this problem.

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