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Old 01-11-2019, 10:46 AM   #1
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Just bought a 2018 F150 4x4 in December. Has about 1,500 miles so far. Happened to be driving real slow this morning with windows down. As you drive real slow and let off the gas, a short ticking clicking sound can be heard. I tried it all the way out of our neighborhood. Did it all the way out. Seemed to stop after the truck got warmed up on the hwy drive. Has anyone else heard this or had this problem? Any fix?
Taking to the dealer in the morning. Just a little down about it. Havent had it a month and already taking it to the shop for check up. Got on a ford forum and it seems to be happening to a lot of 2018s with the 10 speed.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:12 AM   #2
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I can't hear well, but my 2012 5.0 had what sounded like lifter ticking for the 180K that I had it. The 2018 I currently have does the same. IDK what it is, but I wish it didn't.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:20 AM   #3
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Exhaust leak possibly. As it heats up, metal expands and the sound goes away. Wouldn't seem likely on a brand new truck though.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:25 AM   #4
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Thanks for the post. I just got a 2018 150. Ive put a little over 800 miles on it and haven't noticed what you are describing. Now I'll probably drive myself crazy trying to notice it.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:27 AM   #5
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Might be the electric fuel pump you are hearing.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:30 AM   #6
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Sorry Bull. I probably would have never noticed either if I hadnt been in drive through line getting dinner last night. First time I had driven any distance with windows down. Cant hear it with windows up. Then this morning, testing it again, just barely accelerating then letting off the gas, you can hear the short tick/click burst. Seemed to stop once truck got warmed up. I was really listening for the high pitched whistle sound i heard while accelerating. Ha Ha
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:34 AM   #7
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My wife got a new Exped a few years ago and it started that tapping sound.

Sounded like the valves needed adjusting. They found metal shaving in the oil pan.

Could never find the exact problem.

Long story short Ford eventually replaced the entire engine.

It spent 8 of the first 12 months we had it in the shop.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:43 AM   #8
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Oh crap! Randy, that sucks. Thats not what i needed to hear. haha. Im taking it to the shop tomorrow. I just dont want them saying "well, thats the way they all sound" or "well, we dont hear it".
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:53 AM   #9
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Oh crap! Randy, that sucks. Thats not what i needed to hear. haha. Im taking it to the shop tomorrow. I just dont want them saying "well, thats the way they all sound" or "well, we dont hear it".
Sorry to spook you, maybe I should have kept my story to myself.

I've heard others just like hers making the same sound and they are still going down the road.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:59 AM   #10
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You might be hearing the injectors if it’s got direct injection. Will it run on E85? Which engine do you have?
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:59 AM   #11
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This doesnt seem to be affecting the operation of the truck, its just not supposed to sound like that. i dont want it to get worse and turn into something major and end up like your wifes expedition.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:00 PM   #12
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This is common on many 2018 5.0ís. Ford has a TSB for it.

https://www.f150forum.com/f118/2018-...2354-a-432813/

You may also notice a knocking sound at idle, also common/normal. You will also eventually hear a squeal when the truck shifts from 1st to 3rd. Also considered normal.

You can either take it in now or just have Ford do all the TSB and recall (frozen door latch and seat belt) at your first oil change.

So far I really like my 2018 5.0. Like the 10sp transmission. But dangit if these trucks donít sound like absolute crap at idle.




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Old 01-11-2019, 12:01 PM   #13
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5.0.
10 speed
Its brand new. Just got it Dec 15.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:02 PM   #14
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I have a 15 5.0 and my truck does it too. 71K miles so far no issues, I just ignore it.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:04 PM   #15
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I read some of those ford forums too. A TON said that TSB deal didnt solve the problem at all. And yep, I have that whistle/whine upon acceleration, as gears are shifting and it does seem to be worse on the first 3 shifts. My wife said it sounds like a mini jet whistling on take off. So, is that just the way they are "supposed" to sound? Just something gotta live with? Just doesnt seem right.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:09 PM   #16
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I just bought a 2018 4x4 V8 and mine whistles on initial acceleration as well, and when itís idling I also hear the ticking
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:15 PM   #17
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You might be hearing the injectors if itís got direct injection. Will it run on E85? Which engine do you have?
My same thought as well. Direct Injection is notorious for this across every brand of vehicle.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:23 PM   #18
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I dont have a ford, but mine does it too. Its a common problem on the Ram pickups that there is a slight leak in the exhaust system around where the manifold collector joint connects to the down-pipe, and once it heats up it expands and seals the leak. Could be that or something similar. Could also be a pulley. Had a Chevy that did that.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:23 PM   #19
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My 2018 5.0 does the exact same thing. Took it to dealer and they said it was nothing and cranked 3 trucks on lot that did the exact same thing. If you find something different Iíd like to know.


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Old 01-11-2019, 01:30 PM   #20
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Im taking mine in tomorrow. So, are we just supposed to "live with" the noise? Seems like theres a lot of them making the noises. Just doesnt seem right for a brand new 50,000 dollar truck to make those noises. Does it?
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:28 PM   #21
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A better sound on that 5.0 is heavy acceleration from a slow roll....Boy that Coyote can really yelp out an awesome growl!
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:52 PM   #22
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Just to be sure, it’s not a rock or something else you may have picked up in the tire tread?
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:58 PM   #23
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I didn't have the same truck, but the last half ton I had, until the oil warmed up, it had a slight tick. It was considered normal, and I never had an issue. My dad has the same engine I had, his still does it. Never been an issue. Take it in and verify it's all good, but don't worry about it too much.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:12 PM   #24
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Ive had the idle tick/click in my Fords in the past too. This really not a tick at idle and its not constant. When you slowly push on the gas, then let off, it does a short burst of clicking. Very short burst. Then it stops until you let off the accelerator, then it does the short click burst again. The whistle/whiny noise is constant though. Even sitting in idle. You can slowly mash on the pedal, and you can hear the the whistle slowly raise tone. Not a grinding. More of a whistle/whiny sound. haha. hard to explain with words. haha
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:44 PM   #25
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Look up 'wastegate rattle' on youtube and see if that is your sound. Maybe that is only with the ecoboost, idk. I have a '17 F150 3.5 and I've never heard a truck with so many clicks, pops, rattles, whistles, and buzzes. It even buzzes when it's parked and I walk by it. Oh well, it's really fun to drive.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:54 PM   #26
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This started in 2018 with there new Plasma Arc coated cyl walls and there's lots of people complaining so far, from what I heard is that the coated cyl walls and there piston skirt clearances are the issue but I doubt Ford will do anything about it until motors start to blow up.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:56 PM   #27
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VCT issue probably. Variable cam timing is not just limited to Fords. Other mfgs have had issues as well. Disconnect the plug to the VCT and see if it stops. Sometimes a reflash of the PCM will solve it------------for a while.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:27 PM   #28
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Drive it like you stole it. Should be under warranty blow that sucker up! Just kidding hope they find the problem nothing like buying a new truck and having problems.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:34 PM   #29
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I know on the 2018 Mustang 5.0 Ford has been replacing engines with that tick. Many mustang owners with engine failure. As mentioned above its the Plasma arch cylinder wall.
Lots of new short blocks being replaced.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:14 PM   #30
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Mine has the sound of an exhaust leak ticking sound as well. That along with a constant whine and the transmission feels like it is going to fail at any minute. Only 8000 miles in......

Mine was built in Detroit. Co-worker has the exact same year/model built in Ohio I believe. No ticking or whining, but same transmission issues.

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Old 01-11-2019, 10:51 PM   #31
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My ‘14 Silverado runs flawlessly so not real sure what the problem is.
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