Lawsuit Investigation Looks Into Ford F-150 Excessive Oil Consumption Problem
Last Updated on October 13, 2022
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are no longer investigating this matter. The information here is for reference only. A list of open investigations and lawsuits can be viewed here.
At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- Anyone who had oil consumption issues with their 2018 Ford F-150.
- What’s Going On?
- Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed on behalf of owners and lessees of Ford’s 2018 F-150. As part of their investigation, the attorneys need to hear from F-150 drivers to learn more about the problem and to determine whether a defect is to blame.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed on behalf of owners and lessees of 2018 Ford F-150s.
Some drivers have complained online that their trucks are consuming oil too quickly and, in some cases, needed engine replacements. If this problem is the result of a manufacturing or design defect, drivers may be able to get their money back for repairs and related expenses.
Why Is My Ford F150 Burning So Much Oil?
This is the very issue attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating. Ford issued a technical service bulletin in May 2019 regarding excessive oil consumption in 2018 Ford F-150s, but the notice said little regarding the cause of the problem. The notice instead provided guidance to dealerships on how to correct the issue. It’s important to note that the bulletin was not a recall notice.
If the oil consumption problem stems from a defect within the vehicles, a class action lawsuit could be filed on behalf of drivers and lessees. In 2017 and 2018, class action lawsuits were filed over a similar issue in certain Chevy and GMC vehicles. The litigation, which settled in 2019, alleged that the oil consumption issue stemmed from the construction and composition of the cars’ piston rings.
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
A class action lawsuit, if filed and successful, could help drivers recover compensation for repairs, rental car costs, loss in the car’s value and other damages related to the oil consumption issue. It could also require Ford to put all affected drivers on notice and offer a fix for the problem.
Drivers Complain of Oil Issues in Ford F150s
This investigation started primarily after dozens of complaints were found online regarding excessive oil consumption in these vehicles. A sample of these complaints can be read below [sic throughout]:
2018 F-150 5.0 Oil disappearing from first oil change, played oil consumption test with dealership several times, contacted Ford after they spoke to dealership they decided to fix by replacing head's which makes little sense to me, after tearing engine down they found scoring in cylinders so they are replacing the whole motor, they have had my truck for 7 weeks, nice huh”
— G2929, CarGurus.com
Now I'm checking oil about every other time I buy gas. On August 15th, the oil was more than a quart low. I had driven less than 3,000 miles since it had been refilled. So I went back to the local dealership. This time they said Ford didn't want me to bring the truck back until it had 10,000 miles on it. They're talking about potentially doing a long block replacement… if the new engine is the same as the replaced engine, what's the gain? So I bought a new truck, that's supposedly ‘Built For Tough’ and we're talking about engine replacement within the first four months. That makes no sense to me. ”
— JC, Pell City, Alabama, CarComplaints.com
I had to go through the consumption test run around twice. Both times they said it was within the normal range and refused to do anything. Consuming more than a 1 qt every 1000 miles is not normal.”
— GuruCK5J4, CarGurus.com
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