Do CAM phasers go out often

Tiny
TTRKN
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  • 2004 FORD F-150
  • 12,500 MILES
I am looking at purchasing an 2004 fx4 with the 5.4 and it was making ticking noise. The dealer said it was the cam phasers, is this a common problem?
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Saturday, September 10th, 2011 AT 3:51 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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No, it isn't a common problem. They are strong engines. The one concern I have with these engines is this. The spark plug threads are very shallow. There have been reports of plugs actually shooting out of the heads. I have never experienced that, but I have experienced the threads coming out with the old spark plugs. If that doesn't happen, they usually break with only the threads stuck in the head. They have developed tools to remove them. Before, we had to remove the head and send them to a machine shop to have them heli coiled and repaired. NOT A FUN OR CHEAP JOB! Back to your original question, it isn't common, but it does happen.
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Saturday, September 10th, 2011 AT 4:56 AM

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