Hesitation and bucking

Tiny
DLDOMES
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  • 2007 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 53,189 MILES
Hi Guys,
I have been fighting this for two months now. My Mechanic and two Ford service writers do not know what to make of it.

So far I have heard of several people having similar issues but no one has posted any updates for what the fix was.

Once warm, The engine will buck or hesitate, usually when maintaining cruising speed or sitting at a light in drive. When out of gear it idles smoothly, when accelerating it is smooth and after the initial moment has a lot of power.

Once in September I had a message come up on the com that said "running at reduced power". Everything seemed normal and It quit a minute later and never happened again.

I have had the injectors cleaned, changed the fuel filter, air Filter, ran two tanks of high octane all to no avail.

Scan showed that one cylinder ran hot one time, but no other codes.

Any ideas?
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Friday, November 5th, 2010 AT 8:16 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

It sounds like the engine is misfiring which can cause the reduced power light to come on. Can you check the codes? Here is a guide to help you see what you are in for:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/checking-a-service-engine-soon-or-check-engine-light-on-or-flashing

The MAF could be an issue. Try cleaning it to see if it takes care of the problem. They make a special cleaner for them. You can get it at most parts stores. Let me know if it makes a change.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/mass-air-flow-service

Please let us know what you find.

Cheers
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Saturday, November 6th, 2010 AT 10:23 PM
Tiny
DLDOMES
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Thanks,
We are checking the MAF now and will try it on the highway tonight.

Another mechanic that has tried to diagnose it said that it feels like a coil, but which one? Apparently the codes do not come up very quick on Fords, your thoughts?

I have not had a code come up since the one " running at reduced power" late summer.
The other thing that is funny, when running on cruise control it seems less violent.
Thanks.
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Monday, November 29th, 2010 AT 8:39 PM
Tiny
DLDOMES
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The MAF apparently is okay.
Next issue is the coils; a Ford service manager said check the top of the coils as often they will crack if there is a problem.
Next the plugs; they are supposed to be good for 100,000 miles but require servicing three times in that span and are a three part plug and require a special extractor to ensure you get them out. "Recommended dealer only" in case one does not come out cleanly.
Wow!
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Monday, November 29th, 2010 AT 9:04 PM
Tiny
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I could be a coil, but it should set the engine code and identify which cylinder is causing the misfire.
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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 AT 12:12 AM
Tiny
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There is no evident cracks showing on the coils. I guess the next step is to take it to Ford to have the plugs checked.

I do not like having to do that.
Any other ideas?
Thanks.
Darrell
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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 AT 3:50 PM
Tiny
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Darrell,
The only thing that has my attention is the number one cylinder. Has anyone checked the compression in that cylinder? You could have a burnt valve. Also, if you remove the plug from that cylinder, what does it look like? Has the crank sensor been checked? Finally, is the vehicle still under power-train warranty?
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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 AT 4:50 PM
Tiny
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Unfortunately, no it is not. I am going to be taking it in to get that checked, and will ask to see what it looks like, compression and crank sensor. Apparently it has a three part plug that likes to seize and I do not want to chance of it fracturing.
I would like to know why specifically the number one?
I will post the results.
Thanks
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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 AT 1:37 AM
Tiny
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I look forward to hearing from you.
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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 AT 1:02 PM
Tiny
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Okay they replace the MAF sensor and did a tune up and now the problem is gone. Thanks for your help 2Carpros!
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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 AT 4:00 PM
Tiny
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According to your first post, "scan showed that one cylinder ran hot one time."
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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 AT 4:25 PM
Tiny
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Did you ever have any luck with the hesitation? Mine is doing the exact same thing.
I want to sell it, but need to fix this first.
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Monday, August 31st, 2015 AT 8:02 PM
Tiny
JGKRUEGER
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I just had this hesitation problem fixed on my F150. It turned out to be two broken and clogged catalytic converters. The truck was okay at idle and at low city speeds but could not push the exhaust pressure out at high throttle. $1,400.00 later, it runs just fine again.
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Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 AT 3:44 AM
Tiny
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Great addition to this thread! Please feel free to help out whenever you are on the site. :)

Cheers, Ken
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Sunday, May 6th, 2018 AT 4:31 PM

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