We hear complaints about the Ford EcoBoost engine all the time – especially in rainy or humid conditions. But a new lawsuit, filed on January 6, specifically pertains to the 5.0-liter, V-8 engine and excessive oil consumption. It affects 2018 to 2020 models.
As reported by CarComplaints.com, the owners filing suit allege that the excessive oil consumption causes the engine to fail at any speed (i.e. potentially while at highway speed) and that Ford is concealing this from consumers.
This lawsuit is still in the early, early stages, so we aren’t likely to see any movement on this soon. But let’s point out a few key points.
Specifically, the lawsuit alleges:
- F-150 engines have a defect that allow oil into the combustion chambers, which is then burned off and reduces the amount of oil in the engine.
- There is a decrease in fuel efficiency.
- Carbon deposits form inside the engine and damage the ignition and emissions components.
- Piston and piston ring assemblies also have defects, which cause the engine oil to enter the combustion chamber.
- The engine oil isn’t separated from the combustion cycle and is instead burned and consumed.
Additionally, the lawsuit refers to several technical service bulletins (TSBs), one of which instructed technicians to replace the engine block if the excessive oil consumption persisted. But the lawsuit alleges at some point technicians were told to stop replacing the engine and just add more oil “as necessary.”
The bottom line F-150 oil consumption lawsuit
The original class action suit has more than 84-pages associated with it, so clearly there’s a lot more being alleged than we can summarize in five bullet points and 300 words. So, we’ll keep an eye on any developments and let you know if anything comes of the lawsuit.
If you have an 2018-2020 F-150, have you noticed any oil consumption issues?