Common F-150 Fuel Pump Problems

An OEM Ford F-150 fuel pump can usually last 100,000 miles or more. But, like any moving part in a vehicle, it may eventually fail. Ignore a failing fuel pump for too long, and you may get stranded. To help you avoid that situation, we cover some of the most common issues to look for on F-150 fuel pumps.

Common Problems With Ford F-150 Fuel Pumps

Your fuel pump sends gas from the fuel tank to the engine. When it starts to fail in your Ford F-150, these are the symptoms to look for:

  • Engine struggles to start
  • Difficulty accelerating
  • Noises from the fuel tank

If the fuel pump isn’t sending enough fuel to the engine, it will be starved of fuel. This can make it difficult to start the engine or accelerate.

Sometimes the fuel pump may only malfunction once it has warmed up. This can result in poor acceleration when overtaking or driving uphill.

A failing fuel pump can also start to whine. When it gets loud enough, you will hear a constant noise coming from the fuel tank.

Specific Ford F-150 Fuel Pump Issues

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While the above mentioned issues are common across all Ford models, the ones listed below are specific to the F-150.

  • Fuel pump fuse failure – most F-150s have two fuel pump relays. If either of these starts to malfunction, your pump won’t work properly. If you turn the ignition key and don’t hear a sound from the pump, or the engine won’t turn over, the fuses may need to be replaced
  • Damaged fuel pump wiring harness – Over time, the F-150’s fuel pump harness can degrade and break. This will stop sending power to the fuel pump relay, and the car won’t start. The harness is usually located on the top of the fuel tank. Also, check the grounding strap to see if it is broken.
  • Ford F-150 fuel pump recalls – The most recent major recall for F-150 models was in 2018 for vehicles fitted with the 3.5-liter V6 engine.
  • Ford F-150 specific error codes – the fuel system includes the pump, tank, injectors and fuel lines. Using an OBD-II code scanner can help you narrow down where the problem is. Some common errors to look for:
    • P0087 – fuel rail pressure is too weak
    • P0627 – fuel pump control circuit error
    • P00C6 – Fuel rail pressure low while cranking

For a comprehensive guide on how to diagnose a failing fuel pump, read our blog here.

OEM Ford F-150 Fuel Pumps From Blue Springs Ford Parts

Once you have diagnosed your fuel pump to be faulty, it’s time to get an OEM replacement part from Blue Springs Ford Parts.

We have a 30-year history of selling wholesale Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury parts. Being one of the largest Ford parts departments in the US means we stock just about any part you need for your F-150. And every OEM part is backed by Ford’s replacement parts warranty.

So, whether you need a pump assembly, pump driver module, or fuel pump, get in touch with our team today. For an even greater saving, install your F-150 fuel pump using our comprehensive guide.