2020 Ford F-150 Using Excessive Oil
Hi, I have a 2020 F-150 5.0L V8 that’s using excessive oil, and I learned there’s a class action lawsuit about it. How can this become a recall that would require Ford to fix? What is the site that consumers can post their auto issues to, that can make it a recall issue?
Sorry to hear about your F150 troubles. As others have said, I went to war with Ford over my 2018 doing the same thing your 2020 is.
My advice to you would be to get a paper trail going with the dealership. If you haven't done an oil consumption test yet, I would take the truck in, explain your issue, and they will ask you to do one. Most likely they will also replace the PCV valve which was Ford's initial fix (it doesn't work).
It is going to be super inconvenient because Ford requires an oil level check at the dealer every 200 miles. Yeah, I was stopping by there daily for the 3000 mile interval they require you to drive. Most likely, in the end, they will order you a new long block. You'll have to fight to get it, but hopefully your dealer has your back as mine did.
Check the Lemon Law in your state and track the number of days the truck is in the shop. For most states, a vehicle must be out of service for 30 days at a minimum before it can be declared a lemon. In Texas, that 30 days does not have to be consecutive. In my case, it was out over 70 days in 4 months. You'll want to call Ford customer service (I'm sorry because this part sucks) and tell them your situation. They will give you a case number. Be sure to record it, you will need it.
Once the new engine is in, keep an eye on the oil level. It will likely have the same issue. Update Ford customer service. At that point, request a buyback through Ford. One of two things will happen: they will approve it and put you in touch with their RAV (Reaquired Vehicle Team...yes...Ford seriously has an entire team dedicated to doing nothing all day but buying back their lemons), or they will deny it. If they deny it and you have met your state's Lemon Law criteria, hire an attorney and make sure he specializes in Lemon Law cases. They are intricate. A good lawyer will represent you on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing if you lose or upfront and if you win they collect their fees from Ford. That is what I did.
Then basically let the attorney handle it, settle in, and relax. My buyback took 12 months and I was in court, 45 minutes before my case was to be called, when Ford finally relented.
Now, bear in mind you can save ALL this headache by doing what my Dad did when his started eating oil: trade out of it. Thing is your truck is fairly new like mine was, so you'll take a beating on trade and either have to pay off any negative equity or roll it in. Unless your truck is paid for. I don't know your financial situation.
But as for it ever being a recall, that would be up to the NHTSA to determine enough complaints have been made on the issue to force a recall. Ford is a company that sold known bad transmissions in Fiestas and Focuses, so don't expect them to do the right thing.
Best of luck to you my friend.
Just FYI - Ford's "fix" is to quietly make their dipstick longer and adjust where the fill holes are to make it LOOK like the engine isn't consuming oil. Typical shady Ford fix.
For starters, I would sign up and add the issue here:
Hope @mod_man doesn’t mind mentioning him but he’s dealt with this exact issue. I would reach out to him and ask what he went through. (He went through hell to get the issue resolved with Ford).
Supposedly there is progress on the lawsuits. We'll see. I'm a victim of a Ford defect that required a class-action lawsuit with my 15 Focus automatic, and the settlement was pretty bad. Hopefully the lawyers make Ford fix it.
Noticed oil consumption on my '19 F150 5.0 - took in to Ford and they performed the TSB - works great with no more oil consumption since. Here is some great info: