There’s no denying that the Ford Raptor is an impressive truck. With its signature off-road capability and high performance, there’s no doubt it’s built to last. Many drivers appreciate the serious performance that the Raptor provides. Still, like any vehicle, it can face its share of issues. Diagnosing problems with your Ford Raptor is important to maintain its performance and capability wherever you go.
Stalling refers to when an engine slows or stops unexpectedly and is one of the most common issues with Raptors. A stall can happen anywhere at any time, so it’s important to know what might cause it. Some of the most common reasons for an engine stall are fuel, engine timing, and sensor issues. Certain fuel issues, like bad gas, bad fuel injectors, and not enough fuel, can affect engine performance. Also, VVT problems, a jumped timing chain, a throttle position sensor, MAF/MAP sensors, and oxygen sensors send signals to the engine to perform. When these go wrong, no report goes to the engine, and it can stall.
Sometimes the engine will simply not start. This is frustrating for any Raptor owner and is potentially dangerous when driving off road. The most obvious reason is a battery issue. A dirty battery terminal can disrupt connections between the battery and the rest of the truck. Similarly, a dead battery will never start. Have a friend charge your battery if it’s dead or check the cables if it’s charged. You may need to check the battery terminals or have the alternator tested as well. Once you’ve checked the battery and determined it’s not the cause, you might need to replace the starter itself.
Overheating in your Raptor is a serious concern. Smoke, a pegged temperature gauge, and a blown head gasket are all effects of overheating. Not to mention, overheating can cause serious damage to your engine and is costly to repair. When you see any of those three symptoms, get your truck checked immediately. Overheating can happen due to low coolant, a bad radiator fan, or even a bad water pump.
One of the main electrical issues a Raptor faces is known according to its OBD II code P0606. This means that the engine control module or powertrain control module (ECM/PCM) failed. You’ll detect this if the service engine light comes on too soon, the PCM misfires, the ABS and Traction Control sensor lights up, and there are shifting problems. The best way to fix this is with a new PCM or have a professional rewire it. Wiring issues, bad grounds, or a defective controller area network (CAN) bus can also cause a malfunction.
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