Reviews

LAST UPDATED: September 21, 2020

Common Ford 6.2 Engine Problems To Look Out For

For those looking at new or used Fords with the 6.2-liter V8 engine, a handy guide is here for you.

Entering our 7th season of /DRIVE on NBC Sports, and with millions of YouTube and Facebook followers, The Drive is a leading authority of all things automotive.

The Drive on NBCThe Drive on YouTubeThe Drive on Facebook

Your Guide

The Drive and its partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links.Read more.

PUBLISHED ON September 21, 2020

New Ford F-150.
Ford

The Drive and its partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links. Read more.

Manufacturers torture new engine designs. They put them through grueling slogs in the Mojave Desert, freeze their internals in frozen wastelands, and throw every type of weather event imaginable straight at their radiators. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of miles spent on dynos trying to make them explode. 

As such, most new engines are bulletproof. Though now and then, issues arise and can turn into massive headaches for the consumer. Enter Ford’s 6.2-liter V8 engine, a motor used in the company’s Super Duty lineup, as well as a few F-150s, including the last-generation Ford SVT Raptor, which has been fairly reliable. The engine is in the process of being replaced with Ford’s new 7.3-liter V8 gas engine. However, you can still purchase a 6.2-liter V8 in a new Super Duty.

For those looking for a new or used Super Duty or F-150 with the 6.2-liter V8 engine installed, The Drive’s informational team put together this handy reliability guide for all the problems and issues you need to watch out for. 

EXTENDED WARRANTY COVERAGE MORE … FOR LESS

Endurance

Save $350 on an Endurance warranty plan with coupon code: DRIVE350

Going with a factory extended warranty is a good option for basic protection, but you can get more and save more with Endurance, ranked the top extended warranty provider by Consumer Advocates, Consumer Affairs, and Retirement Living.

Get a Free Quote

Save $350 with coupon code: DRIVE350

<br>

CarShield

CarShield — USA’s #1 Auto Protection Provider

CarShield pays claims directly to a US or Canadian ASE-Certified® repair facility of your choice. Our contracts have low or no deductibles to prevent stress to your wallet at a critical time. Never worry about being stranded somewhere after a breakdown. All of our vehicle repair contracts include towing services to transport you and your vehicle to a safe repair facility.

Get a Free Quote

<br>

Carchex

Nationwide coverage for cars new and old

CARCHEX has something for everyone. Have an old car? No problem. Live in California? Not an issue. CARCHEX 's plethora of warranty plans includes options for cars up to twenty years old with up to 250,000 miles, regardless of any existing or expired warranties. Click below or call 1-877-207-3304 for a free quote.

Get a Free Quote

How Reliable Is Ford’s 6.2-liter V8?

If maintained, and the problems below are looked after, your 6.2-liter V8 will last similar mileage as Ford’s other products. Yet, if you don’t, you’re looking at a massive headache. Let’s get into the specifics.

Common Ford 6.2 Engine Problems to Look Out For

Here are the common Ford 6.2-liter V8 engine problems you need to look out for.

Oil Burning

Ford’s 6.2-liter V8 engine could begin to burn off some oil after you cross 100,000 miles on the truck’s odometer. However, that tends to only occur when owners stretch service intervals past the recommended 5,000-mile oil changes.

Repair Costs

Oil changes don’t cost much, at most you’ll be out $30 to $40 each oil change plus a quart here and there if you don’t service the truck every 5,000 miles. 

Water Pump Failure

One repeated issue many consumers have found with the 6.2-liter V8 engine is that the water pump can fail. When that happens, your truck can overheat and cause further damage besides the broken water pump. 

Repair Costs

A water pump for Ford’s 6.2-liter V8 engine costs $75 to $100 minus labor if you get a professional to install it.

Spark Plug Removal and Replacement

Ford’s 6.2-liter engine uses 16 spark plugs, 2-per cylinder. This is to better control the spark and ignition, as well as better fuel economy, performance, and emissions. 

However, Ford’s service manual is very specific about the spark plug removal and replacement method and if done improperly, can lead to catastrophic engine failure or an engine maligned with issues from then on out. 

Repair Costs

Spark plug replacement only costs a DIY their time and the price of spark plugs, which is negligible. However, if you screw the process up, you could internally damage the engine and that is going to get pricey fast. 

EXTENDED WARRANTY COVERAGE MORE … FOR LESS

Endurance

Save $350 on an Endurance warranty plan with coupon code: DRIVE350

Going with a factory extended warranty is a good option for basic protection, but you can get more and save more with Endurance, ranked the top extended warranty provider by Consumer Advocates, Consumer Affairs, and Retirement Living.

Get a Free Quote

Save $350 with coupon code: DRIVE350

<br>

CarShield

CarShield — USA’s #1 Auto Protection Provider

CarShield pays claims directly to a US or Canadian ASE-Certified® repair facility of your choice. Our contracts have low or no deductibles to prevent stress to your wallet at a critical time. Never worry about being stranded somewhere after a breakdown. All of our vehicle repair contracts include towing services to transport you and your vehicle to a safe repair facility.

Get a Free Quote

<br>

Carchex

Nationwide coverage for cars new and old

CARCHEX has something for everyone. Have an old car? No problem. Live in California? Not an issue. CARCHEX 's plethora of warranty plans includes options for cars up to twenty years old with up to 250,000 miles, regardless of any existing or expired warranties. Click below or call 1-877-207-3304 for a free quote.

Get a Free Quote

FAQs On Ford’s 6.2-liter V8

The Drive’s editors understand that not every question can be answered by just stating the problem and its estimated cost of repair, so we’ve put together a host of frequently asked questions and compiled them in one easy to read and understand guide below. You’re welcome!

How Many Miles Will a 6.2-liter V8 Ford Engine Last?

That’s a tricky question to answer as it depends on a host of variables, the biggest of which is how the owner takes care of the truck and its engine. If you treat your truck right and routinely service it, your 6.2-liter will last up to 500,000 miles. Though, if you treat it like an ordinary work truck and beat the ever-living hell of out it, it won’t last long. 

Does Ford 6.2 Have Cylinder Deactivation?

Ford’s 6.2-liter V8 engine does not have cylinder deactivation. It’s classified as a heavy-duty engine and is used in Ford’s Super Duty lineup. As such, cylinder deactivation would not prove useful. 

What Kind of Gas Mileage Does the 6.2-liter V8 Get?

Depending on your driving style, you can hope to return an average of 14 to 15.5 mpgs, or 490 to 542 miles per tank. 

Should I Buy a Ford Powered By a 6.2-liter V8 Engine?

As with any used car purchase, it all depends on your due diligence. 

If you ensure that your used pickup truck has been well-maintained and that the 6.2-liter V8 engine is in sound working order, you won’t have any big issues. That said, if you shoot from the hip and buy something sight-unseen, you may run into the problems, and their very costly repairs, detailed above. 

Always do your homework and get a used car or truck inspected by a certified and reputable mechanic.

More Information On Ford’s 6.2-liter V8 Engine

The Drive has put together a few more resources you can use to educate yourself on Ford’s 6.2-liter V8 engine:

Ford Authority: Ford 6.2L Boss Engine

Ford: Ford Motor Company Issues Two Safety Recalls

Got a question? Got a pro tip? Send us a note: guidesandgear@thedrive.com