8th Apr 2005, 16:57

Are you sure when you said it didn't pass smog at 20,000, that it wasn't actually 120,000 miles? These old Ford odometers, including my own on a 92 Ford, only have 5 digits.

14th Jul 2005, 02:42

Intermittent wipers are there. You turn the windshield wiper knob backwards.

12th Jun 2007, 19:01

Excellent truck just keeps running work buddy has 81 truck and will not quit. both have over 200,000 with only minor wear repairs.

14th Sep 2007, 08:53

What do I do about these problems...? I have been having the same problems for the last year, I have replaced the coil, battery, EGR, knock sensor, exhaust, alternator... etc and still the damn thing won't work.

I hear people talk about what's wrong with their trucks, but no one is saying how to fix it. I've been to 3 mechanics and still no answer. Can someone please just give me an answer... the damn thing has been towed more than driven.

26th Feb 2008, 19:07

I purchased my f150xlt as a last resort. I was gaming for a dodge ram 95 make. Lucked out on the auction. I have to say I'm utterly satisfied with it. My valve covers leak which will be about 150.00 to fix, but aside from that the truck starts up everytime. It's just now starting to rust, but the truck is in remarkable shape to be an 86'. Runs smooth, rides smooth, and gets up when I need it to. It's a Fantastic truck to own. The only other problem I have with it is the factory radio doesn't work with tapes until the truck heats up. Even the air conditioning and heat work just fine. A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

26th Feb 2008, 20:40

Why will it cost $150 to fix the leaking valve covers? On an '86 they are simple to remove, and a new set of valve cover gaskets only costs about $20. It's something that you could replace in a couple hours of leisurely work.

7th Mar 2008, 07:24

I have owned my own 85 and worked on my friend's 86'. Both had 302 autos 4x4. I had both runnin like a champ. As for interior stuff dash, headliner It is an 86 it is 22 years old if they sit in the sun all the time that is going to happen.

28th Aug 2008, 19:15

I have a 1986 Ford F150. It only runs smooth when it's in drive.

It's is my first truck. I paid 1600 for it about a year ago and they say it had 80,000 miles. Is there any real way to tell if the miles have rolled over. Please email me at dave5036@comcast.net if you know.

6th Nov 2008, 23:39

I am thinking about buying an 86 F150 XLT but don't know if it will fit in my garage. If anyone knows how long this truck is from bumper to bumper, please email me at garrettglaser@gmail.com. Thank you!

20th Jan 2009, 18:09

Well the guy that said he had all these problems with his truck, and had 3 mechanics look at it or whatever. I've personally had the problem, and so did my friend, and everybody says it's not the computer, but still I've changed mine and my buddy's, and they're still running strong at 290,000 miles.

But before you put anymore money in your truck, I would go to a junk yard and get one or pullin save. That's where I got mine, or if you've got the money, go price a new computer. But overall I would seriously consider changing that computer.

30th Jun 2009, 03:31

I have an 86 F150 302FI XLT Lariat (short bed) auto, 4x4. It seems like it's starving for fuel. Replaced the high pressure (inline) fuel pump and filter, fuel pressure reg., EGR valve and sensor, air bypass solenoid, air charge temp sensor, MAP sensor, and am about to replace the low pressure in tank pump and sending unit (s) (dual tanks). It will run normally but when you put your foot in the gas it wants to die. Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks.

21st Aug 2009, 19:48


I have and '86 F150 Stepside with a 302 5.0 engine. It has 122,000 miles on it and runs like it has 22,000 on it. Of course the dash is going to start to crack on an old truck. These trucks hold up great with care, and as they age they will need to have certain parts replaced, but the 302 motor is hard to kill, the tranny is solid, and my truck turns heads everywhere it goes. Take care of your truck and you won't have issues.

20th Feb 2010, 09:32

There are two fuel filters on the F150s with dual tanks. One is the inline that you can see, and the other is a cartridge that is inside a cup that you unscrew to get at. It is under the truck along the frame rail on the drivers side. Don't bother replacing it, just remove it, clean out the bowl and reinstall without the filter. You still have the inline filter you can see. Good luck...


19th Dec 2010, 08:37

On the topic of the F150 that will not accelerate when you put your foot in it. I had the same problem with my 86 F150 3 years ago, and thought it was the motor. After installing a brand new motor, I was informed that the fuel tank selector under the truck mounted on the frame rail also has a fuel filter in it. It is round like an oil filter, and will require an oil filter wrench to remove the cap. The replacement comes with a new o-ring to seal the assembly. After I replaced this filter and the forward mounted fuel filter, the truck ran like a scalded yard ape.

Before dropping the tanks, I would recommend this alternative. The part number for the filter in the selector valve is :Micro Guard - 33268, Fram - CG3862. Good luck with it. I think you will have a new love for your 86.

20th Dec 2010, 17:56

He replaced the entire ENGINE when all he needed was a fuel filter!