Question for Those Who Have Had or Are Having Cam Phaser Noise
So I had lunch with a long-time buddy who works as a Service Writer for a local Ford dealer. I am interested in buying a 2004-2008 F150 for my son when he turns 16 so I have been researching this cam phaser issue. I asked him about how big of a problem is this, really? He said they only see it on trucks that have been using non-Motorcraft oil filters, specifically Fram. He said the Fram filters are coming apart and the little paper bits are getting jammed in the phasers. He told me that on trucks that they service there at the dealer where he knows they are using only Motorcraft filters, they have never had a failure. He's been at that same dealer for considerably longer than the 3V Tritons have been in existence.
So, for folks who have had these problems, does this explanation hold up? Has anybody used only Motorcraft filters and still had a failure?
1971 F100 Explorer 302/C4
1974 F350 Wrecker 390/T18
1978 Ranchero GT 351M/C4
1991 F150 SuperCab 4x4 7.5L/ZF5
2006 Freestyle 3.0L/CVT