Ford Expedition owners have reported 43 problems related to brake hoses, lines/piping, and fittings (under the service brakes category).
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Expedition. While independently performing routine service on the vehicle, the contact noticed that the brake line was corroded. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 107,000.
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Brake line failure due to rust. Cars previously had dual hydraulic systems. If one failed, the other still worked. That is no longer true. It's all one hydraulic system and if a leak occurs, there is no secondary system; only the emergency brake is available to stop the vehicle. And now, in new cars, the emergency brake has switched to electric. Previously you could gradually apply the manual emergency brake to slow down after a hydraulic failure, but no more. I have now had 2 rust induced brake line failures in my 2004 Ford Expedition, and thankfully, a working emergency brake was able to stop the vehicle before a major accident occurred. New cars no longer have this same luxury of an emergency brake. They have only the electric parking brake - no graduated controls, no manual intervention. And the new auto braking systems are great to prevent rear end collisions, but only when the hydraulic pressure is working. You need to consider bringing back the dual hydraulic system and the manual (gradually) emergency brake.
While driving down the road at approx 35 mph, the vehicle in front of me stopped hard. I immediately stepped hard on my brakes. The brakes initially applied and then failed. I swerved into a parking lot and applied my brakes again with no success. My brake pedal went to the floor. I then put the gear selector in park while moving at a fairly high rate of speed in order to stop. The vehicle ground to a halt. The vehicle was towed to a repair facility and I was notified that the brake line was rusted and due to the pressure of attempting to stop hard, the line ruptured and the entire braking system failed.
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The brake line that is routed to the rear brakes rusted completely through, causing me to lose all braking function hence, control of my vehicle. I had to run off into a ditch to miss a slowing vehicle. After I had come to rest in the ditch there was an engine fire caused by brake fluid spraying onto the hot engine exhaust manifold. Fortunately, I had a fire extinguisher on board, so I was able to put the fire out before there was any damage. The interesting thing about this incident is that there is another line that runs parallel with the defective line that shows zero evidence of corrosion.
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My vehicle experienced total brake failure as I approached a four-way stop intersection on a rural county highway. Inspection by auto repair technicians revealed my brake lines had rusted and had experienced several ruptures. The technicians said the rust was the result of Ford's decision to install steel brake lines in the vehicle, rather than aluminum. When exposed to the salt prevalent on local roadways in the winter, they easily rust out long before the vehicle even approaches the beginning of the end of its life.
Abrupt, no warning(on digital dash) loss of braking ability. On stopping while pulling in a parking space in a parking garage, brake pedal went to the floor. Vehicle did stop without hitting concrete wall. Very scary getting the vehicle out of the garage from the 5th floor to be placed on a roll back. Dealer states brake lines have rusted and drained brake fluid causing catastrophic brake failure. Stated they have seen this before.
In driveway upon depressing the brake pedal, to put car in gear, brake pedal went to the floor. No brakes at all. No warning. No lights indicating failure ahead of time. Both brake lines that go from master cyl, to abs unit rusted through. Upon for dealer replacing both lines on a test drive frt driverside brake line failed due to rust. Cost $976 for those rusted out lines and still 3 ore badly rusted, to go. Hardly safe with severely rusted lines. When those two lines burst,(at same time) no backup brake system in affect.
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Experienced a near complete brake failure due to sudden loss of brake fluid. I was able to make it home as the incident occurred on an interstate within a mile of my residence. Cavalier Ford at chesapeake sq. Had just done "the works" package oil change just 2 hours earlier and reported that brake lines were checked and everything was "green. " I had the vehicle towed back to cavalier Ford and the service manager reported to me that my brake line was rusted through near the front axle. The vehicle has been kept and maintained in chesapeake, va and I am the original owner. The service desk was very surprised because there is little road salt conditions in this area during winter.
Brake line above fuel line completely rusted through. Luckly I was stopped for fuel and lost brake pressure. Upon inspection at my local garage, all brake lines were rusted to the point all were replaced. Upon closer inspection, the rear suspension parts are rusting underneath the coating that covered the suspension parts. I realize the vehicle is 14 years old, but I have much older vehicles that have zero rust. Just for the record, we have years that we have no snow, so my exposure to salt roads is very limited. Items such as brake lines and suspension parts should be made of a better quality material. After all, this vehicle still has the original exhaust system! regardless of age, with just over 77k miles this is a serious safety issue.
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I have talked to a few other owners of Ford Expeditions (later models 2004-2008) and there is a definite issue with rust and other components rusting out. It seems to be a serious issue with rust esp when the brake lines are basically all rusted out in the front of the vehicle. Also the cross member frame underneath has a lot more than acceptable amount of rust, never seen this much even with a truck I have now a 1997 Dodge with 190,000 miles doesn't even come close to the rust I see with the Ford. Rust bubbles on the rear lift gate handle area and just about all around the window areas and the hood. Mind you that the time we've had the vehicle only maybe a handful of times it was out in snow or even rainy weather - low miles for the year 67,000/8 years+. The lines and rust repair will cost money $$ to fix I believe that Ford knows there's an issue and stiffs the consumer knowing that the materials rust out causing a very unsafe vehicle to drive. Anybody for a class action lawsuit here?.
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I was driving up to a traffic light, in my 2004 Expedition. Coming to a stop. A good thing, I was not driving to fast, or had to make a sudden stop quickly. There was not a vehicle in front of me ,thanks to god! had my foot on the brakes, and the pedal went down to the floorboard. Now I have no brakes at all. The indicated lights, for brake fluid came on. So, I stop to refill brake fluid. There, I notice a busted brake line. I have only seeing this in the movies, I have been driving for 30 now. I could have lost my life, or taken someone else life. After looking online. I have seeing, others with some of the same problem, with the 2004 Expedition. But there no recalls, and I know Ford motor have heard of this, and others too, that is the place to do something for the safety of the people(small). But nothing is being done! .
The vehicle was being driven in normal operation when the brake pedal went to the floor and the brake system became ineffective. Vehicle was towed to a brake shop where the brake line on the frame on the driver's side near the door was found to be corroded through and leaking. The brake shop found all metal brake lines corroded and recommended replacement.
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Brake line ruptured in rear of vehicle when pulling into service station hauling my travel trailer. Was told the line was completely rusted through and this is a common problem on these model year vehicles. I find totally crazy to find brake lines rusting on a vehicle of this age. I was also told the rear control arms need to be replaced because of the rust. I know this was an issue on the windstars and it was recalled Ford need to take care of this. Thank god it happened at the station and not hauling my kids to the campground. This needs to be addressed due to the fact there are thousands of these vehicles still on the roads. I know if I call Ford they will tell me its not in warranty that's why I contacted you. They cover airbags and seatbelts for life they should cover brake lines.
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Was driving when brakes went completely out when I went to stop at a stop sign. . Cause due to rust corrosion . Brakes giving out could have caused a fatal car accident . Rust has damaged all brake lines and fuel lines . Rust is now moving up the vehicle. Brake lines and fuel lines should have a protected coating or made with a non corrosion metal. I had no idea that my brake line was rusted out till my brakes gave out. These vehicle need to be recalled and have new lines. Also have a protected coating applied under the vehicle to stop rust. Very very dangerous driving around not knowing that you have rust under your vehicle eating away at your brake lines and fuel lines.
Ford Expedition 5. 4l 2001 - sudden brake failure while traveling 25 mph in parking lot. Brake lines rusted through caused sudden brake failure. Car had undercarriage cleaning frequently during winter months and there was no indication of any problems. When replacing the brake lines, owner was informed that the upper and lower rear control arms were rusted through as well and that immediate replacement was necessary to avoid the rear track arm failure which which results in dropping the rear axle and complete loss of vehicle control. Vehicle was purchased new in June 2001 and maintained continuously. Owner has possession of corroded control arms after repair for evidence in NHTSA investigation. Nhtsa is encouraged to contact the owner of vehicle for inspection of failed parts for investigative support. . This is a manufacturers defect and vehicles need to be recalled and parts replaced to avoid loss of vehicle control, accidents, injury and fatalities due to Ford motor company negligence.
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I previously reported 3 failures of the brake system on this vehicle due to corroded brake lines under NHTSA id# 10491754. This past weekend I just had a fourth brake failure due to a coroded brake line in 11 months. This brake line runs along the left front below the engine bay.
Driving the vehicle and I attempted to stop and the brake pedal went to the floor, even after pumping the brakes. Soon afterward the low fluid light went on. I had the vehicle taken to my licensed mechanic who diagnosed the problem as a rusted through brake line. Several other locations were heavily rusted and leaking as well. I was very fortunate not to hit anyone, especially since I had 5 children in the vehicle with me at the time of the incident. I have been the only the owner and ordered the vehicle new from Ford. This vehicle is lightly used and not garaged.
Brake line running across the front end of the vehicle ruptured due to rust causing loss of brake fluid and loss of braking. I had a local garage replace the ruptured line and inspect the other lines. I was advised they were all rusted but they did not see a need to replace them at this time. In October 2012 I had another brake line rupture, this time it was a brake line running along the frame rail on the driver's side to the back brakes. This also caused a loss of brake fluid and loss of braking. I had it repaired at a different repair shop. I also had him inspect all other lines and again I was told the other brake lines were rusted but he saw no reason to replace any others at that time. On January 6, 2013 I had another brake line failure near where the brake line failed in October 2012 (the other brake line running parallel) again causing a loss of brake fluid and loss of braking. Both repair facilities informed me this is a common problem. I also went to different repair facility to have maintenance performed when they saw my new brake lines, they asked what happened. When I told them they said, "OH it's a common problem" I can not understand how the federal government allows vehicle manufacturers to make brake lines out of a material so prone to corrosion. There is no other safety device on a vehicle more important than the brakes. What good are the anti-lock brakes you mandate if the brake lines fail?.
On September 4, 2011 attempting to apply my brakes due to a vehicle that abruptly stopped without warning my vehicle would not stop feeling as if the brakes were not gripping I hit the rear of the vehicle in front of me. Prior to the accident the Ford dealership changed the rear brake to include installing a new rear brake line kit stating there was nothing wrong with the front as they had not worn down yet. Not know much about abs I inquired about why the rear brakes were worn and the front brakes were still good, I cannot remember the explanation the service representative gave but I felt it was not right. Six months later my brakes donã‚t allow me to stop when an emergency arises putting my children and myself in danger along with the people in front of us had we already been on the freeway. I canã‚t say for sure if it was the front or the rear brakes that slowed the vehicle down but it did not attempt to stop coming into a downhill curve unto the freeway. There was no hesitation in the brakes no matter how hard I pressed them to stop. After having my vehicle checked at the body shop it was determined there is a problem with the abs but Ford is refusing to acknowledge the problems.
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Brake lines failed and lost 90% of brake power.
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Expedition. The contact was traveling 35 mph when the brakes on the vehicle failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and the contact was advised that the brake lines had rusted through. The manufacturer stated that corrosion damage to the vehicle is what caused the brake failure. The contact has filed a complaint with the manufacturer. The contact feels that the corrosion should not be a factor because they do not live in a snow environment. The failure mileage 66710 and the current mileage 68000.
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Brake failure due to brake line rust.
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Expedition eddie bauer. Upon starting the vehicle he attempted to shift it out of park and the brake pedal depressed to the floor. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where he was informed the brake lines for the front brakes were rusted through. Those brake lines were repaired. The failure has not recurred since but he examined his vehicle and noticed the brake lines for the rear brakes were very rusty. The vehicle was not taken to be examined and has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 58,900. The VIN was unavailable.
Brake lines rusted and leaked causing sudden loss of most braking. I bought this Ford new in July of 2003. After the brake failure, the vehicle was towed. I had all brake lines replaced, and still have the piece which leaked. The shop said it is because the brake lines are routed on top of the frame rails, and salt builds up. But I've lived in this area all my life (I'm 66) and had many older or higher mileage vehicles, but never had this happen before. I understand that you are investigating chevy brake line failure, and think you should include Fords.
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the brake light illuminated. He turned the vehicle around to return home and the brake pedal extended to the floor when it was depressed. The vehicle continued to roll forward, and the emergency brake had to be applied. The contact inspected the brake components and noticed several failures with the front and rear brake line. He called the dealer and asked if Ford would cover the cost of the repairs, but was informed that the vehicle was out of warranty. The failure and current mileages were 57,295. Updated 07/29/08 the consumer stated the brake line failed due to corrosion. The consumer stated the material that was used was defective. The brake line should have been made of stainless steel or other corrosion reistant material. Updated 08/07/08.
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|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Service Brakes problems||
|Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problems||
|Brake Disc Rotor problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||
|Brake Disc Pads problems||
|Brake Master Cylinder problems||
|Brake Abs Warning Light problems||
|Brake Foundation Components problems||
|Brake Pedal And Linkage problems||