Brake Disc Caliper Problems of Ford F-150 - part 1

Ford F-150 owners have reported 60 problems related to brake disc caliper (under the service brakes category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford F-150 based on all problems reported for the F-150.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 09/26/2017

25000 miles. Have to replace front brakes, right front caliper sticking. Rotors, pads, caliper, and hose all have to be replaced. Normal driving no towing or heavy loads. A known problem to Ford and dealers. Ford thinks it's not a safety problem. Since when are low mileage brake failures not a safety problem? huge expense. Ford needs to be accountable. Fortunately this was caught when tires were rotated. No accident or damage.

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Failure Date: 07/26/2017

Front end shaking at and rotors turned under warranty at 15k, same thing at 23k and rotors turned again. Same thing at 35k and still under warranty. Now it is 46k and Ford can't turn rotors because rotors are out of spec. I have never had rotors warp this fast and F-150 is only driven on highway. Ford should fix the calipers or rotors, this is a problem from the factory.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 06/15/2017

Brake pedal going all the way to floor took to dealer he said noting was wrong same day took to local shop they replaced the master clydner and calipers the truck had 36400 miles the repair seam to fix the problem very strange that the dealer did not want to address the issue when coming to a stop break pedal with pressure would go to the floor felt like there was no pedal left by pumping break pedal you could get pressure back but it would go back to floor it also would do this stoped at red light.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 03/15/2017

The right front break keeps over heating even after repeated replacement of calipers rotors and pads. The system locked up and caused heat damage to the flexible line connecting the metal line to caliper and all break components. This ocurred less than 5000 miles after complete break replacement on all tires. The mechanic stated that the driver front still had 99% of its pad. After replacing all components it did it again in less than 100 miles. The shop replaced the caliper and pads saying that it must have been a bad caliper but new one already to hot to touch after only 50 miles. Their \must be a pressure problem as the driver side is cool to the touch and passenger side you can feel the heat at hood level. The truck was made 2-13 dearborn plant. I have noticed a excessive wear on this side of the vehicle since I have owner it. Bought it new. Problem occurred on the highway.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 01/15/2017

Replaced factory front pads with auto parts pads. Then had rotors turned. Bled all four wheels because of air in one caliper. Worked well for few months then heard squealing noise. I checked brakes and both wheels had been worn out same sides of pads badly. One edge of outside of pads on both wheels totally warn out. My driver side rotor damaged and had some cracks. I took pads to auto parts salesman said common on those 150's. I looked up internet if any other owner had same problems and this is a yes. That owner new how to check and verify problem and told his dealer. Dealer fixed problem for free. Problem bad front caliper hoses, especially passenger side. I told my dealer. They said no recall. That doesn't mean no oroblems in my opinion. Please check! thank you. I will send photos when I repair my truck.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 10/10/2016

I noticed the front passenger brake overheating. The place I bought it from agree to replace pads and rotors. That didn't fix it, took it to Ford and they replaced caliper, but that didn't fix it. Now its at Ford again! front passenger brake overheating even more than before! I'm afraid to drive it with my family in it for fear of potential brake failure/fire! truck is at mullinax Ford on northlake blvd in palm beach gardens florida.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 10/03/2016

Brakes are rubbing and dealer has reground front disc brakes twice without fixing problem. Suspect that brake calipers are not completely disengaging after brakes are applied. Brake pedal will go all the way to the floor after applying brakes.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 10/03/2016

Braking system failing, ever since I drove it off the lot after purchase from dealership June 2015, I told them something was wrong with braking system, they say OH no new brakes. I put brand new brakes calipers rotors and pressure hoses on my truck. Every 1800 miles or less braking system is failing, every 1800 mile or less replacing pads and rotors. My pads are wearing so quickly and eating through rotors. As soon as I put new ones on theres brake dust instantly and always. Sometimes truck is braking on its own when not accelerating when I coasting vehicle. I have tried taking it to dealer they say nothing is wrong with it. I have had it for over a year now and it still continues to happen. Something is seriously wrong with this braking system.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2015 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 09/23/2016

I just read an article about the brake failures on the 2015 & 2016 F-150. I have a 2015 F-150 platinum 4x4 with approximately 31,000 miles and experienced a similar event about 2 weeks ago. As I approached a stop signal on my normal route home, the brakes failed when I stepped on the pedal, it acted like the anti-skid brake system had taken over and wouldn't allow the pedal to apply hydraulic pressure to the brake calipers. This was the first and only time it has happened, so I did not report the event to Ford. No damage or injury occurred.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 05/26/2016

The front brakes were not releasing. As I traveled around town completing some errands I smelt the brakes burning. When I returned home I discovered my calipers was not releasing. I have replaced the front rotors, brake lines and calipers.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 04/08/2016

Since December of 2015 we have had to replace brakes rotors and calipers 5 times. Brakes are eating into rotors in less then 800 ,miles. This is both sides front. Ford: the complete caliper assembly, bracket (anchor plate), brake pads, rotors and clips needs to be replaced due to sticking or binding of front brake caliper.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 04/07/2015

Brake pads are severely deteriorating early in their lifespan. Front brake pads and rotors had to be replaced at 25,841 miles. Dealer said it was a caliber hanging up. Happened again at 39,425 miles. Rotor was gouged again on opposite side . Dealer stated caliper and rotors were not defective. Possible defective brake pads. Same failure on my wifes 2013 Ford fusion se.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2013 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 08/07/2014

Loud screeching. Took it to my local mechanic and was told to take my truck to Ford. My calipers may be calibrated incorrectly. The wheels were taken off and the drivers side brakes were engraved due to the metal on metal braking. My finger would be able to fit into the the deep engraved scratch on that brake. The passenger side was not the same but the mechanic said that it was going to happen soon if it's not taken care of quickly. I was told that the brakes, brake pad and rotors were completely ruined. To my amazement the dash board controls state that my brakes are fine. My mechanic said this is a manufactures defect and needs to be seen by Ford.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2006 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 07/18/2014

As a part of regular maintenance I always have well in advance preformed scheduled maintenance on my 06 F-150. On Aug 23 2013 I had my rotors and brake pads all replaced as well as having a hi pressure brake fuild change performed as part of this as suggested by the bill currie Ford dealership in tampa. The truck had 83,996 miles on it at this time of service. The truck was rarely driven after that and used only on short trips. Of 10-20 miles or less after having the brakes serviced. Friday July 18th 2014. . The tuck had only approx. 2000 additional miles on it after the brakes were serviced at bill currie Ford. I and a friend were driving to pickup a washing machine about 30 miles away. Without warning. Upon returning the right wheel began pulling to the right and smoke and a rubber and plastic smell accompanied by smoke starting rising from the right wheel well which was scotching hot. The heat was so intense that when we stopped the plastic wheel cover fell off because its was melted. It was taken to the dealership were the original work was performed. I was informed it was the caliper,that it had seized and that after already having replaced the front rotor several thousand miles before//the right rotor and caliper and brake line would now have to be replaced again. . Because they said. . "we can't tell when a caliper will fail". Now it has cost me $2,300,00 to get my brakes done. . When initially they were still in safe limits. We were lucky this didn't cause a fire or cause the tire to blow out while on the highway.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 05/30/2014

I was traveling along interstate-10 when I detected a the odor of what I thought was brake pads burning. As I pulled over to the side of the road the front end of my truck didn't respond as it normally would turning and I thought my brakes were locking up. I came to a complete stop and put my flashers on and exited my vehicle to inspect my front end. When I approached the front drivers side tire I could smell the something burning and I could feel and extreme amount of heat coming from the tire well area. I noticed the brake calipers were smoking and when I reached down and touched my wheel rim it was so hot it burnt my hand. I later jacked up the front of my truck to inspect caliper and found it completely locked up and wheel would not turn at all. I had to call for assistance and get it to a shop where I found out that there was a TSB Ford put out. I feel like my life was put in danger because I was not warned about this TSB and the brake problems Ford is experiencing. I am extremely angry that Ford has not made this problem more widely known and I find it disturbing that I have to search out, on my on, potential life threatening issues with my vehicle. Please do something about this problem.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 05/23/2014

Severe vibration and pulsing when brakes were applied. I put the truck on my lift and tried to rotate the front wheels, there was severe brake drag, which made rotating the front wheels close to impossible. I removed the wheels and did a visual inspection and found that the inner brake pads were considerably more worn than the outer pads. I then removed the calipers and found that corrosion occurred binding the inner pads to the brake pad holders. I live in the north east and road salt is used in the winter months, this should be taken into consideration when the brakes are designed so that this corrosion can't occur. I corrected the problem by re-placing the rotors and brake pads, using brake lubricant to help prevent the corrosion. Doing this repair corrected the problem.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 06/23/2013

When my steering started to shake when I applied the brakes I removed the wheel and brake calipers to inspect them. The inside rotor surface is not as wide as the outside so the brake pads do not contact the entire surface of the rotor like the outside. It looks to me like the rotor was defective when installed. The brakes have 41000 miles on them and are less than half worn out. They are the original brakes.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2011 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 06/14/2013

At times, I experience a soft brake pedal that will travel almost to the floor. And then at times I will have a harder pedal without the possibility of the pedal traveling to the floor. I have had the brake fluid flushed and this still happens on occasion. I have gone through 3 sets of brake pads on the front of my truck in 60,000 miles. I can hear the secondary pump run for a longer duration at times during start up and if I pump the brakes while stopped with the engine running. When I experience a soft pedal it travels much further before I would come to a stop compared to the harder pedal feel. Also, at times it feels as if the harder pedal needs more force to experience any "normal" braking power. After experiencing this situation, then some time later I would experience a normal brake pedal. I have had my vehicle serviced at the dealer for this situation for abnormal brake wear and pedal feel, but still have had no fix for the issue. I just replaced a front brake caliper and I am currently waiting to see if this resolves the issue.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 05/02/2013

The contact owns a 2010 Ford f150. The contact stated while driving 65 mph, the brakes locked and the calipers were red. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they could not determine the cause of failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 114,000.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 10/17/2012

Truck starting pulling badly to right, loss of power, speed and smoke coming from the right front wheel. Rim, caliper were smoking , had to pour water on to wheel to keep from burning. After towed to service center was told this is a common problem with the Ford trucks that the slide pin on the caliper can seize and lock the brake in active position preventing it from releasing from the rotor causing the the extreme heat and burning the brake bad and seals in the caliper. I was lucky it didnt happen at 70 mph and lock the wheel causing me to lose control. I ve also looked at the reports on the internet and see where others have reported this in blog but now to safety commision.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 04/04/2012

Front brake caliper mounting bracket seized on the slide bolts that allow the brakes to move in and out when pressed and released. The slide bolts that allow the caliper to move have seized causing the vehicle to pull very hard to one side of the road. In my case I was towing a 20' commercial landscape trailer equipped with dual axle trailer brakes. I approached a traffic light and proceeded to make a left turn going a speed of approximately 15 to 20 mph when I pressed the brake during the turn the truck pulled extremely hard to the left resulting in my trailer jack knifing into the left side of the truck causing major damage to my bed and rear wheel on my truck. Later after investigating the cause of the sudden pull found that the left brake caliper mounting bracket had one of the bolts seized while the other was moving properly allowing the brake to move a little but not properly causing the brake to drag against the rotor on the inner brake pad. When the brake is pressed the pressure pulls the truck to the left extremely hard. Replacing the slide bolts and the brake caliper mounting bracket fixed this issue and I haven't had any issues after replacement. I know this may be a little hard to understand as my description may not be the best, but the upper brake caliper bolt was seized while the lower bolt was moving freely, when the brake peddle was pressed caused the left brake caliper to grab harder than the right side causing the truck to pull extremely hard to the left. The trailer brake was set on 7 at the time and worked properly. The truck pulled so hard to the left caused the trailer to be at such a tight angle it began to slide and when I realized what was happening it was to late to correct it. The bed is still damaged from this. Btw I bought my Ford in 2002 brand new with 5. 4 v8 and I am at 271,000 miles and it runs like the day I purchased it! I love it!.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2004 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 10/15/2011

The rear brake lines failed. The rubber line from the caliper to the steel line on the rear axle separated, first on the drivers side and about three weeks later on the passenger side. On the first occasion I was just leaving my garage and on the second occasion I was pulling into a parking spot. The steel fitting that holds the rubber line to the steel line was so badly corroded that it literally disintegrated, allowing the rubber line to separate from the steel line when the brakes were applied.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 09/29/2011

The contact owns 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that after receiving notification of NHTSA campaign I. D. 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline: storage: tank assembly: mounting) the contact took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer stated that the fuel straps were corroded. The dealer was unable to perform the recall remedy due to the severity of the corrosion on the fuel tank straps. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the recall repair and was advised that the manufacturer the fuel tank mount would have to be repaired at the contact's expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000. The consumer stated the frame bracket had rotted and the recall could not be performed. The consumer stated the vehicle has a slight hesitation, there was a noise when the gear was in drive, the brakes felt spongy, the brake line had to be replaced, as well as the brakes, calipers and hoses. Updated 04/17/12 updated 04/25/lj updated 05/02/12.

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car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 24
Failure Date: 09/17/2011

While returning home, towing 25' pontoon boat, approaching driveway when brake pedal went to floor, no brakes. Fortunately I was able to maneuver the vehicle into my yard and stop with parking brake. Root cause was found to be brake line above driver's side rear wheel had rusted through at fitting causing loss of brake fluid. Upon close inspection, many brake lines, transmission cooling lines, gas tank straps (the latter subsequently replaced per Ford recall) are deteriorating due to excessive rust. Although this vehicle is 11 years old, it only has 58,867 original, documented miles, and has not been exposed to excess road salt (mid-atlantic region). I have had to replace brake rotors, calipers, brake shields, egr tube, exhaust system from muffler back, and parking brake assembly all due to excessive, and what I consider, premature rust. If that were not bad enough, yesterday I look under the truck and see a puddle of transmission fluid. One of the transmission cooling lines between the transmission and the upper radiator has rusted through, and once again I will be responsible for the repairs. I have owned many Ford products in my 44 years of driving but have never experienced anything of this magnitude with a vehicle of such low mileage. Brake lines rusting out should be considered a significant safety concern. If I had lost brakes while traveling on the highway towing a 3000 lb boat and trailer it could have been disastrous. I feel the gas tank strap recall is a start, but far from addressing the overall issue of undercarriage deterioration with this year/model vehicle.

car image   Brake Disc Caliper problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 25
Failure Date: 04/03/2010

2001 Ford f150 2wd, bottom bolt holding left front brake caliper to spindle assembly fell out. Scrubbing sound at braking initiated an investigation of problem and found lower fastener missing and upper fastener loose. The caliper had rotated and cast iron piston assembly was rubbing interior of aluminum wheel. Fortunately I was within three miles of home. Continuing travel had the potential to destroy the wheel and cause further damage or accident. The right side was investigated and both fasteners were in place. The Ford supplied capscrews (bolts) did not have serrated flanged head, did not have lockwashers, did not have thread locking liquid compound applied to threads. Local Ford dealer was closed on Saturday afternoon. All four fasteners were replaced by owner using flanged stainless steel capscrews of the correct thread and length using thread locking liquid compound. Owner has possession of the three fasteners removed. Vehicle mileage 04-03-2010 was 046741. 4 there are reported incidences of this potential defect on the internet which have the ability to cause a crash or damage or death. To my knowledge there has not been a recall issued or potential safety defect sent to vehicle owners.

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