Ford F-150 owners have reported 80 problems related to brake hoses, lines/piping, and fittings (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.
Front left brake line ruptured, resulting in loss of brake fluid, depresses brake pedal goes to the floorboard. No stopping power. Backing out of driveway on this occasion. No accident. Same line on right front ruptured less than a year ago, exact same result. Luckily no accident but was at a stop light on a major highway when pedal when straight to floor.
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The contact owns a 2016 Ford F-150. After purchasing the vehicle, the contact discovered that the lift kit and brake lines were not installed correctly. The contact notified the dealer and advised the contact to bring the vehicle back to the dealer for repairs; however, the contact was not located near the dealer. The contact stated that the other dealers did not want to service the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 250.
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Was sitting at a restaurant drive thru with foot on the brake when the brake pedal suddenly went to the floor and the truck started moving. I was able to get the vehicle home and back to the Ford dealership the next morning very carefully and by pumping the brakes to get the vehicle to stop. Was told that the brake line had ruptured. Luckily, I was not towing my 6000 pound boat or going downhill at the time of the failure. I asked if this was common since brake lines are not an item that are routinely inspected or replaced on a normal 17 point inspection. I was told that it was uncommon. I googled the problem and discovered that several other Ford f150 owners of various model years had experienced the same issue. Luckily, there have been no reports of deaths or severe injury, but I am reporting this to hopefully prevent a death from occurring.
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Loss of brakes while driving. Brakes stopped working. Pedal went all the way to the floor and nothing happened. Had to use emergency brake to stop. Towed car to Ford to get brakes fixed. Brake line ended up breaking and rotors were damaged.
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I was starting the truck to leave a wal-mart parking lot and my left foot which was on the brake went all the way to the floor of the truck. I had no brakes. It was fortunate that I was stopped and not on the road with other cars or going down a steep hill. I had the auto shop tow the truck to the shop. They fixed two brake lines. Complete brake failure should not happen.
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The contact owns a 1999 Ford F-150. While driving at 15 mph, the brakes stopped functioning without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the brake lines failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 134,000.
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While stopping for a pedestrian, at a speed of approximately 10 mph,the rear passenger side rubber brake line separated from the steel brake line,resulting in the immediate loss of all brake fluid and the brake pedal going to the floor. The cause of this separation ,was corrosion of the factory steel clamp ,clamping the rubber hose to the steel brake line. Upon examination,it was found that two other clamps were in the same condition. I was able to completely remove one clamp ,by rubbing it between my finger and thumb. These steel components are unsafe for use in states that use salt or brine on their roads. This was made worse by the fact that the reservoir used,is not split into two sections, allowing loss of all brake fluid for both front and rear brakes at the same time.
On 6/01/2014 I was driving my truck when I started to approach an intersection to stop and when I pressed the brake pedal to stop and the truck the brakes would not activate. The brake pedal went all away to the floor, then I realized that either I would have to crash the truck into the wall of the bridge and possibly go over or crash the truck in to other vehicles. However this was a panicky situation in the last second before crashing the truck I applied the emergency brakes. After towing the truck to the garage I took few photos of the front brake line hoses and how close they are to the tire rims. One of those break lines were damage by rubbing against the tire rim. Other break lines photo is showing how close the break lines are to the tire rim. I am very disappointed that Ford would install or design the holding brackets that could possibly move close to the tire rim for the brake hoses that close to the tire rim. Also I stop over to a Ford dealer in reading PA why they would not address this problem when I have the truck inspected in October of 2013. The supervisor at the desk have no answer to my question. Then I check similar trucks the year was 2008 and the brake line was less than . 250" from the tire rim. When I checked the 2014 e150 it looks that the brake lines location were redesign. So obviously somebody new about this problem however I was never notify about this problem, the bracket that hold the brake lines were never adjusted away from being that close to a tire rim at the inspection. I am disappointed that a government agency would allow the break hoses to be installed about . 250" from the tire rims or moving parts. I would like to be reimbursed for a towing and the repair of the truck.
Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while in a parking lot the brake lines fractured more than twice. The contact indicated that there was a plastic piece associated with the brake lines that was prematurely fracturing and also that the brake lines had extensive rust and corrosion. The first time the left rear brake line fractured, the second time the right rear brake line fractured and the contact replaced the part but the failure recurred. The contact mentioned that while maneuvering the vehicle again, the brake line fractured in the rear. The vehicle was parked at the contacts residence due to the recurring failure. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and they provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000. Dyd.
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Without warning, the brake pedal went to the floor while towing a 6000lb trailer. Stopped for dinner - all felt normal. Upon finishing dinner and returning to my truck, I put my foot on the brake and shifted from park to drive when suddenly the brake pedal went to the floor. I tried several more times and each time the brake pedal went to the floor. Inspection of the vehicle showed that the brake line leading to the rear brakes had rotted through from the outside. This vehicle is meticulously maintained and has never been used near salt water, or to launch boats. My mechanic has advised me that rotting brake lines is a common problem. With that knowledge, I am dismayed and disappointed to find out that Ford does not offer any type of replacement lines.
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The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while inspecting the vehicle, it was found that the gas tank rear strap corroded and separated from the gas tank. The manufacturer advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11v385000 (fuel system, gasoline). The contact stated that the rear brake line also failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 197,000.
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Pulled into parking space, applied brake and pedal went all the way to floor. Truck rolled forward into bumper of parked car. Upon inspection, found steel brake line rusted through, just above flex line running to driver's side front brake, with brake fluid flowing out of corrosion hole. There was never any indication that the truck had any problems at all with the brakes. I was on my way to the highway and am thanking god I decided to make a quick stop to my local food store first. It could have been a huge disaster! I can't believe fuel and brake lines are not required to be made of stainless steel - most especially in states that salt the roads in winter!.
The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the brakes failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the brake lines were corroded. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.
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Rear steel brake line failed above gas tank causing loss of brakes. Ford dealer says lines were corroded and rusted which caused failure on 8 yr old truck with 49. ,000 miles in a non corrosive environment. And charged $500. 00 to replace. Vehicle has already been recalled for gas tank strap corrosion failure this year. I contacted Ford and got a very unsatisfactory so what type response. Your help and assistance into this potential safety issue is welcomed. ## VIN passed ## Ford heritage pickup 2004 truck ##.
S10 appropriate handling- letter to the secretary from re expressing concerns regarding brake line corrosion. The consumer stated he replaced one inch of the brake line after he almost experienced complete brake failure. The other lines are still severely corroded and will fail soon.
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The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the front driver’s side of the frame fractured. The brake lines were broken and the vehicle lost braking ability. The contact stated that there was rust and corrosion on the surface of the frame, but there were no signs of cracks prior to the failure. The contact was concerned since the driver was almost involved in a crash. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or mechanic for a diagnostic test or repair. The manufacturer was made aware and no assistance was provided. The failure and current mileages were 205,000.
The brake line running front to back burst due to rust damage as I started to back out of a parking space and the brake pedal went to the floor. Upon further inspection at the service station , there was evidence of severe rusting at virtually all of the brake line attachment points and all brake lines had to be replaced. Due to rust damage.
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The contact owns a 1999 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact depressed the brake pedal and noticed the brake pedal dropped to the floor board abnormally. The contact used the emergency brake and was able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed brake fluid leaking from the brake lines as a result of corrosion of the brake lines. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 157,000. Updated 05/08/lj.
Brakes failed at low speed avoiding incident. Lost vacuum to braking system resulting in stiff manual style braking. Looked online for recall and saw what appeared to be the exact same thing for my year and vehicle description. Called dealership and was told that my vehicle is not part of this recall. Well, it should be. It was the exact issue and part as is described in recall NHTSA campaign id number : 08v208000 NHTSA action number: pe08001 component: service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings.
I was driving on the highway onto the offramp, when I got to the end, I had nearly 100% brake failure. I managed to Dodge a semi by pulling on the shoulder and using the emergency brake. The brake line had corroded from from to back. I looked on the NHTSA website and see a lot of these issues, but since the great mounds of NHTSA seem to believe nearly total brake failure is not an issue, I just replace the part of the line that is leaking. It will very likely fail again soon, but I know that it that was a problem, then NHTSA would do its job and push a recall. Just another case of NHTSA deciding which consumers should be protected under the law and which ones should have their lives put at risk. I got a note from [xxx] at NHTSA claiming they might conduct a study, but given that a 10 month study by NHTSA was insufficient to determine that gasoline spilling out onto the highway may pose a consumer risk, I'm betting this will go no where. Tax dollars at work!! information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 20 mph the contact depressed the brake pedal when it suddenly dropped to the floor board. The contact continued depressing the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. After inspecting the vehicle the contact noticed the brake lines were corroded and fractured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.
Fortunately, I was under 1/2 mile from my house. My road dead ends onto another. I applied the brakes and the pedal went to the floor as I approched the stop sign. I went throught the stop sign and into the drainage ditch on the other side of the road. Because my vehicle is 4 wheel drive, I was able to get out of the ditch and return home. Upon inspection, I found that the brake line that goes from the front to the rear was rusted and failed. There was little damage from the crash, just a fender that needs replaced. I am anal with regard to my vehicles condition and maintenance. To have a failure like this on a what is supposed to be the best built truck is absurd and totally unacceptable! my brothers 1999 Honda, my step son's 1991 Nissan stanza (recntly sold) a 1993 Geo prizm (I. E. Toyota corola!!!) recently sold had zero rust on any brake fitting, brake line or fuel line.
The contact owns a 1999 Ford F-150. The contact stated that when depressing the brake pedal, the pedal would feel spongy as if the vehicle was not going to stop. The contact would have to continuously pump the brake pedal for the vehicle to come to a complete stop. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 05v388000 (vehicle speed control) and stated that the vehicle was repaired under the recall but to no avail. The dealer also repaired the leak in the brake line but not the air that was being released and causing the brakes to not perform properly. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but advised the contact that the defect was not directly related to the recall. The failure and the current mileage was 204,000.
My truck front cross member that supports radiator and the body to the frame is just about rusted gone. Dealer stated that truck is 11 years old and will not fix. I am sending this for record in the event I am killed due to any failure. Have read two cases on your website. One is a 2000 F-150 that a cross member support rusted out in 2003 with 48,000 miles. Another was a 2000 F-150 that had a tag attached to the frame stating defective material do not use! l/s performance . I expect a full investigation on this and want my vehicle inspected. The consumer was informed the brakes lines needed to be replaced as the vehicle was unsafe to drive. Updated 01/06/12.
Was going to Ford dealer for gas tank strap recall due to straps that have poor corrosion protection. As I was enroute to dealer I applied my brakes due to a car running a stop sign and my brakes gave way and I just missed a serious accident. I checked my brake line where the leak was and due to very poor rust the line blow out. I ask the dealer when performing the recall repair could he fix the line and was stated a 600. 00 charge. While at the dealer I called Ford vp of customer service fred toney who then sent me to mr. Fedders. I talked to a person from his office and told them that Ford has a big problem on brake lines rusting and because of that I just missed having a serious accident. I ask Ford to fix the linings at no charge and take the line for observation. I was told that since the truck is 10 years old and has 200,000miles on it they will not do anything. I stated that Ford has no problem repairing the gas straps of a 10 year old truck. Anyway had my truck towed to my mechanic and repaired. They replaced the front lines and intermediate brake lines due to poor corrosion. I was told my passenger side line and both rear lines are in great shape, no rust and coated. I told Ford about this and said I want a Ford rep to inspect my coated brake lines. And my defected line which I kept for proof. I ask Ford why some line were coated and some were not. I was told that Ford does not coat the lines. We have a serious problem here and could result in many deaths. If the other lines were coated I would have not had this problem. Ford just wrote this whole thing off. I expect NHTSA to get back to me as soon as possible. I expect my truck to be inspected and the line that I have kept to be inspected. I am now notifying NHTSA and Ford has been notified about this problem and is on recored in the event nothing is done and people get killed the parties will have a problem.
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|Service Brakes problems||
|Brake Master Cylinder problems||
|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||
|Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problems||
|Brake Fluid Leak problems||
|Brake Light On problems||
|Brake Disc Caliper problems||
|Brake Disc Pads problems||
|Brake Disc Rotor problems||