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Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings Problems of Ford F-150



Ford F-150 owners have reported 68 problems related to brake hoses, lines/piping, and fittings (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problem of the 2005 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 06/01/2014

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.

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Failure Date: 02/08/2013

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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Failure Date: 12/20/2012

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!.

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Failure Date: 08/02/2012

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 ##.

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Failure Date: 06/15/2012

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.

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Failure Date: 04/24/2012

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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Failure Date: 04/04/2012

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.

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Failure Date: 04/03/2012

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.

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Failure Date: 04/01/2012

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.

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Failure Date: 12/01/2011

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.


 
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Failure Date: 11/23/2011

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.

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Failure Date: 09/27/2011

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.

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Failure Date: 09/27/2011

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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Failure Date: 08/29/2011

The contact owns a 1999 Ford f150. The contact was attempting to park the vehicle. As the brakes were applied, the brake pedal was abnormally depressed into the floorboard. After inspecting the failure he noticed corrosion and rust on the brake line and the fuel straps. The dealer was notified of the rust and informed the contact there were no recalls and offered no further assistance. The manufacturer was also notified who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 100,000.

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Failure Date: 08/10/2011

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact was driving 60 mph when he tried to engage the brakes and the pedal was depressed abnormally into the floorboard. The contact mentioned that he had to shift into neutral to engage the emergency brakes in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the brake lines ruptured as a result of corrosion. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 86,500.

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Failure Date: 07/19/2011

The contact owns a 1998 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 30 mph the contact depressed the brake pedal. The brakes did not respond and the contact crashed into a vehicle. A report was filed. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop where the mechanic stated the brake line was rusted. One of the fuel tank straps were covered with rust and the other strap was broken. The brake lines were replaced. The fuel tank straps were not repaired because the part was not available and had to be ordered. There was a NHTSA recall campaign number: 11v385000 ( fuel system, gasoline:storage:tank assembly:mounting) that may be related to the failure. The contact was unaware if the VIN was included in the recall. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

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Failure Date: 07/09/2011

Brake failure while driving due to corroded brake line above fuel tank. No warning lights prior to or after failure.

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Failure Date: 07/04/2011

Failure was immediate, Ford f150 fuel tank straps. While driving down the road apparently the tank straps gave way and the fuel tank dropped. Before coming to a stop and after catching some uneven pavement, fuel tank was pealed open and losing about 8 gallons gas. Fire dept was called and they cleaned up spill. Both straps broke and fuel tank is un-repairable. Updated 08/05/11 the consumer stated he experienced other problems with the vehicle, such as a leaking power steering gear box, brake lines had to be replaced, there was a leak in the 4-wheel drive gear box, the muffler hangers, ball joints, tie rod ends and shocks all had to be replaced. Updated 08/11/1.

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Failure Date: 06/06/2011

While braking to turn, the brake pedal went to the floor and I was unable to stop. Luckily I was already slowing for the turn and was able to downshift to slow enough for the turn. Mechanic said the brake line was rusted through. With the recent recall of rusted gas tank straps on this vehicle, believe a recall on rusted brake lines is also warranted. This could have been a fatal accident under different circumstances, I. E. , trying to stop at a train track, pulling a trailer, or going faster.

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Failure Date: 03/23/2011

Both the rear spring shackles as well as the brake lines have failed on my 02 Ford f150 due to rust and this is a common concern. I am a senior master technician for Ford and we repair these on a regular basis due to rust. Both are clear safety concerns when they fail and should be addressed. And with the Ford windstar axles and subframes being covered by a recall due to rust I do not understand why other rust related safety concerns are not recalled. If one rust related concern is recalled then all others should be as well, it should be all or none. On the rear spring shackles, they will snap in half and the rear eyelet of the leaf spring jams into the bottom of the truck bed, with the bed being the only thing keeping major damage or an accident from happening. On the front brake lines, the rust and swell up under the rubber part of the line where the lower steel line is inserted into the rubber. On hard brake application the line blows and you lose front brakes. Both are common concerns on trucks in new england wher rust is a part of life. If I wasnt a tech that drives vehicles with failed brakes and broken suspensions on a regular basis, both of these failures could have caused a major accident and likely injuries.

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Failure Date: 03/09/2011

1999 Ford f150 brake failure do to brake lines rusted through.

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Failure Date: 11/01/2010

1998 Ford f150 truck. Consumer states brake failure due to rusted out brake lines the consumer stated the brake lines should have been made out of stainless steel.

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Failure Date: 10/30/2010

The car was stopping to drop off mail at a mailbox. The brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Inspection revealed brake fluid on the gas tank. A rusted brake line was the cause. Dealer replaced the line at cost of $511. 95 including brake fluid flush. The rear brake line was replaced. It runs from the front to the back.

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Failure Date: 10/19/2010

Three brake lines rusted out and leaking in last 2 years incident date is an estimate.

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Failure Date: 07/30/2010

Was stopping on highway, brake pedal went to floor. Vehicle stopped, upon inspection found rear brake line was rusted and leaking. I replaced the failed brake line.

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Failure Date: 03/15/2010

The brake line from cab area to rear wheel on my 2003 Ford f150 corroded and emptied the master cyclinder of brake fluid. It is significant to note that no other brakelines or connections showed simiilar corrosion- more like you would expect on a 7 year old vehicle. It is my opinion that the corrosion is a materials problem and may be a reoccurring problem in other vehicle of this type. I also noted excessive scaling of the front wheel hubs and stearing arms of the same vehicle. This I believe is the result of inferior parts- I have never seen this level of deterioation of vehicle components like this. Whether this is a safety problem or not I don't know. Please accept this information as a couple of data points on this vehicle. I just felt it was necessary to advise NHTSA of the situation.

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Failure Date: 09/01/2009

The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the spare tire cable, exhaust system manifold, fuel tank strap, brake line, bolts, erg valve, and the frame were rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and denied to buy the vehicle back or provide any assistance. The failure mileage was 220,000 and the current mileage was 322,000.

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Failure Date: 08/18/2009

Brake line to rear wheels corroded causing total loss of brake fluid and braking ability. Event occured backing out of driveway. Brake lines, fittings and fluid replaced.

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Failure Date: 07/12/2009

Mid vehicle frame location brake line burst due to rusting out while backing an RV into a camping site. Lost all braking fluid and brakes. Had just completed traveling two hours on interstate highways towing a 3,500 lb. Trailer. I was very lucky that failure occurred while backing the trailer at almost no speed and parking brake stopped the truck. Decided to report this failure after vehicle was just recalled due to rusting gas tank straps. Frame of vehicle is badly rusting and Ford must do more to prevent frame and undercarriage components from rust out due to winter driving conditions. .

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Failure Date: 06/29/2009

My brakes failed on my 1999 Ford f150 that only has 102,000 miles on it. I was amazed to discover that the problem was due to a heavily corroded steel brake line. I am having a hard time understanding why the NHTSA doesn't require automobile manufacturers to use stainless steel for brake lines. After talking with a few mechanics, it seems that this type of failure is not uncommon in vehicles with 100,000+ miles on the odometer. I'm afraid to think what kind of accidents can occur with this type of premature brake failure.

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Failure Date: 04/19/2009

The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The brakes lock whenever he drives the vehicle. The brake pads, rotors and brake line were replaced. The repairs did not remedy the failure. The dealer nor the manufacturer have been contacted. The failure mileage 36,000.

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Failure Date: 04/16/2009

3 separate incidents of brake failure due to rotted/rusted brake lines. Luckily the incidents happened at low speeds and I was able to stop with the emergency brake. If I was going faster this could have had deadly consequences! since then, all brake lines have been replaced with stainless steel line at my own expense. Every problem that I have had with this truck (and there were many) can be traced back to catastrophic metal fatigue! there is no excuse for this manufacturers continued usage of substandard and/or poorly designed materials!!!!.

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Failure Date: 05/07/2008

I went to drive my 1999 Ford F-150 last night, and the brake pedal went completely to the floor. No previous symptoms were evident. Upon inspection, it is evident the brake line along the frame to the rear wheels burst due to excessive corrosion. Further inspection showed that all of the other brake and fuel lines on the truck are electroplated, and maintain a silvery non corroded finish. However this line along the frame is obviously unplated, flaking chips of rusted steel, resulting in failure. Whether it was a design flaw, or manufacturing oversight, the unplated brake line could have had severe consequences.


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