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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,264 miles

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2008 Ford Expedition brakes problems

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2008 Ford Expedition Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 312016

Expedition

  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was reading in a magazine about Ford having a problem with the brake master cylinder failing, leaking into the booster, causing brake failure. This happened to me a few weeks ago. I first felt my brake pedal getting weak. Then I saw a warning light. I first thought maybe my emergency brake was applied"? it was not. Then I noticed I had very little brake?? what to do?" I decided to try to get back to my job, where we have a service department. I drove about 50 miles with no brakes!!! just took my time, being careful. About $800 later I'm on the road again!!!

- Magness, AR, USA

problem #10

Aug 112015

Expedition

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed into a curb and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact did not sustain any injuries. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for repairs. The contact was unsure about what part needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Coco, FL, USA

problem #9

Jul 012015

Expedition

  • 38,700 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition. While driving at 25 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond without warning. The contact stated that the failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the hydraulic control valve and the brake master cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 38,700. The VIN was not available.

- Ofallon, IL, USA

problem #8

Mar 012014

Expedition

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition. While driving approximately 3 mph, a grinding noise emitted when the brake pedal was depressed and the traction control warning light illuminated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was unable to be determined. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 07E105000 (service brakes, air). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Pucson, AZ, USA

problem #7

Apr 302014

Expedition

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition. While driving approximately 35 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond without warning. The contact was able to avoid a crash after the emergency brake was engaged. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the master cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The master cylinder was replaced two additional times, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to another dealer where it was diagnosed that the automatic brake system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07E105000 (service brakes, air). The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Lewistown, PA, USA

problem #6

Jul 012012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
This is an intermittent problem that occurs and was first noticed a couple years ago. For an unknown reason when the brakes are applied the peddle goes soft and pulsates, as if the ABS is activated. This has occurred when the vehicle was started and just backing up, to just after leaving and making the first brake application, and after several hours or minutes of driving. During this time it appears that the vehicle will not stop normally. Pumping of the brake pedal or momentarily hitting the brake hard cleared the problem. It doesn't matter if a gentle brake is applied or if you are slowing for a turn or braking for a red light or a stop. This occurs sometimes several days in a row or nearly so. But most often it is isolated and then does not occur for a period of time. Although it appears to be recurring more frequently. This has in occurred in all types of weather conditions from dry to wet. This has occurred at varying speeds whether in the driveway, in a residential area or on the highway.

- Cranberry Twp, PA, USA

problem #5

Dec 102013

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 45,200 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Stopping at a red light and brake pedal went almost to floor. Had vehicle checked by local Ford dealer and they could find nothing wrong. Vehicle brakes have to be pumped a couple of times every time they are used. Took it back to Ford dealer. They say it is master cylinder. Ordered one over a week ago. Ford supply is all out and has a national back order which makes it sound as if I am not the only one with the brake problem although I cannot find a recall on it. Dealer is attempting to find a master cylinder through another source.

- Trumann, AR, USA

problem #4

Dec 032008

Expedition 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that whenever he attempted to engage the brakes, the pedal would sink to the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,000 and the current mileage was 25,000....updated 12-30-13 updated 1/17/2014

- Kingsville , TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 222011

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
Driver first noticed the smell of burning brakes when coming to a stop after exiting the highway, all at low speeds (speed limit was 35mph or less). At the next intersection, driver noticed white smoke coming from right front wheel. Driver got out to inspect the wheel, and noticed that the right front brake caliper and brake rotor were extremely hot and smoke and flames were coming from them. Other three wheels were cool (normal). There were no warning lights, etc. Turned off car, back on, in the hope of e.g. resetting the ABS controller -- no changes. Brakes were so hot that driver decided to drive some nearby frontage roads at low speeds, without using the brakes, in an attempt to cool the right front brake. Made little difference. Eventually parked the vehicle (braking continued to be impaired), came back around 1 hour later, brake had cooled down, was able to drive away. Similar instance recurred on 2012-12-18 -- again, right front brake, this time in city driving, rotor was glowing orange (not yet on fire) on a cold night when driver stopped to look at it and park the vehicle. This is of course a very dangerous situation, and could lead to loss of life due to front brake failure. Driver is aware that there is a recall ( 07E105000) associated with this year of the vehicle. Ford claims that this particular VIN is not affected by this recall. However, driver (who is experienced with brake systems) feels that these two events are very suggestive of a failure in the brake system to return fluid from the caliper, leading to excessive pressure in the caliper, leading to these problems. Driver has been unable to get information from Ford or Continental (oem manufacturer) that would unambiguously show that the ABS and brake modules in this particular vehicle are free from defects and are not subject to this recall. Ford should fix this!

- Stanford, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 192012

Expedition 8-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition el. The contact was traveling 20 mph when the vehicle failed to stop when the brakes were depressed. The stability control warning light was illuminated during the failure. The failure and current mileages were 54,000. Updated 07/02/12 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired by a local Ford dealer on June 25th. The steering angle sensor which generated the steel wheel position data input for the roll stability control system was identified as faulty. It appeared, the roll stability control system malfunctioned and disabled the brakes. Updated 07/05/12

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #1

Jan 012010

Expedition

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Expedition. The contact stated that the anti-lock brake system (ABS) activated without warning and caused an abnormal increase in stopping distance. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The dealer performed a diagnostic but was unable to locate a failure code. The vehicle was also test driven and the technician was unable to recreate the failure. The transmission and brake pads were replaced but the failure was not corrected. The ABS light continued to activate independently and without warning. The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 07E105000 (service brakes, air: Antilock: Control unit/module front brake pads). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 50,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Waxhaw , NC, USA

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