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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
144,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford F-150 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 272016


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard when it was depressed. The contact had to apply the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The contact added brake fluid to the vehicle. After driving ten miles, the brake fluid leaked out. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000.

- Cambridge, MN, USA

problem #5

Aug 112015


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While reversing, the vehicle crashed into a telephone pole when shifting the gear into drive. The vehicle accelerated to approximately 70-80 mph. The brake pedal was depressed, but failed to stop the vehicle. The vehicle crashed into a garage. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but was not diagnosed or repaired. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Marion, IN, USA

problem #4

Jan 032014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 151,000 miles
Intermittent failure of ABS system indicated by ABS warning light. Obd error code C1185 - ABS power relay failure. When failed, ABS system inoperable.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 082014


  • 119,000 miles


Severe corrosion issues.

- Parkersburg, WV, USA

problem #2

Oct 172012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 213,000 miles
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 extreme heat and burning the brake bad and seals in the caliper. I was lucky it didn't happen at 70 mph and lock the wheelcausing 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 commission.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #1

Apr 242012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
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.

- Westport, MA, USA

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