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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,125 miles

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2002 Ford F-150 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 252005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,500 miles


ABS system malfunctioned code reported by service tech was C-10-95 and stated that I would need to replace the hydraulic control unit. Failure occurred at only 17,500 mile on the unit.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 212005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
(1) without warning the brake light came on due to a failure of a hydraulic control unit, which would have ultimately lead to a failure of the ABS system if it weren't for the awareness of the driver. The failure of the ABS could have lead to an even greater catastrophe than just the cost of parts and labor. (2) it is my understanding through my research and the word of the service department at bozeman Ford dealership in bozeman, Montana that this particular problem is not unheard of. In fact, it has become enough of a problem that Ford has made an attempt to correct the problem, by replacing the old hydraulic control unit with another hydraulic control unit, in addition to an electronic control unit and a bracket that mounts the two together. Although Ford has made an attempt to resolve the problem, they have not made any strides in issuing a recall for the faulty hcu. Instead of replacing a $300 part (which isn't even manufactured any more) three new parts are to be installed a price of nearly $1000 including labor. (3) the truck is currently at the dealership being repaired, and apparently we will be stuck with the entire cost of the larger figure above, simply because Ford does understand that there is in fact a problem with the hcu, but fails to accept any responsibility for it, by refusing to place the part under warranty or issuing a recall a the sub-par hydraulic control unit.

- Bozeman, MT, USA

problem #2

Mar 112005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The wire that was connected to ABS pump motor became corroded. As a result, the ABS system malfunctioned. The cause has yet to be determined.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 152003

F-150 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 47,000 miles
I have a 2002, Ford F150, V-6, super cab, XLT, with 47000 miles. The ABS light came on. A Ford specialist has it diagnosed as a failed ABS computer module (which currently is a one piece module). It needs to be replaced with a new redesigned - module consisting of 3 parts -. this repair is very costly in parts - over $ $900. It does not affect regular braking and I assume that ABS - braking is disabled at this time (did not have to use it so far). It seems to me, that the ABS module is a bad design by Ford and therefore is not used again if it fails. If you get more reports like this please investigate and consider a recall initiative....thank you........klaus-peter meinhard.

- Solana Beach, CA, USA

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