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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,086 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #17

Nov 142007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. Approximately 3 years ago, the rear passenger side brakes began to vibrate. The failure occurred at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the Ford dealer 5 times before a repair was finally made. Currently, the driver side is experiencing the same failure. The ABS is locking the tires in a certain spot and preventing them from properly turning. The consumer stated the ABS seemed to randomly activate on 1 wheel. The turn signal did not always cancel after making a turn. Updated 12/05/07

- Ocean Pine, MD, USA

problem #16

Mar 202004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F150. While driving 60 mph, the vehicle's steering wheel and front end shake. The rack and pinion was replaced at 48,000 miles, the rotors were replaced and turned several times, and the calipers were replaced as well. However, the failure persists. While driving over 40 mph and making a sudden stop, the brake pedal goes all the way down to the floor and the vehicle eventually stops. The brake pedal must continuously be pumped for pressure while driving. The dealer stated that the brakes are normal. The vehicle has been experiencing the failures since the date of purchase. The current mileage is 51,000 and failure mileage was 2,000.

- Murrells Inlet , SC, USA

problem #15

Feb 082007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
I was in a bank drive-up driving my daughter┐'s 2004 Ford 150 truck. When I started to leave the truck lurched and the engine went to full speed. I immediately applied the brakes but they did nothing to slow the truck. I was headed straight for the bank where the tellers were, so I turned sharply to the right. The truck kept going at a high rate of speed with me trying to stop it with the brakes. It shot through the parking lot and across a very busy road where a car hit me. The impact of the other car didn┐┐T even phase the truck. It kept going, over the curb across the street, through a burger king parking lot and rammed into metal stairs on the side of a jewelry store where it finally stopped. I hit the staircase at a tremendous rate of speed yet the airbags didn┐┐T deploy. The car that hit me was totaled and the driver went to the hospital. My daughter┐'s truck was totaled and I had to go to the hospital with injuries that turned out to be bruises all over my body, especially on my legs. The staircase was destroyed and a car nearby had damage. The insurance was not adequate to cover all the damage. The insurance company sent someone out to do an engineering report on the truck but he could not find the cause. That didn┐┐T surprise me as there was little left to inspect. This was definitely a mechanical failure. I did not have my foot on the gas peddle. I was trying to stop the truck with the brakes and steering to avoid people and other obstacles. Ford needs to look into this as it is an extremely dangerous flaw or defect. I am going to be responsible for a lot of money to repair the damage that the insurance didn┐┐T pay.

- Gretna, LA, USA

problem #14

Mar 292006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,599 miles

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

Loss of braking. Brake pedal went to the floor. Could pump up brakes for partial braking, but brakes would not hold. Vehicle was towed to bartow Ford, bartow, fl on 3/29/06, but was not looked at until 3/30/06. Service department could not replicate the problem and could find nothing wrong. Tow truck operator mentioned to me that he had towed another 2004 Ford F-150 the previous week that had the same problem with loss of braking.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #13

Oct 142004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The contact stated she had an ongoing failure of the brakes. The vehicle was serviced by the dealership nine times. The pads and rotors were replaced six times. A manufacturer's engineer inspected the vehicle. He made several suggestions to the dealership. The dealership implemented these suggestions although the aforementioned problems recurred. Also, the transmission started slipping while driving. It was inspected by the dealer, and they were unable to determine the cause of the problem.

- Sylva, NC, USA

problem #12

Nov 232005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact's wife was driving the vehicle and the brakes were not working properly. While traveling down hill there where no brakes. This, in turn, caused the contact's vehicle to rear end another vehicle. This accident involved four other vehicles which sustained damages. This crash was a frontal impact.upon impact, the air bags did not deploy. There were no warning lights prior to the accident. The vehicle was towed to a body shop for inspection.the vehicle was under warranty.

- Coeda , OK, USA

problem #11

Aug 212005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,371 miles

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

The brakes failed on 8-21-05. The consumer was driving when the brakes went out, resulting in a collision. The consumer noticed that the clamp on the breather was rubbing the brake line. The consumer stated there were no previous problems with the vehicle. The consumer was in the process of having the repairs done.

- Deville, LA, USA

problem #10

Apr 022005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake pedal went to the floor while on the road, causing the brakes to malfunction. Owner will take vehicle to dealer for check up.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #9

Jun 012004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
I have a 2004 F150 super crew four wheel drive with 39,367 miles on it. I had to replace the front pads at 30,000 and now the deler tells me the rear are gone also, at under 40,000 miles. I drive almost exclusively on the highway, no in town driving, the truck is empty, and I do not own a trailer. Dealer says "tough luck". Ford rep was even less courteous when he denied my request to meet him to discuss the horribly unacceptable brake life. I have several other Ford, a 2001 Expedition that got almost twice the brake life, and my wife drives it in town every day. Dealer has blamed Ford. Ford says "brake wear is normal". maybe it is time my lifelong commitment to Ford comes under serious review!

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 012005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
I bought a 2004 Ford F150 in April 2004. Several times in the past 10 months, I have brought it to the dealer to have them fix two problems. The first problem is regarding my brakes. They continually squeak and sometimes feel sluggish. I had a jiffy lube representatives inspect my brakes and they said the rotors looked scarred. I brought this to the attention of the Ford dealer and they said my brakes were within Ford specifications, and they could not do anything for me. The second problem revolves around a transmission that skips in an out of gear. In several poinst, while pulling on to highways, the transmission skips and and delivers too much power to the rear wheels, causing the tires to slip on wet pavement. Luckily, neither of these incidents has caused any accidents. However, I am concerned as they happen frequently and the dealer states that the conditions are normal. I have researched these problems and found that many 2004 F150 super crew owners experience similar problems.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #7

Jun 022004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles

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

While applying the brake pedal vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection. However, mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 072004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
While consumer was driving 30-35 mph, another vehicle cut in front of consumer vehicle, consumer slammed on brakes and vehicle continued on, hitting the other vehicle on driver's front side. Upon impact, neither frontal air bag deployed, and the ABS failed to stop the vehicle. Dealer and the manufacturer were not notified.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #5

Nov 262004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was pulling inside of the garage and vehicle suddenly accelerated. Consumer applied the brakes and pedal went to the floor. Then, vehicle crashed into the garage door. Upon impact, both frontal air bag did not deploy. No injuries were reported. Vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not determine the cause of the collision......the brakes did not stop vehicle, nd the air bags did not deploy. There were two children, 5 and 7 years in the back seat who could have been seriously hurt. If the vehicle had moved 3 inches to the right consumer would have gone through the garage door, where consumer's husband was working and could have been run over and seriously hurt. This happened again on christmas eve when the vehicle was parked on a city street in midway, ky. It was in park when consumer turned on the ignition and the accelerator went wide open. Consumer put foot on the brakes and after a few seconds the accelerator went down to normal.

- Midway, KY, USA

problem #4

Mar 142004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,600 miles
First applaction of brakes after backing out of drive way that is stopping at the red light at (rt)#30-& main rd, brake lines at ABS control manfold, are vibrating so bad it sounds like the fan is rubbing somthing my experance with hydraulic. Tells me that the brake line fittings at there seat in the manafold will fali.#2 this truck has delux mirrors, signal mirrors, led mounted in the bottom, R/S led outer three cant be seen from the driver's seat.

- Hammonton , NJ, USA

problem #3

Apr 142004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,400 miles
Brakes & rack and pinion bar.

- Bev Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 022004

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes on new model 2004 F150 are defective.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 172004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and coming to complete stop automatic transmission didn't shift properly from the first to the second gear, finally the stick shift didn't move from park to a drive gear. Also brakes vibrated while driving at any speed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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