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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,397 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #7

Oct 252004


  • 2,000 miles


Complaint received via E-mail. While driving down a hills state road applied the brakes and the car started to shimmer, and the steering wheel started to shake very badly. I was scared to death. Luckily, we made it to the park in one piece. I drove home and called the dealer. The dealership, upon inspection of the vehicle, indicated that the 2 front rotors were badly warped. They machine them down just shy of the minimum, and did not replace them because the warranty book indicated replacement only if it was beyond the maximum allowed.

- York, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Disc brake defect- I own a 2004 F-150 supercrew. Two of my friends own one each as well. The disks are too small for the weight of the vehicle. Mine have already warped twice. They finally stopped turning them which only makes the warping faster, and put a new set on. The only problem is that tehy will do the same thing. My friends are having the same problem and Ford acknowleges the problem although I don't see it as a recell item. I dont know what Ford will do once these trucks are out of warranty. They always try to sell extended but I will not bite as I know that this is a design defect. 2. I believe that most people will drive on the warped brakes making them brake differently in bad conditions. I believe that brakes are a major componant of any moving vehicle and that in nearly all dangerous situations in a vehicle brakes are applied and depended upon. 3. I talked planet Ford in to replacing the rotors. They wanted to turn them a second time. According to posts on different web sites, the warping in the front rotors and the groving in the rear rotors has become a major issue.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #5

May 252004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
I have a 2004 F-150 XLT extended cab pickup. I hae had the truck for 5 months and ever since the first month I have had brake problems. My brakes and rotors keep getting tore up and Ford is saying that I have used tire shine and that is what "ate" my brakes up. I have only used tire shine once! also, my tires are only 5 months old and they are extremley wore out. I have told the Ford dealer about this and they said it is normal on a 4X4. I have asked 2 other Ford dealers and they said they have never heard of it being "normal" on a 4X4. In either case Ford is unwilling to replace the tires. Also their customer service hotline is not worth it, their attitude is oh well it is your problem not mine. I am very unhappy with Ford.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 012004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles


Vehicle was taken to the dealer because the vehicle would shimmy while driving 35 mph or more. The dealer turned the rotors. After 6000 miles the problem resurfaced..

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jun 142004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,357 miles
2004 Ford F150 XLT 4WD supercab(brakes constantly squealing)conditions were normal even braking.I never had to slam on the brakes. 've brought my vehicle back to Ford dealership three times over a period of 4 months.corrective actions are scuffing the brake pads and deglazing the's fine for a month and the squealing is back as well as a deposit of brake dust on the wheel.I've also had two incidents concerning the electronic accelrator(Ford calls this drive by wire as it is digitally controlled acceleration)the trouble light displayed in dash panel twice over a period of 4 months.the last incident caused the vehicle engine to violently sputter and misfire causing loss of power.the vehicle was checked with diagnostic equipment and I was told that nothing appeared wrong with the accelerator module.the brakes I can live with but the electronic accelerator is paramount for the vehicle to accelerator(digital) no go.loss of power, control and you might cause an accident causing injury to you and others.

- Nanuet, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 102004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear rotors have deep grooves being cut into them, the front are not as bad but more ripples in them. I took it to my Ford dealer and they told me it was due to having used tire shine on the tires. I explain to them that this was the first time I used it and it was the nite before I brought the truck in for service. The truck is a 2004 F150 supercrew 4X4 FX4. It has 4256. Miles on it. I have noticed 11 other F150 supercrews with the same 2 line grooves cut into the rear rotors. One of those trucks only had 600 miles on it. All where the 2004 F150 supercrew 4X4 ( lariat and FX4)

- Franklin Park, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jun 212004


  • miles
Vehicle was parked and consumer noticed fluid was leaking from underneath the vehicle. And a odor was coming in from the vents. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that O ring needed to be replaced inside of the engine. Also, a second problem occurred. While applying the brakes pedal went to the floor, and the driver heard a squeaking noise. Mechanic determined that the both front rotors needed to be replaced.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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