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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,613 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.

2004 Ford F-150 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 012008

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


I own a 2004 F-150. When the brake pedal is depressed it travels nearly to the floor on the first "pump." The problem is remedied by pumping the brake once or twice to regain a solid pedal feel. This problem has been addressed to my dealer and to numerous brake shops to no avail. I have replaced all the major components of my brake system and the problem persists to this day.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #5

Jun 222006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Felt like a flat first time it happened, but there was no flat. Heavy vibration. Dealer can't service under warranty without duplicating it. Put my hand on right rear rotor, it was hot and the other 3 rotors were not. I suspect it is a bad piston in caliper or a faulty E-brake. I am going back to dealer again.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #4

May 192004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
2004 F-150 super crew - taken back to dealer starting approximately 3 months from purchase for severe squealing and pulsating, it's going back for the 6th time next week. The rotors and brakes were replaced twice and some kind of spray (yeah right) and still not fixed. Now severe shaking at any speeds very intermittent, and always pulsates like warped rotors including squealing all the time. Oh yeah the rear end clutch packs were also replaced three weeks after purchase.

- Mckees Rocks, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,578 miles


Front brakes pulsate. Severe pulsation when applying brakes at freeway speeds. Front end shakes violently. First repair (rotor replacement) at 10578 miles. Second repair (rotor replacement) at 16141 miles. Third repair (machine rotors) 21260 miles.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #2

Apr 252005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,100 miles
The brakes have been a problem since I purchased the vehicle. The wheel shimmy's when I apply the brakes and it gets progressively worse. I have to take it into the shop again to have it looked at - the first time they ground the rotors - now I will want them to replace the pads and brake rotors. It is very scary to drive around a corner when you must apply the brakes.

- Kona, HI, USA

problem #1

Mar 232004


  • miles
Vibration in steering wheel. Replaced front/rear rotors, rack and pinion, steering gear and balanced all tires. Steering vibration at hwy speeds. Steering shakes when braking.

- Mableton, GA, USA

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