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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,071 miles

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2005 Ford F-150 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 262010


  • 68,395 miles


This has happened 4 different occasions, a sudden shaking of vehicle and 4 th time the vehicle shook all over. At first, thought I was having a tire go down but after pulling off road each time, getting out and checking found nothing and then after a restart everything was ok. After I got home after this last spell I started reading on internet and most comments pointed toward parking brake problem. After thinking back it seems like I used the parking brake before each time this happened. I was preparing to replace rotors, pads & parking brake shoes too (yesterday) but after taking everything apart (my mechanic) we did not find any thing wrong with these components. There was probably 3/4 pads left and parking brake was good. The only thing was a lot of brake dust, so we cleaned everything with brake cleaner and put everything back together. Hopefully this will cure the problem. Everything that I read, was expecting the parking brake shoes to come out in pieces but not in this case. This is the only problem after owning this 2005 F150 for over 2 years and being the 2nd owner with low mileage. This just seems to be bad design, rotor & parking brake together. Other than this problem very satisfied with vehicle.

- Elkins, WV, USA

problem #6

Aug 192009


  • 74,000 miles
Driving on road in school zone (25 miles per hour) children playing on sidewalk. Children were jumping on off sidewalk into street. Applied my brakes. Heard clunk in the back of the truck then - no brake. Used emergency brake to stop. Failure occurred as axle broke, apparently loose for long time - not original owner, purchased from dealer. C clamp holding axle in place is dissolved into small pieces causing axel to come out. Caliper is toast (only thing holding axle into place) rotor, brake pad, all rear axle components - completely failed, caused over $3,000 in repairs to truck. Extended warranty won't cover stating when the tire rubbed against the curb - they consider that as impact - Ford wants no part in fixing - said no reported problems with C-clamp (no recalls) or axel breaking or slipping away. A true nightmare! - you pay for extended warranty - but they don't pay for the repair, you buy a truck from a dealer, yet they don't check safety - only tires, wipers and small stuff. Consumer is forced to bear any defective parts on their own. Really frustrated.

- Broad Brook, CT, USA

problem #5

Apr 102009


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving between 25-50 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate violently. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The driver pulled over to the side of the road and immediately turned off and restarted the engine. The vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure occurred intermittently during the travel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and they stated that the emergency brake housing failed. The contact discovered a technical service bulletin pertaining to the malfunction. The vehicle is in the process of being repaired. The failure mileage was 57,000 and current mileage was 57,500.

- New Hartford, CT, USA

problem #4

Sep 212008


  • 36,000 miles


After releasing the parking brake, the connection of the cable to brake assembly on the driver side rear wheel failed. When the connection failed it caused all of the internal parts of the parking brake assembly to come loose and bind, thus causing all of the internal parts to become dislodged. Once all the parts became dislodged they started to rattle and bind inside the brake assembly. To correct the failure, the entire parking brake assembly must be replaced, including the disc/drum assembly and brake shoes for the parking brake.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #3

Jun 152008


  • 29,000 miles
2005 Ford F150 left rear emergency brake does not release causing the vehicle to vibrate and creating excessive heat on axle. May be same problem as described in NHTSA item number 10024843.

- Groton, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 052006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
2005 F150 rwd vehicle has been into Ford repair 3 times for brakes (parking brake, ABS). One occasion the temperature of the lt rear hub was 385 degrees F by inferred thermometer. Another occasion rt rear was too hot to touch after sitting for an hour. This vehicle has aluminum rims that the dealer states show no damage. Also unknown is what this temperature may have caused to the rear bearings, seals and other brake components (calipers). ABS light intermittent on and driveablity was intolerable with shaking and vibration. Fuel consumption got worse by 30%. vehicle taken to dealer and parts were replaced (rotor, ABS sensor, parking brake reattached), parking brakes was found disconnected in the semi locked position on the second return, missed on first return. Unable to get old parts.

- Hudson, WI, USA

problem #1

Sep 172005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,100 miles
Purchased my Ford F - 150 [xxx]) on August 18, 2005. On September 17th, 2005, was towing a cargo trailer of furniture and other items and went to unload some of the things at the first stop. I set the parking brake on the vehicle since I had backed up a driveway and was parked on an incline. Upon unloading certain items at the first stop, I pulled the release lever on the parking brake and proceeded to the next stop, about 10 miles away. While on the way, I noticed a shimmy to the truck and actually pulled off to the side of the road to see if I had a flat tire or some other problem with either the truck or the trailer I was towing. I did not see anything obvious and continued to my destination. While backing the truck and trailer into the driveway at the next place, I noticed the rear wheel on the driver's side only, was smoking. The wheel was too hot to touch and had the smell of burnt brake lining. After continuing on my trip about an hour later, the problem seemed to have resolved itself. After that, I have not used the parking brake since. I noticed a slight shaking in the steering wheel since the initial incident that occurs when braking. The shaking does not occur all the time, but seems to more prominent during gradual braking. I brought the vehicle in for inspection at a Ford dealer on February 1, 2006 to have the brakes looked at. They said everything looked normal. No anomalies were noted. When they test drove the vehicle, they did not notice a shimmy or shaking in the steering wheel during braking. Since then, the shimmy or shaking in the steering wheel has become more pronounced when braking and I am better able to tell when this will occur. Updated 07/16/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

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