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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,130 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2010 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2010 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #12

May 242016

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while approaching a stop sign at 20 mph, the power brake booster fractured a seal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V345000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 143,000. Updated 06/29/16

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #11

Apr 052012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 29,600 miles
When declerating to a stop or stopped the engine will die. When I attempt a restart the engine will try to turn over for 10-15 seconds then stop. After 3 or 4 attemps and giving a little gas the truck will start. This has now happened 5 times to me in the past 2 weeks. I took the truck to Ford and they didnt return any codes so nothing repaired. They fit my truck with a recorder and I am suppose to press a button next time it dies. This seems to be a serious issue as I have seen dozens of posts with the same issue.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #10

Feb 042012


  • 52,000 miles
After owning my truck for nearly 2 years I began to notice a musty smell. Last weekend my kids were riding in the back seat and noticed water pooled on the center seatbelt frame. I immediately thought the sliding glass window was partially opened, but it wasn't. besides it was no where near where the water was pooling. Then we noticed in both corners of the headliner dark water stains. Just by looking at the cab of the truck it looks to me like it is the molding that extends about 18 inches up the cab of the truck. I'm thinking it wasn't properly sealed on the roof. I am sure it has been leaking since day one, but with the drought here in houston for the last year I am just now noticing since it rains at least twice a week. Ford is saying it is out of warranty and I would have to pay to have it fixed. Excuse me but why is this considered warranty work when it is clearly craftsmanship of the truck. First time Ford owner but never again. I don't have enough time to explain all the transmission and brake issues.

- New Caney, TX, USA

problem #9

Jan 242012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 27,547 miles


Brakes failed while driving truck, pressing down on breaks loud air type noises coming from brakes. Dealership installed new power brake booster assembly.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #8

Dec 292009

F-150 8-cyl

  • 1,800 miles
Problems incurred second day of driving...into Ford dealer @ 1800 30,000.severe transmission hits @ start & stop violent slamming between gears and when dowshifting complete slipage/disengagement when backing up slight grade. Left front brake drags with wheel sliding on ice-snow, brake linings smoke and smell and rotor 386 degrees with others @ 124-160. In to 3-different Ford dealerships a total of 6 times and with factory Ford technician once and told twice by Ford dealer shop managers that there is nothing they can...will do. "all" say they've re-programmed the transmission and cleared the learning curve. No codes stored or seen....Ford has tried to tell me basically...I'm nuts and everything is fine...have four written statements of other drivers of my truck as to what they've incurred...makes no differenc. Have filed with BBB and going to arbitration, which from what all the other Ford F150 owners are saying...will be an exercise in futility...and time. Have given Ford diagrams showing transmission problems....have given Ford written and verbal descriptiions of under what conditions it happens and to drive under same and expierence for themselves...they "all" refuse to enter my complete descriptions onto work order or drive it under conditions described. Have no idea why 3-400,000 Ford F150 owners do not file a class action...only way Ford will respond.........will not...cannot drive on ice/snow for fear of losing control when both brake and transmission problems may occur.

- Brighton, CO, USA

problem #7

Nov 222011

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
The "downhill decent control fault" light comes on at random times while driving down the road. When the fault light comes on and remains on., it also causes the brake lights on the vehicle to come on and remain on until you can the fault light decides to go off. So while driving down the road, and even worse, when in traffic, the fault light may come on and cause the brake lights on the rear of the vehicle to shine, signaling to other drivers that this vehicle is slowing or coming to a stop, when it is not. This can, in certain instances, be very dangerous. Turning the vehicle ignition off will at time alleviate the problem, but that is not always an option while driving down the road, or in traffic. The light also comes on with no warning, and with no use of the system that is indicated is faulting.

- Graham, TX, USA

problem #6

Jun 192011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 35,633 miles


Vehicle being driven at normal highway speed on cruise control. Cruise control kicked off. Then power steering and brakes went out and a fire started in the engine compartment in front of driver seat. Vehicle coasted to the side of the road. Smoke began to fill the cab. At side of road vehicle was evacuated vehicle burned to the ground. Photos available from the time they got to the side of the road.

- Berthoud, CO, USA

problem #5

May 292011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 4,800 miles
While driving by 2010 F150 at approx 75 mph in cruise mode. The ABS brake and red brake light came on and the car sharply decelerated. ( brake engaged). Lasted approx. 1-2 seconds then the braking stopped. This happened 4 times within a 2 hour period. Then while stopping to pay a toll ( came to complete stop ABS brakes(, the truck stalled out while in drive.

- Mooresville, NC, USA

problem #4

Jan 152011


  • 2,100 miles
While driving toward a busy intersection the vehicle lost all power! including brakes and steering! I rolled out into the major highway causing vehicles to have to swerve to miss me! this is not safe!! the emergency lights would not work, nor would anything else on the vehicle. After about a minute the power came back on to the truck as if nothing had happened. I have 2 babies that ride with me and will not take a chance of this happening again! the truck is now at the dealership and will not be picked up until the problem is fixed. I have also contacted and retained a lawyer should this major problem become an issue for me. This is obviously a vehicle defect that can be closely compared to the Toyota recall! someone is going to get killed with this problem!!

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #3

Mar 172010


  • 75 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F150. The contact stated that while he attempted to stop the vehicle the front brakes violently engaged felt as if he would eject from the vehicle through the windshield. The failure occurred intermittently. The manufacturer stated that they are aware that the failure exists on some of the 2010 vehicles, but in time it should correct itself. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The dealership diagnostic test stated that the failure does exist, but could not correct the failure. The manufacturer will not pay for the repairs. The failure mileage was 75 and the current mileage was 10,000.

- South Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 022010


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford F-150. While driving at approximately 30 mph repeated pressure was applied to the brake pedal but the vehicle would not stop. After approximately 10 seconds the brakes locked up and the vehicle stopped. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed the brakes needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure continued to recur whenever pressure was applied to the brake pedal. The failure and current mileages were 5,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Croydon, NH, USA

problem #1

Mar 172010


  • 10 miles
Aggressive braking system on 2010 F150 4 X 4. Ford deems this to be a normal characteristic with this vehicle but according to their ssm 21458 it states that only some F150 are affected. It also states in the ssm that it can get worst before it gets better. When braking it feels like you hit the front brakes on a bike. I had two dealers look at this problem but with this ssm it states that they can not perform any service. Yet when talking to a srvc tech they agree the brakes are not what they are use to. Leaving and opinion that they to agree with the customer. In my opinion Ford realizes that there is a problem why else put out an ssm there must of been previous complaints on this issue in order for Ford to acknowledge this.I can send you a copy of this ssm if needed. Please supply your address. This issue started when I picked up the vehicle. My other concern is, if my brakes are part of the some that is normal what about the other some?? [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- South Amboy, NJ, USA

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