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Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,703 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #88

Jul 152016


  • 73,000 miles


I had complete brake failure. Master cylinder leaked into the booster. I thought it would be part of the existing recall, but my build date of 10/2012 was not included.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #87

Jul 072016


  • 49,179 miles
On July 7 2013 I experienced a complete brake failure while driving on a major state route. I was able to get my vehicle to the dealership for repairs. They explained that the repair was not under warranty. Upon further investigation I discovered that there was a recall for the exact problem that my vehicle experienced. When I called this to the dealers attention, the said my vehicle was not part of this recall. This vehicle has less than 50,000 miles and could have been involved in a serious accident had I not known how to control a vehicle with no brakes. I'd like a refund in full of $572.48 that the dealer charged me for the repair.

- Crestview Hills, KY, USA

problem #86

Jul 182016


  • 35,400 miles
From the Ford recall notice 16S24 "brake function in the rear wheels is unaffected by this condition". wrong! I experienced the low brake fluid warning message and the master cylinder reservoir is also the source for the rear brakes. In my case, I had complete brake failure, pedal to the floorboard. Backing out of the garage to take the truck to the dealer, it would not stop at engine idle speed and broke the rear view mirror on the garage door opening. I am having the truck towed to the dealer. Hate to think of what would have happened had I gotten on the road. The recall notice downplays the severity of the condition and this is unacceptable. I checked yes on the crash question because of the collision with the garage door opening.

- Saratoga Springs, UT, USA

problem #85

Apr 112016


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. When the brake pedal was applied, it failed to engage and disengage without warning. The contact had to apply extreme force to the brake pedal to ensure that the vehicle made a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and repair, but the failure recurred. The brake pedal was hard to depress and slow to respond when applied. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V345000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The parts were not available within a reasonable time frame. The contact was unable to determine when the vehicle would be repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- St Johns, KS, USA

problem #84

Jul 092016


  • 45,650 miles
While driving the vehicle the low brake fluid light came on and then immediately after the light illuminated the truck experienced a complete brake failure. My foot went all the way down to the floorboard while pressing the brakes. The master cylinder was completely empty when we parked the vehicle. We replaced the brake fluid back into the master cylinder and within two minutes of pumping the brakes the master cylinder was empty and the low brake fluid level light came on again. We investigated under the vehicle but could not find any sign of the brake fluid leaking under the truck. We used the emergency brake to stop the vehicle and brought it to the Ford dealership.

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #83

Jun 302016


  • 17,500 miles
Eco boost brake recall. Lost all braking with no warning on freeway. No accident or injury.

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #82

Jun 162016


  • 26,500 miles


Vehicle stationary in parking lot, no brakes, front or rear, had it towed June 16, 2016, looked at in freehold Ford, freehold, New Jersey, diagnosed Friday June 17, 2016, no brakes, no parts no answers as to when it will be repaired, no loaner vehicle, no help, today is July 1, 2016 only answer is from Ford central jersey customer service rep Ms. Auna lochlan 866-631-3788 xtn 77798 is that letters are going out July 11, 2016 on the recall and we don't have parts. So I have no vehicle, no answers!

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #81

Jun 282016


  • 11,000 miles
I drove the vehicle to the store this morning and there was no problem with the brakes. When I left the store and started the vehicle I got a message that said brake fluid is low and when I pressed the brake it went straight to the floor with no resistance. I had to pump the brakes several times to stop the vehicle from moving as I was attempting to back out of a parking space. I got it to stop however when I pressed the brake again it went straight to the floor again. I then turned the vehicle off and called for roadside assistance. The vehicle was towed to the dealership (it only has 11000 miles on it) and they advised me that the master cylinder was defective and was leaking fluid into the brake booster.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #80

Jun 062016


  • 42,000 miles
As I came back from dropping of the kids at school, 06 June, I was driving into the house complex when the breaks failed. The truck would not stop. I used the emergency break to slow down the vehicle. Once I stopped I then proceeded to drive the vehicle to my drive way using the emergency break. I was lucky it was not busy. I contact Ford to see about the problem. Was told the recall was not going to come out till July. Ford got me in contact with the nearest dealership, viva Ford, to make arrangements to pick up the truck on 07 June. The problem is the fluid leaks into the master cylinder. I was told by the dealership that Ford does not cover rentals. That the dealership will try to help me with a loaner. Now I'm stuck with no vehicle, missed a day of work and still have to wait if a loaner vehicle comes available.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #79

Jun 052016


  • 9,712 miles
On 6/5/2016 the low brake fluid warning light came on and the brake fluid reservoir was empty. We were near harold Ford in sacramento, ca, so we dropped the truck off for repair. On 6/6/2016, the master cylinder and brake booster were replaced.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #78

May 272016


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 25 mph and attempting to engage the brakes, the brake pedal sank to the floorboard and failed to stop the vehicle without warning. As a result, the contact's vehicle crashed into another vehicle. A police report was not filed and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #77

Apr 012016


  • 40,000 miles
There is an un-normal vibration when applying brakes. I think the rotors are bad.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #76

May 282016


  • 36,682 miles
Ford brake recall # 16V345 I want to report that the day after I received your warning notice, my brake's failed. I was lucky that it happened while I was backing out of a parking space at 2 mph and not on I-95 in heavy traffic doing 65 mph and towing a camper. I had the vehicle towed to the dealership, and they told me that they did not have a recall notice on my vehicle yet. However, because they had just done a complete brake overhaul on it in March, they only charged me a $ $100 deductible. They did say that if I received a recall notice from Ford, I could ask for a refund of the deductible. I have attached the invoices from both transactions. I would like to hear more from you regarding this and any more recalls on my vehicle

- Hanover, MD, USA

problem #75

May 302016


  • 42,000 miles
In all braking scenarios, be it from 55mph+ to 0 or just a partial slow down the truck begins to shake and shimmy vigorously. It affects steering, stopping distance and is extremely unsafe. The issue is at its peak when coming to a complete stop at any red light or trying to brake and turn at the same time. Issue was diagnosed and seems to be a defect in Ford rotors as the brake pads are over 80% as stated by a Ford representative.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #74

May 262016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 55 mph, the brakes failed and the low brake fluid warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V345000 (service brakes). The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Weaver, IA, USA

problem #73

May 252016


  • 53,482 miles
Complete brake failure. I had to replace rotors, pads and add brake fluid yesterday to my 2013 F-150 with the 3.5 liter turbo boost. I have the receipts! I was told that the fluid was extremely low, pads were cracked and the rotors were wrapped. I spent over $700 and I have less than 54, 000 miles on this truck. Worst brakes I have ever had, now the brakes are spongy and the tech. Has no clue why; brakes were bleed twice but still same issue.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #72

Oct 012013


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 55 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to stop the vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the rear brake pads were saturated with brake fluid. The rear brake pads were replaced at approximately 18,000, 21,000, 35,000, 50,000, and 65,000 miles; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000.

- Middlesex, NJ, USA

problem #71

May 022016


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle did not stop when the brake pedal was depressed. The brake pedal was depressed to the floorboard. The vehicle was able to be stopped; however, the parking brake had to be depressed. Upon inspection, the contact noticed that the brake fluid was depleted. The contact added brake fluid to the vehicle, but it depleted again 45 minutes later. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but it was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #70

Feb 292016


  • 36,000 miles
My son was driving to school, normal speed, pressed the brakes to stop at a stop light. He pushed the brake to the floor and the truck had no brakes, did not stop and slid in to the person ahead of him. Luckily, no one was hurt, but his vehicle sustained over $3000 in damages. The person ahead of him had no damages. Even now, the brakes are very light and you have to press down super hard. I am very nervous about him or anyone driving this vehicle. The dealer will do nothing about it. We purchased this vehicle in December of 2015.

- Newcastle, WA, USA

problem #69

May 132016


  • 50,000 miles
Brakes requiring frequent service with brake pads breaking on passenger side and rotors needing turning. We have 50,000 miles on truck and brakes are scrubbing again. This will be the fourth time we have had to correct this problem.

- Jasper, GA, USA

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