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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,963 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 5 of 6)

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problem #31

Apr 012015

F-150

  • 37,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving down the interstate with my wife and two young boys heading to baseball practice, I lost all brake pressure and had a difficult time bringing the car to a halt. After several days in the shop, the service manager informed me the master cylinder lost all its fluid which caused the problem. The vehicle was ~16 months old and had ~37,000 miles (just barely out of warranty). The dealership was able to fix it after several days and only charged $100 as it was close to being in warranty and seemed like a highly unusual event. I didn't think much of it other than a one off fluke but saw an article this morning that others had the same issue. I have had no other issues since the resolution but obviously concerned it could happen again without warning if its a systemic problem with the braking system.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #30

Feb 252016

F-150

  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 5 mph, the brakes failed without warning. The contact depressed the brake pedal all the way to the floor and had to place the vehicle in park to stop. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the master cylinder and booster pump needed to be replaced. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #29

Dec 242015

F-150

  • 24,088 miles
Low brake fluid warning light came on and brake pedal went to floor. No visible leaks. I stopped the vehicle and added fluid, next morning reservoir was empty again, no fluid on the ground under vehicle. I took the truck to the Ford dealer for warranty repair. The mileage was 24088. Dealer stated "booster was full of brake fluid" and replaced booster pump and master cylinder. I have noted other online complaints for the same failure on this same model and year of truck. I feel an investigation should be opened due to the severity of the nature of this type of failure.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #28

May 012015

F-150

  • 18,070 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On 5/1/15, while backing out of my driveway, as I attempted to brake, the brake pedal went completely to the floor, and there was no stopping power. While attempting to pump the brake and use the parking brake, my vehicle crossed the street, went up the curb, and struck my neighbor's landscape wall, damaging it severely. Total distance travelled was approximately 2.5 truck lengths before impacting the neighbor's wall. Upon inspection by myself and later my insurance investigator, the brake fluid reservoir was empty, but there were no obvious signs of leakage. No puddles or visible brake fluid. Truck was towed to local dealer who diagnosed the problem as 'brake failure due to leak faulty brake master cylinder'. within a few days, the brakes again did not feel right with a strange pedal feel. Gradually, the worsening pedal feel was accompanied by a metallic scraping or grinding noise. A second trip to a dealer revealed a failed brake booster due to brake fluid ingestion, which also explained why there was no visible evidence of a leak after the crash. The brake booster operates at a vacuum, so as the master cylinder leaked catastrophically, the booster sucked in the fluid, causing it to ultimately fail as well. Both the brake master cylinder and the brake booster were replaced under warranty. I am surprised that there as been no action on this issue yet - the complete failure of the most important safety system of a 2.5+ ton vehicle - as there are numerous nearly identical failure modes with this model and year. I truly hope nobody is killed by this; it was truly terrifying to be without brakes while moving in reverse in a massive vehicle.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #27

Oct 292015

F-150

  • 13,000 miles
Vehicle had been parked for less than one hour. Returned and started vehicle. Depressed brake pedal to shift and pedal went to the floor and the low fluid light illuminated. No braking action. Stopped vehicle and checked brake fluid level. Reservoir had less than one quarter inch of fluid. Checked under and around vehicle and found no evidence of fluid leak. Added 24 oz. Of fluid to reservoir. Brakes still very mushy with very little braking action. Drove 11 miles very slowly and parked vehicle in driveway. Resevoir again almost empty with no visible leaks. Vehicle towed to dealership. Dealership said they had not heard of this problem before. Appears the master cylinder and booster are both bad. Truck had just rolled over 13,000 mi. When problem occurred. I have read at least 15 similar reports on this problem going back as far as 2011 F-150 vehicles. This is a potentially deadly problem.

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #26

Sep 072015

F-150

  • 22,000 miles
Low brake fluid warning came on while driving. Pulled into gas station, saw brake fluid reservoir was near empty. There was no signs of a leak. Bought and refilled brake fluid and drove to dealership-1 mile away- brake fluid reservoir was 1/2 full. Service representative, knew right off hand what the issue was, brake master cylinder failure bleeding into the reservoir. Luckily I was able to get to aservice C enter. Took days to get parts. Seems like a known issue with Ford and they're avoiding a recall...

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #25

Oct 192015

F-150

  • 32,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On october19 2015 in yuma, AZ., I was dropping daughter off at school at approximately 720 a.M. on my way work when my "check brake fluid" warning light illuminated, everything seemed normal but as I was driving I started to notice that the brake pedal started to feel mushy and as I continued driving at 55 miles per hour I was coming up to a major intersection and as I tried to decelerate by pressing the brake pedal the pedal went straight to the floorboard and I was not slowing down, but 5 minutes prior my brakes worked fine. I had to sharply veer of to the right to avoid slamming into another vehicle that was slowing down, driving over the curb and having to manually downshift and utilizing the emergency brake to avoid crashing into a parked bus. As I have been reading this seems to be a recurring issue with this vehicle and a very dangerous issue that needs to be addressed, I am thankful that I did not have my daughter in the vehicle at that time and am very lucky that nobody was hurt or god forbid worse. The F-150 was towed to the dealership and amazingly the service rep told me what was wrong before even looking at the truck which tells me that they are aware of the problem. Just like everybody else here that this has happened too, when I check my brake fluid, go figure it was empty even though it was serviced about a month ago. The truck has 32,000 miles on it. Ford needs to do something about this. Very, very dangerous

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #24

Oct 052015

F-150

  • miles
Rapid loss of brake fluid while driving resulting in brake failure. Warning light came on. Adding new fluid resulted in immediate loss of flid.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #23

Sep 252015

F-150

  • 61,000 miles
Travelling at 60 mph on interstate 5 South bound at 0445 hrs I observed brake lights approximately 1/4 mile ahead. As I applied brakes the pedal was spongy and brake fluid warning light came on. While in heavy traffic the brakes failed. I was able to exit freeway by down shifting and using emergency brake.I got to a local retailer and purchased 1 12 oz bottles of brake fluid and put it in the empty reservoir. After pumping the brakes I checked the fluid level and it was empty again. I purchased 2 more 12 oz bottles and added them to the reservoir. Pumped the brakes and everything seemed fine. Decided to go home (slowly) instead of work. After about 15 miles the brake fluid warning light comes back on. Pulled over and bought two more 12 oz bottles to put into my now empty reservoir. Drove 7 miles to my home and the low warning comes back on. Opened the hood to check brake fluid level and once again it is empty. Looked through engine compartment and the underside of my truck and there are no visible fluid leaks. This is a huge problem to life and limb. I see I'm not the only person with this issue yet nothing as far as I can tell is being done about it. Does someone have to be injured or killed? 60 oz of brake fluid just to drive 22 miles safely is not reasonable by any stretch of the imagination. Fortunately my wife or one of my children weren't using my truck when this happened or the outcome could have been very different. Waiting to hear back from my local dealer.

- Saugus, CA, USA

problem #22

Aug 262015

F-150

  • 36,000 miles
On 8/26/15 drove truck to town had no problems. Parked truck at house, short time later went to leave and low break fluid light was on, check under the hood and it was under the min mark found no leaks. I went to the store purchased a bottle of break fluid. On 9/6/15 same thing happened again, light came on checked around reservoir and under truck and cannot find a leak. Went to store purchased another bottle. Found numerous complaints online here and other sites about no breaks with no fluid in reservoir and no leaks found. I have contacted Ford directly about inspecting and repairing under warranty.

- Leesburg , GA, USA

problem #21

Aug 192015

F-150

  • 32,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 40 mph, the contact stated that the low brake fluid light illuminated on the instrument panel. While attempting to engage the brakes, the brake pedal sank to the floor. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the master cylinder needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 32,000.

- Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #20

Aug 182015

F-150

  • 36,443 miles
While backing out of a parking spot, I applied the service brakes and the brake pedal went to the floor. The truck continued in reverse, striking a concrete wall. I secured the vehicle and inspected the damage. Under the hood, I looked at the brake fluid reservoir. There was a very small amount of fluid in the bottom of the reservoir. I looked back at the dashboard to see if the brake light was illuminated, it was not. I had the truck towed to the dealership where I purchased (new) it two years prior, gosch Ford in hemet, ca. The service technician said the brake master cylinder and brake booster were bad and that the fluid had leaked back into the booster. Since the truck was out of warranty, the estimate for repair would be $800. The truck has 36,443 miles (443 miles over the basic warranty for brakes). As a small business owner, the truck is used to tow my equipment trailer necessary for work. Without the truck, I don't work and my business suffers. The dealership refused to submit this to Ford for warranty work stating "Ford is very firm on this issue; even one mile over 36,000 would be refused". I approved the repairs since I need this vehicle for my livelihood. An hour later, the service department called saying there is a nationwide backorder on the master cylinder and brake booster (go figure), and the parts wouldn't be available for 5 weeks! so, my truck (the truck I purchased new to ensure dependability, safety and reliability) sits at the dealership waiting for the replacement parts for an apparent common brake failure problem. Since they are replacing the defective parts with new (hopefully not defective) parts, I will cringe each time I step on the brake pedal. An internet check of this problem revealed others with the exact same situation. Why is there no recall? this is a huge brake failure issue.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #19

Jun 282015

F-150

  • 44,000 miles
My family and I were preparing to pull out of a croded parking lot as we were leaving a baseball tournament.my husband attempted to put the truck into drive and as he shifted, the truck lunged backward as he had no brakes to stop the vehicle. He had to throw it into P to stop.a mother and her son were walking near the vehicle at this time, my husband was quite unnerved.he turned the vehicle off and went to a local store for brake fluid in order to drive home.he took the truck to the nearest dealer where they had discovered that the master cylinder and entire brake system failed.there was no warning to this issue.our truck only has 44,000miles and is 2 years old.this is our family vehicle used to Transport our children, not to haul or tow things.I researched this issue online and contacted Ford after realizing that our truck was not the only truck with this issue. I spoke with regional manager randy copeland regarding the issue and expressed my concerns that this is a huge safety issue.an entire brake system should never fail unless it was faulty, especially on a newer vehicle.I explained to him that this is a serious issue and could result in loss of lives if it is not addressed.I was told to worry about my own vehicle.I was told that I need to keep conversation professional, I was upset at the fact that he dismissed the seriousness of no brakes.my concerns fell on deaf ears.I want Ford to realize the seriousness of this safety issue.Mr. Copeland also could not answer my question- what would Ford have done if my husband would have backed over this mother and her son.I want Ford to recognize this problem and take action before someone is seriously injured or lives are lost.

- Portage, PA, USA

problem #18

Jul 292015

F-150

  • 28,000 miles
While driving on freeway a "low brake fluid" warning light came on the dash. I tested brakes and they felt ok at that point. After driving several more miles the brake pedal took more pressure to slow down the vehicle and by the time I stopped the brake pedal went to the floor. I checked the brake fluid reservoir and it was empty. I found no brake fluid leaking under the vehicle. I filled the reservoir with new brake fluid and after driving 5 miles the brake warning light came on again. I stopped and checked the reservoir and it was empty again. After filling the reservoir again I took the vehicle into a Ford dealer. They told me the master cylinder had failed and leaked the brake fluid into the brake booster unit and caused it to fail as well. The service adviser said they had 3 other F-150 trucks come in with this same issue. The fix is to replace the master cylinder and the brake booster unit with new parts. He claims the new parts have been re-engineered to fix the issue. I checked the internet for this problem and found many others have had the same issue with at least 2011, 2012, 2013 Ford F-150 trucks, some never received the "low brake fluid" light before the brakes failed. This is an extremely dangerous safety issue as the brakes become unusable when this occurs. I tow a large trailer on some steep grades and this could be a disastrous issue as you can imagine. I believe this should definitely trigger an immediate recall to fix this very dangerous issue.

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #17

Jun 152015

F-150

  • 30,000 miles
Whenever at a stop in traffic, the brake pedal drifted to the floor causing loss of breaks resulting in striking the car in front of me. The trucks been at Ford to replace multiple pieces of the brake system with absolutely no better result. The master cylinder resovior was found empty twice prior to this problem surfacing.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #16

Jun 242015

F-150

  • 48,000 miles
Owner driving pov entering interstate via onramp at approx. 60mph when check brake light appeared. Owner continued into traffic and reached speed of approx. 70mph when traffic slowed. Owner pushed brake pedal completely to floor with no slowing occurring. Owner pumped brakes numerous times, downshifted and utilized emergency brake to avoid collision going onto shoulder of interstate. Brake fluid reservoir was empty, no evidence of a leak found on undercarriage. Owner put more brake fluid in and was able to get pov home via slow speed, downshifting and emergency brake. Brake reservoir once again empty. After research online regarding master cylinder failure, owner replaced master cylinder and brakes are working without issue.. this incident could have obviously ended with someone seriously injured or even killed. Pov was no longer under warranty with approx. 48,000 miles so all repairs were at owners expense.

- Prague, OK, USA

problem #15

Aug 012014

F-150

  • 13,000 miles
I replaced my breaks (all of them front and rear) in August of 2014. Not even one year of owning the vehicle and only about 13,000 miles. They would shudder and shake when I applied the brakes. Ford told me it was not covered under warranty and it as "normal wear and tear." Fast forward, July of 2015. The breaks are doing the same thing again. Shuddering and shaking. I again take it into Ford, and they are telling me the rotors are cracked and I am going to have to replace them. Within a year and now at only 27,000 miles. They asked me if I tow a lot or heavy items. I told them I have never towed anything and only drive the vehicle 3 days per week. Ford had no explanation of how it could have happened; however, again it is not covered under warranty. Breaks/roters are not covered! at 13,000 and at 27,000 there is no reason any breaks or roters need to be replaced. I owned a 2002 Ford F-150 and did not need breaks until 70,000 miles. There is a problem!

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 042014

F-150

  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle started to make a jerking motion. The contact released the brake pedal and reapplied the brake several times, but the vehicle hesitated to stop. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic turned the rotors but the failure recurred. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer where the rotors were replaced. The failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to a dealer. The mechanic stated that the brake pads fractured. The rotors were turned and the brake pads were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000.

- Hollister, MO, USA

problem #13

Jun 242015

F-150

  • 58,457 miles
Backed up to boat trailer. Attached trailer to F-150 platinum. Brake pedal went to the floor. Checked brake fluid level and there was no fluid. Added (3) 6 oz. Bottles. No external leaks found anywhere. Bled brake lines to get vehicle home. Dealer found that the master cylinder seal blew and all the brake fluid went into the booster. Booster on back order for 5 days. I am having to pay to have booster replaced, seal, and ABS system flush. This was very dangerous for me as I was towing my 17ft boat up a mountain @ 7% grade for 17 miles. I have read the recorded complaints for this same issue and it appears to have happened to many people over the last 2 years. Ford please fix this.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 122015

F-150

  • 36,500 miles
Total brake failure. Started vehicle and went to back up and brake peddle went to the floor, low brake fluid light light came on as soon as the peddle hit the floor. Vehicle was slowly moving backwards and would not stop. Tried pumping the peddle to stop the truck. Used parking brake to stop vehicle to avoid backing into other cars behind. Checked brake fluid level and found it was almost out, less than a 1/4 inch in the reservoir. Checked entire vehicle and no leaks could be found called crossroads Ford in cary, nc and they indicated I should fill it with dot3 fluid and bring it in. Filled reservoir to max line and pumped braked a few times until they were firm. Drove to the dealership, about 25 miles. No issues getting to the dealership other than the brakes were quite spongy and not too responsive. Upon inspection at the dealership, they removed the master cylinder and found the fluid had filled the brake booster and the master cylinder had failed.. this seems to be a very serious problem, I'm very lucky I wasn't killed or killed someone in an accident. Vehicle was just a little over 500 out of warranty.

- Clayton, NC, USA

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