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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
23,773 miles

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2014 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2014 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #31

Mar 112016


  • 11,000 miles


Ford F150 supercab 4X4 5.0 automatic. Purchased vehicle new in February 2015. Shortly after purchase, I noticed the truck would begin to creep forward while stopped in traffic with the brake applied. This would require more effort to be applied to the brake pedal until the pedal would eventually go all the way to the floor. I took the truck in to the dealer at around 500 miles to have the brakes checked but was told that this condition was normal for power assist brakes. I have owned many vehicles with power assist brakes and this condition is not normal. The truck now has 11000 miles and the condition persists. Based on complaints from other F150 owners it appears that these trucks are equipped with defective master cylinders which are bypassing. So far I have not encountered a total brake failure but the braking problem with my truck could be a precursor to complete failure. I know that the brake problem has mainly been identified on trucks with the 3.5 engine but Ford has acknowledged that it could affect trucks with other engines such as mine because it has the same braking system. While I had my truck at the dealer I was also told by the service manager that they checked the brakes on a new 2014 F150 on the lot and the brakes did the same thing as mine, therefore it was a"normal" condition. This appears to be a widespread problem and it is only a matter of time before there will be more accidents caused by these faulty master cylinders.

- Talcott, WV, USA

problem #30

Jul 282015


  • 20,000 miles
Brake peddle went clear to floor Aug 2015, were told by Ford dealership break fluid ran into the brake booster. Did not cause a crash we were at a stop light on hill and started rolling backwards put on emergency brake before we rolled into the car behind us once light turned green we went up the hill and tried to turn could not stop and pedestrians were in crosswalk so we could not turn had to go straight and pull over. We were in downtown and found out later if we were able to turn it was a very steep down hill so good that we ended going straight it could have been a big issue for us. This issue once fixed then caused the bake lights not work work so we went back to dealership due to a switch that went bad due to the brake peddle going to the floor since we were on vacation in nashville tn when we left and started on road again soon found out that it also caused the bakes would not turn off the cruise control while driving on highway at 70 mph, we would hit brakes and we were still going 70 mph we did not know what was going on so we manually turned off cruise with switch on steering wheel. We had to get fixed once we returned to Ohio. Ford paid for our 3 extra day stay in a motel while we waited for parts to be found by us and our dealership in Ohio since there seemed to be no brake boosters available during this time. Once we found parts had them shipped to mid ten Ford in nashville tn.

- Lagrange, OH, USA

problem #29

Mar 102016


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford F-150. While driving 45 mph, the brake warning light illuminated and brake fluid low was displayed across the message board. In addition, the contact attempted to depress the brake pedal, but the pedal depressed in excess. The contact refilled the vehicle with brake fluid; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 38,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bradengton, FL, USA

problem #28

Mar 132015


  • 905 miles


Since I purchaced my truck in March of last year.twice I had brake pedal issues.when applying the brakes trying stop. The pedal was very slow to return to its normal position.the next time the pedal went completely to the floorboard as if I was bleeding the brakes. After both incidents I took it to the dealership's. both dealership's said they are normal after road testing my truck.

- Baldwin Park, CA, USA

problem #27

Feb 282016


  • 39,000 miles
The rear brakes of my 2014 F 150 sporadically lock up for a few sec after short or long distance highway drive. The actual lock up occurs when I make a turn into and around a parking lot. Once I have completed the turn the brakes quickly release themselves. I have taken it to my local Ford dealer but can never replicate it, so nothing has been to even look at the braking system. The dealership told me it is probably just the ABS acting up once in awhile.

- Lebanon, IL, USA

problem #26

Feb 102016


  • miles
The driver owned a 2014 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while the driver was driving at an unknown speed, the brake pedal was applied but failed to respond. The contact mentioned that the steering wheel failed but was uncertain. As a result, the driver veered off the road and crashed. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The driver sustained a fatal heart attack. The driver received medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA action number: PE16003 (service brakes, service brakes, hydraulic), and NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V316000 (steering) and 14V710000 (seats). The failure mileage was not available.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #25

Sep 182015


  • 10,000 miles


Lost all braking unexpectedly. Brake pedal went all the way to the floor and I immediately hade no brakes whatsoever. Described exactly as in this article - I was leaving my office parking garage and was very lucky to have acted quickly to engage the emergency brake. Co-workers helped me push the vehicle back into an empty parking spot where it was later towed to the dealership at dealership's expense. Around 10K miles or less at the time of the incident. Ford dealership said all fluid had leaked from the master cylinder into the booster. I view this as a serious defect and am highly suspect of the safety of this vehicle, as a result. Please advise.

- Saginaw, TX, USA

problem #24

Feb 272016


  • 13,000 miles
Took grandkids to soccer practice and brakes failed. Pushed pedal and it went to floor. Pumped pedal and regained brake power. Fluid low indicator came on, so I put fluid in and limped 1 mile home...the no fluid light came on and no brakes. There is no indication of fluid leaking in the wheels or master cylinder.

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #23

Mar 292015


  • 20,200 miles
Brakes failure at 20,200 miles. Brake booster and master cylinder failed while pulling out of garage. After stopping with the E-brake, several dash warning illuminated and a message of low brake fluid appeared. No fluid was found in reservoir and was sucked into the brake booster. Ford attempted to blame the failure on the after market charge air cooler. Truck is S 2014 Ford F-150 platinum 3.5L ecoboost 4X4.

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

problem #22

Dec 022015

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving truck and taking offramp to service road, pushed brakes and they were hard, no response. Got truck off the road without a collision, had truck towed to dealership and they replaced a vacuum pump on the brake system. Truck had 21,500 miles. 3 weeks later while driving on the highway again same thing happened. Had truck towed to the dealership where it is at now waiting for a diagnosis on repair. How can this be same for brakes to fail so often without a recall from Ford Motor Company "?"

- Newcastle, OK, USA

problem #21

Oct 302015


  • 9,684 miles


Failure of master cylinder and booster pump. All fluid drained into booster with no warning. Repaired under warranty. Vehicle has only 9600 miles. Vehicle lost all braking ability (excluding ebrake) within 60 seconds of a low fluid alert.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #20

Oct 112015


  • 18,500 miles
As as I exiting I-95 onto an off ramp in a 2014 F-150 (going about 45mph at the time of breaking) I started to brake in order to slow to an appropriate speed to make a slight right curved turn. Within 1-2 seconds, my steering locked up, and the tires began to screech. I was unable to control my steering and the brakes did not seem to respond to the amount of pressure I was putting on the break pedal. While I did eventually stop, I would have definitely rear ended someone if they were in front of me. Thankfully I had an open lane. Once I was completely stopped, the car returned to normal operation and I was able to pull over and inspect my vehicle. I was unable to find anything that would signal an issue, so I drove it home and called the dealership. They told me there was nothing they could do if the system was not registering any errors and the truck was (currently) performing normal. Additionally, about 1 month prior, as I was accelerating and then began to brake due to a stop light change, the brake petal began to vibrate and the car made a 3 second grinding sound untill I let off the brake, and again performed normally thereafter.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #19

May 272015


  • 13,000 miles
Brakes do not always react as they should when you hit the brake pedal. 1-2 sec. Delay

- O.O.B., ME, USA

problem #18

Sep 192015


  • 21,500 miles
Travelling at highway speeds. Low brake fluid indicator came on. Pulled over, topped off brake fluid. Had to purchase 24oz of fluid to get it to level. Drove another 20 miles. Indicator came back on. Added 12oz more of fluid and made it home. The next morning the brake pedal went straight to the floor. No brakes at all. No sign of leak anywhere. No fluid on driveway. Vanishing fluid? not sure how my truck can hide 36oz+ of brake fluid if it's not in the reservoir.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #17

Sep 012015


  • 10,500 miles
Started vehicle and pushed on brake to switch to reverse, warning message that vehicle was low on brake fluid. Verified by looking at master cylinder, added brake fluid and started driving. Within 3 miles same message, parked vehicle called Ford. They picked up the vehicle and called me later to advise that the master cylinder failed and the brake booster sucked all the fluid into it. They both needed replaced as well as other brake related stuff. I researched and I know I am not the first to have this exact same problem, I am just lucky I wasnt on the freeway at speed when this occurred.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #16

Sep 032015


  • 21,800 miles
While checking engine oil noticed a "sucking" noise coming from the brake fluid reservoir and noted it was empty. Added some additional dot 4 fluid up to the min mark and within 30 minutes it was empty again. Traced all the brake lines and inspected the brake calipers and no leaks noted. Went to start the truck to move it and the low brake fluid light illuminated and the brake pedal when pressed went to the floor. No other signs of brake issues prior to this point. Had the vehicle towed to a Ford dealership and they stated that the master brake cylinder and brake booster are defective and need to be replaced. The brake fluid was leaking into the brake booster and collecting there hence no visible leakage. Fortunately the incident occurred in my driveway, but if it had occurred on the road who knows what the results would have been. The truck has ~21,800 miles and was purchased new in November 2014 with a build date in August 2014. Quick search on the internet has turned up similar instances with the same year, make, model, and ~ mileage.

- Deerfield, NH, USA

problem #15

Aug 142015


  • 22,000 miles
Brakes suddenly failed on the highway, had the vehicle towed back to a Ford service center and it turned out that the brake booster component flooded with brake fluid which is a mayor failure and is never supposed to happen, even the service manager at sawgrass Ford agrees with that assessment. Doing some research online I found out this component has failed around the country and Ford has done nothing to improve the part's safety. I've already filed a complaint the state of Florida attorney's office and now I'm doing the same with you. The sudden failure of this part represents a very grave safety situation as the brakes are without a warning completely disabled once it happens.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 212015


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford F-150. While driving at 30 mph and attempting to engage the brakes, the brake light illuminated and the vehicle failed to stop. The contact replenished the brake fluid in order to remedy the failure; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the master braking cylinder and the brake booster needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #13

Jul 202015


  • 12,600 miles
At approximately 12,600 miles on my newly purchased vehicle, I experienced brake vibration, a hesitation and jerk in transmission at low accelerating speed or slowing down and then accelerating, and a loud whining noise from rear end between 60-65 miles per hour. I took it to river city Ford and they turned the rotors for the brakes. I told river city Ford that was unacceptable for a new vehicle and by turning the rotors they just reduced the life of the rotors for a new vehicle. I also told them that the brake pads should be replaced also. I contacted Ford Corp and they would not take any action and would not let me talk to anyone higher than a customer service supervisor. River city Ford has had my vehicle in the shop since 7/20/2015. They have tried shimming ring and pinion in rear end and it did not fix the problem. They have tried various things and has not fixed the problem. They claim that adding grease to the transmission supposedly fixed the jerking when accelerating. Ford Corp has wasted a lot of time trying to fix a known problem by Ford. My research shows the rear end issue has existed for years and many customers have experienced the problem. Brake vibration, transmission jerking, and loud humming from the rear end are all safety issues, that if a failure occurs, could result in an accident at high speed.

- Branchland, WV, USA

problem #12

Jul 252015


  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford F-150. While driving at an unknown speed, the brake pedal was depressed and failed to respond. The brake fluid warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who diagnosed that the master and boost cylinders needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 14,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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