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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,822 miles

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2008 Ford F-250 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 122010

F-250 8-cyl

  • 13,697 miles


I bought my truck in November 2008 brand new. At approximately 13000 miles I had my right front brake caliper freeze up. I was on my way home from work pulled in my driveway got out and saw smoke coming from around my left front wheel. I took it in to the dealership the following day and the dealership had to install a new caliper, pads and rotor. This was all done under warranty, unfortunately this same thing has happened 3 more times - once on the right front, once on the right rear, and again on the left front. The last time was at 48000 miles and I had to pay for the repairs because I was out of warranty. Every incident was the same with the resulting repairs being the same (new caliper, new rotor, and new pads. I hope that something can be done to make Ford remedy this situation before someone gets hurt. Living in Michigan I drive on slippery roads and if this were to happen on slippery roads I fear what the outcome of the incident may be. This I feel is a very unsafe condition, I pull a 34 foot fifthwheel camper and would not want to experience this while pulling it. I know of at least 5 other trucks with this same problem ranging in years from 2005 to present. Ironically Ford has issued a tsb on the 2010-2011 Ford superduty for this exact problem. I believe they need to expand the tsb or issue a recall on all of these trucks. I am on the verge of getting rid of my truck because I feel it is not real safe to drive.hopefully something will be done about this.

- Stockbridge, MI, USA

problem #3

Oct 172007


  • 3,590 miles
Purchase date September 13, 2007 of Ford F250 truck. While driving the truck would start vibrating and I would see white exhaust smoke, truck would either lose power or increase speed without any change in acceleration. It has been in the shop over 16 times. The dealership has had the vehicle for numerous weeks and have put over 1,000 miles driving the vehicle in attempt to duplicate the problems and get a diagnostic code. March 2010 while slowing down I noticed a loss of power steering and power brakes for a second or two. By recommendation of Ford our dealership has flushed the power steering system approximately 4 times. The loss of power steering and power brakes almost caused my wife to go off the road while exiting a highway. The dealership had possession of my truck for the entire month of June 2010. They were unable to duplicate the steering and brake issue. Most recently while out of town I lost power steering and brakes 3 times after I slowed down to make a turn. It appears the loss of steering and brakes lasts longer. I have been informed that Ford Motor Co. Diagnostic protocol is if the computer does not throw a code or a service tech cannot get the vehicle to duplicate the problem they are not able to do anything. We have been more than patient with the dealer, the service records and the amount of time we have been without the truck will clearly show we have given more than adequate chance to fix these problems. Now at 90,000 miles I own a vehicle that I will not allow my wife or anyone else drive in fear they may not be able to react quick enough to maintain control until the power steering and power brakes return to function.

- Douglas, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 272010


  • 42,000 miles
2008 Ford F250 - right rotor only disintegrating causing major damage to the caliper and rubber boot. Had truck to dealership twice and they could find nothing wrong with the truck, now dealership is saying that it is lack of maintenance on my part. I seriously believe that this is a defective part. Brake on right hand side is completely gone. I think if the dealership would have check this out better they would have found the problem while the truck was under warranty.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #1

May 012008


  • 8,000 miles
It happen about a month after I first got the truck. I was getting to a stop sign and the steering wheel and brakes locked, I wasn't able to turn at all and I had a really hard time braking, I had to use a lot of force to brake or to turn the wheel even a little. That happened 3 different time. At a stop sign and once at a turn light which was the worst cause I had to go straight into the opposite direction. That was all in a 2 weeks after the one month of having the truck. It was completely stock. After taking it to the dealer ship they said nothing was wrong and they couldn't do anything. 3 weeks later I bought so mud tires for it. And about 2 or 3 weeks later I started having trouble with the steering box. When id be at a stop or not moving at all, am not able to turn the wheels and it makes a weird sound when I turn the wheel. This still happens everytime time I drive when am stopping or just turned it on, anytime am not moving or steeping on the gas, am not able to turn the wheels. I took it shortly after it first happened and they test drove it and agreed something was wrong so the said they fix it. It took them a week to order parts and get it fixed, but 3 days after getting it back it started acting the same. So I took it back again and they said it was the tires I had??. but I have several friends with the same truck and tires and they have no problems. Yet they wanted me to put the stock tires back and take it to them. Haven't yet. So they told me to take it to another dealership to see what they say.

- El Paso, TX, USA

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