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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
17,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Ford Ranger brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012006

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles


Anti-lock brake failure caused excessive wear to front brakes of the vehicle. Dealer and manufacturer are refusing responsibility for repair.

- Waterford, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 192006

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
: the contact stated while approaching an intersection at 40mph the vehicle in front stopped short. When the brakes were depressed the vehicle seemed to accelerate rather than slow down. The contact swerved to avoid a direct rear end collision, but clipped the vehicle in the right rear bumper. Both vehicles sustained only minor damage. The police filed a report at the scene. The contact experienced two previous failures with the brakes, but no accidents resulted in the other incidents. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but the problem could not be duplicated. However, the dealer replaced the brake pads.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

problem #4

Sep 022005

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Ranger edge. The contact stated he has been having brake problems with this vehicle. While driving at 65 mph and applying the brakes the vehicle would not stop. The pedal had a spongy feel when it was pressed down. The service dealer replaced the cap on the reservoir to the master cylinder. This did not remedy the problem. Then, the dealership replaced the reservoir, this still did not remedy the problem. The dealer replaced the seals, and this seemed to stop the leak of the brake fluid, but did not help the braking capability. The braking problem resulted in an accident because he could not avoid an animal in the road. When he applied the brakes the vehicle skidded and he could not gain complete control of the vehicle. The vehicle flipped over six to seven times. The consumer was driving 75 mph when the accident occurred. There was one fatality, and two injuries as a result of this accident. The consumer has not contacted the manufacturer or the service dealer because of injuries sustained from the accident. The consumer left the vehicle in a tow yard in winslow, Arizona.

- Loomis, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 152004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Traveling down lakeshore parkway at approx. 30 mph and noticed the car in front of me braking to avoid an accident. I hit my brakes with normal braking pressure, the brakes locked-up. I tried to steer to the left to avoid hitting the car in front of me, but when the brakes locked-up the truck kept going staight causing me to collide with the car in front of me. When the vehicle is repaired I will take it to the dealer to inspect.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #2

Aug 062004

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles
2004, Ford, Ranger XLT, front brakes on driver's side are grabbing. The vehicle has been in repair shop twice. Consumer can mash the brakes down, and hears a grinding sound. Dealership has looked at the truck, and they could not find any problems. When the weather is cool the brakes feel like they are freezing up. Also, has been inspected by the dealership, who still could not find the cause of the problem. In addition, the front seal on the transmission was defective. The truck was having problems with the seal when it was taken to dealer for brake problems. The owner told the dealership to fix what ever necessary, and the seal was not fixed. The vehicle has 40,000 miles.

- Bee, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152004

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 4,500 miles
Vehicle experienced problems with the rear brakes locking up intermittently without warning during normal braking. This caused the vehicle to skid out of control. Vehicle had been to the dealer on three separate occasions. The dealer replaced various parts, but problem recurred. When the bralkes locked up the truck went skidding into the middle of the intersection almost causing a wreck. The dealer cleaned the brake shoes and resealed with silicon on the backing plate. The dealer also cleaned and adjusted the rear brakes..

- Waynesville, NC, USA

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