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10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$10.00
Average Mileage:
86,267 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. purchase a new master cylinder, if required. not common (1 reports)
2001 Ford Taurus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 122014

Taurus V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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

My 2001 Ford Taurus is having MAJOR ANTI-LOCK BRAKE FAILURE. No leaking lines, calipers and drums seem in good condition, should actuate. Have minimally 5/16" Semi-metallic pads all the way around. Master cylinder not leaking. Wheel sensors seem in good condition. And yes, drum springs where they SHOULD be.

It seems to stop ok on dry pavement, with a slight sponginess to the brakes. They do not go to the floor, then. WHEN ON EVEN A 1/2" OF SLUSH OR SNOW, T O T A L BRAKE FAILURE. Car slides forward as though under power, with brakes fully to the floor, under save-my-life pressure! BRAND NEW TIRES INSTALLED - NOT IT.

A Brrrup, brrrup, brrrup sound comes from the front, left side - which I am told is normal for the antilocks, but there is NO STOPPING POWER! I HAVE NEARLY COLLIDED SEVERAL TIMES in the time this problem has occurred. At first notice, seemed to pull to the right, but with new tires (and alignment) stays in a straight line and no pull on DRY PAVEMENT. On SNOW OR SLUSH, Stops about 50-60 feet past normal braking distance. I am always cautious when approaching a stop, and don't "run-up" to stop signs and slam on the brakes, as some choose to do. Is it POSSIBLE, you might have an answer for me? Thank YOU for your time.

Update from Dec 13, 2014: Upon finding seepage at back of brake MASTER CYLINDER, replaced with a 2001 model from a junked car that was newly crashed - sadly for them, their newly purchased M.C. didn't solve their particular braking problems. No other seepage or faulty brake problems were apparent. A SUGGESTION FOR THOSE WHO SEE NO APPARENT EVIDENCE OF BRAKE FAILURE: 1) First look to see if there is evidence of brake fluid seepage on the back firewall. If it looks wet, there is most likely your problem, the Master Cylinder. 2) When bleeding the brakes, usually you go from the longest runs, to the shortest. The driver side front being the shortest on my car. When all the lines were purged, I WENT BACK OVER and did the DRIVERS' FRONT SIDE,AGAIN !! The line was Full of Air Bubbles, indicating it sucked in air somewhere. That conclusively led back to the Master Cylinder. Once replaced with new, re-bled the brakes - same fashion. Did the driver front side 2X, no air bubbles and brakes that can now stop like a new car! Hope this is a benefit for you.

- , Whitehall, MI, USA

problem #2

Aug 292009

Taurus 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

WHILE DRIVING WITH MY 9 YR. OLD AND SISTER MY BRAKES WOULDN'T WORK I MANAGED TO COME TO A STOP WITH A LITTLE DAMAGE TO ANOTHER CAR ,THANK GOD WE WERE NOT HURT THERE WAS SMOKE COMING FROM THE REAR TIRE, WE WERE TO GET ON THE HIGHWAY WITHIN THE NEXT 2 MIN. BEFORE THE BRAKES FAILED , WE HAD THE CAR TOWED TO A GARAGE WHO CAN FIND NOTHING WRONG WITH THE BRAKES. ONLY A BROKEN COIL SPRING,

- , Wilkes Barre, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 132008

Taurus SES 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,800 miles

Fortunately I was driving and not my wife. Also, I did not have my children with me either. Driving along on a relatively congested highway when I pressed the brake pedal and it went all the way to the floor. Pumped the brakes continuously and finally they came back. Stopped at my sisters, and noticed both rear sets of brakes were smoking....checked the brake fluid and all levels were fine. Unfortunately, I still had about 5 miles to my house. I pumped the brakes the whole way, and the brake pedal kept going to the floor and then gaining pressure. I took it home and shut it off for a few hours.....tried driving again and the problem was still there.

Woke up the next morning and had my wife follow me to the auto shop. Unbelievably, the problem had gone away and the brakes were working fine. I had the auto shop check the car anyway, and they found absolutely no reason why the brakes might have failed. They said they had never heard of this problem before and I must have had a "temporary malfunction" in my braking system. They also informed me that the car would need about $900 worth of brake work just to pass state inspection in September, as both the front and rear brakes needed overhauled. I had just had the front and rear brakes completely redone 8,000 miles ago.

This incident coupled with several others that popped up around this time have resulted in the imminent trade-in of this vehicle. Though I need new rack and pinion steering, all this brake work, and several other miscellaneous things addressed, I'm glad to be getting rid of this unreliable POS and getting my wife something she can enjoy driving. At least it's been paid off for the last 3 years. I will not be buying a Ford with this vehicle purchase for the first time in my life. I need a break from the blue oval-the 2001 Taurus has ended my loyalty to the Ford brand.

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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