fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,500 miles

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2003 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2003 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012008


  • 15,500 miles


Anti-lock brake failure - failure of electronic hydraulic control unit while braking a few weeks ago I was driving on a highway at about 65-70 mph when a car on the side of the road started to pull onto the highway. I was only about 200 feet away from the car so I slammed on my brakes - it seemed like the car was going to stop pulling out so I let go of the brakes for a second but then the other drive did pull right in front of me and I slammed on the brakes again. The second time the ABS light came on, the rear wheels locked up and the car began to fishtail. Only because there wasn't any oncoming traffic was a collision avoided. The light never turned off, and the brakes behave erratically. A friend is a mechanic who used a snap-on solus diagnostic tool which shows the ABS dhcu sees the car moving at 3-4 mph while parked, the system off, but when you drive the car it applies the ABS system while slowing below about 5mph under normal driving (like approaching a stop light) increasing the stopping distance considerably. The module does not respond to reset attempts, and repair is by replacement only. The car is a special production Ford F150 lightning, with a dhcu specific to the lightning edition. Replacement of the module is about $700 plus labor. The vehicle only has 16,000 miles on it, about 15,500 when the incident occurred.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jun 092004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
The contact stated the brakes were defective. The first time had to have the front rotors changed due to an accumulation of rust. The second time had to the rotors and pads replaced on the rear because of rust. This last time the dealership urged the contact he had to have the front rotors and pads changed due to rust on the rotors.

- Roscoe, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 092005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
The owner took the truck to the dealership becuase of the brakes. There was a problem with the brakes when going about 50 mph. The brakes were replaced, but problem recurred. Last week when the consumer drove a rental car he noticed that the brakes were working well.

- Hialeah , FL, USA

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