pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,071 miles

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2005 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2005 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 012006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving 50 mph, the rear calipers froze. The wheels began smoking and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. They stated that there was a malfunction with the calipers. The dealer also discovered that an axle seal was leaking, which saturated the brake fuse for the emergency brake. The dealer replaced the seal and calipers and turned down all four rotors on the vehicle, but did not replace the brake pads. The failure recurred and the dealer replaced the rear calipers, rear rotors, and brake pads. The contact wanted to charge him for the brake pads (parts, not labor). The current mileage was 29,250 and failure mileage was 12,500. Updated 4/2/08 updated 04/02/08

- Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 162007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
My husband has taken our 2005 Ford F-150 to the dealer we purchased it from twice concerning brakes and rotors. The first time was around 7,400 miles. They turned the rotors and said all was fine. At around 18,000 mile he again had to go back due to a bad vibration. They turned the rotors yet again instead of replacing them. We had new tires put on our truck yesterday and we were informed the brakes and rotors are nearly shot. This is at only 28,000 miles. This has to be due to a defect in the workmanship. I know of no other vehicle I have driven that has had these problems early on.

- Daniels, WV, USA

problem #6

Jun 142006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
I experienced extreme front brake shudder after only 6200 miles on this vehicle. I feel that this is a serious design fault of the front rotors. I had the vehicle serviced under warranty and the front rotors were cut. I am just waiting for the rotors to warp again, and hopefully they won't cause an accident. No help from inquiries with Ford Motor Company about this problem.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #5

Oct 152005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,600 miles


Had my F150 for less than 3 months when noticed the vibration when applying the brakes, also has rough idle, and rough suspension. Took to dealer they stated nothing wrong... well now its been about 9 month and the vibration has gotten so bad that when brakes are applied you get the steering wheel shaking along with the truck. Again I took to the dealer now they tell me my rotors are warped and I need an alignment and new tires cause it ate the tread off the inside of the tires, and they want to charge me $400. I talked to the tire warranty department he even said that it shouldn't be happening along with many others. But Ford service says it normal.....now I am driving a truck with kids that is unsafe. Are they wanting for people to die before they correct this problem??

- Spanaway, WA, USA

problem #4

Mar 122006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 20,000 miles I took my 2005 F150 supercrew XLT 4X4 into Firestone, to have the brakes checked. The technician informed me that there appeared to be nothing wrong with the pads, as I still had about 65-70% left on them. However there was an issue with the rotors. He stated they were warped. Knowing this is not normal, I asked if this was a common thing on the new model Ford. And he stated that they have had a lot of them in for the exact same thing, warped rotors. I told him to put the truck back together and would take to Ford. He stated that the reason they were warping, was because of a design defect which did not allow them to get enough air to cool, and if brakes were applied hard, then caused them to warp. I took the truck to Ford dealership ( jenkins and wynne in clarksville, tn.) informed the service writer. As I was speaking to him, a tech from the shop walked in, and said there was a big problem with them. They took my truck into the shop, and after a day informed me that my truck had the "new and improved brakes" already installed. I asked how they could be new and improved if doing the same as the old style. They stated they would take care of me. When I inquired as to the how? the service writer stated " we will machine them." I told him that just means that they were going to grind the rotors flat, and that it wasn't fixing the issue. I would just have to have a complete total brake replacement at 40,000 miles. He commented that there was nothing they could do. I asked if this was normal for trucks to be coming in with warped rotors at 20,000 miles, and he just shrugged his shoulders. I asked him, what are we as truck owners supposed to do, replace the rotors every 30-40,000 miles. Again he just shrugged and said there was nothing he could do. After they ground the rotors, and put the truck back together, less than 500 miles they started doing the same thing, and I almost had an accident. They will "pulse and the vehicle will lurch"

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 222005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,200 miles
Front rotors warped within 9000 miles and when brakes are applied the steering wheel jumps and vibrates uncontrolibly rotors were resurfaced at 10,293 miles then replaced at 11,475 miles and replaced again at 17,158 miles and at this time I was told that the warranty would expire at 23,475 miles on the rotors and I would have to pay for replacement parts and labor after this mileage as of this date I have 20,400 miles on vehicle and the rotors again are starting to warp which causes vibration when brakes are applied

- Friedens, PA, USA

problem #2

May 182005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
At 400 miles the vehicle shook violently when putting pressure on the brakes. This happened on May 18, 2005. Contacted the dealer, and then took the vehicle to the dealer, who claimed the rotors were warped from heat. They got permission from Ford to put on different rotors. After leaving the dealer the brake light came on. The consumer went back to the dealer. They checked and discovered there was no brake fluid in the master cylinder. Left the dealer again, went to apply the brakes and there was no brake fluid in master cylinder, the fluid was in the rims of the vehicle, and on the ground. This wore out the tires and the brakes still were not working properly. Ford was suppose to send a representative to meet with the consumer, and had not done so. Currently, the consumer went to a different dealer, and they just swapped the tires from the front to the back. Then, they changed/ turn ed the rotors. The consumer spoke with manufacturer, who blamed the dealer, but the dealer blamed the manufacturer.

- Covina , CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 042005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,867 miles
Excessive frame/tire "wobble" 2005 Ford F150 4X4. Vibration at 50-70 mph, brake pads, rotors overheating causing warped rotors then increasing vibration with possible "death wobble". tested 3 2005 F150 with service manager "lyle" who confirmed and later backtracked with "ford2005 F150 trucks wobble and its normal.........

- Klamath Falls, OR, USA

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