really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,129 miles

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2005 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2005 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

Feb 022009

F-150 8-cyl

  • 12,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the brakes started to pulsate and the steering wheel jerked violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the rotors were warped and as a result, the rotors needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 12,000 and the current mileage was 31,000. Updated 03/16/12 updated 04/19/12

- Woodland , CA, USA

problem #32

Jan 102011


  • 23,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated the front rotors had to be replaced twice because they were warped. The failure caused the steering to wheel to shake violently when driving at high speeds and braking. The contact also stated that the rotors were replaced twice within 7,000 miles of driving. The dealer had not given a reason for why the failure occurred. The failure mileage was 23,000 and the current mileage was 30,000.

- Woodland , CA, USA

problem #31

Sep 062011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph uphill, the brakes began pulsating as the contact decelerated. In addition, the driver and passenger side windows had fallen into the door panel without warning. The vehicle had not been inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was approximately 158,000.

- Sawells, LA, USA

problem #30

Nov 172011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


The brake lights stopped working and the speed control brake pedal disconnect stopped working. Speed control disconnect was achieved by using the steering wheel control but if the stopping situation had been an emergency one, an accident could have resulted as there was about a 1.5 second delay for me to figure out what was going on and correct the situation. While traveling at 70mph on I-10 with the speed control engaged, I went to exit the highway to get fuel and while depressing the brake pedal to reduce speed, the speed control began attempting to resume the original 70mph speed by revving the engine. Later I determined that the alternator on the vehicle had failed and while the battery had enough voltage to keep the engine running and the voltage gauge had not moved yet, the battery did not have a full 12.5V output. When the brake pedal sensor does not have a full charging voltage input, it seems to stop working. Therefore, the speed control disconnect failed and the brake lights failed to activate even though the motor and other components continued functioning normally. It seems that the brake pedal sensor is very voltage dependent (which was not the case on other vehicles I have owned). I notified Ford of the situation after the incident occurred and have received nothing in response. I got rid of the vehicle and purchased a different one as I believe it is not safe and could result in traffic tickets/accidents (no brake lights) and speed control disconnect failures (accidents) if there are voltage fluctuations in the electrical system.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #29

May 142011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
In a three car accident. The 1st car turned on their signal at the same time attempted to turn into their driveway, the 2nd car hit the 1st car from the rear, as my F-150 approached the 2nd vehicle, I applied the brakes to stop before colliding into 2nd vehicle and the brakes became soft and did not slow the F-150, the F-150 was traveling at well below the posted speed limit, air-bags did not deploy, there fore hitting the 2nd vehicle in the rear causing almost no damage to 2nd vehicle and causing an almost totaled front end to the F-150 with close to $13000 in damage to F-150. No major injuries were reported, only minor back pain to both persons in F-150 were concurred.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #28

Mar 052011


  • 89,000 miles
I have an 05 Ford F -150 and one night I came to a stop sign at top of hill with on coming traffic in both directions and my brake pedal went to floor but truck never stopped then it went completely powerless at night. Rolled down hill home with no power or lights in neutral. Had no warning or change in brakes. Oil change and clockspring recall work done the day before at alan vigil dealership. Truck has only been worked on by dealer for oil change and tire rotation. Turned into someone's yard and drove till truck stopped on its own before trying to make it go home. I could have hurt someone or myself if I had not been a skilled driver.I tried to tell dealership to have part checked out for defect but they said it just blows a seal at anytime. I have had dozens of vehicles and this is the first and only master cylinder that I have had to replace. My truck only has 89000 miles on it looks and drives like a brand new truck. Please help. No one or family should ever have my experience.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #27

Sep 152010


  • 105,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F150. While driving approximately 20 mph, the contact applied pressure to the brake pedal but the vehicle would not respond. The vehicle was taken to the dealer yet the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and stated there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 08V208000 (service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings) but the contacts VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- House Springs, MO, USA

problem #26

Oct 262010


  • 68,395 miles
This has happened 4 different occasions, a sudden shaking of vehicle and 4 th time the vehicle shook all over. At first, thought I was having a tire go down but after pulling off road each time, getting out and checking found nothing and then after a restart everything was ok. After I got home after this last spell I started reading on internet and most comments pointed toward parking brake problem. After thinking back it seems like I used the parking brake before each time this happened. I was preparing to replace rotors, pads & parking brake shoes too (yesterday) but after taking everything apart (my mechanic) we did not find any thing wrong with these components. There was probably 3/4 pads left and parking brake was good. The only thing was a lot of brake dust, so we cleaned everything with brake cleaner and put everything back together. Hopefully this will cure the problem. Everything that I read, was expecting the parking brake shoes to come out in pieces but not in this case. This is the only problem after owning this 2005 F150 for over 2 years and being the 2nd owner with low mileage. This just seems to be bad design, rotor & parking brake together. Other than this problem very satisfied with vehicle.

- Elkins, WV, USA

problem #25

Jul 042009

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Brake pedal on 2005 F150 fades even with brand new pads installed.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #24

Apr 012010


  • 72,599 miles
Was driving my 2005 F-150 elt on 4 lane divided highway at approx 65-70 mph. When applied the brakes felt slight pull to the right. Began smelling strong odor once entered town and was slowed to 35 mph. Drove another 2-3 miles to home and smell intensified. Once exited the truck saw smoke coming from the driversfront tire. Front wheel was also extremely hot, was unable to touch it.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #23

Oct 112006


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the brake pedal was to close to the gas pedal. The contact approached a red light, engaged the brake pedal and accelerator pedal simultaneously. The vehicle lunged forward just enough to hit the vehicle in front of him at 10 mph. The current and failure mileages were 50,000. Updated 11/16/10.

- Carmichael, CA, USA

problem #22

Feb 182010


  • 63,000 miles
The following incident has been filed with the Ford Motor Company. I want to be clear that this incident was not the result of a floor mat or driver error. At no time did the driver have her foot on the accelerator nor was there an object on, around, under, or over the accelerator. Incident: On 18 February 2010 at approximately 1230 pm my wife, mother in-law, father in-law and infant daughter were proceeding northbound on water tower rd. Located in bentonville, ar. There were zero distractions inside the vehicle and my wife was fully alert with no physical impairments. Road conditions were dry and weather was sunny with great visibility. As they approached the intersection of water tower rd. And battlefield blvd. At approximately 5-10 miles per hour, my wife began breaking. After placing her right foot on the brake pedal, she immediately noticed/heard/felt/experienced increased acceleration and decreased breaking power during her attempts to stop. She immediately increased pressure on the brake pedal ensuring her right foot was not on the accelerator. The engine continued its efforts to increase speed while my wife fought to bring the vehicle to a stop. They proceeded into and through the vacant intersection at approximately 5-10 miles per hour and fortunately without incident. My wife's efforts to stop the vehicle continued beyond the intersection for an approximate 150 - 200 feet. The vehicle finally ceased its efforts to accelerate and came to rest at that point. After regaining their composure, my wife pumped the brakes in effort to determine the malfunction. Unable to determine the problem and feeling comfortable to drive again, they proceeded cautiously only to have this happen once more. This second occurrence happened less than mile from the previous location with my wife being prepared for the malfunction. During this occurrence she pumped the brakes and stopped the increased revolutions of the engine immediately.

- Bentonville, AR, USA

problem #21

Aug 102009


  • 38,000 miles
Had to replace wheel bearing, pads and rotors at 33000 miles. 5000 miles later caliper froze locking brakes. Another brake job had to be done.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #20

Sep 022009


  • 82,000 miles
Loss of brakes, braking while going downhill, loss of brakes, ABS not working then working.

- East Lynn, WV, USA

problem #19

Apr 192009


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The brakes lock whenever he drives the vehicle. The brake pads, rotors and brake line were replaced. The repairs did not remedy the failure. The dealer nor the manufacturer have been contacted. The failure mileage 36,000.

- Kentland, IN, USA

problem #18

Jun 172009


  • 62,701 miles
2005 F150 4X2 regular cab.. purchased new from al packerd Ford, royal palm beach, fl. I have noticed a vibration/shudder, from intermittently to continuously on short trips. On longer trips I noticed a couple times an odor of something burning. I brought it to advantage Ford, 4000 SE federal highway.po box 2930, stuart, fl. 34995, phone: 772-287-0955, to have it inspected and they said I needed a brake caliper on the right passenger side. Mileage at time of inspection: 62,701. My concern is that this is a safety defect and a manufacturer defect as well.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #17

Apr 152009


  • 29,300 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F150. When the contact depressed the brake pedal, the front end of the vehicle vibrated. He replaced the rotors, brake pads, and front discs at least twice, but the failure still persists. The dealer and manufacturer stated that there were no recalls on the vehicle regarding the brakes. The failure mileage was 29,300 and current mileage was 30,150.

- Bloomingdale, OH, USA

problem #16

Apr 022009

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
2005 Ford F-150 supercrew with bad shaking/vibration. Consumer states that the dealer replaced the calipers, brake pads, and machined the rotors. Consumer found out about tsb's for this exact problem with the model and model year truck.

- Cambridge, OH, USA

problem #15

Jun 032008


  • 50,000 miles
I bought this truck with 48,000 miles on it. It had a bad shake in the rear area. Also a bad brake shimmy. Took to Ford dealership I bought it. Couldn't find anything wrong. Told normal! I worked in the service dept of a Ford dealership I know normal. 53,000 or so miles bad clunking from transfer area wouldn't go into 4 wheel drive 1/2 the time took to Ford, told nothing wrong again. 72,000 miles transmission goes out. Told nothing could be done, out by 2000 miles. I was a service manager for a Ford dealership they could do a supplement on the warranty. I asked for 1/2 of cost told no. Even after documentation of all the services and complaints told to bad so sad. This truck has had transmission troubles, 4 wheel drive trouble, the power window switch fell apart in the door and a bad brake shimmy even after I had a 4 wheel brake job done, its still there. No help from Ford at all!

- West, TX, USA

problem #14

Jan 102009


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving out of a parking space between 5-10 mph, the brakes failed to work. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop and the mechanic stated that the booster line failed, which caused the brake failure. The contact paid for the vehicle to be repaired. Shortly after, he discovered that the vehicle was recalled according to NHTSA campaign id number 08V208000 (service brakes, hydraulic:power assist:vacuum:hoses, lines/piping, and fittings). He went to the Ford dealer and they wanted to replace the same hose that was previously on the vehicle in an attempt to repair the failure. The contact refused to place the same defective hose in the vehicle. He believes that the recalled item should be replaced by a working item. The current and failure mileages were 19,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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