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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,129 miles

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2006 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2006 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #18

Jul 242017


  • 144,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-150. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 08V208000 (service brakes, hydraulic); however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The auto nation Ford dealer was contacted and confirmed that the parts were not available for the recall remedy. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 144,000. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Littlton, CO, USA

problem #17

Jun 072017


  • 116,000 miles
Ford F150 XLT 2006 should have a mandatory safety recall for the fuel control module. This is clearly a design defect and a major safety concern. I was driving down VT116 (a hilly, winding 2 lane country highway with no shoulder) in the rain at about 40mph when my truck started to buck and lose power. There was no place to pull over, so I put my hazards on and tried to limp it to a safe place to pull over. The engine stalled and I lost steering and braking power on a curve. I applied the brakes manually and wrestled the steering wheel (which no longer had any power assist). With major difficulty, I was able to bring the truck to a controlled stop. I was then able to restart the engine, limped along at 15mph, bucking and stalling 3 more times before getting to a safe place to pull over. This is the second time I have had my FCM replaced (prior was 1/5/2013) and the second time I almost crashed my truck because of this defect. The previous time was January 2013 on a mountain road in winter on snow. If I was towing my boat on the interstate and lost all power, I would probably have been killed along with anyone around me. Why is it a design defect? because this electronic component is installed in a weather-exposed area above the spare tire and is not corrosion-proof. In any rust belt state (or a place exposed to salt), the case will corrode, exposing the circuit board to water, causing the unit to fail. Why is it a safety concern? because when the FCM fails, the engine will stall, causing a loss of power to the steering and braking systems. NHTSA should force Ford to do a mandatory recall and redesign this poorly designed part. Even the replacement parts fail after a few years. Considering how many F150's are on the road and how many of them carry or tow heavy loads, I'd say this should be a top priority for both Ford and NHTSA. Recall!

- Burlington, VT, USA

problem #16

Apr 222017


  • 117,153 miles
My ABS brake system failed. The light for ABS came on and the brakes failed to ingage on a dry road. I had to vear off the road to avoid another truck making a turn. This happened again with a car infront of me, before I got home and parked the truck. The brakes shutter on pressing them and then fail to ingauge. I had the problem fixed in Goodyear AZ at the fird dealer for over 800 dollars and now the problem began again. I live in lakeside Arizona and cant drive the truck back to that dealer without fear of dying on the side of a cliff ir in a bad accident because my brakes fail to stop the vehicle and brakes are needed to go through the mountsins to get to that dealer. Very upset that I bought this truck from cactus jacks in phoenix AZ. 560 dollars a month for a truck I cant drive for my small farm. I would like to trade in tbis truck for one I can trust that wont be the death of me or my family.

- Lakeside, AZ, USA

problem #15

Apr 102017


  • 128,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-150. While driving 45 mph, the front of the vehicle shook violently, the engine nearly stalled and lost power repeatedly, and the check engine indicator illuminated intermittently. The vehicle also braked independently. The vehicle was taken to an uncertified mechanic who diagnosed that the engine was having multiple misfires, and did not know how to repair the vehicle. The contact also called a dealer who was extremely rude and did not assist. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact was informed that they would not assist because the claims deadline had been missed. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Azusa, CA, USA

problem #14

Dec 232016

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Was driving my 2006 F-150 over a mountain pass in Canada. There was compact snow and ice on the roadway and I was traveling with other vehicles around me at approximately 40 mph. The vehicles ahead of me began to brake, I as well tried to brake only to find my truck had lost power and was no longer running. I had lost power to my brakes and steering. This caused my truck to begin sliding on the snow and ice and I was unable to control my vehicle. The cars around me were slowing and stopping and I could not. I began to fish tail in both directions while trying desperately to control my truck with no brakes or power steering, I eventually did a complete 360 degree spin and somehow managed to get the truck under control with out rolling over and into the ditch or smashing into the other vehicles around me. When I came to a stop my truck was not running and the dash lights were on. I placed the transmission into drive and restarted the truck without issue and continued on without issue. This is the second time this has happened with this truck, the first time I was on a residential street and I was able to just coast to a stop and restarted the truck. This last incident on the mountain pass has confirmed to me that I will not own another Ford as I have researched this problem to find that this is a common issue with Ford trucks. I am certain this has caused major accidents if not deaths and the fact there are no error codes left behind from the events to verify this has happened we may never know. The fact it has happened to me twice and once only a miracle a serious accident didn't occur I am done with the Ford Motor Company.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #13

Sep 152016


  • 115,000 miles
Was sitting at a restaurant drive thru with foot on the brake when the brake pedal suddenly went to the floor and the truck started moving. I was able to get the vehicle home and back to the Ford dealership the next morning very carefully and by pumping the brakes to get the vehicle to stop. Was told that the brake line had ruptured. Luckily, I was not towing my 6000 pound boat or going downhill at the time of the failure. I asked if this was common since brake lines are not an item that are routinely inspected or replaced on a normal 17 point inspection. I was told that it was uncommon. I googled the problem and discovered that several other Ford F150 owners of various model years had experienced the same issue. Luckily, there have been no reports of deaths or severe injury, but I am reporting this to hopefully prevent a death from occurring.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #12

Apr 152016


  • 225,000 miles


After countless hours spent diagnosing a dash brake lite warning. These vehicles factory defect is the electronics board or speedometer cluster. Countless people are driving with a brake light on with nothing possibly wrong.when something does go wrong they may not have a clue until the vehicle has no brakes.

- Hinsdale, NH, USA

problem #11

Jun 192015

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-150. While driving at 20 mph, the brakes auto engaged without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 09/03/15 updated 10/26/2017

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #10

Mar 022015

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
2006 F-150 lost all power function while traveling down the interstate. I lost power steering and brakes. The cause is a corrosive fuel pump control module. After taking with my local Ford dealer I was made aware that this is major safety issue and one that fmc refuses to recognize. This incident could have resulted in a major accident. I was lucky enough to be able to signal to the cars around me that I was having trouble - however I was still almost rear ended twice before being able to pull off to the side of the road.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 142014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
Gas and brake pedal are too close together. You could still be giving it gas while you are pushing on the brakes. I see hundreds of complaints about this online.I was pulling into a parking spot when I thought I was applying the brakes the other half of my foot was on the gas causing me to jump the curb and crash into a wall.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 182014

F-150 8-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


As a part of regular maintenance I always have well in advance performed scheduled maintenance on my 06 F-150.on Aug 23 2013 I had my rotors and brake pads all replaced as well as having a hi pressure brake fluid change performed as part of this as suggested by the bill currie Ford dealership in tampa. The truck had 83,996 miles on it at this time of service. The truck was rarely driven after that and used only on short trips.of 10-20 miles or less after having the brakes serviced. Friday July 18th 2014..the tuck had only approx. 2000 additional miles on it after the brakes were serviced at bill currie Ford.I and a friend were driving to pickup a washing machine about 30 miles away. Without warning. Upon returning the right wheel began pulling to the right and smoke and a rubber and plastic smell accompanied by smoke starting rising from the right wheel well which was scotching hot. The heat was so intense that when we stopped the plastic wheel cover fell off because its was was taken to the dealership were the original work was performed. I was informed it was the caliper, that it had seized and that after already having replaced the front rotor several thousand miles before//the right rotor and caliper and brake line would now have to be replaced again..because they said.."we can't tell when a caliper will fail". now it has cost me $2,300,00 to get my brakes done..when initially they were still in safe limits.we were lucky this didn't cause a fire or cause the tire to blow out while on the highway.

- Land O Lakes, FL, USA

problem #7

May 302014


  • 180,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2006 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving 5 mph the brake would not engage, it was very hard to apply. The contact had to apply the manual brake to stop. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who noticed the brake booster vacuum hose had collapsed. The contact was made aware of a recall notification under NHTSA campaign id number 08V208000 (service brakes, hydraulic),however, his VIN was not included. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was informed of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Fond Du Lac, WI, USA

problem #6

Mar 062014


  • 92,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F150. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and there was a delayed response. The vehicle had been previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 08V208000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The failure recurred because the recall remedy failed to correct the problem. The contact diagnosed the vehicle and replaced the manifold hose himself. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 92,000.

- North Platte, NE, USA

problem #5

Jul 192013


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the brakes failed while driving 45 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the brake booster failed. The contact spoke to the manufacturer and was told that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number:08V208000(service brakes, hydraulic). The failure mileage and current mileages were 101,000.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #4

Mar 162011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Driving vehicle drive and overdrive went out this is two times this happened Ford needs to pay for repairs other people have same problem this problem should be looked into.

- Reedsville, PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 072012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 78,912 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F150. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph during a rain storm and depressing the brakes, the vehicle exhibited and unusually lound double clunking noise as the vehicle skidded and flipped over. The vehicle did not crash into any other object. The police were notified however, a report was not filed. The contact sustained an amputated arm during the crash. The vehicle was towed by the police and was deemed as destroyed. The contact mentioned that just prior to the crash, the vehicle was taken to Firestone for maintenance and the replacement of the rotor and front brake pad. The manufacturer was not notified of the incident. The failure mileage was 78,912. Updated 2/4/13 updated 2/20/2013

- Ft. Pierce , FL, USA

problem #2

Jun 112009

F-150 8-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
The brakes started jumping when I started slowing down and so I replaced the brakes.. and now even with new brake pads they go down to the floor.

- Watts, OK, USA

problem #1

Nov 262012

F-150 6-cyl

  • 93,255 miles
I am 6'5" and wear size 16 shoes. With my size and the distance to the pedal my legs go a little to the side and my shoe is at an angle to the petals lets say 30 degrees. I wearing typical work boot (like in Ford commercials) which the laces have pegs the shoe laces go around. These pegs are the same as all work boots (red wings - $300 boot). What happened is because the brake pedal has a thick rubber pad that stretches around the metal brake pedal and leaves a ridge in the back of the pedal all the way around (so the rubber fitting goes over it like a shower cap). Also the truck is an automatic and the break pedal is very large. While backing up giving just a little gas my boot shoe lace peg got trapped behind the brake pedal and was holding my foot on the gas pedal depressing it down. Because the rubber ridge runs all the way around my pedal (as designed) I could not move my foot to the side of the brake pedal to release the gas. Because of the thickness of my foot when I pressed the break with my other foot, it moves the gas pedal down at the same rate as my foot is trapped, so the more you press the brake the more you give gas at a ratio that does not let me stop the vehicle. (note I use only one foot for the gas and brake normally but with my right foot trapped I had no other choice but to use my left foot to brake and try to get it the truck out of gear. I could not do anything in time and hit a stationary building. If someone was behind me, they would have been killed. The only other way I could have gotten my foot loose is to depress the gas pedal which is not an option in a lot of situations because it would make the speed of the impending impact faster and harder. This is a design flaw that traps work boots and at certain times and causes loose control.

- Redmond , WA, USA

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