really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,907 miles

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2009 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2009 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 022012

F-150 8-cyl

  • 39,900 miles


When I went to apply brakes, pedal felt awkward and hard, as if no power assist. I was caught by surprise and had to slam on brakes with excessive force. I hit a wall at slow speed and damaged my front bumper. This issue has happened several times of no power assist in mornings when first started. Ford has been unable to replicate it. I am taking to Ford today after having a collision. I am scared to drive it.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 222011


  • 44,601 miles
While driving the truck, depressed brake pedal to slow down. Brake pedal went completely to the floor causing the truck to run into the curb. The pedal became firmer again but later the pedal went to the floor again.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #6

Feb 212011

F-150 8-cyl

  • 2,800 miles
Deep grooves in front brake rotors after only 2800 miles. Ford replaced left calip turned rotors ; didn't replace pads. After 5800 mi rotors again had deep grooves in rotors. Ford has had truck for 5 days; unable to get rotors is the excuse. I don't know what is happening. I hope they replace both rotors, pad and the right calip. Rotor S may need to be the ventilated type.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 012009


  • 9,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Ford F150. While driving approximately 30 mph, the brakes stopped working. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technicians stated they could not diagnose the failure. The contact took the vehicle in for a second opinion at another dealer and was given the same response. The contact stated when there was snow or ice on the roads the vehicle made a load grinding noise and the vehicle became difficult to stop. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 062009


  • 50 miles
Vibration felt in feet seat and is noticable in items within the cab of the vehicle. Vehicle has had tires replaced, driveline balanced. Ford dealership says the vehcile has an "inherent vibration" and there is nothing they can do. I wonder if this a safety concern"? why does it vibrate and will something brake" I believe the "inherent vibration" is a defect.

- Benton, KY, USA

problem #3

Jan 252009


  • 5,000 miles
The brake system performs poorly. The brake pedal has a soft feel to it unless I pump the pedal 2 or 3 times. It acts like there is air in the system. The dealer states this feel is normal and took no action. Also, the brakes have on 2 occasions barely worked, I have needed to use both feet full force to get the truck to stop. I took the truck to the dealer today and they state they can find nothing wrong. I have no confidence in the brake system of this vehicle.

- Clymer, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 272009


  • 1,700 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. Whenever the contact is traveling 35 mph and making a right or left turn with the truck loaded while towing a load of 7500 lbs the left front disc brake will suddenly lock causing the vehicle to pull to that direction. The vehicle has been taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the failure could not be reproduced. There were no prior warnings and the current and failure mileages were 1700.

- Weaverville, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 252009


  • 202 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford F-150. The contact recently purchased a brand new vehicle. He stated that the braking system was failing. The brake pedal must be depressed with great force in order to stop the vehicle. The dealer stated that there were no failures with the vehicle. The contact stated that this was a dangerous defect that could result in a rear end crash. The failure and current mileages were 202. Updated 09/01/09

- Mariaon, MS, USA

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