really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,262 miles

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2013 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2013 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #74

May 262016


  • miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 55 mph, the brakes failed and the low brake fluid warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V345000 (service brakes). The VIN and failure mileage were unknown.

- Weaver, IA, USA

problem #73

May 252016


  • 53,482 miles
Complete brake failure. I had to replace rotors, pads and add brake fluid yesterday to my 2013 F-150 with the 3.5 liter turbo boost. I have the receipts! I was told that the fluid was extremely low, pads were cracked and the rotors were wrapped. I spent over $700 and I have less than 54, 000 miles on this truck. Worst brakes I have ever had, now the brakes are spongy and the tech. Has no clue why; brakes were bleed twice but still same issue.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #72

Oct 012013


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 55 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to stop the vehicle. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the rear brake pads were saturated with brake fluid. The rear brake pads were replaced at approximately 18,000, 21,000, 35,000, 50,000, and 65,000 miles; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 18,000.

- Middlesex, NJ, USA

problem #71

May 022016


  • 42,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 5 mph, the vehicle did not stop when the brake pedal was depressed. The brake pedal was depressed to the floorboard. The vehicle was able to be stopped; however, the parking brake had to be depressed. Upon inspection, the contact noticed that the brake fluid was depleted. The contact added brake fluid to the vehicle, but it depleted again 45 minutes later. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but it was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 42,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #70

Feb 292016


  • 36,000 miles
My son was driving to school, normal speed, pressed the brakes to stop at a stop light. He pushed the brake to the floor and the truck had no brakes, did not stop and slid in to the person ahead of him. Luckily, no one was hurt, but his vehicle sustained over $3000 in damages. The person ahead of him had no damages. Even now, the brakes are very light and you have to press down super hard. I am very nervous about him or anyone driving this vehicle. The dealer will do nothing about it. We purchased this vehicle in December of 2015.

- Newcastle, WA, USA

problem #69

May 132016


  • 50,000 miles
Brakes requiring frequent service with brake pads breaking on passenger side and rotors needing turning. We have 50,000 miles on truck and brakes are scrubbing again. This will be the fourth time we have had to correct this problem.

- Jasper, GA, USA

problem #68

May 022016

F-150 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


On 05/03/16 I went to bring my 9500lb rv home from storage. While driving to the lot the truck brakes were fine. After hooking up the rv to the truck and pulling out of the lot the brakes were still fine. But as I approached a traffic light, I pressed on the brakes and nothing was there, no brakes at all. Red lights on the dash was the only warning I got, but not until it was to late. If not for the rv having brakes I would not have been able to stop. I was able to get the rv home. I put fluid in the brake reservoir. I then drove down the street (without rv) with brakes but after the third stop I lost all brakes. I was able to pull into a local repair shop and had them fix the issue. I was told the master cylinder was leaking all fluid into the brake booster, and when the mechanic removed the booster he poured fluid from the booster. Before I left my house I found no wet brakes or fluid in the engine compartment or on the ground. I was told the same by the mechanic. I called my Ford dealership and told him of the issue and he stated because I was outside my warranty (45000 miles) it would not have been covered. He made no menchin of the possible brake issues. I went on the internet to see if others had a similar issue and found out about the investigation. I'm writing you today to let you know this is happening without any warning. I have all the parts and the repair cost me $873.26. All streets were local streets. Several traffic lights. After I lost braking I was able to stop and enter my residential street by using trailer brakes and the emergency truck brakes. Thank you

- Fruit Cove, FL, USA

problem #67

Jul 092014


  • 17,507 miles
Complete brake failure while pulling a travel trailer on I-95 in Virginia. The low brake fluid light came on, immediately followed by the brake failure light coming on. Fortunately, I was able to coast to almost a stop at an uphill exit ramp and then apply the emergency brake. The truck and travel trailer had to be towed to the nearest Ford dealership. The service manager told me that the master cylinder had failed and the brake fluid was pumped into the brake booster and contaminated the whole braking system. All parts needed to ne replaced.

- Lake Placid, FL, USA

problem #66

Jul 092014


  • 17,507 miles
Brake failure while pulling a travel trailer on I-95 in Virginia. The low brake fluid light came on and then the complete brake failure light came on and we had no brakes. I was able to coast to a stop on an uphill exit ramp. The vehicle and trailer had to be towed to a Ford dealership. Was told by the service manager at the Ford dealership that the master cylinder had failed and the fluid was pumped into the brake booster and contaminated the entire brake system.

- Lake Placid, FM, USA

problem #65

Apr 272016


  • 52,000 miles
Master brake cylinder failed, allowing brake fluid to enter brake booster, resulting in brake failure. Brake warning lamp illuminated, was still able to stop vehicle, but brake pedal went all the way to the floorboard.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #64

Apr 162016


  • 50,000 miles


On 4/16/2016 I was involved in a collision. After investigating the cause, it was found that the master cylinder was low with no visible leaks. Witness stated that they saw my brake lights come on but my vehicle didn't slow down. I contacted Ford about this and they had the "we don't care" attitude. My truck is still under warranty, and has had 99% of all maintenance done through Ford.

- Amarillo, TX, USA

problem #63

Apr 182016


  • 50,000 miles
My low brake fluid light came on this morning and my brakes were completely out when I started my truck. No sign of leaking. Filled brake fluid went to work came out to get lunch and brake fluid gone and light on again. No sign of leak. 2013 F150 limited with the 3.5L V6 engine. Could have been a very serious incident as I live on very busy roads. This is extremely concerning, I have 2 toddlers I drive and pick up from school everyday.

- Lake In The Hills, IL, USA

problem #62

Aug 152014


  • 1,200 miles
On third day of ownership the brakes failed and caused $6000 damage. While parking on the 4 th level of a parking garage @ 10 mph did a U turn to back into a parking place; the brakes failed to the floor and the the truck surged forward and hit a concrete wall causing $6000 front en damage. Ford would not accept any responsibility.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #61

Sep 152015


  • 23,000 miles
Brake rotors are warping quickly; twice with only 25,000 miles. Dealer has turned rotors twice, but not willing to replace rotors.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #60

Apr 132016


  • 22,500 miles
When entering vehicle to leave Ford vehicle was parked I went to turn on the ignition master brake cylinder reservoir low waring light on display illuminated, low brake fluid on displayed. Filled the reservoir to minimum, drove for 10 minutes on city streets low brake warning again. Ford looked at it and found brake booster filling up with fluid, ordered part. Vacuum hose may be the unknown cause. Ford replaced PCV valve earlier in the month due to gas oder in oil.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #59

Jan 132015


  • 30,000 miles
On January 13, 2015 I was involved in a head collision with a 18 wheeler. The scenario was a two lane highway (hwy 67, lakeside, ca), there is minimal room for error and upon impact. I remember my brakes depressing completely to the floor board, yet as though there was no air lines. It has been a long recovery, which is why certain things are returning slowly. Yet, I remember that my brakes felt off or un-responsive before impact.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #58

Sep 012015


  • 131,732 miles
Had total brake failure while driving (50mph)on the roadway. Used the emergency brake (left foot on the pedal, left hand on the handle) to manipulate the vehicle brakes to get home (at 25-30mph) without incident.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #57

Nov 272015


  • 92,500 miles
We have taken this vehicle in three times for squeeling brakes and it still makes a high pitched noise when I stop.

- Farwell, TX, USA

problem #56

Mar 292016


  • 24,000 miles
The warning light for low brake fluid came on while slowly moving in traffic. Vehicle was immediately parked as there was a safe place to do so. Brake master cylinder reservoir was checked and had very little fluid. Brakes were almost completely gone and pedal went to the floor. I called roadside assistance to have the vehicle towed to the dealer. The dealer found the brake fluid had leaked back into the booster and both the master cylinder and booster had to be replaced. I was fortunate no one was hurt or any crash resulted but I truly hope something is done before we hear of someone being hurt.

- Windermere, FL, USA

problem #55

Mar 292016

F-150 6-cyl

  • 10 miles
While driving truck about 1/2 mile away from my house I applied my brakes and the brake pedal went down. To floor after pumping the brake pedal several times the vehicle stop. I got scare and made a U turn to head back home and the low brake fluid low came on I pulled into a auto zone parts store open the hood and saw the brake reservoir was about 1/4 " fluid in the brake fluid reservoir.. I went into the auto zone store and purchase a bottle of dot 3 32oz brake fluid. I pour it in the reservoir and pump the brakes. Then check underneath the vehicle to check for any sign of leaks around the back plate around all the tires the rotors and rims and line there were no signs of any leaks.underneath the vehicle. I checked the reservoir once again was. Low again I pour more brake fluid into it. I pumped the brakes several times it held up so I processed back home. As a got close to my home the low brake fluid level came back on I applied my brakes and almost [xxx] on myself the brakes failed once again about fifty feet from my home I pumped the [xxx] out of the brake pedal until it finally came to a stop.. I checked the reservoir once again it was freaking empty I looked under once again to leaks could be found.. I left the truck there checked the web page to see if any incidents with my type of vehicles had encounter this type of brake failure while driving this Ford F150 type vehicle found this NHTSA preliminary evaluation on this real safety matter: Status: Open dated opened - February 29, 2016 recall : #PE16003 possible recall please take action before some one gets killed> calling dealer up today>>>> information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Clermont, FL, USA

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