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 6 of 6)

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problem #14

Feb 042014


  • 16,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 55 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle started to make a jerking motion. The contact released the brake pedal and reapplied the brake several times, but the vehicle hesitated to stop. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic turned the rotors but the failure recurred. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer where the rotors were replaced. The failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to a dealer. The mechanic stated that the brake pads fractured. The rotors were turned and the brake pads were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 16,000.

- Hollister, MO, USA

problem #13

Jun 242015


  • 58,457 miles
Backed up to boat trailer. Attached trailer to F-150 platinum. Brake pedal went to the floor. Checked brake fluid level and there was no fluid. Added (3) 6 oz. Bottles. No external leaks found anywhere. Bled brake lines to get vehicle home. Dealer found that the master cylinder seal blew and all the brake fluid went into the booster. Booster on back order for 5 days. I am having to pay to have booster replaced, seal, and ABS system flush. This was very dangerous for me as I was towing my 17ft boat up a mountain @ 7% grade for 17 miles. I have read the recorded complaints for this same issue and it appears to have happened to many people over the last 2 years. Ford please fix this.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #12

Jun 122015


  • 36,500 miles
Total brake failure. Started vehicle and went to back up and brake peddle went to the floor, low brake fluid light light came on as soon as the peddle hit the floor. Vehicle was slowly moving backwards and would not stop. Tried pumping the peddle to stop the truck. Used parking brake to stop vehicle to avoid backing into other cars behind. Checked brake fluid level and found it was almost out, less than a 1/4 inch in the reservoir. Checked entire vehicle and no leaks could be found called crossroads Ford in cary, nc and they indicated I should fill it with dot3 fluid and bring it in. Filled reservoir to max line and pumped braked a few times until they were firm. Drove to the dealership, about 25 miles. No issues getting to the dealership other than the brakes were quite spongy and not too responsive. Upon inspection at the dealership, they removed the master cylinder and found the fluid had filled the brake booster and the master cylinder had failed.. this seems to be a very serious problem, I'm very lucky I wasn't killed or killed someone in an accident. Vehicle was just a little over 500 out of warranty.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #11

Jun 032015


  • 38,000 miles


Complete loss of brakes. Had truck towed to Ford dealership. They diagnosed defective master cylinder and brake booster. Was told by dealership that the parts are on nation wide back order. This indicates there is a serious problem and this is not an isolated incident. I am being required to pay because vehicle is no longer under warranty. Brakes should never completely fail. This could have had catastrophic results. If Ford does not recognize this issue and take responsibility soon and fix it, someone will be killed.

- Spring Lake, NC, USA

problem #10

Dec 292014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 13,781 miles
Truck was parked several hours in son-in-laws driveway. Wife got in truck, after cranking and placing in reverse, no brakes! backed into son-in laws vehicle damaging it and damaging F 150. F 150 still under warranty, taken to mullinax Ford mobile al. Found mastercylinder defect, failed gasket caused brake booster to fail. Master cylinder replaced by mullinax Ford, mobile al.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #9

Sep 012014


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 5 mph, the vehicle hesitated to stop when the brake pedal was depressed and the brake fluid warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing where it was diagnosed that the master cylinder and brake booster pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 8,000.

- Celina , TX, USA

problem #8

Aug 302014


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the ABS, brake and traction control warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that a sensor needed to be replaced in order to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000.

- Lindale, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 202014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
There was a clunking noise and then grinding noises, particularly loud when applying the brakes. I stopped at the nearest tire/brake center (tires plus, 2975 university pkwy, sarasota fl). They found that the front right brake caliper bolts were completely missing and the inside of wheel was grooved where it had been rubbing against the bolt before it broke off. They advised taking it to Ford, which I did. Ford kept the car and fixed the caliper and replaced the wheel with a new wheel, but did not have any explanation for how bolts could work loose.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 072014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 25,400 miles
Loud screeching. Took it to my local mechanic and was told to take my truck to Ford. My calipers may be calibrated incorrectly. The wheels were taken off and the drivers side brakes were engraved due to the metal on metal braking. My finger would be able to fit into the deep engraved scratch on that brake. The passenger side was not the same but the mechanic said that it was going to happen soon if it's not taken care of quickly. I was told that the brakes, brake pad and rotors were completely ruined. To my amazement the dash board controls state that my brakes are fine. My mechanic said this is a manufactures defect and needs to be seen by Ford.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 132014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
Bad steering vibration when braking at highway speeds. Took vehicle to dealer and they indicated warped rotors that had to be machined back to proper surface - already!. vehicle is only a few months old, only approx. 15K miles. Have noticed online that others have had the same issue. This seems like a safety concern with Ford using sub-standard brake rotor materials. Additionally, the vehicle would drift to the left - dealer indicated alignment issue, but required $450 additional kit in order to allow for adjustment since it was already at peak of specs (vehicle has never had alignment since it was new, vehicle has never had an incident that would cause misalignment). Vehicle seems unsafe with these issues and now that the rotors are 'thinner' due to the resurfacing, the warping will likely occur more frequently until they (and other brake parts and/or suspension and steering parts) need to be replaced. This can lead to premature brake, component, suspension and steering systems wear and/or failure which should be a major safety concern. Ford would not warranty the alignment issue and extra cost nor replacement rotors but only resurface ('turn') the original rotors.

- Bridgeton, MO, USA

problem #4

Mar 022014

F-150 4WD 6-cyl

  • 6,200 miles


I purchased this truck brand new from Ford in December, while on a road trip doing all interstate driving, I had to brake hard to avoid a collision when a semi truck cut into my lane. I slowed sharply from 65 to 30, applying hard braking to the pedal and steering to avoid contact with the semi truck. Since then my brakes have been pulsing when applied to slow my vehicle, as if the rotors are warped. My truck now has 11,000 miles on it and the pulsing just keeps getting worse and worse.

- Leesburg, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 032014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 29,329 miles
While driving on a county highway, pressed the brake peddle to slow for a bad section of road and brake peddle was stiff and would not depress. No brakes. Brake light and errors showed on console. No prior indication there were problems with the brakes. Used the emergency to safely brake the car to call for roadside assistance. Car was towed to the dealer. Dealer indicated that a vacuum line had fallen off and caused the no brake condition. I would have thought there would be a redundant system to allow the brakes to operate.

- Ida, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 232014

F-150 6-cyl

  • 5,500 miles
After driving vehicle for 15 miles in highway and local traffic (temperature 50; light rain), I pressed brake pedal to slow for LH turn. Pedal was very firm and difficult to press. Brakes did not seem to function, yet ABS "chattered" as I pressed harder... and the truck slowed. There were no malfunction indicators on the dash. When turn was complete, I pressed brake pedal again to test the brakes... same result, but now brake fault indicators illuminated on the dash. I pulled over, stopped the truck, turned it off, and restarted. Malfunction lights came on and brakes felt the same. I called dealer for advice, left truck running with my foot on the brake pedal. Conversation with dealer lasted about 7 minutes. As I hung up the phone, the brake pedal suddenly "softened" and felt normal. Operating the brakes confirmed normal function. I turned off the truck and restarted. Malfunction lights did not come on and the brakes operated normally on my drive to the dealer... about 7 miles in local traffic.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #1

Apr 272013


  • 1,400 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph downhill and towing a fifth wheel trailer with a 7,025 pound haul, the brakes became unresponsive. The vehicle was rated at a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds or less. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who stated that the brakes failed because the V6 engine did not provide enough compression for the vehicle to carry the load. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but offered no assistance. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 1,400.

- Valley Center, CA, USA

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