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 1 of 6)

problem #114

Jan 152017


  • miles


1st occurrence I was driving in town, moderate traffic and I depressed the brake pedal and it was rock solid and I could barely slow the vehicle with both feet pressing as hard as I could and the brake warning lights came on. I turned the vehicle off then when I restarted several minutes later, the issue went away. A couple of days later, I received the brake booster recall notice and took the vehicle in for repair at the lacal dealer. A couple of weeks after the booster recall repair I had the same issue on a rural road nearly causing an accident. I took the truck to the dealer immediately with all of the warning light illuminated and issue still occuring. The Ford dealer said it needed the vacuum pump replaced so I told them to go ahead, they charged approximately $360 for the repair. Yesterday, after turning off of a rural road to a more developed shopping area, I lost braking function with the same symptoms as previously described at a traffic light and had to use the parking brake to decelerate. I again parked the vehicle, turned off the ignition and after about 30 minutes, the brakes were working again.I have made an appointment with the dealer to have this diagnosed again in 2 days. Thank goodness my this hasn't occurred while towing my boat. The issue has occurred in both city and highway driving and always while the vehicle is in motion. Only once did the brake warning lights come on before loss of braking. The issue did not occur while turning.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #113

Sep 302016


  • 80,000 miles
Driver side brake pads were installed backwards causing incorrect wear

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #112

Nov 282016


  • 50,000 miles
Two days after purchasing this two year old used limited edition F150 the power brake assist failed; weather condition was rain. Returned it to dealership who did nothing as they could not duplicate the problem. This has happened several times since purchasing the truck, and reported to the dealership, and is a major concern to me as I tow a 26' travel trailer with it. Rate of speed when applying brakes was @15mph or less, and each time the roads were wet. Called Ford today and established case # cas-11141043 for this repeat condition after dealership said there were no recalls or tsbs and that it was uncertain if it's under warranty. Today was the most recent incident and the truck is back at the dealership now.

- Woodruff, WI, USA

problem #111

Nov 192016


  • 96,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While driving 30 mph, the brakes failed and there was no pedal movement at all. The contact had to shift the vehicle into manual in order to slow down. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in a recall. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer, but the diagnosis was unknown. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #110

Oct 152016


  • 28,000 miles
Brakes squeak loud when in reverse.

- Huntington, IN, USA

problem #109

Oct 192016


  • miles
My master cylinder leaked and cause my breaks to lock up, that's what my repair shop said

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #108

Oct 052016


  • miles


Bought truck with 45000 miles. Drove 7000 miles. Took it to dealership for oil change and they tell me front left caliper has locked up. Need to replace caliper and brake pads. Took truck to another place for second opinion. They figured out caliper pins not lubricated and that is why it was locking up. Had to replace rotors and brake pads. During test, master cylinder failed. Have to replace. Dealership refused to take any responsibility and fix problem. There is a recall for 2013 Ford F150's master cylinder.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #107

Sep 202016


  • 65,000 miles
Loss of brake fluid from the brake master cylinder reservoir into the brake booster

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #106

Aug 272016


  • 30,000 miles
Loss of brakes while driving. Brakes stopped working. Pedal went all the way to the floor and nothing happened. Had to use emergency brake to stop. Towed car to Ford to get brakes fixed. Brake line ended up breaking and rotors were damaged.

- East Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #105

Jul 272016


  • miles
Brake rotors were turned at 13000 miles again at 26000 & 34000. Have 38000 miles on vehicle now & have same problem. Most of these miles have been on the highway

- Temple Terrace, FL, USA

problem #104

Sep 252016


  • 32,800 miles


Driving home from a camping trip with my son, I applied the brakes and the brake pedal went to the floor at the same time the "low brake fluid" warning light came on. My truck did not stop, to prevent an accident, I had to slow my truck using my parking brake, an extremely dangerous procedure. I attempted to pump the brake pedal to possibly get more pressure in the brake lines, but that did not work. The vehicle became un-driveable and had to be towed. I examined the brake fluid reservoir and saw there was no fluid. The following day, I had my truck towed to the dealer and the following day after the service tech examined it, he said the brake fluid had leaked from the master cylinder to the brake booster. The dealer replaced the master cylinder and brake booster. Luckily, I was not going at highway speeds when this brake failure occurred or my son and I could have been seriously injured.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #103

Jul 072016


  • 50,000 miles
I was in a parking lot backing out of my spot. With no warning light or any previous warning, my break system went out. Accelerating in reverse and breaks to the floor, my truck just continued to speed up. I slammed my car in park and the truck shut off. It was not until that moment that a warning light came on stating low brake fluid. I could have killed someone in this parking lot. Ford told me to drive it in and they would take a look at it. I had to tow it in myself and they claimed the warning light was on previous to me putting my car in reverse (which is wrong) but they replaced my break system for me (with the same failing system). I still have no faith in my breaks and my truck has never drove this poorly. Everything on it squeaks (probably from slamming it in park to avoid running people over). This needs to be a recall!!!

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #102

Sep 222016


  • 23,000 miles
Truck vibrates badly when applying brakes. Feel a pulse in the brake pedal.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #101

Sep 232016


  • 62,000 miles
Without warning brake pedal went to floor absolutely no brakes and low brake fluid light came on. Had to drive into the ditch to keep from hitting another car and used emergency brake to guan lily stop before hitting a tree. There was no warning or anything just absolutely no brakes. Master cykinder was empty put 6 pints of fluid in it. That just disappeared. No leaks any where under the truck. Ford recalled 271000 for this very issue. But mine is not included in recall. We were coming home from football game in heavy traffic at midnight. Had to call wrecker to get us home.

- Ft Gibson, OK, USA

problem #100

Sep 152016


  • 61,222 miles
Yesterday brake pedal starts to push toward the floorboard while braking. After sitting overnight the vehicle had no brakes and low brake fluid warning was on. Had to have towed to dealer.

- Townville, SC, USA

problem #99

Sep 142016


  • 50,000 miles
Brake fluid leaked from caster cylinder to the brake booster causing a sudden and almost complete loss of braking ability. Almost caused serious accident.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #98

Aug 012016


  • 47,667 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. While applying the brake pedal, a squeaking noise was present from all four wheels. The vehicle shook and vibrated. The vehicle also suddenly lost power and appeared to stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who replaced the brake pads and rotors, but the failure continued. The contact was informed that the stalling was due to a faulty brake booster. The dealer changed the spark plugs, but the failures continued. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,667.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #97

Aug 202016


  • 28,000 miles
2013 F150 V8 with 28000 miles has faulty front brakes. The outside pads appear to be working properly while the inside pads are not. The inside of the rotors are gouged and rusty while the outsides are in perfect shape. I see many other complaints about this same issue. The brakes have been grinding off and on since 15000 mile with normal use, and no off-road use.

- Hazel Park, MI, USA

problem #96

Aug 082016


  • 1 miles
Upon leaving my driveway which is on a hill I went to apply my brakes and had no response, caused me to go off the curb. My brake pedal was hard to operate I went on line and did some research found out about recall.

- Woodway, TX, USA

problem #95

Apr 072015


  • 25,841 miles
Brake pads are severely deteriorating early in their lifespan. Front brake pads and rotors had to be replaced at 25,841 miles. Dealer said it was a caliber hanging up. Happened again at 39,425 miles. Rotor was gouged again on opposite side. Dealer stated caliper and rotors were not defective. Possible defective brake pads. Same failure on my wifes 2013 Ford Fusion SE.

- Schenectady, NY, USA

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