really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
23,475 miles

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2014 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2014 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #44

Apr 212016


  • 29,282 miles


Service brakes - I have 29,000 miles and with out warning the low brake fluid light came on and loss of braking while I was sitting still. Went and got 2 bottles of fluid and filled drove 10 miles and all fluid was gone and so was brakes. Took truck to Ford and they replaced both the booster and master cylinder with the same oem replacement parts. This is not yet a recall but an investigation so with the same parts installed I am very nervous now to drive the truck until and remedy has been provided.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #43

Apr 192016


  • 37,500 miles
After driving to work I was existing the freeway, a low break fluid warning light can on. I proceeded about 4 blocks to the office I was working at, and parked the truck. When it was time to leave I started to back out of the parking stall and had a complete loss of brakes. I had to shift to park to stop the truck. With the truck in park I checked the brakes again and the pedal when all the way to the floor. I turned off the truck and called Ford road side service. I checked the brake fluid tank and it was completely empty, with no signs of any fluid leaking on the ground. After waiting 3 hours for a tow truck to arrive we finally got it out of the garage and delivered it to Ford of bellevue, in Washington state. The service adviser informed me that since I had about 37,500 miles on it it was not covered under the Ford 36,000 mile warranty. He said he would be in touch with me about what was wrong.

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #42

Jul 112015


  • 18,000 miles
While moving at a slow speed I pressed the break pedal and the pedal went all the way to the floor without applying the breaks. I immediately released the break pedal and then pressed it again. On this attempt the breaks did engage.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #41

Apr 132016


  • 18,045 miles


I went to operate the vehicle today and brake pedal went all the way to the floor. A warning came on that brake fluid was low. I opened the hood and there was no fluid in the reservoir. I filled it up and started driving. Within two minutes the warning came on again. I again opened the hood and the reservoir was empty. There is no sign of a leak under the truck. Once again I filled it up and within a minute or two the low fluid message came on again and the pedal would go to the floor. I continued to drive it to the local Ford dealer very slowly, using the E-brake and gearing to stop as needed. Dealer could find no sign of a leak and thinks it may be the fluid bypassing the master brake cylinder and collecting in the brake booster. This is a very dangerous condition and I see I am not the only 2014 F-150 with defective brakes. This is a 5000 pound plus vehicle, one would expect it to have a very reliable braking system. Hopefully there will be a recall as a result of this investigation www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/us-investigates-420000-Ford-F-150S-for-brake-failure-371060011.html

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #40

Apr 052016


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford F-150. While in the reverse position, the brake warning light illuminated and brake fluid low was displayed across the message board. In addition, the contact attempted to depress the brake pedal, but the brake pedal depressed in excess. The contact refilled the vehicle with brake fluid; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,000. The VIN was not available.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #39

Apr 012016


  • 16,932 miles
Started vehicle after work, low brake fluid warning indicated. Pressed the pedal and it went straight to the floor. Vehicle has less than 17,000 miles on it and less than 2 years old. No brake pressure is a serious safety risk. Called Ford and they sent a tow truck. I have concerns that it could happen again even after the truck is repaired.

- Pell City, AL, USA

problem #38

Dec 132015


  • 41,766 miles


I had a brake failure identical to that of what has already been reported, within the last 6 months. While driving on highway, I went to apply brakes and pedal went all the way to floorboard & I had little to no brake control. Refilled reservoir but it was empty within 30 minutes. All fluid drained out of master cylinder and in to brake booster. Had to have master cylinder replaced, and have not had problem since.

- Bulverde, TX, USA

problem #37

Mar 272016


  • 52,000 miles
While driving on local streets a warning light came on advising "low brake fluid", in less that one minute I had a total loss of brakes. After coming to a stop I found that there was no brake fluid in the reservoir. I filled the reservoir and drove about three miles to my destination. After letting the vehicle sit for about on hour I checked the brake fluid level again and it was empty but no fluid was on the driveway under the vehicle. I had the vehicle towed to the dealer and I have been informed that the brake master cylinder and the booster tank must be replaced.

- Lake Placid, FL, USA

problem #36

Mar 152016


  • 58,000 miles
I was driving and the brake light came on, then the low brake fluid message came up and finally the break pedal went to the floor. I lost all breaking power. I was able to get to the dealership and they said it was the master cylinder leaking into the break booster. Both had to be replaced.

- Waco, TX, USA

problem #35

Mar 072016


  • miles
Brake fluid low level light came on while driving to work. I stopped the truck at work with a plan to get it checked at lunch time. When I restarted the truck the brake pedal instantly went to the floor leaving the truck with no brakes. I got out to check the brake fluid reservoir level and it was completely empty, but there were no leaks anywhere. The truck was towed to Ford dealership

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #34

Feb 242016


  • 10,000 miles


Truck was parked on a hill and when I returned I got message low brake fluid and had no brakes. I added brake fluid and within 2 minutes it all leaked out, but nothing on the ground. Had truck towed and the Ford service department said all the brake fluid had leaked from the master cylinder to the brake booster. Both were replaced by local Ford dealership under warranty. Truck had 10,000 miles at the time. Seems like this is the same issue many others have had. Very dangerous. Hopefully a recall will be done before somebody dies because of it.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #33

Mar 202016


  • 10,438 miles
An article in our local paper, from the associated press said your organization was investigating the problem with the Ford 2014, F-150,3.5L engine, for brake failure.on inspection of my vehicle, there is a puddle 15"X5" of what I would guess is brake fluid that has leaked down the drivers side strut.I have called the dealer and he said, "he hadn't heard of this problem.I plan to take the truck in very soon.vehicle was stationary when observed above.

- Cedar Hill, MO, USA

problem #32

Mar 092016


  • 0 miles
Yesterday when I got into my truck and started it the low brake fluid light came on and the brake pedal instantly when to the floor leaving the truck with no brakes. I got out and checked the brake fluid reservoir level and it was completely empty but, there was no leaks anywhere, the truck had to be towed to get fixed. I discussed it with joe and upon exploring this further joe came across the attached article and it turns out this sudden total loss of breaks has happened to several other F150 truck and are being investigated

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #31

Mar 112016


  • 11,000 miles
Ford F150 supercab 4X4 5.0 automatic. Purchased vehicle new in February 2015. Shortly after purchase, I noticed the truck would begin to creep forward while stopped in traffic with the brake applied. This would require more effort to be applied to the brake pedal until the pedal would eventually go all the way to the floor. I took the truck in to the dealer at around 500 miles to have the brakes checked but was told that this condition was normal for power assist brakes. I have owned many vehicles with power assist brakes and this condition is not normal. The truck now has 11000 miles and the condition persists. Based on complaints from other F150 owners it appears that these trucks are equipped with defective master cylinders which are bypassing. So far I have not encountered a total brake failure but the braking problem with my truck could be a precursor to complete failure. I know that the brake problem has mainly been identified on trucks with the 3.5 engine but Ford has acknowledged that it could affect trucks with other engines such as mine because it has the same braking system. While I had my truck at the dealer I was also told by the service manager that they checked the brakes on a new 2014 F150 on the lot and the brakes did the same thing as mine, therefore it was a"normal" condition. This appears to be a widespread problem and it is only a matter of time before there will be more accidents caused by these faulty master cylinders.

- Talcott, WV, USA

problem #30

Jul 282015


  • 20,000 miles
Brake peddle went clear to floor Aug 2015, were told by Ford dealership break fluid ran into the brake booster. Did not cause a crash we were at a stop light on hill and started rolling backwards put on emergency brake before we rolled into the car behind us once light turned green we went up the hill and tried to turn could not stop and pedestrians were in crosswalk so we could not turn had to go straight and pull over. We were in downtown and found out later if we were able to turn it was a very steep down hill so good that we ended going straight it could have been a big issue for us. This issue once fixed then caused the bake lights not work work so we went back to dealership due to a switch that went bad due to the brake peddle going to the floor since we were on vacation in nashville tn when we left and started on road again soon found out that it also caused the bakes would not turn off the cruise control while driving on highway at 70 mph, we would hit brakes and we were still going 70 mph we did not know what was going on so we manually turned off cruise with switch on steering wheel. We had to get fixed once we returned to Ohio. Ford paid for our 3 extra day stay in a motel while we waited for parts to be found by us and our dealership in Ohio since there seemed to be no brake boosters available during this time. Once we found parts had them shipped to mid ten Ford in nashville tn.

- Lagrange, OH, USA

problem #29

Mar 102016


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Ford F-150. While driving 45 mph, the brake warning light illuminated and brake fluid low was displayed across the message board. In addition, the contact attempted to depress the brake pedal, but the pedal depressed in excess. The contact refilled the vehicle with brake fluid; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but the cause of the failure could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 38,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Bradengton, FL, USA

problem #28

Mar 132015


  • 905 miles
Since I purchaced my truck in March of last year.twice I had brake pedal issues.when applying the brakes trying stop. The pedal was very slow to return to its normal position.the next time the pedal went completely to the floorboard as if I was bleeding the brakes. After both incidents I took it to the dealership's. both dealership's said they are normal after road testing my truck.

- Baldwin Park, CA, USA

problem #27

Feb 282016


  • 39,000 miles
The rear brakes of my 2014 F 150 sporadically lock up for a few sec after short or long distance highway drive. The actual lock up occurs when I make a turn into and around a parking lot. Once I have completed the turn the brakes quickly release themselves. I have taken it to my local Ford dealer but can never replicate it, so nothing has been to even look at the braking system. The dealership told me it is probably just the ABS acting up once in awhile.

- Lebanon, IL, USA

problem #26

Feb 102016


  • miles
The driver owned a 2014 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while the driver was driving at an unknown speed, the brake pedal was applied but failed to respond. The contact mentioned that the steering wheel failed but was uncertain. As a result, the driver veered off the road and crashed. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. The driver sustained a fatal heart attack. The driver received medical attention. The vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA action number: PE16003 (service brakes, service brakes, hydraulic), and NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V316000 (steering) and 14V710000 (seats). The failure mileage was not available.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #25

Sep 182015


  • 10,000 miles
Lost all braking unexpectedly. Brake pedal went all the way to the floor and I immediately hade no brakes whatsoever. Described exactly as in this article - www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/us-investigates-420000-Ford-F-150S-for-brake-failure-371060011.html I was leaving my office parking garage and was very lucky to have acted quickly to engage the emergency brake. Co-workers helped me push the vehicle back into an empty parking spot where it was later towed to the dealership at dealership's expense. Around 10K miles or less at the time of the incident. Ford dealership said all fluid had leaked from the master cylinder into the booster. I view this as a serious defect and am highly suspect of the safety of this vehicle, as a result. Please advise.

- Saginaw, TX, USA

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