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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,698 miles

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2015 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 14)

problem #267

Feb 242021


  • 83,699 miles


On 2-24-2021 these two things had never happened before 1. I noticed when arrived to work the P for the gear selector stayed illuminated after vehicle is shut off. A co-worker pointed this out also this had never happened before 2. while in a parking space on side of cvs drug store no other cars near after starting the vehicle and putting into reverse the vehicle accelerated on its own while applying brake didnżT stop hit a cement pole barrier, truck kept trying to jerk backwards after 2-3 seconds it stopped shifted vehicle from reverse to drive to move back into parking space vehicle accelerated on its own; quickly shifted from drive to park vehicle continue to move forward while brake pedal applied and hit a tree and truck turned off if not for tree would have went down embankment on to a freeway

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #266

Feb 052021


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the low brake fluid indicator light illuminated. The contact added brake fluid. Additionally, the contact noticed fluid leaking from vehicle. The contact called mcree Ford, Inc. (2800 gulf fwy, dickinson, tx 77539; (832) 769-0200). The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified through chat and informed the contact that the vehicle was not covered under warranty. The contact was referred to the dealer. The contact stated that the failure was similar to NHTSA campaign number: 20V332000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The failure mileage was 100,000.

- League City, TX, USA

problem #265

Jan 022021


  • 203,000 miles
The contact owned a 2015 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, while coming up on a corner to make a sharp right turned, while slowing down, depressing the brake pedal to make the right turned, the vehicle failed to stop. The contact depressed the brake pedal again but the vehicle was not stopping. The contact stated that the vehicle when into a grass area then crashed into a railroad tracks squer on. The contact mention that the rail tracks was high and it stop the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained a bad whiplash but was not serious injured, the contact stated that the front passenger and the rear driver passenger also sustained bad whiplash. Neither driver nor passengers seek medical attention. A police report was filed. The contact also stated that the fire department was the first to arrived at the scene. The vehicle was towed to a tow yard and later was towed to an insurance tow lot. The vehicle was totaled. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 20V332000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer nor the dealer were contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 203,000.

- Lincolnton, NC, USA

problem #264

Nov 122020


  • 40,000 miles


The vehicle was parked, put into park, the key was removed, then the vehicle was locked. Upon returning to the vehicle the vehicle was unlocked, the tailgate was lowered and we proceeded to load a bulky 70 (I'm guessing) pound object into the bed of the truck. As we pushed the object into the bed of the truck the vehicle started to roll. It was rolling more than just the normal few inches that a vehicle in park can sometimes roll. I jumped into the drivers seat (the door had been left ajar) and pressed the brake to stop the truck. The keys were not in the ignition, the gear shift indicated that the vehicle was in park. The extra parking brake was not being used. The parking lot was very level, there was no slope at all. Once we had the object we were loading secured we pushed the truck and it was still able to be moved. We were fortunate that the object that we were loading wasn't heavy, because it would have been very easy to have an object drop down onto the person(s) loading. There were no injuries to anyone, there were no other vehicles damaged. We just felt that this was something that should be reported. Mileage is approximate mileage was 39,824 in June ( 5 months ago)at last oil change.

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #263

Oct 152020


  • 3,500 miles
On adaptive cruise control, since new, the vehicle brakes are applied when passing an 18 wheel truck/trailer (sometimes) causing a rapid 15-20 mph hard braking decrease in speed jolting and scaring the occupants of the Ford. Nearly rear ended several times. Have contacted Ford but they did not care nor were they concerned that this is a safety issue. Very dangerous going from 65 to 45 while passing another vehicle and cars are behind me. This is a random occurrence making it even more scary. This has happened too many times to count since 2015 and I am afraid to use the adaptive cruise control for fear of being hit from behind on the highway.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #262

Oct 012020


  • 92,000 miles
I was driving down the road and applied the brakes, the brake peddle went to the floor without any brakes being applied. Almost hit a few cars and drove over the curb. Downshifted and depressed my E break!!!! my brakes do not work. No brake fluid external leaks anywhere. Brake fluid reservoir was 90% empty. Check brake fluid light came on. I filled break fluid reservoir and 10 break peddle pumps latter the break fluid was gone from break fluid reservoir

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #261

Jul 212019


  • 100,000 miles


The contact's husband owned a 2015 Ford F-150. The contact stated that her husband had exited her vehicle to park his Ford F-150 into their driveway. Upon start of the vehicle, the contact's husband lost complete control of the vehicle and clipped the side of her vehicle and crashed into a retainer wall. The contact's husband stated that the vehicle independently took off as the brakes failed to operate while being depressed. The contact was unaware if any warning lights illuminated prior to the failure. The air bags failed to deploy upon impact. Upon exiting the vehicle, the contact's husband was covered in blood and the contact had a knot on the back of her head while in her vehicle. The contact immediately cleaned off her husband for cuts on both his legs and arms. The contact's husband was later treated at a hospital for a broken back and ribs. A police report was filed as a result of the accident. The vehicle was towed to fiesta Ford, Inc.(78990 varner rd, indio, ca 92203) where the vehicle was deemed totaled. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and they offered no assistance with the failure. Upon investigation, the contact linked the failure to NHTSA campaign number: 20V332000(service brakes, hydraulic); however, the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- La Quinta, CA, USA

problem #260

Sep 052020


  • 80,000 miles
I noticed a small round plastic part on my drivers side floor mat that appeared to be a flat disk broken in several pieces. See photo. I didnżT think too much about it at the time. A while later my neighbor said my brakes lights were on and my truck had been parked for a quite some time. After not being able to get the brake lights to go out and some internet queries I was able to determine and confirm the small plastic disk came off the top of the brake pedal where it would make contact with the brake light switch. As small of a part as it is, the brake lights were affected and the hill assist function warning was coming on as well. After checking Ford does not sell the tiny plastic disk, worth about 5 dollars, but will sell the entire brake pedal assembly for hundreds. Other auto manufacturers sell the disk called a brake pedal stop pad. This problem is occurring on other Ford as I was able to find examples like mine on the internet. There should be a better designed part or brake pedal to prevent this from happening.

- Apollo Beach, FL, USA

problem #259

Aug 242020


  • 89,000 miles
As I was driving on interstate 94, in Minnesota, I applied my brakes to slow my vehicle down for a construction zone. In doing so, a warning on my dashboard appeared saying, "brake fluid low". at that time, my brake pedal went right to the floor, drastically effecting my stopping ability. My emergency brake was needed to stop my vehicle. As I tried to figure out where the brake fluid was going, I was unable to find a leak. With more research, I found out there was a recall for the brake master cylinder leaking fluid into the brake booster, making the front brakes entirely inoperable. I have been attempting to get my vehicle fixed, and or replaced without any luck.

- Big Lake, MN, USA

problem #258

Aug 172020


  • 54,439 miles
While driving my 2015 Ford F150 on a city street at 45 miles per hour the vehicle lost acceleration, rmp dropped to barely 2 and hill assist disabled light came on. Glided to a red light, put the vehicle in neutral, came to a stop and kept the gas lightly pressed hoping to keep power to the engine. When lighted turned green put truck back into drive and acceleration returned. Parked at my place of business. Shut the truck off but the brake lights stayed on. Had the vehicle towed to the dealership because of concern to drive it after losing acceleration (tow truck driver call the vehicle in limp mode). The dealership found not fault codes but did find plastic pieces on the floor board. Dealership said it was a "broken brake pedal" - a small plastic disc (grommet) inside the brake assembly broke into pieces causing loss F acceleration, the electronic messaging system to disable hill assist and the brake lights to remain on. Dealership said they have seen this in Ford Fusion but not in an F150. The new brake assembly is a total redesign from the the one that the vehicle was built with. The image on the left is the broken brake assemble (the finger is pointing to the damaged item), the part on the right where you will see the small white disc (grommet) is the replacement brake assembly. I purchased the vehicle new in 2015 and have been the only owner. My vehicle has 54K miles, is driven locally, not used to tow or off road and is garaged when not in use. A vehicle loosing acceleration while driving is a major safely concern and I hope this will be investigated as it is a known issue in other Ford vehicles.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #257

Aug 152020


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2015 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving 85 mph, the low brake fluid warning light was illuminated. The contact stated while depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle failed to stop. The contact was able to idle the vehicle speed to slow down until he was able to use the parking brake to stop the vehicle on the side of the roadway. The vehicle was not drivable. The vehicle was towed to local dealer central Ford located at 5645 Firestone blvd, South gate, ca 90280, (562) 927-7888, and the dealer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle had not been diagnosed nor repaired as of yet. The VIN was associated NHTSA campaign number: 20V332000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer had not been informed of failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #256

Aug 072020


  • 2,800 miles
When I applied brake pedal it went to the floor. I drove to Ford dealer immediately and they could not duplicate problem. It happened again before I got home. Ford service technition said there was a recall for this problem. I have not received a notification for this problem.

- Cheyenne, WY, USA

problem #255

Aug 082020


  • 41,650 miles
Moving my truck into lane of traffic out of my driveway; when I started the vehicle the brake pedal went all the way to the floor board and the on board notification system on the dash stated "low brake fluid" and I had almost no braking capability. I had no indication of this prior to that and if I had not applied my emergency brake on I would have entered the lane of traffic and vehicles were coming from both directions and it very easily could have turned into an mva with injuries sustained both in my truck and persons driving on my street. I still have no brakes and I have filled my reservoir with dot 4 brand new bottle of brake fluid.

- Horizon City, TX, USA

problem #254

Jul 312020


  • 134,200 miles
The braking system completely failed with virtually no warning. I was traveling on the freeway and the "low brake fluid" light appeared. There had been no mechanical signs of any issues. When I exited the interstate the brake pedal went to the floor and the brakes did not work. I was barely able to get the vehicle to a stop without hitting the vehicle in front of me on the off ramp. Ford has now released a recall on this but parts are not available to fix it yet. I'm not sure if or what they are going to do for my vehicle but I wanted to file the report given the extreme risk this failure poses. I was very fortunate to not end up in a collision.

- Farmington, UT, USA

problem #253

Aug 012020


  • 82,000 miles
My truck was serviced with complete fluids and systems check on July 2nd, 2020 reporting everything in the green check zone. Saturday August 1st, 2020 while returning from a family trip, the brake warning light came on indicating a brake problem. The brakes were applied to ensure that they were working and when applied, there was no braking power and the pedal went straight to the floor. When we were finally able to stop we rolled into a gas station and opened the hood to check the brake fluid level and it was empty. So we purchased two bottles of brake fluid to refill the reservoir thinking that maybe the service person forgot to refill the brake fluid. Once we filled the reservoir and pumped the brakes a bit they got tight so we got back on the road. As soon as we pulled onto the road and began to drive the brake warning signal came on again. Again, we pulled over to check for leaks, which there were none. And again, the brake reservoir was empty. Again we purchase more brake fluid and additional bottles and refill the reservoir to the fill line. We drove around the parking lot quite a bit before we decided to get back on the road due to the vehicle seeming to function normally. At this point we enter the highway and drove to our area near the dealer. When exiting the highway a great deal of smoke came from the back of our car that smelled like brake fluid. We pulled over and again there was nothing leaking. We still seemed to have some breaking ability so drove the truck to the car dealership to park it for them to take a look at to do repairs. Upon doing some research I saw that Ford Motor Company just announced the beginnings of a recall on June 6 for this same problem on this year vehicle.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #252

Jul 202020


  • miles
Driving down the highway at 60mph and out of no where the low brake fluid light came on the dash screen. Pushed on the brake and it went to the floor, pumping the brake did not help. Was able to manually down shift and stop with the E brake. Lucky I was not in any traffic.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #251

Jul 192020


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and failed operate as designed extending the braking distance without warning. The vehicle was towed to county Ford (18411 lyndon B johnson free way, mesquite tx 75150), but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 82,000.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #250

Jun 262020


  • 32,000 miles
Driving down the road early in the morning and lost both front and back brakes. When the brake was pressed down completely the truck did not stop; pumping the brake caused the truck to slow but not quickly. We saw an empty mall area and headed towards the parking lot and coasted to a stop. Had we been on the freeway or later in the day during traffic this could have been a serious accident. We were driving on a 2 lane road in a city area going about 40 mph. We were very very lucky - this could easily cause a serious accident. Local brake company were able to get the brakes working and we drove the truck back to the house - a few hour drive. Received notice of the recall about 3-4 days after the brakes failed and we did not drive the truck. We called the dealer and they told us nothing could be done because the fix had not been solved by Ford, we asked if the truck was drivable and they could not answer as the recall is unclear. We asked the dealer if we could drop truck off and they could fix and they told us no because they did not have parts and did not know what the fix was going to be. Called Ford and talked to a customer service person and they called the dealership and had them take the truck since neither Ford or the dealer could tell us if the truck was drivable. The dealer told us they would look at the truck to determine if the truck was drivable - that was June 27, 2020 and we have not heard back from dealer. Called dealer again on 07.16.20 and talked and they still did not know and would call back, no call back as of 11pm 06/18/2020

- Eagle, ID, USA

problem #249

Jul 162020


  • 58,000 miles
We received safety recall notice 20S31/NHTSA recall 20V-332 on our 2015 Ford F-150. Neither the dealer nor Ford customer service is willing to replace our master brake cylinder under the recall until it actually fails, or we see the red brake warning signal etc. Considering we use the truck to pull our 6,000 lb. 25ft. Airstream we donżT feel it is a safe situation to take the chance of pulling the airstream and just waiting to see if the brake fails. We may be hours from a Ford dealership when it happens. I am very disappointed with Ford for their seeming indifference & willingness to just wait until people crash into other cars and do bodily harm before they will take responsibility of fixing an obvious safety recall issue. Never before have we ever had a recall notice where we had first to prove our vehicle had failed before they fixed the recall issue. Everyone kept telling me that only a small percentage of the vehicles that received the safety recall notice would actually have the brakes fail, so why worry" just keep driving & hope for the best" the letter says it's due to a part shortage & weżD be notified when parts are available, but the dealer & an Ford operations supervisor said the master brake cylinder would not be fixed on our vehicle unless the vehicle was exhibiting symptoms, regardless of the safety recall. Iżve wasted a week of my life talking to Ford, and waiting for call backs & basically am just being blown off..and weżre talking about brake failures!! this was our 3rd Ford vehicle over the years, but likely our last. Not impressed at all with their customer service or their concern about their customers safety once theyżve purchased the vehicle.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #248

Jul 012020


  • 60,000 miles
When truck sits overnight and I start it, it emits a bluish white smoke for 5-15 seconds. I understand there is a recall on this and the brake master cylinder can leak into the booster, but my vehicle VIN number is not included. Is my vehicle safe to drive?

- Macomb, IL, USA

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