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Crashes / Fires:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,343 miles

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2016 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2016 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 13)

problem #249

Aug 252021


  • 63,643 miles


The contact owns a 2016 Ford F-150. The contact was driving approximately 50 MPH, when the brake warning light illuminated. The contact was able to pull over and inspect the brake reservoir and noticed that it was empty. Upon investigation, the contact associated the failure with NHTSA Campaign Number: 20V332000 (Service Brakes, Hydraulic) however, the VIN was not included. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not informed of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 63,643.

- Horizon City, TX, USA

problem #248

Jul 232021


  • miles
This is a 2016 Ecoboost 3.5 F150 built in Kansas City plant. The brake booster leaked and I lost brakes. This is a current recall but my VIN is not included. How can my truck, the same model and powertrain as those recalled, in the same time period, built in the same plant, with the exact same issue not be part of the recall? I nearly crashed... the mechanic at the Ford dealer knew exactly what it was - how - well clearly its a bigger issue than what has bene recalled!!!!

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #247

Jul 112021


  • miles
Hi, I have a 2016 Ford F150 with the 3.5 ecoboost motor. The truck has roughly 80k miles on it currently. I replaced the front brake rotors and pads on the truck a few weeks ago. After the repair I had full brake ability and no issues what so ever. This weekend I was driving the truck when I received an audible alarm and on the heads up screen by the speedometer that said the brake fluid was low. I also had the red "brake" indicator on the dash. When this occurred I did loose what I would say was 80% of my braking ability. Luckily I was only a few blocks from home so I was able to get home. When home I took all 4 wheels off my truck looking for leaks and everything was dry. The brake fluid reservoir was in fact low so I put 12 oz. of fluid back in it and went to drive around the block to see if things were better. I made it about 3 blocks before I received again that brake fluid low warning again and then lost braking ability. I then called my wife and took the truck to a local brake shop about a mile away. After some research over night I ran across 20V-332 and wondered if my truck was part of this recall. I called Ford this morning and the confirmed it is. They have ordered a master brake cylinder and I am now waiting for they to correct the issue. I will be without me truck at a minimum of a week because of this issue.

- North Liberty, IA, USA

problem #246

Jun 032021


  • miles


Low brake fluid light came on while driving. Shortly thereafter (minutes) the brakes got very bad and unsafe. Basically the resistance left and the pedal went to the floor. It slowly stopped via brakes but very poorly. You couldn't make a quick stop if needed. Checked fluid it was empty. Added fluid. Drove to dealership, brakes were slightly better but sure enough 5 minutes into drive the low fluid light came on. I suspect it is emtpy again (I dropped at dealership and told them to check). Brakes starting working worse again, just like before (keep in mind they were'nt normal again even with the fluid, just a bit more resistance when i pumped the pedal). After the light came on, all resistances was gone again. Doing some research and talking to the dealership this sounds exactly like NHTSA campaing # 20V-332, however, my vehicle isn't covered because the cutoff for that is currently Aug 1 2016, while my truck was apparently built the following month in September. Dealer thinks it is the same issue. I called Ford and they are taking a wait and see attitude, but it sure seems fishy that the exact recall problem appears to suddenly pop up in a vehicle that fits all the descriptions except a month later...The guy I talked to said they used dealership reports to determine affected dates, so who knows. Car is at dealership getting fixed and it needs a new master cylinder.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #245

Jun 172021


  • miles
Out of no where & no indication anything was wrong, my son was driving home & lost all brakes. Out of the 300,000 recalled for this reason our vin# wasn't on the list. So we had to pay the $1117. Ford did not seem to care when we reported it to their main office in Michigan. This could have caused a serious wreck or even a death!

- Lyles, TN, USA

problem #244

Jun 242021


  • miles
Low brake fluid level. Little to no stopping abilities.

- New Palestine, IN, USA

problem #243

Jun 102021


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2016 FORD F-150. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard. The contact stated that the low brake fluid warning light was displayed. Upon investigation, the contact associated the failure with NHTSA campaign number: 20V332000 (Service Brakes, Hydraulic) however, the Vin was not included. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was informed of the failure and confirmed that the Vin was not under recall. The failure mileage was approximately 73,000.

- Graham, TX, USA

problem #242

Jun 082021


  • miles
Leaking brake booster line at 50,000 + miles I have to pay for out of pocket. Also throttle body replacement. Vehicle would lose power then throw a code P2112. Both bad safety issues.

- Humboldt, AZ, USA

problem #241

May 302021


  • miles
Master Cylinder and brake booster went out

- Parker, CO, USA

problem #240

May 242021


  • miles
Car lost all braking within 5 miles of starting truck. THERE WAS RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY/DEATH. No issues were experienced before parking the car the day before. Audible alert and panel "brake fluid low light" came only only 2 miles before total brake loss. Brake reservoir was empty. Refilled reservoir, pumped brakes until "normal" braking was experienced and the refilled brake reservoir. Ran the engine and drove 3 miles before all braking was lost again. Checked engine compartment and area surrounding brake reservoir and cylinder plus all hydraulic fittings around all four brakes and found all to be bone dry. No evidence of any leak anywhere. Mechanic believes the fluid is being consumed by the engine (bakes sense) and plans on examining to determine.

- Prescott, AZ, USA

problem #239

May 172021


  • miles


low brake fluid light is continuously going on and off. Parking brake also came on. There was a recall and brought to dealer and they said it was fixed. Happen shortly after, dealer said needed a battery. Replaced battery and light is still going on and off. The recall said front brakes wil go out with this issue. If this isn't fixed it will cause a crash.

- Roscoe, IL, USA

problem #238

May 012021


  • 49,000 miles
No brakes. Took to Ford. Does not fall under current recall of NHTSA campaign number 20V-332. However my Ford dealer is charging me to replace the same exact parts under the recall. Brake booster pump and brake master cylinder. Exactly what happened. No brakes. Brake fluid low. Added more brake fluid, not leaking under truck. Emergency brake still works. Had it towed to Ford 2 weeks ago. They are not returning my call. They did tell me they had to order brake booster pump, brake master cylinder and flush the brake lines. $3000 repair. Odd that this is the same repair under the recall.

- Kihei, HI, USA

problem #237

May 012021


  • 44,500 miles
My 2016 F150 3.5L eco boost has the same issue as the recall 20S31. Out of nowhere my brakes went out. Dash said brake fluid low. No signs of leaks even after refilling. It was dumping into the brake booster. VIN does not show up under the affected vehicles though.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #236

Apr 072021


  • miles
I have had no problems but ask to change de brake master cylinder...but inhave had no leaks and nothing shows up in the dash. At the dealer they said they just carry the brake master cylinder. They dont have the brake booster. Am I safe" why asked to change a part when they dont have the othwr parte just in case"

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

problem #235

Feb 012021


  • 110,000 miles
Brake pedal is dropping to the floor while the engine is on. This has not happened before. I'm afraid the brake will fail at any moment while on the road.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #234

Aug 012020


  • miles
I went to the Ford dealership & they're the ones who told me about the recall on the vehicle after I had purchased it. They made up excuses as to why they couldn't fix the problem, according to them they didn't have parts to resolve the recall issue & to come back another day. Not to worry that my vehicle is fine. I've noticed my truck is malfunctioning when I try to slow down & starts shaking making it hard to break on time. I now put in the VIN number to their website so I can schedule a service & the website tells me there's not a recall on my vehicle. I uploaded a image of what it says so there's evidence of their negligence. Not only did they sell me a truck with mechanical issues guaranteeing me that the truck was in phenomenal conditions but now they're also refusing to fix it.

- Monticello, GA, USA

problem #233

Jan 242021


  • 62,000 miles
There was a recall for the master brake cylinder and I brought the truck in to have the recall work done in October of 2020. The brake fluid low light is coming back on.

- Roscoe, IL, USA

problem #232

Jan 152021


  • 70,000 miles
I was driving straight on route 5 in enfield ct, when I needed to apply the brakes there was no reaction from the vehicle. The brake pedal went all the way to the floor, I had to go up over a curb into grass to avoid other vehicles and get the vehicle to slow/stop without any brakes available. I almost crashed into a building.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #231

Jan 112021


  • miles
Brakes won't hold fluid or stop

- Pelham, NC, USA

problem #230

Nov 272020


  • 51,000 miles
Sudden brake failure. Warning message came on that I was low on brake fluid while driving on a divided highway between towns. After hitting ok, red brake light warning remained on. Within a minute I lost most braking ability. I pulled over but saw no leaks under the truck. Walked to a Napa dealer and bought brake fluid and filled reservoir. Got some brake ability back but with in a few minutes, brake pedel went to the floor and very minimal braking ability. Still no leak found under the truck. I can not use the truck with limited brakes. Ford recall #20S31 should include my 2016 model but for some reason does not- even though model, make, year and symptoms the same as outlined in the recall. I was lucky not to have been invoved in a high speed accident.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

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