really awful
Crashes / Fires:
12 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
14 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,824 miles

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2016 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2016 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #185

Oct 272019


  • 56,000 miles


While driving in mansfield, tx on 10/27/ 2019 ( on frontage rd. Near debbie ln) as I was preparing to stop at a traffic light. I pressed the brakes and the petal went to the floor. The truck gradually came to a stop in the middle of the intersection! fortunately, there wasnżT a lot of traffic and I was able to back up out of the way of on coming traffic. There were no warning lights, chimes or alerts to signify a problem. It was a frightening experience!! I made it back home safely, but nervously! now IżM very apprehensive about driving the truck!

- Natchitoches, LA, USA

problem #184

Oct 192019


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 55 mph, the brake warning message suddenly displayed and the vehicle failed to stop when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact indicated that the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard when depressed. The emergency brake had to be applied to stop the vehicle. It was discovered that brake fluid was present and had been sucked into the brake booster. The cause of the failure was not determined. Joe cooper Ford (4921 N. automall dr, shawnee, ok) was notified of the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Harrah, OK, USA

problem #183

Sep 192019


  • 37,218 miles
I was driving on the freeway, when the low brake fluid light came on. I pulled over to the next exit and went to a gas station and added two bottles of brake fluid to get the level above the minimum line. The pedal pressure was decreasing with each use and I drove the rest of the way to work, about a 1/2 mile. After letting the car sit for 3 hours the fluid was gone and there was no visible sight of fluid on the ground. I added more fluid and did not drive the truck, but 3 hours later the fluid was gone again. I took the truck to the dealer, 1/2 mile away and the brakes were gone at this point. The mechanic diagnosed that the fluid was leaking from the master cylinder to the brake booster according to the service report. The master and booster were replaced and the truck functions properly again. I know this was an issue on the 2013-2014 F150S and there was a recall, but this happened in a 2016 F-150 with 37,000 miles where a failure like this should not have happened. I am reporting this since there could be a similar failure happening on the 2015+ F150S as the previous generation.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #182

Sep 292019


  • 70,000 miles


Sudden loss of braking power, brake pedal is soft and goes to the floor with little to no stopping power when vehicle is in motion or stationary.

- Doyline, LA, USA

problem #181

Sep 252019


  • 19,518 miles
I was driving down the highway when my brake system alert started going off and brake alerts on dash, a minute later I went to brake and had no brakes, I was able to get off the highway and to a parking lot. I opened up the hood and there was no brake fluid, I bought more fluid and attempted to drive 3 more blocks and all the alerts went off again and no brakes, I pulled over, checked the fluid and it was gone. There was no signs of leaks and all the fluid went into the booster and engine, causing a thick cloud of smoke. I went to.carproblemzoo.com/Ford/F-150/2016/brake and found 65 people with the same issue. Are we waiting for someone to get killed. I have not received a recall is there one? I am the only owner and the truck has less than 20,000 miles on it. No accidents

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #180

Sep 242019


  • 6 miles
Driving at 35 mph my truck gives me a brake fluid low error message. I keep driving on to the highway. As I exit the highway I press the brakes and nothing happens. The brakes arenżT engaging. I coast to a stop since there's no traffic and pull over. Towed truck to Ford dealership and they tell me master cylinder and brake booster have malfunctioned. Cost of repairs are $2100.

- San Pablo, CA, USA

problem #179

Sep 222019


  • 47,433 miles


I started my truck in the garage and went to put it into gear and the brake pedal went to the floor and a flashing brake light came on with a fluid low signal. I checked the fluid it was low. I put more fluid in it and pushed the pedal again gone again. I checked all brake lines under the truck not a leak anywhere. I'm ordering a new booster and master cylinder the fluid went into the booster. I believe this was a recall in the 2013 -14 F150 but Ford told me there isn't a recall in 2016??

- Jeannette, PA, USA

problem #178

Sep 182019


  • 76,300 miles
Brakes suddenly and without warning became nearly unusable, brake pedal soft and to the floor and extremely long stopping distance. This was followed by a brake warning light and a "brake fluid low" warning on the instrument panel display. Dealer reports a master brake cylinder failure and leak of brake fluid requiring master cylinder and booster replacement

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #177

Sep 132019


  • 63,000 miles
While driving an alarm starting beeping and "low brake fluid" flashed on the dashboard. When I went to stop in a parking lot, the brakes went all the way to the floor and the truck rolled to a stop. We immediately put brake fluid into the reservoir and it disappeared. No puddles under truck or liquid on the tires.

- Alvin, TX, USA

problem #176

Sep 072019


  • 138,915 miles
On 7 September 2019 we returned from a family trip of 9 days. During this time the F-150 was sitting in the garage the whole time. When we returned I went to back the truck out of the garage and when I depressed the brake pedal I had no brakes. Shortly noticing that there were no brakes the low brake fluid indicator came on. I checked the reservoir and indeed the level was really low, when it was full before we left on the trip. There were no pools or puddles of fluid anywhere. On 10 Sept, I refilled the reservoir with brake fluid. While remaining in the driveway, I pumped the brakes. The break pedal consistently went to the floor with no breaking power. After several pumps of the breaks the low fluid level indicator came back on. I checked to see the level and indeed again it was below the minimum marker. And again there is no indication of leaking anywhere. There are no pools of fluid anywhere in the engine compartment nor under the vehicle. I plan to take the truck to the dealer for repairs. The vehicle has not been in an accident due to this problem. Some motion was used to verify if the breaks were working. All of this occurred in the garage or on the driveway of the house.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #175

Aug 292019


  • 61,000 miles


Bought the truck a year and a half ago the engine has blown and now the brake master cylinder is went out probably be the brake booster next they should be reliable for this IżM 100 miles over my warranty and they were still on fix

- Conrona, CA, USA

problem #174

Aug 192019


  • 27,800 miles
Low brake fluid light came on. Was able to get to parking lot. When I went to drive the truck a few hours later it had absolutely no brakes!!! had I driven any further I would have surely crashed and died since I was on a highway. No fluid was leaking. Had to tow to dealership. Need to recall the 2016's too.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #173

Aug 172019


  • 44,089 miles
Driving in residential type area, down hill. Break warning came on (40mph). Tried to stop but pedal went to floor. I said to my family to hold on we have no breaks and weżre approaching a stoped car making a left. As they were screaming in fear I stepped on the emergency break and down shifted to first. We are lucky I knew what to do. Another family may not be so lucky. The Ford dealer said the master cylinder is leaking through. 2016 Ford F-150 3.5 ecoboost

- Schnecksville, PA, USA

problem #172

Aug 142019


  • 23,000 miles
Total brake failure

- Cochran, GA, USA

problem #171

Aug 132019


  • 38,995 miles
I was driving down the highway when my brake system alert started going off and brake alerts on dash, a minute later I went to brake and had no brakes, I was able to get off the highway and to a parking lot. I opened up the hood and there was no brake fluid, I bought more fluid and attempted to drive 3 more blocks and all the alerts went off again and no brakes, I got pulled over, checked the fluid and it was gone. There was no signs of leaks and all the fluid went into the booster and engine, causing a thick cloud of smoke I called a tow truck and it was taken to a Ford dealer. They said it was not covered because I was just over the warranty period. It is costing me over $800. I am very lucky it wasn't a bad accident. This needs to be addressed. All the fluid went into the booster and into the engine. The Ford dealer will have all the information and are repairing it now. I could add it later if needed.

- Wilsonville, OR, USA

problem #170

Aug 082019


  • 47,000 miles
On starting stationary vehicle received audible warning of low brake fluid. Brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Vehicle had been driven normally 2 days prior with no indication. Opened hood and observed brake fluid in reservoir below min. Added brake fluid to between min and max. Restarted vehicle and pressed brake pedal again to floor. Observed fluid level lower within reservoir, but no fluid observed coming from vehicle. Continued to add fluid, pump pedal and observe fluid draining, but no fluid leak found. Total fluid added - 36 oz. Vehicle towed to dealer. Service department concurred with self-assessment that master cylinder had failed and draining fluid was collecting in brake booster housing. Service department quoting $1000 to repair. Vehicle 37 months old, 47000 miles - just out of warranty. Had vehicle had been in motion I feel confident collision would have occurred / injuries likely. My gravest concern is that failure of major safety system did not have any precursor nor external symptoms. Hard for low age/low mileage vehicle to hold value with this issue.

- Leonardtown, MD, USA

problem #169

Aug 072019


  • 70,000 miles
While heading to the dentist yesterday I was driving and the low brake fluid light came on, thought maybe a sensor fault and kept driving, next the brake light indicator in the instrument cluster came on. So I pulled over and the pedal went to the floor. I barely stopped in time because there was a stop sign. I popped the hood and there was no fluid in the master cylinder. I locked the truck up and walked 3 blocks to a ace hardware to get some more fluid. I got back to the truck and checked for leaks but didn't find any. So I filled up the fluid and pumped the brakes, I had enough to get me home safely. When I got home I checked again and found the fluid to be all gone again. That was withing a 5 mile distance to where I filled it up last. I checked for leaks once again and didn't find any. So I pulled the vacuum sensor off the bottom of the brake booster and all of the brake fluid poured out. The master cylinder failed and kept pushing the brake fluid into the booster.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #168

Jul 182019


  • 51,000 miles
On July 18, 2019 vehicle (2016 Ford F150 with 51,721 miles) driven under highway conditions experience a 'low brake fluid' warning followed afterwards with complete loss of brakes when attempting to secure the vehicle to a safe condition. Fortunately the driving situation allowed the vehicle to be secured safely. Upon inspecting the vehicle there were no indication of brake fluid loss through broken brake lines or system leakage. Subsequently transported the vehicle to the vehicle our originating Ford dealership, the shop diagnostic result was the 'failure of the master brake cylinder rear cup seal'. additional damage included the booster pump due to brake fluid contamination. Issues: This is the same failure to which Ford motor previously recalled 2013 - 2014 F150's. at 51K miles, the failure of a master cylinder is premature. During routine maintenance, inspection of the master cylinder does not readily lead to indication of potential failure or need for replacement. This failure could be catastrophic under the right conditions if proper operator control is not followed - lower speed by reducing gearing and using the emergency brakes. The replacements are oem factory parts; possibly the same manufacture as that replaced which could be potential for future failure (this could not be clarified by the Ford shop at the time of the work)! the primary concern of course potential for relapse of the same event. Secondarily is the premature expense of master brake cylinder and booster pump replacement.

- Silver City, NM, USA

problem #167

Aug 022019


  • 60,000 miles
Complete brake failure with limiter warning. Driving and brake fluid level light came on. Stopped at a gas station refilled brake fluid. Lost brake pressure after driving less than a mile from gas station. Refilled brake fluid. Next morning starting seeing white smoke in exhaust. All of the brake fluid drained out of brake fluid out and leaking from master cylinder

- Hamilton, GA, USA

problem #166

Jul 272019

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2016 Ford F-150. While driving on the interstate, the brake warning indicator illuminated. While depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle failed to stop. The contact had to apply the camper brake to reach the next exit. The contact took the vehicle to murdo Ford (219 main St, murdo, sd 57559, (605) 669-2391) where it was diagnosed that the vacuum booster sucked the seal out of the master cylinder and all the fluid went to the booster. The technician added fluid to the brake master cylinder and disconnected the booster. The contact was able to drive the vehicle and later took it to thunder basin Ford (1100 w 2nd St, gillette, wy 82716, (307) 682-4735), but was not diagnosed or repaired due to the length of time it would take for the repair. The vehicle was also taken to jackson Ford of Decatur (455 E pershing rd, Decatur, il 62526, (844) 846-7281) where a repair appointment was scheduled. The contact also took the vehicle to rick ridings Ford (1817 ridings dr, monticello, il 61856, (217) 762-2521) and was informed that there were no recalls. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Decatur, IL, USA

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