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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,826 miles

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2018 Ford F-150 brakes problems

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2018 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #19

Apr 242021

F-150

  • 27,700 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was pulling into a left turning lane behind another truck. Brakes failed to slow the truck. As I applied more brake the engine stopped but vehicle still moved forward at a slow speed. The ABS seemed to be trying to work as the truck "bucked" like ABS was trying to work even at this slow speed. I bumped into the truck in front of me. He only sustained a very small dent in his bumper. My truck would not start. I had to shift it in and out of park several time and it finally started. I sustained about $3000 damage my truck. The truck was put on a computer by a Ford dealer and it showed no problems.

- Winchester, WI, USA

problem #18

Aug 162019

F-150

  • 7,200 miles
I have had issues with the braking on my 2018 F150 V8 since owning it. The brakes never felt right and it would take a longer than normal distance to brake as well as needing extra brake pedal force to stop the vehicle. I ended upgrading the rotors and pads which helped some. Upon inspection of the brakes before upgrading, the rear pads were completely worn and the front pads appeared in newer condition. So the truck was mainly using the rear brakes to stop which explains the braking issues. Before upgrading the pads and rotors, on multiple occasions I heard and felt 'popping' when breaking. Currently I have excessive pedal travel when braking which leads to a diagnosis of a defective master cylinder. Which upon researching, there is supposedly an upcoming recall as well as lawsuits in the works as Ford knew about the defective hitachi master brake cylinders.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #17

Jun 262020

F-150

  • 34,500 miles
Driving home on freeway and applied brakes while exiting off ramp. Heard grinding. Located the left rear passenger rotor and pad torn up. All other pads within specification and no other rotors damaged or leaking. No warning prior. Vehicle had 34500 miles at the time of incident.

- Morgan Hill, CA, USA

problem #16

Dec 192018

F-150 6-cyl

  • 19,958 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The emergency brake cable is rubbing against the driver's side rear spring, causing the emergency brake cable to begin rubbing through its rubber casing against the steel spring. Failure is inevitable. Three different Ford dealerships have examined the problem and indicated no repair is possible - this is the way the truck is supposed to be. I have inspected other F-150S and have not discovered the same set-up or issue. The emergency brake will eventually fail / wear through and Ford indicates this is normal.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #15

Nov 182019

F-150

  • 3,249 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Ford F-150. The contact stated while driving at 15 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to engage as a result the contact rear ended another vehicle. No warning lights illumniated. The contact stated no air bags deployed in the vehicle. The contact stated the vehicle stalled however, the vehicle was able to re start. No police report was filed. No injuries were sustained. The vehicle was taken to chipola Ford (4242 lafayette St, marianna, fl 32446) where the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 3,249.

- Marianna, FL, USA

problem #14

Jun 232019

F-150

  • 5,232 miles
While in motion, several items occur. It begins with following warning lights: "park brake limited function" and the "hill start assist not available". this has resulted in the cruise control not working, sudden deceleration, engine stalling, and transmission erratically shifting. This has occurred over twenty four times at highway speeds and on city streets. The vehicle has been in the shop at the dealer five times and the problem is getting worse.

- West Richland, WA, USA

problem #13

Jan 202020

F-150

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Seems like emergency brake is trying to engage

- Archie, MO, USA

problem #12

Jan 132020

F-150

  • 6,700 miles
Have noise when oporating the vehicle.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #11

Jun 272019

F-150

  • 18,335 miles
The first time the acceleration on my F150 stuck, I was on a country road. I was braking on a down hill to a stop sign. I made sure I was not double peddling and then slamed down on the brake peddle. I had plenty of space before the stop sign and slamming the brake regained the control. I did not report this to my Ford dealer. I did not know that it would be an issue. Approximately 4 months later the truck did it again. This time I was backing up and had my foot on the brake peddle again. I did not have enough time or space to regain control and I struck a tree, which stopped the vehicle. It caused major damage to the tailgate, bumper, light assembly, and passenger side bed fender. I parked the truck and walked away for several hours. When my husband went to move the truck, the brake peddle sank straight to the floor, like there was a lot of brake peddle movement and no brake pressure. I do not believe the gas peddle was sticking, more like the computer was accelerating when the gas was not engaged. My Ford dealership ran diagnostics that day and it had no code issues. Ford legal retained the truck and ran diagnostics again 3 months later and again no codes. Still do not have an answer to what caused the acceleration issue. Ford said there was no issue with the braking system. I would very much like to know if there has been similar occurrences with other 2018 F150's.

- West Valley, NY, USA

problem #10

Jun 222019

F-150

  • 37,037 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 40 mph, the brakes failed. There were no warning indicators illuminated prior to the failure. The contact heard a pop sound while trying to bring the vehicle to a halt. The contact was able to maneuver the vehicle from the center lane to the left lane until he reached a parking lot. The contact was able to coast the vehicle until it stopped. The vehicle was towed to all american Ford (3306 bridge ave, point pleasant, NJ 08742, 732-451-3582) where it was diagnosed that the master cylinder malfunctioned and caused the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle repair was pending. The failure mileage was 37,037.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #9

May 232019

F-150

  • 14,800 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have reported my brake pedal that goes to the floor directly to Ford's F-150 engineer. I was told my truck's brakes are normal. Today, in a business parking lot my brake pedal went to the floor and I lost the ability to stop and ran into the car in front of my parking spot. I had my kids and in-laws in the truck with me. My brakes are not close to being normal. Ford has known problems with recent model F-150 brakes. Ford will not do anything to try fix my brakes. Having random accidents with my family in the truck is unacceptable. This truck should be removed from the road at Ford's expense

- Proctorville, OH, USA

problem #8

Sep 142018

F-150

  • 14,397 miles
Purchased F150 in March 2018, first owner of vehicle. On September 14th, 2018 the vehicle, while driving at a high speed (~65 mph) did a kick and took the vehicle out of cruise control. Immediately the dash displayed "check brake system". brakes responded what felt like normal, pulled over, turned off vehicle and inspected the truck. After a few minutes turned truck on and error message was gone. No other warning lights displayed. Vehicle functioned normally. February 15, 2019, same thing happened with "check system brakes"; but this time appeared at slower speed (~5 mph) as I was pulling into my garage. Turned off vehicle, message display disappeared, no other warning lights. Called Ford dealership and said they haven't heard of this issue and bring it in if it happens again. Seemed they didn't want to deal with me then. Today May 17th, the same incident as the first one happened again at the same speeds and location on my drive (have ~1 hour commute). However, when I applied my brakes there was ~1-2 second delay, felt a had kick and grip of the brakes. Immediately pulled over and turned off truck. Again when starting message display was gone and truck functioned normally. I will be calling my dealership today and they will be getting me in, no ifs, and or buts about it. Can contact you back after they look at vehicle. Hopefully the codes are in the system. Do have video evidence of each incident to show dealership the exact problem if codes do not appear.

- Milliken, CO, USA

problem #7

Apr 262019

F-150

  • 3,750 miles
I was driving and had to come to a quick stop and my brake pedal felt loose like there was no pressure behind it, almost crashed. It felt like the pedal went to the floor

- Collegville, PA, USA

problem #6

Dec 132018

F-150

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Ford F-150. While driving regularly and depressing the brake and accelerator pedals, the floormat moved out of position. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal seized due to the floormat being moved out of position. The contact stated that the hooks for the floormats were insufficient to keep the floormats in position. A dealer and the manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Mar 312019

F-150

  • 1,038 miles
Danger!! potential extreme injury or death possible. These issues must be addressed by Ford. Vehicle speed control:engine accelerating on its own when in reverse. Braking: Would slow down but will accelerate when brake was released upon reverse. Upon reversing up an uphill local side street driveway, braking, and releasing the brake, the vehicle accelerated in less than one second at a tremendous speed. When the vehicle was put into drive from reverse, the engine created a high-pitched whining sound. Had there been the children in the driveway, they would have been killed. There is also a whining sound from the engine when it is running. Changing gear from reverse to drive: Engine creates a high-pitched whining sound reverse up a slight hill: Reversing up a small hill immensely accelerates on its own. We notified the dealership when we received the vehicle, but it was not corrected.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 192019

F-150

  • 7,000 miles
While driving on a city street the accelerator on my Ford F-150 began to accelerate on its own. I pressed the brake pedal to slow down but it only accelerated at a higher rate. I was able to put the shifter in neutral and pull over to a safe area, with the vehicle in neutral and my foot on the brake pedal the truck would continue to accelerate. I had the vehicle towed to the dealership because I was afraid to drive it, now the service department is saying that they cannot duplicate the problem when there obviously is a problem.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 022019

F-150

  • 200 miles
Truck was moving straight forward at 10mph on a Suburban street, brake pedal depressed all the way to the floor, vehicle did not stop. No brake fluid leak apparent, reservoir for brake fluid is slightly over full. Suspect faulty master cylinder.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #2

Sep 282018

F-150

  • 8,000 miles
Decelerating to a stop, I applied brakes with normal pressure but truck did not slow down. Brake pedal felt soft and I had to stand on it very hard to stop truck. After coming to a stop and releasing brake pedal, brake pedal and brake operation felt normal afterwards. Road conditions were dry asphalt.

- Manchester, TN, USA

problem #1

Nov 072018

F-150

  • 19,600 miles
My truck has 19600 miles on it, since last 2 days the brake pedal when pressed would go all the way to the floor while driving, doesn't matter city or higway. I have dropped to the dealership yesterday, they are still trying to figure out the problem

- Spring, TX, USA

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