really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,714 miles

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2001 Ford F-250 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 152005

F-250 4WD 10-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


ABS brakes, air bags, and fuel system failed. At 4700 miles they replaced the entire brake system. Had it a mechanic shop and discovered it was the ABS. While going 55 mph and making a left hand turn kept pushing the brakes and nothing happened causing a wreck. Kept taking vehicle to Ford, they could not find anything wrong. Upon impact, air bags also did not deploy. Also, fuel lines shut off. This happened on March 15, 2002.

- Thorton, CO, USA

problem #6

Jul 042003

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Left front wheel siezed up while driving on freeway just after ABS light came on, truck pulled to left, vehicle could have rolled over killing us. Destroyed tire and calliper and seal material caught fire.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Apr 012001


  • miles
While applying brakes and slowing down engine will continue to surge and accelerate. This problem is causing an increase in stopping distance and trouble maintaining control of truck. Could not determine a cause for this problem. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

- East Greenbush, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 112001

F-250 4WD Diesel

  • miles


The problem occurs when applying brakes which causes steering wheel to lock up, resulting in loss of steering control. This occurs at a low speed as well as at a complete stop. Dealer states that a "higher steering effort w/sitting still w/brakes applied" is normal. When ask to try it for himself, he refused. Leading me to believe it was impossible for them to use the "higher steering effort" theory. It is impossible to turn the wheel or steer when brakes are applied at a low speed or at a stop!!!

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #3

Feb 062001

F-250 4WD Diesel

  • miles
Automatic fails to shift into lower gears for engine braking. When decending a steep grade the automatic transmission fails to apply. This has the same effect of putting the truck in neutral when going down hill. When driving in the mountains this is extremely dangerous in that it requires the brakes to do the work of slowing the truck. If the brakes overheat then the truck will "run away".

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #2

Apr 012001

F-250 4WD Diesel

  • miles
I have had three incidents in which I had to use heavy braking to to avoid an something. All of these incedents where at speeds above 40 mph. In the first incedent I had to make a heavy emergency application on the brakes. When I did this the truck pulled violently to the left almost causing me to loose control of my truck. It appeared that I did not have any control of the steering of this vehicle. Since then I have tried several times to duplicat this situation. It does not allways do it to as a severe degree. But I have got it to violently pull the truck to the left on two other occasions. I am a above average driver because I have been a deputy sheriff for about 16 years and have had alot of experience and training in driving in extreme conditions. I have not taken this truck back to the dealer or rotated the tires because I have been advised that the NHTSA wants to drive one of these trucks before any work is done on them. I would be more than willing to let you drive this vehicle. Please advise me what your intentions are.

- Swink, CO, USA

problem #1

Sep 262000

F-250 4WD

  • miles
Complete brake failure has occurred. The night I brought it home then two weeks later the same thing. Went to apply brakes and pedal went to floor. I did hear a noise coming from under the hood while it occured. After I coasted to stop. Brakes were find again. Very bizzarre!

- Columbus, OH, USA

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