really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,659 miles

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2008 Ford Fusion brakes problems

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2008 Ford Fusion Owner Comments (Page 4 of 8)

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problem #89

Nov 152016


  • 210,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that when the brake pedal was depressed at various speeds, it went to the floor. The contact stated that when the failure occurred, the brakes had to be pumped to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 210,000.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #88

Dec 162016


  • 135,000 miles
Loss of break pressure. Almost complete loss of break pressure after an ABS event. Had my breaks fully replaced, but the issue continues. I live in Wisconsin, where icy roads make are common, so this is extremely dangerous. Brakes will remain soft, but usually I can pump the break pedal to rebuild break pressure.

- Kaukauna, WI, USA

problem #87

Dec 052016


  • 100,000 miles
2008 Ford Fusion soft brake pedal problem brake pedal goes to the floor after the ABS unit engaged on slippery road. This is the 6th time this has occurred. The first time occurred at 50,000 miles. The car now has 100,000 miles. It recently snowed and the ABS unit engaged and now the brake pedal has been going to the floor for the past 3 weeks. The past "soft brake pedal" events have corrected themselves after a few days or a few weeks. Currently the soft brake pedal has not corrected itself. Apparently a valve gets stuck in the ABS unit and can cause this exact problem. The brake system has been checked over and everything is fine which is indicating the ABS unit. The "soft pedal" only occurs after the ABS unit engages and when the ABS unit self corrects, then the brake pedal goes back to normal. This is an extremely dangerous situation and the braking capability of the car is severely compromised. Stopping distances are greatly increased which could cause a serious accident. One event occurred on a dry road in the middle of summer when an animal ran in front of the car. The ABS unit engaged and then the brake pedal went to the floor. It took several days for the ABS unit "self corrected" and the brake pedal returned to normal. The other events occurred on slick pavement. It appears that a valve may get stuck in the hydraulic unit of the ABS and this causes the soft brake pedal. When the valve breaks free and returns to its normal position, then the car brakes return to normal. The ABS unit is still in failure mode as of today.

- St Charles, IL, USA

problem #86

Dec 122016


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Fusion. The contact stated that when the brake pedal was depressed at 30 mph, the vehicle hesitated to stop. The contact mentioned that the vehicle eventually coasted to a stop. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the ABS controller failed and needed to the replaced along with the master cylinder. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000. The VIN was not available.

- New Glarus, WI, USA

problem #85

Nov 012016


  • 80,000 miles
Brakes lose pressure after ABS event. Has happened multiple times. Ford dealer was not able to fix.

- Saint Paul, MN, USA

problem #84

Sep 072016


  • 91,000 miles
Starting about 4 months ago, the brakes started acting extremely weird. When you are driving and push in the brakes to stop, the brake pedal pushes like a sponge and wont stop. At first when you push it, it starts to brake, but then quits working and requires you to push it to the floor. This will usually go on 1-2 weeks, and then will start working like normal. About 1-2 weeks each month, the brakes act up and you feel like you wont stop. This happens whether you are going 15 mph or 60 mph. This can happen at anytime, any place, any speed. I have taken this into a dealership, which they told me they thought new brake pads and rotors would fix. $400 later and nothing fixed.

- Norfolk, NE, USA

problem #83

Dec 122016


  • 109,000 miles


"takata recall" the brake pedal can go "soft" when driving on slippery or uneven surfaces. The brakes do not feel like they are working correctly. I have to put it almost to the floor in order for the car to stop. Even then it feels that it will not stop in time. During our last snow storm it was completely un reliable. I do not currently feel safe or that they re working correctly at all. It has been going on for some time now. You can feel the ABS engage when you use the breaks but it never goes back to the way it was prior to the engagement of the brakes.

- Tyngsboro, MA, USA

problem #82

Dec 152016


  • 81,000 miles
My brake pedal goes to the floor when the ABS engages making it almost impossible to stop at a safe distance. If you manage to stop the car & pump the brakes many times, the brake pedal is hard gain allowing you to stop. However the next time the ABS engages the pedal softens & goes to the floor again. The vehicle was in motion on a city street. A friend with the same vehicle had a similar problem. See nhsta number 10876335.

- Cleves, OH, USA

problem #81

Dec 062016


  • 123,000 miles
While driving on snowy/icey roads my ABS brakes took hold when I needed to stop. However, after that my brakes didn't seem right. They seemed to be soft. My pedal goes further to the floor. Not as much pressure on the pedal. I have concern that when I am on snowy roads my brakes do not seem to be reacting like they should.

- Orion, MI, USA

problem #80

Dec 082016


  • 130,000 miles
When breaking sudden my brake pedal goes to the ground and won't stop. It happened when hitting a bump in the road and breaking and has occurred in slippery conditions. It has been intermittent. I have had my break pads, rotors replaced, all lines checked for pressure no leaks. The car may be very dangerous if we fall in the wrong situation. Fortunately that hasn't happened yet. Today the brakes are working fine but you just don't know when you have to use them and the pedal goes to the floor. This has happened on several occasions in the past few months.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #79

Nov 102016


  • 150,000 miles


The brakes suddenly go soft when stopping on uneven surfaces. The brakes also have gone soft when braking in a turn.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #78

Dec 272016


  • 170,000 miles
Multiple mechanics. No remedy to fix soft brake pedal. Getting harder and harder to stop safely. No specific event occurred to cause this. It has gotten worse over time. I'm going to be forced to buy another vehicle I can not afford right now.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #77

Dec 122016


  • 90,000 miles
Driving along normally, relatively low speed in the city limits, dry conditions, nothing out of the ordinary. Pressed the brake pedal to stop the car, and instead the pedal had little to no resistance and went to the floor without stopping or slowing the car. Had to pump the pedal a couple of times before getting pedal resistance and slow the car. This has happened 3 times in the past 1 year, most recently this past Monday.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #76

Dec 122016


  • miles
When the ABS activates the pedal goes to the floor and you have to pump to stop. I had it reset with tester and it is doing it again. I was told the pump and control module are bad need to be replaced. Very dangerous and common. 2 other vehicles in shop for the same thing. Ford needs to a dress this.

- Andover, MA, USA

problem #75

Dec 012016


  • 67,000 miles
Road conditions were wet at approx. 8A Wednesday 12/1/2016. There was no active precipitation. Traffic was moderate. Vehicle was in use approx. 10 min. In motion along West beltline highway 12/14 when entering the exit ramp for gammon road 43.053038, -89.507010, brakes were applied to decelerate the breaks from the posted speed limit of 55 mph. There was an ABS event while vehicle was decelerating, there was a feeling through the foot of push back/wobble/fluttering on the brake pedal. It was realized the vehicle was not braking at the normal rate as this route is used daily/regularly. The brake pedal was depressed by foot to the floor of the vehicle. Attempted to pump the brake, but it was malfunctioning/not responding. The vehicle was coming to a red traffic light where it is known that there may be heavy passing traffic periodically. Attempts to return braking to functioning state were unsuccessful. Vehicle proceeded through the red traffic light, fortunately there were no other vehicles in the 3 lanes of traffic that would normally be in motion; was not congested; there were no vehicles traveling South bound at that time. The vehicle entering the "T" intersection, ended up in the middle lane, turning right, surroundings were clear of traffic, no injuries or collisions to report. Pulled vehicle to right-side of road/bike path, vehicle did stop, but with the brake pedal depressed to the floor. Drove vehicle slowly with hazard lights engaged. Drove approx. 1 mile, very carefully to a parking lot, where vehicle was parked, engine turned off. Waited approx. 90 seconds, restarted the engine, depressing the brake pedal, still to the floor. Drove vehicle carefully to destination, applying hazard lights when necessary, keeping safe distance/speed. Vehicle towed to Ford dealership. Informed by Ford, hydraulic control unit needed replacement. High potential for injury/death

- Middleton, WI, USA

problem #74

Nov 182016


  • 99,000 miles
The brakes do not function properly. During any driving, the first third of typical brake pedal press is normal and the vehicle brakes normally. However the middle third does nothing additional to brake the vehicle and the last third brakes aggressively. I have recently replaced the brake pads, serviced the rotors, replaced the master cylinder, and bled the brake lines. None of these services have correct the issue. I have read many forums where other users were experiencing the same problem with the final solution being replacement of the ABS control module; a very expensive part to replace.

- Ranchester, WY, USA

problem #73

Sep 082016


  • 125,001 miles
Spongy brakes - they go to the floor before they stop - mechanic said master cylinder and brake pads are fine- brake lines have been bleed and it did not fix the problem.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #72

Nov 142015


  • 99,000 miles
After noticing braking issues I had a mechanic look at it to investigate what the issue maybe. I was told it was the master cylinder. This part was replaced and then after replacing noticed air going into the line. After noticing the sound of air there was air lines after the flush. It was determined a faulty ABS sensor

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #71

Aug 092016


  • 123,684 miles
Took car in several times because brake pedal went all the way to the floor for it to stop. Dealership stated it was the rear brakes, replaced them. Problem still exist. Took back a couple mos later, dealership stated front brakes & rotors, fixed. Problem still exist. Took car back again, dealership stated master cylinder needs to be replaced. Replaced it. Took back again, now they state it's the hydraulic control unit in the ABS system. Need to press brake pedal to the floor to stop.

- Salinas, CA, USA

problem #70

Jun 172016


  • 115,000 miles
When braking hard over a pothole on a city street, brakes are lost and pedal goes to the floor. The brakes returned but has been low and soft ever since. A mechanic suggested there's an issue with hydraulic control unit (hcu) and/or an ABS valve. Also, he recommends replacing the hcu, which is over $550 for the part alone.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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