really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,468 miles

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2010 Ford Taurus brakes problems

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2010 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 102016


  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 50 mph, the front end of the vehicle shuttered and accelerated on its own. When the brake pedal was depressed, the brakes failed without warning numerous times. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the tat eco and braking systems failed. The contact stated that the brakes were replaced three times within one year; however, the failures recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #9

Jan 102016


  • 30 miles
I have problems with brake and transmission passes the changes and gives a hit. The brake is going to the bottom and makes noise, on occasion gets hard the pedal and no brakes, I was talking to a person who has a Ford edge 2010 and it passed the same, the person called to Ford and had a recall and Ford fixed it, I called for my Taurus no recall of that, but it is curious that suffers from the same problem and Ford not give me a recall. Sometimes when I accelerated the car does not respond as suppose to.

- Rio Grande, PR, USA

problem #8

Jun 222015


  • 96,000 miles
When braking, the brake pedal almost goes to the floor before the brakes engage. Braking performance is greatly diminished, potentially leading to a crash. A local repair shop diagnosed the problem to a failure on the hydraulic side of the anti-lock braking (ABS) module. The ABS module is on backorder at the dealership and parts supplier, possibly indicating an emergent issue that the manufacturer has not responded to adequately.

- Pittstown, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 082015

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles


ABS and traction control lights on. Poor control on snowy roads.

- Newport, VT, USA

problem #6

Aug 252014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
When driving car the left rear brake would make a high pitch noise upon stopping and the brake would lock on momentarily. Had brakes checked for problem and was told the pads and rotors were in good shape and did not show any signs of wear or glazing. The service tech said the calipers tested good as well. Upon driving the car on another night for about 10 miles, the brakes acted up again and I walked around for a visual check. Noticed the left rear (drivers side) rotor was glowing red hot so I snapped a picture of it with my cell phone. The next day we scheduled a service at our local Ford dealership and I was able to show them my picture. They said they were going to order a new caliper and rear brake pads and would call when they arrived. We found out that these items are on back order from Ford. Meanwhile, no car was made available for us to drive until the repairs can be made so we are still driving the car. My wife needs to take a business trip (400 miles each way) and we are not sure if this car is safe. We are assuming that form motor company feels it is safe to drive this car since a loaner was not offered to us. The brake rotor gets glowing red hot and actually illuminates our driveway at night when we return from a trip into town, which is only 4 miles away. We are particularly worried about fueling the car up at a gas station with red hot steel glowing around gas fumes. The heat is so intense that you can feel it from 5 feet away. After reading many different brake complaints I discovered that Ford cannot keep up with brake parts which are regularly on back order. Not really sure why the NHTSA has not flagged this issue yet for a safety hazard. However, we will continue to drive this car until repairs are made and hope that Ford is confident that it is still safe to drive in the meantime.

- Mapleton, ME, USA

problem #5

Jan 072014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the brake pedal traveled to the floorboard when engaged, however the vehicle did stop. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician replaced the master cylinder. In addition, the contact was advised that the hydraulic control module was faulty and would be replaced once the part became available. The vehicle remained at the dealer until further repair. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 03/12/14 the ABS module needed to be replaced. 03/21/14

- Raynham, MA, USA

problem #4

Jun 152011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, she noticed a hissing sound while braking. The brake pedal would also abnormally travel to the floorboard intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis however, the technician was unable to diagnosis the failure. The failure was recurring and on a separate occasion while approaching a traffic stop, the brakes were unresponsive when applied and caused the driver to crash into the rear of another vehicle. The driver sustained injuries to the left arm. The vehicle was towed a salvage yard. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000. Updated 11/19/13

- Haines City, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 012013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
2010 Taurus sho. Brakes roaring &/or grinding when applied medium to heavy. Brakes feel weak & slow to respond when applied. Lite grease or oil burning smell coming into car. Engine lost power, car filled with heavy fuel smell, multiple warning lights flashing, & steering was very hard to turn in traffic near Ford dealer & coasted into the service lane. Ford said wrong spark plugs installed at factory which caused plugs to foul, then 2 injectors to lock wide open, coil packs ruined, PCM burnt up, & several other problem. Adaptive cruise control shuts down on the interstate & warning system flashes on the windshield & system says sensor is blocked & the collision warning system is not working. To correct the problem the vehicle has to be stopped & restarted. Transmission downshifts incorrectly at times or hesitates to respond while trying to merge into interstate traffic. Ford sync system cut on & off or disconnects from phone which is linked to 911 for safety. Blind spot warning system gives false warnings constantly when no other vehicles are near & on various roads types. Automatic wipers come on when its not rain. Adaptive cruise will not maintain the proper gaps between vehicles ahead of it & driver must take control. During fueling the fuel pours out from the overflow valve when the tank tops off at any gas station. Dark quarter size spot coming up in the driver's side mirror which obscures vision of other vehicles. Dust & dirt entering the vehicle around the rear doors while driving. Driver's side head rest slowly rises up over a few days & touches driver's head & cannot be safely pushed down until stopped. Michelin mxv4 tires 20" started separating where the side walls meet the tread. Michelin immediately replaced the 4 tires without question. A total of 34 problems with this vehicle including the paint fading out. Currently has 39,400 miles.

- Laurel, MS, USA

problem #2

Aug 122012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
Out for a Sunday drive and suddenly there was heavy brake noise at right rear brake. The brake pads and rotor were ruined. The brake pads had locked up and would not release. All other brakes ok. Ford claimed this was normal brake wear, would not fix the problem. This may be normal for Ford cars, it has not been my experience with other brands.

- Endicott, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 222011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 29,650 miles
I noticed a brake issue in 2011 and brought my car into Ford for repair. I was told there was no issue with my brakes. I brought my car to another mechanic who said the pedal was going to the floor and that there definitely was an issue. I brought the car back and they claimed there still was no issue. I called Ford customer care on 12/12/12 and after days of arguing they agreed to fix the front brakes. They advised that there was no issue with the back brakes. I still had a squeak but the pedal was no longer going to the floor. I was told a squeak can be normal. Last week I noticed a grinding sound coming from what appeared to again be the brakes. I have 12,000 additional miles on the car since first bringing it in. I am now told that the back brakes need a complete repair because the caliper is locked and the pads and rotors are destroyed. I asked why this wasn't fixed before and they said it was not something Ford was going to cover because it was not locked at that time. I am 6000 miles over the warranty and was told that I would have to pay $560 for the repairs. I looked online and found a host of others complaining of the same issue and also found a service notice (tsb 10-7-2) posted by Ford Motor Company advising how to repair "rear brake drag or rear brake noise". this bulletin was issued for vehicles (including the 2010 Ford Taurus) build on or before 12/14/2009 and discusses repairing calipers as is needed in my repair. I was outraged that this problem was out there but that they did not correct the problem back in December when I complained of brake issues. After calling the customer service department and speaking with a customer service supervisor ([xxx] id#[xxx]) I was told they would not cover this repair because it doesn't apply to vehicles built where mine was built or because of some other reason they could not explain. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Warwick, NY, USA

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