F-150's Single Cup Seal Master Cylinder is Leaking
Ford switched to a single-seal-cup master cylinder design for the 2013 F-150 and it didn’t take long for owners to start complaining about spongy brake pedals and a sudden inability to stop their trucks.Continue reading article "F-150's Single Cup Seal Master Cylinder is Leaking"
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Where Brakes Complaints Happen
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- spongy brakes not stopping vehicle in the 2008 Fusion
- rear brakes wear out prematurely in the 2005 Freestyle
- rotors need replacing in the 2013 F-150
- soft, no pressure after antilock engagement in the 2009 Fusion
- brake failure in the 2013 F-150
- ABS light is on in the 2004 Explorer
- won't stop unless applying brakes really hard in the 2012 Edge
Leaky master cylinders are causing a sudden loss of pressure in the F-150’s braking system.
Brakes really thrive under pressure, it’s what pushes the pads against the rotors and keeps your brake pedal from falling to the floor. You know, little stuff like that. In a twist, it’s Ford that finds themselves under pressure from a California lawsuit looking for an expansion of a previous master cylinder recall.…keep reading article "Lawsuit Says Ford Should Expand a Previous F-150 Master Cylinder Recall"
Anyone out there having trouble slowing their truck down?
There’s a lawsuit that says a change to the F-150’s master cylinder design is creating a dangerous braking situation.
All 2013-2018 Ford F-150s use master cylinders supplied by Hitachi, with the pistons fitted with just a single cup seal responsible for containing pressurized brake fluid. The lawsuit alleges this is unusual because pistons within master cylinders are usually fitted with two cup seals to ensure that fluid does not leak out of the master cylinders.
These single-seal master cylinders have already been recalled for the 2013 and 2014 model years. But instead of changing the design, Ford replaced the defective part with – I bet you can see where this is going – new defective parts.keep reading article "The F-150's Single-Seal Master Cylinder Design is Doomed to Fail"
The 2015–16 Edge has been recalled because Ford gave 58 of you the wrong ABS software.
Ford says the recalled 2015-16 Ford Edge SUVs were brought in for service repairs and were loaded with the wrong anti-lock braking system (ABS) software.
So how much harm could a little mistake like that do? Well, for starters it can disable the vehicle's electronic stability control, engine torque control, and traction control. Oh, also – also! – the electronic parking brake light and the ability to release the parking brake entirely.
It's like the Beach Boys said in that song, "and we'll have fun, fun, fun, until Ford gives me the wrong software and my car loses all control". Or something like that
(I'm not good with lyrics).keep reading article "Ford Edge Has Wrong ABS Software"
Ford owners sure do love their trucks and they just can't seem to stop talking about them.
It also turns out some of them just can't stop thanks to widespread brake issues.
Federal safety regulators are investigating 2015-2016 Ford F-150 trucks after reports of brake pedals going to the floorboards, a complete loss of brakes and dealerships diagnosing the problems as caused by faulty master cylinders.
We've all heard about putting the pedal to metal, you just never want that to happen with the pedal on the left.
If all this master cylinder / brake talk sounds familiar, it's because the 2013 and 2014 model years were recalled for the same issue earlier this year. I guess that's one box still unchecked on the Ford engineer's to-do list.keep reading article "2015-2016 F-150 Brakes Under Investigation"
The brake hydraulic control units need to be replaced in about 600 Transit Connect vans.
Ford says the faulty control units can cause problems with electronic stability control, roll stability control, anti-lock braking, emergency brake assist, curve control, trailer sway control and traction control.
Well, doesn't that sound fun.
In the most Ford move ever, Ford announced it doesn't know when the recall will begin.keep reading article "Faulty Control Units May Send 600 Transit Connect Vans Into a Tailspin"
Master cylinder leaks are allowing brake fluid to leak into the brake boosters of nearly 271,000 F-150 trucks.
That stops the boosting and --- not surprisingly --- your ability to come to safely come to a stop.
Ford says the problem only affects the front wheels, so rear braking isn't affected. But that wasn't enough to stop 9 accidents, however, which have all been attributed to the sudden loss of stopping power.
The recalled trucks are from the 2013 and 2014 model years. They all have the 3.5-liter GTDI engine and were built between 08/01/13 and 08/22/14.keep reading article "Leaking Master Cylinder Recall for Early 12th Generation F-150 Trucks"
The government has closed their investigation into F-150 electric vacuum pump failures, but that's only because Ford has agreed to repair them under a "customer satisfaction program".
Ford opened customer satisfaction program 15N05 that **extends warranty coverage for the electric vacuum pumps in 2011-2012 Ford F-150 trucks equipped with 3.5L GTDI engines. The satisfaction program extends warranty coverage for up to 10 years of service or 150,000 miles from the warranty start date.
"All affected F-150 trucks are eligible for the program through July 30, 2016, regardless of mileage."
You say customer satisfaction program, I say recall. Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to I suppose.…keep reading article "Investigation Closed Into Vacuum Pump Failure in F-150 Brakes"
F-150 owners can't stop their brake pedals from suddenly falling to the floor. That means they also can't stop their trucks.
The problem is an empty master cylinder resevoir that's hard to detect because there's never any corresponding brake fluid leaks. It's like a magic trick that no-one finds amusing.
A new investigation hopes to pull back the curtain:
"The no-leak symptom is what makes NHTSA believe the fluid is moving from the master cylinder to the brake booster. In addition to that, some owners told NHTSA that Ford dealers have said the same thing."
The investigation covers 2013-2014 F-150 trucks equipped with 3.5-liter engines. If the problem is confirmed, it should prompt a recall.keep reading article "Master Cylinder in F-150 Brakes Under Investigation"