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#55 of 66 2005 Ford Explorer Brake Issues AGAIN
Apr 15, 2012 (10:36 am)
I have had brake issues for well over a year now. My brake pedal occasionally goes to the floor and the brakes fail. When this happens, I have to quickly lift my foot off the brake pedal and slam my foot back down. They then start to work again. This first began in October 2010. I took the truck to the dealership, paid them $850 to fix the brakes. All they did was replace the Master Cylinder. The brakes worked for about a week and the problem happened again. I took the Explorer back to the dealership, they determined they put a bad Master Cylinder in, so they replaced it again at no charge. Again, I drove it for about a week when it happened again Again, I took it back to the dealership. They couldn't find anything wrong with it and sent me home with it. This went on for about 6 months and six more visits. At one point they even told me I was crazy and nothing was wrong with my brakes! Finally on the last visit, they said that yep they felt what I was complaining about and replaced the Master Cylinder yet again! The car actually drove fine this time for a couple of months. This all happened in Jacksonville, FL. In June of 2011 I moved to Mobile, AL. I parked the car and just now started driving it again. Well, guess what! It's all happeneing again! I called the dealership inm Jacksonville and they said that the Master Cylinder was 10 days out of warranty! TEN DAYS! OK, I am so not thinking that my problem is the Master Cylinder now, it HAS to be something else, what are the odds that they put 3 bad Master Cylinders in! I have plenty of fluid, no leaks. The ABS light is on, the AdvanceTrac is off. Those two lights are the same lights that were on when I first took it to the dealership and they said Master Cylinder. My question is, has anyone else had this issue? Brake Booster maybe? ABS system maybe? I don't have the money at this time to just go replacing parts if that's not what the problem is...
#57 of 66 2011 Cracked Rear Pads 18000mi
Aug 25, 2012 (5:14 am)
I was experiencing an unusual high frequency squeak at any speed that went away when I applied brakes. The issue was random, but happened more often than not and more so when the weather was hotter. At the time my ford touch was not active at all, so I brought to the dealer to have them look at the brakes and sync. The sync module was ordered, and then they told me they lubed up the sliders for the brakes. Brake problem came back again within the next day. When I brought the vehicle back in I again brought up the brake problem. The dealer called back and informed me that I had cracked rear pads and the rotors were glazed, so they needed to be turned as well, at a $200+ tag. I complained, and the service guy on the phone said nothing they could do because brakes are considered a wear item. Fine, I'll do it myself...after filling out the online survey that automatically came to my email from Ford with less than stellar marks about my experience, the manager of the dealership called and agreed to fix the issue. I am not a brake abuser by any means, I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem? I did pull the wheel and caliper off and inspected the pads myself... both inside and outsides on at least the driver rear were cracked right though the middle, with very little wear. I didn't bother checking the other side. The caliper was very very tight as well. I wonder if the root cause is a caliper problem and if the issue will come back at some point down the line....
I have also had a middle row passenger side seat issue where the seat would not lock down after the seat had been lifted...this vehicle was one of the first made as I leased in Feb 2011.
#58 of 66 Ford Explorer Sport mystery break issues....
Aug 28, 2012 (11:16 am)
Hi all....I'm at a total loss. I have a 2000 Sport under 75000 miles. Really babied. This year I suddenly have this off and on issue I'm reading about here of breaking, feels mushy and pedal goes to floor almost. So far I do stop, but trying to keep distance between me what is in front of me. We have taken it in three times, breaks, pads, drums...everything is "perfect" so they tried taking the anti lock hook up off thinking a part of that may be the problem. Within two days it did it again. I notice if I go way down with pedal, then quickly rehit the break it tightens up and gets better. So today it's in again as I demanded a pedal check/inspection. They say nothing wrong...
I have been lucky, it does it maybe once a day on the average but of course I'm driving around always worried about it. I also see on this forum the accidents that have happened to others. I am new here, just starting to read everyone's issues....do we have any idea at all what this problem is???? I can't seem to get any help with this and not in market for new car yet. Thanks for listening.
#59 of 66 Re: 2005 explorer - Eddie bauer [mcclean]
Aug 28, 2012 (11:29 am)
Thank you so much for posting all this...I'm bringing up alot of your issues to my mechanic right now as my Sport is back in the shop again. They disconnected the antilock breaks thinking some part of that may be involved but has made no difference so I'm having them rehook it today and they still aren't finding any issue with the pedal they say.....but you brought up some great ideas to get checked. I really want to know what you had done as the $165 is the affordable zone in my life right now. Please don't forget us and post that totaly description you promised. Guess we have to help each other. Shar11
#60 of 66 04 mountaineer pulsating when breaking.
Sep 23, 2012 (12:46 pm)
For a while now, my mountaineer has been pulsating when breaking. No noise or vibration in the pedal. Entire truck pulsates in relation to speed and is more notice able at lower speeds. I have recently changed all four rotors and pads. I bled the brake lines twice. Issue still exists but does not seem to be worsening. I also have a bit of a spongy feeling in the brake pedal when the truck is running but plenty of pressure when the engine is off. Not sure if that is a part of the problem but thought is throw it in there. Any help will be greatly appretiated. Thanks.
#61 of 66 Re: Sluggish Braking [pollitt]
Jan 23, 2013 (8:02 pm)
It's amazing to hear of the same issues I have with the brakes. I have a 2004 Sporttrac with very little brake pedal and a left rear brake sometimes locking up. The dealership was no help at all. I've had two brake jobs done, and both times, the brakes worked fine up until a month or so later. It seems worse on very hot days. I believe the rear brakes are not engaging. The pedal will practically go to the floor before coming to a stop. I've heard of brake line expansion with the rubber brake hoses. You can push as hard as you want on the pedal, but the brake line expands and the truck barely stops. I also heard there could be a brake line junction for the rear brakes that could be malfunctioning. Lastly, the brake fluid could over heat. Other issues are irregular tire wear and inoperative cruse controls. The tire issue ended up being the Goodyear Wrangler tires. After the dealership replaced the tires with, you guessed it, Goodyear tires, I had the same issue after 2500 miles. I switched to Michelin and problem solved. Don't ask me why, but the Goodyear tire just didn't work. The cruse control issue was the cruse control switch on the master cylinder which I had to replace after the dealership wanted $500 do do everything but replace the switch. The switch has a plunger and when the brakes are applied, the plunger is pushed and deactivates the Cruse control. Hmmm.. Pushing the brake pedal to the floor applying a lot of pressure could have caused the plunger to jam. One issue creates another. I'm interested to hear any feed back regarding the brakes. I'm going to find a good mechanic, other than the dealership, to see what works.
#62 of 66 Re: 2005 explorer - Eddie bauer [genec3]
Apr 27, 2013 (8:44 pm)
I have a 2005 explorer XLT. I have had the same problems. Driving slow push on brakes and they seize up and loud noise sounds like coming from ABS. Dealer to me the same thing, can't find anything wrong. One of these days God forbid! some one is going to be going very fast and the brakes sieze up like this... Ford will have a huge law suit, instead of just fixing the problem. Please let me know if you get any results.
#63 of 66 Re: 2011 Cracked Rear Pads 18000mi [gearhead_8]
Jun 27, 2013 (7:14 pm)
Hi I am having the same exact issue. I've taken it to the dealership and they can never hear the problem when I take it in every other week. I finally got it on video 2 different weeks. They replaced all the brakes or so they said...now I got pulled over because my rear brake was scorching red hot. I took back to the ford dealership for the brake issue and need new calipers which are on back order for 3 weeks. Just curious what happened with your 2011 explorer and what they did so I can share with my dealership who said they ran checks and recalls and can't figure out the squeaking noise which anyone can hear even with the radio on and the windows up!
#64 of 66 Re: 2005 Ford Explorer Brake Issues AGAIN [bamasmknmom]
Sep 07, 2013 (5:56 pm)
I have a sports trac 2007 and I just had to replace the Master Cylinder but when the shop replaced the MC the brake pedal still went down to the floor and they said they talked or got in contact with a the dealership and the ended up placing the whole brake pedal system so now I have a whole new brake pedal. The problem started when I noticed the pedal going down and I had to pump the pedal to stop. When I stopped at a shop to get the fluid checked it was almost black and told me that someone had put the wrong fluid in the brake fluid well. I don't think that is what happened unless Jiffy Lube done it about 500 miles before when I had the oil changed because it did not show up on the bill and they always put a notice on it if they have to top a well off. Anyway after they checked it they said it had a bad Master Cylinder and still the problem was there but after they put the whole new brake pedal in the problem is now gone. I got the old brake system back and I plan to ship it to ford and find out if they know what the problem is or if I got took. Because I do know they had a problem bleeding the system and if it wasn't bleed correctly after the new MC was replaced it would still have the problem.
It is unsafe to drive though because the brake pedal could fail and you would have no brakes all if you still have the problem. The complete job cost me 1400 dollars and I am very unhappy about that.