Ford’s F-Series pickup truck has been the most popular vehicle in America for the past 39 years, and is one of the best selling cars in the world, causing some to even call it the best profit machine in history. This comes to no one’s surprise, as the performance of this vehicle is unparalleled. The F-150’s base engine allows you to tow up to 7,600 pounds, of 12,200 pounds with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. The only problem is that the popularity of such a vehicle can cause problems with the vehicle to become extremely expensive to fix.
Ford has recently issued a recall for 271,000 F-Series trucks that have faulty brakes installed. The affected models are the 2013 and 2014 model year F-150 trucks with the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. Apparently, there have been instances where brake fluid has leaked onto the booster, causing the front brakes to become completely useless. A total of nine crashes have been recorded as of date, but the NHTSA has had 107 complaints about this problem. An investigation has been opened because of this.
Ford intends to replace the master cylinder on all the affected models at an unspecified later date, and if a leak is detected, a new booster will be installed as well. It is clear to see the unforeseen issues with having one of the most popular cars on the market. An additional concern that may worry F-150 drivers is the poor small overlap crash ratings that pre-2016 F-150s have. Considering that the F-150s are arguably America’s icon of all trucks, we hope that Ford will address this issue efficiently and effectively.