Ford F-150 Brake Fluid Leak Recall Affects Over 40,000 Vehicles

June 17, 2020

Ford has issued a recall affecting over 40,000 vehicles in Canada because of a defect with the brake master cylinder. 

Date of recall: June 10, 2020

Vehicles affected

The recall is specific to F-150 trucks (2014 to 2017) equipped with the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine. It affects 43,536 vehicles in Canada, plus another 292,311 in the United States.

The affected F-150s were built at the Dearborn plant from October 1st, 2014 to August 1st, 2016, and the Kansas City plant from September 1st, 2014 to August 1st, 2016.

What’s the problem?

For the affected F-150 trucks, the brake master cylinder may leak brake fluid from the front-wheel circuit into the brake booster. If the fluid leak is significant enough, drivers may have to push the brake pedal further, though it may also reduce the effect on the front wheels. Other clues referring to the issue could come via an audible chime, message-center alert or red brake warning indicator in the instrument cluster. 

While the rear-wheel circuit will maintain its full braking function, the reduction in the front wheels means it will take longer to fully stop, which increases the risk of a collision. 

Ford says it is aware of seven low-speed/low-impact accident allegations with two injuries related to the brake master cylinder leak.

What’s the fix?

Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder. If they find it leaking, they will also replace the brake booster as well.

What do you do?

Ford will notify affected owners by mail with instructions on when to take their vehicle to a dealer for repair. 

Enter your VIN at this link to learn more about this recall and find out if there are other Service Actions related to your vehicle. 

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