F250 brake failure

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 09:13
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Hi All, especially F250 owners. I thought I'd share a brake problem with you that should have been rectified via a recall but wasn't. We have just returned from Tasmania and several thousand's of k's driving. As I was parking the caravan in a friend's back yard in Melbourne the rear nearside brake line fractured causing loss of 50% of my brakes. Not happy as it had only been serviced in the last 3 weeks.

I limped it in to a Ford dealer to find there was no question (or expected argument) over it being a wear and tear or warranty issue, I was very pleased to find my extended warranty cover covered the parts and labour. However, I have since learned from Rocket Sports Trucks in Melbourne that the cause of the failure was well known to Ford and that they had issued a recall notice to dealers to fix the problem; unfortunately neither the dealer that sold it to me nor the various serving dealers had fixed it.

The problem was caused by the rear nearside brake line rubbing on the hand brake cable causing the brake line to wear through and fracture. If you own an F250 I strongly suggest you check it out.

Safe driving

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Reply By: Itldoo - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 19:51

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2008 at 19:51
Hi John,
I am sure I have read this before on the Bushtracker web page as I have been keeping a close eye on it. It is disgusting that Ford has not recalled all F250s for this important safety issue but I find that is typical of Ford with their attitude. I have a problem where there is movement in the drive train on take off and just before stopping. Dealer says diff wear,and is in tolerance, another says torque convertor but sounds more like transfer case chain is stretched. Dealer stated that doesnt drive thru transfer case when not in 4wd. I understand that it does. Anyone with knowledge on this ?
Phil and Helen.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 04:53

Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 04:53
Sooty....you are right.... I too, have never received a recall letter from Ford Aust. in regard of the brake hose chafing on the handbrake cable. However about 1-1/2 years ago when I took my truck in for a service, I noticed a note and number on the invoice and zero charge for that item, so I asked (I'm not used to get something for nothing from Ford!!) and was told that it was a mod they had to do to the handbrake cable. When I got home I had a look underneath and noticed that the hand brake cable on the rear axle was moved away from the brake hose comming down from the chassis. This was done by a couple of cable ties. I remember this was also discussed some time ago on this forum.
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Follow Up By: NIK `N` OFF - Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 07:00

Friday, Apr 04, 2008 at 07:00
Yes it has surprised me but I have had nothing but good experiences with Ford at 3 different dealerships, my usual services are done by a truck workshop and only the warranty and recalls have been done by Ford and never been a problem. My rear brake hoses were changed over for a longer set so they didn't rub on the cable, brakes bled etc

Mick & Vickie


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