Ford F150 Truck Brake Problems

1.  Class Action Overview

A new class action enumerates problems in Ford F-150 master cylinders.  The lawsuit includes owners and lessees of 2013-2018 Ford F-150 trucks that allegedly have front brake circuits that can suddenly fail.   The new Hitachi master cylinder have piston cup seals that allow brake fluid to leak.  Front brakes are responsible for 75 percent of the truck’s braking force and without them  the trucks can fail to stop, or in some cases even slow down.

2. Problems Reported

Drivers of the 2013-2018 Ford F-150 trucks report rolling through stop signs and red lights and watching as their trucks roll into objects because the master cylinders lose their brake fluid.   The 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.

The alleged defect involves failure of the piston cup seals that roll and become unseated in their grooves, losing the seal with the pistons and allowing pressurized brake fluid to escape from the master cylinder and back toward the brake booster.F-150 owners claim Ford allegedly knew about the dangers but concealed that knowledge from truck owners. According to lawsuit documents, Ford’s internal communications show the automaker was completely aware of the defective Hitachi master cylinders.

Man in home office on telephone using computer smiling

F150 owners may be entitled to compensation.

2014-2017 Ford Focus Transmission Problems

Owner of 2014-2017 Ford Focus have complained frequent transmission problems.   A class action was filed and owners may be entitled to compensation.

Here are some typical complaint from Ford Focus owners.

Constant transmission problems even with repairs, the car will lag, sputter and rolls backward. “Hard shifts from 1st to 2nd gear. Clutch replaced 4 times issue occurring again. Causes car to jump forward during the shift. It has almost caused numerous accidents. I leave 1 car space between the car in front of me at complete stops and me just in case the transmission shifts hard. It was happening for a few days after purchase in 2014 to present.”

Major Transmission Issues”! Warning & buyer beware: this vehicle is not safe to drive and has an open claim under the states lemon law policy. On 7/22/17 after multiple repairs as stated in this complaint, the vehicle propelled forward behind traffic on a major roadway at a railroad stop towards the gates with an oncoming train. Reported the incident to Ford and Ford will not cover the repairs. The transmission needs to be replaced on this vehicle and has had multiple clutch replacements at Ford. There have been approximately 18 service visits at the dealership since the delivery date of 12/15/15. Onboard sync system does not work properly after multiple repairs. Ford service manager has warned that the transmission issues are not repairable, and the issues will continue to occur despite clutch and transmission repairs.”

“The contact owns a 2016 Ford Focus. When initially starting the vehicle, it failed to accelerate and made a noise as if it were forcing the engine to go into gear. When the vehicle reached 40 mph, it drove smoothly. The failure occurred for approximately twelve days. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, and the contact was advised to take the vehicle to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 22,000.”

“Sometimes while accelerating the car will randomly go from 2k rpm to over 6k rpm but you cant hear the engine and it loses power and starts to jerk violently. Once you release gas and the rpm’s go back down to 2k then you can try to accelerate again. I thought this issue was just because it was cold the 1st time it happened but now it is happening more frequently. I’ve only had this car for little under a year and it has less than 20k miles on it.”

Man in home office on telephone using computer smiling


The Law Office of Howard Gutman has been handling defective vehicle claims for over 30 years.  Call (973) 598-1980 for a free consultation.  Most claims handled on contingency with no payment required unless we secure a settlement.




Ford Focus Transmission Problem, Ford Focus Powershift transmission problems,  2014 Ford Focus transmission shudder

Ford Transmission Problems


Owners of a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2016 Ford Focus vehicle with a PowerShift Transmission are part of  a nationwide settlement  reached in litigation concerning the PowerShift Transmission.

Here are some typical repairs associated with Ford transmission defects and problems.
7B546 Disc Asy-Clutch 7Z369 Control Mod Trans (TCM) 7052 Oil Seal-Trans Rear
7000 Transmission Asy-Aut 7C604 Motor-Frt Clutch 7A508 Rod-Cl/Slave Cyl Pus
6K301 Seal/RetC/Shft Oil 7060 Shaft/Bshg Asy-Out 7048 Seal-Input Shaft Oil
7515 Lever Asy-Clutch Rel.

Call (973) 598-1980 For a Free Consultation

Man in home office on telephone using computer smiling

Ford Escape, Fiesta Coolant Leak

Ford announced that a coolant leak recall is set to begin for owners of Ford Escapes, Fiesta STs, Fusions and Transit Connects, with 2014 Escape SUVs first on the list.  The recall was first announced in March 2017 that covers about 230,000 model year 2014 Ford Escape, 2014-2015 Ford Fiesta ST, 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and 2013-2015 Ford Transit Connect vehicles.  The vehicles can overheat and catch on fire because a lack of coolant causes the cylinder heads to overheat and the heads to crack. This can cause pressurized oil leaks that can result in engine compartment fires.  All the vehicles are equipped with 1.6-liter EcoBoost engines, but when all the vehicles will be repaired is up in the air. Ford says parts are now available to complete the recall on Escape SUVs only.

The coolant leak may leak to air-conditioning problems, engine issues, and other concerns.  Owners experiencing problems may be entitled to compensation.

Call (973) 598-1980 for a Free Consultation on Your Claim


Man in home office on telephone using computer smiling

Ford Fusion Power Steering Problem



Owners of Ford Fusion vehicles have complained of power steering problems.  Owners may be entitled to compensation for vehicle problems, repair costs, and inconvenience.

“A 2010 Ford Fusion power steering assist fault recall may be near as the government investigates more than 2,200 complaints and 1,720 warranty claims about Fusion cars losing power steering assist while driving.

About 263,000 model year 2010 Ford Fusions are affected by the upgraded investigation that was opened in September 2016 because owners said they kept receiving power steering assist fault warnings as drivers were left with manual steering.

Fusion drivers complain about losing power steering assist at both low and high speeds, causing an alleged 13 crashes and five injuries.

In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a power steering investigation into 938,000 model year 2010-2012 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ and 2010-2011 Mercury Milans.”

Call for a Free Consultation on your Ford Fusion Steering problem


Man in home office on telephone using computer smiling





Owners of Ford F150 have complained of various types of transmission problems.  Those experiencing problems may be entitled to compensation.  Here are problems reported,

Ford Powershift Transmission Problems and Compensation

machinery of engineering parts

A class action for the Power Shift transmission has been approved.  Owners may be entitled to compensation under the settlement or may have other rights.

One problem has been reflashing in an attempt to address Ford transmission problems. See

Have you had problems with your Ford.

Call (973) 598-1980 for a Free Consultation


Man in home office on telephone using computer smiling

Ford Transmission Class action

A group of owners and lessees of Ford Motor Co.’s Fiesta and Focus vehicles with allegedly faulty PowerShift transmissions asked a California federal judge Tuesday to reject a proposed settlement they claim allows attorneys and named plaintiffs to pocket substantial benefits while giving short shrift to large portions of the class.

Owners of vehicles with defective transmission may be entitled to compensation Continue reading “Ford Transmission Class action”

Compensation for Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus Transmission Problems

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of  class of consumers who purchased  2011 through 2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012 through 2016 Ford Focus Ford’s Dual Clutch or “PowerShift” Transmission. The lawsuit, entitled Vargas, et al. v. Ford Motor Company (Case No. CV12-08388 AB (FFMx)), was resolved by a proposed settlement that was preliminarily approved by the United States District Court for the Central District of California, on April 25, 2017 (“the Settlement”). If you are a current or former owner/lessee of a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or a 2012-2016 Ford Focus with a PowerShift Transmission (the “Class Vehicles”), you may be entitled to compensation.

Call (973) 598-1980 for a free consultation on your claim.  All claims handled on contingency with no monies required from the consumer.

Man in home office on telephone using computer smiling

Ford Focus and Fiesta Transmission Problems

mahindra-xuv-500-automatic-zigwheels-india-m07_720x540A proposed settlement is being evaluated by the court in the Ford Focus and Fiesta powershift transmission class action.  The case covers owners of the 2012-2016 Ford Focus or 2011-2016 Ford Fiestas which have the dual-clutch DPS6 or “PowerShift” automatic transmissions.

According to the class action, Ford Focus and Fiesta have multiple problems including the following,
7B546 Disc Asy-Clutch;
7Z369 Control Mod Trans (TCM);
7052 Oil Seal-Trans Rear;
7000 Transmission Asy-Aut;
7C604 Motor-Frt Clutch;
7A508 Rod-Cl/Slave Cyl Pus;
6K301 Seal/RetC/Shft Oil;
7060 Shaft/Bshg Asy-Out;
7048 Seal-Input Shaft Oil; and
7515 Lever Asy-Clutch Rel.

Man in home office on telephone using computer smilingFor a Free Consultation to discuss your rights, call (973) 598-1980


Powered by

Up ↑