Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
SERVICE BRAKES, AIR - DISC - ROTOR
984503/02/1998601264Availability of hub-mount brake rotor machining equipment. *yc07/15/1998
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
981201/19/1998605557Experiencing squealing and / or moaning noise from the rear brakes during light to medium brake applications. *tt07/08/1999
985A203/18/1998601001A squealing and / or moaning noise may be heard from the rear brakes during light to medium brake applications. *tt06/17/1998
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK
985A603/18/1998601004Some vehicles may cycle when brakes are applied on rough roads or on an incline while making a sharp turn. *yc12/14/2000
985A303/18/1998601002The anti-lock brake system ( abs ) may activate under false abs conditions. *yc06/17/1998
BC031A49702002/01/199751652Inadvertent abs activation on smooth dry pavement. *tw06/27/1997
BC031497020101/02/199751113Inadvertent abs activation on smooth dry pavement. *jd06/27/1997
BC031497230101/23/199751423Inadvertent abs activation on smooth dry pavement. *jd06/27/1997
9521210/01/199546478The use of petroleum-based grease as a lubricant in servicing disc brakes is no longer acceptable because it may be incompatible with the rubber material used in the disc brake system. if petroleum-based grease is used to lubricate any par04/25/1996
BC341295020102/01/199539140Incorrect cycling of abs or hear/feel abs cycling in light decel. *tw03/17/1995
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
9919409/20/19996090082Information for servicing and diagnosing brake vibration, brake inspection, and brake friction material replacement. *tt03/06/2000
985A1103/18/1998601009Service tip information regarding elimination of sanding rotors and drums. *yc06/17/1998
9622210/21/199650941Brakes - elimination of sanding rotors and drums - service tip. *tw06/17/1997
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC
985A1303/18/1998601012The use of petroleum-based grease as a lubricant in servicing disc brakes is no longer acceptable. *yc06/17/1998
956203/01/199539900Roughness concern during brake application. *tw11/01/1995
BC894395050305/01/199541003Vehicles may exhibit brake squeal from the rear brakes and may appear to be from the front brakes. *tw11/01/1995
BC303295040104/01/19953030413Unknown11/01/1995
BC249095050305/01/199540074Brake squeal from rear brakes and squeal may appear to come from front brakes. *tw11/01/1995
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC - ROTOR
981401/19/1998605562Subject regarding the availability of hub-mount brake rotor machining equipment. *tt07/09/1999
985A503/18/1998601003Hub-mount brake rotor machining equipment from rotunda is now approved for warranty and service use. *yc06/17/1998
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - SWITCHES - BRAKE LIGHT
0217609/02/200210008580Lamp-brake-invadvertent disabling of brake shift interlock. *mj08/05/2004

Investigations


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
EA03012FORD MOTOR COMPANY07/25/200304/11/2005REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE05V086000
 In a letter dated february 25, 2005, ford motor company (ford) notified odi that it would be conducting a customer satisfaction program (ford no. 04b26) to correct a rear brake line chafing concern in approximately 44,000 model year (my) 1997 ford crown victoria and grand marquis non-fleet vehicles equipped with electronic traction control that werebuilt after march 19, 1997.these vehicles have an additional rear brake line and a mastic patch causing reduced clearance from a stiffening rib in the floor pan.odi
RQ03004FORD MOTOR COMPANY03/11/200307/25/2003REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE
 Odi has received 40 complaints alleging rear brake line failure in the subject vehicles, including 8 that have been received this year.an additional 192 reports and 478 warranty claims have been received from ford.a leak in the rear brake line can cause extended stopping distance.a search of odi's complaint database for peer vehicle complaints, using the same brake line failure criteria as for the subject vehicles and the same model years (1995-97), identified only 1 complaint involving general motors caprice/implala/88/98/regal vehicles and only 2 complaints involving chrysler lh-cars.the investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis to further evaluate the frequency, scope, and causal factors related to rear brake line failures in the subject vehicle population.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FLUID
RQ03004FORD MOTOR COMPANY03/11/200307/25/2003REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE
 Odi has received 40 complaints alleging rear brake line failure in the subject vehicles, including 8 that have been received this year.an additional 192 reports and 478 warranty claims have been received from ford.a leak in the rear brake line can cause extended stopping distance.a search of odi's complaint database for peer vehicle complaints, using the same brake line failure criteria as for the subject vehicles and the same model years (1995-97), identified only 1 complaint involving general motors caprice/implala/88/98/regal vehicles and only 2 complaints involving chrysler lh-cars.the investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis to further evaluate the frequency, scope, and causal factors related to rear brake line failures in the subject vehicle population.
EA03012FORD MOTOR COMPANY07/25/200304/11/2005REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE05V086000
 In a letter dated february 25, 2005, ford motor company (ford) notified odi that it would be conducting a customer satisfaction program (ford no. 04b26) to correct a rear brake line chafing concern in approximately 44,000 model year (my) 1997 ford crown victoria and grand marquis non-fleet vehicles equipped with electronic traction control that werebuilt after march 19, 1997.these vehicles have an additional rear brake line and a mastic patch causing reduced clearance from a stiffening rib in the floor pan.odi
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS
RQ03004FORD MOTOR COMPANY03/11/200307/25/2003REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE
 Odi has received 40 complaints alleging rear brake line failure in the subject vehicles, including 8 that have been received this year.an additional 192 reports and 478 warranty claims have been received from ford.a leak in the rear brake line can cause extended stopping distance.a search of odi's complaint database for peer vehicle complaints, using the same brake line failure criteria as for the subject vehicles and the same model years (1995-97), identified only 1 complaint involving general motors caprice/implala/88/98/regal vehicles and only 2 complaints involving chrysler lh-cars.the investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis to further evaluate the frequency, scope, and causal factors related to rear brake line failures in the subject vehicle population.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
RQ03004FORD MOTOR COMPANY03/11/200307/25/2003REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE
 Odi has received 40 complaints alleging rear brake line failure in the subject vehicles, including 8 that have been received this year.an additional 192 reports and 478 warranty claims have been received from ford.a leak in the rear brake line can cause extended stopping distance.a search of odi's complaint database for peer vehicle complaints, using the same brake line failure criteria as for the subject vehicles and the same model years (1995-97), identified only 1 complaint involving general motors caprice/implala/88/98/regal vehicles and only 2 complaints involving chrysler lh-cars.the investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis to further evaluate the frequency, scope, and causal factors related to rear brake line failures in the subject vehicle population.
EA03012FORD MOTOR COMPANY07/25/200304/11/2005REAR BRAKE LINE FAILURE05V086000
 In a letter dated february 25, 2005, ford motor company (ford) notified odi that it would be conducting a customer satisfaction program (ford no. 04b26) to correct a rear brake line chafing concern in approximately 44,000 model year (my) 1997 ford crown victoria and grand marquis non-fleet vehicles equipped with electronic traction control that werebuilt after march 19, 1997.these vehicles have an additional rear brake line and a mastic patch causing reduced clearance from a stiffening rib in the floor pan.odi

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
09/26/2011
 All the brake lines on car from front to rear are rotted. cause brake failure while driving.
09/26/2011
 All the brake lines on car from front to rear are rotted. cause brake failure while driving.
09/26/2011
 All the brake lines on car from front to rear are rotted. cause brake failure while driving.
09/26/2011
 All the brake lines on car from front to rear are rotted. cause brake failure while driving.
09/01/200569775109/11/1995
 Rear brake line had to be replaced due to spongy brakes and excessive fluid leaking out. problem caused by floor pan stiffening rib chafing the line. second problem which has not as yet been corrected is that the headlamps are completely discolored, yellowed making it dangerous to drive at night. to replace headlamps is over $400.00. last problem is that the exterior clear coat is peeling. *jb
08/15/200359975
 I left the house and at the end of the street the brake pedal went to the floor. i returned home and check the car over and observed a substantial amount of brake fluid leaking in the area in front of the driver's side rear wheel. upon closer inspection,the fluid was coming from the wheel well where the brake line goes between the frame and the body of the car. i could not see exactly where the leak was coming from or the cause a leak. i made a trip to the dealer twice (in another car). they advised to get the car to the dealer and that the charge would be $84.00 to look at the car and at that time i would get a estimate to repair. i was advised that there was no recall or technical service bulletins for this car. the car remains in the driveway inoperable at this present time.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK
10/20/2004120421211/15/1994
 Abs brake system: the two front anti-lock sensor indicators-steel ring attached to the inside of the hubs-rotted out. this created a low votage output and cycled the abs system increasing stopping distance on dry payment. when removed, the indicators were rotted to the extend that there were holes in the steel. upon replacement, the abs system worked as designed. a better material must be used if manufacturers are going to sell cars in areas where road salt is used. my 96 lincoln town car usually has the same failures.*ak
10/11/20011
 While driving the brake pedal went to the floor. the red brake light on the dshboard came on. dealer claims two sections of brake lines rusted out against frame. i also own a 1992 mercury grand marquis ls and the dealer has stated that this car also has rusted brake lines along the frame.*ak referenced in rq03-004
 I was backing up at a gas station and the rear tires started to spin and the car made a noise like i ran over a bunch of trash cans. i put the car in drive and it went forward like it was shot out of a cannon. i applied the brakes and the car wouldn't stop. i went over an embankment, and the car went up into the air into a ditch. the airbags deployed and the driver airbag burst open and tore my shirt to shreds.i received multiple contusions on the upper chest, and severe contusions to the left breast. under my chin i received contusions and burns.*ak
05/17/1999
 Would be using the brakes to slow down. brakes would make a chattering/ grinding noise when applied. have been to dealer at least 6 times & mechanic could not locate cause or duplicate problem. *ak
04/18/1998306/26/1995
 Abs brakes light comes on for no reason. vehicle would vibrate when brakes are applied & abs light is on. took to mechanic & had pads & rotors replaced. the problem with brakes is still present. also, putman arm/idler arm wear out due to design. *ak
108/01/1995
 Abs warning light illuminates, indicating malfunction within abs system. the manufacturer put the sensor assembly on the wrong side of the vehicle--left rear instead of right rear. if done correctly there wouldn't have been a problem. *ak.et.
07/01/1996
 Abs brakes fail at 10 mph. the brake pedal locks up and lets go. abs lights come on on dry pavement. turned car off and computer resets itself. dealer contacted, and cannot remedy the problem. *ak
06/11/19974
 Driving vehicle about 35 mph; abs kicks in for no reason; vehicle would veer to right. when it happens; brake pedal would be hard to press to slow down; took to dealer & found nothing wrong. manufacturer says no problem exists w/abs. *ak
12/30/199611/05/1994
 Driving approximately 65mph, turned steering slightly to the left, went to recover and vehicle steered too much to the right. vehicle got into rocking motion and almost lost control, .doesn't know what the problem is or what is causing it. *ak
08/01/19961
 While pulling into parking lot, engine suddenly accelerated wide open, hit curb, brakes applied, no prior warning, both airbags deployed. *ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - ANTILOCK - CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
 Whenever abs light comes on and has to apply brakes, there would be no brakes. if abs light goes out sometimes, brakes would be engaged. brake pedal would jump up and down. took to mechanic, and was informed that problem was brake module, and it needed to be replaced.*ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC
04/18/1998306/26/1995
 Abs brakes light comes on for no reason. vehicle would vibrate when brakes are applied & abs light is on. took to mechanic & had pads & rotors replaced. the problem with brakes is still present. also, putman arm/idler arm wear out due to design. *ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC - CALIPER
04/14/1997412/22/1995
 Brake calipers stick causing damage to other brake components(pads/rotors) resulting in extended stopping distances.
04/14/1997412/22/1995
 Calipers stick resulting in damage to other brake components.
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC - PADS
 On three different occasions the brake rotors were replaced and once the pads were also replaced. *ak
 Consumer states that at 8,000 miles rotors and pads were replaced and again at 12,000 miles.*ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DISC - ROTOR
07/04/1996704/03/1995
 Tl*the contact owns a 1995 mercury grand marquis. the contact received a recall notice regarding the vehicle speed control. several dealers have informed him that the parts for the repair are unavailable. he has experienced the following failures with his vehicle: the serpentine belt, brake rotors, front passenger side strut, and odometer. the mileage information and recall number were unknown.
10/22/1999
 Brake rotors are out of round/warped, causing extended stopping distance, and may result a crash. please provide further information. *ak
01/10/1998
 Excessive wear and warping of the front brake rotors, causing vehicle to vibrate when applying brakes. *ak
 On three different occasions the brake rotors were replaced and once the pads were also replaced. *ak
 The brake rotors have been turned/ cut down and replaced by dealer and still having the problem . *ak
 Consumer states that at 8,000 miles rotors and pads were replaced and again at 12,000 miles.*ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - DRUM - SHOES/LININGS
09/01/200548000205/01/2000
 Dt: the contact owns a 1995 mercury grand marquis. the contact stated that when he applied the brakes the pedal went all the way to the floor. the contact stated that the brake fluid leaked from the brake line. a certified mechanic replaced the brake lines on the vehicle. the contact has not contacted the manufacturer. the contact stated at only 38,000 miles, while stopped and making a left turn, the pitman arm came off and caused loss of steering control. a mechanic repaired the pitman arm . *ak
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - FOUNDATION COMPONENTS - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
01/10/20051110001
 Consumer complained about a brake problem. when applying the brakes brake pedal would go completely to the floor. owner had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and was informed that the brake line completely rusted and there was no brake fluid in the lines. *ak
07/03/200411706111/15/1994
 Rear steel brake lines failed during a hard stop. both steel lines are rust so bad that it's hard to tell which line failed. the failed section is located about one foot in front of right rear tire. but the rest of the lines appears very rusted. both steel lines will be replaced. ford had no repair program for this issue. my 1965 ford still has the factory lines which are still in great condition.! this 1995 mercury brake system was flushed every two years. the underside of the car was washed after snow storms to remove salt. every spring a heavy wash to remove salt, dirt etc. lines failed from the outside in.*ak
08/20/200359975104/01/1999
 Brake pedal went to the floor without warning. red brake caution light was observed only after the failure.there was no braking power. i had to drive home slowly with use of parking brake. i observed a large amount of brake fluid dripping from the area in front of the drivers side rear wheel. with the car jacked up, upon closer inspection, i observed that there was a section of the brake line rusted, corroded and wet from brake fluid. there was a hole in the brake line as it may have rubbed a hole in the brake line due to close contact with the frame. i further observed a small piece of black cloth electrical tape under the affected brake line failure. i also observed that that there was a pink color paint on the rubber donut that is used between the frame and body and that there was a the same color pink (dot the size of a quarter) painted on the center of the drivers rear side brake disk. this possbily donotes that there was a dealer update in the past. this was done without my knowledge as i have all the repair slips since. service dealer disavows any knowledge of past problems despite the documents that were provided to them. i was advised that i would have to get the car to the dealer and pay a $85.00 charge before being provided a estimate to repair. i have take several digital photos of the affected area and another area of the brake line that had been rubbing against a sharp edge of the frame but has not yet failed. i also observed that the compression rubber donut that is used to keep vibration, noise and comfort on the passenger side had been painted with the same pink color and that the paint was covered with two pieces of black cloth tape. from my research the police, taxi vehicles of the same my 95-97 had the same problems and had been brought back to the dealer for correction however the consumer vehicles have not been corrected. *ak
08/01/2002
 Brake failure while driving. vehicle checked by dealer, who determined that rear brake lines were completely rusted/disintegrated. *ak referenced in rq03-004
 While driving vehicle lost all braking power when brake pedal was applied. owner had vehicle towed to dealership, and was informed that steel brake line had rusted in two places. this caused severe loss of brake fluid. please describe details. *ak referenced in rq03-004
10/11/20011
 While driving the brake pedal went to the floor. the red brake light on the dshboard came on. dealer claims two sections of brake lines rusted out against frame. i also own a 1992 mercury grand marquis ls and the dealer has stated that this car also has rusted brake lines along the frame.*ak referenced in rq03-004
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - POWER ASSIST - VACUUM - HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
08/07/2004117444111/16/1994
 Rear brake lines failed last month and reported. upon inspection of the front brake lines, the line to the right brake caliper broke by touch. there appears to be a major issue with the material (steel) used. how many other cars have the same rotted brake lines?*ak