Defective anchor brackets for the front calipers can cause abnormal brake rotor and pad wear concurrently. Noise can be heard while braking, a grunting or grinding from the front. The caliper anchor brackets should be replaced with revised parts, and also replace the rotors and brake pads.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Ford Flex Brake Noise – Front Grunting / Grinding
Ford Flex Problem
Average Mileage: 37,227 mi (3,000 mi - 87,432 mi)
I really notice this when leaving a parking garage and going around a downsloped corner.
Visitor, 2009 Ford Flex, 20,000 mi
Ongoing issue, TSB and service with replacement caliper parts done to REAR axle, but dealer says front brakes are fine.
Visitor, 2009 Ford Flex, 33,000 mi
Front brakes sound like metal on metal when I need t brake hard. Dealer inspected brakes 3 different times and says things look good. It's not good as, each time they have said it is due to the humidity in South Texas. That is BS! Ford needs to step up and fix the problem. My Flex has been documented 3 different times over the life of the vehicle and it now has 57300 miles.
Visitor, 2011 Ford Flex, 61,000 mi
still have the grinding noise
Visitor, 2011 Ford Flex, 87,432 mi
HAD MY FRONT BRAKES REPLACE IN SEPT OF 2013 AT A MILEAGE OF 69068 AND NOW AGAIN HAVE HAD TO HAVE THEM REPLACED AT 87432 MILES (10/11/14)...LESS THAN 20000 MILES ON BRAKES??!!! THIS IS INSANE
THIS TIME IT SEEMS BETTER, BUT IT HAS ONLY BEEN A WEEK.
IS THERE ANY WAY TO RECOUP MONEY FROM THE FIRST SET BEING BAD???
Visitor, 2010 Ford Flex, 55,000 mi
Pulsating breaks issue started at around 45K. After replacing tires pulsating went away, couple months later started noticing burning smell after long drives, break pads appeared worn out therefore got replaced. Couple more months later, got stranded 1hr away from home with car full of kids and home pets, saved by a stranger who took us to the nearby dealer to take care of the SMOKING LR wheel. Reason - LR outboard pad siezed in caliper, warped rotors. Dealer resurfaced rotor, cross send rear break pads, reassembled and lubed slides. Fix worked for about 12 months. Then RR wheel started to smell, replaced rotors and pins. 1 months later LR wheel burning smell AGAIN! Took it in again, now need to replace both calipers. No thank you. Seems like it should be recalled. But I don't care anymore, because I'm getting rid of the car.
Visitor, 2011 Ford Flex, 66,000 mi
I replaced the right rear caliper, both rear rotors and all the pads on the vehicle in late December, early January. Now there is front grinding noise and a possible caliper sticking again but this time on the drivers rear of the vehicle. This has been a known problem since the 2009 model and the fix is supposedly new rotors, pads and brackets to take care of the problem. Here it is 6 months later and I have to replace all the breaks again. Why hasn't this been recalled?
Visitor, 2009 Ford Flex
Brakes locking....feels like the calipers are sticking and not releasing the pads...high pitched whistling that starts before the pads stick. This stops when I push the brake pedal. The rims are extremely hot after driving. Second trip to the dealer..
Visitor, 2010 Ford Flex, 34,000 mi
SAme prblem. Dealer performed the TSB
Visitor, 2009 Ford Flex, 7,200 mi
Same as all the other people. Several TSB's applied - still has the same issue on the Right front brakes. Now have in addition a Vibration under the Drivers Floor pan after the brakes are released (soft, or medium, or hard braking - does not matter).