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.
Brake Noise – Front Grunting / Grinding on Ford Flex
Average mileage: 41,368 (3,000–135,000)
34 people reported this problem
23 people shared problem details
Ongoing issue, TSB and service with replacement caliper parts done to REAR axle, but dealer says front brakes are fine.
2010 Ford Flex24,000Visitor
Front grinding noise. was told this is normal for this vehicle. Now I get severe steering wheel vibration when I apply the brakes Have 53000 miles on Flex now.
2009 Ford Flex33,000Visitor
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.
2010 Ford Flex55,000Visitor
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.
I really notice this when leaving a parking garage and going around a downsloped corner.
2011 Ford Flex61,000Visitor
still have the grinding noise
2011 Ford Flex87,432Visitor
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???
2009 Ford FlexVisitor
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..
2011 Ford Flex72,000Visitor
Front break metal on metal grinding noise. Replaced breaks and pads, stopped noise for a few months. Been to dealer 3 times and each time they say they don't hear it and nothing looks wrong.
2012 Ford Flex38,000Visitor
I love my Flex, but I cannot drive it down a steep grade without a grinding/squealing sound that I find completely frightening. First dealer said it was due to glazing, eventually they replaced brakes but it still happens. I don't feel like I can slow down as much as necessary when coming down the Grapevine. I wish I could just buy new sturdier brakes. First noticed right after purchase and has continued.
2011 Ford Flex66,000Visitor
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?
2010 Ford Flex34,000Visitor
SAme prblem. Dealer performed the TSB
2009 Ford Flex7,200Visitor
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).
2010 Ford Flex26,000Visitor
Really bad grinding sound from front brakes when applied heavily.
Had a 2009 Ford Flex with the same issue. Ford replaced free of charge under a 'voluntary' recall program. The 2009 was totaled in an accident and we replaced with a 2010. Same issue. Taking into Ford this week to have it replaced. Should be no charge.
grinding sound on front right brakes when applied
2009 Ford Flex45,000Visitor
SAME AS OTHERS ARE STATING....NEVER HAD AN ISSUE WITH THIS VEHICLE UNTIL THIS LAST WEEK
2010 Ford Flex3,000Visitor
A heavy disturbing sound coming from what appears to be the front breaks especially on hard breaking. Sounds almost like metal to metal, but know that it's not, it's a new car. My dealer says that it's just the anti-lock breaks and there is nothing they can do about it. This car is fully loaded, really nice car, $45k,and I'm just suppose to live with it... Also have a new Audi, and new Lexus, similar price range, anti lock breaks and they perform perfect. I really want a reason to buy US, but they are not there yet...
2010 Ford Flex15,000Visitor
I hear a grinding noise while cornering/turning. I have my brake applied when doing so and it definitely grinds/whines. I took to Dealer and they hear the noise, however, they are saying it's just part of the 2010 flex model and there is nothing they can do. Really? I am contacting ford directly on this issue as I now have 32K and am about be out of warranty. I really loved this car and still do for the most part, but am very disappointed in the service I have been provided.
2010 Ford Flex9,000Visitor
Grinding from right front brake. Ford enforced TSB 9-13-3 and replaced front rotors, pads, etc. Good for a short while but still grinds badly most notibly when car has been washed or it rains. Now have 20,000 miles and the problem is still there. Ford SA now sez they have done all they can. We may have to enforce the lemon law.
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