Problem Description and Possible Solution
If the rear brakes wear out abnormally fast, this can be caused by defective rear brake pads. The rear wheels may also appear to become excessively dusty. They should be replaced with revised brake pads, and all wheel drive (AWD) vehicles should replace front brake pads as well.
Average mileage: 73,203 (8,000–200,000)
41 people reported this problem
Brakes wear too soon and now pedal goes almost to the floor before brakes engage. Replaced 3 master cyls, and 2 calipers still same issue. Took to Dealer and ran Diagnostics, suggest Master cyl, is bad. Told the Tech of the repair history and he still says Master Cyl. But will not guarantee cost of labor. So if its not...still stuck with $600 bill and faulty brakes. I would love to find a definate answer.
I'm on my 3rd set of rear brakes, 2nd front brakes and all new rotors. The caliper pins are the problem and Ford won't do anything about it!
I just had the rear rotors and the right rear caliper replaced along with new brake pads. the rotors were wore down so bad that they could'nt be turned. The caliper was faulty and had to be replaced. A new caliper, brake pads and two new rotors seems excessive every 60000 miles, since most of my miles were highway miles. Also, the front calipers are huge compared to the rear calipers. Maybe ford installed them backwards. Maybe the proportioning valve should proportion more braking on the front and less on the rear.
REar Brakes went out at 30,000! Now the AC too!
Rear brakes completly wore out , replaced rear calipers and brake pads , problem solved but not cheap.
This is the second set of brake pads for the rear while the front brakes still have 50% life remaining on the original pads.
Rear brake pads worn out, and also problems with the rotors. Was told that they needed to be replaced.
Have had to change the brakes 3 times in a year and do not drive over 15,000 miles a year.
I think this was recalled.
replaced rear passenger rotor and pads at 30000 miles still seems like it gives me trouble but great car other then that.
Rear rotors were shot. front rotors were not much better. my mechanic tells me all 500's are like this. Aluminium rotors tend to warp. he suggested I get a set of good After Market Rotors as the OEM uses cheap.
Before I purchased this car I test drove it 4 times the dealer told me the loud noise from the rear was the bearings. After two day working on the car turns out it needs rear brakes and rotors. That was two months ago, no problem since then but with all the complaints about the brakes I plan to change the pads every 15 thousand miles. Hope this work because it one of the best cars I've ever owned. Mines gets 32~34 mpg on the hwy and 22-25 city.
Replace rear breaks a year ago and my passenger caliper was sticking, a year later and the caliper is stuck again and I need new pads.
I have had 4 sets of brakes, since buying my car new......rear brakes go out first. They tried to blame it on me....but as we see, it's a problem with the car.....
SECOND SET OF FRONT BRAKES. JUST HAD THE 4TH SET OF REAR BRAKES PUT ON AT 103,000 THE SQUEEKING JUST STARTED AGAIN....MAYBE THE 5TH TIME WILL BE THE CHARM...OTHER THAN THIS, ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS VEHICLE. REMINDS ME OF MY OLD 1971 IMPALA WITH THE ROOMINESS AND COMFORT!! WILL PROBABLY TRY THE FORD EGDE FOR MY NEXT VEHICLE..
As we who have posted have discovered - the rear brakes on our 2005 ford five-hundreds are garbage. Replaced at 27K before the recall came out (my expense) . Just replaced again at 88,000. Both times one of the rear calipers could not be reused.
As a do-it-yourselfer. I have been changing disc brakes for 44+ years. I have never encountered the crap that ford equipped the 500 with.
Had the rear breaks fixed at the dealership. Was covered under the recall.