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Ford Flex Brake Noise – Front Grunting / Grinding

Ford Flex Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2009, 2010, 2011

Average Mileage: 30,960 mi (3,000 mi - 80,000 mi)


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.

  •  Rookie

    I really notice this when leaving a parking garage and going around a downsloped corner.

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  • Visitor, , 20,000 mi

    Ongoing issue, TSB and service with replacement caliper parts done to REAR axle, but dealer says front brakes are fine.

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  • Visitor, , 34,000 mi

    SAme prblem. Dealer performed the TSB

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  • Visitor, , 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).

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  • Visitor, , 26,000 mi

    Really bad grinding sound from front brakes when applied heavily.

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  • canucken, , 26,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 20,000 mi

    grinding sound on front right brakes when applied

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  • Visitor, , 45,000 mi


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  • Visitor, , 3,000 mi

    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...

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  • Visitor, , 15,000 mi

    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.

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