Do you own a 2013 Ford F-150?
Are you sick of your brakes pulsating everytime you need to slow down?
Does it feel like your teeth are going to rattle out of your head when you hit the brakes?
Does your boss think you’re beating on your work truck because it’s in the shop every 15k miles with a brake concern?
If this sounds like your tough truck, you are probably due for another brake service and looking to upgrade brakes or find a new truck to drive into the ground.
My brakes pulsate bad. Do I need to drop everything and get to the shop today?
No. In most cases, you do not need to go right to the shop. Brake pulsations are typically more of an annoyance than a safety concern. If your daily driving experience isn’t already frustrating, it will be if you have to keep driving and braking with a nasty pulsation.
What causes a brake pulsation?
Heat. Typically a brake pulsation is caused by an overheated brake rotor which warps. Everytime that warped part of the rotor comes in contact with the brake pad, you feel the pulsation. Depending on the severity of the warp, you may feel it while braking at low speeds but typically most noticeable while braking at highway speeds.
Do I need a complete brake job or can I get away with just replacing the pads?
You will most likely need to replace the brake pads and rotors to eliminate your pulsation. You probably won’t have enough material on the rotor to safely resurface and still be within manufacturer specifications. Even if there is a chance of resurfacing the brake rotor, you’ll likely have that brake pulsation again by the time you drive 100 miles. Plus, the days of saving a ton of money by resurfacing brake rotors compared to the price of replacement of rotors are few and far between.
How much will new brake pads and rotors cost for my 2013 Ford F-150?
Pricing for new brake pads and rotors on your 2013 Ford F-150 will range from $373 - $570 depending on front or rear and part quality.
What should I do if my 2013 Ford F-150 has a pulsation while braking?
To avoid a frustrating driving experience and potential for an ignored brake concern to lead into a safety issue, you should visit to a local repair shop in the Openbay Network at your earliest convenience. Using the Openbay App or Website, you’ll be able to easily compare quotes by distance, customer reviews, and price. Quotes include parts, labor rate and taxes, so you'll know the exact price you'll be paying before you get to the shop!
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Article written by an ASE Certified Technician