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#2647 of 3071 Third set of brakes
Aug 02, 2005 (1:34 pm)
I'd like to get advice on brakes for my 2001 Escape. It has already had two brake jobs (one in late 2002 and one in early 2004) from the Ford dealer for approximately $400 each. I'm getting ready to take my car to the dealer for its 60,000 mile maintenance and I KNOW they are going to tell me I need new brakes again because they're squeeling.
Is there an alternative shop (Midas or Brakes Plus) where I can get good brakes? What are the ceramic brakes that I've heard talk about? I just want to end this yearly brake expenditure.
I did come across message #2463--are Raybestos and Bendix that brands I should be looking for????
#2648 of 3071 Yearly Brakes,
Aug 04, 2005 (2:28 pm)
I kind of hate to say this, but brake wear is greatly effected by driving habits.
If you are somone like my Dad, who always waits to the last possible second before you begin to brake and then have to apply full brake power, you are going to get lousey wear performance.
Yes the 01 Escape is probably under braked to begin with, what with the drums in the rear, but you could be making this a lot worse.
I have a 2002 Mazda Protege 5 with 65k miles on it and never have had to replace the brakes. (another way maunal transmissions save money)
Aug 04, 2005 (7:32 pm)
yeah, braking will wear depending on how you drive them. I only have had to have the front disc's replaced at 65k, but the rear drums still look new (from both dealer and goodyear service techs).
#2650 of 3071 Replacement brakes
Aug 05, 2005 (10:18 am)
If you have to replace the OEM brake-pads, go with a good brand such as Raybestos, EBC, etc.. I replaced my OEM pads twice too before I got the ceramic
enhanced pads that I've got now. Little dusting and good wear for about 22K miles on the pads. Buy new rotors as you will probably need them, d/t the OEM rotors maybe not being usable at that point. This may cost you almost as much as what the Ford dealer would charge, but I think you'll be a lot happier in the end.
Just heard from a mechanic friend that Ford is releasing a low-dust replacement pad for the Escape at $300 for the pads alone. They'd better be plated in gold and
guarantee 100K mikes, 'cause I wouldn't but them otherwise. These will not be replaced for free on '05 Escapes or previous yr. Escapes as I understand it.
#2651 of 3071 Hoping for a "quick and dirty answer"
Aug 06, 2005 (3:31 pm)
I'm very close to adding an Escape to my garage. One small problem--the roof rack "cross bars" won't clear the door. One of the 2 models I am considering is an XLS w/o the roof rack (the rack seems to be on just about all of the XLSs). Of course, all the XLTs have the rack--and the XLT is the other choice. I doubt the side rails are removable. I looked at some earlier posts--perhaps the "crossbars" are easily removed? Many thanks!
#2652 of 3071 cross bar removal...
Aug 06, 2005 (4:00 pm)
i just checked our '04 escape which has cross bars. you can depress a tab on the front of the roof rails and remove the cross bars by loosening them and sliding forward off the tracks. looks like it would be better to have one person on each side during removal. can't guarantee the newer models are the same.
#2653 of 3071 Re: cross bar removal... [explorerx4]
Aug 08, 2005 (5:30 am)
The rack on the '05 and '06 models is exactly the same as the one installed on the 2001-2004 models. Press in the tabs and the cross bars slide right out. Getting them back on is just as easy.
#2654 of 3071 2005 Escape XLT 4WD
Aug 08, 2005 (3:13 pm)
I leased my 2005 Escape XLT 4WD in Oct. 2004, the Dealer replaced the Rear End/Axle Assembly in May 2005. Since then I have a shudder when the transmission is shifting from 3rd to 4th gear. Ford says it is the Torque Converter locking up at between 48 and 52 KM per hour and that this is an inherent problem with the 2005 XLT 4WD.
Do any other owners experience this problem?
#2655 of 3071 Re: Escape XLT delay? [pilewort]
Aug 10, 2005 (4:17 pm)
Take a 4X4 out for a drive and check for a vibration in the cabin at around 90KM or 55 MPH (with the windows closed) and also ckeck to see if there is a hesitation when shifting from 3rd to 4th gear.
I have had these problems with my 2005 Escape XLT 4X4 and they replaced the Rear End/Axle Assy at 5500miles. The heitation in the transmission didn't occur until after this was done.
#2656 of 3071 Re: 2003 Escape - engine dying [minimack]
Aug 11, 2005 (8:41 am)
This is way after the fact, so your car is probably fixed now, but for the purposes of posterity, I had the same problem with my 2001 V6. After two weeks in the shop, all I had to show for it was a bill. In the end and after reading the other Escape forum here, I replaced the Idle Air Speed Control (IAC) Motor. That fixed the problem except that the mechanic revved up the idle to around 2500-3000 which I have yet to deal with. Having your car accelerate to 50 mph without touching the gas is interesting. Anyway, the IAC motor is very easy to replace (I have never done any other work to that engine). The only place I could find the replacement, however, was at the dealership parts counter for about $70. Once you have it in hand, it is pretty intuitive. It sits right on top of the engine and has one plug and two 8mm bolts. It's really very simple so long as you have a wrench or socket set.