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Ford Escape, Brakes, SUV
#101 of 137 Re: Brake Problem Ford Escape [kelandkev]
Jul 24, 2011 (7:30 pm)
My wife has also had her brake pedal lock up 3 times now on our 2004 Escape 4x4. The most recent incident was a few days ago. As she was approaching a stop sign with cruise control engaged, she tapped the brake pedal to disengage the cruise control and found the pedal would not move even an inch. She attempted to depress the brake pedal 3 or 4 more times using more and more force. On the 4th or 5th attempt the pedal finally responded but she was applying a large amount of force by that time and nearly put our daughter through the windshield as the brakes responded. This is a scary and dangerous situation. Ford dealership and local garage cannot identify what is wrong. Did either of the previous posters find out the root cause of this problem?
#102 of 137 Re: Brake Problem Ford Escape [canuk3211]
Jul 25, 2011 (2:46 am)
The brakes on my 2010 Ford Escape 4x4 still periodically continues to 'lock up', however, I've never had it happen while driving forward at any speed. It always happens at vehicle start up when I'm first taking off. I've learned to automatically pump the brakes before I even put the vehicle in drive so I know if it's going to happen. There's absolutely no consistency with the problem. Sometimes it happens everyday for a week and then it'll go a month and not happen at all. I've had one situation where the cruise control wouldn't engage...just simply wouldn't...but then a 1/2 hour later when tried it worked just fine. Ford replaced the battery on mine a few months ago and that seems to have fixed the random traction control issue I was having.
I had a 1997 Ford F150 that I drove for 13 years prior to owning the Escape and experienced the same brake problem your wife experienced. Ford first claimed it was the mats getting up under the pedal (they were the factory ones!) but then they replaced something to do with the speed control tied to cruise a few times on it and I believe there was a recall with the issue...it could catch on fire.
Sad to say, but I've learned to just keep a journal in my car writing down the date and time of everytime the issue happens. Figure if I'm ever in a bad accident it's documented by me as well as at the dealership.
#103 of 137 Re: Brake Warning Light [jaz7]
Jul 29, 2011 (9:31 pm)
its probably just a weak ground< not an indicator of imminent failure.
#104 of 137 Re: Brake Problem Ford Escape [canuk3211]
Nov 14, 2011 (3:45 pm)
I am just in the process of buying a 2004 xlt-I am taking it in on weds to get it cked out. I did a search for recalls and seen that there was a recall for a wiring connector to the abs module. Maybe that has something to do with it.
#105 of 137 Escape ABS problem
Dec 27, 2011 (7:41 pm)
I have an 08 Escape 4 cyl, 2WD, 88,000 mi. On dry pavement, started having intermittent traction light with very weird feeling like brakes were randomly being applied.... then ABS light came on and could feel brakes pulsating when applied.... intermittently. After doing some research on the Internet, I found the problem to be a cracked ABS tone wheel. Spent a good part of one day replacing it. Since they are prone to cracking due to corrosion, I CAREFULLY sprayed (don't want to get it on the brakes) all of my ABS tone wheel areas with corrosion inhibitor. Hopefully, preventing it from ever happening again.... I may spray them occasionally.
#106 of 137 Re: 2005 ford escape brake problems [tyates]
Apr 05, 2012 (9:37 am)
Could you tell me approx how much it is to replace front rotors and pads for the 2005 Escape XLT AWD. I'm having them done in a few days and wonder what to expect. Thanks.
#107 of 137 Re: 2005 ford escape brake problems [kadams017]
Apr 07, 2012 (10:24 am)
I paid $830 at a local repair shop. The dealer would charge more, I'm sure.
#108 of 137 Re: ABS and traction control light [rwiseman1]
Apr 17, 2012 (12:21 pm)
You need to immediately negotiate a buy back on that vehicle..Time to get tough .. Don't let Ford get away with this. That is completely abnormal for those vehicles. I have a 01, 4WD with a V-6, that has 210,000 miles and have never experienced any of the problems you are talking about..If I were you, I would be PISSED !
#109 of 137 Re: brake noise [beeray]
Apr 17, 2012 (12:31 pm)
Funny that they said "all four rotors", when Escapes only have two rotors. The rear brakes are drum brakes, so only the front wheels have rotors..
You should sue your dealeship in small claims court (I hope you got a written estimate on this, so you can take them to court).
I am really surprised that more people don't take ignorant, crooked dealerships to court..
#110 of 137 Re: 2006 ford escape 2x4 abs light on again [lynnt2]
Apr 17, 2012 (12:44 pm)
I believe that your problem is called "ignorant service people"..It is quite common these day's. Both wheel bearings going bad at 43,000 miles would be almost impossible on that vehicle ( I have over 200,000 and have never replaced a bearing)..The issue, for most people,is finding competent service people who actually know how to diagnose a problem properly. Good luck with finding someone, because only one out of ten mechanics are any good...The remaining? Well, we called them 'butchers'!