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Ford Escape, Brakes, SUV
#26 of 137 Brake Problem Ford Escape
Aug 10, 2008 (6:53 am)
Over the past three years my 2003 Escape has hopped through intersections, red lights, and stop signs about a dozen times. First time was at the end of the first year. When my wife put the brakes on the pedal doid not want to depress even with two feet on it. The vehicle hops, shudders forward and doesn't want to stop. The one time I was a passenger I flippedthe gearship into nuetral, the engine reved, and finally stopped roaring when the accelerator was depressed five or six times.They told us the first time it was an accelerator cable problem, which they checked/changed because of a recall on that subject. The continuing problem has been sporadic and unpredictable and both the dealership and Ford Customer service say, " Can't do anything until we can reproduce and observe the problem." It has been getting more frequent in the last year. They claim to have gone over the accelerator cable etc. with a fine tooth comb and nothing is wrong with it. I don't know if it is a problem with brakes or what. Have found at least two other people on the internet who have experienced the same problem with Ford Corporate basically saying, "too bad, not our problem."It is damn scary when you come up on a red light and you don't know if the damn thing is going to stop or not. Any ideas?
#27 of 137 Does this problem only happen when your wife is driving?
Aug 15, 2008 (3:38 am)
Sep 10, 2008 (5:57 pm)
When I set the parking brake the vehicle drives off as if there was no tension on the cable.The pads/shoes are fine (plenty of thickness left) so how can I adjust the brake to hold the vehicle still for inspection process ?
#30 of 137 Re: brake noise [tobymike]
Dec 13, 2008 (1:15 am)
i only have this problem after a rain storm. rust get's on the drum from the rain, but once i hit the brakes the first time and clean them off, the noise goes away. i'm loving my escape as well. bought mine in oct. 07.
#31 of 137 '04 XLT Escape Brake Noise
Feb 14, 2009 (4:32 am)
I recently had the ball joint replaced on the driver side. Now when I lightly apply the brakes there is a knocking noise. I have taken it back to the dealer and they can't find anything wrong. There is also a metalic sound all the time the car is moving.
#32 of 137 Re: '04 XLT Escape Brake Noise [jaz7]
by vg33e power
Feb 14, 2009 (1:33 pm)
Check the backing plate, it may be rubbing up against the rotor creating the metallic noise. Just bend it back a little so that it clears the rotor.
#33 of 137 Re: '04 XLT Escape Brake Noise [vg33e power]
Feb 15, 2009 (6:49 am)
thanks, i'll try that.
#34 of 137 Ford escape brake problem
Feb 15, 2009 (8:55 pm)
I own a 2002 Ford Escape XLT all wheel drive with 103,000 miles. It has been a very reliable SUV. It is regularly serviced at required intervals. At 100,000 the spark plugs were replaced and all of the fluids were checked. Since then I have experienced an unusual brake problem. Without any warning my pedal goes all the way to the floor accompanied with a pounding feeling in the pedal. I have to use the emergency brake to stop. When I start out again in the car the brakes act normal. I took it to a Ford dealer for service. They checked the rotors, drums and pads and said nothing was wrong with them. They said there is a screen that the fluid goes through when the brakes are applied and it may have debris built up on it. So they drained all the fluid, ran cleaning agent through it and took the master cylinder and reservoir off, afterwards they replaced the fluid. For about a week we didn't have any problems. This weekend we went on a 500 mile trip and experienced the problem 3 times. My brake fluid is not leaking any place that I or the dealer can discover.
#35 of 137 Re: Brake Problem Ford Escape [moose1958]
Mar 10, 2009 (6:04 am)
My 2003 Ford Escape does the exact same thing! We have put about $600 into it so far. New calipers, rotors, and brakes. New wheel barring. Still does the same thing. Nobody seems to know what is wrong with it. We are so frustrated right now. The only other thing we have been told is to check the CV and the axel. If you find anything out please let us know. We will do the same!