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#34 of 128 Ford escape brake problem
Feb 15, 2009 (9:55 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 128 Re: Brake Problem Ford Escape [moose1958]
Mar 10, 2009 (7:04 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!
#37 of 128 Re: Ford Escape brake propblem correction [angrybrit]
Aug 11, 2009 (7:38 am)
Would you post pictures?
#39 of 128 Re: 02 Ford Escape brake problem
Sep 09, 2009 (9:10 pm)
Brake issues with a 2002 Escape XLT FWD 103k miles, even split between highway and city driving.
Several months back I had a small tranny hose leak that sprayed fluid on the inside of the left front tire, the brake light came on at this time. When I applied the breaks at that time, they were very spongy and pulsating. A mechanic friend replaced pads and rotors (L & R front) at the time of the tranny hose repair due to warping from the fluid. Brakes were still spongy and now grinding after this "fix." Took it to a certified mechanic for a second look. He said the ceramic pads that were installed were inferior and he replaced with a higher quality, more compatible set. He also swapped out a break line, replaced the left caliper and replaced an ABS sensor as there was an excessive pulsating in the brakes. When I picked up the Escape, it seemed to be braking just fine. Off and on I could feel a slight pulsating in the pedal but nothing major.
Over the course of about 2 weeks (the car is driven infrequently) I am experiencing on a very somewhat consistent basis: normal braking, spongy braking, a grinding sound when I brake, pulling hard to the left then the right when I brake as well as standing on the pedal and the brakes taking forever to respond. These incidents can happen all in the same 10-15 mile drive or over the course of several drives. It may be spongy only on the drive or the metal-on-metal grinding alone. If I feel the brakes are not really responding or the car is pulling to the left side, I can pump them several times and "feel" they are going to catch and know to apply them on that pump. Both left and right front brakes are making varied sounds: grinding and groaning. It almost feels like they are not catching or catching and holding. When I do stop, on occasion there is a hot or acrid smell, from either one or both of the brake areas. They are extremely hot to the touch when these problems have presented.
Any ideas? I will be calling the mechanic to re-visit, I just would like an idea of what I am looking at here. Thanks.
#40 of 128 Re: 02 Ford Escape brake problem [monjon]
by vg33e power
Sep 10, 2009 (7:25 am)
Two questions...were all parts replaced with genuine Ford/Motorcraft parts? If you used aftermarket parts your problem may be there.
Did the tech bleed the system, the spongy feeling and pull may be related to air in the lines. Make sure he/she purge the lines.
#41 of 128 Re: 02 Ford Escape brake problem [vg33e power]
Sep 17, 2009 (9:05 pm)
Everything was Motorcraft parts and he did purge the lines. I have had to quit driving my Escape because the last time I applied the brakes, responsiveness was very low.
#42 of 128 Re: 02 Ford Escape brake problem [monjon]
by vg33e power
Sep 18, 2009 (7:40 am)
I would check the following in no particular order:
-Rear slave cylinders
#43 of 128 2006 ford escape 2x4 abs light on again
Sep 25, 2009 (3:22 pm)
I have an ABS light on again, last year the right ABS was repalced, now the light is on again., The front end is noisy and 2 weeks ago we replaced both front wheel bearings. What is going on with this car, It has 43, 000 miles on it??