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You are in the Ford Escape
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Ford Escape, Brakes, SUV
#46 of 137 Re: 08 Escape Brakes [prgal]
Nov 26, 2009 (12:25 am)
Good to know someone else has the same problem, I got this vehicle brand new (2008 model) as a company car in Apr 2007, within the first 5k on start up and within less than 1/2 mile the front left vibrates with a feeling that the brakes are pulsing on/off and when you apply the brakes they suck. Exactly the same symptoms as you describe.
I had it towed to the dealers asap and no error codes where found, that was Jun 07, since then it has happened 5 times until approx Dec 08 but only on start up after 100 - 200 yards of driving but clears after 1/2 mile as usual, every time.
I have just lived with it as it is a company car although it happened today and the brakes/traction control on the left groaned for a longer time than before , brakes grabbing and brakes where crap when applied. Sure enough it stopped after 1/2 mile (as usual) and the traction control light came on. I had to stop at a store and when I came out the traction control light was off and everything is all good.
I called my fleet maintenance company and its scheduled to go in to a different Ford dealer on this Saturday, hopefully they will find something along its going to be hard to find as it is unpredictable. There is 48k on it now and my company changes every 65k
#47 of 137 Re: 08 Escape Brakes [irishgixxer]
Nov 26, 2009 (11:17 am)
It's great to know I'm not the only one - it is really frustrating when no one will believe you. Oh, by the way, I happen to be blond. lol
#48 of 137 Re: 08 Escape Brakes [prgal]
Nov 26, 2009 (12:21 pm)
"really frustrating when no one will believe you", now there is 2 of us with the same issue/story. They probably won't find anything unless someone gets in a wreck or worse killed.
Its going into the dealer on Saturday for investigation, I will let you know the outcome.
Happy 'T' day!
#49 of 137 Re: 08 Escape Brakes [irishgixxer]
Nov 26, 2009 (1:00 pm)
Good Luck! Happy Thanksgiving Day to you too.
#50 of 137 Re: 08 Escape Brakes [irishgixxer]
Nov 27, 2009 (12:16 pm)
Here is a new one - just happened today. Driving at very low speed coming into my townhouse complex. Braking to round the corner and it felt like two metal plates sliding against each other for a moment, a slight "catching" sensation and then release. No grinding noise this time, just the feeling through the brake pedal. Have you had anything like this?
#51 of 137 Re: 08 Escape Brakes [prgal]
Nov 28, 2009 (3:29 pm)
This is the problem I have, I am picking up my Escape in a few minutes but as usual Ford couldn't find the what is causing this issue.
They did however for the first time see an error code stored in the system that shows the on-board computer turned of the "YAW Sensor". The YAW sensor I believe monitors the traction control movement and is somehow tied to the ABS brakes. The bad thing is they diagnosed the "YAW Sensor" and everything is OK.
They are going to drop a message to FORD Engineering on Monday for advice but for now its tough luck for me and you until something permanently fails
Back to square 1
#52 of 137 Re: 08 Escape Brakes [irishgixxer]
Nov 29, 2009 (6:42 pm)
Thanks so much for the update. I drove almost 400 miles this weekend and I just had a couple of issues at very low speeds like I explained before. So strange. Now it seems to be when I am braking and turning at the same time. I've given up trying to explain all of this to the service manager. I'll probably end up trading it off before a resolution to this problem is found.
#53 of 137 2001 Escape Brakes
Dec 21, 2009 (6:55 pm)
2001 Escape with 100,000 miles. When the temperature gets close to or below zero the brake pedal becomes hard. It feels like the pedal will only move about an inch or so. I have no braking ability. If I pump the pedal hard then the pedal returns to normal and I have power assist. In the below zero temperatures, when the car is parked in the garage there is no issue (it is probably 30-40 in the garage). But as I drive on the freeway to work I will loose braking. It is worst when it is sitting outside at work all day and then I will not have brakes right away when I start the car. Again if I pump the brakes the come back to normal. Not a good situation when you live in Minnesota.
#54 of 137 Re: 2001 Escape Brakes [2fordmn]
Dec 30, 2009 (12:26 pm)
The problem is the brake booster or the line going to the booster. Moisture could also be trapped in the booster or vacuum line to the booster and freeze.
#55 of 137 Re: 2001 Escape Brakes [typesix]
Dec 30, 2009 (6:32 pm)
Thank you for your response. Would a change out of the brake fluid possibily eliminate this problem? Or possibly replacement of the booster pump. Is this something that the average mechanic could detect with some testing?