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Brake Abs Warning Light Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 62 problems related to brake abs warning light (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 07/11/2017

I have a 2006 Ford Escape with a deep concern and issues with the abs (braking) system. The abs instrumentation light periodically comes on indicating an issue with the braking of the vehicle. There is a noticeable difference in the performance while braking of the vehicle when the abs light is "on". The experience is a sliding and/or jerking when the vehicle is in motion. Searching the internet there are many complaints surrounding this braking issue for the Ford Escape. This is apparent in several model years for this vehicle. This is a very dangerous issue concerning brake failure. Ford motor company and many dealerships are aware of this dangerous issue that has not been addressed.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 06/27/2017

I was driving on the expressway and went to use my brakes and without any warning I. E. Brake/abs warning lights my brakes went out. I was able to avoid any collisions with other vehicles by manually down shifting and using my emergency brake. I was able to finally come to a complete stop by utilizing all the above plus use both of my feet to push brakes hard enough to come to a slow stop. I turned the car off waited a few minutes and back on since this vehicle already had serious malfunction at 10,000 miles of randomly stalling without warning due to faulty wire harness which finally got recalled a year later. Turned it back on and still no brakes. Took it to Ford dealer and was advised that the braking system had a lot of debris in it and brake booster, master cylinder and other braking components where at fault. Now the dealer has replaced all the parts but still say it is not working properly and they are waiting for guidance from Ford engineers. This is the same route I had to go down with my wire harness at 10,000. The vehicle has 100,000 mostly highway miles on it and I would not expect for brakes to just go out without any notice or brake system warning lights. As of now still at dealer waiting for engineers to call in with a "fix". I fear for my safety in this vehicle and the brake system/electrical system need to investigated. Who know how many people may have already or are at risk of losing their brakes without warning and it will not show up because no warning sensor/lights are on.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 05/13/2017

I was driving down the highway going around a turn the abs light and traction control light came on and the steering became hard like no power steering. Shut car off when I arrived at destination started vehicle again lights were off drove a little ways same thing happend again.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 03/08/2017

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. While driving 15 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle pulled to the right. The abs warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed with severe rust on the subframe, making the vehicle unsafe to drive. The subframe needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer stated that the vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure) in which a cross bar was installed under the subframe. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 184,000.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 10/06/2016

Was driving the vehicle and after applying the brakes. The abs warning light came on, plus the information display indicated "check brake system" and "regen brake disabled". I was still able to brake, but needed to apply more pressure to stop and there was a new noise when I depressed the brakes. I took the vehicle to my local Ford dealer, after the technician had checked the vehicle they indicated that I needed a new hcu unit and the estimated cost was $5,200+.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 03/07/2016

Abs break light came on with a message that says reneg brakes disabled. Car bucked and lost breaking ability. Was able to get car to dealership where I was told that the abs/hcu needed to be replaced and the repair would cost $4,800. 00. Car cannot be driven as it cannot stop safely. This happened while the vehicle was in motion, and according to the mechanic at Ford, it was not caused by normal wear and tear.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 10/10/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that within 9 days of purchasing the vehicle from an independent dealer, the vehicle erupted into flames in a residential driveway. The contact stated that the dealer did not mention that the contact was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14v165000 (structure), 12v353000 (engine and engine cooling , vehicle speed control) and 12v005000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The contact stated that there was an abnormal noise coming from the front of the vehicle and that the suspension was unstable in the front. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop who inspected the vehicle and provided a diagnosis which was extensive. The vehicle was driven and shortly after the diagnosis the abs warning light randomly illuminated. The contact turned the vehicle off and the warning indicator went off but it continued to illuminate when the vehicle was driven. The vehicle was parked and when the contact exited the vehicle it erupted into flames. The fire department had to cut the hood open and inspected that the master cylinder was on fire as well as the fire wall. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and the contact was waiting on the manufacturer to determine what caused the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 151,703. Dyd.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 08/26/2015

The sub-frame rusted through causing both front wheels to toe out and also to camber in at the top. The abs warning light also triggered. The steering now pulls to the left and there is tire squeel even on gradual right hand turns. There is a recall for this exact problem for the Ford Escape model years 2001-2004. It is obvious that this same problem exists for this model year 2005 Ford Escape. I verified that my VIN was not covered in the recall. I then called Ford to see if they would remedy the problem as it was obvious that this was the same problem as in their other recall - they said they couldn't help. This is a low mileage, well maintained vehicle so it should be obvious that the sub-frame is faulty.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 06/14/2015

The upper shock mount on the rear passenger side rusted right through and fell off which cut my breakline which could've led to a fatal accident. I also have a child, this is extremely dangerous and should be recalled. The system check and abs light never came on either.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 05/18/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 35 mph, the abs caused the vehicle to slide even when the brake pedal was depressed. The abs light illuminated after the failure occurred. The dealer diagnosed that the front passenger side tone ring malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 57,736.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 12/24/2014

Abs light came on and 4 wheel drive light flashed off and on. The next day backing out of my driveway the brakes made a very bad grinding noise.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 09/08/2014

The abs braking light came on and the brakes locked. We were able to get the vehicle home, however, after inspection by the garage we found the hcu was defective as well as the master cylinder. Total expense to replace was $7,000, the car is only worth 6,000.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 09/05/2014

I was turning right on a stop light and front left abs tone ring broke. Car slipped gears and would not accelerate for 5-10 seconds. Rsc light and abs light came on briefly. Car continued to do this randomly and abs brakes were activated when braking at low speeds. Issue is with tone ring on many Ford Escapes from 2000-2008. Rings often break because of excessive rust build up on Ford components causing expansion. Part is constructed very poorly and as a result safety is compromised and service repairs profit goes up!.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 08/06/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the abs light illuminated and the contact felt like the brakes were shaking. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 133,000.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

For the past year and a half the abs warning light has been illuminated. I took it to the Ford dealership to have the latest recall fixed regarding the reservoir cap. Ford couldn't get the abs warning light to turn off. . . So, hence the light still intermidantly comes on and off. Also, the oil pressure light keeps coming on when I start my car and when I am slowing down. I just had my mechanic change the oil a week ago and and still having the problem. One last thing, the air bag illumination light has been on for the past two years. I took it to my dealer and they couldn't get it to turn off. Am I safe in thinking that my air bag won't deploy just for the heck of it? not sure what to do? but it scares me.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 06/04/2014

The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle was stopped on a hill when the air bag, abs and electronic stability control indicators illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they stated that the rcm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 11,000.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 01/03/2014

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the air bag and abs warning lights illunimated on the instrument panel. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 166,000.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 11/01/2013

Abs light came on. 4wd light started blinking. There was a grinding noise coming from the wheel/brake area of the vehicle. The abs light remained on but the 4wd flashed and then turned off. It came back on intermittently and flashed several times. There seemed to be no functional problems with the brakes or wheels.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 10/01/2013

2002 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to abs recall notice. The consumer took his daughters vehicle to the dealer, after receiving a recall notice in the mail. The consumer informed the service advisor, the abs light had been coming on and going off for a while. Upon the return of the vehicle, the abs light was on continuously. The consumer returned to the service desk and reported the issue and he was informed he could leave the vehicle for diagnosis, but there would be a fee of $ 130. 00. The consumer refused and then took the vehicle to a local repair shop. The local repair shop informed the consumer, the problem they were encountering was an abs code b1676 which was a result of no electrical power to the abs module. The repair shop stated, because the light would no longer go out, that the current situation was caused by performing the work on the recall. They also explained, that the recall that was performed was to add power to the junction block to supply electricity to the abs module in such a way the vehicle would not catch fire, and that power was not being supplied to two of the wires at all. The repair shop discovered there were two incorrect splices performed at the dealer. Apparently, there were two splices that should have been made and the mechanic only put a heat-shrink tape on the connection and did not electrically connect the wires. After the repair of the two splices, the shop found that one of the two wires supplying power to the abs module still only had three volts at one of the connectors. The shop found additional recalls as well. After inspecting the harness per the recall notice, he found the insulation on some of the wires damaged and one of the wires was corroded internally causing the low voltage problem. He also noted that the inspection cover on the connector had been removed for inspection and the master cylinder cap looked newer and not the original. Additionally, when he removed the connector from the abs unit, there was no grease applied in the cavity like the recall instructed.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 09/24/2013

Abs light suddenly came on and I had to press the brakes almost all the way to the floor to stop the car. I pulled over and turned the car off. When I started the car back up, there was no abs light or service engine indicator. Mechanic said that I need to replace the master cylinder and possibly the hcu. But they don't know if that will fix it.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 04/23/2013

During lunch hour slowed to make a right hand turn and brakes seemed to lock and grind. Steering wheel vibrated and the abs and traction control light came on. Attempted to accelerate and the car seemed to be locked up for a few seconds. Vehicle behind me almost hit me due to vehicle failure. Lights would not go off for about 1 minute after accelerating to about 25 mph. While driving about 10 more minutes they illuminated several more times. During drive home the same thing happened 3 more times and always when slowing to make a turn and then attempting to accelerate again. Now abs light won't go off at all.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 03/09/2013

First, the vehicle has been regularly maintained per the normal maintenance schedule. While driving on 03/09/13, noticed the abs dash light stayed lit. The 4wd dash light also started to blink intermittently. On 03/11/13 I called the local Ford dealer and scheduled an appointment to have the problems diagnosed. The vehicle was diagnosed with a broken tone ring along with marginal brake pads. Reportedly the abs and 4wd sensors are interconnected. Reportedly, the front rotors had to be replaced because they were too pitted to be turned. Questioned the service department about service bulletins or recalls, none were list on the Escape concerning this issue. According to one of the service managers, the problem with the tone ring is not a common issue. While waiting on he repairs, I checked the internet and found that this is a common problem with repeat failures of the part. I presented this info to the service department without any relief or recourse other that I would probably have to pay to have this done again. Another note, the repairs have a 12 month, 12,000 mile warranty. If the defective part has to be replaced, the warranty goes back to the original date of install. This appears to be a common problem with possible serious repercussions which is not being addressed by Ford.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 02/18/2013

Abs light came on at 59408 miles. Vehicle was taken dick masheter Ford in columbus, OH and repaired on 12/1/11 by replacing left front abs tone ring. At 68005 miles, the abs light came on once again. Vehicle was once again taken to dick masheter Ford in columbus, OH where the vehicle was again repaired. This time both left and right abd tone rings were replaced. Failure of the abs tone ring after less than 8600 miles of operation may indicate a systemic issue for the particular vehicle.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 09/06/2012

I own 3 Ford Escapes and all 3 have same safety issue. I learned on google that I am not alone. It is a very common problem. I am talking about abs tone ring which cracks and causes abs to malfunction. It becomes a serious issue when it happens while driving. Initial malfunction causes on-board computer to "be confused" and brakes don't perform as they should, causing extended braking distance. Once on-board computer "recognizes" the problem abs dashboard light will come on and the driver is aware of the issue. Broken abs tone ring will cause abs brakes to engage on dry surface even at the lowest speeds. This failure becomes serious issue at the moment of initial malfunction because the driver is caught by surprise. Please view comments by others at the link below. All comments are screen captures with original url visible at the top of each comment. . Read more...

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 08/01/2012

In Aug 2012 we were on our way back from a vacation and our abs light came on, along with a flashing 4x4 light. We had no idea what it was or what to do. The vehicle drove fine and stopped fine, except for a couple of times it felt as if the abs engaged on dry cement. We stopped to eat and shop for a few hours and the lights were off when we got back in the vehicle. They didn't come on again until a few days ago (Jan 2013). However, I had been complaining to my husband recently that the brakes didn't seem to work right. I hit ice and the abs didn't engage . . No light either. . But the grinding sound once in awhile was still there. So we took it in and put it on the computer to diagnose the problem. Came back with 2 codes u2023 and c1234. Which means the right front tone ring is bad. After searching the internet, I found this to be a very common problem. Also got under the truck and sure enough the tone ring is cracked and spinning around loosely. The safety issue here is the abs will lock up randomly on dry cement when you start to apply your brakes. Which then you can't completely control your vehicles direction and if you take your foot off the break to control your vehicle, then you may hit someone or something. I am thankful for all the info I have found so when it gets repaired they can't screw me over.