Ford Escape owners have reported 48 problems related to brake abs warning light (under the service brakes category).
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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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.
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.
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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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!.
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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...
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The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape XLT. The contact stated that the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign id number :12v005000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module ). Later, the abs warning light illuminated while traveling 25 mph and the brakes failed to work properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the dealer confirmed that the abs control module needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted but the vehicle was not further repaired. The failure and current mileages were 111,053.
Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While parked, the contact noticed that the abs warning light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the abs module would have to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 07v156000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. After a period of time elapsed, the contact began to notice a loud squeaking noise coming from the rear of the vehicle and a grinding sound when depressing the brake pedal. The contact had the brakes replaced but the failure persisted. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 203,258. Kmj.
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Driving on a state highway approaching a red light, I applied brakes and felt a pulsing sensation in the brake pedal, it became very hard to stop and I had to pull to the shoulder of the road. This has happened several more times since, at various speeds and with no warning. The abs light on the dash does not come on and there are no obd codes. The vehicle becomes very hard to stop. I had the vehicle checked by my mechanic this week. He felt the problem once, but could not find any problems or obd codes, even after running diagnostic tests. At this point I am in a quandry; I need to use the vehicle, but feel it is unsafe to do so and will probably park it until someone can tell me what is happening and find a resolution. I have read of similar problems due to a defective 'tone ring' in the abs system, but mine is not defective.
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated the abs light illuminated intermittently and the brake pedal bounced abnormally when depressed. In addition, there was a burning odor released from under the hood. The vehicle was taken to the local mechanic who inspected the vehicle and located the failure at the abs module. The manufacturer was made a ware of the failure and denied assistance with the repair, stating that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 07v156000 (service brakes, hydraulic: antilock: control unit/module). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 60,000.
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The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the abs warning light remained illuminated and the abs motor continued running once the engine was turned off. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the hydraulic control unit. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 12v005000 (service brakes, hydraulic: antilock: control unit/module) prior to the failure. The contact was unable to have the vehicle serviced under the recall within a reasonable time period and believed that the failure was caused by the lack of recall service. The manufacture was contacted and denied any assistance with repairs, stating that the hydraulic control unit was not associated with the recall campaign. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 120,000.
When I first start my vehicle and begin driving it, unless I reach 20 mph before needing to brake, the brakes make a grinding noise and at first the pedal resists, then it gives way in, causing the brake to need to pressed down completely before the vehicle will come to a stop. Once I reach the 20 mph or so, the abs light comes on, and after that, the brakes work fine. I took it to my Ford dealership, they reportedly did not find a problem with the brakes, but performed a recall on only the abs light itself. This did nothing for the grinding resistance and failure of the brake pedal upon initially needing to stop, and still the abs light pops on once I reach 20-25 mph.
Abs light on 2003 Ford Escape keeps coming on. . . . Was never notified by Ford about a recall on this. . . Also have had to replace an engine in it only had it for 37,000 miles when I had to replace the engine. . . . Ford does not notify customers of potential problems with this vehicle.
Tl- the contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 40 mph th contact heard a loud noise while depressing the brake pedal. The contact stated it became difficult to brake and to steer. Also, the abs light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact drove the vehicle to the dealer. The technicians stated the the exciter ring needed to be replaced. The technicians were unable to determine how the failure occurred. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000. Ds.
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact was driving approximately 5 mph when the abs light waning illuminated and the contact detected an abnormal burning odor. The failure recurred sporadically but was not taken to the dealer or a mechanic for the failure. She referenced the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 07v156000 (service brakes, hydraulic:anti lock:control unit/module) and contacted the manufacturer who advised that her vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 105,000 and the current mileage was 106,000.
I was driving home from work, going about 35 mph when I felt my car start to slid like it was on ice even though the pavement was dry. My abs light and my service 4wd light came on. I had a very hard time getting home because the brakes were failing. I came home googled it and realized that it was my tone ring and that it was a common problem. Sure enough next day took it to a Ford dealership and that's what it was. The problem dates back to 2000 Ford Escapes and as recent as 2010 Ford Escapes. The mechanic at the dealership advised me that the ring could snap just from turning a corner. I don't know why Ford isn't being required to fix this issue. Why are the being allowed to put this same product in the vehicle year after year knowing its inferior. When the ring breaks it makes it very hard to stop the car which is a huge safety hazard.
Sudden failure of abs system. Abs light not operating on dashboard indicator panel.
In December 2010 took my Ford Escape into my service center to have the brakes looked at when the abs light came on and the brake pressure felt sluggish. They found and replaced a bad tone ring on the left front axle. Now six months later June 2011 the abs light comes on again with the brake pedal pulsating at times. I took it back to the service center again and they had to do the same thing on the right side front. I feel that this is a safety issue. If someone would stop short in front of me or cut me off and I would have to slam on my brakes, I feel that someone could be seriously hurt. I feel that Ford should recall the 2002 Escape for this reason.
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|Service Brakes problems||
|Brake Antilock Control Unit/module problems||
|Brake Abs Warning Light problems||
|Brake Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings problems||
|Brake Master Cylinder problems||
|Brake Light On problems||
|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Brake Disc Rotor problems||
|Brake Fluid Leak problems||
|Brake Disc Pads problems||