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Brake Abs Warning Light Problems of Ford Escape



Ford Escape owners have reported 43 problems related to brake abs warning light (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 1
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.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 2
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 3
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.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 4
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.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 5
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 6
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 2006 Ford Escape 7
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.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 8
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...

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 06/25/2012

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.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 05/15/2012

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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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 04/19/2012

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.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 04/10/2012

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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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 03/01/2012

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.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 01/16/2012

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.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 08/14/2011

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.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 05/26/2011

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.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 02/18/2011

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.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 02/16/2011

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.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 02/01/2011

Sudden failure of abs system. Abs light not operating on dashboard indicator panel.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 12/14/2010

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.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 09/18/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 50 mph, the abs light and four wheel drive light suddenly illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence and parked. Upon restarting the vehicle, the contact noticed that none of the lights were illuminated; however, after driving approximately 4 miles, the lights illuminated again. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 70,683 and the current mileage was 70,890.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 09/18/2010

I own a 2006 Ford Escape. It has 70,683 miles on it. I was driving on the highway (50 mph) and noticed the abs light on and the 4wd light was flashing. This has occurred twice in the last two days. The first occurrence, I added brake fluid and the lights went out. This happened again two days later on the highway and around the same rate of speed. .

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 08/13/2010

I have a 2007 Ford Escape. I took it to the car was and my abs lights and 4wd lights came on. I looked online and found several complaints of tone rings (abs rings) being cracked. Sure enough my front left tone ring is cracked. I believe it happen on the conveyor at the car was. Still this is a common problem, even Ford dealers (two of them) agree. Why isn't this a recall? Ford is fixing it for $300.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 02/15/2010

For the second time in the last month I needed to bring my Ford Escape in to the service department. This time it was because my abs light came on and my 4wd drive light started flashing. The vehicle was running fine and was not making any sounds. This time the "abs sensing ring" had gone bad. I only have 22150 miles on the vehicle, drive moderate amounts, and make sure I go in for all my service visits. Thankfully this too was covered by warranty, but it is really becoming a hassle to visit the dealership so frequently. Additionally I had to have my brake pads replaced this visit.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 02/04/2010

2002 Ford Escape parked in driveway. Last driven 5 hours earlier. The alarm sounded alerting my husband inside. He looked out of the window and saw smoke rolling from under the hood of the vehicle. He ran out with fire extinguisher and put out the flames. Hopefully, this immediate detection of the fire limited the amount of damage. We were more fortunate than several other complaints. The abs module appears to be where damage was sustained. This is a recall for several 2002 Escapes beginning in 2007, but when checking online with Ford, my VIN number states that there are no recalls on this particular vehicle. I didn't receive a recall notice from Ford, and have on other occasions for this vehicle. I investigated several complaints previously filed involving 2002 Escapes, and they are hauntingly the same scenario. Also, the VIN numbers on several of these are very similar to mine. Obviously, they have missed several of these dangerous components, or the website is incorrect. I was unable to phone Ford, as it is a weekend and will first thing Monday morning. My ecu on this vehicle was replaced and programmed at a Ford dealership in cottage grove, or in November of 2009. It was returned to me with the abs light still illuminated. The dealer made no mention to the light and I wrongly assumed that it wasn't a problem. I believe Ford must correct this situation financially and make sure that all 2002 Escapes are included in the recall. Many complaints I viewed were recent, so I conclude that the dangerous situation is not remedied.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 26
Failure Date: 02/04/2010

2002 Ford Escape parked in driveway. Last driven 5 hours earlier. The alarm sounded alerting my husband inside. He looked out of the window and saw smoke rolling from under the hood of the vehicle. He ran out with fire extinguisher and put out the flames. Hopefully, this immediate detection of the fire limited the amount of damage. We were more fortunate than several other complainants. The abs module appears to be where damage was sustained. This is a recall for several 2002 Escapes beginning in 2007, but when checking online with Ford, my VIN number states that there are no recalls on this particular vehicle. I didn't receive a recall notice from Ford, and have on other occasions for this vehicle. I investigated several complains previously filed involving 2002 Escapes, and they are hauntingly the same scenario. Also, the VIN numbers on several of these are very similar to mine. Obviously, they have missed several of these dangerous components, or the website is incorrect. I was unable to phone Ford, as it is a weekend and will first thing Monday morning. My ecu on this vehicle was replaced at a Ford dealership in cottage grove, or in November of 2008. I wrongly assumed that when the abs light was illuminated on the dash that there wasn't any problem since no mention of it was made by the dealer. I believe Ford must correct this situation financially and make sure that all 2002 Escapes are included in the recall. Many complains I viewed were recent, so I conclude that the dangerous situation is not remedied.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 27
Failure Date: 10/25/2009

I started my car in the morning, and drove up my street as I normally do on dry, clear pavement, hitting no bumps or potholes. As I got to the stop sign and pressed my brake pedal, the abs light came on and my 4wd light began flashing. The brakes made a grinding sound, and the brakes locked up. I now know this as the abs system activating. This has been happening for 2 days now, every time I hit the brakes in my Ford Escape. I have been told that it is a cracked tone ring by my local Ford dealer and that it is a minimum of $400. 00 to fix. I do not have that kind of money. I have been looking online about this problem and I am amazed at how many other people have the same issue! and with low mileage and through no fault of their own. I am at 52,000 on my 2007 Ford Escape (with this being 90% highway miles) this is a serious safety issue and I am appalled that there has not been a recall on this yet!!!! please help us in allowing a recall for all the people who have been effected by this. I am a single mother and I have no idea how im going to afford to have this fixed. : ( thank you for any help you may be able to provide to me and my boys!.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 28
Failure Date: 08/07/2009

The abs warning light came on in my 2001 Ford Escape. I took it to the Ford service department. They ran some tests. They said the abs module was probably the cause but they did not have one in stock. They would order it and contact me to schedule installation. They did not indicate the vehicle was unsafe to operate. I drove the car back home and to work the next day. On the way home after work a fire started in the engine compartment left front side which is near the brake system components. I put the fire out and contacted my insurance company. The vehicle was no longer drivable. I had it towed to the Ford dealer the next day. Neither Ford or farmers insurance could pinpoint the origin of the fire but their was damage around the abs and its wiring. Ford has denied responsibility for the damage. I remembered a safety recall was done previously having to do with the abs. I rechecked and discovered that similar fires were the reason for the recall. Ford said they did perform the recall on my vehicle. I checked further on line and saw that a safety investigation was opened because the remedy by Ford has not eliminated vehicle abs wiring fires. I believe my Ford Escape is another case of this safety defect and Ford should take responsibility for the damage and related expenses I have incurred.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 29
Failure Date: 01/01/2009

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, she heard a loud noise coming from the vehicle followed by the illumination of the abs warning light. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised that the o-rings failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred twice within a week. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was approximately 84,500.

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Failure Date: 09/01/2008

The 05-06 Ford Escapes have a major failure in their braking and axle system. I bought a new Escape in 2006 in less then two years the abs light came after replacing the front brake pads. I took the car to a mechanic and he stated that the front axle has "teeth" on it that easily break off and therefore disengaging the abs system. On a daily basis the breaks "thump" like they are not able to stop the vehicle, this happens at any speed, even while trying to pull into a parking spot. This has not caused any accidents but we never know if the brakes are going to work they are suppose to. My vehicle was past its warranty when this problem first occurred, and now I have to pay for the replacement of the entire front axle because a engineering malfunction. The mechanic stated that Ford is aware of the problem but they refuse to place a recall on the parts. I inquired about fixing the problem, he stated that the parts, which again is the entire front axle, is on back order for around 5 months and the cost is around $1500. 00. I have also talked to several people who own Ford Escapes and they have the same issue. If Ford is aware of the problem and they know there is a problem because of the lack of front axles why hasn't this constituted a recall or at least a safety investigation.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 31
Failure Date: 03/28/2008

I went out to crank my vehicle and it ran wide open. I turned it off and tried it twice more with the same results. The security officer at my workplace came over and raised the hood to see what was going on. Twice more I cranked it with the same results. Then he found the problem my speed control cable was no longer connected. He got it back on and advised me to go to my dealer. The following day they had me bring it in, they informed me that my particular vehicle was not on the recall list. They were going to order the part, and when I asked the chances of it happening again, they replaced the regular speed cable and disconnected the cruise control one until they could get one in, just in case. I didn't get to see any list, I just know there was a recall on my type of vehicle for this. Am I to just take their word for it? I thank the lord that I was sitting in a parking lot when it happened and not out on the road where it could have been a very bad situation. Also when they said I was ready they asked how long my abs light had been blinking--I told them it was blinking the day I test drove and the salesman was going to ask about it when we got back to the dealer. I never got an answer. If either of these are faulty and were never reported I'd like to know. Other people may experiencing the same thing. And if these cables have been replaced before and it's happened again, people need to know. I thank you for your help.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 32
Failure Date: 03/01/2008

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the abs light illuminates and the brakes fail. He must apply the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The dealer replaced the entire abs, but the failure continued. The most recent failure occurred on March 1, 2008. The manufacturer informed the contact that he would receive a call back. The current mileage was 32,000 and failure mileage was 31,723. Updated 04/29/08.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 33
Failure Date: 07/20/2007

Brake problem invoving abs sensor ring on front wheels. This wheel ring literally cracked causing the abs light to come on and the brake pedal had to be pressed to the floor to operate the brakes. The ring was "epoxyed" back together by my mechanic, but now the brakes on occasion make a "clunking" noise and you can feel the vibration in the pedal. Seems like something is not engaging properly.