Brake Electric Antilock Problems of Ford Escape

Ford Escape owners have reported 23 problems related to brake electric antilock (under the service brakes category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Escape based on all problems reported for the Escape.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 09/01/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was parked the contact heard the alarm, looked under the hood and saw a fire in the abs area. The mechanic diagnosis located the failure as the abs wiring harness. The manufacturer will be contacted. The failure and the current mileages were 150,000.

See all problems of the 2002 Ford Escape icon-go-page.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 10/10/2007

Vehicle's front wheel constantly pulls to the left when applying brakes has jerked steering wheel out of hand 3 times.

See all problems of the 2006 Ford Escape icon-go-page.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 05/02/2007

I own a 2002 Ford, Escape. The vehicle has a call back for the abs module. I took the vehicle to a Ford dealer in lebanon, nh. I was then informed that the car was one of those that did have the problem and will need to be repaired. In the meantime, I was advised by the mechanic at flanders & patch that the car was considered too dangerous to be parked inside or even up close to a building as it could catch on fire. However, I was also informed that Ford will not be able to fix this problem for at least two, maybe even three months. In the meantime, I am not to park this car inside a garage or near my home. I live in an area where we had several break ins and never left my car parked outside at night for that reason. Also, I shared a driveway, so parking iwas very limited in my area. Again, leaving the car parked outside was a problem. All I asked from Ford wasto fix the problem now. Ford /needed to be held responsible for any problem I encountered due to this failure on their part to fix this.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 04/14/2007

I own a 2002 Ford Escape and I heard of the recall regarding the abs module. I right away took the car to montebello Ford on April 14,2007 to get it checked. Later that afternoon they told me that the car was ready to be picked up, but they could not do anything regarding the abs module because the parts were back ordered. When I picked up the car on Monday April 16, 2007 another service tech nician asked me if everything was okay, and if I had any concerns. I told him I did. I was worried about the recall and the car was not fixed. He then checked my records and history of the car, and told me thatthe abs module was out already and it needed to get it replaced. He told me that there would be a shipment in at the end of the month, and that I should call him to follow up, and when the part was in it would be repaired at no charge to me. I have since the end of April tried to get a hold of him at montebello Ford, but he failed to return any of my phone calls. I did let him know on one of my messagess that I would be going out of town at the end of may and I would like my car to be fixed so that I could feel safe driving long distance. I was very dissatisfied with the service and felt that my safety was not important. If the abs module was on recall, and I wastold that my was out, I expected to get the service I deserved as a consumer.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 04/11/2007

The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. On April 11, 2007, while driving 60 mph on the freeway the contact applied the brakes to avoid crashing into a vehicle that stopped in front of her. The rear suspension failed without warning. However, the contact was able to maintain control of the vehicle. The service manager of lithia Ford stated that this failure occurred when the brakes were applied at 60 mph. A Ford engineer provided related information. The contact was aware of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 3,900, and the current mileage was 4,000.

See all problems of the 2007 Ford Escape icon-go-page.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 04/10/2007

Several times in the past while turning the corner the car killed. Hit brakes hard to avoid rear-end collision. The car accelerated, causing me to once again hit the brakes.

See all problems of the 2003 Ford Escape icon-go-page.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 02/20/2007

The morning of 2/20/07 I went out to start my 2001 Ford Escape to go to work and as I was walking out to the garage I saw smoke billowing out of my hood. I ran over and popped the hood and there was smoke coming from my anti-lock braking system electronic control system. I pushed the car out of my garage fearing a house fire and a friend unhooked my battery . When the smoking and sparking subsided the abs control box was melted and all the wires were burned and melted. I called the dealership to see if there were any recalls at this time and they told me no. I googled consumer reports and saw an article that this was not an isolated incident and that you were investigating 8 other similar incidents. It has not been repaired as it has just happened and honestly is seems to be quite expensive to remedy. This is a very dangerous problem and hopefully your investigation will result in some sort of recall.

See all problems of the 2001 Ford Escape icon-go-page.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 01/09/2007

This is to report another suspected 2002 Ford Escape abs control module fire. The vehicle fire occurred Jan. 9, 2007 at client's home. The vehicle is a 2002 Ford Escape XLT, and is currently stored at insurance auto auctions (iaa), 1710 starita road, charlotte, nc 28206-1286, phone: 704-596-5854, fax: 704-596-7492, stock number: 2799576. The house and car are insured by state farm, which has retained me as its subrogation counsel. The fire occurred while the car was parked in the garage in the "key off" position. Larry helton for Ford has already examined the vehicle and the scene on January 17, 2007. No one was injured, but the property damages could exceed $50,000. 00.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 10/10/2006

Ford Escape 2003 while parked caught fire in braking area spread to speed control electrical harness.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 07/22/2006

My car had been parked for hours and all of sudden the alarm started going off. I went outside to get it to go off and realized there was smoke coming out from under the hood. The alarm wouldn't go off and eventually quit but the smoke kept coming and I realized there were actual flames. The fire department came and disconnected the battery so the car wouldn't have another chance of sparking up. Presently, I have the vehicle in a Ford dealership shop. They said that the fire started at the wiring harness that plugs into the abs modular. The wiring harness and some other part are being ordered to be replaced. As far as they know that needs replaced and there may be more once they actually start taking the car apart and seeing what else was damaged. The fire probably burned for a good 10 minutes.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 04/01/2005

The contact stated vehicle surged forward while braking four times. The vehicle was taken to the dealership twice. They were unable to duplicate the problem. Therefore, nothing has been done to correct the problem. This happened at any particular speed.

See all problems of the 2005 Ford Escape icon-go-page.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 06/14/2004

Driving on freeway and started to slow down. . . Moved foot off gas pedal to slow (was going about 50 mph at the time and about 65 mph before getting any brakes to work) and it kept going down and stuck on high exceleration. . . Went to put on brakes and brake pedal would not push down, barely had any brakes. Ford service said recall this morning on accelerator sticking. . . But brakes were my problem. . I have not had any problem with brakes prior to this. At 33000 miles, granted there is wear but I had experienced none. . So stuck paying for complete replacement. . Said they were shot and unsafe. . . . All I can say is I was extremly fortunate to get under control and no accident. And Ford should accept some of the responsibility for the brakes .

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 06/08/2004

This concerns a 2002 Ford Escape with 10,700 miles on it. I was traveling down a very slight grade at less than 20 mph on a clear day approaching a red light at an intersection. When I applied the brakes, the car did not stop. Instead, the front of the car just started to uncontrollably jump, bounce and hop up and down. Since the car did not slow down, I applied the brakes again and it continued to uncontrollably bounce up and down. There was a car crossing through the intersection in front of me driven by a mother with her young child in the car. In order to avoid hitting that car, I steered my bouncing car to the right, off the road, and into a light pole to stop it. The mother with her 5 year old daughter, who witnessed the whole event, pulled over to see if I was ok and thanked me for not killing them. I have her name and number. A police report was filed. There is a defect in the braking system on this car and I am scared to death to ever drive it again lest I kill or maim myself or someone else. I contacted Ford motor CO. Directly many times, but they gave me the runaround. They said the antilock braking did not need to be checked. When my insurance company, nationwide, became involved Ford said that I should now deal with them, nationwide. Nationwide is now paying to have my car repaired, but said that there is no need to check the braking system because there is nothing wrong with it, it is my fault and all they can do about it is raise my insurance premium. This is the second time there has been a mechanical failure in this defective braking system and no one seems to care to look into it.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 02/03/2004

In 2004, my 2002 Ford Escape, after being parked overnight, caught fire. The fire was traced by the dealer to the abs computer. The vehicle was past warranty and Ford motor company denied repeatedly that there was any possibility of any defect, or that there was any manufacturer responsibility. Calls to Ford's customer hot line were handled in an unsatisfactory manner. The vehicle was repaired using new parts.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 05/29/2003

Excessive brake dust on front tires - rims are black within 3 days of cleaning - dealer reports this is 'normal'. .

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 06/26/2002

As I was descending down a hill, traveling about 35 mph, and turning a bend, I noticed that my power steering was not working and then that my brakes were not working and that one of my indicator lights was lit on my dashboard. I put the car in neutral, and turned the key back on and it started. Fortunately, no one was around because my brakes were not working. I have reported this to my dealer who did not even write my concern down. I have since sent them a formal letter. This has not happened since, but it could be dangerous while traveling on busy roads.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 05/17/2002

All functions suddenly locked up. I had no functionality in steering, brakes, and acceleration. I had no control of the car and car slowly died. After a few minutes I was able to restart car with no problems. But this could potentially have caused a fatal accident if environment, speed, etc. , were just slightly different.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 05/03/2002

Vehicle was in reverse and brakes locked up, not allowing vehicle to move. Wheels would not turn in any direction. Dealer was notified and could not find anything abnormal. Consumer is concerned that brakes can lock up while driving. .

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 11/01/2001

Was approaching a stop light and applied brakes and pedal went down to the floor, and it didn't grab or hold for braking.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 08/10/2001

Consume r was traveling about 45mph on a mountain road, and without prior warning, engine check light came on the dashboard. Then, there were no brakes or power steering. Also, speed pedal went all the way to the floor. Consumer was able to control vehicle. Dealership was aware of problems.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 07/20/2001

Abs system will intermittently work. But, usually consumer has to press brakes pedal all the way in before vehicle will stop. Contacted dealer.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 22

Consumer complained about a brake system problem. Consumer had to replace the brakes, rotors, and tie rods every 10,000 miles.

car image   Brake Electric Antilock problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 23

While turning vehicle on noticed all dash board indication lights on began to travel. When depressed brakes vehicle went into extended stopping distance. Please provie further information.



Switch Make:
Switch Model:
Ford Escape Service Bulletins icon-go-page
Ford Escape Safety Recalls icon-go-page
Ford Escape Defect Investigations icon-go-page
Ford Escape fuel economy icon-go-page