Brake Fluid Leak Problems of Ford Escape

Ford Escape owners have reported 24 problems related to brake fluid leak (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 Fluid Leak problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 03/09/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving 35 mph, the rear passenger shock mount fractured and caused the brake hose to rupture. The contact stated that all of the brake fluid leaked out of the hose. Preston Ford in burton, ohio was made aware of the failure and stated that there were no recalls on the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 113,000.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 12/12/2014

I was leaving my parking spot where the vehicle had been parked for approximately 45 minutes when the brake pedal went to the floor and my brakes were not working properly. I discovered that brake fluid was leaking out of the brake line in the front drivers side wheel well. The rubber hose had deteriorated and had to be replaced. Yesterday I was driving when my brake pedal went to the floor again. When I parked the car I found that brake fluid is leaking from the brake line in the front passengers side wheel well. The vehicle now had approximately 137000 miles. It appears that the rubber brake line hose had deteriorated on that side as well. This is a major safety issue as both times I was driving my kids and had to worry about injuring them and potentially anyone else on the road at the times this occurred.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 07/06/2014

A warning message came on saying that the brake fluid was low, and that I needed to take the car to a dealer. I drove home, a short distance, and decided to check the fluid myself. When I opened the hood I found the brake fluid reservoir sitting on top of the engine tipped down so that fluid was not available to the brake lines. There was some fluid left but most had been lost. The warning came on within a few 100 yards of my home, if I had been on a trip or at highway speeds this could have been very bad. The car will go to a dealership tomorrow.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 05/25/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear passenger side of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the brake pedal required excessive force in order to reduce speed. The contact discovered that the rear passenger side brake line was leaking brake fluid. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the shock power was rusted. As a result, the frame needed to be welded with metal replacement plates. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 138,000 and the current mileage was 138,198.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 03/02/2014

Vehicle gas pedal had to be depressed fully to the floor with assistance of emergency break to bring vehicle to complete stop in light traffic at around 9:30 pm. Pulled vehicle into empty parking lot and had vehicle towed to service center (lake zurich tire & auto, inc. ) where it was left overnight. Following morning mechanic looked at vehicle and it was determined that front right brake hose failed and left front brake hose was leaking. There was very little brake fluid left. Mechanic stated that both hoses showed deterioration which was unusual for a vehicle with this mileage. He also stated that this was the 5th Escape around this model year that he has seen with this issue within the last couple of weeks. I sent a letter to Ford customer relations today requesting reimbursement of $282. 32 for the necessary repairs.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 05/16/2013

The front brake line on the passenger side blew out leaking brake fluid, was pulled in to garage. Now today 6/17/2013 the drivers side brake line blew out losing brakes completely, both times very dangerous.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 03/05/2013

My 2002 Escape was serviced for a recall issued a few years back. The wiring harness on the abs brake system. When we took it in to have the recall repaired the dealer said the abs module was bad- $900 to fix it!! they say it is not related because it didn't catch fire or burn up/melt the wiring harness?? I have to wait for parts to melt or catch fire before they will fix the part it plugs into?? every vehicle we have purchased now in the last 20 years has been a Ford. We paid off both our Fords and were ready to purchase and hand down the Escape to my 16 y/o daughter. It is not safe! more than 4 recalls all safety related on this vehicle. Our f150 goes in for a few recalls and spark plugs- a whopping $500 to change spark plugs because of the design of the engine and an extra hour of labor for each one that breaks off. . . Lovely! at the mercy of Ford and once again, total dissatisfaction and disappointment. Now they could care less who gets hurt,iã¢m not going to risk my daughters life or anyones for that matter. Ford should take care of this. Also, it says modified abs systemâ� in recall with master cylinder cap (not even repaired see below)now they want to charge is $900 to repair. Someone or many will end up injured or worse! my 2002 Escape was serviced for a recall issued a few years back. The wiring harness on the abs brake system (not good) when we took it in to have the recall repaired the dealer said the abs module was bad- $900 to fix it!! they say it is not related because it didn't catch fire or burn up/melt the wiring harness?? more than 4 recalls all safety related on this vehicle the newest brake system recall is the master cylinder fluid cap (didn't even know about this one and it was not fixed and my fluid is leaking all over the place.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 01/01/2013

Brake hydraulic fluid reservoir cap leaking brake fluid. Replaced with new cap from dealer, 100% fixed problem. Retained old cap if inspection needed.

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car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 06/13/2012

I was in on recall 11s24 , and my brake fluid was leaking onto my abs relay box, but I still have a problem with the abs because the hydraulic pump motor is also failed. The Ford dealer. Said it would cost $800 to fix this part on the abs system! they said the recall would not cover this part on the abs? the leaking brake fluid also damaged my hydraulic pump motor and this should also be repaired .

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 04/23/2012

Received a recall notice in Feb from Ford (recall id 12v00500 - issued Jan 2012). Indicated potential problems with brake fluids leaks that could cause shorts in the abs electronics. We contacted dealer. No parts available yet. Our abs and brake indicators came on in March as described in the recall notice. Ford still said that recall shows safe to drive, just don't park in the garage due to potential fires. Last night, drove home and parked (in the driveway). Unloaded some stuff from car. . . No problems noticed. Came out of house about 15 minutes later to unload stuff from car and found it smelling of hot electrical system, and smoke coming from hood. Used hose to cool down under hood, while I found wrench and unhooked the battery. Smoke was coming from all sides under and behind engine block. Once battery disconnected the smoking stopped. Calling Ford corporate, local dealer, and insurance this morning to see what to do next.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 04/12/2012

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While parked, the contact attempted to start the vehicle but to no avail. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The mechanic advised that brake fluid was leaking and caused a short in the brake control module. The brake control module would have to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 12v005000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate mileage was 147,000.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 03/12/2012

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 12v005000 (service brakes, hydraulic); however, the repair did not remedy the condition. The contact had not experienced any failures prior to the recall repair. The contact noticed excessive smoke under the hood and the cap leaked brake fluid, which impacted the power steering pump and caused a short within the wires and the abs. The manufacturer was notified of the failures and stated that the vehicle would need to be towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing and repair. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 169,000.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 01/06/2012

The brake master cylinder cap leaks brake fluid and the fluid runs down the wiring and down the firewall of the engine compartment. The brake fluid has corroded the paint off of the firewall, and then the fluid gets hot and smokes. Because the fluid runs down the wiring, the vehicle is also having electrical problems. Ford has a recall 11s24 for vehicles of the same year with the same problem, but they say that our vehicle is not included even though the master cylinder cap clearly leaks. They won't look at the vehicle unless we pay $85 to have it diagnosed. We would like to have this vehicle added to the recall.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 12/23/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while having routine maintenance performed on the vehicle, she was advised that the brake lines were corroded and brake fluid was leaking. The mechanic stated that all of the lines needed to be replaced in order to repair the problem. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 116,000.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 11/27/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the abs warning indicator illuminated without engaging the brake pedal. The indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. In addition, there was an excessive amount of brake fluid leaking onto the ground. The malfunction occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who stated that the malfunction was related to a faulty abs pump. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number 12v005000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module); however the abs pump was not included in the recall remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 06/17/2011

On or about June 17, 2011, my 2002 Ford Escape was parked and the ignitition was in the off position when my car alarm went off. When I looked outside I observed smoke bellowing out from under the hood. The next day, I was able to get my vehicle to galpin Ford, prescott, az, where they diagnosed the abs module has overheated and needs to be replaced. I was given an estimate of $720. 00 to repair the problem. Upon further investigation I have discovered that the service brakes, hydraulic: antilock; control unit module was recalled by Ford (#07s51)on April 23, 2007 and continues to be open. I was in contact with angel; service manager for vison Ford/Lincoln in alamagordo, nm on or about June 30th to follow up on the work they had done in may 2007 concerning this problem. He informed me that when they inspected the vehicle in 5/07, there was no problem and that it was properly inspected, and they placed grease on it , and are not willing to pay for this repair. On or about July 1, 2011, tony pacini, service manager at galpin Ford, prescott, az submitted a claim to the Ford motor CO. Regarding this repair at no cost to me. Upon further inspection, galpin Ford has also discovered another recall problem (NHTSA #07e023000)service brakes, hydraulic: foundation components: master cylinder and that brake fluid has leaked from the rear of master cylinder and has leaked on the vehicle into the power brake booster. I have been experiencing no brakes when I put my foot on the brake pedel. Despite these recall problems being invesitgated, neither Ford motor company; galpin Ford, prescott az; or vision Ford Lincoln, almagordo, nm, feel that they are not responsible for the repairs and have told me I must bare the enormous costs for these repairs on my own and/or drive the vehicle unsafely. I have been stranded in prescott, az for over 3 weeks, and am tired of wrangling with all three dealership/companies and need your help in investigating this situation! thank you!.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 12/01/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle was leaking brake fluid. The contact also stated that he eventually received the recall notice associated with NHTSA campaign id number 12v005000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module), which addressed the failure. An authorized dealer and the manufacturer were made aware of the failure and stated that the parts were not available. They were unable to provide a time frame as to when the parts would become available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 92,000.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 06/15/2010

After reading the below report, we took our 2002 Ford Escape to golden circle Ford in jackson TN. We were informed that they had never heard of this report. Our master cylinder has brake fluid leaking all around it and even leaves spots in the garage. My complaint is that it seems one hand has no idea what the other is doing. These reports need to also go to the dealership service departments so they can be familiar with problems with their products. To date, our problem still has not been resolved. Component: service brakes, hydraulic:foundation components:master cylinder details: certain cardone master cylinders with date codes lower than dca7078 sold as replacement equipment for use on the vehicles listed above. The seal on master cylinder can fail and leak brake fluid. Consequence: loss of brake fluid can result in poor braking performance, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 01/30/2010

Driving 2001 Ford Escape, v-6, 3. 0l. At intersection brakes failed and could not stop vehicle. Parked vehicle at nearest possible location and found brake hose leading to passenger side front brake caliper had cracked allowing fluid to leak out and release pressure from the braking system.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 08/10/2009

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that brake fluid leaked from the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 130,000.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 02/21/2008

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While driving 65 mph, the brakes failed. The contact had to apply the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. If it were not for the emergency brake, she would have crashed into another vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that the abs was fine. The contact had a mechanic friend and he replaced the master cylinder and the reservoir. Because the brake fluid was leaking, the contact's friend also replaced the "reman bra". The current mileage was 42,698 and failure mileage was approximately 42,498. Updated 04/04/08.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 01/02/2008

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that brake fluid leaked around the master cylinder, which caused the brake lights to illuminate. The manufacturer sent a memo to vehicle owners stating to purchase a replacement cap. The current mileage was 78,190 and failure mileage was 40,000. The vehicle purchase date was unavailable. Updated 01-29-08. The consumer stated bought a new cap at the cost of $17. 61. Updated 01/29/08.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 11/13/2004

I own a 2002 Ford Escape with 42,600 miles. My problem that I am having is a spongy brake pedal at first, then pedal goes to the floor, and then you get a pulsating, grinding noise in the front brakes and also in the brake pedal. Rotors are new; brakes are in good condition, no brake fluid leaks. Brakes were bled with no change in problem. When the brake pedal is depressed it sounds like it is sucking air.

car image   Brake Fluid Leak problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 10/15/2002

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that brake fluid was leaking onto the brake reservoir. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician advised that the master cylinder would need to be replaced but the part was not available for repair. The brake warning light continued to illuminate intermittently. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 12v005000 (service brakes, hydraulic:antilock:control unit/module) that could have been related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.



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