Ford Escape Hybrid owners have reported 28 problems related to brake abs warning light (under the service brakes category).
When starting the car parked and sometimes when driving, "check brake system / regen brakes disabled" message appears along with abs light. Car loses most of its braking power from the regenerative brakes requiring a great deal of pressure on the brake pedal to stop the car. Braking power is reduced and stopping distances increasing substantially, causing near misses in heavy traffic. Dealer recommends replacing the abs control unit, which is a $4,100 part (plus labor) for an 8 year old vehicle. Thus, the only way to fix the issue is to pay more for parts and labor than the car is actually worth, rendering it worthless to the owner. This has happened multiple times over the course of two months. Sometimes the problem goes away and the car can be driven short distances with all of its braking power, sometimes it doesn't work for days at a time.
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When driving at 35 mph the brake warning came on. I pulled over because I thought maybe the emergency brake was on, stopped, applied the emergency brake and released it, but the warning was still on. In a few miles, I arrived at my destination, checked the brake fluid level and it was fine. On the way home I got the check brake system, regen brakes disabled, abs light error. The brakes feel spongy and it takes a lot of error to stop the vehicle. The dealer has given us an estimate of $4700 to fix the problem. I see there are a lot of complaints on the internet about this same problem with the Ford Escape Hybrids and can't believe there hasn't been a recall!.
Tl- the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the check abs warning light illuminated on the vehicles instrument panel. The contact stated that at that time the vehicle would become hard to stop the vehicle when the brake pedal was depressed. The contact stated that the failure would occur intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be duplicated because the check abs warning light was not illuminated at the time. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. Wh.
After being parked for several hours and upon returning to and starting the vehicle, I found several lights on the dash illuminated, including the abs light, traction control light, the service wrench & check brakes. I was also receiving a message advising the regen brakes were inactive & to check brake system. I had the vehicle towed to our local mechanic and following his check he advised the he could not find anything wrong with them & due to the hybrid nature of the vehicle, he was unable to diagnose the problem. I then carefully drove the vehicle home and took it to a local Ford dealership yesterday. I was just informed by the dealer that the hcu on the vehicle had gone bad and repairs were going to be $5,000. As you might imagine, this is an extravagent amount of money to have to put into a seven year old vehicle that only cost $34,000 brand new. The part alone is $4,000 according to the dealer. I am now forced to either have this repair done or trade the vehicle in on another Ford. Based on my experience with this current vehicle, I am not overjoyed at the prospect of owning another Ford product. I researched the internet and found hundreds of cases where this part has gone bad and I feel it is time these vehicles get recalled before somebody gets severly injured or killed. This is obviously a safety issue and while we were lucky enough to have it happen while the vehicle was parked, this defective part has or will likely cause someone serious injury or loss of life. Nhtsa needs to address this and Ford needs to admit their error and defect.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the check brake system and the abs warning lights illuminated. When the brake pedal was engaged, it became stuck to the floorboard. The contact was able to coast out of traffic but ran a red light while trying to stop the vehicle. The contact had to steer the vehicle into a curb in order to stop. The vehicle was taken a local mechanic for further inspection. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 70,000.
We were driving the car on the freeway and suddenly the abs light comes on and the breaks did not work. They were very hard to depress and slowed the car very slowly. Had this happened when we needed to stop, there would have been an accident, without a doubt. This happened about 3 weeks ago and my mechanic reset the computer and all was good for about 2 weeks. Then the exact same thing happened again. My mechanic, who I trust impeccably was baffled by the whole thing and asked that we send the car to a dealership. I've never seen that before. The dealer (first dealer) is telling us we need to replace the master cylinder, then maybe the hydraulic control unit, which thankfully, is still under warranty in CA because it's a hybrid part. However, if it is the hcu, we still have to pay for the master cylinder, even though I suspect it's the hcu from what I've read online. I then called the dealer who inspected the car when we initially bought it (second dealer from here on out). The first dealer is quoting us $2800 to fix the master, while the other is quoting around $2000. The second one is also saying he might be able to diagnose the hcu and just change it out where dealer 1 is saying Ford says in order to change out the hcu, the master has to be changed first. The second dealer is saying this simply isn't true. We just bought the car from a private seller and frankly, I'm scared to drive it. I'm reading a lot of problems with this part of the car and it looks to me like Ford is having some serious, life threatening issues with this component. . . As well as giving people massive bills to fix their car. The only thing that should cost $4000 on a car should be the engine. Not the brake system. This is insanity.
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Coming to a stop to leave parking lot, I felt the brakes shutter as if was sliding. The skiing light came on for about 2 seconds, vehicle motion stopped, then the abs light came on and got a message on dash the get bake system serviced. Abs light in on all the time and the abs system does not work. Will be taking to repair shop today for evaluation and repair. This seems to be a known issue with this vehicle model. Recall????.
My 2006 Escape Hybrid suddenly lost braking power, occurring as I attempted to slow to exit off of I-95 to my home. The abs and warning light came on, at the same time,the brake pedal went to the floor board but there was just enough to get slowed down pushing as hard as I could and luckily the off ramp was up hill. I was going to pull off and get towed but decided being on the side of I-95 was too scary and instead drove ,despite the failure. I went 5mph and made it home . The next morning the brakes were miraculously working fine. Now I am too scared to drive the car and have read of others that spent tons of money without the car being fixed.
I was just about to get onto the freeway on-ramp, when I noticed that the car felt funny. I looked at the dashboard and saw that the abs light and the brake system warning lights. The display read, "check brakes soon" I called a friend for assistance. He added some brake fluid and suggested I bring it to be serviced. I drove home. I called the dealership in the morning and made an appointment to drop the car off as soon as possible. When I started the car in the morning, the lights were off, but I dropped it off at the dealership anyway. The service provider, don, said they couldn't find anything wrong, but they "thought" that it was the master cylinder. They said the brakes looked fine, and if I had any more problems to call back. I left the dealership. Drove around the corner to get onto the freeway and the lights came on again. (5:35pm). I stopped as soon as I could get off the freeway and called don back. He said to bring the car back in the morning and he would look at it again. I brought the car back in the morning 7:15am. The lights were off again. I picked the car up at 5:15 pm and don re-iterated his previous suggestions. I drove the car home, and the lights came back on as I was exiting the free-way. Again, the brakes took more pressure to stop. I called don and asked if there was a payment plan available. He said no. I asked if I replace the master cylinder and the problems persists, what would our next step be? he said essentially that we would address that if that should happen, but that typically one problem may CO-exist with another problem, so until they address the first problem, they may not be aware of the 2nd problem. I also sent an e-mail to the Ford company this afternoon. I asked if Ford has taken any action against the numerous amount of complaints with similar situations as are posted on the internet regarding this issue.
As I was driving down the road, the abs and 4x4 lights started going off, with the abs engaging erratically with no apparent reason due to climate or terrain. I called Ford dealer and they said either the axle or the brake hub would have to be replaced, at the expenses of hundreds of dollars just for the part, and likely hundreds more for labor! I then go online, however, a see a litany of complaints for the Ford Escape Hybrid and Mercury mariner spanning over the course of a decade - all with the exact same description of what I experienced. All the testimonials pointed towards a the faulty design of the tone ring that is used by the abs to gage driving conditions. Apparently, after a few years of driving, it tends to snap! this 5$ - $15 dollar part is then used for and an excuses for a repair that may spill over into thousands of dollars, while not to mention, endangering the driver and passengers of said vehicles. When I asked the dealer if they'd replace only the tone ring, they said they do not stock the tone ring only, but they do stock the brake hub and axle. This is obviously a dangerous manufacturing flaw, one that could put the safety of the driver at risk. I would hope the dot would strongly encourage Ford to correct this calamity by replacing the poorly designed tone ring with something durable, to better reflect the quality of product we'd like to expect from Ford, not to mention a general sense of concern for our wellbeing.
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Driving about 35 and the abs light and anti skid light came on, when at slow speed the car started doing a chugging and then it went on battery. It did this all the way home. I am luckier than most my man is a mechanic an put it on the computer and it stated where the problem was. I also looked online and see hundreds of people complaining about the tone ring. In 5 months my 16 year old will be driving this car full time and now I am real concerned for her safety. Some one recall this tone ring, people are loosing brakes!!!!.
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the abs warning light illuminated and the brakes would not respond. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 109,000.
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Driving up to a stop sign when I felt like I had no brake control to stop. I had to depress the pedal as far as I could and prayed that I would stop before the busy intersection. When I came to a stop, the service brake system code came on and chimed. The abs light was lit, along with brake warning. Luckily we were only a few blocks from the house, that we were able to carefully make it back home. After taking the vehicle in for a brake system warning before where they diagnosed a faulty wiring harness and replaced at my expense. Now that we were able to get the vehicle to the dealership they have stated that the hydraulic control unit was a problem and possibility of the master cylinder. All this at a cost of $4500+ parts and labor. After just finishing paying off the vehicle loan we own a vehicle that doesn't stop. Had I crashed the vehicle I'd only be out my deductible. Thanks Ford! I regret purchasing this vehicle after hearing of other owners experiencing the same issue, with no help from Ford on repairing a device thats meant to provide safety.
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the abs warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact tried to apply the brakes but to no avail. The contact had to use the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was shut off and restarted however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 80,000. The VIN was unavailable.
This is my second submission. This morning while driving to work the abs light came on along with a "check brake system" message and "regen brakes disabled". In the past when this happened I still had brakes but had to mash them down to get the vehicle to stop. This morning I was unable to stop the vehicle. My vehicle then went off the road and into a drainage ditch. The vehicle needed to by lynched out and towed to the dealership. I am thankful that I was only going about 30mph and ended up in a ditch rather than a busy intersection. This is a serious issue and I don't ever want to drive that vehicle again. I have 2 small children who I am thankful were not with me.
I was leaving the parking lot at my office and "service brake system" "service 4x4" and abs light all come on. It appears to be split tone ring - a well known issue with Ford Escape Hybrid if you search with google.
While driving my 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, the warning chime sounded, "service brakes" flashed on the display, and I lost almost all of my braking power as I was coming up on a stop sign. I was barely able to stop. Later, after the car was turned off, the brakes were restored. This has occured several times in the last week. Each time I start the car, all is ok, as I accellerate, there is a clunk as if the engine wants to stall but keeps going due to momentum. A scan of system faults shows breaks all ok. I drive the car a few mile and the abs light comes on and the check breaks light comes on and stays on. Car still seems to run fine with abs light and check breaks indicator. But soft brakes are very woorysome.
Standard day driving. Get in the vehicle start as normal. Drive 25 feet down the road, small hesitation, resistance to go forward for a moment. Abs light illuminates, warning beep occurs. Vehicle drives odd, brakes are weaker than normal. Service abs system illuminates on center panel. Moments later, service 4x4 system illuminates as another small hesitation resistance to roll occurs. Vehicle drives 'ok' but different. Drove it home safely from that moment.
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid. The contact was traveling 50 mph when the abs warning light illuminated. The contact applied the brakes and there was a reduction of 80% braking power. The contact referenced technical service bulletin 10024326 (service brake: control unit module) and believed the failure to be the same. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 81,000. Updated 4/4/11 the repair shop installed a master cylinder. Updated 05/23/11.
The tone ring on the front passenger side split creating a pulsating sensation similar to the abs pulsating-however the abs warning light doesn't engage the stability sensor flashes for as long as the pulsating occurs. This only occurs while decelerating no matter what speed. I had the issue fixed. Then the issue appeared again in March 2013. I again took it to be fixed and after the mechanic replaced the cv axle and ring the issue still wasn't corrected and currently being investigated further. This issue is an annoyance and uncomfortable for any passengers riding in the vehicle that experiences this issue. The out of pocket costs associated with this problem are not 'cheap. ' Ford should address and provide a remedy to this problem that doesn't cause undue financial hardship to the owner.
While driving the "service brake system" light came on. Abs light also came on and the brake pedal did not respond normally and car pulled hard to the left when braking. When can was turned off and back on the abs light was off but the problem has recurred 2 more times. Car was taken to the dealership and was diagnosed with faulty master brake cylinder sensor.
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the abs warning light illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who informed the contact that they were unable to perform a full diagnosis and was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 54,000 and the current mileage was approximately 59,000.
Brakes serviced on 07/12/10 certified ok. Abs light on 07/21/10. Sheehy Ford; springfield, va service manager states, "not our fault your fault!" SUV has extended service warranty and vip member. Brakes certified as safe are unsafe.
I own a 07 Ford escape with 30,000 mile on it. Last week the abs brake system engaging when there is no need for it to. When stopping the vehicle on Jan. 28 2010 the vehicle began to buck badly. After stopping again at the next stop it bucked once more, as I drove off the abs light came on and the message center list both "service brake system" and service 4x4 system" I took the car to the dealership on Jan 29 and was told that the abs system tone ring for the left front wheel was defective and needed to be replace (cost $325. 00) I have found on the internet that this seem to be a common replacement part on Ford and Mercury of this model and year. I feel this is a problem that Ford should be recalling. (the dealership kept the old part).
My 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid have 140,000 miles on it for the past 3 weeks the abs light and the red triangle stop the car safely come on when I start the cat. I pull over shut the car off restart and all is well until the next time.
Ford Escape Hybrid 2008 check brake system message with abs lights on then got regen brakes disabled when pressing brake pedal prior to taking out of park. 41438 miles (just out of warranty of course) and just experience no brakes when I backed out. I called the service desk and they claimed they never heard of any issues with regen brakes on my car or recalls. . Read more...
Brake system failure on 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid: highway driving, no braking during failure - abs light comes on with "service brake system" message on console. Took to dealer where they "diagnosed" master cylinder failure. Replaced master cylinder. 06 July 09 brake system failure on 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid: normal city driving under 35mph abs light comes on with "service brake system" message on console.
Complete brake failure. First time it occurred was on the interstate - 65 miles an hour and the brake light and the abs light came on and there was a beep. There were then no brakes at all. Luckily, I was able to get to the side of the road and coast to a stop. Turned off the truck and started it again and it had brakes. On this last incident, the same thing in the same order happened. Thankfully, my wife was able to get the vehicle to coast to a stop without hitting anyone or anything. This problem is very dangerous. It is intermittent thus making it hard to diagnose.
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|Brake Light On problems||
|Service Brakes problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||
|Brake Abs Warning Light problems||
|Brake Master Cylinder problems||
|Abs Brake Fail problems||
|Brake Antilock Control Unit/module problems||
|Brake Electric Antilock problems||
|Brake Antilock Wheel Speed Sensor problems||
|Brake Sensor problems||