Ford Escape Hybrid owners have reported 43 problems related to brake abs warning light (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 Hybrid based on all problems reported for the Escape Hybrid.
The abs light comes on, and after driving it for a few minutes, the brakes completely do not work. After bringing it to a Ford dealership, the part itself is about $5,000 not including labor. (hydrocolic control unit). They didnt recommend fixing it because of how expensive it is. I still owe $5,000 so im stuck paying for a part that is worth more then the car itself.
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Abs light will randomly appear and my brakes will stop working! I took it into a mechanic and he said that I need a replacement master cylinder. The brake travel sensor is the problem and from what I've read, most people with this car have this same problem. Ford refuses to acknowledge this safety hazard. It is obviously a manufacturing problem. The problem will occur again and again while driving. Lights come on. Brakes stop working.
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My problem with this vehicles brakes is similar to other complaints I have seen on this forum. Sometimes I have no problem with the brakes, but about half the time after staring the car the abs light comes on allong with regen brakes not working and to get the vehicle to stop requires stomping break pedal to the floor. When it first happened it almost caused me to roll past a stop sign and into on coming traffic. It is obviously a serious safety issue if the brakes randomly stop working. The repair shop of course could not duplicate the problem as the brakes were working fine then. Most likely though, the culprit is in the hydraulic braking system, hence the 'regen braking' note that comes on.
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Abs light came on and dash said regen brakes disabled. There was no power brakes and car had a very hard time stopping and narrowly missed hitting the car in front of me. Took it to a shop and it needs abs pump which costs over $7000 to replace.
I bought a 10 year old 2006 Escape Hybrid with 73,000 miles. After 4,000 mile the abs light would go on and the brakes would go into manual mode and the warning lights read check brake system and regen disenaged. After restarting the car the problem would go away. This would happen when the vehicle was moving at various speeds. The car still did stop with more brake pressure. We brought it to the dealer and they reset the error codes and gave us back the car. They stated this was per the Ford corporate standards and they could not find anything wrong with the brakes despite the error codes. About 6 weeks later the problem happened again and kept happening. However, this time the brake pedal is soft and we are not confident it will stop every time as it did before. We brought it back to the dealer. Now Ford has diagnosed an issue with the master cylinder, hcu and abs computer all need to be replaced for $8100 (I only paid $7500 for the car). Since Ford are the only ones that can calibrate the abs computer we cannot get the repair cheaper elsewhere. Ford will do nothing because it is out of the warranty period.
My awd 2008 Ford Escape Hybridv, with around 64,000 miles, started having braking problems, when the brake and abs cluster lights turned on when the car started. When I shift into any gear, the "regen brake disabled" warning comes on. I tried to revers at 5 mph and the car would barely brake. I was able to brake, but the brakes were spongy, veering to the left slightly. I went to a local auto shop and they scanned for any error codes. I received the following: c1524 brake pedal sensor cal. Incomplete, c1480 r/f brake pressure control malf. , c1313 brake hydraulic press. Transducer malf. , p0685 eng. Control module power relay control, and u0418 invalid data rcvd from control module. My cousin was able to clear the codes to see if we restarted the car and deove around if the same errors would pop back up and they did. I have read online where thousands, if not more, were having the same hydraulic/braking problems that could cost upwards of $5000 to fix. Some even reported that replacing the master cylinder didnt fix the problem. I have personally had two occassions where my car would barely stop no matter how hard I pressed down on the brake pedal. Also, when my vehicle is turned off, with the key taken out, the right front brake module or censor is emitting a high-pitched hum for several minutes when nothing is turned on. Please investigate this issue further as it seems like a very common issue with similar year model hybrids.
The abs light and "regen brake failure" warning lights go on and vehicle is almost impossible to stop.
I was driving around town and all of a sudden the brake pedal wouldn't go down, I tried again and the regenerative braking wasn't working, only felt about half power brakes. The abs light came on and a red light that said check braking system. I pulled over and turned the car off. Restarted the car back to normal.
Abs light comes on. Brakes are loose. Happened now more than 10 times. We just pull over the side and turn off the car. Start again and brakes work fine for a while. This is an scary car. I use to drive my kids around.
When driving, abs light goes on, check brake system shown on dashboard panel, when I slow down (very slow, like in a parking lot) I can feel something underneath the car engage, and then the abs light warning go out.
Was driving the vehicle and after applying the brakes. The abs warning light came on, plus the information display indicated "check brake system" and "regen brake disabled". I was still able to brake, but needed to apply more pressure to stop and there was a new noise when I depressed the brakes. I took the vehicle to my local Ford dealer, the service associate took it for a test drive and noticed the noise and need for extra pressure on the brakes. After the technician had checked the vehicle they indicated that I needed a new hcu unit and the estimated cost was $5,200+.
Abs light on, very weak and diminished braking power, almost not stopping, vehicle was off, then noticed upon startup, 123k miles on vehicle, Ford states it could be up to a $5k repair which far exceedes the value of this vehicle, suspect part is the hcu hydraulic control unit which pressurizes the break system before start up, also noticed this pump isn't coming on anymore, Ford says they won't cover anything of repair, no more Fords or chevy's for me!, you have to kill at least 125 people before they will recall anything just like the $2. 25 ignition key recall, what about the 180+ people Fords pinto exploding fuel tanks, because of break away fuel necks, lives aren't worth $8ea, to install the rubber bladder are they?, thanks for making another throw away car just like the chevy vega, now Ford has another to add to pinto, edsel, maverick? where did they go? which one's next? don't buy hybrid, not good technolgy, doesnt even get very good mileage , 26? is all I got!, thanks again Ford motors, hope henry is rolling over in heaven for your idiot engineers that would design a system that is beyond economical sense to repair. !!!.
See all problems of the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid.
When applying brakes pedal has to be pressed all the way to the floor and the car continues to move forward almost causing an accident. At this point the abs light comes on.
Intermittent loss of braking over the past 12 months, with the 3rd occurrence resulting in a collision on June 28, 2016 on a city street. Vehicle has had intermittent brake and abs warning lights with no diagnostic codes, and warning lights eventually reset with no additional action taken. Brake system has been serviced several times without resolution.
The car was stationary on may 7th 2016 abs warning light came on and flashed after starting vehicle. My daughter took to Ford dealer in maryville TN they said needs complete braking system replaced at a cost of $4,349. 08. Considering I had the Ford dealer in madison, OH check vehicle from top to bottom (safety check) in Jan. 2016 they replaced the front rotors & brake shoes and deemed everything else in perfect condition. Anyway car was taken to a dealer in carey nc they said needs complete braking system replaced at a cost of $4,800. After researching I have found (hundreds) of people in my situation describing exactly the same issues! shame on Ford for not allowing a recall! I cant afford the pricey repairs and can't afford another car! so sorry I replaced a Honda civic with 239,000 miles with this hunk of junk Escape Hybrid!!!! this is a huge safety issue that can have a terrible outcome.
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.
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.
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.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Brake Light On problems||
|Service Brakes problems||
|Brake Abs Warning Light problems||
|Brakes Failed problems||
|Brake Master Cylinder problems||
|Abs Brake Fail problems||
|Brake Antilock Control Unit/module problems||
|Brake Sensor problems||
|Brake Antilock Wheel Speed Sensor problems||
|Brake Disc Caliper problems||