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Ford Escape Hybrid Brake Problems

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  • I've had my Escape Hybrid since Nov of '04. Several months after buying it the car was making a horrible noise. I took the car into the shop and their hybrid mechanic came driving with me. He thought it was a problem with the rear braking system. He took it in and cleaned the brakes and pads, etc. It was only a temporary fix. I had the car in the shop last week for the same noise. This time they replaced all the rear tire componotes. Unfortunately it's started making the noise again. I just got off the phone with the shop and they are going to call Ford's Hybrid line...Is anyone else having problems? The noise is a high pitched noise that comes and goes when it wants and seems to only happen when I make right turns.

  • stevewastevewa Posts: 203
    My suspicion is this is not being caused by the rear disk brakes, but rather by the "drum in hat" parking brakes. I've had it happen a couple of times, on the second occurance I was able to silence it with a quick pull and release of the parking brake handle.

    I believe Ford may have a TSB out on the parking brakes in rear-disk equipped '05 Escapes (all the 4wd models have rear disks in '05).
  • Hi

    I have had scary brake noises coming from the driver's side rear wheel. A high pitched repeating squeal - mpore noticeable at lower speeds. The breaks were reground (car was 2 months old). This solved the problem for about 2 days. Rhe noise started again. The service manager heard the noise - then I has to go to work. When the car was moved to be serviced the noise mysteriously vanished and they didn't do anything. Luckily the noise hasn;t come back. However I do continue to hear a low pitch nopise that I am assuming is the car re charging? Any thoughts.

    Also I am underwhelmed witht my mileage.
  • stevewastevewa Posts: 203
    I've had that squeal. Next time it happens try pulling up on your parking brake handle (hold the button in) and quickly release it again. The problem appears to be the parking brake shoes hanging up.
  • I have my Hybrid in the shop right now for this same brake noise...a very loud intermittant squeaking from the rear tires at slow speeds. I'd appreciate any info on how your problem was resolved as so far my local dealer is clueless.

    Also, has anyone experienced this problem...I made an appointment with the dealer for service and dropped it off at the appointed time. The dealer called later in the day and told me that the "one Hybrid mechanic" had not shown up that day and that I'd just have to wait for him to come back to get the car serviced. Meanwhile, I have no car and they're not offering to pony up for a rental.
  • I just got back my 2005 hybrid escape after taking it in 5 times in 2 months. The ford dealership just put in a new master cylinder and hopes this will take care of the problem. This is not my 1st problem with this car. It kept stalling when driving and they had to reprocess the computer system. When is a car a lemon??
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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,845
    When is a car a lemon??

    Each state has different laws. The main thing is document every visit and keep all paper work. It is not as easy as you may think to get rid of a lemon.
  • I've had my Escape Hybrid for one month as of August 30 and have experienced a high pitched squeal on two occasions, both times as I was returning home after extensive highway driving (1.5 hours and 5 hours); the squealing occurred as I was travelling more slowly (approximately 40-50km/hr) in a residential neighbourhood and was not breaking. It would seem to be heat-related and not associated with the act of braking. I have not had it into the shop yet for initial servicing so cannot comment on dealership's ability to cope with the problem.

    My gas consumption is 8.0 L per 100km; how is that comparing with others real life experiences?
  • I have had my 2007 Escape Hybrid for 2 months and have had no problems so far. In fact, I think the brakes are excellent. They saved me from a potential accident yesterday! Best of luck.
  • raewynraewyn Posts: 5
    Brake Failure

    Yesterday as I was driving at 40 miles an hour on a commerical strip the brake warning light on our 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid suddenly flashed at the same time that the brakes completely failed. Just missed a number of cars but was able to get into a parking lot, shift to low, and run uphill into a curb. 45 minutes later no light and the brakes were working fine. The dealer is baffled. Anyone else with experience with this. I'm wondering if it has any relation to the catasrophic brake failure of the Mercury mentioned above.

  • testestestes Posts: 13
    Hard to diagnose It could be a similar issue. My problem turned out to be a combination of the Smart Junction Box and they replaced the master cylinder as well. I have not had any recent problems. I am up to 8300 miles and doing fine. My last issue was the warning light that sporadically turned on, and it turned out to be the hydraulic system had not been properly bled. Have your mechanics reach out to the Mercury Dealership in Shrewsbury, MA service department. Tell them Tillman sent you. These guys are top of the line and they have authored service bulletins on the Hybrid from the experiences with my MMH.
  • raewynraewyn Posts: 5
    Thanks for the suggestion to go to the folks in MA. I real lifeline to try as two days in the mechanics here in CA are baffled. They seem to be stumped that they can't get the computer codes to reveal anything.
  • I had the exact same problem this week in a new 2007 model with less than 2000 miles on it. Barely made it to the side of the road TOTAL brake failure. Dealer says the computer failed. Waiting on a back ordered part at this stage, but to tell you the truth, I'm not sure I want to drive the thing again. Anyone know of a recall? Or a way to bring this to Ford's attention nationall?
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757

  • Thanks so much. I'm sorry you've had the same problem but its great to know I'm not the only one. Could you tell me which part you are ordering and which dealer has your car. Perhaps my dealer here in Santa Barbara will call them and get the lowdown on this problem. I'm going to pursue the website at safergov as well to see how we get to Ford national.
  • Yes. I don't have the name of the part but they described it as the computer that controls the brakes. It was on backorder and they finally got it in, bled the brake lines, the service manager drove it for a day, everything fine. It's Lou Sobh Ford in Decatur, Ga, and the service manager is Billy. Have you approached your dealer about replacing the vehicle? I'm starting to think we will. I can't put kids in that car any more, too shaken, and get this... we got the car back yesterday after 1.5 weeks waiting on this part--- and I'm on my way to work at 6am and the brake light comes on again and the service brake light. This time, however, the brakes did not fail. But it's clear we still have a problem. I'll have to get it in there again after Thanksgiving. This is horrifying. Please feel free to email me directly if you want more info on the
  • dsteakdsteak Posts: 18
    i've had my escape for 18 months. i have the squeaking problem, but also, the other day the "service brakes" message popped up and the brake warning light came on. i took it in, and they claim there's no information in the car's computer regarding this message, so it probably didn't happen. i had the car serviced, and drove it home. the next day, the message came on again along with the warning light. when they serviced my car, they said the brakes are fine. anyone else have this issue?
  • testestestes Posts: 13
    I had the exact same problem after they replaced my braking system... It turns out you have to bleed the brakes 100% (99.5% will not work) or the light keeps coming on. Have them call the tech at Sentry West Lincoln in Shrewsbury, MA. They can tell them all about it. Good luck.
  • dsteakdsteak Posts: 18
    Thanks for your response. Did this ultimately fix the problem? My dealer won't call Sentry, saying they're not allowed, they have to go through Ford engineering, who apparantly don't know how to fix this?

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