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08 Ford Escape Front Brakes Locking Up
Just as the title says. Background: couple months ago son in fastfood drive thru where naturally one must "ride" the brakes while waiting in line. Pays for chow goes to leave, front brakes locked up solid. He was able to limp it home since only about 4 miles from home but was a long 4 miles as when occurs naturally the engine is fighting the locked up brakes and at 20mph it revs out around 6k rpm, not good in of itself! Was very intermittent at first primarily occurring naturally in a heavy braking environment like city driving. Tells me heat is the motivating factor simply because now that it is summer, even though the vehicle has sat overnite, when get in it first thing in the morning, and the outside ambient temp was in this occurrence 99deg with a heat index of 106, simple depressing the peddle to put the vehicle in to gear locked the front brakes up solid. The wife, against my orders, snuck the vehicle out couple days ago to go to town, this case 40 miles away and got stuck in said town coz the brakes locked up. So had no choice but to take to a garage that was only a block away. IAW that guy both front rubber brakes lines were collapsed. Weirder things have happened but have a hard time believing "both" collapsed simultaneously. Positive is but a band-aid fix and the issue will reoccur. Now Ford Tech Assist knows full well about HCU (hydraulic control unit) problems, ABS problems from their pisspoor tone rings all the way up to the module overheating itself placing the vehicle in to ABS mode when simply driving down the road. Master Cyl cap leaks causing fluid to get on to the module connectors causing a slew of problems, etc. (that they've actually issued a recall on "some" affected models at least). I have been in the auto svc industry for over 20 years since military service and have worked in GM dealer shops from tech to service writer to foreman to service mgr. I'm putting this out there coz people need to know as much info as possible especially in the wake of a rash of OEM's finally getting held accountable for confirmed safety issues that have cost human lives, can anyone say General Motors, Toyota, and especially right now Ford with vehicles burning down & rolling over easily? The all mighty dollar rules the day with auto manufacturers same as any other large corporation, human lives be damned as far as they're concerned. Will update the progress of this 2008 Ford Escape brake issue. Please don't tell me to R/R the pads! Gimme a brake, pun intended. Pretty sure what the true culprit is, just need more time with the poj. Vehicle doesn't go in to ABS mode while driving down the road for no good reason because of a bad caliper, brake line, master cyl, etc. which is another thing it's doing. Like I said will update when get more info. Thanks