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Ford Escape, Brakes, SUV
#67 of 128 Stumped mechanic
Mar 23, 2010 (7:36 pm)
My 2004 escapes breaks great if you are driving in reverse...will stop on a dime. Going forward is another story. At slow speeds (under 25mph) it stops just fine any faster there is delayed breaking. After depressing the break pedal all the way if feel vibrating and the breaks just don't seem to grab. It feels like ABS but my mechanic tells me I do not have ABS on my car. My car goes approximately 10-20 ft before it evens feels like it will stop. Had a complete break job approx. 6 months ago, still did not seem right after break in period. Went back to the mechanic who then replaced the master cylinder, no change. Waited again to see if there would be an improvement during a break in period...none.
I took my car back to my mechanic today, explained the continued problem, after checking the break system out completely and replacing the pads, turning the rotors, bleeding the lines, he thought I would be happy. To his disappointment I told him I noticed no change when test driving my car. He is stumped!
If anyone has any ideas please let me know.
#68 of 128 Re: Stumped mechanic [mamastella]
by vg33e power
Mar 24, 2010 (7:25 am)
Are you sure you don't have ABS? It sounds like ABS system acting up. What is the last 8 numbers of your VIN, I will check for you if you have ABS or not for sure.
#69 of 128 Re: Stumped mechanic [vg33e power]
Mar 24, 2010 (8:33 am)
The last 8 numbers of my vin are: 4DA04515
My ABS light does not light up when I start my car which from what I understand could mean that it is either faulty or I do not have ABS.
Thank you for your help.
#70 of 128 Re: Stumped mechanic [mamastella]
by vg33e power
Mar 24, 2010 (9:15 am)
OK, checked your VIN and for sure you don't have ABS. My other suggestion is to have the brake lines bled to get any air in the lines or have a complete flush of the brake system.
Mar 24, 2010 (5:07 pm)
Thank you for checking my vin number. I have had my brake lines bled 3 time in the recent past. 1 when I had the complete break job, 2 when master cylinder was replaced, 3 yesterday after another brake job, and my mechanic checking for any other problems he could find. It is so frustrating.
#72 of 128 Re: Still stumped [mamastella]
by vg33e power
Mar 25, 2010 (7:30 am)
I am sorry that your mechanic cannot find the culprit. Only other components that could possibly be faulty are:
Rt. Ft. Caliper #YL8Z-2V120-ABRM ($99.37)
Lt. Ft. Caliper #YL8Z-2V121-ABRM ($70.30)
Proportioning Valve #YL8Z-2B091-BA ($55.12)
Power Booster #YL8Z-2005-AA ($210.07)
These part numbers are specific to your Escape and those are its MSRP's
#73 of 128 ABS and traction control light
Apr 01, 2010 (5:08 am)
I purchased a 2010 XLT Escape 2 weeks ago. I got all of 13 miles from the dealership when the ABS and Traction control light came on. Once I pulled over, turned off the car, turned it on again and then made a turn the lights went off. This has happened 8 times now. I brought the car back to the dealership for service. THey kept it over night test drove it all over the place and the best they could say was that they had to clear the lights and reset the trac system. Well on my way home the lights came on again! Does anyone have any suggestions?
#74 of 128 2005 ford escape brake problems
Apr 14, 2010 (9:28 pm)
our 2005 ford escape has had the grinding rear brakes we bought it used in '07. we have had them checked many times and told that is 'normal'. we have replaced the front brake pads every six months since buying it due to the pads being wore out. got the brakes and rotors replaced last september. just had them replaced last week (april 2010) due to high pitched noise (not during braking). was told the brakes had 'crystalized'. picked the car up from the mechanic and on the way home still heard squealing. mechanic said wait through 'break in period'. drove the car 20 miles and when got out smelled 'brakes', checked front of the car and no smell. rear brakes we smoking and could smell it really strong. worried that it might catch fire before getting it back to the shop. called the mechanic and he said might let some air out??? wth? a friend said that the back brakes are self adjusting and that i need to drive it in reverse and slam the brakes on a couple of times... doesn't seem safe to me! has anyone had this problem and can i do something about it or should i have it towed to the mechanic?
thank you for any help!
#75 of 128 Re: 2005 ford escape brake problems [tyates]
by vg33e power
Apr 15, 2010 (8:06 am)
If your rear brakes were smoking and strong burnt brake compound was present after parking. Your rear brakes need to get checked out. Sound like the rear brakes are over adjusted or the rear cylinders are seized up open either way your shoes (asuming you have rear drum brakes) are constantly rubbing up against the drum, definately a fire hazard. One way you can check is by jacking up the rear wheels (one at a time) DO NOT put parking brake on and try to spin the wheel. If the wheel does not move then you have what I just mentioned. If the wheel moves from 3/4 to 1 and 1/4 turn, then your rear brakes are fine. Let us know what you find out.
#76 of 128 ford escape
Apr 18, 2010 (11:46 am)
ok, jacked suv up and tried to spin wheel, but only with alot of force. Have disc brakes in back, no springs. Can't see anywhere to adjust brakes? Any other suggestions, or should I take to shop?