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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
108,463 miles

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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid brakes problems

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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #27

Apr 222014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 915,340 miles


Driving home from work I was pulling up to a stop sign and my foot went to the floor, after driving thru the intersection, luckily no cars were coming, I pulled over and the ABS light and parking brake light was on, I shut the car off waited 10 minutes started it back up and the brakes worked this has happened on and off a half of dozen times now. Dealer quoted me $4659 to fix master cylinder, this is a serious problem id be surprised if no one hasn't got hurt because of this.

- Clinton, WA, USA

problem #26

Apr 042015

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 114,936 miles
Went shopping on a Saturday, 4/4/15. Came out to my car and started it. ABS light and brake light came on, along with messages stating, "service brakes soon" and "regen brakes disabled". brakes were sensitive and unpredictable, but car didn't need any extra effort to stop. Hydraulic control unit made noise when applying brakes, like a stripped gear sound. Took car to a reputable mechanic with an updated modis. Checked codes and came up with a dozen codes. ( P1A0D, P1A0E, P1A0F, P1A10, P1A14, U0418, C1321, U2023, C1475, B2172, P0A0A, P1A0A) also, when he tried to get certain tests to work, these errors came up: (an error occurred 34 (0X22) [#155] (manual msg - Ford (can) hybrid brake system air bleed check) (test has aborted error 22 - conditions not correct. Cycle key and retry.) after doing these tasks and not being able to complete them, any assistance towards braking was gone. The car reverted to fail safe mode and required much more effort to stop. It took the mechanic much more time and persistence, but he was finally able to go through his tests and cleared the codes and reset the brake system. As of now, everything works as it should. There's only one problem. Nothing was actually a confirmed fix. The is no guarantee the braking system won't give out again. I'm more than certain it will and I don't like taking chances with my vehicle. Judging how other hybrid escape owners have reported on this problem, I guess I feel a little lucky the brakes didn't give out while driving. Yet. Who knows when they will and what will happen when they do. I cannot afford to fix this problem, as I've heard it's over $4000. I also cannot sell it as-is in good conscience. I am at a loss here as I agree with others that this is a major safety concern and something should be done way before something tragic happens.

- Dallas, PA, USA

problem #25

Feb 022015

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Often when starting my car, the ABS light and brake light comes on and a message says regen brakes disabled. The brakes are weak when driving in this state. When I turn the car off and back on, the error usually goes away and the brakes work normally. Occasionally, the error occurs while driving and the brakes get weak, and I pull over and turn car off and on to clear the error. It has been happening with increasing frequency. The dealer had never heard of the problem and said the diagnostic codes did not give clear action for fixing it. The dealer replaced the brake pads and rotors for $850 but the error continued. Now they recommend replacing the entire ABS module and hydraulic control unit for $5200. I have seen many other complaints describing this dangerous defect. I think Ford should issue a recall or offer some payment for this expensive repair.

- Richmond Heights, MO, USA

problem #24

Jan 202015

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 95,500 miles


The hydraulic control unit failed on my vehicle. This seems to be an issue that has arisen with a great deal of owners of Ford Escape hybrids over the last several years. I had to have the entire hcu system replaced at a Ford dealership service department. As it was not covered by warranty, nor considered by the company to be an issue deserving of a recall, I had to pay out of pocket for the entire thing, which totaled $4,863 (and it took five days to get the work completed). I also had to pay to rent a car for the several days it took to get the part and perform the work, which was another $200. Due to the high cost of this repair and the frequency with which it is affecting consumers, I believe that this issue should become a recall and people should be reimbursed for the repairs they have had to make.

- Dunedin, FL, USA

problem #23

Mar 102014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 64,481 miles
My dashboard displayed an ABS symbol in March 2014. The brakes became erratic and I had the car diagnosed for a problem. The mechanic found a broken and loose ABS tone ring on the driver side front wheel axle. The tone ring and wheel axle were replaced at my expense. Then, in February 2015, my dashboard displayed another ABS symbol. Again, I had the car diagnosed and the mechanic found another broken and loose tone ring. This time it was on the passenger side front wheel axle. Again, repair was done at my expense. These problems are a safety issue for the braking system and I contacted Ford Motor Company to request assistance and compensation from them. They would not provide any assistance for these problems since they are not covered by any recall or warranty program. My car problems should be covered by a recall or safety program from the NHTSA.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #22

Oct 012014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
When braking the vehicle loses regenerative braking and reverts to fail safe mode. Most notably this occurs when coming to a stop at a stop sign/light. Brakes appear to function normally, however at the end of a braking cycle the vehicle loses power to the brakes and the vehicle surges forward. When this happens the stability control dash light quickly flashes on and then off. Also, the gauge that shows power being transferred to the battery stops charging the battery and returns to the normal position pointing straight up. The vehicle is drivable after this occurrence and no warning lights or after effects are known. It may happen at one stop light and not the next. It is an intermittent issue. Sometimes it may do this 2 or 3 times when driving in traffic for 30 minutes or it may not happen at all. My understanding is that this issue is due to a faulty hydraulic control unit. This is a component failure due to faulty design, not due to driver-induced damage or wear.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #21

Sep 062014

Escape Hybrid 4WD 4-cyl

  • 107,000 miles


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 extravagant 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 severely 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.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #20

Jun 052014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
While driving, both the "ABS" and "parking brake" lights came on. As I came to a stop, I noticed the braking became more difficult and I had to push harder to stop completely. At the same time these lights came on, a message came on saying "check brake system", followed by "regen brakes disabled". I bought the vehicle used on May 25, 2014. Since then this has happened numerous times. Also, my brakes, seem to lock up sometimes while driving, making it more difficult to drive. They don't fully lock up, because I am still allowed to speed up. It last for maybe 20 seconds or so and then releases. I am sure all of this is related somehow. I have looked online at many forums and it seems as though this has been a problem on many of the same vehicles with the regen braking system. I am surprised there hasn't been more complaints or any investigations. Since I have had the vehicle for only a few months now, I am not sure if this problem occurred with the previous owner or not. Some of the forums I read, people were saying that trained technicians couldn't even figure out what the problem is. I love my hybrid and I can't afford to get rid of it already and get another vehicle. I can't even really afford to have it sent in to a Ford dealership to have it looked at and worked on. What are my options" can someone please look into this? can Ford pay for this" I don't know what to do. I am afraid that someday the brakes will fail and I could be injured, as well as my family. Please help!!!!

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #19

Aug 082014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
A warning came on letting us know the brake system failed. The car was difficult to control as the pedal went to the floor and had to be pulled up and depressed again to fully stop vehicle. We were fortunately only a few blocks from the dealer and were able to drive the car in. We are waiting for the full diagnosis. The initial report was that the hcu failed and the dealer is trying to determine if another part is contributing to the issue. They want to be sure that the hcu is in fact the issue before they replace a $5,000 part under warranty.

- N. Potomac, MD, USA

problem #18

Jul 232014

Escape Hybrid

  • 70,000 miles
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.

- Norfolk , VA, USA

problem #17

Apr 302013

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


When coming to a stop the car jerked/pulsates and ABS indicator blinked. The problem is continuous. This seems to be a common problem with Ford based on internet research.

- Hawthorn Woods, IL, USA

problem #16

Feb 252014

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
I have a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid in excellent condition with approximately 34,000 miles on it with a history of no accidents and well kept maintenance. However, this morning with no notice the brake ABS indicator lite up with a warning "regen braked disable" and "check brake system message center" for which I drove it directly to the Ford dealership. One hour later and two codes I have never heard of C-1475 and C-1312 and an estimate of $5400 for the repair left me in shock. Not under warranty. I don't understand a car barely used in 5 and a half years could have such a major catastrophic problem if it could not be linked to a problem with the manufacturer? I am lucky I was not on the freeway, as the breaks became difficult to use on the way to the dealership. Ford needs to own up to this problem, as there have been many complaints beginning as early as 2005 models. I understand wear and tear on a car is the responsibility of the owner, however, if it is maintained well and even the mechanic has never seen the hcu and ECU go out at the same time, Ford needs to own up to their mistake.

- Newark, CA, USA

problem #15

Nov 222013

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 73,050 miles
ABS light and brake light went on heard a beep and had no brakes what so ever. I eventually stopped by entering the car in to neutral and hitting the emergency brake. Turned the car off and when I turned on again it went away, my mechanic says its going to cost $1200 master cylinder needs to be replaced. I think Ford needs to recall the parts related with this issue since it's safety related.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #14

Oct 012013

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While exiting a state route on a off ramp I was applying brakes on a turn. The brake light, ABS light, check brakes warning came on and I lost all of my brakes. Fault codes that are setting are U2023, C1526, C1477. Ford is aware of this problem and to repair it you must replace the master cylinder $850 and ABS pump assembly $3500.

- Duncannon, PA, USA

problem #13

Jun 182013

Escape Hybrid

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the ABS, brake and regenerative lights all illuminated as the brake pedal became stiff and spongy. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the hydraulic control unit would need to be replaced. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the master cylinder would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 40,000.

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #12

Jan 042011

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • miles
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.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #11

Jul 102013

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 88,886 miles
Same thing that has been happening. I have photos for each incident. ABS lights, check brakes light. And E-brake lights light up. Regen brakes disengaged. I have spoken with [xxx] at future Ford he asked me to bring it in the next time it does it, during business hours since there are no options for after hours. I get off work at 5pm and pick up my kids and by the time that is done there is not time to make it back to dealer. I am making arrangements to have someone else pick up kids so when it happens again tomorrow I can go straight to dealership after work or on my lunch. I also plan on having them check the tone rings. Ford Motor Company says they are unable to help, but have still not addressed my concerns about the number of complaints others have had regarding similar issues. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #10

Jul 092013

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 88,885 miles
I left work. Picked up daughter. Check brake system, ABS, and emergency brake lights came on @ 530pm. Drove to pick up boys from summer program. Get in car. Lights off. 553pm. Put car in reverse. Same lights reappear. 555pm. Regen brakes disabled. Takes pedal to floor to stop and feel pressure of brakes. Car feels like it is in neutral and rolling back on incline unless brakes are all the way applied. Talked to [xxx] at dealership earlier. Said to bring in when lights were on, during business hours. Said that Ford was unable to help due to no warranty. Said it sounded like hcu unit. I asked why this wasn't mentioned at my inspection a week ago. He said it appears to be working fine when they look at it. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Martinez, , CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 082013

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 88,870 miles
Brake warning lights came on again. They have not come on for 2 days, and they are back on. Had car serviced a week earlier. Ford said they can't find anything wrong with brakes, but they "suspect" master cylinder possibly. Internet search yields disturbing information about other Ford Escape hybrid owners having similar issues. Lights seem to occur more on days where temperature is higher.

- Martinez, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 302013

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 88,675 miles
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, [xxx], 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 [xxx] 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 [xxx] 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. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Martinez, CA, USA

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