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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Escort brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 122001

(reported on)


  • miles


Front brake caliper freezes, half of pads is being applied to rotors, resulting in premature wearing of rotors.

- Kings Park, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 202000


  • miles
Consumer took vehicle to dealer to have it checked. Dealer discovered that steering/ brakes squeaked.

- Cabo Rojo, PR, USA

problem #3

Dec 201999

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving & then applying brakes, would hear a knocking noise. Been to dealership & mechanic replaced calipers. Currently when applying brakes they would stick & make grinding noises when traveling between 30-55mph. Then after a while noise would stop. Taking vehicle back again to dealership to have mechanic check.

- Washington, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 281998


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Brakes discs worn out.

- Santa Barb, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 031998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying brakes right front wheel grinds. This happens under any kind of braking situation. Brake pads and shoes have been replaced and rotors turned. This helped to correct the problem for about 500 miles, and then problem started over again. This is the fourth time the vehicle will be serviced for the same problem.

- Brighton, MI, USA

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