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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
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2001 Ford Escort brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Ford Escort Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 122002


  • miles


I was stopping for a traffic light. I slowed down and was coasting to the light. When I pressed down on the brake it made a loud noise and didnT stop. I put my left foot on top of my right foot on the brake and pressed down as hard as I could. It still wouldnT stop. I finally managed to get it into park. It stopped the car inches away from the car in front of me. After the light changed, I sat there not able to move. Finally I had to. I moved a little tested the brakes and they worked. I went to the next light turned off and went shopping to calm down before trying to drive home. I was going to take the car in on mon 8/12/2002 to have it checked. I went to my drS office first. I didnT have my foot on the gas. I had braked the car to slow it down. When I pressed down on the brake that sound started again the car roared and got faster. I was trying to push it into gear, but it hit before I could do it. I reversed it got off the wall. The brakes worked fine. The air bag didnT open up the front is badly damaged the dealer could give an estimate at least 2000 but it will be more. They couldnT find anything wrong with the brakes. That is scary, they are going to fix the body but it will be like a death trap not knowing when the brakes might fail. I was in that car both times. I was not in a hurry; everything was fine until that noise started. I was not going fast both times that it happened the car was coasting I had braked to slow down. Then that loud sound and the car just took over refusing to stop. I was there and I scared me badly. I was there and I scared me badly. Has this happened to some one else"?"

- Alliance, OH, USA

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