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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,175 miles

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2008 Ford Escape brakes problems

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #52

Jul 052018


  • 135,000 miles


My 2008 Ford Escape hybrid would not stop with both feet pushing to the floor. Check brake system and regen brake disabled as my car hit the car in front of me. This could have been much worse for both me and the vehicle in front of me. I'm also a biker and I could have killed someone on a bike or a pedestrian. This is very scary and the fact that I was unaware this is a known issue, I had no idea what just happened and why. I have four Ford and now I'm concerned to drive them.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #51

May 242018


  • miles
Ok as I was making a right turn off the highway I felt my steering wheel tighing up to point I have to a make sudden stop because of the loss steering.look it the message center lost message showing passages air bag off. Showing check brake system.showing battery light on lost thing going message center.

- Meridianville, AL, USA

problem #50

May 032018


  • 150,000 miles
When the vehicle was started, there was an unusual motor-like sound for a second-or-so coming from the front of the vehicle. The ABS light and the parking brake light came on even though the parking brake was not engaged. The brake pedal had a spongy feel and the brakes were very ineffective. Applying the brakes caused the right-front corner of the vehicle to dive. Heavy application of the brakes caused the right-front tire to skid. It appeared that only the right-front brakes were working. When the vehicle was turned off, a high-pitched noise continued to come from the engine compartment. After turning the ignition on and off a few times, the high-pitched sound had ceased. After that, a driving test showed that the brakes had returned to working normally. This entire scenario has occurred multiple times.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #49

Apr 122018


  • 151,633 miles


Without any warning the ABS and traction control lights came on the dash and the car acted like it was sliding on ice and the ABS system was working on clear roadway. When trying to take back off after stopping the car it felt like the car lost power. Shut the car down and it started working correctly, but it is an intermittent problem, and has happened three more times since it first happened the day before. Just test driving the car in the neighborhood the ABS system feels like it is engaging on clear roads.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #48

Apr 112018


  • 80,000 miles
Warning icon appears on dash for ABS. Message says "check brake system", then "regen braking disabled". brakes are very ineffective, requires lots of pressure to stop. Increase in electronics clicks from under the hood when starting the car. There is also a continuous high pitched noise from under the hood, like an electronic alarm at very low volume. After topping off brake fluid, problem went away for a few weeks, but it showed up again when I started the car tonight.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #47

Sep 012017


  • miles
2008 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to issue with ABS tone ring. The consumer stated the dealer was notified, but did not offer any assistance.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #46

Jan 262018


  • 148,000 miles


The contact owned a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving 25 mph, the brake pedal was depressed to the floorboard, but the brakes failed to respond. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of a Volkswagen vehicle. The driver's side air bag deployed. The contact sustained injuries to the hands, neck, and forearm. The contact also sustained a whiplash, which did not require medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic and deemed a total loss. The local dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and opened case number: Cas14048964. The contact was referred to NHTSA. The failure mileage was approximately 148,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #45

Oct 202017


  • 104,500 miles
Daughter was driving home from her teaching position in marshalltown ia to ankeny ia. She called me frantic because her brakes failed. Pedal went all the way to the floor and the car would not stop called a tow truck and the vehicle went to tires plus in ankeny. They recommended an ABS brake bleed per some tsps they received from Ford. While waiting for the daughter started her car several times and the brakes recovered. By the time the tow truck arrived the brakes were working fine. This happened in Dec 2016 as well

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #44

Dec 152016


  • 71,101 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving 25 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and traveled to the floorboard. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to haldeman Ford (607 NJ-33, trenton, NJ 08619, (800) 939-6659) to be diagnosed, but the mechanic was unable to retrieve a fault code or duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 71,101.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #43

Sep 062017


  • 118,000 miles
I was dropping my child off at school. I put my vehicle in park and when I pulled out and went to use my brake the pedal went to the floor and the pedal vibrated like ABS was engaged. I was able to stop but it was very slowly. I was going under 10 mph.when I started to drive again my ABS and traction control lights came on and you could hear the sound of the traction control being engaged. I had to stop two more times on my way home and was able to do so by driving only 5 mph with my four ways on. The traction control sound was intermittent and the vehicle would not accelerate properly. The brake pedal continued to go to the floor and vibrate. The brakes continued to not work properly and make sounds. I was only 1 mile from home and was able to get home without an accident. This happened in a residential area while I was making a short trip under 3 miles both ways. It happened right after I put the vehicle in drive and pulled out. After doing some reasearch this appears to be a common problem with the hydraulic braking system. I was very lucky that I was not involved in accident and that I was driving slow at the time. I just dropped my child off at school. Had this occurred at another time we could have been seriously injured or killed as well as anyone else that may have been involved. I have called the Ford dealership today to have my vehicle looked at and am waiting to hear back from them. Since this is a common and serious problem I feel that Ford should take responsibility and issue a recall on this before someone is killed.

- Orwigsburg, PA, USA

problem #42

Mar 212017


  • 155,000 miles


Hit brakes hard and ABS hydraulic control unit failed, two inches from very bad wreck that could have killed people.

- Smithfield, NC, USA

problem #41

Apr 152017


  • 86,812 miles
ABS system causes brakes to lock up.not all the time. Never know when it will happen.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #40

Feb 012017


  • 140,000 miles
When trying to brake the brake petal goes all the way to the floor. Took my vehicle in for service and repair. After spending hundreds of dollars for a new master cylinder, rotors, calibers, brake pads bleeding if the brakes multiple times we were then told that the ABS module had two valves stuck in the open position. This part should last the lifetime of the car and there have been several complaints to Ford about this safety issue with this make and module. Ford needs a to do he right thing and do a recall on their ABS module.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #39

Mar 142017


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph and when the contact attempted to apply the brake pedal, the brake pedal required excessive force in order to respond. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #38

Feb 032017


  • 88,000 miles
Continual brake failure.. brake pedal goes to floor. Will stop after reapplied but will feel mushy! had master cylinder, one wheel cylinder replaced and they lasted a few weeks with same scenario happening again! local brake specialty shop can't get to the bottom of problem! Ford should have recall to get to bottom of this problem before someone gets hurt or killed.

- Tupelo, MS, USA

problem #37

Jan 132017

Escape 4-cyl

  • 180,000 miles
Front brake line kink or compressed and would not fully release brake while driving. Brake superheated. Needed tow replaced both front brake lines.

- Davidsonville, MD, USA

problem #36

Jan 132017


  • 150,250 miles
The ABS light and brake light appeared on the instrument panel while driving on a state highway. Check brake system light appeared as a digital read out on the instrument panel. Turned off the engine believing it to be a 'reset' issue. The ABS light and brake light did not come on again. Two days later, upon backing up these lights appeared again on the instrument panel. Called local Ford dealership to determine the problem. Dealership performed ABS selftest and got code C1313-ao and U2023-A0. The codes indicated that the hcu (hydraulic control unit) required replacement. Dealership quoted $5,900 repair cost to replace hcu sensor. The dealership did not caution us to not drive the car and we remain concerned about safe driving. He said, "the brakes will get mushy and we will eventually losing braking power." Checked Ford website to determine whether a recall for this safety issue had been posted. No recall by Ford noted at this time. A review of online posts indicates that many Escape hybrid owners have encountered the same problem and highway safety is concerning to owners.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #35

Sep 142016


  • 260,000 miles
While breaking hard on rough road the breaks will loose pressure and go soft. They will eventually return to normal after a few times after the car is restarted.

- Brighton, TN, USA

problem #34

Dec 232016


  • 137,000 miles
ABS control module / hydraulic control unit hcu has gone out on my 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. It has left me with very little braking ability. If this was to happen on the hwy it could have been catastrophic. It is a $6,000 repair and it apparently requires a full replacement of the $4,000 part, the ABS control module / hcu. Ford needs to take ownership of this issue and correct the problem with their faulty hcus in these cars!

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #33

Oct 062016


  • 235,000 miles
Was driving the vehicle and after applying the brakes. The ABS warning light came on, plus the information display indicated "check brake system" and "regen brake disabled". I was still able to brake, but needed to apply more pressure to stop and there was a new noise when I depressed the brakes. I took the vehicle to my local Ford dealer, after the technician had checked the vehicle they indicated that I needed a new hcu unit and the estimated cost was $5,200+

- Gilroy, CA, USA

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