hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,583 miles

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2005 Ford Escape Hybrid brakes problems

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2005 Ford Escape Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #18

Dec 182007

Escape Hybrid

  • miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape hybrid. The contact stated that the brake warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times where the brake pads, rotors and sensors were replaced, but the failure was not corrected. The vehicle was then taken to a local mechanic where the contact was advised that the manufacturer had provided a technical service bulletin for the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 140,000.

- Harding Township, NJ, USA

problem #17

Sep 252011

Escape Hybrid 4WD 4-cyl

  • 89,640 miles
The vehicle was parked and would not start. I received warnings on the dash and the information panel stating to slow to a stop and service the brakes. I was able to start the vehicle after disconnecting the battery and everything operated normally. After getting home and running diagnostics everything came back normal. Later that day the vehicle would not start again with the same warnings and it was more and more difficult to get the vehicle working again. I also noticed that the 12V battery seemed to be leaking so I inspected and cleaned it. The next day (Monday) I brought the vehicle to the Ford dealer and explained the problems including the leaking battery. The dealer replaced the 12 V battery under warranty and said my problems should be fixed but they would check for fault codes. The dealer found additional problems with the ABS brake system but could not immediately diagnose the cause. The car was left for another day and eventually I was told that it was most likely the hydraulic control unit (hcu) with was approximately a $4500 part. I have read stories online that this is a fairly common problem with this model year Escape hybrid and Ford is aware of the issue but not doing anything to correct it other than making the owners buy $4500 replacement parts.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #16

Sep 082011

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 133,245 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 $1000 master cylinder needs to be replaced. Thanks Ford for your asupport with this obvious issue you need to address.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #15

May 162011

Escape Hybrid

  • miles


We have owned several good Ford vehicles in the past, up until now. The subject: 2005 Ford Escape hybrid and problems with the ABS. We now understand this is a common recurring problem with this vehicle. The master brake cylinder is defective in what appears to be consistent with all of the Ford's hybrid escort line...due to a design flaw that Ford refuses to recognize. The cost of repairs can range from $1500-4000 and as a consumer's rights advocate I won't hesitate to blow the whistle on this one...my daughter drives this car, and she almost had what would have been a serious if not a fatal accident...;no response from the braking system and it is now in the shop.. and we can't afford for her not to continue to go to college, and we can't afford to buy her a new car. When it comes to safety, Ford should be held accountable...the only response ever from them to anyone else who has had a similar problem, has been a weak apology. What does it take for your organization to initiate a recall or at least a responsible reply from Ford. I can't even feel good about selling this car to anyone else until this defect is resolved. At least Toyota did what they were suppose to when they had the "stuck" acceleration issue...but Ford - an american (?) company that has been around for a long time...with shabbiness like this it's no wonder our technologies being constantly "sold (out)" ) and exported overseas. On behalf of all americans who prefer to purchase usa made products and expect the quality we deserve, I expect a response from you that addresses this horrendous problem that can cause death on the highways, if not already...it surely will in time. How effective and influential is your organization, or is it another facade that has been designed to make us think our safety rights are protected from the flaws of big business when they really a? fortunately, I know several congressmen who will not like to receive a copy of this message but ultimately will.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #14

Mar 272011

Escape Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 126,500 miles
2005 Ford Escape hybrid 127,000 "I-95" miles (it still averages 34.3 mpg) great, reliable, low repair cost vehicle, until recently: Brake warning light and "service brake system" warning appears on dash intermittently. Cavalier Ford in chesapeake, va quoted a repair cost of $3900 to replace the ABS module and hcu module ($3200 parts, $700 labor). After calling around the Norfolk, va area, apparently the hcu module is only available through Ford (what a surprise), and no other repair shop will "touch" our 2005 Ford Escape hybrid to replace the ABS module. Wow, that's great to hear...that means that I'm basically a prisoner to Ford"??"

- Goose Creek, SC, USA

problem #13

Mar 142011

Escape Hybrid

  • 65,000 miles
Service brake sys message on 2005 Ford Escape hybrid along with brake warning light.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #12

Jan 172011

Escape Hybrid

  • 73,940 miles


Master cylinder on 2005 Ford Escape hybrid failed - 73940 miles on car. Mostly city & highway driving - no racing or other kind of driving.

- Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #11

Nov 292010

Escape Hybrid

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape hybrid. The contact stated that while driving, the ABS and brake lights illuminated and the brake pedal extended to the floorboard. The contact had to use the emergency brake to stop the vehicle. The electronic brakes failed twice and the vehicle lost control. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who recalibrated the hybrid electronic brakes but the failure occurred again two weeks later. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who stated that the master cylinder and the hydraulic control unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000 and the current mileage was 60,500.

- Burke , VA, USA

problem #10

Jan 012008

Escape Hybrid

  • 60,000 miles
The issue I am having is the same as described in complaint #10318942. Intermittently on dry pavement during normal braking, the ABS will engage (with indicator light flashing on) and you can feel the typical ABS on/off pulsing of the brakes in the brake pedal. It appears the car is also taking longer to come to a full stop when this occurs. I have reported it multiple times at the Ford dealership, but they are unable to determine the cause. This happens to me regularly (a couple times a week).

- Camden, DE, USA

problem #9

Dec 092010

Escape Hybrid

  • 43,000 miles
Tsb 05-8-5 states: ABS and brake warning lamp on with dtc C1526 - dtc C1524 may also be present vehicles built prior to 2/11/2005.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #8

Aug 242010

Escape Hybrid 4WD 4-cyl

  • 84,790 miles


2005 Escape hybrid brake failure. I tried to stop and brakes only went half way down. I released and pushed again, had to use emergency brake to stop otherwise I would have gone through a store front window. Took to Ford dealer and found out it was the master cylinder/solenoid. Per Ford's technical service bulletin 0585 issued 8/5/05, this is a known issue corrected by installing a revised master cylinder. This could have killed me and the people inside the business. If this is a known, very dangerous problem, there should be a recall.

- Dixon, CA, USA

problem #7

Jul 152010

Escape Hybrid

  • 80,000 miles
2005 Ford Escape hybrid - the car would begin to skid and slide when approaching a stop regardless of the vehicle speed or road conditions. The ABS would kick in and the indicator would come on telling the driver that the car was sliding. This is a dangerous condition as the car would not stop when the brakes are pressed. After investigating online, I discovered that this is a known problem with this make and model of hybrid vehicle. Many other drivers have experienced the same thing. The suggestion was that the tone rings were cracked or broken. My repair shop discovered that both of mine were broken and one axle needed replaced. Interestingly, when the mechanics took the car on a test drive to diagnose the problem, the car would rev beyond 4 rpms, then the engine quit and the dashboard readout stated to pull over and stop the car immediately. The gas engine quit and the car would not go over 20 mph. After turning the car off and waiting a few seconds, the car was restarted and the computer/car reset itself and would run again. The same thing happened on an open highway going 60 mph. The indicator lights went off and the warnings to pull over and stop the car immediately displayed. This is a known issue by Ford as they have issued dtc C1526. This particular blog (blog.yagelski.com/2010/01/my-Ford-escape-hybrid-brake-repair.html) explains the problem as well as those of many others who are also experiencing this issue, with greater detail and accuracy than I can. Please do whatever you can to force Ford to issue a recall on this incredible important and expensive safety matter. Thank you.

- Wheelersburg, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 312010

Escape Hybrid

  • 97,000 miles
2005 Ford Escape hybrid - brake failure. Car has not been driven harshly or in harsh conditions. On July 31st, applied brakes at stoplight, ABS light came on and brakes failed. Dealer unsure how to fix.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #5

Feb 242010

Escape Hybrid 4WD 4-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
We have experienced an unusual problem with the braking system in out 2005 Ford Escape hybrid. There have been may episodes of the yellow ABS and the red brake warning lamp lighting up and the alarm sounding over the past year. This would happen for a couple of days and then after shutting-off the vehicle and restarting, the brakes returned to normal operation. We spoke with the service department at our dealership about this and because the warning light wasn't on at the time, they said there was nothing they could do to detect the problem. The last time this happened the brakes reverted to fail safe mode requiring a "pedal to the floor" effort to slow the vehicle to a safe stop luckily while pulling into our driveway. After this we had the car towed to the dealer and were told we needed a new "hcu" unit and master cylinder with a total repair cost of $4K+. I decided to do some research and discovered many cases of the exact same thing happening with the same year and model escape. We are going to wait a few days to think before moving forward with the repair.

- Danvers, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 012010

Escape Hybrid

  • 7,377 miles
Ford hybrid escape brake light keeps coming on. I have to turn it off and then back on to get the light out. Dealer says it's a ground fault and Ford has a new wiring harness, but I am required to pay for it, it's an '05 with less than 8,000 miles on it, yet I am to pay and fix Ford's problem, and we are talking brakes here, that Ford knows about and has already identified and has a fix for. It needs a recall. The electric steering has already failed once and had to have a new computer for this. Ford is hiding problems with the car.

- New Palestine, IN, USA

problem #3

Jan 012007

Escape Hybrid

  • 40,000 miles
2005 Ford Escape hybrid. Problem is failure of hybrid regenerative brake system as described in Ford's technical service bulletin, tsb 05-8-5 (August 5, 2005) (NHTSA id #10017553). Problem had occurred sporadically after the warranty period, but without any known incident to have triggered the problem. Repair has required replacement of the master cylinder and the brake system's hydraulic control unit ("hcu"). total cost has been about $7,000. To summarize my correspondence from Ford... "since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") is not concerned (I.e. nobody has gotten killed by these defective brakes) there is no need for a recall. Therefore, Ford has no responsibility to pay for or deal with my problem." My story in more detail at blog.yagelski.com/2010/01/my-Ford-escape-hybrid-brake-repair.html.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #2

Jun 262009

Escape Hybrid

  • 77,000 miles
Brake system failure on 2005 Ford Escape hybrid: Highway driving, no braking during failure - ABS light comes on with "service brake system" message on console. Took to dealer where they "diagnosed" master cylinder failure. Replaced master cylinder. 06 July 09 brake system failure on 2005 Ford Escape hybrid: Normal city driving under 35mph ABS light comes on with "service brake system" message on console.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 182008

Escape Hybrid

  • 43,000 miles
Have had the "service brake system" message and the dash "brake" indicator light go on randomly without braking for a couple of months (began in May 2008) it has been to the dealer twice (in June 2008) and is now doing it again. The dealer replaced an electrical harness this first time and cleaned contacts according to a Ford service alert the second. I also had a similar problem in the fall of 2007. The "service brake system message" appeared and the dash "brake" indicator light came on over a three week period followed by the 4X4 system and ABS system making noise, jerking the car several times and then shutting down while I was driving (November 2007). This was fixed by the dealer but now the car's indicator lights are turning on again and the problem does not seem to able to fixed. I am worried the brake system will fail again.

- Arlington, VA, USA

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