2006 Ford Escape hybrid brake problems after, towing behind RV
I'm a fire investigator and my client was towing his 2006 Escape Hybrid with his RV, while pulling the Escape approximatley 100 miles the front brakes pads wore out, metal to metal, over heated, and caused a fire. The pads and rotor damage indicated that the front brakes were braking while being towed which wore out the pads. Also the back brakes indicated the pads were starting to overheat as well. Last year after the Escape was towed approximatley 1500 miles the pads had to be repalced, no other damage. Has anyone had this problem??
also your rotors are probably in need of being turned. (Resurfaced to make them even). Also, always clean the rotors and everything real well with a can of
brake cleaner to help the new shoes/pads break in correctly.
every 5k when you rotate your tires and if one is wearing more than the others, replace the set when it's done.
adjust the pads wear at a more even rate
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Re: 2006 Ford Escape hybrid brake problems after, towing...
The Escape brake system is a regenerative system meaning they are partially electronic. So when the vehicle's electronics were wired to the RV's im betting that they didnt take in account that the brakes will come on under deceleration to help regenerate the vehicles batterys. Behind an RV that can mean they are coming on all the time, hence the fires.
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Lady friend has a 2006 escape hybrid; she just had problem of overheat; same as I had with my 2007; she went to Ford Dealer; they said it was a recall issue; fixed it for free. I paid a "Christian Brothers"
garage to fix mine; had no idea about a recall; (and bought mine from a Ford Dealer;!) but was not near a Ford Dealer at the time; both problems were the same and related to the hybrid system.
I have the same vehicle. Go to Ford dealer and buy the trailer hitch which replaces the regular rear end. It took me about two hours to install and I have towed a heavy trailer several times now with no problem. Because this is a unitized body/frame vehicle, it would be unwise to try to weld a generic hitch on. The Ford hitch fits right on to existing bolt holes. You have to cut a small square notch in the center of the plastic rear bumper for the hitch to stick out. --firstname.lastname@example.org