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Old 04-09-2018, 12:17 PM
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Default 2008 FEH Braking system: Warning lights, soft brakes.

2008 Ford Escape Hybrid brake system warning lights coming on and brakes becoming soft. Warning lights will go out and brakes return to normal with a restart. I have read multiple posts about owners having this issue, so am I. Many owners are being charged thousands for repair. Ford has a technical service bulletin about this issue, but no recall. In order for a recall to be generated for the FEH, we MUST file complaints with Ford Corporate 1-800-392-3673 and NHTSA 1-888-327-4236 to get ANY action. So, it's great to communicate here, but useless if this is where you stop. This statement is true to any manufacturer but my personal focus is the FEH. Let's help each other get this problem resolved.

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Old 04-14-2018, 06:56 PM
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Default Re: 2008 FEH Braking system: Warning lights, soft brakes.

Noticed same issue when I disconnected the battery for a brain reset

might be a gremlin related to an aging 12v battery or brake pump

won't be investigated until a resulting tragedy, thanks to under funded safety regs
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:25 PM
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Default Re: 2008 FEH Braking system: Warning lights, soft brakes.

The 12V is 6 months old, hope it's just the brake pump. Taking it to Ford Monday for the prognosis. As for the under funding, may be... but still needs to be reported to Ford and NHTSA.
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Default Re: 2008 FEH Braking system: Warning lights, soft brakes.

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Ford has a technical service bulletin about this issue, but no recall. However, the Fusion/Milan hybrid manufactured prior to Oct.2010 have a braking software update recall due to complaints of the same nature as the FEH. Ford states no correlation between the three. Anyway, in order for a recall to be generated for the FEH, we MUST file complaints with Ford Corporate 1-800-392-3673 and NHTSA 1-888-327-4236 to get ANY action.
The lack of correlation is because model year 2007-2009 Ford Fusions were not hybrids. 2010 model year Ford Fusion Hybrids could have been sold beginning Jan 1, 2009. It is likely that model year 2010 Fusion/Escape Hybrids were manufactured early in 2009, some could have been made late in 2008.


For example, I know my '07 FEH was one of the last to be produced in Dec '06, because in Jan-Feb '07 they switched over producing to the refreshed 2008 model. I don't know exactly how long the 2008 model year FEH was produced, but it was probably between Jan 07- Mar 08. It was maybe a little longer than 12 months since the '09 had a different powertrain.
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:29 PM
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Default Re: 2008 FEH Braking system: Warning lights, soft brakes.

I see what you are saying, wonder why Ford never mentioned that tidbit? Just said they were manufactured in different places. I edited the above, thanks for the input.
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