Brakes recalibrate?

Old 02-27-2012, 06:04 PM
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I recently had a hitch put on my 08 FEH. After searching here I feel comfortable with it handling 2000 pounds or less. I got it installed with a lifetime warranty from uhaul for $180, cheaper then my custom van hitch cost. I decided to do the wiring myself. After reading here and looking online, I figured the T-connector type would be best for me. After a couple days I found the Curt model at a local truck store, and they sold it to me for $60, about as cheap as I could find it online. I did the install, no problems, could not have been easier. Except I broke the OEM clips that hold the connecter in place. I have it plugged very tightly, and wrapped with duct tape, working just fine. When I ran all the wiring I did not hook up the ground or battery wire just yet. Today I disconnected the 12volt battery in the FEH, and made the ground and battery connections.

Now...I get in to go to the store(first start since hooking up the wires). I start the FEH and the ABS and brake light come on, as awell as a warning chime. It last long enough for me to notice, put in P, and then the warnings turned off. I go ahead and drive to the store, and this is where I noticed that the brakes are stiffer, I am not having to press the pedal as far to stop. Almost like having new brakes in a regular car. I drive home from store and they are the same, not pressing as hard to stop. I like it, especially knowing I'll be towing a trailer soon.

Now I wonder is this some auto adjustment thing since I disconnected the 12v battery? They are the original brakes, we are the original owners, and I have 63,000 miles on it.
Old 02-28-2012, 10:18 AM
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The first thing I would try would be to REVERSE that last step.
Old 02-28-2012, 10:32 AM
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"If the battery is disconnected, the Regenerative Braking System will need
to relearn the initial brake pedal position. After reconnecting the battery,
slowly depress and release the brake pedal one time."

-From Page 264 of the 2008 FEH Owners Guide (2nd Edition)
Old 02-28-2012, 05:14 PM
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LOL, guess I coulda dug out the manual and looked.
Thanks for the reply MyPart.

That explains why the warning only lasted long enough to back down the drive. After I put it back in park, and let go of the brake pedal the warnings stopped.

West...reverse what step?

I drove 200+ miles today, no problems. Fully functional, operational, and problem free.The brakes softened a little bit, but still grab sooner than they did a couple days ago. It was just doing what the book said it would. I was just to um..(lazy i guess) to dig out the manual.

Test tow with empty trailer on Thursday.
I gotta say, I have loved driving our 08 FEH. 63,000+ miles oil changes, air filter, better(quieter) tires, and a windsheild washer pump. Constant 30-35MPG with NO hypermiling tricks(except for obeying speed limits), 3/4 city 1/4 hiway. We love it, and since it is beyond powertrain warranty, reaching the 80,000 mile mark quickly, and will be paid off next year, I am eager to see how it handles with a trailer. I will not be towing more than 2000#(I know it's double what ford says). After weeks of researching online, I don't think it will be a problem for this vehicle.
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