brakes/rotors
tim

Emmaus, PA

#41 Nov 17, 2008
2006 escape 16,000 miles, googled my problem , which was 4x4 lite on every min for 8 flashes and the abs lite was on all the time . google found this site for me and after reading all the comments ,i was able to find my problem, a cracked tone ring, i took bills advice from marystown canada and welded it. test drive showed the lites went out. thanks bill and everyone else that took time to add to this site
adam2

Buffalo, NY

#42 Jan 19, 2009
2005 Ford Escape with 64,000 miles. This is the 4th time I've had to replace the axle because of the ABS Tone Rings, 2 were under warranty. I find it really hard to believe that these break due to normal wear and tear. Frankly I'm getting fed up with this American piece of junk so I'm going to try the welding technique that was recommended. Can't make it any worse for crying out loud.
Mar

Mississauga, Canada

#43 Jan 27, 2009
What the heck is a tone ring anyway? In 30 years, never had this problem. Bought a 2006 4X4 Escape Sept. 08 with 44Km's on it. Tone ring broke Jan 09.$250. to fix it. Dealer said best not to drive it when I asked, could I take it somewhere else. This thing is pretty solid,about 1/4 inch thick. How could this break? Is this the new 'norm' for wear and tear? Do I have this to look forward to next year? Should I/we?
carnmar

Mississauga, Canada

#44 Jan 27, 2009
What the heck is a tone ring anyway? In 30 years, never had this problem. Bought a 2006 4X4 Escape Sept. 08 with 44Km's on it. Tone ring broke Jan 09.$250. to fix it. Dealer said best not to drive it when I asked, could I take it somewhere else. This thing is pretty solid,about 1/4 inch thick. How could this break? Is this the new 'norm' for wear and tear? Do I have this to look forward to next year? Should I/we?
carnmar

Mississauga, Canada

#45 Jan 27, 2009
What the heck is a tone ring anyway? In 30 years, never had this kind of problem. Bought a 2006 4X4 Escape Sept. 08 with 44Km's on it. Tone ring broke Jan 09.$250. to fix it. Dealer said best not to drive it when I asked, could I take it somewhere else. This thing is pretty solid,about 1/4 inch thick. How could this break? Is this the new 'norm' for wear and tear? Do I have this to look forward to next year? Should I/we?
David

United States

#46 Feb 9, 2009
I just had my tone rings replace on my 2002 Escape with 99,000 miles. Had the ABS motor replace as well due to the break fluid leaking on the motor and shorting it out. Expensive!
american Bill

Brooklyn, NY

#47 Feb 15, 2009
john simon wrote:
2005 escape 58k miles and abs light on and 4x4 light flashing typical american junk ford knows this is a problem but refuses to stand up and take responabilty for this issue even though this truck is a mazda it seems once an american company is stamped all over it the jinx begins i will never buy another american car or american owned car company (saab is a nightmare too) BUY JAPENISE)
at least they can make a car, besides these union workers are overpaid slackers that cant built a car ford and gm are junk
HERE's a thought - MOVE TO JAPAN Butt head
Fed-up with poor quality

Beverly, MA

#48 Feb 24, 2009
2003 Escape,22,370 miles to be accurate and I need both tone rings and stablizer links. Over $675 dollars in labor and parts. The car only used on the roads. They tell me this was due to hitting potholes causing damage to front end. Come on this is a truck like vehicle....never had a car or suv have this problem. Have been a Forman for over twenty years...bought 5 ford vehicles before I started adding Toyota products. Corrola and Camy......why change...its all about the quality and being made to feel like a smuck
Mark

Saint Paul, MN

#49 Mar 16, 2009
I have had 2 tone rings break on my 2005 Ford Escape. Front right and front left. If enough people contact safercar.gov they can initiate a recall.... This is an obvious defect on Ford's part....
John V

Toronto, Canada

#50 May 1, 2009
The ABS light came on this morning and the 4wd flashed every few minutes. When I braked I heard this awful noise coming from the front. took it to the dealer and they told me not to drive it too much and come back on monday. Any advice to prevent me from spending a lot of money?????
dan

Manistee, MI

#51 May 9, 2009
march 2005 bought a new escape. april 2008 observed the abs light, 4x4 flashing symptom. left front tone ring and axle replacement required, 200+ dollars. may 2009, right front tone ring replacement, 200+ dollars. this time they told me they could now just replace the tone ring, didn't need to replace the entire axle anymore. same price however. the dealer now wants me to buy a new escape. he's gotta be kidding.
dgray9

Mansfield, OH

#52 May 15, 2009
I have an 03 Escape. Since fall 08 I have heard, felt this stutter, but didn't know what to call it. At first it was ocassional, but has grown increasingly frequent--three to four times in a row accompanied once in a while with a ticking sound, and pulling the car to the left. Mechanics couldn't replicate the problem. Today they are replacing the tone rings. Having a term to use, I got on line and found out it is a frequent problem for owners.
Jon

AOL

#53 Jul 23, 2009
2004 Escape same problem.. Tone Rings $500,Ford Probably bought parts from Japan for $1.00 and charge us $500.
James

Minneapolis, MN

#54 Jul 29, 2009
Roxbury, NJ
Cracked tone ring (and also links)

My '01 Ford Escape has around 75K milees.
I had the Right Front Axle replaced (includes Tone Ring). Cost me $97.38 for part and $91.34 for labor for a total cost of $188.72.
Also had to have the Stabalizer Bar Links replaced for $150 parts and labor.
This is my wife's vehicle which is only used to run around town. I noticed there was a problem when I drove it recently because it felt and sounded like there was something loose under the front of the vehicle.
rich S

Dunkirk, NY

#55 Aug 17, 2009
I had a similar problem with the ABS light on and the 4x4 light blinking. The ABS would also activate at low speeds.
CAUSE: While replacing the pads and front rotors I used a regular hammer (instead of the dead blow hammer I was supposed to use) and the vibration while breaking free rusted caliper mounting bolts from the hammer hitting the wrench cracked the tone ring.
I read these post and found the actual crack in the tone ring and slipped it back in place and secured it with gorilla glue! Problem solved for now...ABS and 4x4 lights off and no rattle!
I know this isn't a long term fix but will get me out of a jam....so far so good...one week of trouble free driving:-)
Trixie

United States

#56 Aug 24, 2009
adam2 wrote:
2005 Ford Escape with 64,000 miles. This is the 4th time I've had to replace the axle because of the ABS Tone Rings, 2 were under warranty. I find it really hard to believe that these break due to normal wear and tear. Frankly I'm getting fed up with this American piece of junk so I'm going to try the welding technique that was recommended. Can't make it any worse for crying out loud.
I have a 2005 ford escape with 46000 miles on it and I have replaced both tone rings and I think another one is bad AGAIN!!! It is a $37 part and the dealership charges me just under $400 to fix it, because naturally they are not covered by my WONDERFUL extended warranty that I have. I am wondering if I am gonna have to replace these things every year too! What a piece of crap! And the dealership won't help you out any with the bill...How do they justify charging just under $400 for a $37 part...it is bullshit!!!
asipes

Indianapolis, IN

#57 Aug 24, 2009
Kev wrote:
BTW dana i have contacted an attorney so lets see what happens! stay in touch it may mean some cars need a recall??
My ABS Light just came on in my 2007 Ford Escape XLT, as well as my 4 wheel drive light (it's flashing). I at first did not know what the problem was. Every time I would try to brake... my front driver's side ABS would engage (pulsing in the pedal and it sounded like a gear grinding or something). I was very close to Oreilly Auto Parts where my father-in-law is a manager. I described it to them and another worker said that someone had the same exact problem the day before. They told me it was broken or cracked tone ring (ABS Ring). We disabled my ABS by pulling fuse 34 (5 amp), but this also disables the odometer reading and most importantly the speedometer. The reason for this post is to try to help others out who may have this problem. From what I've read... it seems to be a common problem with the Escapes. The tone ring should fit snug and shouldn't spin or be loose. I crawled under my vehicle last night to see if it was in fact broken or cracked and found the following:(For those of you who don't know much about vehicles... you are looking for the break in the piece that looks kind of like a gear.)
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Debbie

Buffalo, NY

#58 Sep 24, 2009
joshua wrote:
<quoted text> Same is happening here on my 2005 Escape Fords warranty covered to 36,000. My ABS light sensor , front and rear shocks have to be replaced. Waiting to hear from Fords. They say no recalls but hearing more and more about this problem
Just bought a used 2005 Ford Escape. Had problem with the brakes the first week. They turned down the front & rear rotors & things have been ok. Now the ABS & 4x4 sensor lights keep coming on. I took it back to dealer today. They say it's the tone ring that cracked. It's still covered under the 90-day warranty so all costs will be covered. Sounds like we lucked out in catching it right away. Hope you had luck too.
Amos

Bangor, ME

#59 Oct 19, 2009
I am having the same problem - my wife has a 2005 Ford Escape with 75,000 miles on it. Overall, it has been a good vehicle. Last year, it needed all new rotors, pads, for the first time. Which i suppose, is common for vehicles with that many miles. I found this site and obviously Ford is too cheap to conduct a recall on these "tone rings". Getting solid ABS light, 4x4 light flashing, usually at lower speeds. I just got off the phone with mechanic and he had never heard of welding them... yuh right, sure!!!
Woody

United States

#60 Nov 9, 2009
This happened to me about 8 months ago and about the time I was caving in and decided to drop it off to be fixed... it fixed itself and I haven't worried about it again until this morning on my way to work... what stinks is that I'd live with it except I'm getting the truck inspected this coming weekend and the light can't be on.
Guess I'm going to take a close look at the tone rings after work today but first I'm going to wash the undercarriage in case it's a grime issue.

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