Brand: Cause of brake system failure requires sleuthing

  • by: PAUL BRAND
  • Updated: July 5, 2013 - 1:27 PM

Q: I was driving my 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid in rush-hour traffic when my brake system failed. The ABS warning light and a message on the information panel told me to check the brake system. When this happened I lost most of my stopping power although I had some braking left by pushing hard on the pedal. At my garage, the technician inspected the vehicle and read the failure codes — C1479 and C1481, which read “plausible brake pressure incorrect.” They were unable to re-create the failure mode and the vehicle worked flawlessly in their tests.

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