This same ABS issue occured
This same ABS issue occured with me 2 days ago and the dealership said I would need to replace the entire system at a cost of $7,400. Needless to say, I am very luck that I was able to come to a complete stop with out hitting anything or causing a major accident. I have reported my complaint however there is no recall. This is absurd....I have 55K miles and the entire brake system is going out.
We have had our 2006 Mercury
We have had our 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4x4(same vehicle as the FEH 4x4)since 2005. We have 40k miles and it has been a good car. We have had minor repairs, mostly because Ford used some inferior parts when they built it.
We are having some problem with the ABS now, there is lots of information on the web about problems with the ABS on the FEH. We are having a cracked tone ring replaced on the rear axle. I am having it replaced and having new rotors and ceramic pads put on the front for a total of $521. I have a good mechanic who is not a dealer. I have heard of people paying the dealer over $700 just for the tone ring replacement!! I will say that one problem owning a Hybrid is that every one jacks up the price of materials and labor. When I went to get an air filter I found that paper filters were $35, twice what they run for regular vehicles. I ended up buying a K&N filter for just a few dollars more and will never need a new one again. It was the same when I went to the dealer for a quote on new rotors and pads. Thank God I found a good independent mechanic that knows what he is doing with Hybrids.
We also have a Subaru Outback and I think for over all cost of ownership, performance, MPG (which is almost the same) and reliability, I think would go with another Outback. I've found that Ford's customer service and quality doesn't measure up unfortunately.
'05 FEH, not experiencing
'05 FEH, not experiencing brake failures, but have had to replace the front rotors 5 times in the past 17K miles after going 150K miles on the originals. First 4 were not to factory spec. (4th set was put on at a Ford dealership). The last set was supposedly specially designed for the hybrid, but they are warping now as well. Ford engineers must have made a design change (thickness, alloy, etc) along the was as a cost savings. Have now spent $3500 trying to resolve what appears to be a design issue. $2500 of that was at the recommendation of Ford corporate to replace the steering mechanism(???). then the dealership realized they had put on the wrong rotors as well. I've seen similar posts on other blogs. Have been told a couple of times that the problem is "bad driving habits" and am having a hard time maintaining composure in response to these comments.
The above links to YouTube & FaceBook document a serious brake system problem with my 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid. Very low mileage on this vehicle. Ford wants $7300+ to fix.
It sounds like the
It sounds like the dealer didn't bleed the front brake fluid properly if the pedal was mushy. Air was still in the system. If you don't have an ABS light, you should be fine now. If a proper brake job was done, the brakes should work better than they did when they needed changing. New brakes should work like a new vehicle.
A brake calibration is done when you first start the FEH after the battery was disconnected or power was lost. The workshop manual says you should start the engine in Park and press the brake pedal down so computer can automatically calibrate the brake pedal. I've never heard of calibrating the ABS module, only replacement if it's bad.
Sounds like you just had a bad battery or connection in the first place and the dealer ripped you off.