Brake Fluid Leak from Master Cylinder Cap
Brakes, January 4, 2012
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Our Quick Take:
The cap on the brake fluid reservoir may leak brake fluid, which could contact and damage the antilock brake system (ABS) module electrical connector.
What Should You Do?
Ford will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning January 23, 2012. If you notice a brake fluid leak in the master cylinder area and/or illumination of the low brake fluid warning light, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.
A brake fluid leak can develop from the cap on the fluid reservoir, which may damage the antilock brake system (ABS) module electrical connector. A damaged connector can develop corrosion, causing the connector to overheat and melt and/or catch on fire. Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder cap and modify the ABS electrical system to correct this concern. Corrective parts may not be readily available. Owners will be advised to park their vehicles outside until repairs can be made. The Ford recall number is 11S24.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
January 4, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Potential Number of Units Affected:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2001-2002 ESCAPE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 22, 1999, THROUGH JULY 19, 2002, EQUIPPED WITH A BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER RESERVOIR CAP THAT COULD LEAK BRAKE FLUID. IF BRAKE FLUID LEAKS FROM THE CAP, IT COULD COME IN CONTACT WITH THE ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) MODULE WIRING HARNESS CONNECTOR.
CORROSION CAN DEVELOP IN THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR LEADING TO MELTING, SMOKE OR A FIRE.
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER RESERVOIR CAP AND THE ABS ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WILL BE MODIFIED. FORD EXPECTS TO NOTIFY OWNERS STARTING THE WEEK OF JANUARY 23, 2012. DUE TO A PARTS DELAY, HOWEVER, THE REMEDY MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THAT TIME. IF PARTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE, FORD WILL INSTRUCT OWNERS TO PARK THEIR VEHICLES OUTSIDE UNTIL SUCH TIME AS PARTS BECOME AVAILABLE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332. THIS RECALL CAMPAIGN IS RELATED TO 07V-156.
FORD'S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS 11S24. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration