My 2008 Ford Escape hybrid broke down in the middle of nowhere. Stopped to get gas and when I turned the vehicle on, the ABS light came on in the dash and and it felt like the engine wouldn't get any gas. The vehicle will go about 15 - 20 mph but refuses to go faster. After a little research, I found out about "limp" mode and that supposedly the computer sensed an error in the brake system and now is forcing the vehicle to be unable to go faster than 20 mph. Fast forwarding through a 130 mile tow to the nearest town with a mechanic, a small shop worked on the vehicle for about a week. They said the rear calipers, pads, and rotors were shot, so they replaced those within about 2 hours but then for the rest of the week claimed that they were unable to pressure bleed the brake system. I finally had the vehicle transported another 320 miles to my home city and when I received the vehicle the ABS light and the red brake light are on and the brake peddle goes all the way to the floor before it begins to brake (and not very well).
Did the small town shop screw up my brakes?
They said a lot of stuff during the week they had it. Everything from "The brakes won't bleed correctly because it is a hybrid", "We had to order a special pressure bleeder, but we got the wrong one", "Everything is fixed but the computer won't reset", to "hybrids need to pressure bleed for over two weeks sometimes".
In the end, I have an inoperable vehicle and they still charged me $650 for the work they did.
Did I get totally bamboozled?
I plan on towing it to a Ford dealership now, but I'm just curious if any of what they said was legit or if they were just screwing me around.
Took the vehicle to Ford dealership. After 2 days, they told me that the ABS light came on originally because of corrosion and bad contact with the battery leads. They also told me that the new calipers were put on incorrectly (left one on the right side and vice versa) which is probably why the small shop was unable to flush the system properly and also why the red brake light was now on. Not really sure whether or not the calipers/pads/rotors were really in bad enough shape that they needed changing. I think it is pretty evident now that the small shop didn't know what they were doing.