I have a 2005 Escape Hybrid AWD, purchased in November of 2004.
The brake light came on about a month ago, along with a message that the
brake fluid level was low. It was a little low, about mid way between
marks. I added some, but the light didn't go out.
I took it to the dealer, who said the brakes needed to be replaced (116,000
miles). I had front and rear done.
Today, I took it in for the 120,000 mile service, and the tech noted that
the brake fluid level message was on, which I hadn't seen since the brake
"Retrieved code c1327 indicating brake fluid low. Performed pin point test
L1-L3, pinpoint L3 checked resistance at the brake fluid switch c124 tn-lg
and vt-ye. The resistance is greater than 1200 ohms (actual is at 4.5 Mega
ohms) out of spec. Rec replacing the master cylinder."
$757 for a master cylinder because the fluid level switch is embedded.
It only has two wires. If I disconnect the switch, or short out the pins,
could I eliminate this error message? I would even wire in a 1200 ohm
resistor, if that would make the computer happy. I can check the fluid
level like I have on other cars without a sensor.
I see lots of web complaints about this sensor in other Fords, where it is
replaceable separate from the master cylinder.
Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley Lake, CA, USA GPS: 38.8,-122.5