Hoping for a little help. 2011 Escape XLT 3.0 2wd
Front brakes are shot. Dealer wants $375, but I got parts for $150. I’ve done brakes on my older vehicles, so I figured this one can’t be much different.
I went to jack up the Ford this weekend and followed the owner’s manual. Once I started putting pressure at the recommended location, the bracket started to bend. This is the bracket the lower control arm is mounted to. Luckily the bent bracket didn’t affect the drivability.
I then moved to the frame after watching a video on where to jack. Odd thing, as soon as I started putting pressure on the frame it bent the frame! I couldn’t believe it. I’ve jacked up tons of cars with my jack on the frame and it never bent/caved in. I immediately let the Ford down, but now I’m not sure what to do. Did Ford really make the frame of this vehicle this soft? I'm using a Craftsman ½ ton jack with matching stands. No issues like this on my 2008 Lincoln Town car and my son’s 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.