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Old 10-23-2010, 10:42 AM   #1
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Help with my Brake Buddy and Hybrid

I have a classic brake buddy and a Ford Fusion hybrid. the Hybrid has electric assisted brakes ,whereby when I step on the brake it charges the battery. Will my brake buddy do any damage to the braking system or is it safe to use? thanks for any help.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:04 AM   #2
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Your owners manual is always the best source of information on this stuff but Motorhome Magazine's Towing Guide Dinghy Towing and Dinghy Guide
says you can tow four down. I would assume that includes the use of aux brakes but you know what they say about that word assume...

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I suggest contacting Brake Buddy, as they know which vehicles are not compatible with the Brake Buddy.
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:01 AM   #4
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That's called regenerative braking and it uses the motion of the wheels to generate an electrical current for charging. It may or may not work while the Brake Buddy is in use, but it won't hurt anything if it does not.

Check your owner manual under Recreational Towing to see if there are any precautions about the brake system, and for the procedure to be used when towing. The Hybrid may be different than the standard model.
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Old 10-24-2010, 03:23 PM   #5
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My new BrakeBuddy has a note (Black Box warning in manual) to call Hopkins for additional information on using their system on hybrids.

(phone) 1-800-470-2287



WARNING:
For vehicles equipped with electric power assist brakes, call
BrakeBuddy

for further instructions 1-800-470-2287. (Electric power assist
brakes are common on hybrid vehicles; please call BrakeBuddy

if you have
questions).

WARNING:
For vehicles equipped with electric power assist brakes, call


BrakeBuddy


for further instructions 1-800-470-2287. (Electric power assist


brakes are common on hybrid vehicles; please call BrakeBuddy


if you have
questions).



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I just went through this upon buying a new Ford Escape Hybrid. In short, the hybrids have an electric hydraulic "always on" system that is active even when the engine is not running . . . obvious need, for a hybrid, if you think about it.

Brake Buddy has a special unit for this sort of situation, however it is not on their Website. They are ready to explain it when you call.
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