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    Maximum Speed Settings

    I recently bought a 2011 Escape XLT. I've noticed on the display I sometimes get a message saying something like "Maximum Speed 80 MPH". On a recent trip I discovered that the car is indeed limited to 80 MPH. While I don't normally drive that fast, I do need the speed occasionally for passing and such. On the Interstate with a speed limit of 70 MPH, I often set the Cruise Control to 75. Doing this displays a constant message of "Vehicle near Maximum Speed" which blocks out any other displays or messages. Frankly, its a PITA. How do I go about changing the settings?
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    What does Race Star Equipped mean?

    Bear with me, my first Escape. Bought a used 2011 Escape XLT recently. There's a plate on the back that says "Race Star Equipped". Exactly what does that mean and what does it include?
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    2011 Brake light problem.

    More info: I was able to get a schematic of the lighting system. Looking at the back of the switch when mounted. Left to right Terminal 1 Violet/ white stripe goes to the brake lights. Terminals 2 &3 run the shift lock and whatever else. Terminal 4 Yellow with red stripe is power and goes directly to fuse #2. This wire is hot. I can run a jumper from terminal 1 to terminal 4 and the brake lights do come on. I've tested all 3 new switches with a multi meter. On all 3 switches terminals 2 &3 are open in the pushed position and make contact in the released position. just as they should However, terminals 1 &4 do NOT make contact in either position It keeps coming up as a bad switch. But 3 different brand new switches form 3 separate vendors all being bad? Am I missing something here?
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    2011 Brake light problem.

    I recently bought a 2011 Escape XLT. I discovered the brake lights don't work. Let me preface this by saying I'm a retired truck and equipment mechanic. While I never worked on cars much, I can generally fix whatever comes up. The principals are all the same. So I got to checking into the problem. I have power to the switch. I can run a jumper on the connector and the brakes lights do come on. Simple right, bad switch. But a new switch didn't fix it. In fact I've tried three new switches, the last one being a Ford factory switch. None of them work. I tested all 3 with a multi-meter and none are showing a connection. 🤬 Has anybody ever heard of this before or have any idea what the Hell is going on? What am I missing?
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    Just trying it out. 😉