Steering Column problems of the 2008 Ford Escape
14 problems linked to steering column have been reported for the 2008 Ford Escape.
Steering Column problem #1
The vehicle involved was a 2008 Ford Escape. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1FMCU03148_. My steering column would shake while I was at a stop and within a few days I have lost the electrical steering (power steering). I now have no electrical assist for the steering and have been informed that they have to replace the entire steering column in order to fix the problem. This steering column issue occurred Sunday, October 20, 2013.
Steering Column problem #2
VIN of the vehicle was 1FMCU04188_. Tl- the vehicle was a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated when she started the vehicle the steering began to twitch and then it failed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnosis and was informed the entire steering column would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was 91,999. Dt. This issue happened on 01/10/2013.
Steering Column problem #3
The vehicle is a 2008 Ford Escape. For the last 6 weeks, my steering column would shake when car was idling. I attempted to back out of a parking space pn 12-4-12 and the power steering did not work. I restarted the engine and it began working. Since then, this has happened at least once a day. On 1-4-13, the power steering became no longer functional. The only place that could repair this problem is at the local Ford dealership in my town. It is well known dealerships charge more for repairs than private garages. The cost will be $1300 and it will take 2 to 3 days to complete the repair. Technician stated the sensor in the steering column was unable to be replaced, so the entire steering column would have to be replaced. I do routine maintenance on my vehicle and am curious why this problem wasn't involved in a recall. It is a definite safety issue!! while searching online, I found many others who experienced the same problem. While my car was under an extended warranty, another steering problem occured, but the warranty covered the repair expense. Fortunately, I have enough in savings to cover this repair, but am not pleased about it. My car is only 5 years old and I have never had this problem with any other vehicle I have owned. This steering column problem happened on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.
Steering Column problem #4
The vehicle was a 2008 Ford Escape. While sitting in traffic my steering wheel suddenly turned on its own slightly. As I started to move forward I realized the steering was extremely difficult and appeared to have no power steering. I was just near the dealership so I was able to get it in to them. It turns out the steering column is electronic and broke requiring very expensive repairs. I researched this problem on-line and I am finding it to be a similar complaint across the country including with others who were actually moving at the time of the column failure. Many at low mileage (less than 55,000). I feel this is being ignored by Ford as a safety issue and that it is a known defect that Ford should be responsible for fixing. The failure date was 01/04/2013.
Steering Column problem #5
The vehicle is a 2008 Ford Escape. The VIN of the problem Escape is 1FMCU93Z48_. The vehicle began to not have power steering at start-up a few times, with the problem being corrected by turning the vehicle off then on again. The day of December 27, the vehicle was turned on and steering wheel jerked/pulsated from side-to-side, but power steering was still working. We then tried to make it home one night when the power steering completely stopped working while on the highway. The vehicle was brought to the Ford dealership and problem was found to be the power steering column. Luckily the Ford Escape, with 88,500 miles on it, had an extended warranty covering the $1400 in repairs. The failure date was December 27, 2012.
Steering Column problem #6
While driving my 2008 Ford Escape going about 40 miles an hour, the steering column completely lock up making is impossible to steer. I was able to navigate the vehicle to the side of the road. We brought it in to have it looked at and were told it is an electronic censor that is imbalanced vs. Having power steering fluid it runs electronically. The way it is built, you have to replace the entire drive shaft vs. Just the censor. Hundreds of complaints online about this very issue with this make, year and model. It is a definitely safety concern. We called both the dealership and Ford motor company and neither is willing to take ownership or assist. It was 02/22/2012 when this steering column issue happened.
Steering Column problem #7
The vehicle was a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact was driving 35 mph when the steering wheel seized. The contact was able to pull over to the side of the road where the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer stated that the entire steering column needed to be replaced. The contact did not replace the steering column due to the part being on back order. The failure mileage was 81,000. It was Oct. 9, 2011 when this steering column issue occurred.
Steering Column problem #8
I purchased a new 2008 Ford Escape on June 2,2007. My daughter is actually coowner/driver. She got in the vehicle on wed, June 6 and when she went to start it, it was locked up. Nothing worked to get the steering, etc. To work. She said it was locked in advantrac mode. The vehicle had to be towed in to a Ford dealership in charlottesville, va, where she works. They have had the vehicle ever since, and it took them 2 1/2 days to get a diagnosis to do with the power steering column. They say parts will not be availaable until July 5, 2007, which is ridiculous. Her car payment is due before then, and she has only driven 240+ miles. I believe there was a known problem with this vehicle, or it was not inspected properly before being sold. They say the parts are on backorder, which makes me think there have been more problems with this vehicle than they will admit. I would like to have Ford cancel our purchase, and take this defective vehicle back. I do not want to worry about my daughter driving down the road and it locking up, causing a rollover,etc. I think this vehicle was defective and we should not have to keep it . We don't know how to get help, I will probably call the attorney general of virginia tomorrow. I am very upset over this happening, and feel that we got conned into buying a defective vehicle, so we should be compensated for our trouble, and released from this purchase. Let me know if you can help me. Thank you. This issue happened on Jun. 6, 2007.
Steering Column problem #9
The reporting person owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving 35 mph when the steering wheel vibrated. When the vehicle was started it would lose power steering. The contact had to turn the vehicle off and back on so that the power steering would reset. The failure occurred every time he drove the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the steering column needed to be replaced . The dealer ordered the part and the vehicle will be repaired at the owners expense. The failure mileage was 59725 and the current mileage was 60212. It was Saturday, February 20, 2010 when this steering column issue happened.
Steering Column problem #10
I have a 2008 Ford Escape. This car is having issues where the power steering will go out in the middle of driving and turning. This has been going on for a couple of months. I took it to a Ford dealer and they said they have never heard of this problem before. Although you can go on Ford Escape customer forums and see countless instances where this has happened to other people some resulting in accidents. I have asked Ford several times to help me with this issue and they say that we need to replace the whole steering column $1700 charge. This is happening with most of the postings I saw and with my own vehicle at relatively low mileage. It seems that this would not be a normal wear and tear on the vehicle with low mileage. Continuously people I have seen and also for myself have gotten the answer from Ford that they haven't heard of this issue before. I am not happy because I have to expend the money to fix this but more so I want to have this issue corrected before someone really gets hurt. If an elderly person were driving this vehicle with that problem they would wreck because of not having the strength to keep the wheel in motion correctly. Same may be with a younger driver. Please please take a look at this problem for me. The failure date was February 10, 2010.
Steering Column problem #11
The car involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. Steering columns has a clicking and popping sound as I'm parking my car. This issue happened on October 15, 2010.
Steering Column problem #12
Have a 2008 Ford Escape. This car is having issues where the power steering will go out in the middle of driving and turning. This has been going on for a couple of months. I took it to a Ford dealer and they said they have never heard of this problem before. Although you can go on Ford Escape customer forums and see countless instances where this has happened to other people some resulting in accidents. I have asked Ford several times to help me with this issue and they say that we need to replace the whole steering column $1700 charge. This is happening with most of the postings I saw and with my own vehicle at relatively low mileage. It seems that this would not be a normal wear and tear on the vehicle with low mileage. Continuously people I have seen and also for myself have gotten the answer from Ford that they haven't heard of this issue before. I am not happy because I have to expend the money to fix this but more so I want to have this issue corrected before someone really gets hurt. If an elderly person were driving this vehicle with that problem they would wreck because of not having the strength to keep the wheel in motion correctly. Same may be with a younger driver. Please please take a look at this problem for me. This steering column issue occurred 03/05/11.
Steering Column problem #13
VIN of the vehicle was 1FMCU93118_. On the morning of 3/1/11 I got into my Ford Escape to drive to work. I started the car, and backed out of my parking space, I noticed that the steering was very stiff, which I attributed in my mind to the ice storm from the night before. That evening when I returned home from work the steering was fine. However, the next day, again the steering was stiff as if there were no power steering. I shut off the engine and restarted the car and the steering was fine. Again that evening all was fine, but the next morning no power steering. Repeating my steps from the day before, I restarted the engine and all was fine, however that evening again there was no power steering. I referred to my owners manual and found that there is no power steering reservoir to check or fill. I contacted a mechanic and he wasn't sure with no reservoir, so he and I both began researching on the internet and found several websites which listed my very same problem, and stated that the steering column would need to be replaced with estimates ranging from $1100 to $1700. There were several entries which mentioned accidents which could have been avoided had the power steering been working. This is apparently an electrical problem within the steering column which leads me to wonder about the air bags working during an accident. I had my mechanic look at it, he contacted Ford and they gave him a couple of things to check, but doubted any of them would be the cause. He took the Escape to his local Ford dealer to get a reading from the cars computer, and they confirmed that a steering column was necessary. My concern is that Ford is not acknowledging that there is a problem with the power steering. I would hate to think that someone has to die before this problem gets the attention it requires to start a recall. It was Tuesday, March 1, 2011 when this steering column issue occurred.
Steering Column problem #14
Â€¢we own a 2008 Ford Escape xls with approximately 76,xxx miles on it. Â€¢4/2: within 2 hours of being on the road in the early morning, we went to pull off the road into a gas station and it took great effort to turn the car. This was sudden and very dangerous as there were other cars at the entry/exit point and we were not expecting the need to apply such pressure to turn the wheel. If there had been a car at the entrance, we would have hit them due to the wide turn we made. Owe were able to engage power steering after moving the steering wheel back and forth several times. Successfully pulled out of parking lot, but power steering went out again within 5 minutes of being on the road. Osubsequent stops had similar results. Sometimes the power steering engaged immediately, and sometimes it took several turn off/turn on attempts for it to re-engage. Owe have also noticed that the steering column began to pulsate upon ignition when power steering was engaged. There is also a low-level vibration noise associated with this. However, when power steering goes out, the vibration and noise is eliminated. Â€¢we contacted both our local Ford dealer as well as another dealer near our destination. Both service departments were unaware of any service bulletins of this being a common occurrence in Ford Escapeâ€™s. Â€¢while the car is still drivable with manual steering, not knowing when the power steering will disengage makes for very hazardous driving conditions, especially when making turns or sudden maneuvers. Â€¢upon searching the internet, it would appear that this is becoming a more common occurrence in Ford vehicles that possess the eps technology and have similar mileage. *additionally, customers are reporting many different attempts to fix this problem, including the replacement of wiring harnesses, steering columns, and other costly repairs that may or may not fix the issue. This steering column problem happened on Apr. 2, 2011.
Other Steering related problems of the 2008 Ford Escape:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Power Steering Failed problems||30|
|Steering Wheel Vibrate problems||15|
|Steering Column problems||14|
|Steering Failed problems||13|
|Lose Power Steering problems||4|
|Steering Noise problems||2|
|Electric Power Assist Steering System problems||2|
|Steering Is Tight problems||1|
|Steering Rack And Pinion problems||1|
|Steering Tie Rod Assembly problems||1|
|Power Steering Pump problems||1|
|Steering Is Loose problems||1|