96 problems related to steering column have been reported for the 2008 Ford Escape. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2008 Ford Escape based on all problems reported for the 2008 Escape.
My steering column began to vibrate while at a stop light. Next I got the "power steering assist fault" code right before pulling into my driveway. The next morning I had no power steering in my vehicle. I had the recall done (14s05) in January of 2015. When I contacted the Ford dealership where I had the recall work done, I was told that there was a software update that had been performed, but no further work will be covered under the recall.
Steering power assist is shorting out, I had it tested at a dealership and confirms it , only fix is to replace steering column, doing research this is common malfunction for 2008 to 2011 Ford Escape.
Power steering quit working, almost hit a car, mechanic says it needs a new steering column, at least $1000. Very dangerous, many complaints on this, Ford won't help.
Had a hard vibration in steering column with excessive play in steering wheel. Thankfully, the steering completely locked-up in a parking lot at low speed.
Taka take recall. 2008 Ford Escape hybrid eaps torque sensor failed during driving and steering, leading to no electronic assist in the steering column. The original diagnosis was the steering lost communication. After installing an update in the system, the problem occurred approximately a week later resulting in a total failure in the torque sensor at low speed during steering.
I noticed a slight vibration in my steering wheel on 12/9/17 while driving at very low speeds due to snowy conditions and today on 12/10/17 power steering loss was felt upon lower speed turns only followed by complete power steering loss by end of hour long round trip on mostly highway followed by back roads until home. It is strange that no recalls come up past or present about this issue since in 2014 Ford did issue a recall for "2008-2011 Ford Escapes, Mercury mariners and 2011-2013 Ford explorers for faulty torque sensors in steering columns that result in loss of electric power steering assist while driving. . . Making the vehicle more difficult to steer, especially at lower speeds. . . Which could result in an increased risk of crash". What can be done about this? is this recall expired or something? recalls should not expire if that is the case! I never received any recalls about this problem that I am aware of. Owners of these vehicles should not be responsible for these repairs! I am contacting Ford next.
Recall item #14s05 is not being repaired under this recall and I'm left with no power steering. Came in to dealership on Aug 29th to get recall item looked at - no codes at the time and dealer did 'module reprogram' with no repairs. Recall item then broke and I came in for service on Nov 17th. Code b2278 then came up to replace steering column and the dealer along with Ford denies the repair should be under the recall and I was quoted $1,500. Both Ford and nick mayer Ford let me leave the service depth without the repair. I'm fighting to get this repair done for free as required under the recall. I can send documentation under separate cover.
My daughter was driving across country from virginia to California and back through texas on highways and back roads. She stopped for gas in texas and when she began driving again she was unable to control the steering,power steering was out. She had to drive back to virginia with no power steering which caused a safety issue. Upon returning to virginia the vehicle was taken to wynne Ford which determined an electric power steering fault and the steering column and the lock module needed to be replaced. We discovered there is a safety recall for this issue. Safety recall 14s05- electric power steering. We were then told her vehicle would not be covered under this recall because only vehicles from the kansas plant would be covered. This is the exact same problem just a different plant and should be covered under the recall.
Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while the vehicle was in idle the wheel began to turn back and forth independently without any warning light indicator. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number:14v284000 (power steering) however the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The recall repair remedy was done at westlie motor company, located on 500 s broadway st, minot, nd, 58701. Due to the contact out of town during the failure the contact took the vehicle to the local dealer havre Ford located on 1991 2nd Ave, havre, mt, 59501, where it was diagnosed that the steering column had begun to fail, but they could drive the vehicle back home. The contact notified the local dealer westlie motor company once they had returned of the failure that occurred, the dealer stated that it was not likely the same part and even if it was it would be an out of pocket expense so the vehicle was not taken to be diagnosed due to the diagnostic fees. The contact had an independent mechanic diagnose the vehicle for a second opinion, where it was diagnosed that the steering torque sensor had failed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no active recalls and for the contact to take it up with her local dealer and no further assistance was made available. I failure mileage was approximately 106,000.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the electric steering column power assistance failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,111.
On March 11, 2017 when I got into my vehicle to drive it; the power steering did not work. I slowly drove it to the nearest Ford garage who charged me to inspect it and said it needed a new steering column, cost $1400+ and was under a recall but the recall was no longer available.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle violently shook and the power steering became very difficult to maneuver. The steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 156,717.
Ford had recall 14s05 back in October of 2014. It was for the torque sensor on the steering column. If the part was already not working they had to replace the hardware. They said if it was not a software fix would do it. We had that done. Now 24k miles later the exact part has gone out and Ford is saying they will not replace it. I have to pay for it. That makes no sense. It went out on my back out of a driveway. If it had gone out while I was driving I would have wrecked. How can they not stand behind a recall like that? how is that possibly legal?.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While making a right turn, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The dealer diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was previously repaired with a software update per NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). Although the software update was performed, the failure still occurred. The failure mileage was 140,000.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel shook violently. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The dealer reprogrammed the pscm and ic to the latest level, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer again where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,688.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was being operated, the steering column seized. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was reapired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 132,000.
In 2014 received recall for steering and it was "reprogrammed" 0n 9/25/2016 complete failure of steering which was supposed to be "fixed" under the recall. Now since recall is closed, actual problem is not covered under the recall. Quoted 1500 to replace steering column. The failure occured when leaving a gas station, which made steering next to impossible. Called Ford the next day only to find out since the original recall was performed on Escape that this issue is not covered even though this is the failure the recall was issued for.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that there was a random sudden loss of power steering that progressed for over two years. The dealer was notified several times and was unable to replicate and diagnose the failure. In addition, the dealer failed to replace the steering column and inspect the torque sensor. The contact was unable to confirm if the instrument cluster module was inspected. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The dealer only provided a software update for the pscm and the failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but provided no recommendation or solution other than the contact replacing the steering column with a newly designed steering column. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to start without warning. The vehicle eventually started after ten attempts. In addition, while driving 25 mph, the vehicle veered to the right independently. The vehicle was diagnosed and the technician stated that the driver side abs tone ring was fractured and the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 155,000.
After taking the vehicle to the dealership to resolve recall 14s05 via a software update. The same problem occurs resulting in vibrations in the steering column and loss. Of power steering assist. Dealership contends that the issue was closed via thw software update and now says that must pay out of pocket to replace the steering column. I do not feel that Ford has adequately addressed the underlying issue with the software update as I Ave reseaeched and found numerous reports of the same issues after the update with Ford refusing to own up to the issue.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While making a left turn at a low speed, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously updated under NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.
Low speed turns, electric power assist fails to assist in returning wheels to straight ahead position. Wheels can be brought back to forward position with some effort. Happens consistently, every day at low speeds when there is higher torque on the steering column.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver as the power steering assist fault warning light displayed. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 139,000.
The car is equipped with electronic power steering. The vehicle started experiencing intermittent power steering issues where the steering wheel would shutter while driving normally at any speed (stationary or in motion, and on city streets or highways, while braking, etc - everything) and sometimes completely shut off power assisted steering all together making the vehicle extremely difficult to steer. The vehicle was taken to Ford for the recall procedure approximately a year ago from this posting, however, only a software update was performed. This seemed to temporarily fix the issues we were describing, but about 10 months to 1 year later the same issues started occurring. The vehicle has no power steering available and we were told that the torque sensor in the power steering unit needed to be replaced (implying that the pscm module was reporting a faulty sensor), but the procedure was not going to be covered by them since the car was previously 'serviced' by Ford for the recall. Had we waited about 10 months to 1 year before performing the first recall, everything would have been replaced as it should have been. Now, we are forced to replace the torque sensor for a quoted $550 - which they tell us may not solve the problem (although that is the only code that is being reported) and might have to replace the entire column. Identifying a recall procedure by only checking if the codes were present at the time of recall is not a guaranteed way to replace all faulty sensors. A more accurate way to find the faulty part is for Ford to analyze their data of faulty power steering vehicles and replace vehicles equipped with sensor serial numbers from specific ranges, manufacturing dates, and manufacturing locations.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 55 mph, the power steering seized without warning. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and then to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.
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