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Automatic Transmission Cooler Problems of Ford Escape



Ford Escape owners have reported 16 problems related to automatic transmission cooler (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 09/23/2013

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while parked, the contact attempted to shift into reverse and failed to engage without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the mechanic stated that the cooling pump system in the transmission had to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure and current mileage was 112,000. The VIN was not available.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 05/21/2013

Addendum: original nhsta#10283836 (sept 2009) bought certified used 2008 Ford Escape in 2009. Before the first payment, the transmission cooling assembly blew, dumping the transmission fluid onto my driveway (part #8l8z-19712-j, TSB 09 09 04). Mileage: 21,775. Cost of $1000+ repair was covered under warranty. Fast forward, may 2013 (mileage: 59,391). As predicted back in 2009 by many here on this website: complete transmission failure. It died in 2 lanes of traffic, as I blocked vehicles, no forward or reverse gears. My transmission fluid was flushed: 2009, 2011, 2012, and topped off otherwise; measures I took to protect against this exact failure. Yet it completely failed, <60,000 odometer miles. This $3000 repair was covered under the extended powertrain warranty. Current warranty: now 12 months/12,000 miles. Minus tow truck, 2 missed work days, and loss of use of my vehicle for 3 weeks. It is entirely possible this dangerously flawed design (sharing an ac/transmission condenser) will fail yet again, even as soon as 6 months. There is no manufacturer recall. The condenser assembly allows the fluid to remain chronically low for long periods. I topped my fluids regularly & proactively flushed 3 times in 4 years, yet the transmission still burned up and failed. Note the repetition of the word ‘burnt’ in the technician notes, even though the transmission fluid levels were listed as ok. The condenser assembly (w/ ac & transmission sharing a condenser w/ a flawed weld that bursts), and the chronic problem w/ the electronic power steering that completely freezes the steering column in place on failure are huge safety issues. Tragedy is predicted. Followed w/ class action lawsuit. Memos will reveal discussions all along regarding the epic fail of the 2008 Ford Escape. Our safety and major inconvenience are minor collateral damage.

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 12/09/2012

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the air conditioning condenser and the transmission cooling system failed, causing a loss of transmission fluid. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 44,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 04/02/2011

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated she received notice of an unknown manufacturers recall notice in regards to the transmission cooling leakage. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the recall repairs but the contact did not know what repairs were completed or hear any mention of transmission problems. Five months later while in the parking lot driving less than 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle took at least twenty minutes to restart as she pulls back into the parking space. The vehicle was then driven the next day to the dealer who inspected the vehicle and stated she needed a new transmission. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 96,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 12/13/2010

The car began stalling and or jumping as stop and pull when pulling off to drive. I was told tocheck fluid level the transmission. Level was low so I put some in it lasted about two weeks. Then it started to happen again. When I took it to the mechanic he told me the transmission cooling system was craked and it will cost $900 to replace the transmission cooler. Ford also did this customer satisfaction program 09b10 to fix the problem but not solve the problem because my tramission style cracked.

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 03/16/2010

2008 Ford Escape. Consumer states vehicle loss all power while driving when the mechanic opened the hood, he discovered the engine was covered in fluid. The transmission cooler was leaking, as well as the coolant.


car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 02/25/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the transmission cooler is leaking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated this was not covered under the power train warranty because it is a part of the air condition . They would not repair it unless it was paid for. There was no warning light indicating a leakage. The failure mileage was 35,400.

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 01/29/2010

Purchased new in 06/2007, 2008 Ford Escape. Transmission cooling system leaking due to rust. Discovered at 40,000. This was due to defect in cooling system, not wear and tear as explained by Ford service manager. Warranty expired at 36,000. Cost for repair $800. Problem may have occurred during warranty period, but not discovered until 40,000. Feel this should be covered, initial service bulletin issued 03/01/08.

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 01/04/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that his vehicle was leaking automatic transmission from the transmission cooler. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated this was a common problem; however, there was no related warranty. The contact is responsible for the repair cost. The failure mileage was 42,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 11/04/2009

Leaking automatic transmission fluid from a weld on the transmission fluid cooling unit, car has 41000 miles . Ford tells me it is not covered under the 5 yr/60,000 mile powertrain warranty . Approximate cost is 700. 00 according to dealer. If this part continues to leak,transmission will over heat and seize up. Ford issued a TSB # 08-16-12 on 08/18/08 to its dealerships about this defect , while my car was under full warranty. Why wasn't there a recall?.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 09/07/2009

2008 Ford Escape - 41,800 miles. Rpm's would fluctuate - car would not accelerate - car would roll backwards on incline- car would stall out . Took in for service dealer advised transmission fluid is leaking due to cracked in the transmission cooler. Defect is not covered by powertrain because they say this part is not part of the transmission it is a cooling unit. Approximately $750 to fix.

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 08/08/2009

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that she noticed an oily substance leaking in the engine area of the vehicle. She confirmed that there was transmission fluid leaking from the vehicle. While driving the vehicle it failed to shift into first gear. The dealer inspected the vehicle and stated that the transmission cooler was leaking fluid and the cost to repair the leak was 1,000. The vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer stated that since the warranty expired they were unable to assume the repair cost. The contact stated that recall 07v453000, power train:automatic transmission:cooling unit and lines is related to the failure. The failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 37,200.

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 02/19/2009

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 5 mph on normal road conditions, the transmission began to shift improperly. There were intermittent harsh shifts. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the cause of the failure was related to the automatic transmission cooling unit and lines. The manufacturer warranty was expired and the vehicle has not been repaired. The manufacturer has been notified. The failure and current mileages were 41,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 08/17/2001

Hose clamps on both trans cooler hoses in front of vehicle were not fixed onto hose. Top hose blew from transmission cooler and resulted in lose of most all trans fluid. Trans stoped working. Fluid was all over front lower part of vehicle including both insides of disk brakes. We were traveling at 40 mph and in a residential area. Warranty repair is in progress. Tow truck operator stated this was not the first time he had encountered this situation with this particular vehicle.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 01/01/1901

Letter from congressman kanjorski on behalf of constituent jeremy roth re a leak in the transmission cooler of his 2008 Ford Escape.

car image   Automatic Transmission Cooler problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 16

Transmission would leak fluid while parked. Fumes would enter vehicle. Had taken vehicle to dealer 5 times for problem, and had plugs and casing seals replaced. Problem of leakage would always reappear.