Automatic Transmission Problems of Ford Escape
Ford Escape owners have reported 125 problems linked to automatic transmission (under the power train category).
#1 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Ford Escape
The vehicle is a 2011 Ford Escape. -harsh jerking while foot on brake and shifting from any gear to drive, it's an automatic transmission -at the speed of approximately 30 mph, braking for the stop sign, it jerked forward first before speed was reduced fortunately, it was still under warranty. The dealer diagnosed the problem as transmission center support damage. The vehicle was never in an accident and it was purchased new. This incident occurred 14. 5 months after I took ownership of the vehicle and had about 9,330 miles on it. It was a safety hazard when it jerked forward before speed was reduced and for a new vehicle to have "transmission center support damage" - certainly not confident that it won't happen again before 20,000 miles. It was Jul. 9, 2012 when this automatic transmission issue happened.
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#2 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2012 Ford Escape
Consumer has a 2012 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle began to hesitate while accelerating. The contact also noticed that the vehicle would decelerate when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 500. Updated 03/16/lj
updated 05/03/12. This automatic transmission issue occurred November 30, 2011.
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#3 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape
The owner has a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact was driving approximately 40-50 mph when the vehicle lost acceleration. The vehicle then idled and would not accelerate over 15 mph. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure was approximately 2,800 updated 7/9/12
the dealer determined the problem was a faulty electronic throttle body. Updated 07/10/12. This automatic transmission problem happened on Sunday, Jun. 3, 2012.
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#4 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape
The VIN of this vehicle is 1FMCU0DGXA_. The vehicle involved is a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that she was unable to take the vehicle out of gear. She mentioned that the failure recurred twice before and it was after she started towing the vehcle behind her RV. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the transmission was defective and needed to be replaced. Two weeks later, while towing the vehicle the transmission started smoking. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who diagnosed that the transmission was burned beyond repair and needed to be replace. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 43,000 and current mileage was 44,000. Updated 07/20/lj. This problem occurred on 04/05/2011.
#5 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape
The VIN of the car is 1FMCU0C74A_. The automatic transmission in my 2010 Ford Escape started "flaring" between 2nd and 3rd gears last September a month after I bought it. "flaring" is a term used by Ford to describe when the transmission delays shifting between gears and the engine revs until it finally shifts. The dealer has worked on it several times and the problem continues. This has not really been a safety issue until two weeks ago. It started "flaring" occassionally between 1st and 2nd gears also. This is a concern because I'm not up to speed when this happens between 1st and 2nd. With traffic being heavy at times, I'm concerned that someone could rearend me when this happens. The car is at the dealership now to try to diagnose the problem. The dearer along with the Ford representative haven't been able to resolve the problem between 2nd and 3rd gears so I doubt they will resolve this problem either. I'm further concerned that it could start happening with 1st gear and I could start to enter a highway and the car would not accelerate when intended and then suddenly accelerate when it wasn't safe to do so. It was Thursday, Jun. 30, 2011 when this automatic transmission issue occurred.
#6 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape
The vehicle was a 2010 Ford Escape. While driving to the tpa on I-75 approaching the exit for I-4 we slowed for a truck that cut us off. Our vehicle shifted down at least two gears which caused the engine to over rev. We tried to speed up, but the engine just reved higher. So we slowed while exiting on to the ramp for I-4. We were able to get over to the right and pull off the ramp road before getting on to I-4. We turned the engine off and sat for a few minutes to compose ourselves. I was hoping that the system would reset itself so we could continue. We started the engine and we continued to the airport without anymore problem. I drove home and for two weeks drove without incident until 8/26/2011. The same thing happened as before. The engine down shifted about 65 mph and the engine began revving. We slowed the vehicle and came to a stop to make a left turn. After excelerating we felt the engine over revving before shifting. The vehicle is unsafe to drive. It is unpredictable as to when a problem will occur. Itâ€™s a matter of time before something bad is going to happen. We need this problem fixed with assurance that it is truly fixed or we need restitution from Ford for selling us an unsafe vehicle. This problem occurred on August 26, 2011.
#7 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
VIN of the vehicle was 1FMCU93G99_. The vehicle involved is a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while towing the vehicle with an RV, smoke was seen from the engine compartment. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the automatic transmission was defective and needed to be replaced. The contact mentioned that the transmission had been replaced a total of three times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who advised the contact to have th vehicle towed to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 14,000 the current mileage was 23,000. This issue happened on Thu., Jul. 28, 2011.
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#8 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
2008 Ford Escape has 68,000 miles on it, the transmission is jerking when shifting into first and second gear. It is really bad shifting to second, it's almost like the motor is dropping. My a/c also just started having issues, the fan only works on high. It was Wednesday, August 17, 2011 when this automatic transmission issue occurred.
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#9 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford Escape
Ford Escape limited 2004 problem with automatic transmission, don't work
VIN:1fmcu94134ka25926. I bought in March 2011. This automatic transmission issue occurred Jul. 25, 2011.
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#10 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Ford Escape
Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FMYU04161_. Consumer has a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle would only shift into drive and would not shift into park or reverse. The contact was unable to remove the key from the ignition switch when the failure recurred. The vehicle was neither inspected nor repaired for the failure. The failure and current mileage was 113,319. The failure date was Jul. 16, 2011.
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#11 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape
I have had numerous issues with my 2009 Ford Escape 6 speed transmission. The transmission was replaced after 17000 k with total internal failure. With both the new and old transmissions I have had experienced the following safety issue on numerous occasions. Failure to downshift coming to a stop, which has resulted in the car lingering in the middle of intersections without the ability to accelerate. This has either resulted in a 3 second pause while the transmission decides to downshift, or on about 5 occasions the car has right out stalled. It is a very scary situation sitting in the middle of an intersection with cars bearing down on you without the ability to accelerate to safety. The car has been in the shop numerous times and the transmission technician has updated the transmission control software (via technical bulletin) 3 times, which has not helped at all. The technician has mentioned that there are a steady stream of 2009 Ford Escape owners in the shop with similar problems, but there clearly is no real solution to the problem. This is a brand new transmission that has been rushed into the Escape to improve fuel economy without proper testing. It is clear to me that the Ford engineers have not figured out how to electronically control this transmission. I am an engineer myself and understand that components sometimes fail or have weaknesses, but to have failure like this in normal driving circumstances constitutes a serious safety issue in my opinion. I just hope no one gets seriously hurt before Ford fixes this properly. It was Friday, February 12, 2010 when this automatic transmission issue occurred.
#12 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape
2010 Ford Escape. Consumer states vehicles shifted into second gear hard after she moved from a stop. This automatic transmission issue occurred Jan. 1, 1901.
#13 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1FMCU0D7XA_. I have a 2010 Ford Escape that was recalled for transmission problems, I brought the vehicle in and it was supposedly fixed. I took the vehicle on a trip this weekend, the transmission seized up and almost caused a tremendous rear end accident. I left the car 100 mile from home because now Ford has to do the work again. I am concerned that the vehicle has other problems that they are not fixing with the transmission. This problem occurred on Jun. 19, 2010.
#14 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape
My 2010 Ford Escape has slammed violently into gear while being driven a total of 5 times. The first time this happened, my wife was driving and she thought someone had hit her from behind and she actually hurt her neck because the jerking was so violent. Three of the 4 other times that this has happened have not been as violent but it just happened again about 2 weeks ago (at about 11,000) miles and it was very violent (and my wife got jerked again). It was Fri., Aug. 20, 2010 when this automatic transmission issue happened.
#15 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FMCU93G99_. 2009 Ford Escape 4wd automatic transmission. We experienced failure of transmission while towing the car per instructions in car information book. It was fixed by Ford with no problem (we were told it was a defective transmission) took 12 days. Reimbursed by extended warranty for out of pocket expenses. Then we towed it 1000 miles per instructions on stopping etc. No problems. We had the oil changed by a Ford dealer and they "topped" off the fluids. We towed the car 200 miles and the transmission "blew" it was towed again to a Ford dealer fixed in 6 days this time and a new dipstick was given with instruction to never let anyone "top" off the fluid and to keep it between hash mark and low line. We have since towed it >9000 miles with no further problem. However everytime we had oil change or tire reputation, the service department did not know about their own service bulletin telling them not to top off fluid. We were also given new towing instructions regarding stopping every 6 hours and running the car for 5 minutes and putting it through all gears before towing again. However, I can't find those instruction anywhere. This automatic transmission issue occurred 06/03/2009.
#16 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
The vehicle having this issue was a 2009 Ford Escape. At the shift level of 40 to 45 mph the gas pedal vibrates. It is most pronounced during the first shift of the day. This automatic transmission problem happened on Sep. 1, 2009.
#17 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
The car was a 2009 Ford Escape. Ford scape transmission no respond, I was driving and to pass another car no respond and I had got out the road. Almost crash. I inform this incident. This problem occurred on Tue., Jul. 13, 2010.
#18 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1FMCU93G79_. The vehicle was a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated while attempting to accelerate from a complete stop, the vehicle was hesitant to accelerate and began to accelerate abnormally. The transmission warning light then illuminated on the dashboard. The dealer replaced the transmission however, the failure persisted. The failure mileage was 2 and the current mileage was 7,000. It was 04/18/2009 when this automatic transmission issue happened.
#19 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
The owner has a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact was towing the vehicle with his 2009 fleetwood bounder 35 ft. Triton v10 engine with a Ford chassis. While driving 55 mph the transmission in his Ford Escaped caught fire. He stated that he followed the instructions in the users manual which indicated to place the vehicle in neutral, the key in the acc position and turn the vehicle on for five minutes before he began towing a vehicle. The tow bar was installed on the vehicle and the RV. He observed smoke in between the RV and the Ford Escape. The contact had to drive two miles before he could pull over. When he inspected the vehicles, he observed smoke coming from underneath the hood of the Ford Escape. He called the manufacturer and was advised that the vehicle had to be towed to the dealer. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The dealer advised him that the manufacturer would decide whether to replace or rebuild the transmission. The manufacturer was unable to locate the parts was unable to confirm when the parts would be available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 24,064. It was Friday, Jul. 2, 2010 when this automatic transmission issue happened.
#20 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
The car involved was a 2009 Ford Escape. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FMCU93G69_. Vehicle accelerated while on cruise control and cruise had to be disengaged to stop acceleration. Vehicle failed on 2 occasions to accelerate to highway speed after entering merge lane. It was Saturday, August 7, 2010 when this automatic transmission issue occurred.
#21 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
The VIN of this vehicle was 1FMCU04G89_. After a recall that reprogrammed the powertrain control module my 2009 Ford Escape began to experience acceleration with out the gas pedal being pressed. The first incident occurred on August 15th. The vehicle was brought in for service on August 20th. No issues or repairable items were found. The car continues to accelerate without the gas pedal being pressed. The vehicle will be brought back in for service. The vehicle did not experience this problem prior to the reprogramming. When the acceleration occurs it feels like the cruise control is engaging even though the system was not on prior to acceleration. This problem occurred on August 15, 2010.
#22 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
This 2009 Ford Escape was purchased August 1, 2009. I cant say how disappointed I am in the performance of this vehicle. Beginning may 19th, 2010 with a recall, the above-mentioned vehicle began sputtering, stalling and jerking upon acceleration. On August 16th, the vehicle was taken to gene steffy Ford in columbus for repair. Again, after driving the vehicle for two weeks, the check engine light came on and it started to stall and sputter when driven over 20 miles. Three times in September, I took the vehicle to steffy Ford in columbus for work. They failed to find what was wrong with the vehicle. I ended up taking the vehicle back to baxter Ford in omaha, nebraska. On October 12th, 2010 an intake hose assembly was replaced on the vehicle, after the service department drove the said vehicle over 100 miles. Again, the vehicle has still not performed to customer satisfaction. On December 1, 2010 the vehicle was taken to baxter Ford for service work. This time the lh trans axle assembly was replaced, the transmission fluid was drained and a case bushing was found to be worn. The vehicle still jerks on acceleration and now the steering wheel is crooked. Definitely a safety hazard to drive if the axle was worn at only 31,000 miles. This issue happened on Tuesday, May 18, 2010.
#23 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
The vehicle was a 2009 Ford Escape XLT. The contact was driving 20 mph up a steep hill and attempting to accelerate when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact immediately engaged the emergency brake to prevent the vehicle from rolling backward. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technician stated that the transmission oil had burned out and that the transmission would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle would jerk when accelerating at high speeds but had not stalled since repairs. The approximate failure mileage was 24,000. This automatic transmission problem happened on Oct. 15, 2010.
#24 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
The car involved is a 2009 Ford Escape. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FMCU03G59_. I was accelerating from a stoplight on a two lane road without a shoulder. A vehicle in my lane suddenly slammed on the breaks, so I let my foot off the accelerator to check the next lane to see if I could swerve over at which point I pressed on the accelerator to get in front of the car in the other lane but my vehicle was unresponsive. The rpms didn't change, after a couple seconds and the accelerator to the floor, it finally engaged into gear and jolted forward. I narrowly missed the stopped car. I have experienced these dead spots in acceleration after the mandatory TSB Ford released. There have been five times in which it almost caused an accident and I try to avoid making any left handed turns against traffic. My vehicle has also been plagued with other transmission issues, such as slamming into gear, slipping gears, shift flares, harsh shifting and even the transmission being unresponsive and resulting in the vehicle jolting forward when off the accelerator. It was Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 when this automatic transmission issue happened.
#25 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The car was a 2008 Ford Escape. The VIN of the problem Escape is 1FMCU93158_. Transmission started to hard shift. Took to dealer, dealer determined there was a leak in the transmission cooler. Although this I have a lot of miles on my car, it's still only a 2008 model year. The leak is on the side of the cooler, not the front, from a rock or twig or front puncture - this is a terrible design. They put the transmission cooler, engine cooler, and the a/c condenser all in one unit, so if one goes bad, you have to replace the entire unit. Dealer gave me a cost of $983 to repair == $424 for the part, and the rest in labor because they have to examine the a/c unit the cost is significantly higher. I called Ford consumer hotline -- they refused to do anything. I did note today, that just recently someone else had the same issue that was reported to the NHTSA database. I am very frustrated with the lack of response from Ford motor company. The representative (supervisor), just raved about the jd power quality and how good their products were. I don't see how. The failure date was 11/20/2008.
#26 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The car involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. The VIN of this vehicle was 1FMCU03168_. Been noticing little red drips around the radiator filler tube side. Cleaned area and noticed fluid dripping from where the tubes enter the cooler. Noticed other complaints online about a similar problem. Bringing into the dealer. The failure date was Nov. 25, 2008.
#27 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle having this issue was a 2008 Ford Escape. VIN of the vehicle was 1FMCU94178_. Transmission cooler leak, causing it to jump when below 20 miles an hour. While in boston during rush hour, could have caused a major accident. This automatic transmission issue occurred Sunday, November 23, 2008.
#28 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. The VIN of this vehicle is 1FMCU94138_. Transmission issues. Doesn't catch into reverse gear and cannot go in reverse. Shifts into what feels like second gear at highway speeds. This automatic transmission problem happened on 01/16/08.
#29 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The car is a 2008 Ford Escape. The VIN of the problem Escape is 1FMCU03Z78_. The vehicle feels like it does not want to shift into gear when it is put into reverse. The whole vehicle is "chugs" or shakes when it is reversing at slow speeds. Has become worse with time. Vehicle purchased may 2008 and has 14,000km. Currently in the dealership and they are replacing the entire transmission. This issue happened on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009.
#30 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
I have a 2008 Ford Escape that I have had transmission problems and when put into rev. It would slip and or chatter. When I brought it into the dealership they stated to me that they can not get it to do what it did for me. This happen for a few days. It started to do it when it gets cold outside and after driving it. I have 333000 miles on it and do a lot of out of town driving. I would like it fixed before it leaves me stranded out of town. The dealership has had it for a week now and still can not find a problem with it. It is hard to believe that there is no code set for this problem. It was Wednesday, January 14, 2009 when this automatic transmission issue occurred.
#31 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. Vehicle would not go in reverse after driving about ten miles. Sub zero weather, vehicle was parked in heated garage. It worked ok out of garage, after driven for the ten miles reverse slipped badly. Powertrain light on dealer checked for codes and code read as unknown problem. Transmission now has delayed engagement into reverse. Dealer checked fluid and it is burnt, again no known codes yet light is still on. Vehicle is 4 cylinder with 4 wheel drive. This automatic transmission issue occurred January 15, 2009.
#32 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The car involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. This is a follow up to earlier complaint #10256871 dealer was unable to do repairs to vehicle at earlier date because they could not find problem. Vehicle now quit moving in middle of traffic requiring it be towed. Dealer now replaced entire transmission due to complete internal failure which appeared to be caused by lack of lubrication to internal components. Dealer commented that it appears to be a cooler related design problem, which restricts fluid flow in cold climates. This issue happened on Wed., Feb. 11, 2009.
#33 - Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The VIN of the car is 1FMCU49H28_. 2008 Ford Escape hybrid, complete engine failure with less than 1/4 mile warning. Ford has technical service bulletins on this problem: # 7-25-9 (Dec. 24-07) and 08-3-3 (Feb. 18-08). Repair is a simple calibration. Since this is a serious, potentially deadly defect, why is this not a recall to notify consumers? Ford would not pay for the repair because my mileage was beyond warranty. It was not beyond warranty when the first TSB was issued. If this had been a recall and Ford had been required to notify me, I would have had it fixed then, before it nearly caused an accident. Thank you. It was 03/03/2009 when this automatic transmission issue happened.
Other Power Train related problems of Ford Escape:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||125|
|Power Train problems||119|
|Transmission Fluid Leaking problems||66|
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||59|
|Transmission Failure problems||39|
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||17|
|Automatic Transmission Cooler problems||14|
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||12|
|Transmission Noise problems||10|
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||10|
|Vehicle Shudder problems||9|
|Overdrive Light On problems||9|
|Transfer Case problems||8|
|Automatic Transmission Column Shift problems||7|
|Clutch Pedal/linkage problems||6|
|Noises During Shifting problems||6|