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Automatic Transmission Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 128 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 12/02/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the transmission would need replacing. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 41,400.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 07/10/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle hesitated and failed to accelerate. The maintenance service sensor illuminated on the instrument panel. An independent mechanic stated that the second and fourth gears were faulty and the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 82,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 03/14/2013

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that once the vehicle was turned off it could not be restarted. The radio also failed and the vehicle exhibited a reduction in power. The failure recurred on 5 different occasions. The vehicle was towed and the transmission, alternator, front axle and battery were all repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure and current mileage was unknown. The VIN was not provided.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 07/09/2012

-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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 06/03/2012

The contact owns 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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 11/30/2011

The contact owns 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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 08/26/2011

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. It’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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 08/17/2011

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 07/28/2011

The contact owns 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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 07/25/2011

Ford Escape limited 2004 problem with automatic transmission, don't work VIN:1fmcu94134ka25926. I bought in March 2011.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 07/16/2011

The contact owns 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.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 06/30/2011

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 05/11/2011

Transmission had to be replaced in 2005 Ford Escape (v6, 4wd) XLT. No issues prior to one day driving vehicle and it sputtered and slowed to a complete stop. The car was turned off and restarted just fine. But when the vehicle was put into drive, it only went for about 10 feet before it slowed to a complete stop again. The vehicle was towed on a flat bed to repair shop where owner was informed she must replace transmission totalling $2477. 00. Vehicle has less about 92,000 miles on it with only one owner. Car was purchased September 2004 from Ford dealer. 3 year warranty is obviously no longer valid and dealer offered no advice as to what could be done about it.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 04/24/2011

The 2006 Ford Escape has transmission problems due to a manufacture defect. I talked to a mechanic from Ford and he said that these transmissions are defective, on all Escapes, there are postings online where people are saying the same thing about their Escape. My Escape only has 65000 miles and it has the same issue, the Ford dealership says they cant pinpoint the problem so they have to just replace it. A Ford mechanic online sayed the casing weld internally is faulty making the transmission loose pressure. Other people online have posted the same thing happening to their tranny on their Escape, I would like to suggest that it need be recalled, its costing my family to repair the problem,when Ford is responsible for the defect on their faulty transmission.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 04/05/2011

The contact owns 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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 03/30/2011

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated the failure started with the abs light coming on. The contact was told by a mechanic the tone rings needed to be replaced. After the tone rings were replaced, the transmission started to make a rumbling sound. The contact took the vehicle back to the mechanic and was told the transmission had final drive damage and may need to be replaced. The failure mileage was 76,000 and the failure mileage was 77,500.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 03/15/2011

Tl - the contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph the transmission stop running. The vehicle was taken to a local shop who diagnosed that a rod located between the converter and the pump broke, as a result the pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offered any assistance since the vehicle was out of warranty. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 67,000 and the current mileage was 70,950. Pm.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 03/09/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the transmission was defective. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 150,000.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 01/20/2011

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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 12/05/2010

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape ltd. The contact stated that when trying to accelerate the pedal would hesitate and the vehicle would not move forward. She had to continuously engage the accelerator pedal a couple of times in order for the vehicle to start moving. The failure occurred on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer nor has the vehicle been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 68,000. Updated 2/23/11 updated 05/05/11.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 11/24/2010

I bought my 2008 Ford Escape XLT in 2007. In Aug. Of 08' I had to take it in to the dealer and they said it was my transmission. They found that the pump support was worn and worn through the seal rings. I was at 29,094 miles. Ford fixed it under warranty. It is now December of 10' and I am at 73,000 miles and having the exact same issues only this time I took it in and they will not cover the repair. The tech report I received states the exact same thing it did when I took it in 08'. . Read more...

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 10/15/2010

The contact owns 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.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 09/04/2010

After stopping or slowing down and when you push on the gas to drive or speed up the car would hesitate as if it were in neutral and then kick into gear and the car would jerk and the tires would skid. This happened for about 2 weeks and then my car stopped driving. It was out of warranty by 10,000 miles and the band broke inside the transmission so now it needs a transmission overhaul.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 08/20/2010

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).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 08/15/2010

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.