Battery Problems of Ford Escape

Ford Escape owners have reported 22 problems related to battery (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Escape based on all problems reported for the Escape.

car image   Battery problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 11/23/2016

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled and the battery warning sensor illuminated. In addition, the contact heard an abnormal sound coming from the fuel tank. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 11/01/2013

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned that the wrench warning icon illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 68,500 and the current mileage was 68,771. Updated 12/30/cn the consumer stated the battery exploded. Updated 01/14/14.

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car image   Battery 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.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 07/25/2012

Numerous faults with radio and navigation system part of myfordtouch system. The radio will come on by itself and will not shut off. This usually occurs when a cell phone is in use and connects or disconnects via bluetooth when the car is started or turned off. When this fault occurs the radio will not allow different stations to be selected. The radio will not turn off even after the engine is turned off and the doors are opened. The power button for the radio will not function to shut off the radio at these times. The radio will remain on for approximately 20 minutes after the vehicle is shut off and the alarm is turned on. The dealer has acknowledged this problem exists with similar vehicles and has stated that a repair does not exist. The navigation system is slow to respond and at times cannot properly locate the vehicle. The navigation system also has faulted by not allowing manual entry of addresses or selection of saved destinations. The dealer has acknowledged a repair for this does not exist other than to disconnect the battery terminals for at least 10 minutes.

car image   Battery problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 06/16/2012

Driving Ford Escape 2009 at consistent highway speed for approximately 20 minutes. Iphone plugged into usb port, head lights, air conditioning on and working. Sudden feeling of hesitation and then floating. Orange wrench light appeared. Sudden loss of rpm's and engine power. Semi-truck behind me weaved into other lane. I activated hazard lights and coasted/changed lanes over 3 lanes of highway traffic to shoulder of expressway. Stopped and parked car. Wrench light remained on. Air conditioning, music, and lights remained working. I looked up code in owner's manual and found "powertrain" "service immediately". I turned off car. I turned off air conditioning, unplugged iphone, music, and lights. I restarted car. Car immediately restarted with no warning light. With car in park, tested acceleration, no hesitation with rpms. I turned off car and waited 5 minutes. I turned car back on, again no wrench light, no hesitation with rpm/gas pedal tested. I turned off hazards and attempted to drive. No further problem driving that night or the next day. On Monday I took car to Ford dealership for inspection. I was called and told that battery needed replacement. I explained I was concerned because there was no loss of auxiliary power, rather engine power. The service representative stated they would replace battery at my agreement and continue testing. I was called later in day an notified that there was nothing wrong with my car. While waiting for call from dealer, I "googled" Ford Escape 2009 wrench light. I found multiple problems attributed to throttle body sticking, with inability of Ford dealers able to identify this recurrent problem. My car remains at dealer. I called Ford dealer again today and was told my car was fine to drive. I am concerned to drive this vehicle on any street/expressway with the potential for this to happen again, as reported by other drivers.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 04/23/2012

Received a recall notice in Feb from Ford (recall id 12v00500 - issued Jan 2012). Indicated potential problems with brake fluids leaks that could cause shorts in the abs electronics. We contacted dealer. No parts available yet. Our abs and brake indicators came on in March as described in the recall notice. Ford still said that recall shows safe to drive, just don't park in the garage due to potential fires. Last night, drove home and parked (in the driveway). Unloaded some stuff from car. . . No problems noticed. Came out of house about 15 minutes later to unload stuff from car and found it smelling of hot electrical system, and smoke coming from hood. Used hose to cool down under hood, while I found wrench and unhooked the battery. Smoke was coming from all sides under and behind engine block. Once battery disconnected the smoking stopped. Calling Ford corporate, local dealer, and insurance this morning to see what to do next.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 12/18/2011

2009 Ford Escape. Consumer states vehicle died while driving the consumer stated a wrench symbol appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. However, they were unable to find any codes and the vehicle passed all their tests. The dealer did fix a transmission leak and an air sensor. On January 5, 2012, the vehicle stalled again and the wrench symbol appeared again. The dealer was unable to find any codes. On March 5, 2012, the vehicle stalled again, and the battery symbol illuminated.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 12/14/2011

Cannot remove ignition key from ignition without disconnecting battery.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 04/10/2011

2002 Ford Escape electrical fire. Vehicle had been driven that day, but had gone less than a mile when it was noted the SUV had a smoky smell and we pulled over. Within minutes the entire engine compartment was involved. It appeared to start near the battery, the battery was aproximately 8 weeks old.

car image   Battery problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 03/21/2011

Was stopped in traffic - traffic began to move, I pressed on accelerator and proceeded. Hit about 5 mph and engine lost power completely and steering wheel locked up - radio and a/c remained on. Battery and oil warning lamps on dash illuminated. Was able to put vehicle in neutral and move to side of road. Turned ignition off and was able to re-start vehicle as normal. Proceeded to my destination as normal.

car image   Battery problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 05/11/2010

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that when the battery in her vehicle stopped working she was unable to open the rear liftgate on the vehicle. She was also unable to gain access from the floor board in the rear seat. The dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 17,000.

car image   Battery problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 01/28/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape XLT. While driving 10 mph and entering a ramp the vehicle shut off. The battery and oil light flashed on the dashboard. The contact changed gears to neutral, turned on the hazard lights, and pulled the vehicle over to the side of the road. The contact shut the engine off for a few minutes and was able to restart the vehicle and drive to her destination. She did not use the heat or radio in case the failure was caused by the battery. The vehicle has not been diagnosed at this time. The contract is concerned that the failure could cause a major crash to occur. The failure mileage was 3,950.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 10/12/2009

The battery drains while the vehicle is off. It takes about 2 days for the battery to be completely dead. I brought the car to the Ford dealership. The mechanics couldn't figure out where the drain was coming from so they flew in an engineer from the Ford factory. He had them remove each fuse & put them back in 3 at a time. Then wait 2 days to see if there was a drain on that electrical line. After over 3 months of my car in the shop, they replaced the Smart junction box thinking that would solve it. It didn't. The Ford customer service rep I was dealing with basically told me that there's nothing else they can do. I told her that I bought the car brand new 2 yrs ago but she didn't care at all. I posted my problem on the internet & had 2 other people from across the country email me with the same exact problem. Ford is not taking responsibility for their faulty product. I've been a loyal Ford customer for the last 15 years. I'm also in the military & need my car for my duties. I've taken excellent care of the vehicle from the day I bought it. Ford has completely abandoned me with this problem.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 02/07/2008

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While driving 60 mph, the accelerator pedal went down to the floor and would not release. The contact was able to place the vehicle into second gear. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the cruise control cable failed and jammed the throttle cover. The transmission became damaged when the contact shifted into reverse gear. The manufacturer may not be able to assist. On November 25, 2007, the vehicle was taken to the dealer due to reverse. The dealer cleaned the throttle body, flushed the injectors, and cleaned the upper intake gasket and spark plugs. The fuel filters, coil boots, and ignitions wires were replaced. The current and failure mileages were 62,000. The consumer stated the battery light comes on while driving, replace fuel filter, and a/c is not blowing cold. Updated 03/31/08.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 08/10/2007

About 2 months after I purchased my Escape, the tire pressure monitor light came on and the message center said "tire pressure monitor fault". At the same time the door ajar light and brake lights came on. I took it to the dealer and they couldn't find a thing wrong with it. It happened again, this time the volume on the stereo automatically goes down when I get the tire pressure message along with the air conditioner blowing hot air. It just got worse. I took it to the dealer this time and they kept my car for 3 weeks. They consulted Fords engineers and were in constant contact with Ford (who had no idea what was wrong with it). They finally decided to replace the whole computer. It didn't fail it happened again. But this time the car would just constantly beep, the most annoying thing in the world, and the doors don't automatically lock. As it got worse the dash has a mind of its own, somedays it doesn't light up other days it stays on all night. Thankfully it hasn't drained my battery. It has been to the dealer 4 times already and I have contacted an attorney to help me with a lemon law case. The dealer has no clue what is going on. The advisor said that I was the only Escape in the nation with this problem, but looking on the website mine is not the only one, there is at least one other one. My car is still doing this even more frequently. I have another two weeks before we hear from Ford about a repurchase. It's unfortunate, because I really love my Escape if it wasn't for this one major problem.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 02/01/2005

Ford Escape 2001, windshield wipers haven't kept windows clear enough to see during rain or snow. The consumer was only getting 10-12 miles per gallon on the highway. The vehicle was hard to drive when it was windy outside. When the consumer attempted to stop the vehicle, the brake went down to the floor and did not come back up for several seconds. The anti-lock brakes did not engage. The consumer spoke to the dealer and he said the brakes must have frozen up. The battery low light was on.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 02/20/2004

Battery light is coming on and staying for up to 60 to 120 seconds and then turns off. Had mechanic test for error codes but no codes are being written. This has happened over and over and more so in cooler weather but is now occurring in warm temperatures. Engine has stalled previously as well. 2002 Ford Escape XLT 2wd.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 07/11/2003

Took vehicle to dealer for repair of the sun roof. Complaint was already on file. Also, dealer replaced the battery.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 11/01/2002

I purchased this Ford Escape in March 2001 and have had nothing but problems with it since. On March 26 2001, two days after I received my new vehicle, it wouldn't start. The same problem occurred three more times in a period of two weeks before I brought the vehicle back to the dealer on April 9 2001. The dealership replaced the battery which was obviously defective. Since then I have had numerous other problems with my Ford Escape. I reported that the throttle was sticking (5/17/02) and it was replaced, but it continues to happen. I also reported that there was a vibration and hesitation when shifting gears around 45 mph (5/17/02). Nothing was done at that time to remedy the problem. I later (8/29/02) reported the same problem to the dealer, brought the vehicle back for service on 9/27/02 at which time the torque converter was replaced. There is still a hesitation and loss of power as I drive the vehicle. Also on 5/11/02, the "service engine soon" light came on. The fuel emissions valve was replaced on 5/17/02. On 10/28/02, I reported to the dealer that my vehicle almost stalled at an intersection on 10/26/02 and later that day it would not start. I also told the service representative that there continued to be a "loss of power" as I drive the vehicle at highway speeds. I brought the Escape back to the dealer on 10/30/02 and the technician found "nothing wrong" with the vehicle from the tests he performed. I am not satisfied with these results there is something obviously wrong with this vehicle! dt.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 07/08/2002

Vehicle has on 2 occasions shut off while driving. Without warning, the engine, battery, and oil lights come on at the same time and vehicle immediatelty shuts itself off. Vehicle has been to the dealership after both occurrences. The iac, dpfe, and fuel pump relay were all replaced and my vehicle's pcm was reprogrammed. None of these "fixes" have solved the problem. Although the technician working on the vehicle and the shop foreman have made every effort to assist me with the problem, the cause of the problem has yet to be determined. The manufacturer is aware of this problem with this particular vehicle, but cannot explain what is wrong or how to repair it. I do not feel safe driving my Escape knowing that it could shut itself off at any time without warning in the middle of a busy road.

car image   Battery problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 11/26/2001

2002 Escape stalled while coasting 35-40 mph down-hill. Engine, battery and oil lights illuminated on dash. Loss of power steering and breaks. Vehicle started up immediately after placing in "park" position. Dealership tested vehicle and found nothing out of the ordinary. Vehicle was 3 days old, 164 miles on odometer. This vehicle is the replacement to 2001 Escape that stalled 4 times while coasting. Dealer replaced fuel pump, electronic engine control (eec) relay on separate occasions. Vehicle still stalled. Dealership very "pro-active" and willing to assist by offering rental car while testing both vehicles.

car image   Battery problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 22

The ground wire came off the battery, stranding the driver on the side of the road. Nlm.

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