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Cruise Control Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 75 problems related to cruise control (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 06/22/2017

Driving on street and engine shut down. Restarted engine and could not accelerate to more than 20 mph. I pulled off of street and shut engine off for about a minute. Restarted engine and every thing worked fine except check engine light was on and cruise control would not work.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 08/04/2015

I had my cruise control on and had used the coast button to slow down when approaching a car in front of me, I proceed to accelerate when the gas peddle continued to go down and speed increase. I pressed the off button on cruise control and it would not turn off. With both feet on the brake the vehicle continued forward. As I left the road way I tried turning vehicle off but it kept running at about 40 miles per hour I tried putting it in neutral and the vehicle continued forward at which time I put the vehicle in park. The engine stopped. After 30 seconds I started the vehicle and the engine roared, so I shut it off. In the process of calling for assistant, less than a minute, I heard a sound of something being release and the gas pedal hit my foot. I started the vehicle and the engine/speed was normal. Frick Ford dealership says only an acceleration code showing and there is nothing wrong with the vehicle. They said it probably is the floor mat and I should remove them. They only worried about warranty and recall issue and did not advise any service work I would pay for or did the even recommend this.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 03/24/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 67 mph, the cruise control failed to disengage. As a result, the contact crashed into an embankment and the vehicle rolled over multiple times. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained minor scrapes and bruises and the two passengers in the rear of the vehicle sustained bumps, bruises and scrapes that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 12v353000 (engine and engine cooling , vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000. Oo.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 03/09/2015

Was driving 25 miles an hour down small hill, the car in front of me stopped. I hit the breaks and the car didn't stop it felt as if I was pushing the accelerator like when pushing button! to speed up cruise control and it slowly increases speed. I slammed both feet to the brake and went to reach for emergency brake but never made it. I hit the other car. Last thing I remember is hearing metal crunch, the next thing I remember is smoke, top of my head on left side hairline ached looked in mirror and saw blood. Started looking for my phone on the dash but it was broken. Could hear someone talking, then people were walking up to car. When the officer got there he asked what I hit my head on I didn't know, he asked if I had my seatbelt on I said yes. I told him my car wouldn't stop. Realized when e. M. T asked same question I knee I had it on but couldn't remember taking it off, and I told him that. He looked at chest didn't see marks or bruising, he asked again if I was sure, I was sure I put it on. After crash, when got to tow yard next day saw my seat belt broke, I cracked the windshield with my head and broke all under steering wheel with my knees. . . But the airbags deployed must have been after I hit everything because it hit me in the arm only based on that stinging red raised rash that later bruised on my forearm, no airbag to face injuries, just hit top of head on windshield and knees on lower dash under steering wheel, bruising on stomach lower abdomen near pelvic bone may have been steering wheel. My car kept going faster breaks didn't slow me at all witness said and my seatbelt latch is in pieces, my airbag went of late. My bumper is folded like a flat piece of metal about one inch wide hit it pushing it into my rradiator. My SUV was going 25 miles an hour, my SUV bumper hit a small car bumper, that car was stopped. What went wrong?.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 03/09/2015

I was driving home on a 6 lane highway yesterday after work. Posted speed limit 65 mph. My cruise control was set at 65, I was in a center lane when my vehicle made a loud clunk and the cruise control cut off and I started losing power to the car. The engine was on but pushing the gas pedal did nothing. I was trying to get out of traffic to the side of the highway with cars speeding and swerving all around me. I was petrified. I called the dealer and the car was taken for service today. They told me it was the throttle body and motor and it was on an extended warranty so I did not have to pay for it. The receipt clearly states this is recall notice 13n03. I have now read about this online and you guys are letting Ford call this a "customer service satisfaction program". Well, you should know that someone is going to be killed. There is no excuse for not notifying customers of a default with a vehicle that endangers people. I never received a recall letter and I could of died yesterday.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 02/16/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 70 mph and depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle began to independently accelerate. The contact noticed that the cruise control was activated and the emergency brake had to be applied in order to stop the vehicle. The failure occurred multiple times. The dealer could not determine the cause of the failure, but disconnected the cruise control cable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 142,835. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 01/13/2015

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving with the vehicle on cruise control at 75 mph, the vehicle decelerated. As a result, the vehicle stalled and the service engine soon warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 01/12/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that after setting the cruise control at 75 mph, the vehicle started to accelerate independently. The contact was unable to deactivate the cruise control and stop the vehicle. The contact applied the accelerator pedal several times in order for the vehicle to stop accelerating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the plastic piece covering the throttle body fractured. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 12v353000 (vehicle speed control) but the recall remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 11/26/2014

While traveling from virginia to michigan on pennsylvania turnpike at a speed of 75 mph my cruise control switched off and the vehicle decelerated. I thought maybe it was because I hit a bump in the road so I tried to engage the cruise control again, it stayed on for a few minutes then disengaged again. This is not the first time this has happened, on a previous trip it did the same thing. I took my vehicle in to the dealer, they couldn't determine the cause. Obviously something isn't right, I've seen one other complaint about this.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 09/29/2014

While driving into work with my cruise control set at 60mph, my vehicle suddenly sputtered and the cruise control disengaged and there seemed to be a loss of power. I remember this description from the throttle bottle notification I received from Ford a few months back. I had taken my Escape into the dealership on 9/11/14 to have this taken care off and now 2 weeks later my vehicle now has the throttle control/powertrain warning light on and is showing all signs of the notification from Ford. I know this issue has already been addressed, but now I am questioning as to whether or not Ford is actually fixing the problem.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 08/21/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the cruise control failed to engage and disengage intermittently. The contact experienced an electrical short with the radio shorting out as well. The vehicle stalled multiple times and the contact had to make several attempts to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who replaced the wiring harness and the failure recurred. The contact noticed that the vehicle was idling rough, the cruise control was engaged and was stuck multiple times causing the vehicle to accelerate while attempting to disengage the cruise control feature. The vehicle also stalled more than five times and the contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not safe to drive and was parked at the contacts residence. The vehicle was towed by the dealer to the authorized dealer for further inspection, diagnosis and repair. The contact was waiting for a response from the authorized dealer who was checking for approval from the manufacturer to repair the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure several times. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000. Dyd.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 07/28/2014

Driving in the mountains of kentucky, late morning. I was in the middle lane with the cruise control on, I saw that cars were breaking so I tapped on the brake to release the cruise. My car's ignition shut off.

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car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 06/22/2014

My Ford 2011 Escape just completely stalled out driving home. I was on the highway going about 65 mph when it just sputtered and died. I think I even had it on cruise control. It was extremely dangerous and I had to pull over in the middle of traffic. I forced the car into park and turned it off when it kept sputtering. Once I restarted the engine it drove some more but did the same thing about 3 minutes from my house. Turing the truck off then back on seemed to work. . . I'm taking into the Ford dealership today to have the look at it but I think it is the throttle body. . .

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 05/20/2014

Had car set on cruise control, felt a pop or a snap under car, looked down and cruise went off and I was coasting, I had my foot in the gas and the rpm's were at 1000, gas was not revving and the rpm's didn't move, coasted to side of road. The engine sputtered as if it was going to shut off, but it didn't. I shut the car off and restarted it and it was fine, until 3 days later when it happened again. Have taken it to a Ford dealer 3 times and they claim that it is not tripping a code and that they can't replace the throttle body until they have a code. I don't know what else to do, I have been driving a loaner car since last Friday and they still haven't been able to recreate the incident.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 04/23/2014

For the past 2 months my 2009 Ford Escape XLT has been jumping and shifting roughly, I thought it was transmission related despite that I flushed my transmission a little over 1 year ago. On 04/24/14 I was driving 60 mph cruise control on the highway and the cruise control cut off and my 2009 Ford Escape XLT began to lose speed, I notice when the 18-wheeler behind me was approaching my bumper rapidly, nearly rear ended me - had to coast 2 lanes over to get to on coming exit to avoid rear ending due to heavy traffic. My SUV would not re-start until the throttle control/powertrain light cut off however the engine light remains on. I had to coast lanes of a busy highway with 8 am traffic to the exit ramp and stopped in the middle of the street and was stranded until my SUV started again.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 02/07/2014

Well, my Ford Escape 2004 ltd edition had issues slowing down. I had used the cruise control intermittently and noticed that the vehicle continued as if cruise control was on even after I braked hard and cancelled the cruise control. I shut the vehicle off and tried turning it back on. When it started back up, the vehicle revved to 5,000 rpm in under 5 seconds. I did this twice with the same effect. I brought it in to my Ford dealership. They said there was no recall (although now I see them all over the internet). I got a call back after this whole ordeal that the right rear wheel well had completely rusted through and that the shock was not attached to anything. This seems to be a common trend with these vehicles, but there are no recalls. My dealership is bringing it to an auto body shop today. I am expecting a $3,000 repair now.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 01/28/2014

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the cruise control would not disengage when applying the brakes, causing the vehicle to accelerate to 85 mph independently. The contact shifted the vehicle into neutral and was able to slow the vehicle down. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was advised that the cruise control malfunctioned due to extreme cold weather. The contact stated the vehicle was remedied under NHTSA campaign I. D. Number: 12v353000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control). The failure mileage was 80,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 01/08/2014

Driving on highway using cruise control setting at 65 mph, when all of sudden vehicle began to slow down and stall on me. I had to pull over on the side of the road because the vehicle was shaking and I could not give it power to stay with traffic speed. I got to the side put the vehicle in park and it still was shaken so I turned it off. I then waited a minute or so and started the vehicle back up even though it was hesitating to start. Once back on I drove with my hazard on at a speed of 50 mph.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 01/07/2014

I took my vehicle in for the recall due to involuntary acceleration and had the recall completed about 1-1. 5 years ago. Today, when I was leaving work for lunch, the vehicle automatically began accelerating when it was taken out of park. When I would try to stop, the vehicle would stop for a second, then begin to try to accelerate again. I was able to make it home safely only because I thought to put the vehicle into neutral at any stop signs or stop lights, then back into drive when the lights turned green again. I only knew to do this because I had had the same type of issues prior to the recall. In this incident, I never once used the cruise control though. It accelerated all on its own. I had one other situation similar to this about a year ago, but that was when I was using my cruise control and it wouldn't disengage. My local Ford dealership will not look at it unless I pay the $80 diagnostic fee, which is ridiculous because this issue was supposed to have been fixed.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 11/12/2013

I was driving down highway in evening heavy traffic with cruise control set at 60mph, when all acceleration cut off. Cars behind me had to hit their brakes just not to crash into me. This was extremely dangerous situation. I hit the gas peddle, both the engine did not accelerate and I had to pull over to the right and put my 2010 Ford Escape into park, at which point the engine was shaking violently and the wrench light was on. Shut off engine, waited 1-2 mins and restarted engine. Chuckled at the beginning, but then ran normally, pulled onto highway again and drove home. I was to anxious to try the cruise control again. Drove home and researched the problem on line. Found thousands of ppl describing on different web sites the exact same story.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 11/05/2013

I was driving on the highway with my cruise control on when the cruise control shut off and a wrench light came on. The car stopped excelling and I had to cruise from the fast lane over 2 lanes to the side of the road. Once to the side I turned my car off waited a minute and then turned it back on. It turned on fine and ran fine from then on. I of course called Ford immediately but it was after hours and I left a message. After about an hour of driving it began to shake my foot when I pushed on the accelerator. Prior to this I did feel some slipping or surges every so often when I was accelerating as if it was having trouble shifting. When I brought it to Ford it was decided that my throttle body needed to be replaced. This was done fast and was covered under my extended warranty it was to be fixed for just my deductible of $100. All fine and dandy until I read the reviews that this has been going on for a while and multiple people have been affected.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 10/27/2013

As I was driving down the interstate with the cruise control set at 70mph, the vehicle turned the cruise control off and decelerated almost immediately to 60mph which caused an uncomfortable thrashing forward of myself and my 2 children. We had our seat belts on, so we were not injured. The vehicle continued to lose power, so I pulled off the highway and placed the vehicle in park and turned off the engine. I noticed a little wrench had appeared in the left corner of my dash display. I looked up this symbol in my owners manual. I then decided to go ahead and try to continue driving as I was a good 75+ miles from home and I was in a very remote area. When I started the engine, I noticed the service engine light came on and did not go back out. I proceeded down the interstate approximately 2 miles before the vehicle did the same thing. This time I attempted to accelerate and with the gas pedal to the floor, had no success. The car just continued to lose speed, so again , I pulled off the highway and this time I let the vehicle proceed as far as it could without applying the brake. As the car was nearly stopped, it started to shake as if it were about to shut off. I turned off the engine and again, restarted after a short break and was able to make it the rest of the way home.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 10/27/2013

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the cruise control was activated while driving approximately 65 mph when an unexpected increase in acceleration occurred. In addition, the engine began to race. The wrench warning indicator was also illuminated on the instrument panel when the malfunction occurred. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 09/19/2013

With cruise control engaged at 55 mph, the vehicle suddenly disengaged cruise control and went to an extremely rough idle with the vehicle shaking like a leaf in the wind. Had to exit highway through traffic as the throttle would not respond in any position. It was early morning with light traffic thankfully. This could have been different if the problem had occurred later in the day during heavy traffic.

car image   Cruise Control problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 09/04/2013

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 69 mph with the cruise control activated, the gears would not engage, causing the vehicle to lunge forward. The contact mentioned that once the gears had engaged, the vehicle would jerk in reverse. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 15,700. Updated 12/04/lj updated 12/9/2013.