Differential Unit Problems of Ford Escape

Ford Escape owners have reported 7 problems related to differential unit (under the power train 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   Differential Unit problem of the 2017 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 10/23/2017

I bought this 2017 Ford Escape se ecoboost 4wd in February, and since then every time I change gears from park to reverse, I hear a rough 'thud' noise from the rear. I only happens when I go in reverse and it never happens while the Escape is in drive while in motion. It happens often hearing a hard knock when going in reverse. Since this is a 4wd Escape, im thinking its coming from the rear differential when the rear wheels are 'kicked' into gear using the rear wheels power to pull it in reverse. It does have 'intelligent 4wd' where when the Escape is driving on normal roads, the front wheels are only active, but then all four wheels are activated when going on rougher roads. I have done research about this and other owners from 2017 with 4wd have been having this problem to an uncertain end not knowing if this is going to damage the Escape in a few years or in a year. . . Basically the Ford Escape I have makes a hard rough thud noise when going into reverse thinking its a defect. I have contacted Ford through their facebook page and they said they did not find any recalls on it, but it is still is a real problem for me and other Ford Escape 4wd owners. Please figure this out. Thank you.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

Escape 2013 awd 77,000 miles. Internal mechanical problems affecting the differential. The transmission fluid is burn't. The transmissions slips in every gear, eventually putting itself in to neutral. A well established, local aaa recommended transmission shop owner states only one option; replacing the transmission at a cost of $4,800. Further, stated the problem was something that had been building up for quiet some time and that it's some sort of defect. Worst case scenario, transmissions fails due to defect causing an accident. It has had 2 major repairs since I purchased it new from the dealership in 2013 totalling over $2,500. $2,500 + $4,800 = $7,300 for a vehicle only 2 years old. This model needs to thoroughly investigated before someone gets hurt or possibly killed.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 07/28/2010

2005 Ford Escape. 4x4. I backed out of a parking space, put the car in drive and accelerated. The vehicle bogged down, as if out of gas. I shifted out of drive, put it back in drive and drove off. I kept hearing a knocking noise. I drove to my next location and the noise persisted. I took it to a repair site and when they pulled the plug from the front differential there was no draining and a part of a tooth from a gear came out. I took it to the dealership and they tell me it is because I replaced the two tires they kept telling me to change and not all four. They also informed me of black fluids in the power steering and brakes. It's going to cast me approximately $2700. 00 to get all of this done, including the purchase of the two tires needed to make the four tire change. The location where I had the tires installed tell me that a two tire change is normal. The dealership itself wanted to do the same thing. This is messed up.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 08/30/2007

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. While attempting to accelerate from a stop at 8 mph, the transmission and steering wheel began to shake. The shaking continued for five miles until the contact smelled burning rubber and pulled the vehicle over. She took the vehicle to the mechanic and they stated that the cause of failure was the transmission. The current and failure mileages were 68,308. The consumer stated wants to be reimbursed for repairs. Updated 09/18/07.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 10/28/2006

My low miles - 2002 Ford Escape almost killed my wife on Saturday. The differential went on my 2002 Ford Escape premium edition (not worth the extra money) and almost through the vehicle off the road. It has been reported while it was under warranty and they kept changing the transmission fluid. Ferrario Ford of elmira heights NY claims that that was the right thing to do when it was under warranty. Now it is going to cost $4000 to fix and no one is accepting responsibility for almost killing my wife with their negligence or paying for it because it has the lowest warranty in the biz. If you have a similar story I'd love to hear hwillcox@stny. Rr. Com or 315-491-9629. Henry willcox.

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car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 08/07/2006

Third time my rear differential has leaked!!! first time was in 2003, second time in 2005, and this time in late 2006.

car image   Differential Unit problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 05/05/2001

Left rear passenger restraint was jammed after the first use. This part was replaced and it was jammed after the first use. It was replaced a second time and is currently fuctional but this is the first time in 4 months since purchase date that it has been functional. Rear differential had a broken seal and was leaking. This part was replaced and is now functional. The master cylinder was cracked and replaced. This part is now functional. The power steering was effected when part of the power steering system fell out of the car when the vehicle was put in park. The parts (including alternator, belts and spring) literally fell off the car. This could have resulted in many fatalities as the vehicle was on the highway only minutes prior with a car full of passangers. The results of this incident would have been drastically different if this had happened when the vehicle was in motion. Ford has not been responsive to my needs as a consumer and has minimized the safety hazard posed by this defective vehicle.

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