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Electrical System Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 604 problems related to electrical system (under the electrical system category).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 03/30/2016

Driver side rear window would close, an hour later the rear lift gate would not open. There is no way to open the lift gate from inside car, if we were in an accident and needed to get out through the back.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 03/21/2016

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicles steering wheel started clicking and shaking without warning, and about 30 seconds later, the steering wheel became very difficult to turn and failed. The next morning, when the vehicle was started, the maintenance warning light became illuminated and stayed on. The vehicle was previously repaired on a recall in 08/2014 for the same issue but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 52,000. Ed.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 03/04/2016

Called Ford motor company customer service today regarding a used 2010 Ford Escape that we bought (from a Nissan dealership) yesterday. I researched the vehicle & learned that is a problem with the "electronic throttle body" (etb) in this vehicle. I was also told by the Ford csr that there a "redesigned" etb part that is used to replace the original part that is prone to fail suddenly. It also appears that sudden failure of the etb which according to Ford is prone to fail could result in sudden stalling and/or reduced power to the car. . . . Which could place the drive (my 16yo son, new driver) in a potentially dangerous and/or life threatening situation while driving. The Ford csr acknowledged that, and even after he reportedly discussed my concern with his "manager", informed me that Ford would only replace the part ". . . After it fails". This is unacceptable to me as a consumer & father of my son who will be driving this car. Apparently, Ford is willing to "gamble" on my son's (and others on the road) safety & health. I called our local Ford dealership who informed me the cost of replacing the (prone to fault) ecb with the "redesigned" etb was $386 (=$210 labor + $176 part). It is absolutely unacceptable to me that Ford will not, upon request of a Ford Escape owner, replace at Ford's cost Ford's acknowledged prone-to-fail etb which can potentially put my son's life at risk. This far exceeds abysmal customer service. . . Apparently Ford is willing to take a "known risk & gamble" on the health & safety of those who purchase/drive of their vehicles.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 03/04/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. After coming to a stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 03/03/2016

Purchased vehicle in August of 2014 with 28,000 miles on it. About 2-3 weeks ago the vehicle just stalked, lost all power then died on my wife with my 19 month old baby girl in the car. Vehicle starts right back up when this occurs. It happens a couple of times a week and is very dangerous. Sometimes it will die when you are trying to accelerate or merge into traffic. Took it to the same Ford dealer we purchased the vehicle from and they were able to replicate the problem. However, no codes are present in the vehicle even when it happens. The Ford service writer and technician said that it was the throttle body. The vehicle has 52,000 miles on it however I was told no warranty or recall covered the replacement of the throttle body. I paid for the throttle body repair. Less than 48 hours later the vehicle dies again on my wife while pulling out of our neighborhood. Again with my child in the back seat.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 03/02/2016

Having problems starting vehicle. Must push key in very hard, so much so that your hand will hurt, in order for it to start. Sometimes it starts, sometimes it won't. Has left my family stranded on more than one occasion. Acts like you can't push in key in far enough to make it start. Sitting under my carport now, unable to start and unable to pay the $500. 00 plus repair cost. Not very happy right now!.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 02/25/2016

Car running rough, car slowed and then would not drive. Towed, told it needs new pcm, cylinders, coils, and spark plugs. Car has less than 80,000 miles. This is a known problem with this car and the pcm was changed in later models. Ford created a defective product and does not seem to care.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 02/22/2016

Hi my name is jose hernandez I have a 2008 Ford scape and I am having steering wheel electrical problems when I turn on the car the steering wheel vibrate and I have done some research and I loock like there has been alot of people complaining abouth the same problem im having and that might be the steering wheel torque sensor.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 02/21/2016

I was driving and I'm not sure if I hit a patch of ice or steering froze up. I was traveling 35 in a 40 mph zone and on a curve, the vehicle veered off the road into a bog. The vehicle started to sink and I was unable to open the door for a few minutes. I tried putting the vehicle in reverse to get out of the water and ice. Then I noticed a flame coming from the back of the vehicle. I pushed the door open and began swimming away from the vehicle. As I was about 30 feet from the vehicle, it exploded. I was in the water and ice for approx. 10 minutes. The fire dept, police, and emt's arrived and pulled me from the water and took me to the hospital. I have 2nd degree burns on my arm and legs. My insurance company has deemed the vehicle a total loss and the adjuster said the only thing that could be salvaged was 1/2 of my license plate. I asked what could have caused this and the adjuster said that perhaps it was an electrical problem and water mixed with the electrical problem may have caused the fire. He did state that he did not know what caused the fire and explosion. The vehicle is sitting and I have asked that it not be destroyed (what's left of it) until the cause can be determined. This concerns me greatly because I do not want this to happen to anyone else. The shock is starting to wear off and I keep asking myself how in the world a car could "just explode". Please let me know if anyone else has had any problem like this or if anyone can suggest what may have caused this catastrophe. Thank you.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 02/20/2016

Bought my 05 XLT Escape last may 2015 and all of a sudden it started to shudder stall while idling and just completely die when I was driving on the highway! got the codes read and it said I had a misfire on cylinder 2, so I put new coils and spark plugs in it but it's still not working! still doing a misfire and it's running bad when it decides to crank up! now it's not even drivable.


 
car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 02/19/2016

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact had to stop and restart the vehicle. The vehicle was driven to the dealer, but they could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact also stated that the failure recurred every day. The approximate failure mileage was 38,300.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 02/16/2016

Had the truck serviced received a perfect report, then 2 weeks later the steering became very tight and hard to steer. Took the truck to 3 different shops to learn they were not equipped to handle an electrical power steering.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 01/22/2016

Vehicle jerking 4wd light keeps blinking, power lock light pops on car act like it wants to shut off.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 01/17/2016

Experienced sudden engine shut down while driving 60mph on freeway. Put vehicle in neutral and coasted to shoulder. Vehicle restarted. No fault code found.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 01/05/2016

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph and making a turn, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the steering failed. There was no warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the torque module in the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 129,000. Ed.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 12/31/2015

Driving on the interstate when the car lost all power and all warning lights came on. I pulled onto the shoulder and noticed smoke coming from under the hood. Got out to get a better look when the engine compartment burst into flames.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 12/27/2015

I had turned off the highway and was traveling down a busy road when my car completely stopped without warning. Luckily, I was in the right lane and on a bit of a downward slope and was able to steer the "dead" car off the road. I turned off the engine and waited a minute. I turned on the car and it started again. I am concerned as I do a lot of highway driving and if my car suddenly stops like that again, there could be dire consequences. The earliest a dealer can look at my car is January 8th. My local dealer - January 14th. Today is December 28th. After reading some of these reports, I am afraid to drive it. Meanwhile, I need to rent a car, until someone at a Ford dealer is able to look at it this is not the first time this has happened. However, after previously having the car towed to a dealership - I thought the problem was resolved.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 12/17/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving approximately 15 mph, the vehicle stalled. The oil, battery and check engine warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number:15v813000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was approximately 46,000. Tw.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 12/09/2015

Vehicle was parked for 4 days in driveway. Vehicle engine compartment became engulfed in flames unexpectedly. Cause unknown. A 2014 recall related to throttle body is suspicious. Recall was addressed under customer satisfaction program 13n03.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 12/09/2015

Without warning transmission completely fails. No indication of problems, just dropped the transmission on the way to work. Thank goodness there was no traffic behind us or we were in an intersection. Just completely stopped pulling while traveling down the road at 45 mph. Transmission rebuilt. Since then and still currently the charging light stays on constantly. Has been in the automotive repair shop for a month and no one can find a problem or match the codes with an apparent problem. On it's way to a second shop for another opinion. Idles high both in park and in gear, constant vibration inside the vehicle (steering wheel, dash, console etc. ). Dash/speedometer makes humming noise in the afternoons. Alarm has randomly gone off twice and interior lights would not go out on their own - had to turn off manually. "right rear door ajar" or "lift gate ajar" messages were displayed, but the doors were fine. Message did not reset when re-closing the doors, just reset eventually on its own. Gas mileage has dropped to 15 mpg. Radio volume will not come down. Get louder if you touch it. This problem has been going on awhile, but now with everything else possibly electrically going on, don't know if it's related. We've already spent around $2000. 00 on it and I still don't feel safe to drive it, especially after reviewing all the complaints this model Escape has had. Without diagnosis of a problem, I fear it may escalate to other computer issues and cause far worse driving/safety problems. Undetermined electrical/interior going crazy seems to be a common complaint even when what appears to be the problem is addressed. I am disappointed to be having such problems with this Ford. My husband actually recently purchased a used Acura instead of a Ford because of it. I have no transportation of my own until these safety/reliability issues are resolved.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the engine was defective and the engine light remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an authorized mechanic for diagnostic testing, which located a failure code at the coolant system. When the engine was started, smoke and a burning odor was detected from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 60,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 11/25/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, her steering wheel starting shaking and became hard to steer. Her power steering fault warning light became illuminated and the vehicle was pulled to the side of the road and shut off. The vehicle was restarted and the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering assist motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 121,000. Ed.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 11/18/2015

My Ford Escape electronic power steering has been acting erratically. It seems to work fine sometimes, but then turns off at other times. This makes it extremely hard to turn the vehicle.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 11/15/2015

Multiple times check engine service engine fault now comes on, killing all power and steering to vehicle. Stalled out in traffic, on highway, at a stop, low speed, no speed, high speed. Lost all ability to accelerate or control vehicle. Traction control sensor light lit up, check engine light lit up, airbag sensor lit up and yet running the check systems on it responds that all systems are normal and no active messages. Previously had issue with a bad wheel sensor affecting rpm's, speed, and acceleration. It took the dealer 4 days to figure that out as no computer codes displayed. When turning the lights on manually, the sensor on the dash doesn't light up and it does not turn the lights on unless it is completely dark outside. Not good for these rainy overcast mornings. The engine stalling happened in all different circumstances and traveling in inner city traffic and losing power has proven to be quite dangerous. It first happened yesterday while traveling short trip turning into parking lot. Today it occurred 12 times in a span of a 25 mile trip with my granddaughter in the car. I read the Ford website and ntsa ones and feel it could possibly be related to recall # 14s17 but when I run the VIN number, it only shows active recall related to airbags. It has had multiple recalls since first 3 months of ownership and dealer where purchased never seems to know or have parts in order to address recall issues. The problem is that when this happens, you lose all ability to control the vehicle and there is no indication of when or where it's going to happen. We were sitting at an intersection and when the light turned green, I accelerated and it lost power and there was nowhere to get the vehicle off of the road as it was traffic all around us. I turned my hazards on and prayed we didn't get hit by the oncoming onslaught of traffic.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 11/11/2015

Escape has several issues, Ford dealer would review and report no issues found. I bought my Escape new in July 2012. 1. Front seat belts - within the first year (Jan-Feb 2013 - mileage 5,000ish) the front seat belts wouldn¿t retract 90% of the time, causing them to be caught in the door and/or keep the door from closing. 2. Transmission issues (Nov 2015 - mileage 50,000ish ) it shifts badly, sometimes acts as if its in-between gears when your breaking or accelerating. When you release the peddle and reapply, it¿ll reengage but at times will lurch again. 3. Electrical issues - Jan 2016 -(mileage 65,000ish) the dome light won¿t go out, had to pull the fuse lights so I could drive unobstructed. 4. (4/18/16 - mileage 73,000ish) rear door will not open. Apparently this is a known issue based on what find on line and here. In the past I did notice water ¿drips¿ on my back window, I couldn¿t figure out where the ¿leak¿ was, again dealership reported no problem found, I just thought it was pooled water that found its way in when I had opened up the rear window/door. But based on what I see on line and here the rear door not opening is due to the ¿water drip/leak¿ issue because of the rear window gasket isn¿t correct thickness or something along those lines. Back door not being able to open is a safety concern, all doors should be accessible in case of an emergency. 5. Same date as 4,door locks not locking when you put SUV into gear. 6. April 26, 2016 ¿ pulling out of my drive way ¿ no incline what so ever ¿ warning light for steep grade light came on. 6. Truck will be taken back to a different Ford dealer ship, for all the above issues, I don¿t care to return to where I bought it, since their service department is very dismissive despite me providing reports from this website to them about the various issues I came in with.

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