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Electrical System Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 774 problems related to electrical system (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   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 03/18/2018

I was driving in the highway and I want to go to the rest area and turn left and the wheel got hard to turn the corner of the street, after that never loosened to drive the car.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 02/28/2018

The back liftgate will not open, but the glass will . O heard there was a recall on my vehicle 2012 Ford Escape .

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 02/16/2018

While driving the car on the freeway the car jolted. After 3-5 more miles the car kepped jolting as if it wanted to die then lost all power, even the emergency lights wouldnt come on. Once I turned the car off it turned back on fine then continued the process. The car for no apparent reason died on the freeway and I could have been in an accident to where my life was almost lost. I made it to my mechanic shop they ran the care for codes and no codes came up at all. My mechanic has done research and found that some 2005-2008 fored Escapes have recalls. He feels as my car is one because my car has the exact same symptoms as the recall. In this article I have had all of these issues. The 2005 Escape has problems where the engine shuts down while driving. Ford finally issued a September 2014 recall. Time will tell if the recall fix really solves the problem. However the 2005 Escape also has a defect where the pcm (power control module) fries at around 100k miles. Ford extended the pcm warranty to 80,000 miles, but only after most owners were past the mileage limit. Now owners are on the hook for the average repair cost of over $2,000 (!!).

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 02/09/2018

I started my vehicle yesterday to warm up and about 5-10 minutes later heard a big boom, looked out the door and the front end of my Escape was completely engulfed in flames. I had scheduled it to get repaired yesterday morning, but was unable to make it as we received a lot of snow and schools were cancelled and such. I had known of the recall since last year since I already was involved in another recall with the latch. I tried to get them taken care of at the same time, but the remedy was not available and wouldn�t be for some time. I received a notice directly from Ford between one and two weeks ago and called ziegler in elkhart to make an appointment, but they weren�t available for almost a week. It is obvious the damage was already done with my car anyway, considering the description of the recall, which a whole process of the cylinder head cracking, coolant leaking out and that potentially causing a fire in the engine compartment. I am thankful that the car was just warming up in our driveway and neither my kids nor myself were inside. I am also grateful that our house didn�t catch fire and just sustained some cosmetic damage due to the heat. I do not have the report from the fire department yet, but they said it would be available soon. It was the penn township fire dept that responded and I talked to durgan spinsky whose work number is 5742555075.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 02/08/2018

Steering was shaking and then stopped working no power and steering shakes scared to drive in case will lock up.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 02/08/2018

Trunk button to open, bluetooth and steering electrical and the ability that it says that it can take keys out cause won�t say that it is in park.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 02/01/2018

While parked, the radio randomly shuts off when the car is started. Radio station buttons have to be pressed numerous time to change the station, whether parked or in motion.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 01/28/2018

Terrifying! potentially fatal . Power just cut out on highway while going approximately 55 mph. No steering, no brakes. No power. All warring lights ablaze, but no warning beforehand! gratefully, I was in the right lane and managed to get the car into the median. After several minutes, car restarted. Luckily I was only 1/4 mile from the exit. I read about this well known electrical problem. It is the pcm. Apparently Ford used faulty spark plugs. The fix is too costly. I will have to purchase a new vehicle. Ford recalled the 2005 Escape hybrid but not this model? criminal.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 01/16/2018

In reference to recall number 13s12 back in 2013 with 2013 Ford Escapes low coolant sensor. My Ford Escape was "fixed" per this recall 6/3/14 by bomritto Ford in hazlewood mo. 3 1/2 years later the exsact part used to fixed the original recall has now become faulty and caused my vehcile to go into limp mode. Ford is refusing to replace this part and saying it is the customer responsibility for us to replace a part that was faulty originally and 3 1/2 years later faulty again. I have already replaced my vehicles transmission and computer module in the past year and spent over 3 grand in replacement and labor and this is putting me over the edge. This company does not replace their faulty parts even though they stand behind them. How am I supposed to believe these parts were validly replaced and are not made to last. The engine codes that we are getting are caused from the recall kit that was used to replace the faulty product originally. This kit costs 759 to the consumer and that does not include labor. Ford refuses to sell the parts to fix the problem and makes the customer purchase the entire kit. This issue needs to be handled properly because innocent customers are being taken advantage of. My vehicle only has 100k miles and I have already replaced the transmission which was 2700! now this, which was a recall 4 years ago. The issue began on 1/16/2018 out of nowhere. No warning, no light I was driving on a busy road and my car went into overheat mode and I was told by the computer screen to stop my vehicle immediately which I did. I then had to have the car towed to a trusted mechanic that was able to diagnose the vehicle directly to the recall from 2013 as the same exact issue these Ford's were having in 2013 which is a fire hazard. Ford did not handle this properly, I was hung up on multiple times, I was ignored.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 01/12/2018

While driving on 85n in atanta, GA, while roughly driving at a speed of 65mph in the middle lane at 7am on Friday, January 12, 2018, the battery light came on and the car shut completely off and with no warning! I take excellent care of the car with routine maintenance and have approximately 51k miles on it. For this car to turn off in the middle of morning rush hour traffic on an atlanta major interstate, not only endangered my life but the lives of hundreds of other drivers! thankfully there was a gap in the traffic behind me so I was able to guide the car out of the middle of the interstate since while the car was still in movement but with no power. I barely made on to the shoulder. After sitting on the shoulder for over 30 mins, waiting on a tow truck, the car finally started back up. I still had it towed to the Ford dealership where I purchased it and have my maintenance done on the car. After having the car for 3 days I was told that they can not "duplicate the error". Diagnostics were run on the car multiple times and no issues were found. This is unacceptable. It is not normal for a car to turn off in the middle of a major interstate and for the cars computer to not have a record of the shut down. In addition to that, what if it happens again but I am injured or injure someone else! I've looked at other complaints for the same type of vehicle and other motorists have experienced the same type of problem; the car turning off while driving. Something is seriously wrong with the 2016 Ford Escape and Ford isn't properly addressing the problems!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 01/12/2018

I just bought a 2013 Ford Escape with 1. 6. I purchased this on December 31,2017. The SUV was doing great until yesterday and it stalled on me in a parking lot but it started right back up and ran fine. Got off work heading home stopped got food and got back in started fine. I was at intersection at light and without warning it lost power shutter and then died. It started right back but light had changed as I waited it start losing power again I jumped into turning lane and as I turned it died again. It did this 6 more times and it finally stayed running to get home. I have only had this Escape two weeks and now seeing all these problems I just want this corrected cause I almost got hit in the back due to this stalling. Ford needs to take care of this.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 01/06/2018

Rear end knocking sound after and during backing up, also during low speed. The electronic radio, sync3, audio screen will not turn on in mildly cold temperatures (20f degrees).

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 01/05/2018

In the summer when I run the a/c we smell burning smell and the dealership that we bought it from told me to just let it catch fire and then they will look at it, and now that I'm running the heater it starts leaking oil. It smells like oil in my garage now. Sometimes while pressing on the gas pedal it doesn't go. Friday my engine coolant light came on and then went off and then came back on. I'm not sure what's going on but I want a good look at everything.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 12/29/2017

As my boyfriend was turning the corner at an intersection, the engine suddenly stopped. He was able to stop due to his low speed. I reminded him to put his foot on the brake to restart, and he did that and it started right up. He didn't do anything to make the engine stop. The only thing that was happening at that time was that a text was coming in on my samsung phone, which was charging and connected via bluetooth.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 12/18/2017

At random points in time when car is on, doesnt matter what speed, steering wheel locks and is unable to be moved untill car is turned off and back on again. I just got into an accident yesterday in brattleboro vt while I was driving home for xmas from college when I went right off the side of the road and into a snowbank. Airbags went off and nobody was hurt and luckly I didnt hit any other cars or property. Car is being towed back home to a mechanic. I had gone to a Ford dealership a few weeks ago when I first noticed the issue, in my driveway at low speeds, and after paying a $100 diagnosis fee, the dealership told me there was nothing wrong with the car and that I was imagining things. I've done a lot of research since then and there are a lot of recalls with similar issues but not on the 2012 model.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 12/11/2017

The car suddenly stalls out. Has been fixed once already but has happened numerous times sine the repair. Would happen pulling out of driveway or through parking lot until this last time. I merged onto a major freeway and was up to 75-80mph and the car stalled out, almost hit by 2 semis trying to avoid re ending me on the freeeway.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 12/05/2017

It only happens when you drive the car for a while (45+ minutes), turn it off, and then start it up 15-45 minutes later. It will start but then within the first 100 yards it will go sluggish and stall. When I try to give it gas that doesn't help. I have to turn the car off, put it in park and start it back up. A few times it's stalled 3 times in a row. Once it gets going good it's fine. It's always fine if it's been off for a while (first thing in the morning or starting after work). Eventually the service engine light came on, I took it to a shop, a guy diagnosed it, changed out a sensor and the fuel pump. It didn't help.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 11/22/2017

Water is leaking down the inside of my back liftgate due to a poor seal around the back window. The water is slowly leaking down the liftgate glass and into the body, effecting the electrical system and the motor that opens the trunk. In short, the trunk button attempts to open but the electrical system fails to send a proper signal to the motor to open the door. The vehicle was stationary when I first discovered the issue. I have done extensive research and this seems to be happening to a lot of Ford Escapes from 2008-2012. Ford technicians have even made youtube videos explaining how and why this has happened to a lot of Escape models. It all starts with a poor seal surrounding the back window, leading to more problems down the road due to the issue.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 11/15/2017

1. Seat belt: driver's seat belt unexpectedly stopped working and will not click or lock into place. The seat belt pretensioners to not function as intended when needed, increase the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash. 2: electrical system: instrument panel: blank display, or often times inresponsive. If the instrument cluster is inoperative, the driver of may not be warned of safety related issues such as low tire pressures or disabled air bags, increasing the risk of personal injury or a crash. 3. Body: door: the body of the rear drivers side door is often hard to close and the body of the door often comes off. A door that opens unexpectedly in the result of not being able to close, may result in an unrestrained occupant falling from the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 11/11/2017

I have had 3 serious incidents with the Ford Escape 2012. First, twice the car has completely shut off while driving. I was thankfully driving at only about 30-40 mph and was able to coast to the side and turn the car off and back on again, which seemed to have corrected the problem. Various mechanics have been unable to recreate the problem and have not fixed it. Second, on 11/11/17, I was stopped at a light waiting to turn left on a major road, and upon accelerating and turning, the power steering seemed to go out on me. It became much harder to steer. I pulled over on a side road and again turned the car off and back on again, which again seemed to fix the problem. There are many online forums where these two issues are being reported by many owners with the same result. Mechanics can�t seem to recreate the problems and therefor can�t offer a fix at the moment. These 3 incidents thankfully did not cause any injury, but they easily could and see to be serious defects that are going unaddressed.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 11/10/2017

1) accelerator pedal sticks in an upward position cannot push down to accelerate as if it is frozen. After about a half hour pushing with my foot it will releases. When stopped the pedal stick again but will release but vehicle goes in a jerking motion because it is trying to stick again this happens upon being parked or driving in the city or country it happens whenever I need to accelerate. It has started doing this within the past month but as of 11/10/17 it was completely stuck in the up position and not budging 2) electrical issues- when lights are on or anything inside the vehicle lightsaber are flickering and become slightly dim.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 11/06/2017

In 3 days my car had died 6 times. First time I thought maybe I had left something on and drained the battery. I had someone at work jump me, and I went on my way. The following 5 times, I had to repeatedly push the start button while trying to push down on the break. Eventually the car starts but all of my electronics go crazy. I took it to the dealership today, drove 20 miles to get there, turned the car off, when they tried to move it, it wouldn't start. I showed them how you have to keep pushing the button while everything electrical goes crazy. Dealership blaming the battery, but what is causing the battery to drain so fast? my concern is that all the electronics go crazy and it decides to die whenever it wants. Hope I am not driving with my two small children!!!! based on what I am reading online, I am not the only person having this issue!.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 11/05/2017

The electric assist steering seized up whilst car was in motion and almost caused a wreck. The car has intermittent electrical malfunctions and warning lights flashing and it is getting worse. This happened all at once with very little warning and could have caused a vehicle crash with my 74 year old sickly mother at the wheel. An asce certified master mechanic I trust inspected it after the fact and advised I take the car off the road and search for a factory recall because he had never seen anything like this happen with normal wear. Be warned Ford Escape owners. This could have been fatal at high speeds during a turning maneuver. My mother was driving locally and at speeds under 50 mph.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 10/30/2017

The vehicle will shutdown during operation and lose electrical power. This has occurred 3 times over the last year. The vehicle's ecu will show overheating and engine overheating during operation and shutdown. The dtc have been checked and cleared several times with no answers for the issues.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2017 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 10/28/2017

The vehicle was parked and would not turn on. Lights and radio worked but engine would not. Electronic control module was replaced. Two weeks after picking it up from the dealer same thing happened when it was parked. Next day the car would turn on. Tried to turn it on again 15 minutes later it would not turn on. Had it towed to the dealer. Electronic control module replaced again. One month later same thing happened while parked. Called for tow truck to have it towed. While waiting for the tow truck after 2 hours tried turning it on and it did turn on. Still had it towed to the dealer.

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