Electrical System Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 787 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 2013 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 05/16/2018

While driving my 2013 Ford Escape (1. 6l engine) on an interstate, I was traveling at 80mph on cruise control. Suddenly the cruise control was deactivated and I felt a jolt. I then observed a message on the dash which read engine overheating, stop safely. I then observed the engine light to illuminate, the coolant needle go to the red hot level, and I began to loose acceleration. The vehicle was not overheating and was later confirmed at a nearby car repair. Once stopped and attempt to restart, loss of steering had begun. Mileage during incident was 80,200. After taking it to Ford regarding newer recall msgs, they advised the steering rack was not communicating with their diagnostic and must be the reason for the repair. Repair has not been completed after reading incidents and complaints regarding similar issues/concerns. I believe this to be another recall issue.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2018 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 05/13/2018

~tl-the contact owns a 2018 Ford Escape. The contact stated that she was having electrical issues. While driving the electrical board lit up and shut off and she could not see how fast she was going at a stop and while driving at 60 mph. The vehicle rode without any issues. The vehicle was taken to the dealer at metro Ford oklahoma city 2800 interstate 44 service road oklahoma city ok 73112 where diagnostics were performed. He failure mileage was 200.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 05/11/2018

My vehicle idles to 4000rpm and control the speed by itself, there is a leak in the back break area the steering wheel locks where I can�t put it in any gear sometimes and getting worse. Had to get it towed home last night because while driving it idled high and as I brake it barely stopped and when releasing break it speeds up to 50 or more mph and I had to keep my feet on the break. . I pulled over and turned the switch off and waited a while and turned back on and it idled to 4000 rpm again. Could not shift the gear from park and break pedal was hard. When arriving home to back car in driveway towe guy had no problem with idle. The following morning cranked and was at 1000rpm at first start. Also ac pressure. Car runs hot but no smoke water bubbles in coolant reservoir. My check engine light never gave warning of any of the problems listed.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 04/27/2018

Freeze plug is leaking coolant and engine is stalling while driving coolant started leaking around 11/10/17 and the stalling started occuring 4/27/18 and no recalls have been issued to my vehicle but are having symptoms of the recalls that our present for other Escapes.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 04/24/2018

The vehicle stalls when idling, even if only for seconds and surges forward randomly while traveling on the roadway. It has stalled on me up to 8-10 times in one trip from scottsdale to phoenix. It will stall rolling to a stop as well and has stalled on busy roadways and in intersections, putting me in great danger. This has been reported t hundreds of other drivers with the same vehicle and so far no mechanic or even the Ford dealership can pin point the cause. Other people have been reporting this same issue with their cars with only 30,000 miles and others have reprted that the car stalls at highway speeds and I am now afraid it will escalate.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 04/11/2018

The engine continue to run after the key is turned to off. I had the key in my hand and the car continue turned on. I had to disconnect the battery to turn off the car. I tested the car in drive without the key and it was in motion like normal, just without the key.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 04/05/2018

Tl-the contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that there was an electrical issue with his vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle stalls intermittently. There were no warning lights illuminated before or after the failure. The vehicle was taken to the silver creek auto repair dealership (1881 greenwood rd, prescott, mi 48756) where the vehicle was diagnosed but the contact was not given an guaranteed diagnosis. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. Approximate mileage at the time of the failure was 160,000. The VIN was not provided. Sh.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2015 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 04/05/2018

36,000 miles and the digital dashboard display goes completely blank and cannot be rebooted. Dealer advises that entire unit must be replaced at a cost of approx. $1000! unbelievable. Some models 2014-2015 were recalled due to this exact problem, but apparently mine was not according to the VIN.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 03/24/2018

The steering wheel locks up when driving. And viberates when idling. Electric steering.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 03/24/2018

Tl the contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled. The contact had to coast to the side of the road to restart the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure recurred numerous times. The dealer (Ford of branford, 301 e main st, branford, CT 06405) stated that the vehicle was not included in a recall. The manufacturer was contacted and was unable to provide assistance. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 69,000.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 11
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 03/02/2018

I was driving up the interstate after work and while I was driving I began to notice smoke. I looked around and realized it was my car. I pulled over to the side and my car started flashing everything on the dash panel was red and flashing engine failure. I cut the car off and then went to try and pop the hood, I couldn't get it opened and I looked down and began to see flames. I called 911 and my car engulfed in flames. I had a recall on my car for a problem with the engine cylinder head saying that it could cause an engine fire if oils were to get out and hit a hot surface. I got my recall fixed and then my car caught on fire a few weeks later.

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car image   Electrical System problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 13
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 14
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 15
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 16
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 17
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 18
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 19
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 20
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.

car image   Electrical System problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 21
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 22
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 23
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 24
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 25
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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