Ford Escape owners have reported 33 problems related to engine belts and pulleys (under the engine and engine cooling 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.
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle lost power steering ability without warning. The contact, an independent mechanic, stated that the idler pulley bolt fractured in half and caused the vehicle to overheat immediately. The contact pulled the vehicle over to the right side of the road and the vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. A dealer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and stated that the vehicle was out of warranty and that there was no recall. The failure mileage was 136,000.
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Coolant leaking from engine requiring new coolant reservoir, thermostat, belt and pulley. $1500. Check engine light still comes on indicating possible valve issue causing car to overheat. Diagnostic code p26b7.
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Electric throttle body failure and limp mode causes unsafe break downs: while driving on the highway at about 70 mph the highway my car very rapidly decelerated and several service lights turned on. I was able to pull off of the highway and ran a vehicle health report. The report indicated a failure to the restraint system (defined as airbags or seatbelt). This means that if the sudden deceleration without brake lights had caused a collision the airbags may have also malfunctioned. In addition to the safety system malfunction a powertrain malfunction, and tc, ivd, rsc event of fault was reported. I took the car to a dealership and they diagnosed the problem as a electric throttle body malfunction. They said it was a very common problem. It doesn't seem safe to have a car rapidly decelerate itself when a part fails especially if that causes the computer to reports a safety system malfunction as well.
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Catastrophic loss of braking at 65 mph on highway without warning. Saturday evening April, 29, 2017 on I-85 southbound while slowing from 65 mph to exit at south hill, va driver (daughter) applied brakes and had no power assist. This produced a pedal that was stiff and her entire body weight had to be used to cause any slowing. The vehicle was stopped using the grade of the ramp and e brake. The vehicle had no warning lights or indications of failure. After towing it home Sunday April 30th it was taken to the dealership. They diagnosed a vacuum pump failure. The vacuum pump being solely responsible for the braking system causes immediate loss of braking on failure. The failure was caused by conditions similar to those present in the belt driven vacuum pump on 2011-2012 Ford f-150 ecoboost. Several days later when the dealership attempted to fix the vacuum pump they found that the failure caused the cam core coupler to shear. This allowed metal shards into the oil which then carried them to the engine and turbo damaging both. The dealership came back with an estimate of $6000 for just the repairs with a new engine, however they informed us that the turbo needed to be replaced as well due to the damage. Workers at the dealership reported that the cost to fix the car far outstripped the residual value. Mileage failure was 60,921. Due to the 921 miles Ford has thus far refused to consider any reconciliation. After extensive research we have found that this failure is common among ecoboost engines and may be more prevalent than immediately evident. A braking failure of this magnitude could easily cause serious injuries or fatalities. In the case of most wrecks involving privately owned vehicles thorough investigation of cause is uncommon. If the occupants were unable to recall or communicate the cause of the wreck due to injury or death it would go unreported.
Was driving home from work on the interstate. Engine began to jerk a bit then warning messages appeared on screen. Pulled over to side of road. After car stopped smoke began to appear from under hood and entering cab through the vents. I opened the window to clear the smoke and looked for phone number to roadside assistance thinking it was only a belt that had melted or burned. Within a few minutes I began to see flames coming from under the hood by the windshield. I exited the vehicle and a sheriff's deputy happened to be pulling in behind me after seeing my car in distress. Fire department was called. Within five to ten minutes the engine area of the vehicle was engulfed in flames. After a short investigation on the scene the fd believed the cause to be electrical and appeared to have begun and caused the most damage to the passenger side front corner of the engine.
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Takata recall. The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle stalled and shut off without warning. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road and restarted it, but the failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the electronic throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in a recall; however, the contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v597000 (air bags, seat belts). The failure was not remedied. The failure mileage was approximately 55,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.
My Escape suffered a catastrophic engine failure while driving. The engine failure while driving on an interstate presents a clear and potential life threatening event as all power was suddenly lost. At the time of engine failure I was traveling at about 35 mph. The vehicle was towed to a local dealership for repairs. The dealership told me that the engine failure was due to the ac compressor locking up creating tension on the drive belts that resulted in sudden loss of power and engine shut down. Had this occurred on a major interstate highway with semi trucks barreling upon you, the results would have been deadly. Fortunately for me the failure occurred 1/2 mile before entering the interstate. I have since learned other owers of Ford products have experienced the same thing. This is a serious design flaw that needs to be fixed in the interest of public safety. I purchased this vehicle new and it currently has less than 13,800 miles on the odometer.
The idler pulley bolt breaks about every 3 months of regular routine driving. Going on replacement number 4.
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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The problem demonstrated as I left the shopping center and made the first turn onto the street. The engine was very rough and not consistent, the speed varied from 20 - 40 miles per hr without any pressure to the accelerator. As I came to a red traffic light I had almost no brake pressure and prepared to turn into a school parking lot. This occurred in the first half mile of country road; as I realized I had no braking power I turned into a park lot and called for a tow truck. Fortunately there was little traffic that evening. This produced unnecessary anxiety for me even though I was close to home. Our mechanic checked many things, finally deciding it was diagnostic codes po306, po316, po109, po 300, and po304. Ford tells me this is not under warranty. Once again I felt this problem placed me in a potentially life-threatening situation for me as the throttle body had done previously (before the recall). I have nearly 3 computer pages of problems with this vehicle, ranging from seat belt latches, rear seat latches, hatch latch and defroster, quarter panel paint defect and rust, fan speed and effectiveness. This latest incident and the throttle body issues are the most serious. Tonight Ford informed me there is no Ford complaint form online. I was adamant that a Ford engineer needs to call me so I can discuss all the issues with this vehicle. Trade in value on this vehicle has probably plummeted due to all the issues. This vehicle was paid off in 3 years and I am not in a position to buy a new vehicle but I hope it will not be the death of me. In the interest of public safety I hope these problems can be resolved. After all the issues with this Escape I wonder how many car "accidents" are really "accidents". Thank you for reviewing this data.
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While pulling out of a parking lot, the a/c was turned on. There was a grinding noise, smoke starting coming up from the hood and out the wheel well, and the engine stalled out, leaving the car in half way out in traffic. Each time the engine was restarted, it stalled out again right away. Finally the vehicle was pushed out of the road and into an adjacent parking lot for towing. The dealership says the compressor blew and sent metal shrapnel throughout the hood, penetrating rubber hoses and belts, and causing the car to stop running.
I own a 2006 Ford Escape XLT with 100,000 miles. 90% highway miles, well maintained with dealer or independent mechanic. Have all paper work. "my biggest worry is the stalling for no reason and an accident happening and this should be a recall issue". Jan. 2015 I had a intake and valve oil leak that was fixed 3 times, Jan, Feb and March. When I took it to the dealer in March, I mentioned that my vehicle had stalled in my driveway after a 30 minute highway drive from work. They put it on the computer and said there was no code for a stall. Dealer said Ford sent them notice describing my same issue but couldn't confirm it was the torque converter. April 10th 2015 I was out of extended warranty. The stalling happened again late April, took to dealer again. Dealer said no codes again. Took straight to uncle after leaving dealer for him to look at and couldn't get the vehicle to stall after a week of having it. I've read online forums of people replacing transmission multiple times for torque converter and other issues within the transmission. Also, after 3 deer ran out in front of me 2 years ago, repairs done to physical damage and passenger seatbelt replaced twice during repairs, passenger seatbelt and airbag lights come on and seatbelt alert beeps while driving even know the passenger has the seatbelt on. I have to park, shut down, buckle seatbelt and then start again and this worked except for one time I had to repeat this a second time. Dealer said there was no codes for airbags or seat belts. Ford has not been notified yet. Also, when I bought the vehicle brand new I had the underbody sprayed but the rear wheel wells are rusting from underneath to outer body and rusting under front doors too.
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Since January, vehicle would randomly stall with no warning. First alerted when pressing on the gas and vehicle kept slowing down then engine, battery, oil lights lit up. I placed the vehicle in park and restarted. Noticed when it happens randomly since, that the rpm drop quickly below 1. Has been in Ford services department 3 times within the past 2-3 weeks. They changed filter, cleaned carbon build-up. Second time at Ford, they changed the throttle body. The last time stall occurred was on DC beltway during rush hour traffic in fast moving traffic - panic experience! it was towed to Ford, kept 4 days - drove around claimed could not find anything. They want me to take the vehicle back. I am in fear causing an accident, injuring myself, passengers including my grandchildren, and other drivers with their passengers. This vehicle is wonder as far as comfort and gas mileage but is a risk to safety. Not worth keeping and should be label a lemon if they can't fix.
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My son was going down the road about 60 miles an hour when a big deer came out in front of him. He jammed on his brakes skidding but still hit the deer totaling the car. Not one of the airbags came out. He went forward hitting his upper body and face on the steering wheel. He had his seat belt on. The police were called to the accident. He was taken to the hospital by friends. He turned black and blue and still is hurting. The car was just inspected the end of October. I fill Ford and the manufacturer should be held liable. That the car should be replaced because of the airbags not working causing injury. I'm without a car.
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Traveling about 6 pm (rush hour heavy traffic) 3 lane expressway when car would no longer accelerate. Had to coast over to the left shoulder since we were in the left passing lane. The left shoulder was not as wide as the right shoulder and we felt the situation was very dangerous we stayed in the car with our seatbelts on and called for road service (aaa). We did not receive help for two hours. Just purchased this car two months before this incident - pre owned certified by dealership. Can't understand why Ford waits until the part fails before replacing it. I feel strongly it should have been replaced as part of the "certification" process. There were no warning lights or indications this was going to happen before it happened. After the car "died", a wrench light appeared, but not until after we had coasted to a stop. If we had been in the middle lane instead of the lane next to the shoulder, I feel certain we would have been involved in a high speed possible multiple car accident as traffic was heavy and fast. This is so very wrong! thank you for making this complaint possible. I hope it helps result in a recall by Ford right away so no one has to get hurt or even die.
I own a 2010 Ford Escape. I was driving approximately 40 mph up a slight incline on a two lane road at 6:30 am in the dark when suddenly the vehicle jerked and would not accelerate. The wrench warning icon illuminated. While on the decline of the road I was able to coast into the first lane and into a break down lane and into a parking lot at a very slow rate of speed because once you applied the brakes and slowed down you could not regain any speed. I shut the engine off and was able to restart the vehicle without failure within a few mintues but the vehicle was not running right. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the throttle body would have to be replaced and the serpentine belt. The vehicle was repaired at the dealer. I cannot believe this is not a safety recall issue for Ford. I could have been hit multiple times on rte 1 trying to get my vehicle over two lanes of traffic to the side of the road.
My wife owns a 2009 Ford Escape purchased new from a dealer and there have been so many issues with the vehicle I question if there wasn’t some type of flaw in the manufacturing process or at the very least, some type failure in the quality control process. Within weeks of purchasing this Ford Escape we had to take the vehicle back to the dealer for an oil leak and transmission problems. After 2 or 3 trips to the dealer, the oil leak was fixed but the transmission issues (2 overhauls and then replacement) continued for years. Thankfully, Ford covered and the dealer covered 2/3 of the cost of the second transmission overhaul and almost all of the cost for the transmission replacement. All of this work was completed at the Ford dealer ship in meter georgia. Nice folks, we have no issue with the dealership. Approximately 6 months ago, due to low engine power and using oil, we had the vehicle worked on at a local shop. That total cost for repair was 1600 dollars. Last week due to a massive oil leak we had to have the vehicle towed in a local shop. The Ford Escape appears to have a cracked timing belt cover. Having never heard of a vehicle having a cracked timing belt cover, I decided to do some research; a cursory internet search reveals many, many complaints of 2009 Ford Escapes with cracked timing belt covers. For our vehicle this will make five major repairs and numerous minor issues in a vehicle not 4 years old!! there has to be some manufacturing process with these vehicles. VIN 1fmcu02789kd04492 2009 Ford Escape xls.
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The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the check engine light illuminated as the vehicle decelerated and the steering wheel tightened. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where it was stated that the eye bar pulley needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000.
While driving on the beltline, the vehicle stopped responding to the accelerator. I put on hazard lights, changed two lanes to get to the right-hand shoulder, and stopped. Fortunately the traffic was not heavy at the time (9:30pm). Restarting the vehicle fixed the problem, and I was able to drive home. However due to the safety hazard, I have not driven it since.
Truck failed to accelerate from a red light, with pedal completely engaged. Had continued loss power/thrust when I push the gas. This happens so often now, I am not comfortable driving in heavy traffic as I never know if I'll be able to accelerate. Sunday after finally getting home, I was unable to get it to stay cranked when I depress the gas pedal to reverse. This loss of power was exuberated by having the a/c running. First the timing cover leaks at 22, 761, then a pulley falls off the engine at 40,149 spraying oil all over my interior via the a/c. After the pulley was replaced the car would idle high and then started jerking as if it wanted to stall, took to Ford dealership and was told there were no codes, finally had the tech drive with me and he felt the jerking. After three visits for this, in November 2012 at 50,000 I was am told the coil pack needs to be replaced, now at 55, 063 miles I am told it is the throttle body that needs to be replaced? I think I was sold a lemon and in the state of florida that's illegal. What if I am rear ended due to the horrible craftsmanship of your product?.
As per my vehicle report from the dealership: concern verify cust concern, find that veh spins over but will not start, install ids & performed koeo, all pass. Perfom relative compression test, 80% loss 3,4. Correction: perform manual compression test. Cyl 1-180, 2-175, 3-0, 4-0. Perform leakdown & pressure test, find that intake valves in 3 & 4 are not sealing. Remove valve cover & inspect camshafts, no damage found. Spin vehicle over & verify timing. Find that crank pulley has backet out & vehicle has jumped time. 51-1: remove intake, exhaust manifold, timeing components & cyl head. Inspect and finds that valves in 3,4 have contacted pistons, no damage found on pistons. Install new head gasket, cyl head bolts, 2 new diamond washers, all related gaskets & perform timing procedure. Assemble vehicle, change oil & fill FL. 52-2 koeo, pass. Roer vehicle has dtc po524. Perform pinpoint test, replace vct solenoid, koer all pass. Test drive. Vehicle runs properly at this time. 51-5: cylinder head gasket- leakage (external leaks)- test.
The first of 4 incidents accured while driving on the belt parkway in brooklyn NY. I was driving at a speed of 65 mph in the left lane on a stretch of highway with no shoulder on the left side of the road when I lost all pedel power. I wasn't able to accelerate. The engine was running and all the electronics were working properly except for not being able to accelerate. The small icon of a wrench appeared on the dash. I managed to cross three lanes of heavy traffic to the right shoulder. I put the vehicle in park and stepped on the accelerator to rev the engine, nothing happened. It seemed like there was no gas getting to the engine. I then shut down the engine and checked the owners manual for the the icon of the wrench. The description of the wrench icon states that a throttle control/powertrain fault has been detected and I should contact an authorized dearler as soon as possible. Upon contacting the dealer he indicated that they have been having a problem with the throttle body on my make and model and also stated that my warrantee had expired and there was no recall issued for this problem. The cost was my responsibility. I proceeded to have them order me a new throttle body. The lead time would be 2-3 weeks for the new part. During that time the same problem has happened 3 more times, 2 of which were at a speed of 65 mph and 1 time starting off from a red light at a speed of less that 10 mph. After researching this problem on line I have found this to be a major issue and a recall for the throttle body should be issued and repairs made by Ford at no cost to the owners. I feel that I was put in a very dangerous life threating position.
As per my vehicle report from the dealership: concern c/s that battery light is on, please check and advise. Cause: verified concern. Found belt thrown. Also found and oil leak at the front cover via a dime sized hole in the cover. Correction: replaced front cover and vbelt. Also replaced motor mount that was stripped out. Verified repair. Battery light is off and no oil leaks at this time.
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. The contact moved the vehicle to the shoulder and was able to restart it after several attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the ignition coil, spark plug, and the power control module would have to be replaced. The parts were replaced but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The pcm was replaced a second time along with the battery. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 97,500. Updated 02/26/lj also, the air bag light illuminated. The dealer cleared the cods for the connection on the drivers side seat belt buckle.
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The vehicle would exhibit an abnormal squealing when first starting. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who advised that the alternator belt bracket pulley was defective and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The current mileage was approximately 39,000. The failure mileage was approximately 38,900.
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The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph the timing chain cover cracked causing the serpentine belt to come loose. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and who replaced the timing cover. Five months later the vehicle started leaking oil and when the contact took the vehicle back to the dealer they discovered that the timing chain cover had cracked again. The dealer had not determined what caused the timing chain cover to crack. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 28,000.
2009 Ford Escape timing chain case cover cracked. This caused misalignment of the attached pulley and subsequent detachment of the serpentine belt. There were 13600 miles on the 4 cylinder engine at the time it occurred.
Loud noise while starting vehicle in cold weather. Idler pulley was shredding the serpentine belt and pulley was overheating. Dealer replaced under warranty.
I was driving my vehicle from minnesota to idaho when, I've been told, a connector belt broke and broke through the engine. As a result, the entire engine must be replaced. I was pulling a 5 x 8 trailer with a class 3 hitch and I've been advised by the service technician that the trailer did not contribute to the breakdown. As the vehicle cleared a hill on an interstate, there was a loud noise from the bottom of the truck and spraying liquid and smoke. When we inspected the vehicle, the oil had completely drained from the oil reservoir (I've been advised that the oil cap was firmly in place and did not contribute to the incident). The vehicle was towed to a local dealership and is currently in process of receiving a new engine. There is a hole in the bottom of the truck and "metal parts in the engine. " I've asked about why the failure occurred and the service technician stated that they didn't know. When I called Ford customer service about this they told me that the engine will be sent to Ford for analysis but the findings will not be shared with me. My concern about this breakdown is that this is the second new Ford vehicle I've purchased where the engine had to be replaced shortly following the expiration of the 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. This current vehicle has 35,552 miles and the warranty expired on 6/14/06.
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Oil leak from engine. Gasket replaced. . . . . Oil leaked again. Dealer said the crankshaft on the engine was out of specs. . . . Engine was replaced ( 2,741 miles ). Since then numerous problems have arisen from an air vent tube hitting the fan belt to a loud noise and shaking of the engine that nearly caused a serious accident on the highway. . . Trying to get to the breakdown lane. Now the transmission ( left fron trans axel ) is leaking fluid. The only thing Ford offers is an extended warrantee. This truck is a lemon. This car has been out of service 27 of the last 35 days.
Intermintant screeching noise from engine compartment. Dealer replaced drive belt, stating drive belt had glaze; fixed 12/2003
problem has reoccured 08/2004.
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Consumer called complaining about having problems with the detention pulley coming out while driving at 40 mph. Also, steering locked up. Manufacturer was contacted, and stated that they will pay for the repairs on the vehicle.
Pulley dropped while driving. Repairs were made. Feel free to provide any further information.
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