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Engine Exhaust System Problems of Ford Escape



Ford Escape owners have reported 23 problems related to engine exhaust system (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 07/14/2014

Engine started in parking lot with a very rough idle. I thought it may be a fuel issue because the car started but dies immediately after giving gas to the pedal. The 2009 Ford Escape was towed to our mechanic and he reported it has a seized engine on the exhaust vale #1 cylinder. I then had the car towed to the Ford dealership to have a new Ford engine replaced. I am concerned this is related to the gas throttle recall as the engine was running fine and with low miles and oil changes every 3,000 miles it just does not make sense. The Ford dealership cost for a new engine is $7000. You would hope Ford could stand by their recall product, but they said no warranty on powertrain. This is a very unfortunate and very expensive repair.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 04/15/2014

I have a 2004 Ford Escape (6 cyl. , front wheel drive) that now has over 110,000 miles. At 108,465 miles, the #2 catalytic converter blew and was replaced (along with all 6 ignition coils). A second mechanic found debris in the #3 catalytic converter, cleaned it and the exhaust system. (the engine was not getting enough air passing through the exhaust system and would barely make it up a hill. ) then he discovered the right rear wheel well was rusting out posing a severe threat that the shock absorber will punch through into the body of the car making the Escape totally inoperable. A recall is already out for Ford minivans for the same issue but apparently not for the Escapes. Why not? this can be repaired at a cost of nearly $2,000. With the catalytic converter and ignition coils, I've already spent over $2500 and don't have the $2,000 for this necessary repair due to poor materials used to make this vehicle.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 03/10/2014

I bought a new Ford Escape in February 2014. Since day one I have noticed an exhaust smell in cabin when the vehicle is put into reverse and occasionally when driving at low speeds. Similar to what other customer complained. I will bring this to the attention of my Ford dealership when it goes in for maintenance service when it reaches 10,000 miles, but maybe sooner to have it looked at.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 12/19/2013

The heat shield on the undercarriage of the car is very cheaply made and is falling apart. It is basically fiberglass insulation covered with shiny aluminum foil. It is very flimsy and exposed to the elements. The shielding has come loose and the more I drive, the more the wind pulls it and tears it from the car. It is now hanging down from the undercarriage and almost touching the ground, laying over the exhaust and directly touching it. This seems to be a very hazardous situation. It seems to be a very poor design to have something that is so delicate and flimsy to be directly exposed just inches from the ground on the undercarriage where any sort of road debris could easily damage it and cause it come into direct contact with a hot exhaust pipe. I'm sure once it catches on something it would be easily ripped free of the vehicle and leave absolutely no heat shielding between the exhaust and the floorboard.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 09/01/2013

Leased this vehicle in August, 2013. Since day one I have noticed an exhaust smell in cabin when the vehicle is put into reverse and occasionally when driving at low speeds. I am sensitive to odors in general and my family members only smelled it occasionally, so I disregarded until recently the odors are becoming stronger inside the cabin and not clearing when windows are lowered to air out. I will bring this to the attention of my Ford dealership when it goes in for maintenance service when it reaches 10,000 miles, but maybe sooner to have it looked at.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 07/18/2011

2002 Ford Escape. Catalytic converter problem. Problem began last week when dpfe tubes came off and dpfe sensor melted. The next day the valve next to the dpfe sensor blew a hole and all parts were replaced. The next day one of the dpfe tubes came off again. This was replaced again. The next day the car did not have good gas power. When going up a small incline the car would not go past 40 mph. Went to car repair shop and O2 sensor was removed to see if it was the catalytic convertor. This car has 3 catalytic convertors. This car is at another car repair shop now to see what the cause is for the catalytic convertor(s) to go bad. One repair shop advised that this is a common problem with Ford Escapes. I contacted Ford motor company and was told that there have been no recalls for this problem. I went out to the Ford forum and there are enteries from 2007 to present with many 2002 Escape owners that have experienced the same problems that I am experiencing. This problem can cause major engine problems that could cause an accident. No engine light has come since the dpfe tubes and sensor and valve was replaced.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 05/20/2011

Nothing let up to the failure. Car died while pulling out in traffic. Was told it was the coil paks gone bad. Replaced them. Then told the calatlyic converter burn out when the coils went. Come to find out this is a issue for is aware of on the 2005 Escape. I was almost rear ended when this happened and has a hard time getting off the road. No indication it was going to stall. This is a safety issue on these cars. I have already put out close to $200. 00 and its still not fixed. Iit also has blown up my computer in the car. I was scared to death and very lucky that I was not hit. Ford is aware of this problem and will do nothing about it. What will it take for some action to be taken? somebody getting killed before Ford is made to do something with this issue.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 05/08/2011

2005 Ford shuts off after long distance or no distance shutter like you are pushinng in a clutch but this is maual drive than shuts down dealer says they CA. T fine problem.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 03/17/2010

While vacationing in myrtle beach, my 2005 Ford esape ran sluggish and was missing after a heavy rain. Had it towed to the local dealer where they told me that the casing for the pcm had leaked and water had gotten into the pcm and caused the malfunction. This problem also caused the plugs and coils to need replacing. Parts were not available and had to wait two weeks for repairs. Received a call from dealer saying that it was also necessary to replace the exhaust manifold and the catalytic converter. Another 3 days and the total bill from the dealer was $5,262. 38. Along with a rental car for 1. 5 weeks and two additional days in hotel made for an expensive holiday. Called Ford customer service when I returned home and they were not even interested in my situation. Needless to say, I will never own another Ford, and am now driving japanese.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 12/30/2009

I own a 2003 Ford Escape with a 6 cylinder engine which I bought new from harrold Ford in sacramento 11/2002. I noticed a strong oil burning smell. And oil leaking from the engine. I was unable to locate the source of the leak, so I took the vehicle into harrold Ford on 12/30/2009. The dealer informed me the oil was leaking thru the oil pan, and that Ford had a retrofit for the problem. I asked if this was a seal problem. I was told no, the material the oil pan was made of allowed the oil to eventually start leaking directly thru the material. I asked if this was a recall due to the fire danger, and was told no. The repair was completed and the oil pan was replaced. I kept the old oil pan.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 11/01/2009

2002 Ford Escape v6 four wheel drive, rear exhaust manifold cracks. Drive this car reasonably, not like a teenager, and the manifold cracked. Since this manifold has built-in catalysts, repair is extremely expensive. Ford has not recalled, but the exhaust fumes that build up in the vehicle are extreme (we get headaches). Also, mpg has fallen to 14 mpg, and still no cel-on condition.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 12/18/2008

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact took the vehicle to a repair shop because the emissions indicator was illuminated. The repair shop kept the vehicle for two weeks due to the parts that needed to be ordered. When the gasket was installed in the vehicle, the engine became very hot and the corking (used to seal the gasket) melted onto the catalytic converter. The dealer stated that the failure was due to the catalytic converter and would cost $3,700 just to start the vehicle and determine what other malfunctions were occurring. The manufacturer has not been notified. The current mileage was approximately 70,000 and failure mileage was approximately 68,000.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 09/21/2008

2005 Ford Escape 94,000 miles, catalytic converter plugged, out of 8yr 80,000 mile warranty, about $2000 to fix.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 07/28/2008

I recently had $2,900 worth of repairs done to my 2002 Ford Escape XLT in July. My vehicle was bucking and almost stalled when I pulled into the nearest service center. The check engine light was on. The mechanic diagnosed the problem as clogged cat converters. The car has three sets of them. This is the effect of the cause which he believed was faulty oxygen sensors as well as bad spark plugs. At the end of sept the car was not running well and I went to another mechanic who said the egr valve was blown and their was broken bolts where the mechanic was replacing the exhaust system. I was furious and proceeded to return to the merrick bellmore service center. He told me if the problem was on his end that he will take care of it and then diagnosed that the cats where clogged again. He didn't properly diagnose the cause of the cats getting clogged the first time. The mechanic has since replaced three sets of cat converters and he has a bill for $1600 and has had my car at his shop for two months now. The shop is "trying" to get Ford to pay for the exhaust parts. After numerous attempts to speak with the owners of this service station to no avail (the clerks tell me 5 different set of names as to who is the owner) all I want is my car back and let this service station "eat" this current bill due to the fact that on the bill that I paid in July the warranty on parts is one year or $12,000 miles. I am frustrated, angry and don't know where to turn.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 01/17/2008

Catalytic converters (all3) have gone bad, vehicle has only 90,000 miles on it, vehicle began miss firing shortly after purchase a year ago. However, dealership mechanics could not find anything wrong. At times exhaust is circulated back into vehicle.

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car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 03/09/2005

Catalytic converter cracked along welds at around 84000 miles. Research on open sources on the internet as found at the v-6 equipped Ford Escapes are prone to these failures over and over. There have been some reported cases of vehicles losing power while driving and vehicles completely dyeing while driving.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 09/10/2003

Without warning vehicle started smoking from underneath. The smoke was coming from vent area inside of vehicle. Also, there was a bad smell.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 05/23/2003

Gasoline fumes entered the vehicle while driving.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 06/01/2002

My 2001 Ford Escape XLT stalls frequently and also has an exhaust smell coming from the air vents. I have taken it in over 10 times and they tell me it's fixed when it isn't.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 05/29/2002

I was driving in afternoon traffic yesterday when my car went from 40 mph to 20 mph. Oil light and emissions light came on, and then the car stalled and rolled to a stop. I turned the engine off, and it restarted after five minutes. I made it home. It was quite scary as I was sitting in traffic. I had heard from someone in a shopping center about this problem with their 2001 model. Upon research on your site today, I am alarmed at the number of occurrences and that this is a serious problem. I will be taking to the dealership today for repair. I am concerned that Ford has not done anything about this after reading how wide-spread this is. I am terrified to drive it now as I have a two year old daughter and am six months pregnant.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 11/25/2001

While attempting to pass a car on the interstate, engine died. Thick white smoke engulfed the back window from the exhaust. Was momentarily unable to see anything in back on the car. I lost all power steering and power brakes . I was able to make it to the side of the road. The car was towed and when dealer looked at it was "locked up" the engine was replaced.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 03/15/2001

2 months after I bought my car brand new I went out to start it, it would not start and the emission light came on. The car sounds like it is trying to start, the only way I could get the car to start is hold the ignition. I smelled gas after the car started. I informed Ford about the problem, they found nothing but replaced my starter even though it wasn't the problem. I have had this car almost 3yrs my warranty is ready to expire and Ford still cannot fix/find the problem. This car has left me stranded more then once, I even had it towed to the dealership after working hrs. I was told by their service manager the car started, we found nothing wrong. I even told the dealership this car has been in the shop over 3x's it is a lemon and I want a new car or my money back. I was informed according to Ford we cannot find a problem therefore, the lemon law does not exist and Ford will not just take the car back. I have had this car to 2 Ford dealerships, the sad part the orginal place I bought it from treated my very nasty since I would take my car for service at a closer one and have them look into the problem. Ford is Ford doesn't matter what dealer I use does it? I am very dissatisfied and will never ever buy another Ford again!! someone please help me!!!.

car image   Engine Exhaust System problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 12/22/2000

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