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Engine Overheat Problems of Ford Escape

Ford Escape owners have reported 15 problems related to engine overheat (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 07/29/2017

The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. While driving various speeds, the engine overheated. The contact stopped the vehicle and added coolant and oil. The contact also noticed smoke coming from the tailpipe of the vehicle. Autonation Ford torrance in torrance, California was made aware of the failure and stated that they would inspect the vehicle for the source of the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact received NHTSA campaign number: 17s09000 (engine). The failure mileage was approximately 112,000.

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car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 05/15/2017

The engine overheating warning light came on about two miles down the road with moderate driving. Pulled over and checked the coolant level and it is low. One month ago, the coolant level was checked, it was low and it was topped off. The coolant level should not go down in one month of moderate driving. Also, looking up info on the 2014 Ford Escape, there is a history of coolant and overheating issues. There is a danger of fire or the engine block cracking. Ford's answer was to install a detector to tell car owner's when the coolant level is low. This is unacceptable. Please do something.

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 11/01/2016

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. While driving, the vehicle suddenly shut off and a warning message indicating that the engine overheated displayed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the water heater was faulty and fluid was leaking. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,150.

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car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 04/14/2016

Since August 2015-April 14, 2016 I have taken my vehicle to the Ford service department four times due to reduction of engine power/engine overheating warning. My Ford was subject to the recall and serviced in Aug 2015. In January 2016 and twice in April 2016 I have had the same issue with engine reduction/vehicle heating gauge idle on hot/the vehicle sputters and rides extremely hard until you can come to a complete stop. All incidents have happened while driving in traffic and once on the interstate. When it happened on the interstate I barely made it to the shoulder as I had to try and cross a lane of passing vehicles to do so. I do not feel that Ford has adequately found a fix for this huge and dangerous problem and I do not know if a consumer has to be killed first for them to look at it and suggest a fix that is viable to the problem. I am fearful to even drive my Ford due to the is problem since it only happens when the vehicle is in motion. I am requesting that you please review this for all of the consumers that Ford continues to sell these automobiles too.

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 12/17/2015

Bought car October 2013, in fall of 2014 became aware of first recall for engine, however parts weren't available. By spring 2015, had four or five different recall notices and while waiting to drop car off for scheduled recall maintenance, check engine light came on. Two days before drop off date, engine started overheating. Took car in for recall, after almost a week got it back. Wheel alignment was all out of whack and engine overheating continued intermittently. Took to local mechanic and replaced one of the coil packs, o2sensor, and coolant valve. Have continued to have intermittent overheating issues resulting in multiple trips to mechanic for service. Replaced O2 sensor again. This past time, while on the interstate, car started overheating and resulted in having to back down off the entrance ramp (as I had pulled over to let the car cool) because it went into limp mode almost immediately and stopped accelerating. Instances of overheating occurred while car was either in motion or even when just putting the car in gear. This last time, I had to drive in limp mode to the rental car agency to rent a car because I was going to miss a flight. My mechanic was able to try and replace some additional parts on the car and enable me to bring it home, but once again, it went into limp mode after overheating while we were driving.

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 08/29/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 35 mph, a warning light illuminated and it indicated that the vehicle's engine was overheated and advised to park the vehicle. When parked, smoke came out from the hood of the vehicle. The contact and passenger were able to vacate the vehicle before it was engulfed in flames. No report was filed. The vehicle was extinguished by a passing motorist. No injuries was sustained. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the anti-freeze had leaked unto the engine causing the fire. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 12v431000(engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000. Jo.

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 04/11/2015

Bought a 2013 used (clean car fax) Ford Escape Thursday April 8th, 2015. On Saturday April 11th, the car engine light came on, said the engine was overheating and pull over safe. Before we were able to pull over the car went from full speed to safe mode with no power to move the car. We drifted to the side of the road, without getting hit by another car (miracle). We had the Escape towed to dick smith Ford in raytown, mo. They flashed the pcm, and said it fixed the problem. I have had the Escape back 3 weeks and it did it again same thing on the highway again on may 2nd. I was going 70mph and barely made it to the side; the back of my car was in the right lane of the highway. The Escape said engine overheated pull over safe, went from 70mph to nothing in less than 5 seconds. I was dodging cars to pull over, but I had no power and could not move the car. I call for roadside and told them it was an emergency, I was going to be hit and could be killed if I did not get help right away. Once again we had the Escape towed to dick smith Ford in raytown, were it is still to this day being looked at. They have to call tech support/engineer to find the problem. I called Ford customer service Monday morning may 4th. I was given a case number and was told a regional service manager would call me. It has been two days and no calls from Ford. I am very upset and angry. This Escape is under full factory warranty still, and it is not safe to drive. My family could of been killed in an accident because of this car. I need help dealing with Ford over this issue. They need to make this public before something horrible happens. I can't temp fate for a 3rd time.

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 08/21/2014

In August 2014, January 2015, February 2015, and March 2015 my vehicle went into "failsafe" mode due to an overheating engine, among other problems. The vehicle was towed each time to the Ford dealer's service center where the lease originated. Failsafe mode cuts power to the brain of the vehicle which shuts down the engine to "safely" stop the vehicle so the car doesn't light itself on fire. The car literally goes from 60 to 0 in a matter of minutes. Any time the vehicle has gone into failsafe mode I have been terrified of causing an accident or getting rearended. The car has been in and out of the Ford service center and pep boys for repetitive engine issues, coolant system issues, transmission issues, computer system issues, etc. There are 9 recalls on the car thus far, 8 of them have been fixed - the airbag recall does not apply to my vehicle because the airbag light is not on. My car has spent a total of 28 days in the shop since it was leased in 2013 for repeat repairs. I tried several times to have Ford buy back the remainder of the lease but was denied because the issues did not take place within the first 18,000 miles of the lease. I also filed for new york state lemon law and was denied for the same reason. I was forced to roll the remaining 9 payments ($4,044) into a new lease for a 2015 Ford Escape on 3/9/15 because the 2013 Escape was unpredictable and problematic - it was not safe to be on the road. The engine overheated approximately every 6 days for two months and it was deemed "unrepairable" by the mechanic but corporate still refused to buy back the lease. Speaking of corporate - I was treated terribly by the regional customer service manager. She screened her phone calls and refused to call me back unless I asked for a supervisor. She spoke to me like she was punishing her 5 year old child and her favorite word was "no. ".

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 06/12/2014

Since our 2013 Ford Escape had the Ford recall 13s12c and 13s12d completed in early April, the vehicle fuel mileage has dropped by an average of 2 mpg. Some aerodynamic features of the vehicle were compromised under the recall to help keep the engine from over heating and starting a fire. Its a good thing we leased this vehicle because we will be returning it to the dealer when the lease is up and most likely will not purchase a Ford vehicle to replace it. Buyer beware of 2013 Ford Escapes built in late 2012 and early 2013 with the 1. 6 liter ecoboost engine.

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 03/15/2014

My automatic transmission is not shifting when I drive uphill and it's causing the engine to rev at redline. When I was driving back from la over the weekend, the car struggled the entire drive. Something was burning under the hood. The engine was also overheating while driving uphill. Ford agreed to buyback this death trap in mid Dec 2013 but they have been stalling the entire process. Apparently my check is missing. I don't want to be in this car when either it burst into flames, the transmission or engine seizes.

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 01/13/2014

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, there was an abnormal burning rubber smell from the vehicle as the high temperature high warning display light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 13v583000 (engine). The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the engine needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 13,000. . . . Updated 02-28-14 the computer system began reducing speed and the gas pedal could not produce acceleration. There was a burning rubber smell and the vehicle would no longer move forward. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, where the dealer determined the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was recalled and serviced in December 2012. There was severe engine overheating and fluid leaks coming from the vehicle. Updated 03/18/14.

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 05/22/2013

Was driving doing 40mph when out of no where I received a message instructing me to immediately pull vehicle over and shut down due to engine overheating. Never received a "low coolant" light, just a sudden warning to pull over. Had to be towed from the incident. Luckily no one was injured and there were no accidents as it was a two lane, one way, street with no shoulders. Opened the hood and I had absolutely no engine coolant. Also noticed that the engine was in fact very hot. I am concerned that this has caused engine damage on my brand new vehicle.

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 05/01/2013

My Ford Escape 1. 6l engine will overheat if I park it by the beach all day & then try to drive over the foothills to the valley. This is a consistent and repeatable problem. I have two videos that I showed Ford but apparently they can't fix it. This car is not safe to drive since my car can overheat when I'm on a road like highway 17, which doesn't have a shoulder.

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 04/07/2013

Vehicle reported engine temperature too high and that I should pull over safely. This is the same engine overheating / fire hazard problem supposedly fixed during December 2012 recall.

car image   Engine Overheat problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 11/30/2012

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that he was notified of a recall for the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number: 12v551000 (engine and engine cooling). The dealer was contacted who confirmed that there was a concurrent recall for the vehicle. The contact stated that he was never advised of the recall by the dealer or the manufacturer. The contact was concerned that per the recall, there was a possibility that the engine would overheat and cause a fire. The vehicle was serviced under the recall. The contact had not experienced a failure. The current mileage was 25.