Fuel/propulsion System Problems of Ford Escape
Ford Escape owners have reported 32 fuel/propulsion system related problems since 1996. Table 1 exhibits the 1 most common fuel/propulsion system problems. The number one most common problem is associated with the vehicle's fuel/propulsion system (32 problems).
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Fuel/propulsion System problems||32|
Fuel/propulsion System problem #1
The vehicle involved is a 2010 Ford Escape. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1FMCU0EG5A_. I was going approximately 60 to 65 mph on the freeway and I stepped on the gas to accelerate past another vehicle when I very suddenly lost all acceleration. I had to glide across 3 lanes of heavy traffic to try to get off the road. The car idled a little rough, I turned it off and when I started it again it ran fine and the accelerator worked again. I took it to the dealer and they replaced the throttle body. This was an extremely dangerous event and should definately be looked into. The failure date was Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #2
The vehicle was a 2010 Ford Escape. Vehicle began throttling while driving on the freeway. Engine light came on. As I pulled over, vehicle slowed down jumping forward. Applied brakes and still kept jumping forward. Switched gear to park and car stalled. Turned on after a few tries. Continues to jump forward and shake. After a few minutes problem went away and vehicle drove normal. Three weeks later same occurrence. This week another occurrence of the problem. Contacted sunrise Ford dealer in north hollywood ,CA and was told I need to pay $150. 00 diagnostic fee. This fuel/propulsion system issue occurred Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #3
The VIN of this Escape is 1FMCU0HX0D_. My 2013 Ford Escape, 1. 6 liter engine, had 3 recalls, (two were engine fire related). All 3 recall repairs were done by the local Ford dealer, salem, va. We picked vehicle up after third recall work had been done on 9/17/12. We assumed the recall work was done correctly, and that Ford's "fix" worked correctly. On 9/21/12 we were traveling east at 65 mph in the right lane on I-64 near charlottesville, va. It was about 1 pm in the afternoon. There was a "pop" sound in the engine area. Instantly, the accelerator had no response, the high engine temperature warning light came on, and then all warning lights, gauges, & tachometer all went dead. Luckily, we were adjacent to an exit ramp, and we coasted to a stop on rte 20/53. Immediately, white steam came out of the engine compartment. Knowing the third recall dealt with the "risk of engine fires", we got out, and moved well away from the vehicle. Within minutes, brown, oily smoke came out from under the hood. Then flames came out from under the hood, at the windshield and out the sides of the engine compartment. Then the car burst into flames and was destroyed. Pictures were taken of the vehicle on fire, and after it was out, with a cell phone. After the fire was out, the vehicle was taken to the Ford dealer in charlottesville, va. . We were told the insurance company had retained a fire inspector to look at the car, and ask me questions, which he did. Later the inspector said the insurance company did not require a report. We feel we are lucky to be alive!. It was Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 when this fuel/propulsion system issue happened.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #4
The vehicle was a 2011 Ford Escape. While driving the wrench light came on and the car just died, had to pull over, the 2nd time I was going on a busy interstate and going about 70 mph I was lucky there was a place to pull off the road, but then the check engine light came on, and stayed on for the entire trip. When I arrived home and shut the car off and started it again the light was off. I looked into this since I have elderly people I take to and from dr. Visits and this seems to be an ongoing problem since 2005 , I have read the complaints on line, my question is does someone have to be in a bad accident or even die before Ford will resolve this problem?. It was 09/27/2012 when this fuel/propulsion system issue occurred.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #5
The vehicle is a 2005 Ford Escape. The accelerator pedal is very difficult to press and sometimes cannot be pressed down at all. This fuel/propulsion system problem happened on Oct. 6, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #6
The car is a 2002 Ford Escape. Vehicle has begun to accelerate unexpectedly since early September. There has been at least four incidents involving vehicle suddenly accelerating when its was at low speed or stopped (with foot on the brake). The accelerations last a few seconds and lurch the car forward. The vehicle has been taken to Ford for the recall notices involving the cruise control cable (11s24b on 30 June 12 and 12s37b on 20 Sep 12). This vehicle did not experience this problem prior to the recall repairs. It was October 3, 2012 when this fuel/propulsion system issue happened.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #7
The car was a 2009 Ford Escape. We were driving our Escape back from the store and all of the sudden it lost power and the throttle did not respond, this happened several times over the next few days. We took it to the shop and found out the throttle body was bad, there is no reason the throttle body should fail at all much less in a newer model car with low mileage. Had we been pulling out on to a road we could have been involved in an accident! I don't think ours is an isolated indecent from what I have read online. It was 09/27/12 when this fuel/propulsion system issue occurred.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #8
Noticed my garage smelled of gas. Found drips of gasoline under my 2006 Ford Escape. I found that the fuel line under the second plastic strap from the fuel tank, the line has a small slow leak. It appears the plastic straps wore a hole in the line. This fuel/propulsion system problem happened on Sep. 17, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #9
The vehicle involved is a 2010 Ford Escape. While driving on a normal road, the vehicle's wrench light (on the dash) illuminated and the vehicle became unresponsive. That is, pressing the accelerator yielded no results. This was followed by a shuddering stall-out (engine shut down) when the brakes were applied. The first attempt to restart the engine resulted in a clicking noise. The engine started without fault on the second attempt. The vehicle was driven without incident for the remainder of the day and the following two days. On the 4th day, the incident repeated. Normal vehicle operational conditions are short (10 to 15 minutes) one-way trips. Ford technicians found the throttle body was sticking in closed position. A new throttle body was installed. This issue happened on September 11, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #10
The vehicle involved was a 2010 Ford Escape. The VIN of this vehicle is 1FMCU9DG8A_. The problem was randomly demonstrated several times between 8/31/12 and 9/4/12. The accelerator would seem to stop working or become unresponsive, most often at speeds of 20-30 mph. There would be sputtering, stalling, and then total stoppage. . The motor was running but there seemed to be no fuel flow. I would turn it off, wait several seconds, restart it, and everything would work smoothly until, with no warning, the pattern would repeat itself. It occurred five times /3 miles, two times/1 mile, and two times/0. 5 mile. Early on 9/4, the pattern repeated three times on the way to the repair shop. These incidents produced anxiety for me and I was going slow. We did not drive the vehicle over the holiday weekend as we were concerned that this would happen on interstate highways when we would be traveling at high speeds. The error trouble codes were po685, p2111, p2112. He said the car was not safe to drive until it was repaired. Since the mechanic reported "throttle body" being the problem I researched the throttle body as it relates to the Ford Escape. It causes me great concern that this has been demonstrated to be a dangerous and potentially life-threatening problem on the Escape since 2000 and I bought 3 new Escapes within that time period; a 2002, a 2007, and the 2010 Escape, and there has been no effective, corrective action taken to resolve this. The dealership has said there will be no reimbursement of the $475. 00 and this part is not under any warranty. Although the money is an issue, the greater issue is the need to prevent future deaths. I have the old part that was replaced and I am willing to do whatever I can to force this problem to be resolved. In the interest of public safety I urge you to issue an immediate recall until this problem is resolved. Thank you for your interest. It was Fri., Aug. 31, 2012 when this fuel/propulsion system issue happened.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #11
The vehicle involved is a 2004 Ford Escape. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FMYU931X4_. All three of the catalytic converters failed to operate in the car. We were initially told that the converters were under warranty both for mileage and time (8 year/80,000 mile warranty). Dealership requested car be bought, which we did. After the car arrived, we were told that the car was manufactured in January 2004 and that the warranty expired in January 2012. Additionally, they want to charge us over $3,000 for the repairs. I also advised them that we purchased an extended warranty in November 2007 when the car was purchased from carmax. We were advised that the extended warranty would not cover either. My car remains at the dealership because we can not afford to repair it, however, we are still making the car payments on it. I contacted Ford motors, filed a report and was later advised that they could not do anything for me. It was Mar. 1, 2012 when this fuel/propulsion system issue occurred.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #12
The vehicle involved was a 2010 Ford Escape. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FMCU0EG5A_. The vehicle's accelerator (gas) pedal randomly stops working resulting in immediate loss of speed and power to the engine. Accelerator is unresponsive and vehicle will sputter/crawl to 5 mph until ignition is turned off and car restarted. After restart, vehicle runs normal until problem occurs again (sometimes within minutes). Problem occurs randomly as little as 1 time per trip to as many as 8 times in a 25 minute commute. Problem occurred 12 times the other day with many of them on a multilane interstate while traveling 65 mph in the far left lane with nowhere to quickly pull-off the road. Very dangerous when it occurs on the interstate and you quickly have to maneuver to change lanes and pull off the road or risk coming to a stop in the middle of a busy highway. This problem also causes the vehicle to sometimes run rough and negatively impact the emissions. The error code from the vehicle's computer is p2112 which is related to the throttle body. I have researched this problem on the internet and discovered it's an extremely common and very serious problem with this vehicle. A recall needs to be issued before someone gets killed. This issue happened on Aug. 16, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #13
The vehicle involved is a 2011 Ford Escape. Driving down interstate. Suddenly I lost fuel power. Engine remained on. Surges of swaying or ward & backwards prior to loss of fuel power. Resembled like it was out of gas, however I had 3/4 of a tank full. I pulled over, turned off for a few minutes, restarted. Well, it happens a lot now. Had a new fuel filter, GA treatment, new gasoline etc. It happens daily. Finally engine light was on, I took to dealership, they said it was p2111 & p2112. Fuel actuator stuck open, other stuck closed. I am a nurse marketer, single mom I four and I bought thi vehicle new a little over a year ago. I don't have the 700. 00 to have to fix this problem. Nonetheless, I am lucky I haven't been killed yet on the interstate by this problem. I'm having to borrow a cr now. This is unacceptable. A recall needs to be issued. After googling, this has been an ongoing problem with Ford since at least 2004. Does anybody really care about our lives & our children's lives. Let's get this fixed. Ford shoul be ashamed. This fuel/propulsion system problem happened on August 22, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #14
The car involved was a 2010 Ford Escape. Multiple noises started to occur. The first was a cracking noise when accelerating, second came a clicking noise while braking and then a howling sound. The crackling noise has yet to be discovered, the clicking was the drive shaft and rotors. The howling noise is supposedly the transfer case. Additionally, the gears do not seem to catch between 50-65mph. The failure date was 08/13/2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #15
The car involved was a 2010 Ford Escape. While driving 65 mph on a very busy freeway and without any warning the vehicle jerked and immediately lost power. The engine did not shut off but there was no response from the accelerator. Fortunately we were able to coast to the shoulder where the vehicle would not go more than 5 mph. The wrench warning light (for power train issues) came on. We turned off the car and waited 10 minute and restarted the car. The wrench light did not come on and we were able to drive if off the highway to the dealer. The dealer advised the throttle body had failed and since the car was 4,500 over the 36,000 mile warranty limit it was not covered. The dealer replaced the throttle body. If the driver were less experienced and had a failure on a busy freeway at night there could have been a terrible accident. This is a serious safety defect that should be recalled. Ford has issued a technical service bulletin on the problem. It was Fri., Aug. 24, 2012 when this fuel/propulsion system issue occurred.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #16
The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 Ford Escape. Fuel tank strap rusted and broke from tank sagged onto drive shaft when tank was full of fuel this only was noted when turning a sharp corner, wore hole in tank metal cover. Note cover is rusted. This problem occurred on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #17
The car was a 2009 Ford Escape. While traveling at 70mph, vehicle suddenly stalled while driving in the center lane of a highway in heavy traffic. No warning signs were displayed. After pulling to the shoulder, vehicle was able to be restarted and seemed to be fine. Service technician found a failure code for 'throttle stuck closed' with 'freeze data' showing it happened at 71mph. He inspected the throttle and found no problems. As a precaution, he cleaned the throttle blade with a cleaning wipe. A week later, the vehicle stalled again as I was pulling into traffic. In order to keep the vehicle running, I then needed to keep my foot on both the gas and brake while at stops. Return to my technician and he diagnosed the problem as a defective throttle body. He said that the computer data showed the throttle open only 52% when the throttle was wide open. Vehicle has not yet been repaired. It was Aug. 1, 2012 when this fuel/propulsion system issue occurred.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #18
The car is a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving at a constant speed the throttle control actuator inside the throttle body can become stuck and cause the driver to loose all throttle and speed control. Problem will present itself as a transmission issue as shifting through all the gears will not clear the problem, until engine is powered down and restarted. This is a clear and evident problem that appears at or around 75,000 miles. Ford refuses to acknowledge that this is a problem with the factory model throttle body installed in most Escape model vehicles. Regular engine diagnostics do not display an error code unless the diagnostic computer is connected to the car at the time of incident and warning light is on. This fuel/propulsion system issue occurred Friday, August 10, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #19
The VIN of this vehicle was 1FMYU93175_. The vehicle was a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the fuel tank filler neck was corroded which cause the driver rear wheel well to corrode as well. The contact was concerned that the fuel tank malfunction as a result, of the corrosion. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,000 and the current mileage was 79,000. It was Sunday, August 1, 2010 when this fuel/propulsion system issue happened.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #20
The car involved is a 2007 Ford Escape. The VIN of the car is 1FMYU92Z37_. When the temperature outside is below 32 degrees, the gas pedal sticks. This occurs when you attempt to accelerate. This is dangerous if you are pulling out into traffic. Once the pedal sticks, sometimes if you stomp on it, it will release. They have recalled 2001-2004 Escape for this issue. Ford is not acknowledging this issue for the 2007 Escape. This fuel/propulsion system problem happened on Fri., Oct. 15, 2010.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #21
The vehicle having this issue was a 2007 Ford Escape. In cold weather for the first 2 or 3 stops the gas pedal would not mash down. It stuck up. It would be ok after that. Never a problem in summer. Ford checked it and could not find a problem. I contacted Ford and they did not have an answer to the problem. I felt like I was not the only one with this problem. Finally in April of this year it stuck and I had to have the throttle replaced, a $383. 79 cost to me. I contacted Ford and told them I thought they should pay for the repair since it was a safety issue. They evidentially thought not because they would not take care of it. When you stop and start off and the pedal sticks and you are in the middle of an intersection and your car won't move, that is a safety issue. My son was driving in texas and stopped behind another car at a red light and started to ease up when the pedal stuck. He patted it a time or two and it jerked forward and almost hit the car in front of us. This happened the whole time I had the car until April of this year and after 2 or 3 stops, when it warmed up, it was ok. ## VIN passed ## Ford Escape 2007 ##. It was Wednesday, April 11, 2012 when this fuel/propulsion system issue happened.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #22
The car involved is a 2007 Ford Escape. The gas pedal continuously sticks or locks in position after I have stopped either to make a left turn or right turn. This is very dangerous, especially when I am making a left turn and there is usually on coming traffic. I am very nervous to make left turns for this reason. Someone will get killed or seriously injured due to this issue. It was Nov. 8, 2010 when this fuel/propulsion system issue occurred.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #23
The vehicle was a 2001 Ford Escape. After driving for appx 19 miles, stopped at my destination and put car in park. Engine started racing to appx 3000-4000 rpm. Tapped gas pedal to see if I could make it stop, which I couldn't (it continued to race for a few moments). At this point I just turned ignition off. Started car back up and everything was normal again. This fuel/propulsion system problem happened on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #24
The vehicle involved was a 2009 Ford Escape. I was sitting in the bank line with my foot on the brake, waiting to get to the drive-up atm when my car suddenly accelerated. I immediately applied the brake harder to stop the car from moving forward. This happened on two other occasions. When I mentioned it to my service specialist he said he checked the car and there were no problems indicated. I have a 2009 Ford Escape XLT v-6. It was Tuesday, May 25, 2010 when this fuel/propulsion system issue occurred.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #25
The car is a 2002 Ford Escape. While driving at normal speeds on ice-glazed winter roads in fairbanks, ak, I approached an intersection and took my foot off the accelerator to prepare to slow down. Instead of dropping to idle speeds, the engine accelerated up to 3500-4000 rpm. I shifted the automatic transmission to neutral and was able to stop the car with the brakes, but the engine continued to race at high-throttle until I shut off the engine. When I restarted the engine it behaved normally for several days; but the problem came back intermittently several times over the next several weeks; and every time, shutting off the engine was the only way to stop it. Ford's database showed my car had undergone a recall in 2005 to fix a similar problem. In January 2012, stanley Ford in kenai, ak 'supposedly' replaced the throttle cable and throttle body assembly for $572, but it didn't solve the problem. The uncontrolled acceleration occurred several more times, as before, until a second repair in February 2012 by seekins Ford in fairbanks, which replaced a pcv and tubing, and did a complete tune-up for $992. Since then, there have been no more issues with the accelerator. This fuel/propulsion system problem happened on December 10, 2011.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #26
The vehicle involved was a 2001 Ford Escape. There was crash involved with this problem. The VIN of the problem Escape is 1FMCU031X1_. While stopped at driveway waiting to turn right into a 2 lane street, I proceeded to press on the accelerator to proceed into the right turn, when taking my foot off the accelerator pedal to brake, the vehicle continued to accelerate forward causing the vehicle to proceed across the street and impacting a parked vehicle. My vehicle is a 2001 Ford Escape v6. This issue happened on Friday, May 25, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #27
The car involved is a 2004 Ford Escape. As I was accelerating to pass a slow moving vehicle, I pressed on the gas petal and after I was back in my proper lane, my vehicle kept speeding and not backing off on the gas. I then put the car in neural and the engine continued to keep racing. I tried to stomp lightly on the gas petal to see if it would come back up but it didn't. I then shut off the engine and called the tow truck company. The failure date was Thu., May. 3, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #28
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1FMCU94154_. I would like to add my complaint to the acceleration problems of the 2001-2004 Ford Escapes which my 2004 has also experienced. There have been a few situations over the last 2-3 years where my cars engine would suddenly start racing while parked at idle. When the issue first began I was able to tap the gas pedal with my foot and the car would return to a standard idle. The more recent instances now require turning the vehicle off and it would idle normal again after being restarted. I believe this problem is connected to a current investigation and the letter dated 7/10/12 written to Ford from the center for auto safety. This may also be connected to a prior recall 04v-574 that I was recently made aware of. Please keep me advised of your efforts or anything I can do to help. Thank you. The failure date was May. 15, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #29
The car is a 2001 Ford Escape. Driving the car and the rpm went up very quickly and the car accelerated. Even with foot off the gas pedal it continued to increase speed. Put the car to neutral and pulled to side of road rpm stayed high even in neutral. Had car towed to Ford dealership and they found no problem. It was June 16, 2012 when this fuel/propulsion system issue happened.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #30
The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Ford Escape is 1FMCU03128_. The vehicle involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that he started the vehicle and it would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who repaired the vehicle. Several years later the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified and acknowledged that there was a retainer clip that could remedy the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 11,152 and the current mileage was 57,000. Updated 07/06/12. It was 07/31/08 when this fuel/propulsion system issue occurred.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #31
The car involved was a 2004 Ford Escape. At first, my Escape only started hesitating on rainy days when I got to about 45-55 mph. At first I thought I had bad gas so I stopped at auto zone to get dry gas for it. This seem to work like a charm and I thought the problem was fixed. Then it happened again; spudering, not accelerating, car shaking, and engine light began to flash once I reached 45mph. This had been an issue for a few months on and off, then one sunny day its began hesitating and misfiring very badly now not only in 5th gear but at idle and 1st gear. It misfired and hesitated every time I drove it for a week before the mechanic could get it into the shop. I did a lot of research on the two codes that the engine was pulling p0305 and p0316 pending. I found out that there were a lot of people who had the same problem as me when their Escapes reach 90,000 miles or higher, some even worse. People are saying that the issues being caused are a result of Ford putting in the wrong spark plugs which is causing the computer chip to burn out leading to misfires in the coil packs. My mechanic just informed me that it will cost $400 to fix two of the coils and there is only a 50/50 chance that it will fix the problem (for now). He said it will probably happen again but there is no telling how long that might be, it might be right away, a week from now, or a year. Will all these people having the same issue with no way to tell if it is actually going to fix the problem there should be a recall or at least a warning to owners saying what may happen once the car gets over 100,000 miles. This problem occurred on March 6, 2012.
Fuel/propulsion System problem #32
My "stick shift" 2001 Ford Escape tends to stall when the clutch is pushed in, clear to the floor. The engine would die and leave me stranded everywhere. Even if you are driving down the road at 45mph or higher, once you push in the clutch to change to the last gear, it will still stall at high speeds. The engine completely cuts off, but only when you push in the clutch. Once this happens, it will not stay running. It will restart for just a few seconds, (not the battery or starter) then it will die again, repeatedly. It would get towed to the nearest dealership with no luck. They could not "duplicate the problem". Once, the car cools off, then the problem disappears. There is a valve the heats up and gets stuck open. If the valve cools down, it can close and then it is fine. Now, if I make alot of short stops (errands) where the car doesn't get a chance to cool off, say ten minutes or less, then it won't stay started. If you turn over the ignition, it will start, but immediately dies. However, if I let the car sit for say a couple of hours, say 4-6 hours. It will start back up just fine and stay running like nothing ever happened. The key tip don't put ethanol in the gas tank. If I buy the most expensive gas, the problem tends to clear up on it's own. It started doing it again this summer. Once I changed to the primo (most expensive) gas, it has now stopped without taking it to a dealership. Personally, I think gas containing ethanol has too much moisture in it causing this problem. Even the dealership told me that this Ford Escape car is not designed to run on "ethanol" products. This all mostly happens when it is very hot and humid outside. Was just wondering if anyone else had this problem and if it would qualify for others as a recall item?. This problem occurred on 05/18/2011.