Ford Escape owners have reported 13 problems related to front suspension wheel bearing (under the suspension category).
Had my 2003 Escape in to the dealer for a wheel bearing problem, while it was in the shop they did the open recall 14s02 sub frame brace installation. Drove the car 2 times. The wife decided to drive to the store on a 3rd time and called me to say car was pulling hard to the passenger side. After getting the car home I remove the passenger front tire thinking that we had a sticking brake caliper and could see right away that the sub frame had ripped apart right where the lower control arm bolts up. After more investigation and many photos it appears to me that the bolt that was used to install the brace per the recall has cause the upper part of the frame to rip apart from the lower part (split it open) there is significant rust on the frame but this really looks like the bandaid caused a bigger problem. I called the dealer, they said to call Ford, I called Ford they said take it back to the dealer and they would evaluate it. But after reading comments here I decided against that and will probably just haul it to scrap yard. What a waste !.
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The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, she heard a grinding noise coming from the wheels. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the contact was informed that the front driver's wheel bearing needed to be replaced. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,167.
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The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated the vehicle made a loud noise while driving. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the failure was located at the passenger rear well area, which was severely corroded and caused the bolts and struts to corroded and separate from the well. The contact stated that the front and rear wheel bearings were replaced but was unaware if the replacement was due to corrosion. The vehicle well was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 161,000.
Tl - the contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the vehicle started to shake. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the right axle broke, the frame was corroded and crack. Also the wheel bearings and the brakes were defective. As a result, the frame and axle needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 102,000. Pm.
Rubbing sound coming from left front (driver's side) wheel well. Diagnosed by Ford as a "loose" wheel bearing. Sounds more like a failure. Ford charged $47 to "diagnose" the problem. Seems like maybe they already knew what it might be and let 3 techs soak up some clock time on this one. The original charge was quoted at $95 so I guess we got off better than some.
Failure of wheel bearing, left(driver) side front. Second time in less than 100k miles that the bearing is failing. Possible design or manufacturing defect. When searching the web I came upon hundreds of consumer complaints of the same failure of model years 2001 to 2007. Bearings should last over 150k miles. Sudden failure will result in loss of control and or loss of brakes. I bought a different brand of bearing and the same one failed. Vehicle is driven on road.
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Has been a loud noise coming from the right front wheel. There was a great deal of vibration on the floorboard of the car. Took it to repair shop and found I needed a new wheel bearing on the passenger side front wheel. The car only has 32,393 miles on it even though it's a 2005. I bought it new and haven't driven it hard. Warranty, of course, ran out 2 years ago.
Wheel bearings started to fail @35,000 miles. Dealer said noise was half shaft bearing and replaced it. They said noise after repair was road noise and 18,000 miles later the wheel bearings needed to be replaced and the noise was gone. Should have been replaced at 35,000 miles and been under warranty but instead we had to pay $700 out of pocket due to poor judgement on dealer mechanic.
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle made growling and squealing noises, and the front end shook. The dealer stated that the front wheel bearings failed and needed to be replaced. The failure initially began on February 15, 2008 with the passenger side front bearing, then the driver's side, followed by the passenger side a second time, and now the driver's side again. The first time the failure occurred the vehicle was still under warranty; however, it is no longer covered. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 75,000 and failure mileage was 65,000.
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 30 mph on normal road conditions, the contact heard a loud grinding noise coming from the front driver's side wheel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that the failure was related to a defective wheel bearing. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. On a separate occasion, the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for identical failures involving the front passenger wheel. The vehicle has not been repaired again. The failure mileage was 23,000 and current mileage was 37,800.
My 2004 Ford Escape failed state inspection due to a loose wheel bearing at 21,500 miles. The dealership indicated that I should not drive the vehicle as this was a safety concern. When asked why this wasn't found during a complete suspension check 2 months prior, I was told that this defect may not be detected until there was a failure. When I asked about the other wheel bearings I was told this was an unusual event. I have since discussed this with engineers from detroit and was told these wheel bearings are a major warranty problem. I am concerned that I am driving a vehicle that may loose control without warning should other bearings become loose. Should wheel bearing be replaced every 20,000 miles?.
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The contact owned a 2001, Ford, Escape. Every time consumer took tires off to work on the brakes b or anything else she had to replace her wheel bearings. This only occurred on the left front tire. The automotive place that specialized in brakes said that this occurred on a lot on similar make, model, and year vehicles. The last time they were replaced was in April 2005.
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Both of the front bearing have had to be replaced in my 2002 Ford Escape. I bought the vehicle with only 15,000 miles. It now only has 48,000 miles. I believe there is a defect in the bearings. My vehicle also tries to stall while I'm driving. I did not realize this was such a problem. I believe this should be addressed by Ford.
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|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Front Suspension Control Arm problems||
|Rear Suspension Shock Absorber problems||
|Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problems||
|Suspension Noise problems||
|Front Suspension problems||
|Front Suspension Lower Control Arm problems||
|Rear Suspension problems||
|Sway Bar problems||
|Ball Joint problems||