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Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) Problems of Ford Escape

Ford Escape owners have reported 23 problems related to gas recirculation valve (egr valve) (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 04/25/2014

My 2003 for Escape refuses to start after being driven until several hours if not days later. I have replaced the starter twice the first time it worked for 2 months and it did it again on 9-2-14 replaced the starter again and it will not start still there is no power going to any of the electrical parts in the engine compartment and there is a strong smell of fuel. I have replaced all relays and fuses and still nothing. I was stranded with my 5 month old and 16 month old in 100 degree weather.

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car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 09/27/2013

While driving my Ford Escape the egr valve blew apart. This has happened 3 times. It was replaced all 3 times and it continues to happen. When it happens the entire vehicle shakes violently and is very hard to steer. It is very dangerous. I have joined a few message boards online and found that this is a common problem with this make and model. I feel this is some type of internal problem and needs to be addressed before someone gets hurt or worse.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 07/25/2013

Driving vehicle approx. 50 mph on a clear day, approx 105 degrees in las vegas nv, the rpm's suddenly went "limp" around 900 even though the gas peddle was fully depressed. Appearance of a wrench light and check engine light noted. Hazard lights were engaged and the vehicle was successfully pulled to the side of the road, turned off, and restarted. Ran fine like nothing happened for about a mile and a half. Same issue. Repeat troubleshooting. Incident continued to happen for 4 more days consistently. Taken into Ford dealership for diagnostic and repair. Mechanic contacted me after diagnostic and informed that the code for the throttle body was in error. Replaced the faulty part( I kept it at my request due to the possible investigation into the matter) and the vehicle now runs fine. Thank goodness the issue did not occur in a busy intersection where an accident could have potentially endangered anyone.

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car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 07/18/2013

My wife was taking her mother home on the 18th of July when the Escape started to hesitate and surge going up a hill. When she pressed on the gas pedal there was no response from the engine. The powertrain and engine lights came on so she called me immediately. She was afraid to leave it running so she shut it down. What made things worse was the fact that it was 97 degrees out that day and she had her mother with her who is handicapped. After the engine cooled a bit, I was able to drive it the rest of the way to her mother's house. After dropping her off, the vehicle broke down twice on the way to the repair facility. It turned out to be a problem with the throttle body. As a former mechanic and now a parts person I can say with confidence that this is definitely a safety issue.

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car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 07/10/2013

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the check engine warning indicator was illuminated and the electrical system failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the egr valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

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car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 03/31/2013

This is about the 10th time I have experienced this issue. In every case the car stops accelerating and the car drops into idle with the rpm's ranging from 900-1100. Shifting gears does not have an effect and you have to shut off the car to turn in back on. The amber wrench light comes on every time and the few times that it happened consecutively in one trip the check engine light came on. On my first visit to a dealership they replaced the accelerator pedal. The second time they noticed my transmission was eating its fluid so the filled up the fluid. The third time the dealership replaced my transmission and the most recent they replaced the throttle body. This seems to coincide with the open investigation pe13003. I have had the car malfunction occur when accelerating through 65 trying to get onto a highway. Had it happen twice at 15 mph in a parking lot. Had it at 45 mph in the middle of an intersection and multiple times on back roads at 35 mph. Fortunately for me I was always able to flip my hazards on quickly and the other vehicles were able to get around me while I stopped on the road, but this situation is highly unsafe especially at higher speeds on highway when you have to pull over and stop the car to fix the situation. Based on multiple online forums it seems to be mainly the throttle body that is malfunctioning, but it seems to also degrade the engine over time and can end up costing you as an owner over time due to the dealers inability to always pin point the issue.

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car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 06/01/2012

Engine & powertrain bad hesitation at low speed all the time. Seems like electronic throttle body malfunction that generates engine & powertrain to surge and seems like engine will stall. This also creates hard impact in transimission & driveline system as all of the sudden acceleration happens and sudden torque in transmission & drive line generates high stress (impact) on these systems that affects & degrades durability & reliability of vehicle. Bad engine & powertrain hesitation is a safety concern due to degraded engine performance at intersections where engine power is required to take off from 0mph to 45mph and poor acceleration & hesitation is present.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 01/31/2011

Driving off road up a steep incline (40-45 degrees), the vehicle came to a halt. There wasn't any power going to the tires even though I had the accelerator pedal to the floor. The engine rpm would only rev up to about 1200 rpm. It felt as if there was a disconnect between the transmission and the engine as there was no power being delivered to the tires. The tires did not loose traction or spin either. What was especially unsafe about this is that it was extremely hazardous backing down the steep hill I had tried to ascend. I was trying to back down slowly by using the brake, but many times the brakes would lock up causing the vehicle to shift and slide sometimes sideways which could have caused the vehicle to roll. I tried to go up the hill again to no avail. This vehicle is used by the us forest service in which many times the vehicle is required to go of road on forest service roads. There is a section in the owner's manual about off road driving, but it makes no mention that the vehicle should not be driven up steep inclines.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 12/16/2007

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The engine failed to idle in 20 degree weather. The abs module caught fire. There were no injuries. A fire report was filed. The contact reported the fire to Ford motor company and they advised him to file a complaint. The current and failure mileages were 130,000.

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car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 10/31/2006

I have a 2002, Ford Escape with 92,000 miles on it. There has been no major problems with ethe vehicle leading up to the failure that I am describing in this statement. On October 31, 2006 I was driving east-bound on m59, just east of schoenherr road in sterling heights, mi. I was approx. 15 miles from my home in auburn hills, mi and had approx. 10 minutes left untile I would have reached my destination. This was the first time that I had driven the vehicle all day. It was approx. 47 degrees farenheit and about 3:35pm. It was not raining, but a little windy. Upon making a stop just past the trafic light (due to heavy traffic dlays), I noticed smoke coming out of the engine compartment from under the hood. Within a minute of noticing the smoke outside, smoke started coming through the dash of my vehicle and into the interior cab. I rolled down the windows and made it into a parking lot, wher I had to evacuate the vehicle. Upon putting out the fire and inspecting the vehicle, the fire department was unable to determine the cause of the fire. The insurance adjustor looked at the vehicle today and we are still awaiting the insurance company's opinion as to the cause of the fire and what they will be willing to do about it.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 06/14/2006

Engine pings (pre-detonation) when outside temp is over 85 degrees and speed is over 40 mph. Dealer says no codes are thrown but suggested the latest pcm reflash and injector cleaning at 44,800 miles might solve the problem. A $278 charge and no difference. No refund since they now tell me this is a maintenance item but the dealership also mentions they've seen a lot of these issues with the new e10 gas in the ozone non-attainment region. I explained I do not use e10 since the county in which I reside does not sell e10. They suggest trying different gas brands which doesn't help. After explaining I have another brand of vehicle with a similar size engine that does not ping, they state Ford needs to do something about this issue.

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car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 06/02/2006

2004 Ford Escape, consumer would like reimbursement for the catalytic converter. Front and rear catalytic converters plugged. The dealer replaced both. The egr valve had a hole in it.

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car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 04/23/2006

I see more and more people are having problems of replacing the egr valve on their 2001 Ford Escape. I replaced mine twice and the dpfe sensor twice and just had the computer replaced at just under 42000 miles. There is too many problems with this model year and the warranty is up. . They (Ford) make so these cheap parts last until warranty expires, so the consumer has to pay I bought Fords all my life but I'm having second thought after this buy.

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car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 03/01/2005

The engine light in the consumer's 2002 Ford Escape illuminated. The error code read p0401. Ford released at least four technical service bulletins covering this issue. The main problem was with the egr/dpfe pressure sensor. After the replacement part was installed, the vehicle ran fine.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 01/03/2005

Ford Escape 2001, egr sensor failure. The consumer wanted to know if the service bulletin applied to him, because he purchased the vehicle in mexico, but t was manufactured in kansas city mo.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 07/09/2004

When accelerating or decelerating vehicle hesitated and or stalled. Recall 94v165000 was issued. However, vehicle's mileage prevented vehicle to be included in the recall.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 12/12/2003

My wife was coasting (traveling downhill) in our 2002 Ford Escape XLT (2 wheel drive) when the engine suddenly stopped. The effect was as if the key had been turned off. She lost all power (steering, brakes, etc) and coasted into a sidewalk. It could have been much worse. Taking the proper precautions, she had the car towed to the nearest dealership (hayward Ford - very helpful, performed the TSB work right away), where they told her of a TSB that described the appropriate steps for the mechanics to take. The supposed TSB included replacement of the following items: throttle body assembly, air charge body, mass air flow sensor, air charge sensor gasket, power relay for pcm, egr sensor, and the purge regulation valve for vapor system. I searched the NHTSA TSB site for the bulletin and couldn't find it. The number we were given was TSB 02-23-01. I noticed that an investigation into the cause of this problem by the NHTSA was closed and reopened in Sep 2002. From what I have read here at the NHTSA site, I think it's time for Ford to warn their Escape owners of this problem before someone is injured.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 07/15/2002

While driving at approximately 35 mph on a level roadway, the engine unexpectedly stopped. Traffic was relatively heavy and stopping the vehicle at the traffic light without hitting the stopped vehicle in front of me was difficult. The vehicle had to be placed in park before the engine would restart (as expected) -- which it did without any problem. No check engine light was present. Time of day was at approximately 5 pm cdt. Outside temperature was about 85 degrees. I had just exited off the highway and had been driving for about 8 miles without stopping before the failure. The air conditioning and radio were on during the failure.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 03/19/2002

Vehicle stalls while driving. Dealer replaced pcm relay at 1,475 miles. Vehicle still stalling when foot is off of gas and going downhill or on curves. Vehicle stalls while driving without warning and power steering becomes stiff. Vehicle has stalled 5 times. After stalling, vehicle will start up. Dealer has replaced pcm relay, egr sensor and all tsbs have been completed. Dealer states everything checked out however problem still exists.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 01/22/2002

There were numerous problems. The egr sensor (dpfe) was replaced along with the sop driver side outer belt molding, fuel pump, sway bar links and iac. There was a loud noise coming from the driver's side window, water leaked around the tailgate window, the vehicle was hard to start, the iac was sticking, the driver's side window squeaked and rattled, the vehicle hesitated upon starting, there was play in the front sway bar links, the coolant light stayed on, there was a crack around the oil pan and the oil drain plug was problematic, and the accelerator pedal was sticking.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 10/04/2001

Engine would stall while driving at 30mph. Would have no warning of any problems. Had lost power brakes and steering. Had to use emergency brakes to stop vehicle. Had happened once before. Will be taking vehicle to dealership. *akconsumer stated the delaer replaced the egr valve, however that did not solve the problem.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 07/02/2001

Engine check light indicated that that egr sensor needed to be replaced. The dealer replaced this sensor and the egr pressure valve. The dealer claimed that Ford knew that this was a problem after production, so they produced a new sensor. At the minimum, a TSB should have been issued.

car image   Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 23

At 40 mph the engine stalled out. I had to pull off the road and re start the engine. Loss of power to major components. If I had been 100 feet further down the road a major accident would have occurred due to 90 degree turn. Selling dealer has been contacted, due to be inspected 2/5/02.

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