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Power Train Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 748 problems related to power train (under the power train category).

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 03/10/2015

Driving down highway car suddenly didn't want to accelerate from stop light. Rpms would surge to 4. 5-5,000 but car wouldn't go faster than 20mph until about 100ft. Wrench light came on. Took it to Ford dealer, bands 2 to 4 are broken. Have to get a new transmission for $3,800. An inability to accelerate is a very serious safety issue. Ford_please do the right thing and put a recall on this!.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 03/10/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph the ability to switch gears seized. The check engine warning light illuminated. The contact had to maneuver to the side of the road to a complete stop. After few minutes the vehicle started normally. The vehicle was driven home and taken to the dealer today. The diagnosis was that the vehicle needed a new transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Bp.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 03/01/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the transmission seized into second gear. The contact was unable to shift the vehicle into park or any other gear. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000. The VIN was not available. Djr.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 02/19/2015

Recall repair done in August 2014 for well publicized localized overheating of cylinder head issue. Have had two instances of overheating since. . . The last incident occured on 2/19. The vehicle went to low power mode and instructed my wife to pull over immediately and stop engine. . . She did. . . . After sitting for approx 10 minutes she restarted the engine and temperatures returned to normal however the engine light is now on and I will be taking the vehicle for repairs again on Monday. I am very concerned about the reliability of this vehicle and specifically this engine option. I have no idea what damage was caused by this lastest incident. . . I'm sure there will be some residual longevity impacts if I keep the vehicle. I predict that this engine will continue to have issues. . Both incidents did occur during extreme cold (below zero) so it seems to be cooling system related. . . Which was the basis of the original recall.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 02/17/2015

Purchased vehicle 1/30/2015 and drove off lot with 3 miles on it. Less than a week later vehicle started stalling at traffic lights and hesitating upon acceleration. Vehicle was in Ford repair shop for 12 days with 1200 worth of parts replaced on transmission. Picked up vehicle with 810 miles on it and less than a week and 150 miles later the vehicle is again stalling at traffic lights upon acceleration. The vehicle is dangerous to drive!.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 02/11/2015

Backing into parking spot car started to surge and stop. While attempting to get car home it started surging and over revving. When stopped it would not move. Pushed off the road. Restarted and revved hard and was able to get it home. Now you put it in gear, engine revs, then decels to 800 rpm and will move some.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 01/10/2015

It feels as though the car is pulling to drive forward. And a puttering effect.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 01/07/2015

Speed decelerated on interstate. Could not increase speed. Engine, sound sysyem, ligjts and steering maintained operable. Had to coast to outside lane and exit freeway. Wrench lite came on and manual indicated throttle control. Have seen numerous complaints about this issue. Had been experiencing slow speed inceleration, bit never this. It was a true state of panic in 5pm rush hour traffic.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 12/13/2014

Making a turn, my car jerked and could not accelerate. We had to cruise to our destination which was close thank god. I called Ford and they told me to bring it in. I told them I was unsure if it was drivable. He then told me he couldn't tell me what it was til I brought it in. Then told me I could take it in today but won't get checked til Monday. He got my name and number. We went to various auto places for opinions and solutions. We thought we figured it out but a few hours later it did it again. My husband went back to pep boys but was told they could not run diagnostics because the light was not on. I was looking online and noticed a compliant was made about this issue and went to the Ford website and saw it under the recall under my VIN. My husband called the dealership and talked to a manger asking why I was never notified. He explained its not really a recall but had an extended warranty if it meets the criteria. We explained that the first man never mentioned anything nor did he bother to look up my information to see if I had the recall. The manager apologized and said for me to take it in Monday and he would handle my situation. I'm appalled that I was not notified. This is very dangerous, especially because I have my 2 year old daughter in the car with me most of the time. God forbid my car would have stalled on the highway and I would have caused an accident because my car lost power all of a sudden. I never got any notification from Ford about the recall nor the warranty. I think this is very inconsiderate as people's lives are at stake. I pray that no accidents, injuries or deaths occurred because of Ford's negligence. My vehicle fits the warranty criteria so I hope I won't be charged for repairs. I hope the manager keeps his word. The only money I have is for christmas. If I have to pay for repairs, I can't buy gifts for my family or my daughter.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 11/29/2014

I own a 2008 Ford Escape a couple of days ago coming off the thruway I started to apply my breaks to slow down,instead of slowing down my vehicle sped forward on its own,I had to firmly apply the breaks to make it stop just barely avoiding hitting the vehicle in front of me,right after that a yellow wrench came on the dash. Then the vehicle would not go higher than 20 miles,the car was basically coasting. When I try to give it more power it would just stall. I had it towed to my local Ford dealership and had to pay $100 to see whats wrong,they tell me my 2nd and 4th gear is gone and I have to have my transmission replaced. A Ford rebuild transmission would cost me over $4200,a junk yard transmission $3800,called aamco they said $2200 I bought this vehicle in 2011 with a little over 34,000 miles,it currently has 58,300 miles on it,now in 3 yrs I have driven this vehicle less then 25,000 miles. Meaning around 8,000 miles if that a year. So why in the world do I need a new transmissions? I learned there was a serious amount of complaints about these Ford Escapes 2005-2013 models all with this same issue, instead of Ford doing a recall and fixing the problem,they settle on a customer satisfaction program,but instead of them including all the vehicles with this issue,they only do it for the 2009-2013 models. I talked to someone from the Ford motor company and they said my car wasn't eligible for the customer satisfaction program cause its a 08 ,what difference does it make on the year its the same issue as all the other Escapes . Now is that fair if there's other year models out there now experiencing the same issue. This is a known issue with these vehicles and Ford should be responsible in fixing the problem. Now I have a vehicle that I cant drive and have to wait to get up the money to fix. I will never purchase a Ford vehicle again if this is how they treat their customers.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 11/20/2014

I was on my way home when the car slowed almost to a stop and started making a jerking motion. I couldn't get enough power to stay in traffic so I pulled over and stopped the and shut it off. By this time the wrench signal came on the dash. I started it again and it seemed ok so I drove it to a nearby garage my mechanic owns. It slowed down again and started jerking on the way. I shut it off and started it again and drove 2 more blocks to the garage. They hooked it up to their computer and said it needed a new throttle sensor. It works fine again after a bill of $455. 68.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 11/20/2014

My throttle/powertrain light went on and I found that a recall had been placed and I was never contacted by Ford with a recall letter.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 11/13/2014

Throttle body actuator system failure. Surging, unnecessary revving at low speeds. Inconsistent acceleration and gear change. Trouble code "p2112 throttle actuator system stuck".

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 11/10/2014

My car doesn't take 2nd or 4th gear. It's a faulty transmission. There are numerous complaints all over the internet with Ford Escape owners once this car passes 100, 000 miles. Ford has not done a recall on this. I think it is unfair that consumers have to pay for a new transmission when Ford know there is an obvious defect.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 11/01/2014

Tl - the contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled as the battery warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,500. Pam.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 10/29/2014

While driving along my Ford Escape suddenly refused to accelerate, I was holding the gas to the floor and it wouldn't budge. It was idling strangely and surging. A wrench symbol appeared in the screen on the dash. I was on a hill and was unable to pull of the road. Luckily, no one was behind me. I waited a few moments and restarted the Escape, it went and then continued to decelerate once again. I will be taking this back to the dealership to be fixed. But I am very concerned, upon researching the issue I found many more complaints online. Why hasn't this issue been recalled? it is highly dangerous and it is only a matter of time before the Escape cuts off at the wrong time and gets someone killed. This needs to be addressed before it become an epidemic like the chevy cobalt.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 10/27/2014

Was at a stop, started to go and the wrench light went on and the gas peddle did not work.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 10/26/2014

I was traveling at the posted speed on north bound ih 35 just north of georgetown. I removed my foot from the accelerator to slow briefly to evade and pass a slower moving vehicle - instead of slowing, the engine revved. I stepped on the brake and the car slowed, but the engine continued to rev. I noticed a wrench warning light in the dash and called my daughter to help me with it. My son-in-law said it was a powertrain fault warning. I pulled off at the next exit, turned the car off and waited 10 minutes. I restarted the car and the light went off; so, I continued my trip home resuming and maintaining highway speed; but the rpms stayed at @ 3000. At the ih-35 east-west split, I decelerated to make the turn toward dallas and the engine revved to 5000 rpms and stayed between 3k-4k for the rest of the trip. The gears change really hard and the engine revs really high until it drops into o/d; but rpms stay between 3-4k. I took it to an independent repair shop and was told it is a gear-ratio issue and I need a rebuilt or new transmission overhaul.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 10/25/2014

While driving on the highway, I heard a sound similar to the car's automatic transmission downshifting. I looked down and saw that I had no acceleration as I pushed on the gas pedal. I stopped at a safe location and sat with the car idling for about a minute. During this time I noticed the rpms hunting at idle speed. I turned the car off. I restarted the car and the engine turned over a few more times than usual before it finally caught. After that, I had no other problems for the two more hours I drove it. This problem appears to be with the electronic throttle body giving either a false signal or temporarily losing signal.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 10/24/2014

Transmission jurks when changing gears.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 10/23/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the vehicle revved and the wrench warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. Djr.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 10/21/2014

I have had the two recalls fixed in July for my 2010 Ford Escape. However, in the past two months my car has been in the shop regarding the (wrench light) throttle/powertrain light coming on. My car looses power when I accelerate and the light comes on. It goes off once I turn off the car which is making it very difficult for the dealership to identify the problem. They claim they can't find anything and unfortunately I can't get the car to the dealership when the light is on. They have run a history for the codes that have come up on the car, but there are no recent codes/problems. I keep telling them that I am having the same problems listed in the Ford recall notice but I am told that there is nothing they can do if there is no code showing a problem. I am terrified to drive my son in this car. I also commute 100 miles daily down a very busy highway and I am worried that the car will die and I won't be able to pull off the road safely. Ford needs to do something immediately because the problem with the Escape has not been fixed!.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 10/18/2014

I was driving down the road at 45mph and went to accelerate and when I pressed the gas- the engine felt like it was off- I still had electrical power. I was not able to give the car any gas at all. I coasted until I could pull off the road and when I stopped- the car was idling very rough. The "throttle control/ powertrain" light had come on. I turned off the car and sat for about 5 minutes. When I turned it back on, it idled rough for about 3-4 seconds and the light was still on. Then it smoothed out and the light went off and I was able to drive it back to my house (about 1 mile).

car image   Power Train problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 10/11/2014

The contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the transmission was shifting abnormally in and out of gears and there was a sudden increase in engine rpms. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. During a second appointment, the technician determined that the computer needed to be reset. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who repaired the throttle body, the motor, the assembly control, the assembly transmission, and the gasket. The remedy failed to repair the failure. In addition, while traveling 45 mph downhill, the vehicle stalled and caused another vehicle to crash into the contact¿s vehicle. The contact sustained minor injuries and did not seek medical attention. A police report was filed. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14v495000 (engine). The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 10/10/2014

Vehicle won't shift into 2nd gear until reaching 3500 - 4000 rpms. Can let off gas to ease change, else vehicle gerks into 2nd.