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Power Train Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 1,022 problems related to power train (under the power train category).

car image   Power Train problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 08/06/2017

First complaint is the internal door panels do not properly fit and come loose becoming caught on the frame of the car not allowing you to open the door to exit the vehicle which is highly dangerous in an emergency. 2) the shift selector switch broke as my spouse was driving the car not allowing him to shift the car into park or shut it off. This is highly dangerous and quite common a mechanics told us.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 08/01/2017

Was accelerating after coasting to slow down for a turn on city streets. Engine stalled out and service, oil, and battery lights all illuminated on the panel. Vehicle lost all power and had to coast to a stop. Put it in park, turned off and restarted with no issue. This is the 5th time this has happened in the last 18 months, all in simliar scenarios where accelerating after coasting.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 07/30/2017

Driving on the highway, the "wrench light appeared and suddenly the car jolted forward almost creating an accident by rapidly slowing the vehicle, once control was regained I moved to the side of the road. I was then able to get the vehicle home on "limp" mode, where the vehicle is restricted to prevent damage to the transmission. Upon looking at this site, I found the investigation for the 09-13 Ford Escape throttle body warranty, which the throttle body was diagnosed by a certified Ford garage on my vehicle, the part is the same from 05-13 on the 3l engine Escape models and seriously posed a threat to me while driving however since it is a 2008, not a 2009, Ford will not grant the dealership permission to replace the part free of charge, although the same part and same malfunction is acknowledged in the 09-13 models and is under and extended manufacturers warranty, listed under customer service program code "13n03".

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 07/17/2017

I purchased my Ford Escape certified used from a dealership back in July 2016, it had approximately 26,000 miles on the vehicle and no accidents reported. In February 2017 the vehicle starts hesitating while in motion on a country street, acting as though it was about to stall out, no warning indicators came up, able to get to our driveway. When in our driveway we were able to back up but when placed in drive the dash gave a warning that the vehicle was not in park and it would not move forward only in reverse. We got it towed by our Ford warranty to a local dealership where paperwork looks like they did an overhaul on the transmission. Now it July of 2017 (56,000 miles on it) while driving on a highway the car begins to hesitate again, I was able to get off an exit on the highway but then my car completely stopped. When the accelerator was pressed nothing happened. No warning indicators at all present on dash. I turned off the vehicle and turn it back on and the car was able to move an inch. When placed in the sport drive the car could not recognize it in drive as evidenced by it did not even light up the "s" on the dash to let you know it was in sport drive. Ford again towed my car to the local dealership where it is being inspected as we speak. I have had the car a total of 1 year and it has been at the dealership twice for transmission issues. Unacceptable, thank goodness both times I was able to get the vehicle to safety, I would not want to imagine what would happen if I was on a much larger highway and this occurred to the vehicle. These issues are making me feel very unsafe and uncomfortable driving the vehicle, especially when my two children are in the car with me.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 07/10/2017

Electronic throttle body (etb) my 2009 Ford Escape will occasionally lurch/surge forward or stall out while I'm driving. I believe this is a problem that Ford addressed with an extended warranty a few years ago but I was not aware of this. I believe this is a safety issue and Ford should contact all owners!.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 07/07/2017

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. While starting the vehicle, the engine independently revved. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer (norris Ford, 901 merritt blvd, baltimore, MD 21222) where it was diagnosed that the throttle body failed and the power train control module needed to be updated. The vehicle was not repaired due to the cost. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2015 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 07/05/2017

I purchased a used 2015 Ford Escape on may 10, 2017. I drove it to yellowstone over memorial day weekend to test the vehicle out. The transmission would shift really hard and at 40 mph it seemed to hesitate what gear to shift to. I took it back to the dealership, who sent it to a Ford dealership and they reset the transmission. They said the car learns a driver's driving habits and since someone else owned the car it wasn't used to my driving habits. The reset on the transmission has help a little, I still do not like the way it shifts at 40 mph and it also hesitates to go and then when it kicks in it is hard to slow down. Yesterday July 5, 2017 I was driving back to work from lunch and my power steering failed. I had a warning come on at the same time I noticed the power steering was gone. I was glad I was on a back road or it could have caused and accident. I couldn't move the steering wheel. I had the vehicle towed to a Ford dealership. I have not heard anything regarding the issue yet. I have only had the car for almost 60 days and I have had it serviced twice. I don't feel I can trust this car. My 10 year old van with 170,000 miles is more reliable.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 07/03/2017

While pulling out into traffic on July 3, 2017, moving at 30 mph, the engine suddenly lost all power and the transmission downshifted causing the car to quickly decelerate nearly causing a rear end collision. The engine warning light indicated an engine fault requiring immediate service. The engine continued running but with hardly any acceleration then loss of power and bucking. I pulled to shoulder and was able to limp home about a mile with engine running erratically all the way. Called aaa and had vehicle towed to hammonasset Ford in madison CT for service on July 4 2017. Awaiting response from them at this time.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 06/26/2017

The contact owns a 2017 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was at a complete stop, a warning bell chimed and a "shift to "p" restart engine manually" message displayed intermittently. The contact was able to shift the vehicle into the park position and restart the engine manually. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer (battlefield Ford, 8820 centerville rd, manassas, va, 20110), but they were unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and provided case number: cas 12755913. The manufacturer stated that they were aware of the failure and advised that once the vehicle was started, to turn the auto switch off. The manufacturer also advised the contact that she could get a second opinion because no further assistance would be offered. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 06/07/2017

"takata recall". . . . . . I stopped by 7-11 atm to get some money and other items. . . Upon returning to my vehicle I noticed it would not start. The dashboard said it was in reverse even though it was in park mode. I spend approximately 3. 5 hours on the phone with the Ford motor company trying to get some real help. After no success, I went thru three different customer service reps who were not knowledgeable on how to handle a vehicle that was disabled, stuck in reverse and would not start. I ended up calling aaa and had it towed to my own mechanic because I called three Ford dealership stated that it would be at least 2-3 weeks before someone could check out my vehicle. In addition, they were not cooperative in helping me get a rental car either and stated they would not cover the cost of renting a car. My own mechanic who has serviced all my vehicles and there has never been an issue. . . Advised me that the brake cable or something to that effect was broken. I just don't understand how that is possible since I just purchased the vehicle 10/2016. This is the second time in 9 months I've had issues with Ford and their faulty products. April 2017 Ford motors settled with me over my 2013 Ford focus which was in an out of the shop since March 2015. I've had to go thru numerous agencies to get any real help. I've spoken with my mechanic today and was given an approx estimate of $700 to repair and my car won't be available until next week. In addition, it's costing $170 to rent a car to get back and forth to school and work until Monday. I am looking for Ford to reimburse me for my expenses and cost to repair my vehicle. Or the other alternative is to buy back the vehicle. I will never purchase another vehicle from Ford again.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 06/07/2017

At the end of a 55 mile trip the "transmission malfunction" indicator light came on. After the vehicle sat for a few hours I started it up again and the light has not come back on. The vehicle only has 32000 miles and I can't get Ford to look at it and tell me if it is electrical or transmiision occured on 7/7/14.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 05/22/2017

While driving at about 30 mph, my car just lost power and began coasting. The only lights or indicators on the dash was the wrench symbol. The car would start up again and run but it repeated the loss of power several times. . . At any speed, at any time! (25-65mph) twice on the highway in fast traffic! went to the Ford dealer by me and they repaired the throttle control/power train module at no cost to me. Apparently a recall was in place. This was a particular problem with many Ford vehicles I found out while doing research! this was in sept/oct of 2015 and today it has happened to me again. . . Twice in one hour. (may 22, 2017) my 2011 Ford Escape v6 is now back at the same dealer. I am being told that I will have to pay for all diagnostic checks and the labor and parts. I should not have to be dealing with this same exact issue only 19 months later. I was told that the dealership was booked solid for two days and they could get me in on the third day. I am single and on partial disability and cannot afford a huge bill for the car or to miss work. Certainly not with something that I did not cause. This is the second time with the exact same issue! I have all of the necessary maintenance done on my vehicle and take excellent care of it. If need be, the dealer has all of my original information on the work and repairs and they have my vehicle now and I am hoping that they will get to look at it today. They said that I could rent a car too! only $30 a day! not! please help! ellen spencer.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 05/15/2017

I was driving 50 mph and the car stalled with not warning. The "wrench light" or throttle body/powertrain light came on. I coasted to a person's driveway as there was no shoulder to pull off to. I turned off the car and turned it back on. All lights turned off and car ran fine. Mechanics can't find problem or error code and I'm scared to drive my new vehicle.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 05/13/2017

I was driving down the highway going around a turn the abs light and traction control light came on and the steering became hard like no power steering. Shut car off when I arrived at destination started vehicle again lights were off drove a little ways same thing happend again.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 05/10/2017

My car is having same exact issues as reported in recall #14s17 yet my VIN is not included. My vehicle is currently still in garage, going on 2 weeks now, and they just told me 6 our of 7 parts are covered under my warranty yet 1 part, the wiring assembly ec sensor is not and will be $800 to fix. My vehicle literally would stall while driving and had severe hesitation after I turned it off and back on. How can my vehicle in the same year be experiencing same issues as the recall but not be included in the recall because of my VIN # and now I'm responsible for the $800? we were headed to little washington, PA and the whole ride up was a hesitation every once in a while while driving down the road. Then at one point the car just stalled while driving. Turned off and back on and at a red light intersection, hit the gas to go and would not move. Turned off and back on and took awhile for the car to go but thankfully we made it home and immediately called Ford and made appt at closest dealer to take it to. 2 weeks later and it is still there. The just called 3 days ago to tell be about the parts and not covered. I then called Ford back and left my cell phone # to contact me back since I was in the office this week and they called and left a message on home phone explaining that part was not covered under warranty. I am not pleased at all with the dealer first off that took so long and lack of communication or Ford for just saying OH well suck it up and pay it. I searched internet and saw this recall that matched my car's experiences to a "t".

car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 05/09/2017

This 2011 Ford Escape is my son's car. We bought the car used in 2015. The car currently has 69,000 miles. In April 2017 my son complained of the car surging while stopped at a light. We drove the car that night and could not get it to duplicate this issue. A month later he called me and stated the car surged again while stopped in a turn lane. He made it to a side street but within 50 yards the car came to a screeching stop. The car would not move. Ended up with a seized transmission. We replaced the transmission in may 2017. Within a week the car is now becoming unresponsive and still surging while stopped. He has to turn the car off and back on to gain control of the car again. When stopped the car engine is shutting down. Today the vehicle surged forward while at a stop. Today I researched this problem online and came across the electronic throttle body issue in Ford Escapes including the 2011 model. I feel that this etb issue was the direct cause of the seizure of the transmission on this car. I spent $2500 on a new transmission and still have an issue with the car acting the same was as before. This is a very dangerous malfunction on a car driven by an 18 year old. He could have easily surged into another car or pedestrian. A recall was the only solution the NHTSA should have accepted from Ford on this issue. I would like to be reimbursed the $2500 for the new transmission that this faulty part has caused.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 05/03/2017

While at highway speeds, car rmps become erratic and no response from gas peddle. Car goes idle and then stalls. Vehicle must be restarted. Yellow 'wrench' light comes on however once the car is restarted, it is no longer illuminated. No codes available from computer scan.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2017 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 04/06/2017

Model has transmission that has no provision to override automatic transmission allowing engagement of lower gears to utilizing engine braking. This ability is essential for safe mountain driving where downhill grades, including sharp curves, go on for miles. Full dependence on wheel brakes, which will overheat, is a safety issue. Co-efficient of friction decreases with increasing brake pad temperatures. Having driven this make/model as a rental for ~2,500 miles in the mountainous states of az, ut, and CO I speak from first hand experience. As a retired engineer from the u. S. Dept. Of energy I ask please look into this as a design safety issue.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 04/03/2017

As I was backing out of a parking spot, vehicle became stuck in reverse. Shift arm was stuck in reverse and could not be moved. My foot had to remain pressed down on brake pedal to prevent vehicle from moving farther backward and hitting nearby parked vehicles. Vehicle was turned off to prevent further backward movement, which left vehicle blocking oncoming vehicles moving through lot. Vehicle was towed to dealer. Dealer diagnosed problem as a loose shifter arm bolt. Bolt was tightened.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 04/01/2017

3 days in a row, 4/1 - 4/3, I would engage the gear shift and the wheels would not move. Would not move in reverse or drive. After a few minutes, the transmission would wake up and drive normally.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 04/01/2017

While looking at your web site, I notice that there was a recall on my 2005 Escape 3. 0l, I didn't get a recall notice from the dealer and its 2017 and I'm the second owner,and now I find out that my passager side rear wheel well is rusted out by looking at all the wheel wells, cause I heard a hard bump sound coming from the back of the car while driving it on the streets. Now I notice that there is a shift level recall on the same Escape!!. What is going on with the recall notices!!!. This is the only car that I have to drive to get around in- great car other then that.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 03/30/2017

I just bought the car in March 2017 and we took it on a trip to the beach. Almost there the car started jumping into gear when we took off at the red light. They started getting closer and more harder at each stop so we stopped at a store to check it. Theres no dip stick to check the trany with so we thought it might of got hot even though we stopped often. It seemed to help then it started doing it again after some time. We had already paid for the hotel so we went on and stayed with out going many places for fear of not getting back home. On the way home it still did the same but not on the interstate. Seems it only did it at stops and starts in towns at lights and stop signs. The Ford company has had my car in the shop since I got back home and ive made the first payment with 2 weeks driving out of it. They say it needs a new transmission, but by the car fax paper it was just replaced a month ago . Its gonna be another month before I get it back, because they have to order it. Just hope I don't have to go through this any more. Love the little SUV, just hate all this trouble I'm having out of it.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 03/19/2017

"wrench" indicator light and vehicle symptoms of high rpms in teh 3. 5 to 4 range at low speeds (cycling from 1st gear to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd) on city streets 0-35 mph. Engine codes not yet read, but similar issues reported as a fault in the throttle body. Consumer satisfaction program 13n03 has identified the problem for same make and model starting in manufacturing year of 2009. My car has a manufacture date of 01/07, though it is a 2008 and is only about 126,000 miles. This throttle body fault should be identified in other years of manufacture if the reports are documented.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 03/15/2017

When shifting from either reverse to drive backing onto a busy state road just over a hill, or drive to reverse the car shutters and struggles to power forward or backwards. As well as the radio buttons do not work 80 percent of the time, you have to use the steering wheel controls to operate the radio. Horrible we bought the Escape new with 127 miles on it and still to this day haven't gotten a recall about any issues other than the airbag issue. Our 36 thousand mile warranty is almost up and don't want to get slammed with a bill for transmission 200 miles after the warranty is up.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 03/15/2017

On take off car will not always go into gear and when it does it does not have much power to accelerate leaving for a dangerous driving situation. If the motor is shut off and the "computer" resets it will reset and drive ok for a short time but the problem reappears. Car is now parked until we can figure what is wrong with it. Hate paying for a car that I can't drive.