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Power Train Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 728 problems related to power train (under the power train category).

car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 1
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.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 2
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".

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
Failure Date: 10/24/2014

Transmission jurks when changing gears.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
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.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 13
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.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 10/09/2014

While normally accelerating from stop, vehicle reached 4000 rpm then shifted very hard, driver and all passengers experienced a jolt. The vehicle was taken to a shop for diagnosis. The diagnosis revealed codes p0732 & p0734 - cd4e transmission. The shop manager explained that the vehicle has transmission issues in both gears 2 & 4 and that the transmission needs to be replaced/re-built. An "identifix - direct hit" document was provided showing 60 confirmed fixes regarding transmission replace/rebuilds on 2008 Ford Escapes under the same issue. Upon review of the NHTSA website, I am seeing multiple investigations and complaints regarding the same/identical issue. Please consider issuing a recall on these vehicles for this concern as I am currently facing a repair bill over $3000. 00 on a vehicle that I purchased less than 8 months ago.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 10/08/2014

Yesterday while driving with my two young children my car would suddenly accelerate causing my car to lurch forward faster than I was anticipating. Then today the same thing although today the wrench symbol showed up having me look up in my manual what this meant. I then looked online (having no car knowledge to see what this meant) and find out other people are having similar problems. This is a scary situation when I usually always have my kids in the car. I feel Ford needs to fix this problem when so many people are jabbing the same problems.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 10/08/2014

As I was driving my car lost it throttle. The engine continued to run but I had no ability to accelerate. I pulled the car over. Turned it off, then back on and the car appeared to show no issues. About two weeks later the issue appeared again. Same solution. From my research this appears to be a common issue and could very much endanger anyone in the vehicle.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 10/08/2014

The vehicle slipped in to the neutral position but was still in drive and trans doesn't engage correctly.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 09/29/2014

As I would take off the vehicle seemed to jerk really hard when switching gears and the wrench light came on. I had someone run a test and it said it was my transmission and after researching my friend found a recall on this and read several others are having the same issue.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 09/29/2014

While driving into work with my cruise control set at 60mph, my vehicle suddenly sputtered and the cruise control disengaged and there seemed to be a loss of power. I remember this description from the throttle bottle notification I received from Ford a few months back. I had taken my Escape into the dealership on 9/11/14 to have this taken care off and now 2 weeks later my vehicle now has the throttle control/powertrain warning light on and is showing all signs of the notification from Ford. I know this issue has already been addressed, but now I am questioning as to whether or not Ford is actually fixing the problem.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 09/25/2014

I was driving down the highway and the vehicle lurched and lost power. The motor was still running, but when pushing the accelerator there was nothing. I pulled to the side of the road and stopped. The vehicle continued to "lope" and there was a light on the dash showing a little wrench. I turned the vehicle off and started it back up again, and it ran fine. This same thing has happened at least 4 more times. If there was no immediate way to get off the highway, this could be very dangerous resulting in a rear end collision.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 09/24/2014

Car started to idle and couldn't give it any gas. It would stall. Started back up and then the gas would not accelerate. Trouble starting back up but would. This kept repeating.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 09/20/2014

I was driving along the highway at 70 mph, when I felt a 'clunk'. The engine lost power and the 'wrench' light lit up. I was able to get the car to the shoulder of the road. I then turned the engine off, waited a couple minutes and then re-started the engine. The 'wrench' light did not return. I do not feel it is safe to drive until this issues is resolved.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 09/10/2014

Lost power to transmission while attempting to pass a vehicle, engine rev was higher lost power in transmission, then it kicked back in.

car image   Power Train problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 09/09/2014

As I was stopped at a red light on my way to work, all of a sudden the battery light came on, then oil can light and then the car stalled/shut off. I tried to re-start it and it wouldn't work. The light turned green and I turned my hazards on so folks would know to pass me. I started dialing aaa and tried to start it again. It did start and no warning lights appeared. I called my dealership and they said probably just a computer glitch and to just drive it around my work parking lot a few times, they hadn't heard of this. Then I did research and found it could be the electronic throttle body issue. I have reached out to them to have it looked at this weekend. No problems since the initial stall.

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car image   Power Train problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 09/06/2014

This vehicle was sold to us a being capable of being towed behind a motor home. During the towing process, the transmission became so hot that components of the drive train melted and liquefied as determined by Ford. This presents a severe safety concern as the car could have caught fire and there would be no way we would have known. This could have resulted in an explosion or worse. We have since discovered that Ford, without telling us, issued a bulletin stating that the car can not in fact be towed. This information has not been widely distributed and none of the Ford dealers we talked to were aware of it. In addition, there are websites from motor home magazine and edmonds as well as others that still list the 2012 Escape as a good choice for motor home tow vehicles.