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Speed Control Cable Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 136 problems related to speed control cable (under the vehicle speed control category).

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 06/26/2017

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. When the gear was shifted into drive, the vehicle independently accelerated in excess of 30 mph. As a result, the contact's vehicle crashed into another vehicle. The contact was able to stop the vehicle by shifting into neutral and shutting off the engine. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was towed to the independent mechanic (CT conveyor llc located at 320 terryville rd, bristol, CT 06010; (860) 637-2926) where it was diagnosed that the cruise control cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 12v353000 and 14v165000 (engine and engine cooling, vehicle speed control and structure). The parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 199,400.

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car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 02/09/2017

The gas pedal collapsed to the floor while driving my car. I was fortunate enough to coast in to a parking lot. I was able to play with the pedal returning it to the normal operating position. Took car to Ford dealership. Service department replaced the cable assembly/throttle control. I have seen a lot of similar complaints online about the same exact problem with the 2008 Ford Escape.

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car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 01/23/2017

Unable to accelerate car while driving forward on a city street. After getting the vehicle to a safe location we noticed the cable connecting the accelerator pedal had sheared and completely detached from the pedal.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 05/14/2016

My 2006 Ford Escape constantly and unexpectedly has a stuck gas pedal in the closed position. The cable and throttle body have been replaced several times at my expense and Ford refuses to acknowledge the problem. My wife, daughter and I were nearly killed at a large intersection while trying to turn left. The car was stopped at a light with oncoming traffic approaching us in the opposite lanes. When a large gap appeared in the oncoming traffic, I tried to proceed and the gas pedal stuck as I turned. It would not depress and this left me without power and the rapidly approaching oncoming cars had to swerve so as to avoid "t-boning" our car. The other drivers stated that they did not anticipate our car suddenly failing to proceed as they approached us. They then assisted us in removing (pushing) the car from the roadway. I have complained to the local Ford dealership numerous times but they refuse to provide me with a permanent repair. The pedal sticks very often and very unexpectedly. It doesn't stick open. It sticks in the fully closed position and will not depress no matter how much force is applied to the pedal. When it unsticks it happens as unexpectedly as it began. The pedal sticks only when the pedal is in the non-depressed position. It may happen when first trying to drive the car or after many hours of driving. It may happen (as in the previous example) after having stopped at a traffic stop. I have replaced the throttle body and cable several times, as suggested by every dealership in my area (of michigan). Nothing has resolved the problem and I have gotten zero cooperation from Ford corp.

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car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 12/15/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stateed that accelerator pedal was depressed, but the accelerator pedal went to the floor, and the vehicle failed to accelerate. A tow truck diagnosed that the accelerator cable fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 04v574000 (vehicle speed control), but the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000. Mf.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 01/19/2015

On 1/19/1993, I experienced uncontrolled acceleration in my 2003 Ford Escape. I turned off the engine and coasted to a stop. Fortunately, I was on a low traffic road. After towing the Escape to my mechanic, he identified that the acceleration cable was binding against the engine cover. After further identifying a recall related to this (NHTSA campaign number:12v-353), the car was taken to my Ford service center, who performed the modification. Upon picking up the car after repair and leaving the lot of the Ford service center, I immediately experienced uncontrolled acceleration a second time. Quickly hitting the breaks and performing a u-turn back into the Ford lot, I again turned off the engine and coasted to the garage area. This time I was on a multi-lane road in a high traffic area during 5:00 traffic and suffered near collision with multiple other cars. Upon investigating the cause with the service personnel, we observed that the cruise control cable had come loose and bound with the acceleration cable, resulting in the unintended acceleration. On multiple attempts to reconnect the cruise control cable, it became apparent that it would easily come loose and bind again with the acceleration cable. The cruise control cable was disconnected and fixed into location away from the acceleration cable. The dealer did not know or recommend any other method to fix the problem. My observation is that there was significant wear on the cruise control cable connection, possibly as a result of the interference condition with the throttle cover. The current Ford recall does not appear to adequately correct the problem or look for this additional problem.

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car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 01/10/2015

I was driving on the freeway with cruise control on and the safety issue occurred when I tried to slow down/turn off the cruise control. The cruise control would not turn off and the brakes did not work. I was stomping on the brake with both feet and the car was not slowing down. After riding the brakes the car slowed down and I was able to pull into the scales on the side of the freeway. Ford replaced the cruise control cable for $235 and said there was no recall for this safety issue. This was a very dangerous issue and I believe it should be free to fix.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 08/10/2014

As I was driving, I pressed the accelerator approximately 3/4 of the way to pass a vehicle. When I released the pedal- the vehicle continued to accelerate. I was eventually able to get the vehicle to stop after placing the transmission in neutral and firmly applying the brakes. As I came to a stop, the vehicle was beginning to smoke, and I feared it was going to catch on fire. I immediately exited the vehicle, and the engine was still running at full throttle. After several minutes, the vehicle began to smoke worse and then I heard a loud bang. The vehicle motor stopped and a large puddle of oil and metal was on the ground under the vehicle. I have since learned that there is an active recall for this exact problem from Ford due to a throttle cable sticking. Ford has refused to repair the additional damage caused to my vehicle caused by an active recall.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

2004 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to cruise control cable recall notice. The consumer stated she received a recall notice, in 2013, and the part is still not available.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 01/07/2014

Driving down road and the rpms on my 2004 Escape jump up. So I try to slow down and car keeps accelerating. Throw car into park because brakes wouldn't slow it down. Ever site I read says it is the accelerator cable. Supposedly this was replaced by dealer while in for air bag indicator light repair in December 2012. Under recall. Now when I start vehicle rpms jump, and get burning smell from motor. Cars rpms jump while driving down road also. Battery and alternator were replaced in may 2013 but since they were replaced battery indicator light is dimly lite upon accelerating. I have spent a fortune on this vehicle and every time I turn around it needs more work. I also after getting battery and alternator replaced had to put a new throttle body component in because motor was racing to 3000 rpms while in park or while foot was on break. Please help. I am scared to death to drive this vehicle like it is. Can not afford to put anymore money into it either.


 
car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 12/28/2013

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 75 mph, he attempted disengage the cruise control but the vehicle maintained 75 mph. The contact stated that he depressed that brake pedal but the engine continued to rev. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the throttle cable needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

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car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 12/12/2013

I was driving at 70mph on a highway. I went to take my exit and pushed the button to turn the cruise control off, but that did not slow the vehicle down at all. It kept accelerating all the way up to 90mph. I tapped the brakes but it did not slow the car down. I was afraid to keep my foot on the brakes due to heating the brakes up so much that it would catch my car on fire. I put it in neutral but the rpms revved between 5000-6000 so I switched back in to drive. When I finally had an area where there were no other cars around me I slammed on the brake pedal to slow it down as much as I possibly could before putting it into park. When it was in park the rpms jumped all the way up to 5000 and sounded as though the car was going to blow up so I turned the car off. Then I opened the hood and removed the cruise control cable. I have had the recall done on this vehicle and never had a problem with this til now. My car is no leaking oil and smells like something is burning. I have contacted Ford and they seemed as though this was an unimportant issue. They stated that they were not responsible for repairs. This should be an issue for them since they are the ones who fixed it in the first place with the last recall they had on this issue.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 11/06/2013

While driving to work at about 43 miles per hour, I went to accelerate, but the gas pedal was stuck - like it froze up. I was able to pull into a parking lot, stopped the car, and slammed on the gas pedal a few times until it loosened up. This happened again a couple of days later, but I was able to stop at a red light, and again slammed on the gas pedal until it gave in. Again this happened 2 days ago on my way to work, and had to pull off the street into a parking lot and slammed on the gas pedal until it loosened up. I looked on line for reviews on 2006 Ford Escapes, and saw that many, many other Ford Escape owners have had the same problem. I brought it yesterday morning to autonation Ford in brooksville, florida and it was determined that the body asy - carburetor throttle, cable asy - throttle control needed to be replaced. The service manager stated that there were no recalls on this, and that this was common in Ford Escapes. He stated that this was a safety hazard and advised that I shouldn't be driving the car the way it was. The repairs are costing me over $600, and with all the complaints that I read about on line, I feel that this should be a Ford recall, and customers should be reimbursed their costs to have this repaired.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 11/06/2013

While driving to work at about 43 miles per hour, I went to accelerate, but the gas pedal was stuck - like it froze up. I was able to pull into a parking lot, stopped the car, and slammed on the gas pedal a few times until it loosened up. This happened again a couple of days later, but I was able to stop at a red light, and again slammed on the gas pedal until it gave in. Again this happened 2 days ago on my way to work, and had to pull off the street into a parking lot and slammed on the gas pedal until it loosened up. I looked on line for reviews on 2006 Ford Escapes, and saw that many, many other Ford Escape owners have had the same problem. I brought it yesterday morning to autonation Ford in brooksville, florida and it was determined that the body asy - carburetor throttle, cable asy - throttle control needed to be replaced. The service manager stated that there were no recalls on this, and that this was common in Ford Escapes. He stated that this was a safety hazard and advised that I shouldn't be driving the car the way it was. The repairs are costing me over $600, and with all the complaints that I read about on line, I feel that this should be a Ford recall, and customers should be reimbursed their costs to have this repaired.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 09/29/2013

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently to speeds of 88 mph. The contact applied immense pressure to the brakes but to no avail. He then maneuvered the vehicle to the side of the highway and turned off the ignition. Upon further inspection, he found that the accelerator cable was the cause of the failure. The vehicle had been recalled six years earlier under NHTSA campaign number: 04v574000 (vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 172,000.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 09/12/2013

On sept 12, 2013 I was driving on I-95 going approximately 75mph when out of nowhere the vehicle felt like it sputtered and then just quit running or stalled out. To my surprise (and thank god) the steering did not lock up when the engine stalled up. I was able to get the vehicle to the side of the road without getting killed. I turned the engine off and waited 5 minutes and then was able to start driving again. Then it stalled out again. I drove it like this for the next 10 miles to get home. I stopped at a discount auto parts store and they put a computer on it. He said it was reading the throttle body was stuck open. After the store clerk and I googled this code the most we could find for a solution was to clean the throttle body. So he brought me the right tb cleaner to buy. I went home and took the tb apart (it was gunked up pretty good), cleaned it to a shiny, brand new looking throttle body and replaced it at which time I also took this opportunity to perform an oil change, top off my fluids, replace the air filter with a new one and put coolant in my radiator. I reconnected the battery cables, started the car and went for a ride. I was amazed. It purred like a kitten. No dash "check engine light" on! I thought I had fixed my problem. Not so. Here I am now, the 24th of sept and guess what!! yep had to call in to work because my car only makes it 10 ft down the road and stalls out. No warning. I looked in at the throttle body and its still sparking clean, no gunk. Whats going on. This am when it happened I had my 3 year old and 4 year old in the car with me and we damn near got killed from the semi truck behind us. I drove my children to school with the car like this and now am trying to find a new throttle body to put in. I will keep the old one in my possession in case this petition actually gets the government moving and its needed for inspection.

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car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 08/13/2013

At the time I was driving this car I was going around a curb in a parking garage when I suddenly lost acceleration on the gas pedal. The pedal went flat to the floor and apparently came undone from its cable. I was unable to drive the car and called a tow company. The tow driver hooked the cable back up for me and I was able to drive again. After searching on line, it appears that Ford offers an inexpensive plastic clip that could prevent this in the future. This is the second time it has happened since I had this car. This is a defect on Ford's part and there should certainly be a recall for this to prevent an accident from happening. Ford wanted me to bring the car in and charge me alot for the service. They need to acknowledge this problem since many other 2008 Ford Escape owners have had the same problem.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 07/26/2013

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the engine rpms increased excessively as the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact mentioned that the throttle cable was stuck. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 04v574000 (vehicle speed control). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 176,000.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 07/05/2013

1. While driving on freeway using cruise control, I tapped the brake to disengage. Cruise control did not disengage but instead the car accelerated and I almost hit the car in front of me. Very scary and dangerous. 2. Two days later when I got in my car to leave, the gas pedal was completely stuck like there was an invisible rock under the pedal. My friend followed the gas pedal cable under the hood and removed the black cover and un-froze (un-stuck) the end of the cable so I can at least get the car back home. I was up-north at that time and very scared driving the car home because what if this happens when I'm going at a freeway speed. I promptly leased a new car because these two issues scared the heck out of me. I still have the car but would like it to get repaired. I contacted Ford hqs on 10/25/2013 to communicate the issues I experienced and to assist in resolution as I do know there were re-calls on other Escapes with the same issue. They stated my car was not one of the cars under re-call for this issue. I further expressed that the car should as there are many others with a 2005 Escape with the same complaints as I researched the web. She stated if there is a recall in the future I would receive a letter in the mail. I asked is there anyone else I could accelerate this issue to and she stated my issue is documented in the system. The repair for this issue is very expensive. Why is the re-call not covered on 2005 Escapes but on 2004 Escapes? my 2005 Escape was actually built in 2004. According to Ford hqs, my VIN# does not come up for the re-call!!! can you help me out on this and for others with the same issue? just search the web and you will see many people with the same complaints and dangers of this. Thank you.

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car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 04/11/2013

Upon start-up the engine immediately reved to 4000 to 5000 rpm & would not return to idle. Gas pedal was not depressed. This happened multiple times. Moving the gas pedal had no effect. Car was shut off. Reaching by hand to the end of the pedal assembly where the throttle cable is attached, it was determined that the cable did not return to the idle position. By pushing the end of the cable the throttle returned to idle. The car was started & ran at normal idle speed.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 01/08/2013

Traveling on road. Press on gas pedal nothing happens. Gas pedal will not go down. No response from pedal . No warning lights come on. Car loses speed. Car will not accelerate. Taken to Ford dealer. Replaced throttle cable and gasket.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 12/02/2012

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle erroneously accelerated and crashed into another vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the contact¿s residence. The police were notified and a report was filed. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic and was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the parts needed to service the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number: 12v353000 (vehicle speed control:cables) were not available. The contact stated that the failure recurred several times. The failure mileage was 60,000.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 11/22/2012

Recurrent problem: the sudden inability to accelerate because the gas pedal won't budge. The throttle cable is binding somewhere. A couple of years ago the throttle cable snapped on our 2005 Ford Escape, breaking off behind the accelerator pedal inside the cabin. (we had taken the car in for this hard-to-press-gas-pedal problem when the car was very new, and at the time the dealership did not discover the cause and could not reproduce the problem. ) after it snapped, the cable was replaced by the Ford dealership at our (considerable) expense. Now the gas pedal is once again refusing to budge several times on each drive, and we have to take the vehicle in again for inspection. The sudden inability to accelerate increases the likelihood of rear-end collisions. If the throttle cable binds as you're merging onto a highway, a high speed rear-end collision could occur. If you're unable to accelerate as you're crossing a road where cross traffic does not have to stop, you can be a sitting duck for a broadside collision.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 11/01/2012

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated the accelerator pedal was stuck to the floor while the vehicle on and while driving at low speeds. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 12v353000 (vehicle speed control: cables) (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 95,000. The current mileage was 98,000.

car image   Speed Control Cable problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 10/25/2012

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer to have NHTSA campaign id number: 12v353000 (vehicle speed control: cables) performed, however the defect was not corrected. The contact stated that while driving with out the accelerator pedal engaged, the vehicle accelerated to 45mph and the rpm increased to 1,000. The vehicle was driven to the dealer for further inspection. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 157,000.