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Steering Column Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 145 problems related to steering column (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 02/12/2017

Tl- the contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a loss of power steering while the vehicle was operated 45 mph. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle taken to the contact's residence. The vehicle was also brought to the dealer where it was diagnosed the steering column and housing was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 104060. Kh.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 01/31/2017

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel shook violently. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The dealer reprogrammed the pscm and ic to the latest level, but the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer again where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 121,688.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 12/20/2016

I had my car programming updated and just recently, my power steering went completely out which is causing me to need my whole steering column replaced. I contacted Ford, however, they stated since they "closed" recall 14s05, they would not cover the damages. My car has been in the shop for a week now as I battle with Ford. Ford and sterling mccall are rude and will need assist with this issue as the recall repair has failed the 1st time and now the power steering will need to be replaced. I was in motion with my 6 month old daughter when the steering when out, but luckily we were able to avoid an accident.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 12/08/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was being operated, the steering column seized. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was reapired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 132,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 11/20/2016

Steering column not working stationary or in motion.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 10/16/2016

My 88 year old mother drives this steering went out as she was driving it does this when it wants to. Ford charged us $123 to tell us its the steering column sensor and wants $1,500 to fix she doesn't have. Seems this is a huge problem Ford doesn't want to fix. 40,000 mile vech that had ever service done at Ford and its not safe to drive now.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 09/25/2016

In 2014 received recall for steering and it was "reprogrammed" 0n 9/25/2016 complete failure of steering which was supposed to be "fixed" under the recall. Now since recall is closed, actual problem is not covered under the recall. Quoted 1500 to replace steering column. The failure occured when leaving a gas station, which made steering next to impossible. Called Ford the next day only to find out since the original recall was performed on Escape that this issue is not covered even though this is the failure the recall was issued for.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 09/01/2016

This can happen any time the engine is stop, while park at home,shopping any where the engine is stop . To start the key in inserted to steering column opening and it will not engage properly at times it takes to move back and fort the key while inserted and it will start, this is happening more often now. Took the Escape to grand prairie Ford texas and they said it was the steering column lock module need to be replace plus an alignment total for $787. 65 understand that the 2009 Escape has the same problem but Ford has issued a recall on it but not the 2010, this is rather absurd since the know the problem. Now I have the choice to repair or drive until the key no longer works, what a choice, I'm a widower , retired and live on ss, thanks Ford.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 08/25/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that there was a random sudden loss of power steering that progressed for over two years. The dealer was notified several times and was unable to replicate and diagnose the failure. In addition, the dealer failed to replace the steering column and inspect the torque sensor. The contact was unable to confirm if the instrument cluster module was inspected. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The dealer only provided a software update for the pscm and the failure continued. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, but provided no recommendation or solution other than the contact replacing the steering column with a newly designed steering column. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 07/25/2016

The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. While driving 60 mph, the transmission blew out and the steering column fractured. The vehicle was taken to be repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 48,000.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

The power steering randomly goes out. Sometimes immediately upon turning the vehicle on, other times while driving down the high way, sometimes while driving slow, or turning. It is completely random. The quick/temporary fix is to turn the vehicle back off and on again and it goes away for a while. I took the vehicle in to Ford and they have to replace the steering column which comes to a total of around $1500. This is the same problems other vehicles had that were a part of the recall. My year is included in the recall but for some reason my VIN is not.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 05/30/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to start without warning. The vehicle eventually started after ten attempts. In addition, while driving 25 mph, the vehicle veered to the right independently. The vehicle was diagnosed and the technician stated that the driver side abs tone ring was fractured and the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 155,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 05/15/2016

Last year it began when the vehicle was started the power steering would not work. You could shut the engine off and restart it and it would work. As time went by it happened more frequently and I called the Ford dealer about a recall someone had told me about and was told that our Escape was not included and that I should file a complaint with you. I did that last year and have gotten no response. It has gotten progressively worse. It has been shut off and restarted so many times that it killed the battery. It still had volts but no longer had enough cold cranking amps to start the engine. Now it has happened a couple of times while I was driving. When it stops it almost snatches the steering wheel out of your hands. There is never any warning and no warning lights come on. Sometimes when it is quiet in the car I can hear a click come from the steering column and it either quits working or if it was not working it start back. Three days ago it happened while I was in the middle of a turn at an intersection that has two turn lanes and I almost hit the car next to me. If it had happened while my wife was driving she probably would have hit them. There is a good possibility of this as it is her vehicle. I am driving it this week because I am a little uncomfortable with her driving it. I live in maryland and work all week in new jersey. I hope it does not happen while I am on the NJ turnpike as people on there like to stay close and goes fast. I really have no choice because we have to be able to go to work and cannot afford to have it fixed. My understanding is that there are several possibilities that go from software programing, sensor replacement or steering column replacement. It is obvious from the symptoms that it should be included in the recall but has not been.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 04/20/2016

After taking the vehicle to the dealership to resolve recall 14s05 via a software update. The same problem occurs resulting in vibrations in the steering column and loss. Of power steering assist. Dealership contends that the issue was closed via thw software update and now says that must pay out of pocket to replace the steering column. I do not feel that Ford has adequately addressed the underlying issue with the software update as I Ave reseaeched and found numerous reports of the same issues after the update with Ford refusing to own up to the issue.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 04/11/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While making a left turn at a low speed, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously updated under NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 04/07/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. When the vehicle was started, the power steering column shook uncontrollably. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the column assembly steering was defective and needed replacement. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,457.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 04/01/2016

Low speed turns, electric power assist fails to assist in returning wheels to straight ahead position. Wheels can be brought back to forward position with some effort. Happens consistently, every day at low speeds when there is higher torque on the steering column.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 02/24/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. While driving 45 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. The traction control warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 02/01/2016

Power steering stopped working as I drove. Googled, lots of problems, bad part in steering column, some recalled not this VIN. Should be.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 01/29/2016

My 2009 Ford Escape on Jan 29,2016 went to dealer for oil change service man turned key for mileage a message read power steering assist fault he said I wonder why this is showing? he fiddled with a few buttons and dismissed it. Left car for oil change returned picked up went to apt. For front brakes and tire rotation left driving about 10 miles per hour suddenly felt a shaking in steering wheel then loss of power steering nearly ran into a curb got control drove to near auto store looked for fluid stick was not one, went back to dealership told them my power steering just went out? they said we never heard of this before? another service man came listened said he had a truck in a month ago same thing cost customer $1500 I was shocked left went home my wife suggested I go to a auto mechanic a block from us I did he did research while I was there, he found a recall in 2014 for 2008-2011 Ford Escapes for power steering loss. I went back to dearlership took the print out of safety recall they did something on their computer found they had done a computer reprograming in Aug 2014 and sorry the recall for us was closed. I did not receive a letter but the service dept in Aug 2014 when having a regular oil change they performed this reprogramming for this recall which after now leaves me unable to get help. They recently explained since they did their duty at that time and found nothing than that closed the safety recall for our faulty power steering now gone. I asked them what if you had not done that reprograming in Aug 2014 and now my power steering gone would I now be able to get it fixed under the recall he said yes! this seems to me like a scam to all their customers, they knew exactly the problem and knew I may have a loss later on and covered their a ss ES . They have quoted me $1300 to replace steering column, rack, tierods. The owner of the dealership said to c.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 01/26/2016

I took my Ford Escape into Ford to get the steering recall done and they reprogrammed it and 2 weeks after the steering became worse so I took it back into Ford and they are now tell me that the steering column needs to be replaced and that was part of the recall and will not do anything about it recall number 14s05 they steering wheel is jerking uncontrollable and all over the road the wheel jerks all the time.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 01/15/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering ability seized. The dealer diagnosed that the power steering column needed replacement. The contact also stated that the vehicle was repaired under a recall for the power steering back in August of 2015. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 01/12/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver as the power steering assist fault warning light displayed. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel in order to steer the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 139,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 01/11/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle shook severely while idling. The vehicle was restarted and the power assist fail warning light illuminated. The vehicle was driven to repair shop who diagnosed that the sensor module or steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be replaced. The dealer indicated that the vehicle was previously serviced under the recall. The manufacturer was notified. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 102,000.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 12/29/2015

The car is equipped with electronic power steering. The vehicle started experiencing intermittent power steering issues where the steering wheel would shutter while driving normally at any speed (stationary or in motion, and on city streets or highways, while braking, etc - everything) and sometimes completely shut off power assisted steering all together making the vehicle extremely difficult to steer. The vehicle was taken to Ford for the recall procedure approximately a year ago from this posting, however, only a software update was performed. This seemed to temporarily fix the issues we were describing, but about 10 months to 1 year later the same issues started occurring. The vehicle has no power steering available and we were told that the torque sensor in the power steering unit needed to be replaced (implying that the pscm module was reporting a faulty sensor), but the procedure was not going to be covered by them since the car was previously 'serviced' by Ford for the recall. Had we waited about 10 months to 1 year before performing the first recall, everything would have been replaced as it should have been. Now, we are forced to replace the torque sensor for a quoted $550 - which they tell us may not solve the problem (although that is the only code that is being reported) and might have to replace the entire column. Identifying a recall procedure by only checking if the codes were present at the time of recall is not a guaranteed way to replace all faulty sensors. A more accurate way to find the faulty part is for Ford to analyze their data of faulty power steering vehicles and replace vehicles equipped with sensor serial numbers from specific ranges, manufacturing dates, and manufacturing locations.