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Steering Column Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 72 problems related to steering column (under the steering category).

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 07/29/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized while attempting to exit a parking space. The contact stated that the failure occurred several months after having the vehicle serviced under NHTSA campaign id number: 14v284000 (steering). The dealer only updated the software for the power steering control module but did not indicate if the instrument cluster module and if the torque sensor signal needed to be replaced at the time of the recall repair. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, who stated that the steering column assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was not available.

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Failure Date: 07/28/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while turning the steering wheel, there was a loud abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the steering column fractured as a result the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14v284000 (power steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,409.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 07/03/2014

The vehicle was taken into a Ford dealership to be serviced and after that the control module for the airbags went out. The part had to be ordered and while we were on vacation the steering began locking up and the traction control lights began showing disabled. Also, the car began saying to resync something because the tire pressure was low when it was just fine. After returning from vacation and the steering column totally locking up several times, the dealership now tells us that additional control modules are out. When the steering locks it requires stopping no matter where you are at and turning off the vehicle to reset and then starting it again. This probably happened a dozen or more times on busy highways. This vehicle is roughly three years old and they can't even say why the modules are continuing to go out and if fixing them will even solve the problem. The dealership also indicated that the traction control issue could cause the vehicle to roll on curvy roads. I spoke with customer service and they said to bad, this is not on thier list of items that they have to fix. They will let engineering know but no guarantee that they will even respond to this issue. Will never buy a Ford again in this case as this is going to cost roughly $2500 - $3500 to fix and nothing to say it won't go out again. I have never had an electronic control module go out on any other vehicle let alone after 3 years and Ford is not helpful.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 07/02/2014

While driving, mainly on the interstate maintained speed of 70mph I feel the steering go very limp. It's been much like hydroplaning. Like there is air between my tires and the road. It lasts just a few seconds. I notice the steering column is rusted. The truck swerves in the lane and often going over line. The steering wheel is very loose when this happens.

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car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 06/28/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 3 mph, the steering wheel seized as the wrench light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed to be repaired. The contact stated that the vehicle had been previously repaired under recall NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (power steering). The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was unknown. Pam.

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Failure Date: 05/23/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving at an unknown speed, the power steering malfunctioned as the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The dealer stated that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and confirmed that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The dealer would not repair the vehicle because the diagnostic codes were not associated with the recall. The failure mileage was 85,000.


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Failure Date: 04/21/2014

Upon starting the vehicle the steering wheel remained locked, as if the power steering went out. I had to stop and restart the vehicle 5-6 times before the power steering would return to normal. I have seen many complaints regarding this issue when I researched it. This is a dangerous defect, because of the difficulty in steering the vehicle when the power steering is out. I also realize that there is no power steering fluid because this is an electrical syatem. I just purchased this vehicle from a Ford dealership, and do not have the money (upwards of $1500 to replace the steering column. Other vehicles that have this problem, kias, toyotas, are reporting this defect on their vehicle as a recall and paying for replacements for their customers. I am very disappointed in Ford for not handling this issue and will never buy another Ford again!.

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Failure Date: 04/03/2014

Complaint description case # is cas-4154056 in the past I have been a supporter of the "american" company, Ford. Ford has not stood by its product (and post the links that are on the internet concerning your "steering column problem"!) I could have been killed the day the steering column went out!!! I want my money back! $1,300. 00 (I had to replace the steering column, just 7 months after I bought the vehicle. I am definitely of age, I work hard as a graphic designer and know what I am talking about, and know that you have/are robbing the american public, by not doing a recall. (let alone your responsibility in possible injury and even death!!!) in your 2008 Ford Escape there is a problem with the steering column. You; an american company, meaning I am not dealing with some foreign car dealer! I have heard that you have replaced 5 computers in trying to solve the problem with your steering columns . Steering column phoned: 1-800-392-3673 8:46am on March 21st. Case # is cas-4154056are you the owner of the vehicle :yesvin : 1fmcu93108ka18374contact informationfirst name : loislast name :goldbeckaddress :n11862 klade roadcity : tomahawk, state :WI, zip :54487email address : loisgoldbeck@gmail. Com.

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Failure Date: 03/21/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated while at a stop sign with the vehicle idle the steering wheel jerked to the left independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the steering column assembly needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 124,693.

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Failure Date: 03/18/2014

My Escape had a faulty power steering sensor or steering column that would allow the power steering to stop working at unknown times. This happened several times while driving and affected the way the car would steer. I had to replace this at the Ford dealership at a cost of $1,200 to me. This should be a recall item that Ford is required to pay for.


 
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Failure Date: 03/06/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel became very difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering column sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 118,000.

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Failure Date: 03/03/2014

Loss of power steering. Turned car off it returned now it twitches shakes and goes off once and while. Need to replace steering column epas shot. Cost$$$ major safety issue this system needs to be looked at the car is dangerous to drive.

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Failure Date: 02/26/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned as the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The contact stopped the vehicle and turned the engine off. After restarting the engine the vehicle operated normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column was faulty and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. No additional information was available. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 82,000.

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Failure Date: 02/25/2014

When I was driving and then going to make a turn the car gas and steering shut down and the car would not move any longer. The steering wheel also got stuck in the process of turning and. The gas peddle also have been getting stuck before this incident it has been going on for at least 3yrs 2011 until 2014 the present we have gone to check it put no diagnosis was done to let us know the steering column system was out until this year when the car went out completely. This is not an acceptable problem and I should not have to pay to get it repaired.

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Failure Date: 02/24/2014

The steering on the subject vehicle "failed" intermittently. In essence, the power steering became non-power steering without any warning on 3 or 4 occasions. The vehicle was much more difficult to steer than a car that had standard steering. If the car was re-started, on occasion it would recover the power steering. I needed to have the entire steering column replaced, which was a repair that cost $970. 60. More importantly, this is a serious safety issue.

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Failure Date: 02/19/2014

Power steering/steering column replacement. 250 miles into my trip I was at a stop light and when the light turned green I accelerated and without warning I had no power steering. I managed to pull into a parking lot to get off the busy street. Hoping for a simple answer I checked the "four wheel drive, electric power steering module (epas) , park aid module" fuse and it was fine. It was late evening - the dealership was closed, no rental cars available. The police ended up taking me, my dogs, my luggage, etc. To a motel. In the morning arranged for a tow truck and rental car. Dealership mechanic was a jerk because I had pulled the fuse and reset the error code. Told him when you're in a strange area with no help to be found, you're desperate and will try whatever you can. Was not in the mood to put up with his attitude. Got on the road in the rental car and hours later received a call from the dealership telling me the steering column needs to be replaced for $1,300+ and that the extended warranty I had purchased had expired 1/21/2014. I have seen so many posts regarding this matter. When is Ford going to realize this is not a random problem? I have had so many problems with this vehicle. In addition to the current issue I have also had to have the transmission replaced (at about 31k); front wheel bearings replaced; the left, front speaker that was replaced has gone bad again. I am not a bad driver (have never had a ticket or been in an accident where I was behind the wheel), I am careful with my routine maintenance. Next time it breaks down I'll be tempted to walk away from the thing and not look back.

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Failure Date: 02/16/2014

Twice this morning, while at a stop light, the steering wheel has begun to move on its own. The movements are small, rapid adjustments to the left and right. While investigating the cause, I found this to be a growing problem reported with this 1st year model Ford Escape with "electric power steering", and has been cited, by many, to result in numerous, no-warning, losses of power steering. The problem reported is a malfunctioning steering torque sensor, and the repair is the replacement of the entire steering column, part #3c529 ($908. 00) plus labor. I believe this to be a serious safety issue and that a recall should be issued.

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Failure Date: 02/14/2014

My wife complained one day the steering column was shaking. Then a few days later she said the power steering was not working. To get it to work, she turned the ignition on and off until it worked. I drove it a few days later and found the column shaking violently. The next morning, the battery was dead. Apparently the sensor in the column did not tell the ignition to turn off and it drained the battery. Tow truck started the battery, I drove it to the dealer and they tell me it will be $1000. Ridculous. I have never heard nor have my friends heard of this type of issue in a car with less than 200,000 miles. Dealer says this is infrequent but from my reading on this site I am doubting their word. Ford should be more helpful with this. Share the cost or repair for free. This is a severe safety issue. Other than fires, or brakes can you imagine a more serious issue.

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Failure Date: 02/13/2014

While stopped at red light, I noticed a "twitch" in the steering wheel. Steering appeared to be normal as I was driving. Later, again while setting still, I again noticed steering wheel actually "twitch" on it's own, my hands were off of the steering wheel. This vehicle has electronic steering assist. Vehicle is currently at dealership being evaluated. They are telling me that Ford currently doesn't have a recall on this. This definitely a saftey issue! I have found online other reports of losing steering assist. This could lead to crashes in certain driving conditions and situations. The steering system of any vehicle is one of the most basic and fundamental safety systems, and being so, should be far more reliable and proven through testing and being g backed up by the manufacturer. I am being told that this could cost $1000-$1500 to repair, as they may have to replace the entire steering column. That in my estimation is unacceptable.

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Failure Date: 02/13/2014

I was on the highway with my 2 children and the power steering went out making it difficult to steer and change lanes even with the assist that the vehicle gives. If it was my wife in the care I don't think she would've been able to control it. So I pulled off the highway and read the manual and waited for about 20 minutes. When I tried it again the power steering came back. It thankfully which is not good went out again but I was close to home so I was able to get it home and park it. I looked up the problem online and found that it is a current problem Ford is having and quite common. I checked for recalls but there was none. I hope this doesn't turn into a problem like gm where it costs people their lives. I hope NHTSA can help and get this defect recalled. I was told from the dealer I brought it to (fox Ford) that it was a sensor in the column but they couldn't just change the sensor it had to be the whole column so needless to say $2300 later it was fixed which the money doesn't compare to my kids safety. Again hope you can help!.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 02/04/2014

My daughter was making a left turn from a full stop after turning had to force steering back lucky there was no on coming traffic later that day while turning into gas station steering locked up on my wife lucky she was going slow called dealer where we bought vehicle took in for service 2/5/2014 done on 2/6/2014 replaced steering column $1431. 06 can Ford even replace a little finger for that amount I don't think so will not buy another Ford.

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Failure Date: 02/02/2014

I purchased a 2008 Ford Escape on September of 2013 everything was running properly until the month of February 2 ,2014 my power steering began to get difficult to turn when I turned off the ignition and back on again it would resume to its normal procedures. Also the steering column shakes when I start the vehicle it now it occurs more than before my concern is driving and it would lock up causing an accident . I have taken my vehicle for an estimate which will be around 1400 to 1500 being that I am barely purchasing I am unable to fix this problem. . This however is a great concern for other persons with problem this definitely should be a recall alert!!!.

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Failure Date: 01/31/2014

I was driving on the interstate and lost steering! by the grace of god I was not killed by a tractor trailer that was next to me. My husband grabbed the wheel as it was locked and we barely made it to the side of the road. Had it towed to Ford. They said there was a TSB and they thought it had a bad sensor. That wasn't the problem. After two weeks of having the car, they replaced the steering column. I paid the $2,000. Bill but don't think I should have to as Ford should be recalling these vehicles! there are many instances of the same situation people have had that I found online. Locally I complained, and the Ford regional office denied my request. I wrote to Ford's president and did not get a reply. If I had died and it got into the news, they would step up, but I am sure they are assessing which would have more financial impact on them. It is clear they do not care about their customers lives. Instead of recalling, they are staying mum. What a shame and a refection on the company.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 01/21/2014

While I was driving my vehicle steering would lock. I was not able to turn my vehicle steering column unless I turned my vehicle off and on again, at which time it would work for approximately 200 feet then once again the steering column would lock. According to the Ford dealer, the whole steering column needed to be replaced and now I find that there is a recall on a sensor in the steering column, and not the replacement of the steering column. Replacement of the steering column aren't covered under the recall Ford has issued. There are other complaints out there with the same issue.

car image   Steering Column problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 01/15/2014

The electronic power steering randomly stops working. You can turn the ignition off and back on and it works for a while. I took it to a Ford service dept. Said it would cost around $1500. 00 to replace the steering column. After researching online I have found this to be a very frequent problem. There should be a recall before somebody, if not already, is killed.

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