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Steering Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 346 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 03/19/2015

I was driving on the freeway in the fast lane at 60mph and a car cut me short and braked so I applied my brake my wheel had yanked to the left and I tried to gain control of the wheel by pulling it to the right but it yanked again to the left causing me to hit into the median due to the impact my car turned over and dragged across the other 3 lanes and titled back over. Although my car is totaled I sustained minor injury to my neck and left side. Also my airbags did not deploy.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 03/19/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at a proximately 35 mph, the power steering was difficult to maneuver. The problem recurred once. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was diagnose that there was a falty steering control module. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileages was 39,781. Aw.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 03/19/2015

Steering completely froze. . . Unable to steer vehicle.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 03/15/2015

The steering would not center and lost power and locked up could not turn right or left.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 03/12/2015

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at an unknown speed, the air bag warning light illuminated intermittently and the power steering seized. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14v597000 (air bags, seat belts). The failure mileage was 119,345.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 03/12/2015

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving at approximately 50 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning and caused the vehicle to strike a pothole. The vehicle was towed to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the front passenger rim and the front suspension fractured. As result, both needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 03/10/2015

While driving on a rough road I noticed a rattling in the rear compartment that I had never heard before. When I investigated I found the right rear wheel well had disintegrated from rust damage and the shock is now floating basically freely which is causing the noise. I am concerned for the safey and handling of the vehicle at this point. This seems to be a very common issue with Escapes and always the right rear wheel well. Why has Ford not issued a recall? this is clearly a systematic failure.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 03/07/2015

Had my 2003 Escape in to the dealer for a wheel bearing problem, while it was in the shop they did the open recall 14s02 sub frame brace installation. Drove the car 2 times. The wife decided to drive to the store on a 3rd time and called me to say car was pulling hard to the passenger side. After getting the car home I remove the passenger front tire thinking that we had a sticking brake caliper and could see right away that the sub frame had ripped apart right where the lower control arm bolts up. After more investigation and many photos it appears to me that the bolt that was used to install the brace per the recall has cause the upper part of the frame to rip apart from the lower part (split it open) there is significant rust on the frame but this really looks like the bandaid caused a bigger problem. I called the dealer, they said to call Ford, I called Ford they said take it back to the dealer and they would evaluate it. But after reading comments here I decided against that and will probably just haul it to scrap yard. What a waste !.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 03/07/2015

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and diagnosed that the power steering control module had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 03/04/2015

Vehicle went in for control arm brace recall in 2014 due to poor metzl used on the subframe, March of 2015 it failed leaving limited control of steering, Ford was contacted and stated that they are only responsible for the control arm recall and to contact the dealer. They said they did what they were told to do and the rotted subframe was not a part of the recall. Ford needs to recall the subframe part before someone gets seriously injured or killed.


 
car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 02/23/2015

I was driving home turning into my subdivision and my power steering went out and I had to use all of my might to make the turn. I previously had the power steering recall performed 4 months prior. I called up the Ford dealership and they said it is not covered by Ford, only the software update they did on the recall. This is awful of Ford motor company especially after what has happened with general motors. If I was on the highway, it could have been fatal.

car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 02/13/2015

Car just exited the highway. Drove approximately a quarter mile and made a right turn. The steering locked up in mid turn. Fortunately there were no cars parked on this particular street or there would have been an accident. Managed to straighten wheel and able to pull in a parking spot. Car's electrical system started shutting down to save battery power. Had car towed to Ford dealer. They say the alternator was weak. Five days after the incident and still waiting for the part. Lost confidence in the product. Car is nine months old.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 02/04/2015

I was driving down I-70 west bound and my car started to change lanes without my control. Also since I had the Ford's recall number 14s05 service my gas millage has also dropped by 3-5 miles per gallon. Before the recall service I had no issues with my car. I have noticed my car steering is over compensating providing a carnival type ride. (car sickness to those who ride with me and sometimes myself also. ) asked the Ford motor car company about restoring back to the orginal setting and they said no. My car is no longer safe to use since I had the 14s05 recall service done.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 02/04/2015

2008 Ford Escape had the recall done for the power steering in September then in November I had everything checked because my gas pedal got stuck. Then I got the readout they gave me a list of all of the problems that were wrong with my vehicle which nothing appeared when they did the recall the torque sensor was one of them something that they should have replaced but told me since it didn't read at the time the software was the only thing that they could do and I had to pay for it now. Now in February the power steering went back in to manual they will not fix it at the dealership they tell me to call Ford. Ford tells me that there's nothing that they can do that there's an independent company that handles recalls the dealership tells me to call Ford so from September till now I put about 5000 miles on the vehicle I don't think I should have to pay for this the only thing I can think of is to take them to court along with Ford motor company I don't understand how they can find so many things wrong with my vehicle now when they had to do a diagnostic check and check the entire vehicle and did not find anything wrong at that time. All they did was software update I dropped it off and had it back in one hour and two months later they want me to pay for all these things wrong with my vehicle when I definitely suspect that everything was wrong with it at the time they just don't want to pay for anything and I definitely feel like the government should go after them.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 02/02/2015

Recall 14s05 was performed but faulty sensor showed up 4 months afterwards and now Ford refuses to fix the problem as they claim the recall addressed the problem.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 02/02/2015

The power steering quite working. I have since discovered this is a common problem with this make and model. Ford motor company refuses to honor their recall #14s05.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 01/30/2015

There is no steering assist in the 2008 Ford Escape. The wheel is very hard to turn even while the vehicle is in motion. There was a recall performed in November (NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000) on the vehicle in which Ford updated the software on the power steering control module, but less than 2 months later the vehicle is very unsafe and nearly inoperable. I did open a case # with Ford directly. The case # is cas5961660 and they are unwilling to assist.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 01/27/2015

Daughter driving her vehicle home from work noticed severe vibration in front of vehicle and gradual loss of control of steering. Following day, vehicle brought to repair shop for inspection. Discovered that right lower control arm broken. Discovered that there was a massive recall for exact issue. Remedy said to be support brace/cross member. Vehicle brought to Ford dealership for repair. Recall device installed, however, dealership failed to advise vehicle owner of rotting sub frame in right front of vehicle. Inspected by independent auto shop after install and severe rotting and structural defects found in right front sub frame. Support brace supplied by recall essentially useless as it bolts in to rotting sub frame. Independent shop advises that vehicle is unsafe to drive for both occupants and other drivers due to serious likelihood of loss of control. Note that there are multiple complaints on same issue. Also note that a significant number, (over 50%), of these complaints reveal severe rotting and structural failure to right front sub frame. Contacted Ford about sub frame issues and concerns and was referred back to Ford dealership. Advised to express concerns over workmanship! Ford dealership installed the replacement cross member just fine. But they bolted it to a rusted defected sub frame!! come on people. Do we have to wait until some young unsuspecting mother with a car load of kids loses control of her vehicle and hits a tree, or a pole, or oncoming traffic before the real issue is addressed? I can only imagine the lawsuits!! certainly have enough people for a class action.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 01/26/2015

Ford issued a recall on Escapes (recall # 14s05). The recall was related to a problem with the power steering. I brought my car to the dealer to address the recall. At the time I brought it in I was told that because there were no current problems with my power steering they were only required to calibrate it (if there had been problems they would have been required to replace it). Less than one month later my power steering stopped working. My car was towed to Ford. Ford told me that the part had to be replaced and it had to be at my own expense because I had already brought my car in once for the recall (even though it was not replaced then, it was only calibrated). They told me that had I not brought the car in a month before, to address the recall, the the replacement part would have been covered under the recall. This policy encourages drivers to not bring their car in if they get a recall in the mail, instead they should wait for the part to fail while they are driving so Ford will cover the cost as part of the recall. I also feel like the only reason I ended up having a problem with the steering was because of their calibration. My Escape is a 2009 so it's been on the road for 5+ years and less than one month after I bring it in for calibration the fault light comes on and it does not work. I wish I had not brought my car in for the recall and I will reconsider any future recalls. I am not the only one who has had this issue. Please make Ford issue a second recall so people will do the right thing, which means bringing their car in to make it safer, and getting the faulty part replaced at Ford's expense as it should be.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 01/20/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the steering wheel was stiff and difficult to turn. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 14v284000 (steering). The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000. Djr.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 01/16/2015

Was driving, and transmission wouldn't allow rpm to go above 500 and continued to drop to 0 and shut off in the middle of the road.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 01/16/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering), however, the vehicles recall service was completed but failure still persists. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage is 88,000. Ddr.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 01/15/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number:14v284000( steering) however, the dealer diagnosed that there was nothing was wrong with the vehicle and stated that the recall was closed. The contact stated that after the recall was closed the vehicle would then have to be jump started and the steering wheel would seized. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery would go dead after three days and that the power steering control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 66,000. Pp.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 01/15/2015

I brought the car to the marcotte Ford. They said the part that failed was the part that was recalled. The service department called Ford and they told them they did their part on the recall when they reprogrammed it and will not cover the part. I then called Ford and spoke with them. Customer relations said they would not be able to do anything either. They would send an email to the service manager and see if he would be able to do anything to help with the cost. The service manager told me he "exhausted all his efforts". I know that I am not the only person who this has happened to and I am now out $1200. 00 to fix a part that should have been fixed by the recall. This is unethical at best.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 01/14/2015

Approximately in March of 2014, we had an issue with the abs light coming on and traction control coming on for no reason at all. This made driving/steering extremely difficult. We took it to the shop where the tone ring and speed sensor were replaced. In December 2014, we had similar issues and we took it to the Ford dealership. We were told it was a speed sensor issue again. The work was done at the independent shop though since they did the original work. Yet again, in January 2015 we were experiencing the same issues again and had the car towed to the shop. The left front speed sensor was diagnosed as the problem. There is obviously some sort of failure that is occuring to trigger this issue. If you do a a google search, there are several complaints similar to mine. I believe this should be investigated for a possible recall. This is crating a safety issue that can lead to accidents.