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Steering Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 467 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 02/01/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, there was a loss of power steering without warning. The steering wheel became extremely difficult to turn. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. After the vehicle resumed in operation the failure continued. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the power steering control module was replaced. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 94,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 01/29/2016

On 4/29/15 at 74,422 miles I had recall 14s05 completed on my 2008 Ford Escape. They performed a software update and told me this would take care of any future problems. On 1/29/16 around 85,000 miles my husbands was driving home from work on the highway and the power steering went out and almost caused him to lose control of the vehicle. The power assist fault warning displayed on the dash. Now Ford is refusing to pay to fix my car stating the recall is only warrantied for 30 days. They state I need a new torque sensor which is a part that was replaced in some vehicles under this recall. The defective part should of never been left in my car back in April of 2015.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 01/27/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel began to violently shake. The contact made several attempts to turn off and restart the vehicle, but the failure recurred. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was diagnosed that it would not be repaired because the VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 154,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 01/26/2016

The steering started going out after a few miles. After shutting off the vehicle, it would be fine for awhile. Took it to the dealer and found that there had been a recall and the work had been performed in August, 2014. The dealer contacted Ford recall special services and was denied coverage. We also contacted Ford and were denied. The vehicle belongs to a 72 year old widow who has followed every maintenance schedule. She is unable to steer it when it goes out and unable to afford a $900 repair.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 01/24/2016

My steering went out after I had stopped the car and turned it off. I had got back in the car 30 minutes later put the car in reverse and the steering was gone. I called the dealership that I had purchased it from because I had seen on some service papers from them that stated a recall on the Ford Escape was in place #14s05. He told me that there was not a recall on my particular vehicle. My mileage is 101,500. This is the same dealership that I had taken my car to have them look at my ignition switch because it was giving me problems and was told that it didnt give them a problem. 2 months later switch is almost gone completely, I took it in again and they said it needed to be replaced and that sorry your extended warranty had run out you will have to pay for this.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 01/23/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering); however, the remedy failed to prevent the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 150,000.


car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 01/21/2016

After fueling my car, the power steering stopped working. It's very difficult to steer, but it's harder at low speeds.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 01/21/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 55 mph, the contact felt the steering wheel becoming stiff. The contact was able to merge over to the shoulder and, when the vehicle slowed, the steering seized. The vehicle was diagnosed that the torque sensor needed to be replaced. The contact was able to exit the highway and had the vehicle towed to the dealer. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 01/19/2016

Vehicle was taken into Ford dealership to have recall 14s05c performed (sept 2015). At that time there were no diagnostic trouble codes showing in the power steering control module. In Jan 2016 on 3 separate occasions the steering wheel shook back and forth and a chime sounded while the vehicle was in gear and stopped at a stop sign. No light was left turned on on the dashboard. I read the service codes from the power steering control module and code b2278 was present. Upon returning to the dealership I was informed that Ford is not responsible for replacing the failing part (that would have been covered under the recall if the code was present when I first brought the vehicle in).

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 01/14/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was acknowledged that the failure was related to a recall however, the dealer refused to repair the vehicle because they were informed by the manufacturer that the recall had expired and the contact exceeded the time limit for the repair. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 133,000. The VIN was not available.


 
car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 01/14/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving at various speeds, the power steering seized without warning. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact stated that the power steering control module (pscm) was never replaced; however, the software was updated. The contact mentioned that the power steering seized after the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 108,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 01/10/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering assist fault warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 92,477.

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 12/31/2015

Dec 31, 2015 vehicle steering was fine, last driven 9pm. Jan 1, 2016 9:30am power steering did not work, steering wheel next to impossible to move. Fortunately vehicle was in driveway not on the highway. Two hours later power steering was functioning. No lights on dash to indicate a problem. Drove short distance today Jan 2nd with no issue. Being taken to dealership Jan 4th. Vehicle mileage is only 31,695, out of warranty since end of October 2015.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 12/31/2015

On December 11, 2015 I had taken my 2008 Ford Escape to dealer for the 14s05 recall being that two days before my power steering had locked up. They did the software update now on December 31, 2015 I have no power steering at all. Took it back to dealer said torque sensor went out and is not part of recall. Its pretty unsafe that they recall this part but wont honor to fix it when they know its a problem with all these vehicles between 2008-2011. Why send a recall letter if the dealer isn't going to fix the problem and expect you to pay put of pocket for something they know is being recalled?? makes me very upset and unhappy with Ford and their vehicles if they can't make them safe for people to drive, they are picking the cheapest way to fix the problem with just the software update when the issue is more to do with the torque sensor in the vehicles. People are driving these vehicles thinking they are fixed when they are not, thinking we are in a safe vehicle and we are not because Ford doesnt want to honor the recall. Its ridiculous how Ford is doing this and not safe for drivers. Please help me and everyone who has had this issue with the recall dealing with the torque sensor get replaced. . . Thank you.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 12/30/2015

I was making a long distance road trip and began to notice subtle vibrations in the steering wheel. The vibrations began to increase in intensity over time, most noticeably when the car was at idle. At one point the vibrations were very intense during idle. After a rest stop I turned the car on and tried to turn the steering wheel but had much difficulty. The electronic power steering assist was not functioning. I had previously brought my Escape to a Ford dealership for recall #14s05 where they updated the pscm to address the issue I was experiencing now. The torque sensor has failed causing the epas to shut off even after my car was supposedly fixed a year prior. Ford has failed to address the issue fully and the work done to correct recall #14s05 is insufficient.

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Failure Date: 12/29/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, steering wheel locked up without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 87,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 12/24/2015

While driving the car there was a loss of power steering. Drove home on local city streets with difficulty. The next day the power steering was available after starting the car. Checked on internet and found that Ford has had a problem for years with the model vehicle. Went to the Ford dealer and was told that the vehicle was out of warrenty. Called Ford service rep and was told to have the vehicle checked and that because of the low mileage, they may repair it.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 12/23/2015

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 70 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The failure mileage was approximately 78,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 12/04/2015

Ford only put a alarm on during recall taken back 2 months later to be told would not cover cost of ecm sensor which cost $500. 00. This is a safety issue that Ford will not cover. They found a way around replacing it with a alarm. How are you able to safely steer the vehicle going 55 when the alarm goes off the side of the rode. This is very daugerous. It went out twice on me. This needs to be looked in to immediately.

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 12/03/2015

Power steering went out while I was driving could not steer at all! could not get the vehicle out of traffic, finally turned the ignition off and started the car again and my steering returned. This is a known issue with the 2008-2011 year models and they were recalled. Why hasn't a recall been done on the 2012 model?.

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 12/02/2015

The power steering suddenly and unexpectedly failed, forcing the wheel to turn all the way to the left. Fortunately, the problem first occurred while the vehicle was stopped and trying to exit a parking lot. It took a lot of force to re-center the wheel and drive straight. After releasing the wheel, even when parked, the wheel would rapidly rotate back to the left most position. If this happened while driving to an expecting victim, the vehicle would have certainly turned into oncoming traffic and/or flipped.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while making a turn at an unknown speed, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver and began to vibrate violently causing the vehicle to swerve out of control. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering shaft and the torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14v284000 (steering). The failure mileage was 108,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 11/30/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at a high speed, the vehicle veered to the right as the vehicle failed to remain in position. The contact had to steer the vehicle in excess in order to keep the vehicle in position. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who repaired the vehicle under NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure) however, the local dealer stated that there was corrosion around where the attachment area was and that the sub frame needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 109,000. Oo.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 11/30/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph the power steering ability seized. The contact had to maneuver to the side of the road. The vehicle was driven home with very little steering ability. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the diagnosis was that the lower torque sensor had to be replaced. The contact also stated that the vehicle was taken for a recall repair August the 8th. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired this time. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000. Bp.

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Failure Date: 11/20/2015

A few times in the past week I have driven my vehicle straight from a parked location only to find I have no power steering 40-50 yards into the trip. This has almost caused an accident. When I pull over and shut off the vehicle, the problems usually goes away, or goes away after several shutdown cycles. My vehicle was part of recall 14s05, and received a software update in 2014. Since then the steering has been noticeably different and sometimes shaky when braking at highway speeds. Even worse, Ford is not honoring the recall. I went into a dealership today and they informed me the recall was closed out and there was nothing they could do free of charge, even though much of what I've read from this investigation is that the software update only pushed off the problem and did not fix it. I am very certain the problem is a torque sensor based on the discussion here. It appears Ford has no care in fixing a critical safety problem, and is in fact, trying to cover it up with software and passing it off as usual wear and tear.