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Steering Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 270 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 09/18/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. The contact had received NHTSA campaign:14v165000. The contact had taken the vehicle to the dealer to service the vehicle under the recall. The mechanic were to install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace which was performed,however,the mechanic could not complete a front end alignment because there was an excessive amount of corrosion present. The front end alignment was an enforced procedure per the manufacturer which was included in the remedy for the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the problem and they informed the contact that there was nothing they would do. The contact had not experienced the failure,however,the steering was now affected due to the recall. Gb.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

On a trip to upper peninsula, michigan this past week we experienced a failure of the front subframe crossbrace, a near catastrophic event as the piece broke. We were in grayling, michigan and were stopped near an independent service provider who showed us the damage and attempted to find a used part. The one he found had the exact same rust and break as ours and thus he ordered a new one from Ford. In the meantime we were forced to rent a car and continue on to our vacation destination. After we returned home I learned that there had been a recall of these vehicles for just such a failure. I took the car and the broken crossbrace to mike castrucci Ford in alexandria, ky where the warranty officer informed me that our Escape was not part of the factory recall. She was able to tell me why and was very helpful although clear that nothing could be done. The argument was presented that the failed part in the recall was made by a particular manufacturer and used in certain plants or vehicles. I get the point but I have a car that failed in exactly the same way due to excessive rust and presented the same risk of catastrophic failure that we narrowly avoided by luck. The repair replacement cost over $1000 plus labor. I believe vehicles like mine should be part of the recall. Our front wheel could have totally collapsed while we were traveling at high speed.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 08/26/2014

On August 26, 2014, I went to fair oaks Ford Lincoln dealership service in naperville, illinois for safety recall notice 14s02 / NHTSA recall 14v-165 repairs, and I asked them to check an issue where when brakes are applied, there is a scraping/grinding noise, followed by a knocking noise, which can affect reliable stopping and the vehicle steering stability. Safety recall repairs were completed, then it was reported that the mechanic "pushed back" the vacuum plate cover for the rotor on the driver's side to resolve the scraping/grinding/knocking issue when applying the brakes. The issue with the braking action and subsequent noises and response of vehicle exhibited itself again by the second stoplight away from the fair oaks Ford dealer location. Two days later, on August 28, 2014, I took my 2002 Ford Escape to gearhead auto sales & repair in glen ellyn, illinois for an inspection and repair cost estimate. On the lift, the issue was apparent to the mechanic at gearhead to be the right front axle being faulty, and he replaced the right front axle, with boots, clamps and grease. My issue is that the Ford dealer mechanic inspected and repaired my vehicle for the Ford safety recall notice 14s02 / NHTSA recall 14v-165 in the same proximity on the passenger side of the vehicle when it was on the lift, but he failed to find and report the easily seen faulty right front axle problem the gearhead mechanic promptly reported to me. Instead, the Ford representative falsely pointed to the driver's side front brake rotor vacuum plate being out of place as being the issue causing the scraping/grinding/knocking noise when applying the brakes. Is there any tie to the "corrosion-related separation" safety recall issue that led to the faulty right front axle condition? since my unemployment over the past 3 years, my Ford Escape has rarely been driven, and only in my local area.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 08/24/2014

Steering wheel sudenddly stopped working when I stopped at a gas station and gave an error message "steering assist fault service required". Car is barely 3 months old.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 08/22/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (steering). However, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Ne.

car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 08/22/2014

I was waiting in line to enter the freeway. A yellow warning sign came on in the car, and then there was no control of the steering wheel. It locked. I was able to crank on it with all my strength, put on my hazard lights, and my daughter hung out the window to wave us over a few inches to the right. I then entered a safe lot to call roadside assistance. But, while I was on the phone with them, the yellow light went off, and the car steering wheel moved.


car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 08/21/2014

At a slow speed, steering all of the sudden became erratic. It could not be driven, so my local dealer took a look at it. He is a certified Ford mechanic. He said the subframe was damaged and it was directly related to the recall #14s02 which is for a crossbar to the subframe due to a potential loss of steering. We had to have it towed to the only Ford dealership in our area, oneonta Ford. The put the crossbar in and performed only the specific recall work. They are telling me now that it still cannot be driven as the subframe is damaged. This is directly related to the issue and the recall. I don't feel I should have to pay for this. Oneonta Ford is not doing the right thing.

car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 08/18/2014

While driving vehicle turns off/engine dies at any speed without warning. It has happen 6 times.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 08/10/2014

Vehicle sub-frame failed due to corrosion causing separation of the lower control arm resulting in diminished steering control. This issue appears to be covered by Ford safety recall 14s02 and NHTSA recall 14v-166 that provided a reinforcement of the sub-frame. Unfortunately the reinforcing parts necessary for the recall action were not immediately available before the frame failed.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 08/05/2014

I drive a 2005 Ford Escape in a 'salt belt' state - new york. I was recently made aware per my former mechanic by right rear well / sub frame has completely corroded to where my shock tower hits the inside of my trunk. The replacement is over $1050. I know that the 2001-2004 Ford Escapes were recalled for this same reason. This is highly dangerous to myself and other drivers on the road. It is unacceptable for the 2005's to not be recalled. . Read more...

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 08/04/2014

Driving vehicle and heard a loud pop and sudden loss of steering. Limped the vehicle home and took to dealer who contacted Ford for further instructions. They installed a cross brace that does not fix the problem. Ford will not do anything to the subframe because it has not fully detached. There is no steering control at all over 15mph and in their eyes it is safe to drive. Service manager at the local dealership drove the vehicle and experienced for himself that there is no control over the vehicle. The recall has not fixed the problem at all.

car image   Steering problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 08/04/2014

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While driving 20 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was previously repaired according to NHTSA campaign number 14v165000 (steering), but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to a dealer but was not diagnosed for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified about the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,812.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 07/29/2014

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. Shortly after the vehicle was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (power steering), the failure specified in the recall notice occurred. The dealer stated that the contact would have to pay out of pocket to have the vehicle repaired again. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 59,222.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 07/23/2014

I responded to a recall notice 14s05. I call the Ford dealer in my area and was given an appointment for 11/5/2014. This is unreasonable. Had I called for regular service that would not have me wait this long.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 07/23/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering); however, the part needed for the repair was unavailable. The manufacturer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 07/17/2014

The enclosed form with the things fixed should help. I was turning and the wheel almost fell off. I was in the parking lot so nothing was hit or hurt.

car image   Steering problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 07/07/2014

Corrosion-related separation lower control arm from subframe. Car start pulling instantly to the right. Have to call towing to get to dealer for repair, Ford company refuse to repair under safety recall notice 14s02. Dealer quote me around $2000 for repair.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 07/04/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that when driving at low speeds, the steering seized. The contact also stated that the vehicle hesitated to accelerate when depressing the accelerator pedal and the wrench warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not been notified. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (power steering) but did not confirm if the VIN was included. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Djr.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering) and stated that the part to do the repairs was unavailable. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact did not experience a failure.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 07/01/2014

2008 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle steering recall problems. The consumer stated there has been no recall instructions to the dealers on how to fix the problem.

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 06/30/2014

Took my 2012 Escape to the dealer for authorized recall replacement of torque sensor. When pulling out of the garage after the repair was made, found I had no power steering. Backed it back into the garage and the mechanic said he would take a look. Shut the car off and turned it on again and the power steering was back. No codes were thrown. This is an Escape built February 2012 in kansas city.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 06/22/2014

My Ford 2011 Escape just completely stalled out driving home. I was on the highway going about 65 mph when it just sputtered and died. I think I even had it on cruise control. It was extremely dangerous and I had to pull over in the middle of traffic. I forced the car into park and turned it off when it kept sputtering. Once I restarted the engine it drove some more but did the same thing about 3 minutes from my house. Turing the truck off then back on seemed to work. . . I'm taking into the Ford dealership today to have the look at it but I think it is the throttle body. . .

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 06/21/2014

I am writing about a recall for my Ford Escape. This recall included the front control arms and the subframe. They were being recalled for corosion on the control arms and if separated from the subframe it could cause significant steering loss and loss of control of the car and increasing chance of an accident. I took my car in for the recall fix, they installed a reenforcement part and sent me on my way. After this, slowly, my steering wheel started becoming cock-eyed. After driving it like that for a few days,I noticed that after I take a left turn the car would jerk as the steering wheel straightened. I immediately called the Ford dealer that fixed the recall, since the recall clearly stated that it could lose steering control and asked them to look at it again, thinking that he recall was not fixed properly or something else to do with the recall is failing. They looked at it and said that the subframe is coroded and it has nothing to do with the recall. And that it would cost 1800 dollars to fix. I asked why it wasnt included in the recall since the steering is effected, they said that the subframe wasnt included. I have read several documents about this recall and several of them state that the subframe is included. So I called Ford customer care, they stated that the recall only included the subframe if the control arm separated from it before the recall was fixed not after. I think this is so unfair, since clearly the subframe was coroded when they did the recall fix. They had to have seen that, just because it wasn't separated at the time doesn't mean it shouldn't be included. Anyway, I ended up taking it to my own mechanic who can fix it for alot less, but it is still costing me 1400 dollars!! I can't afford it, can something be done about this, I think it should be fixed for free, and that the sub frame should be included. Please help, thanks. Recall 14s02.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 06/14/2014

Recently on 2 ocasions I was about to make a left turn and my steering became very hard to turn. Once making the turn I had to quickly put my car in neutral and turn the key off and then on and the steering was ok.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 06/11/2014

Hi, I took my 2003 Ford Escape into the dealership to have a recall fixed and since the repair the vehicle has gotten worse, the recall was for a steering stabilizer and my steering has gotten more wobbly. . . . I have emaile both the dealership and the company and so far nothing and that has been since the beginning of June. Thank you.