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Steering Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 614 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 01/20/2017

On 3 separate occasions, my vehicle shut off while I was driving. The lights flickered off, the breaks worked at approx. 30% after the car shut off and I had minimal steering capabilities and no acceleration capability. The car has also repeatedly been found with a dead battery (around 10 times now) when it has a brand new battery and alternator, and nothing within the vehicle has been left on to drain the power.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 01/11/2017

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was reversing out of the driveway, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was towed to a service station. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 157,000.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 01/08/2017

While starting the car the wheel started shaking, you can hear a clicking noise. . . While driving the vehicle the wheel shakes non stop and the noise continues, followed by a code saying (power steering assist fault). It's getting worse the more we drive it.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 01/08/2017

In July 2014, Ford issued a recall (14s05/NHTSA recall 14v-284) for defective torque sensors (for power steering). My vehicle was recalled. Ford had an option of re-programming or replacing the part. Although I wasn't experiencing a problem at the time, Ford reprogrammed my vehicle in July 2014. But in Jan. 2017, the defective part failed and the power steering was lost while driving on a local street. . I had to replace the torque sensor at the Ford service dealer in putnam, CT at a cost of over $500. I ended up paying to replace an admittedly defective part which should have been the responsibility of Ford. I believe the re-programming did not address the issue and that the defective part should have been replaced.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 01/08/2017

Electric power steering is out. Ford dealer initially fixed via original recall (Ford�s number for this recall is 14s05. ) by updating the computer code in 2014. The power steering has lost all power now . This is 2 years later, but the loss is directly related to the original recall issue.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 01/06/2017

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 6 mph pulling into a parking spot, the vehicle lost steering power. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there was no recall. The failure mileage was approximately 129,000.


car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 01/06/2017

Steering shaft torque sensor went out when driving vehicle on highway which made it very hard to steer when slowing down and turning . Im very strong and it took effort from me to steer. If my wife or daughter would have been driving they could have very easily had an accident! . This seems to be an issue with a lot of these but my VIN# is not on the recall according to our local Ford dealership.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 12/30/2016

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled and the power steering assist warning message appeared. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 105,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 12/27/2016

Acute loss of power steering; on a city street at about 20 mph while turning. I was able to complete the turn. My daughter, who usually drives this car, would not have been able to turn the steering wheel in order to complete the turn and safely stop along the curb.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 12/26/2016

My Ford Escape's power steering suddenly went out in my while driving, it made the rest of the ride home from work extremely difficult and unsafe. I did my research and found there was in fact a Ford recall on this issue for my year and model car, however my VIN was not included in the recall, only the software update which I did handle in September 2014 at the dealership. The recall states the affected vehicles have a steering torque sensor that may not be able to properly detect steering input. As a result could remove the esp assist (electric power steering) we talked with Ford corporate and they said it was not part of recall but if the exact part that is included in the recall that will be replaced at no charge, they would work with us to have it replaced. When we brought it to local dealership, they confirmed after getting the error code the torque sensor did need to be replaced. They would not assist us in fixing it and after 2 calls to a supervisor we got them to escalate to Ford that still denied claim, and service manager even agreed that it should be added to the recall list when we picked it up that night. We called Ford again and talked with customer service and they said it had been too long since the software upgrade and nothing they could do. I will be reporting Ford to the bbb and still trying to escalate further as this car should be included in the recall due to the safety issue. All they said was to report it to the NHTSA site.


 
car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 12/25/2016

Car would not start. Once started, power steering completely out. Had to drive home with no power steering. Once power steering came on a day later, air is not working.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 12/24/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. The contact experienced a loss of power steering while the vehicle was being operated at a moderate speed. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering control module and instrument cluster needed to be replaced. Prior to the failure, the vehicle was remedied per NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer stated that due to the elapsed time period between the failure and the initial repair, the cost would be at the contact's expense. The failure mileage was approximately 133,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 12/21/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving 15 mph, the steering wheel shook vigorously without warning. The vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The failure mileage was 122,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 12/20/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving 25 mph and making a right turn, the steering wheel seized and the wrench sensor indicator illuminated. In addition, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was able to restart after the first attempt. The vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (electrical system, steering), but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 103,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 12/19/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While backing out of the driveway at 5 mph and turning the steering wheel, the steering wheel felt very stiff. Eventually, the power steering assist indicator illuminated on several occasions. The vehicle was previously serviced in 2015 per NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 105,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 12/19/2016

We have a Ford Escape with 76000 mi. The stirring went out as we driving . Ford said it would cost 1400 hundred dollars. Pay it.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 12/19/2016

While driving up a windy mountain road in lake tahoe, CA, the power steering just quit working as we were making a left hand curve. From that point on, there was no power steering. It was like driving a car through quicksand. The slower the speed, the harder to turn. My husband did the research, and saw that a recall had been issued. We had no problems with the steering but had received the recall notice from Ford to take in for a "flash" software programming for the car. We took into Ford dealer in August 2015. Obviously, the recall is more serious than the fix that was applied and did not keep us from losing the power steering in a very dangerous situation. Ford claims that they did they recall, and they are not liable for any further repairs. I call foul! their temporary fix did not hold. I have been pouring over Ford forums and see many, many Ford Escapes are doing exact same thing, losing power steering while driving and Ford is refusing to acknowledge problem. How may I get a class action law suit started for this issue vs Ford?.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 12/16/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact also mentioned that the check engine warning indicator illuminated on a separate occasion while driving and the steering wheel seized. The contact pulled over and restarted the vehicle; however, the steering wheel was still difficult to maneuver. The contact was able to get the vehicle back home. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 12/15/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 65 mph, the power steering assist fault indicator illuminated and the steering ability seized. The vehicle was driven home. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 12/15/2016

Takata recall: my car has a couple issues with the steering. While parked and idling the steering wheel twitches on its own, you have to find the right location and hold it there for the twitching to stop. When idling I can hold the sw off of center and the twitching will abate for short periods, less than 10 seconds. While driving streets from 30-60 mph, the steering wheel also twitches intermittently, perceptible to touch and has started pulling to the right slightly. No noted squealing or jerking noted on full wheel turn to right or left.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 12/14/2016

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. After the vehicle was started, the power steering assist fault warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering). The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,570.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 12/13/2016

My car was parked in the garage on 12/13/2016 and upon going to get gas the steering tightened up while driving to the gas station. It be came very hard to turn and steer it in the right direction. I got the car home and kept it there til I called Ford and set up an appointment for it to be serviced. Now on oct 4 2016 I had a recall done for the torque sensor. Sales code 58a016 parts code 02733. Today I picked up my car and had to pay $699. 88 for the exact same thing that the recall was done for and I want to know why and why wasn't the recall gaurenteed?.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 12/12/2016

2009 Ford Escape has a sensor failure and turned off power steering assist while driving and in motion on a street. The steering suddenly became very hard to steer at a time when I did not expect this. There was a recall on this failure a few years ago and the failure has happened again. Why is Ford have software issues that are allowed to turn off critical systems (safety) such as steering because of any sensor failure. This system should fail safe and never be turning off systems such as steering or braking!!!! they should only be allowed to monitor or assist areas such as steering or braking but any failure should never turn off those systems; it is a serious safety hazard while driving!!!.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 12/12/2016

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. Without warning, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was turned off, restarted, and driven to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic indicated that the steering torque sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 12/09/2016

14s05. I was driving the 2009 Ford Escape on the highway at approx. 70mph. The steering will stopped controlling the vehicle correctly and then the steering went completely out. I almost crashed, pulled onto the shoulder of the highway, gathered myself, cut on the hazard lights and cut the auto off. After a minute, I started the auto up again and moved forward to see if the problem still existed. The power steering was back in but it was very very loose. When I got it home I informed my mother that it needed to be looked at. She called the Ford hotline and they told her that the recall on her vehicle was closed but if the steering went out, that it was covered by the recall. She took it to the dealer that Ford told her too and they said they would repair it. She left the vehicle over night to be fixed but the next day they told her that it wasn't a recall and that she had to pay $89 for the diagnostic test that she didn't know she had to pay. They still refuse to help in any kind of way at all. My mother is in her mid 70's with a fixed income. It's impossible for her to come up with $2000. . Read more...