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Steering Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 372 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 08/26/2015

The sub-frame rusted through causing both front wheels to toe out and also to camber in at the top. The abs warning light also triggered. The steering now pulls to the left and there is tire squeel even on gradual right hand turns. There is a recall for this exact problem for the Ford Escape model years 2001-2004. It is obvious that this same problem exists for this model year 2005 Ford Escape. I verified that my VIN was not covered in the recall. I then called Ford to see if they would remedy the problem as it was obvious that this was the same problem as in their other recall - they said they couldn't help. This is a low mileage, well maintained vehicle so it should be obvious that the sub-frame is faulty.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 08/22/2015

After traveling on a 5 hour round trip I stopped to fuel. After fueling I started my engine and begin to pull away. No steering!! received message 'steering assist fault'. I was just traveling on the highway at 75 mph. If I had been traveling at that rate with my 3 grandchildren riding. . . . Well, god only knows what the outcome would have been. It was totally in god's hands that I stopped before it shut down without warning.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 08/12/2015

In a first incident, I was in n. Y. And I parked the car. When I wanted to go home, the steering wheel was stiff and it took my whole strength with both arms to turn the steering wheel. I turned off the car and when to sleep. The next morning, I went to the car that started normally and steered normally. Come to be that there was a recall on the car for the steering wheel. I made and appointment, the next week, with a Ford dealer and the fixed the recall by going on the computer. The second instance was around 8/12/15, the car was parked near my home and I intended to move it into the street and drive off. The steering wheel would not move, but a few inches, even with total strength. I had the car towed to a Ford dealer. The mechanic in charge told me that there was no recall on the car and that to check it I would have to pay around $90. I had it towed to another mechanic who told me that the problem was the electronic power assist steering system (epas).

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 08/12/2015

When came out of store and started the truck the power steering was not working. Called my husband and he had me look for the fill reservoir for the power steering and check the belt. He determined that it is a closed system. This has happened many times since then. It always happens when I start it not while I am driving. I have had to drive it that way as it is my only mode of transportation. Looked it up online and discovered there was a recall but the manufacturers date was only through 09/2010. Mine is 01/2011. The dealer told me they cannot do it as a recall because mine is not on the list. Even though it is the same problem as the earlier ones. Ford told me to save my receipts in case there was a recall and told me I had to contact NHTSA to file a complaint. I am afraid it will start to happen while I am driving and cannot afford to have it fixed. They need to extend the recall before someone gets hurt.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 07/31/2015

Sub-frame rust problem. There was a recall on 2001 to 2004 Ford Escape for this problem. Ford motor company has recalled Escape crossovers from model years 2001-2004 in states that use a lot of road salt. In affected vehicles, part of the car could suffer damage from rust and even lose steering control.

car image   Steering problem of the 2015 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 07/30/2015

While turning left from a stop sign, the steering wheel locked, causing the vehicle to veer into the lane of oncoming traffic. The driver yanked the steering wheel hard to the right and the vehicle returned to the correct lane. This happened again on 7/31/15 while making a right hand turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealership on 8/8/15 and the tech indicated there were no codes; however the vehicle had an active recall out, which they fixed. It happened on three additional occasions between 8/8/15 and 8/21/15. It should be noted, the vehicle was sold when there was an active recall.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 07/28/2015

I was driving at a rate of 23 mph and the power steering locked up on me, almost causing an accident. This made the vehicle very hard to manuever. I got the vehicle to a safe place and looked to see if any belts had come of the engine. There was no appearant evidence of a loose or broken belt. I restarted the car and the steering was working fine. I looked into several complaint blogs and this seems to be a serious issue that Ford shoudl be looking into for a possible recall. I researched several blog and car complaint sites and there are many, many complaints about the 2012 Escape as well. I am one month out of my 3yr/36000 warranty. The three year part came first. I do not feel it is fair for so many people to have to pay for this when previous years have had this issued recalled on the Escape.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 07/18/2015

On July 18, 2015 at approximately 1:30 pm I was driving up bear creek mountain and heard a loud pop then the vehicle started sliding before I finally got it to stop. I slide about 50 feet and if I'd slide about 3 more feet I would have been over the side of the mountain. The sub frame had snapped in two and it pulled the right front axle out. This made the vehicle inoperable. The vehicle had to be put on a roll back and taken away. Also damaged was the right front tire and ,molding around the fender. If I had been on the interstate with this vehicle my family would not have survived the wreck. It is lucky that we didn't go over the mountain. I did nothing to cause the sub frame to break and I think Ford should be held liable. I spoke with the Ford customer relations center and they told me that because there was no extended warranty and it was not under the 2002 Escape recall and that the fact that there was no fire or large crash that they could do nothing about the sub frame breaking. My insurance carrier has also contacted Ford customer relations and was told the same thing. I asked the lady at Ford if someone had died in the wreck would I still be told the same thing and she replied yes. According to Ford they can't give out telephone numbers to legal department or addresses or email addresses. I was also told that I could not speak to a supervisor because they could not transfer calls. I was transferred to the lady I was speaking to by another lady. Go figure. I think that Ford is liable for this structural failure and needs to make things right.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 07/05/2015

My daughter was driving at a slow rate of speed and the front wheel fell off the truck. There had been a recall on this part and we had the service completed. Ford added a cross member to the part as the parts were rusting. This was done within the year. The truck is now at a Ford dealership and the Ford motor company refuses to pay for the repair. I am grateful that my daughter was not hurt however this is the second time this wheel has fallen off. A year earlier during a service visit a Ford certified mechanic forgot to put a bolt back on. That dealership did pay to have the truck repaired and apologized. Again it was fortunate that my daughter was not hurt.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 06/23/2015

Driving about 25mph hear a loud clunck lost controll of vehicle break pedle to the floor truck still moving had to use er brake to stop. Got out passanger front tire was turned completly diff way, the ball bearer was detached, this could have killed me if I was on freeway! called Ford they continued to tell me this wasnt part of recall called mehcanic said the subframe so rusted it has completly detached from ball bearers causing tire to basically fall off. Ford will not fix it, gave me every other alternitive on what it could be. I had it towed to my house, Ford wont have it towed to the lot to look at it and on top of that wont see it for a week if I do get it towed up there! what a mess. Ill never shop with them again. They wont care until this kills someone.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 06/22/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at 35 mph, the contact heard an abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that the rear of the vehicle failed to stay in position and veered left or right. The engine warning light illuminated intermittently. The contact noticed that there was corrosion around the rear passenger shocks and wheel house area. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 06/16/2015

While driving, I noticed that my steering wheel was not aligned. I didn't notice it was like this until I was already driving down the road. When I stopped, I checked my tires and thought that they looked slightly off. It seemed as if the passenger side tire was pointed slightly outward. The car sat in my driveway for the next couple of days and it appeared to have gotten worse. I took my car out for a test drive and noticed that each time I turned the wheel, the tires screeched. I took the car to a shop and after giving it an evaluation, they said that the control rod was rusted and starting to break. After some research online, it looked like there was a recall on 2001-2004 Ford Escapes for the same issue that I was having.

car image   Steering problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 06/09/2015

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 10 mph and making a left turn, the vehicle veered to the right into oncoming traffic. There was no crash. The failure recurred on one other occasion. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the subframe was fractured and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 132,600.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 06/09/2015

I am shocked at how many people have experienced the same issue that I am having with my Escape in regards to the right rear wheel well rusting out around the shock mount. I initially noticed the issue when I heard a loud clunking noise in the right rear of the car. I thought there was something wrong with the rear shocks so I took it to a neighborhood mechanic. The mechanic told me that it was a frame issue and I needed to take it to a body shop. He also stated that it would probably cost hundreds of dollars to fix and some body shops would not be willing to fix it. He also stated that I should drive slow because the shock mount is completely rusted out. At this point, I am furious! I went to a body shop today on my lunch break and they told me it would cost upwards of $2,000 to repair. The guy at the body shop also told me that he has seen this issue on several 2004-2006 Ford Escapes and was well aware that this is an ongoing problem. I am so frustrated and agitated because I have taken very good I am so fed up with how irresponsible these huge million/billion dollar companies are. From what I have seen just in my little research that I have done today, Ford is aware of the problem, yet they refuse to establish a recall.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 06/05/2015

After traveling for approximately 1 mile at 35 mph, the engine suddenly shut off. Upon safely stopping the vehicle in a parking lot. The engine re-started with no issues. Drove the vehicle for approximately another mile at 35 mph when it shut off again. Re-started with no issues. Have not driven the vehicle since then. No fault codes were generated & no apparent problems have been detected.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 05/23/2015

I took my vehicle in for the power steering calibration update in March 2015. In may I was driving down a muddy road when my power steering just went out. I was on the edge of the road near a cliff and was trying to maneuver around another vehicle stuck in the mud. It could have been disastrous if I was not going so slowly. I took it to a mechanic who diagnosed it as a computer problem with the torque sensor or power steering module. All fuses, wires, and fluids were good. I was not near a Ford dealer so had to drive over 300 miles without power steering to get to a dealer. The dealer told me that there were no problems when they did the update in March and that while there is currently a safety recall on the power steering system it is not for this problem (p2274) and therefore I have to pay for the repair. I did not have any problems prior to completing the recall calibration. Ford needs to address this before someone gets killed.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 05/18/2015

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering) and the vehicle was repaired. While driving approximately 12 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning and caused the contact to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle was turned off and back on and the steering returned to normal. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 158,000.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 04/06/2015

A recall on our Ford Escape was performed last August. The recall was for rusted frame/cradle area that holds front suspension together. At the time of the recall I informed the dealer that the cradle was weak and very rusty over and above any other rust on car. The dealer installed a brace between the two rails of the frame and told me that was the extent of the recall. The other day while driving the cradle gave out and the engine,the steering gear dropped down a few inches rendering the car undriveable. I was able to maintain control and get it to the dealership. I was told they are only resposible for the brace not the weak cradle. I guess my question is how can this recall stop anyone from a wreck or damage when the entire cradle is affected by this problem. This recall had to be approved by someone im sure. This brace will not stop a car from being out of control at any givin time as the cradle rot will affect a lot more than just the lower control arm area. I understand its an old car but Ford knows there is a serious rust issue with this part. If Ford and the NHTSA feel this bandaid repair is good enough for safety of my family then I have my doubt on whether there is anyone in either organization that knows anything about a car or safety at all.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 04/02/2015

I was driving from PA to NY when the car said "powere steering assist fault. The car drove fine while I was getting to my destination. Once there I parked it. Went out to start it again to go somewhere, and the steering was like driving a mac truck. I had to flat bed it back to pensylvania from new york. I got on line to see if there was a recall for the year make and model. There was, but not at the factory my car was assembled, so I wasn't notified on the recall. Speaking to my mechanic at wentworth auto sales in guys mills PA, he said that the factories were different, I feel that even though I have high mileage it should not have anything to do with the power steering. I found it disturbing that mine was not covered. This doesn't sound like a typical thing to happen to your car. The garage put a new steering angle torque sensor in. Parts and labor cost $347. 71. They did not have to remove my steering wheel and do anything to the motor. I have my car back, but if something else happens to it , it may cost me up to $1,300. 00. I called the Ford motor company and filed a formal complaint today, so they have record of the situation. I just would like to know if any other cars from the plant mine was assembled in have any issues. It was built in clay como michigan. Some one suggested, I send out this complaint to you also. Sincerely, susan.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 03/29/2015

I was coming home from batavia and my steering wheel was sounding like a mixer hitting the side of the bowl and when I got near home it started seeming like I had no power steering. I got home but it has not worked properly since. It make no noise to inform me there was any problem. No check engine light came on. Nothing. I love my Ford but this is really not good. This could have been really bad. I got a recall last year. This part should have been replaced. This is really dangerous.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 21
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2012 Ford Escape 22
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 03/19/2015

Steering completely froze. . . Unable to steer vehicle.

car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 24
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 25
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.