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Steering Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 289 problems related to steering (under the steering category).

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 11/19/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The contact received NHTSA campaign number 14v284000(steering) and vehicle was taken to dealer they remedied the recall. However, the failure has recurred. The vehicle was taken to dealer mechanic diagnosed failure of torque sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 185,000. Lb.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 11/19/2014

My wife pulled up driveway, I happened to be outside next to car when she pulled in. We suddenly heard loud crunching sound and she stopped. When we found nothing I asked her to back up. We heard crunching sound again and she said the steering wheel was not controlling car. She immediately stopped. We discovered right front wheel pushed against tire well of body frame. Next day when tow truck lifted car, we discovered the ball joint assembly had come apart. Perry Ford (san diego) confirmed ball joint appears to have come apart without any obvious sign of damage due to impact or driver fault. Note: my wife had just come off freeway, traveling 15 miles from work and 1 mile from off ramp to our home. If she had been just another 5 min on freeway traveling 65-70mph. . . I hate to imagine what would have happened. Please investigate this matter with Ford.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 11/17/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at a unknown speed the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was diagnosed that the steering unit sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14v284000 (steering) however, the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. Approximate failure mileage was 150,732. Mm.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 11/02/2014

As I was driving, I attempted to make a left turn when I heard a rapid clicking noise. It was then I realized that steering was difficult. I turned into my driveway but it was extremely difficult to turn the wheel to complete my turn as my steering had converted to manual mode.

car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 10/30/2014

Driving tried to make turn, no power steering, dealer reset modules on recall letter in July, said no other problem were found, 3 months later having the same problem! gave me an est. Of $830 to fix the problem that is also stated on the recall letter! called Ford one day said everything covered take to dealer. Next day it's not covered! tired of the run around! hope NHTSA reads this before someone gets hurt real bad!.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 10/29/2014

The first time this happened I was coming to a stop during rush hour traffic in Feb 2014. I was slowing down to stop when I noticed the red battery & wrench light come on. When I tried to accelerate the vehicle wouldn't move & the engine was off. I attempted to restart the vehicle several times with no luck. The dash lights & radio would work but it wouldn't start. I had to be pushed out of traffic. While waiting for the tow truck I tried again & it started (approximately after 15 min). I immediately took it to the Ford dealer. They "supposedly" fixed it under a recall. It just happened again (oct 2014) to me while coming to a stop during rush hour. Again the lights turned red and the engine died. I attempted to restart several times without any luck. The dash lights & radio worked but it wouldn't start. Finally after several attempts it started again. I'm waiting for my appointment with the Ford dealer. This issue needs to be reviewed before someone gets seriously hurt given that the engine dies without notice. Plus the "repair" didn't work!.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 10/06/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number:14v284000 (steering). The contact stated the recall repair was performed in July 2014. The contact stated when the vehicle was started the power steering seized and the vehicle in now inoperable until power steering had been repaired. The vehicle had not been diagnosed. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was unknown. Jb.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 10/06/2014

In parking lot, power steering went away. Recently had dead battery, replaced battery and seemed to fix issue. Week later, stopped at stop light, heard click, then when pulling away from stop light no powering steering. Pulled into a parking lot, called spouse, came to parking lot, started car and powering steering working again. Drove car to dealer for repair. I see there is a recall for certain 2008 Escapes, but not for the one with this VIN. Issue sounds exactly like recall for certain 2008 Escapes. Why not his one?.

car image   Steering problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

When driving the steering wheel seems hard to control. The SUV seems to sputter as I press on the accelerator, and the engine (motor) seems to miss when acceleration is between 20 and 40 mph. Next, when accelerating past 60 the engine missing or (cutting out symptom) occurs.

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car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 09/24/2014

After driving the car there was an abrupt loss of power steering. The steering became very hard and made it difficult to turn. The problem persisted throughout the length the of the trip. After several start ups after the vehicle would initially regain power steering for a short period of say 1/8 of a mile and it would revert back to the hard steering. After taking the vehicle to a dealer, they informed me of the issue and how it is exactly the same as a current recall, however my VIN is not eligible for that recall. After speaking with Ford customer service, I was told the same thing. While I am experiencing the same problem as the thousands of other vehicles, my vehicle is not eligible for the recall service.


 
car image   Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 09/21/2014

When start the vechilce I had no power steering. Got to a friend house who look at the vechilce. After turn it on/off power steering came back.

car image   Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 12
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 2008 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 09/14/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number 14v284000 steering was performed however the vehicle was exhibiting the torque failure before the repair was performed and dealership did not replaced the torque sensor. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 184,097. Li.

car image   Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 09/08/2014

I was driving my car when a light came on the dashboard. It stated power steering assist default. My steering was ok at the time. The power steering stopped working by the time I got to my street. I struggled to turn the wheel onto my street and into my driveway. I took my car to a Ford dealership and they replaced the torque sensor. I checked on the internet and found that this was a recall in may, 2014. The recall was stopped. I did not receive a notice about this. The recall stated that the power steering will go out around 100,000 miles and the torque sensor would have to be replaced. I was lucky that I was not on the freeway or going very fast when the power steering went out.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 15
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 16
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 17
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.

car image   Steering problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 18
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 19
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 20
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 21
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 22
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 2008 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 08/08/2014

I have a 2008 Ford Escape which was payed off last January will right after it got payed off my transmission went which cost me 3320 now a year later I am having steering problems started with a kluncking noise will turning greased joints problem was fine for a while now again today I was making a left hand turn onto a bridge and the power steering went out for a second but came back this has been going on for about two months recevied the Ford recall for the torque sensor which I took it to the Ford dealer they did not replace any part and at the time I told the dealer ship I was having trouble with the steering hearing a kluncking noise said he would look at it but I was only there about 20 minutes which wan't long enough to change any part or do any type of repair please I am not stupid I read several complaints about this online this is very upsetting is Ford going to wait till someone gets hurt or killed and why does this have to be the case are our lives not as valueable to you as the all mitty dollar. Come on Ford get with it I work hard for my money and can't afford these repairs that are your problem and your product.

car image   Steering problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 24
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 25
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.