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Suspension Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 504 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 10/20/2016

Underbody is all rusted, only 57,000 miles and stored inside, except when driving.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 10/16/2016

Vehicle started making a noise in passenger rear wheel. Upon inspection I observed that the well was completely rusted through where the shock is mounted. Learned that this is a manufacturing defect from thousands of complaints.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 09/24/2016

Strut mount passenger side rear rusted right out.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 09/16/2016

The passenger side rear shock tower is rusted to the point where the top of the shock is not secured to the uni-body frame. When going over a bump there is metal to metal contact. While not rusted completely through, a screwdriver can be easily poked through the rusty metal on the rear driver side shock tower as well. This has obviously been slowly rusting the last few years but was not visible until the inner panels were removed allowing access to the inner wheel wells. My grandchildren had been riding in their car seats in this vehicle. A rear or rear side accident would have been catastrophic.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 09/03/2016

Went to replace rear shocks. Rear passenger wheel well has rusted and I could move shock mount tower when truck is bounced. Also have banging and bouncing going on. Rides rough and have a rust hole and can see tire below. Bad engineering design. The Ford motor company should fess up and correct this, but they won't they got their money!!!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 09/02/2016

While driving my vehicle on a highway, I could here a loud clunking sound coming from the rear. After investigating, it was visibly noticeable that the shock tower on the rear passenger side rusted completely off the vehicle. This allowed the wheel to bounce freely and the shock to jam up into the wheel well repeatedly. The vehicle is unsafe to drive.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2009 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 08/24/2016

Hoy en la mañana cambié la rueda DE repuesto y resulta que la gata se aisló, cayó, ventajosamente no estuve bajo el vehiculo, la gata no sirve ahora, pude haber muerto a causa DE esta falla DE fabrica del artefacto. Terrible el problema , exijo una solucion.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 08/18/2016

Rear structural body, joints, massive rust and corrosion.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2015 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 08/18/2016

I was driving on the expressway this morning when the rear spring broke on my 2015 Ford Escape. I thought that my tire blew out at first. I was able to pull the vehicle over to the side of the expressway and when a sheriff drove up beside me to ask if I was ok, I told him yes, I think my tire may have blown out and that's when he informed me that it wasn't the tire, that the spring on the back passenger side was sitting on the ground.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 08/17/2016

Structural excessive rust and corrosion rear wheels.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 08/16/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 40 mph, the rear passenger side shock plate detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the shock plate needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage and VIN were unknown.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 08/13/2016

A few months ago I noticed a thumping noise when driving. The passenger side rear wheel well started to have the black coating flake off of the inside revealing rust. Since then my strut has broken off from my frame & the shock has completely broken. From the research I have been doing thousands of people have had the same problem. There needs to be a recall for this. My car is un-driveable & most likely so expensive to fix that I might as well buy a new car.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 07/23/2016

While driving, the front right tire felt like it was going to fall off the vehicle. I took it to my mechanic who stated that the sub-frame was cracked and Ford had a recall in place. I had it towed to the nearest Ford dealership who stated that it would be covered under the recall. Instead, they put a cross-bar on the cracked sub frame because they determined it was "not broken" only "cracked". The sub frame had "rusted and corroded" due to Ford's own admittance of "faulty parts". I asked if the vehicle was safe and they stated "no". I asked if the vehicle would pass inspection and again they stated "no". I asked if this was a "bandaid" that they put on to make themselves feel better about the fact that anyone operating the vehicle could lose total control. I asked to speak to a manager, who told me there was nothing he could do. He did state he would makes some calls and called me a day or two later to say, that his manager said if I wanted the vehicle fixed, I could pay $1,200 for the part and an additional $600-$800 in labor to fix the vehicle, or I could trade it in. I am beyond frustrated that Ford will not back up their product. The vehicle has less than 65,000 miles on it!.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 07/22/2016

Suspension failed on the right front due to corrosion when pulling into driveway. Ford has refused to repair because I am 30 miles from the area covered by Ford recall 14s02 and your campaign 14v165000. Help.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 07/17/2016

When I bought the vehicle from call lot tolled them brakes were going out he test drive and he said they were fine so I took his word then a few days later my water rateteravoter hose busted I had to get that them fixed and then they charged me to fix it then a few days later I here a thump on the back of my vehicle the whole back of my wheel area by the wheel was completely rusted out there no protection on the wheel and the strusts where busted they had stuff stuffed in it so you couldn't tell went to talk to them about it they say this happens there nothing they could for me but to charge me five hundred dollars to fix it I done nothing but have problems with this vehicle and this isn't the first one I've had problems with the are selling vehicle with safe hazards I paid out 1000. 00 out on a car test drove it and guess I should of test drive it longer but I didn't I bought it and was on my way to put gas in it and the motor blow up. I had state police wait with me me and my 16 year old was stuck in high traffic because the motor blow state police said he had to get there and toll the car and he bought a trailer with a flat tired to try and toll it off the state police made him leave and called for a toll truck the car lot refused to give me my money back so I could go some where else so I bought a another car it was in fair condtion but when water stated hitting motor it ended up getting total by insurance company so still couldn't get money back made me pay out another 600. 00 out for the vehicle and after I gave him the money he wrote out sold as is and could not trade vehicle or get my money back so I feel like he knew something was wrong with the vehicle because he didn't write this on the last two vehicles.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 07/11/2016

Last Monday my 2005 Ford Escape cargo area items started bumping severely when going over road imperfections. By Friday the suspension was shifting when driving over same imperfections. I got out and looked at the back end and found that the right rear shock mount has rusted completed through the wheel well. I only have 114,000 miles on the car and like so many of the other complaints the mechanic I had look at it said that shouldn't have happened and surely there should be a recall on it. When I checked the internet, no recall. I'm very nervous driving, but have no other options at this point.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 07/11/2016

Had recall 14s02 performed on 12/30/15. Installed front subframe crossbrace. This does not fix the problem. Passenger side subframe rusted out and failed. The crossbrace kept it from completely coming apart but car is now not safe to drive. Ford will not do anything about this saying they already performed the recall. This recall should be expanded to include subframe replacement.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 07/01/2016

Had a recall from Ford shortly after buyiny car in 2014 about subframe rust. Ford said they fixed problem. About a year later the subframe broke complexly making frone wheel wobble and pull to right I went off the road into some brush before I got control of car!!I made it home and saw the (fix)a piece of flat steel holding left frame to right not a repair at need to replace complete sub frame. Ford blamed it on dealer. Dealer will not speak to me about it. I also had promlem with right rear shock coming up through floor no recall on that. Lucky no injury or death.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 06/15/2016

The entire right side shock mount and wheel well totally rusted and hanging on by a thread. My 18 year old son could have been killed had we not discovered it. I have read hundreds of these complaints which is how we discovered that this was the same noise we were hearing and decided to look at right side back door passenger wheel well. We can literally move it up and down. This is a major safety issue and someone is going to get killed from this because the wheel can fall off!!!! thank goodness we heard the noise while driving and investigated it.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 06/10/2016

The shock module on the right rear passanger side has deteriorated and has become dislodged from the wheel well. This has made the SUV undrivable. This happened while driving on a newly paved road, going over a gentle hill. While driving the vehicle over the hill, there was a loud clank and the vehicle served slightly (thankfully no oncoming traffic was present). Upon driving home there is an evident clanking heard in the rear and the SUV can be felt to swerve slightly from left to right. This occurrence has only happened to the right wheel well and is not evident in any other wheel well. If road salt or weather conditions were to blame, equal distribution at all 4 wheel wells would be evident, but the other 3 are fine with no rust or deterioration present. Searches on the internet have seen thousands of similar complaints, along with pictures and the damage all appears to be the same - and also applies to model years 2004, 2005, and 2006.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

The right rear suspension system disintegrated requiring $1,300 for body shop repair. This apparently occurs regularly on this type of vehicle.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

There should be a recall on Ford Escape 2006 vehicles. We bought our vehicle used one year ago, 117k miles on it and the wheel wells/shock towers looked fine. After one winter the rear passenger wheel well is rusted through (there is literally a rust hole) and the driver is almost as bad. We had the vehicle inspected at a Ford dealership prior to purchasing it a year ago - they didn't even point out any corrosion. Meaning, within a year it corroded so bad it needed $1300 worth or repair. Our local mechanic told us there was a recall on the issue, but searching online and asking our local Ford dealer we discovered there wasn't. This isn't the type of cosmetic rust of the body, but rust of the structural integrity of the vehicle. It is a design flaw that whoever engineered the body should be ashamed of. I can find recalls online for 2001 -2004 Escapes for similar structural rust, so why isn't Ford recalling 2006 Escapes when the problem is still occurring? the Ford dealer told us, keep the repair receipt in case Ford issues a recall, then we could be reimbursed. This rust isn't just and eyesore, but a safety issue.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 35 mph, the rear passenger side shock mount bracket rusted and dislodged from the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 125,000.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 06/01/2016

The right rear wheel well has rusted completely through; leaving the strut bouncing freely. The car can not be driven at this time. At the time it broke, it almost bounced me into oncoming traffic. This should be a recall as it happens to all 2004-2006 Escapes.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2015 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 05/25/2016

When accelerating the car pulls to the right, the more power the harder the pull. When accelerating in the rain or wet roads the car breaks traction and slides into the right hand lane or off the road.