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Suspension Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 530 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 05/11/2017

The right rear shock tower is rusting away and is about to break away from the frame I read online that Ford recalled almost 400,00 vehicles with this problem, but I never received a notice. The car is not safe to drive.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2015 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 04/24/2017

While traveling to kansas city early morning 4. 24. 17 at 6am I took exit 123b to merge onto i35 south from i80. When merging onto i35s I encountered a large "pot hole" or what I would call a man hole that blew both my drivers side tires and did significant damage to my suspension. I had a wdm police officer review the large hole and identified it as needing repair. A few holes later the dot was out to the area repairing. I would like someone to contact me about the damage to my vehicle.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 04/12/2017

The 2002 Ford Escape had recall 14s02 done in sept. 2016. At the time I requested the sub frame be replaced. Ford indicated the rust was not severe enough and installed a brace. Today, the sub frame gave way rendering the vehicle a peril to drive. The steering is inoperative. The vehicle was in motion but avoided collision.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 04/06/2017

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the wife was driving approximately at 30 mph and after driving over a bump, the steering wheel became very loose and unstable. Upon inspection, it was discovered that the lower a-arm suspension had fractured do to severe rusting and corrosion. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified and the contact was informed that the VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (suspension). The contact stated that vehicle had experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 170,000.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 03/20/2017

March 20, 2017. Front end passenger side subframe rusted through and broke causing severe steering issues. This failure is similar to the failures that resulted in the 2004 and before model years to be recalled by Ford. This issue still persists in newer model years.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 03/10/2017

Rotted out subframe assembly, mechanic declared car unsafe at any speed. Ford recalled this problem 2001-2004 but did not extend to 2005. Ford dealer refused to work on vehicle.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 03/03/2017

The contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. While driving various speeds, the vehicle vibrated when it drove over a bump. The contact stated that the bar that the bar that connected the wheel to the vehicle was fractured. The wheel was loose and moveable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 02/04/2017

I was pulling out of my driveway, turned at the corner, hit a small bump and heard a loud banging sound like the rear gate door was not closed, stopped at the corner put it in park, got out and opened the rear gate and reclosed it, got back into my vehicle, turned left hit another small bump, and heard the loud banging noise again, stopped at the 4 way corner store, parked and got out and walked around my vehicle to inspect it, and noticed the rust on the passenger rear side, some of it had fallen off and I could see the styrofoam on the inside of the passenger rear tire weld. I called the dealer where I am purchasing the vehicle and they said I could take it to their guy to look at it, took it to him and he said that I had a real problem and that it needed to be welded, went back to the dealer and they said I could take it to their guy to fix, but they did not know when they could get me in for an appointment. I took it to another mechanic, and he still has it, trying to locate the rear end of another Ford Escape to fix it.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 01/30/2017

Passenger rear is rested shocks struts detached.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 01/26/2017

Front subframe rusted into. Mechanic says it's not safe to drive.


 
car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 01/23/2017

I was driving to work on a smooth roadway and all of a sudden my rear end started to clunk and bang. I was so startled that I had to pull over in heavy morning traffic and had to miss work and take it to a mechanic where I was told the rear shock assemblies had snapped from the vehicle. After due diligence I found there was a recall issued for the front end for the same make and model because of mounts separating from the auto due to salt and corrosion. When I contacted Ford I was told there was no recall for that situation, but I did find a large amount of complaints from individuals with the same issue in their same year and model Escapes. The mechanic told me at the least it will be 1800 to fix, but since there is no metal to weld to it will require a full rebuild of the body, mounts, and frame in that area. . Read more...

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 01/04/2017

Noticed undercoating peeling off in wheel well(rear passenger side). Pulled off and also found a 3in. Circle of metal loose. Have seen other(300+) reports of this rust problem on this web page. I am original owner and vehicle has always been garaged when not in use and has less than 70k miles. There are no handling or noise issues yet.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 12/05/2016

1. Difficulty applying the brakes and when their applied the whole back of auto shakes terribly 2. The back door on driver side does not lock and the back hatch door does not open and stays locked.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 11/29/2016

Sub frame/cradle rusted and caused a separation of the right front axel and stabilizer. The failure occurred while driving, just as we were exiting the highway. A loud thud occurred and the steering wheel shifted making driving and steering extremely difficult. This vehicle, according to Ford's records, had a structure recall for the same issue (14v165000) the vehicle had been repaired at a Ford dealer for the said recall a few years ago. Ford is unwilling to help pay for the current repairs as we did not take it to a dealer for repair (which would have required towing as the car was barely drivable). This is a potentially dangerous situation and, it seems, the recall did not correct the original problem.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 11/22/2016

We started to hear a very loud banging coming from the back passenger side when we drove over even the smallest bump. The rear passenger side wheel well is completely rusted though (you can see the interior) and the wheel could fall off at anytime. The car is not safe to drive with out a very expensive repair. After looking online I found that this is a very common occurrence and that 2001-2004 Escapes were recalled for the same issue.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 11/16/2016

My 2004 Ford Escape has major rust issues that has affected the structural integrity of the vehicle. The vehicle is not driveable unless the rust is repaired. I just filed a complaint with Ford (case #cas12002459). Currently there are no recalls on the vehicle and as a consumer I am turning to the NHTSA for support in having Ford make the ncessary repairs yo my vehicle.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 11/14/2016

In 2016 November my gas pedal stuck to the floor and I freaked out and ran into my neighbors garage and I had 10 fired fighters and sherriff look at my turned off Escape and the accelerated pedel was completely sitting on the floor of the vehicle and it also was towed to Ford and said the accelerator pedal link was completely broke and it was not covered under insurance for they said this is a manufacture issue and not insurance and so I had to use the front end damage to pay for the $1500 repair on a part that should not have broke, Ford has now over 100 complaints to this say problem and no fix. . . . . This vehicle accelerated and rammed a neighbors garage door and I could have been killed and all the sheriff and firefighters say they have never seen an accelerator pedal depressed to the floor and I was lucky. . . . Ford fix this. . . . This is going to kill someone and it I had injuries from the whiplash.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 11/10/2016

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. Upon exiting a parking area, there was an abnormal suspension vibration near the front of the vehicle. The front subframe fractured and impacted the front passenger side tire. The contact and a mechanic inspected the fact that there had been premature rust and corrosion associated with the underbody, subframe, and the bar that was connected to the frame. The vehicle was unable to be driven and was towed by the mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and provided no solution other than for the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 14v165000 (structure) and 15e045000 (suspension). The failure mileage was not available.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 11/10/2016

Almost suddenly, a loud rattling sound from the rear started last week. When inspected, to my shock, the rear wheel well was totally, totally rotted out . This vehicle has been been garaged and carefully maintained since we bought it. In fact, for the past 8 years--it has been basically driven about 16 -20 miles per day. And again--garaged day and night. And now, almost immediately, it appears very unsafe to drive. As a result, I'm now searching for another car to buy--not wanting to spend +$1,200 on this repair.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 11/01/2016

2005 Ford Escape. Rear passenger side shock mount completely rusted/broken. Wheel well and fender completely rotted out while the rest of the vehicle has no rust at all. Why has Ford not recalled the 2005 Escape, after seeing thousands of complaints about the same issue.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 10/20/2016

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

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 10/18/2016

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 45 mph, the driver lost control of the vehicle without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the subframe separated and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure); however, the remedy failed to prevent the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 23
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 2005 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 10/10/2016

Back passenger shock mount completely rusted out and found over 500 compaints for same exact problem.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 09/24/2016

Strut mount passenger side rear rusted right out.