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Suspension Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 418 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 09/18/2015

While driving down the road, heard a load bang in the back of the car on the right side. After inspecting the vehicle I noticed that the inner wheel well was rusted out and the shock was no longer connected to the vehicle. Looks like the frame may be cracked under the attach point of the upper strut mount.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 09/18/2015

I was pulling out of my driveway and started to hear a loud clunking noise. I pulled the car back in and it has sat the past few days. I took it to my mechanic and was told that the whole front end and frame are rusted and needs to be replaced. I researched online and am now aware of all the issues that involve rust on these models. I am scared to even drive the car in the shape that it is in. I will call the recall hotline but according to what I have read I don't expect much help from Ford. I will never purchase another Ford and am sorry to say that as consumers we should expect these companies to stand behind their cheaply made products.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 09/17/2015

Rear right shock mount rusting through . K-frame rotted through right front side.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 09/14/2015

Right rear wheel housing completely gone. First indication of any issue was when shock no longer properly supports. Rust and total DE-lamination of metal housing supporting shock. Fear of shock punching through - into cargo hold in the area of the jack storage.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 09/05/2015

Ford's 14s02 recall was to deal with excessive rust on a subframe unit. If the recall inspection of the subframe did not result in characteristics warranting replacement, Ford instructed dealers to install a cross brace. Approximately 13 months after our 2004 Ford Escape had the cross brace installed the subframe unit failed while we were driving. The car violently jerked to the side and if there had been another car or any obstacle on that side of our vehicle we would have hit it. I contacted Ford several times and on each occasion was told Ford would not cover the cost of the repairs because they had already installed the cross brace - which was not the part that failed and was not the part for which the recall was initiated. The repair cost over $800. At the time of the incident the Escape had fewer than 60,000 miles. During each on my calls to Ford, and after being told Ford would not cover the repair costs, I asked to speak with a supervisor. Each time I was told they could have a supervisor call me 1 business day later, but they would not give me a time when I could expect the call so I had to be available at any time throughout the day. To summarize, the band-aid Ford put on to deal with the subframe problem (the cross brace) did not fail. The part for which the recall was initiated did fail even with the cross brace. Ford is denying coverage for the repair costs.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 08/29/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the contact stated that the vehicle was not steering properly and the vehicle was pulling to the right and the front right sub frame fractured. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the sub frame had fractured. The manufacturer was notified. The approximately failure mileage was 116,000. Kc.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 7
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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 08/19/2015

Right rear shock/strut rusted off the vehicle and is not attached anymore.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 08/16/2015

Why is it that NHTSA is ignoring all the complaints about the Ford Escape vehicles from 2003 to 2007 in regards to the right rear fender well and shock mounts that are rusting out in which this is a safety issue where as the shock could hit the inner wheel of the right rear tire? no recalls from Ford or NHTSA on this issue, but you can clearly see from the attached video that there is a major concern for safety of these vehicles on the right rear side. . Read more...

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 08/12/2015

Wheel well rusted through to interior of car, shock dislocated from wheel well. We just moved to raleigh from michigan. . Read more...

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 08/11/2015

The contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 10 mph, a loud knocking noise was heard and all steering capability was lost. In addition, the front passenger tire detached and the vehicle dragged to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who confirmed that the VIN was not included on NHTSA campaign number: 14v165000 (structure). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 08/08/2015

I have 2004 Ford Escape the rear shock towers rusted out I think Ford shoud recall for fix at there cost others have that issue to I think it a safety issue and it needs to be fixed.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 08/07/2015

When driving on bumpy roads I started hearing a loud rattle from passenger rear area. I couldn't find anything loose in the back of the vehicle that would make that sound. I looked up inside the rear passenger wheel well and saw that the upper portion of where the shock bolts to the body is rusted out all the way around the shock connection area. I see there are many other Ford owners that have had the same problem. Come on Ford, we can't all afford to scrap a vehicle every ten years. There is a design problem here and Ford should be held responsible for fixing their shortcomings.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 08/07/2015

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear passenger side shock tower completely rusted. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 111,200.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 08/06/2015

While driving home, I heard a loud bang coming from the passenger-side rear wheel. When I got home and looked at it, I noticed the strut had completely rusted away from the frame. I researched this issued on the internet and have found it to be very common to the year and make of this vehicle.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 08/05/2015

I was driving down the road and the shock and wheel detached due to the corrosion of the back of the frame.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 08/04/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle would sway slightly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the shock tower on the rear passenger side had completely rusted through to the frame. The vehicle was deemed unsafe to drive. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 108,000.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 08/03/2015

The passenger side rear wheel well is rusted through so badly that the shock mount is banging in the interior panel and is about to break lose from the frame. When I bought the vehicle a month ago it still had the original undercoating on it, it was rusting from behind the undercoat. I now have to pay my mechanic to fix this safety hazard because Ford, knowing that this problem exists and is extensive, will not recall the vehicle to fix there poor design.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 08/03/2015

Driving to work on Aug 3, 2015, I heard loud rattling and clanking from the rear of my 2005 Ford Escape. Thinking that it was my tools on the back, I remove them the tools, but the rattling persisted. I walked around and did a visual inspection, and saw nothing wrong with the driver side suspension or wheel well area. The passenger side wheel well, however, had a large hole where the shock mount should have been attached to the body. This seems to be a problematic area for many owners of my year make and model vehicle and I find it interesting that Ford will verbally admit that this is an issue, though will not explain in writing why nothing has been done to correct the problem and make their vehicles safe to be driven. Ford will be notified by way of their internal complaint forms of this issue.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 07/31/2015

Rear wheel wells rusted away allowing struts to move. Very unstable! afraid of an accident.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 21
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   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 07/29/2015

I heard a load banging noise coming from the rear of my truck. After stopping to look at it my passenger side rear wheel well and strut were completely crumbled and my strut was no longer attached. I know my vehicle is 10 years old, but the mechanic I took it to said he has never seen anything like that ever on a car that old. He has been a mechanic for 40 years. After researching a little it seems there are thousands of complaints with the same issue. All on the rear passenger wheel well. These complaints range from different states and even other countries. To me if many many of the same vehicle is having the exact same problem then it sounds like a defect in the parts. I just thank god I wasn't going at a high speed and hit a pot hole or something. Something should really be done about this.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 07/22/2015

Right rear shock breaking free due to rusted out inner fender well. Called Ford. They wont back the problem even though thousands of owners have complained and there are currently no replacement parts for repair. This is an unsafe situation and causes a swerve in stability. It is also causing repairs to be made unsafely with cob job fixes. It needs to be addressed with Ford to do something about it.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 07/20/2015

While driving last week I heard a "rattling" I had not heard previously. I pulled over and inspected my wheels and discovered that the rear passenger wheel well above the top of the tire had rusted out. Closer inspection revealed that the strut mount had completely separated from the vehicle and the strut had "speared" thru the interior plastic sidewall, thus rendering the vehicle inoperable. I shudder to think what might have happened had I had my child in the car and we were travelling on the highway. Upon researching on you tube how to repair this problem,I was astounded to find out that the most common problem related to 2005-06 Ford Escapes,was very specific in stating that the rear-passenger wheel well was rusting and corroding on these particular vehicles,sometimes resulting in the strut to become disengaged. This sounds like a very serious safety issue,but Ford customer relations told me "sorry,but there is no recall for this and that there was nothing they can do for me. As a single dad,military veteran,and low-income earner,I am looking for help for myself and fellow Ford Escape owners because this sounds like shoddy car construction from the Ford motor company. Please help me because I can't work at the moment until this vehicle is repaired,and I can't afford the repair bill until I get back to work,I am disheartened and upset about this whole ordeal. Please look into this.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 25
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.