Ford Escape owners have reported 336 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).
My rear passenger wheel well is completely rusted out. This is the only one affected. The strut mount is lose and is going to fall off. I can no longer drive my vehicle. It is very unsafe for my son and I to drive and ride in. There has been numerous complaints and there needs to be a recall before someone is seriously injured or killed.
See all problems of the 2006 Ford Escape.
Have heard this noise like a window or door rattling for awhile and couldn't find the problem. Finally looked at it really good one day and found the right wheel well and shock were completely rusted out and just sitting there. Unsafe to drive so we took it home and parked it. This car was bought for my grandaughter and her baby to be a safe car for her and now we have to park it and figure out what to do because we still owe on this vehicle and can't afford to pay it off or get another one right now.
See all problems of the 2005 Ford Escape.
Rear passenger wheel well where the shock mounts to the body is completely rusted out and detached from the upper body of the vehicle. I was traveling on the interstate at about 65mph when this piece broke loose from the rest of the body. This is very dangerous, and almost caused me a serious accident on a busy highway. There are hundreds of other complaints filed just in this database alone with the same exact issue, rust/corrosion of the rear passenger wheel well where the shock mounts to the body. The Ford dealership that I had my vehicle towed to told us that they have recently seen 4 or 5 other Escapes that have the same exact issue. Please investigate, this is a serious safety concern.
See all problems of the 2004 Ford Escape.
Heard a thudding from rear end. Looked underneath as nothing loose in the vehicle. The passenger side rear wheel well is very rusted. No support for shocks. There was an undercoating with debris under it. Took out a lot of sludge/rust/debris from under that coating. Body shop says $5000 to fix it properly, and the other side is starting to rust as well (driver rear wheel well).
Clunking noise and rough ride. Found passenger side rear wheel well extremely rusted out and shock essentially detached from vehicle. The rest of the vehicle has no rust aside from small surface rust on non-painted pieces. Searched online to find this problem is extremely common with these Escapes, yet no recall has been issued despite the obvious defect and safety concerns.
The rear passenger side wheel housing where the shock mount is located rusted and there is a big hole. Looking online there are multiple complaints about the exact same issue. Thank god I brought it into my mechanic before it tore my tire apart.
I have a 2005 Ford Escape and the passenger side rear wheel well has rusted out to the point that where the shock is mounted has broken free of the inner fender well causing handling problems with the vehicle. I am concerned that this may cause an accident. I really think an area of this great importance should not ever rust out let alone in just 10 years. I feel this is an engineering problem on Ford motor companies part. I did some research and found that this seems to be a common problem on this model. Were do I go next and I can see this being a costly repair as well. Help!!!.
Heard loud noise from rear of vehicle especially at low speeds. Removed inside panel to find that rear passenger wheel well rusted through causing shock mount to tear through frame and was no longer attached to frame. Consulted with Ford, no recall for this model year,,,but for previous year and following year?!! took vehicle to body shop for repairs. Vehicle for kids and deemed unsafe or dangerous for them. Ford. . . I buy a lot of vehicles from you. . . You need to make this right for us!.
While driving into work my wife heard a loud bang from the rear end. Once I inspected it, the whole passenger rear shock mount has rusted completely off, sending the top of the shock through the fender inside cover. Inspecting the drivers side, it's rusted all the way around the shock mount, only being held on by the bottom weld. It seems like there's a real thick membrane smeared under fender well. Otherwise, the vehicle is in real good shape. I can't believe the poor engineering that went into this vehicle. Oh yeah, we just paid it off in March through Ford motor credit. It'll cost more to fix the problem then what I could get out of it. I can't believe how a Ford dealer could possibly not see this before it was sold to us.
While driving down the road going approx. 40 mph, I heard a loud noise from by back passenger side tired. I immediately pulled over to see what caused the noise. Upon inspection, I noticed the wheel well that supports the back shock was completely rusted. The shock had broke through the rusted wheel well and was pressed up against the inside interior of my car. The rest of my wheel wells are in fine condition. When I researched this problem online, there are many, many customers that have had this exact problem with 2005 Ford Escapes. It is only the rear passenger side. This needs to be researched and corrected before someone gets hurt.
Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, heard an abnormal noise from the front passenger side wheel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000. Lb.
I was driving home from school when I started to hear a loud cluncking noise from the rear passenger side. I came to find out that it was completely rusted out and that's what was making all of that noise. I have only had this car for 6 months and I have no idea what I am going to do if this is a problem no one can fix! I've been reading and a lot of people with the 2003-2007 Escapes are having the same issue! this needs to be fixed!!.
The rear passenger side wheel well rusted out where the shock attaches. The shock attembly is now just loose and rattling. Looking online, many many people are experiencing the same failure on 2004, 2005, and 2006 Escapes. This makes the vehicle unsafe to drive.
While driving on the highway, we hit a bump in the road and almost immediately there was a loud banging noise. Upon inspection, I found that the rear right wheel well was completely rusted out. The shock strut is now loose and banging against the car's frame, the tire and the interior of the rear cargo area. I've been researching this online and notice that this is a rather common problem with other Ford Escapes in the midwest. It is always the same complaint, rusted out wheel well on the rear passenger side. Someone need to investigate Ford because this is too common an issue and is clearly a design flaw. Repair for this issue can run up to $2,000.
The car started to ride rough over small bumps and a thumping sound could be heard from the right rear wheel well. Thinking I needed new shocks I inspected the wheel well and was horrified to see that the wheel well holding the shock was completely rusted away. There is a hole where the steel used to be. This is only on the right rear wheel well as far as I can see. A local auto body shop will not fix it because of the safety liability and warned me not to drive the car. The car is unsafe and I am at a loss as to what to do with it. After doing some searching I have found many Ford Escapes with the same exact problem. Apparently this is a design defect that Ford knows about and should be responsible for. Had I driven the car a little longer I could have been in a catastrophic crash! Ford needs to fix this or replace my car.
While driving the car, whenever we would hit a bump of any kind the passenger side rear of the car made a horrible rattling/banging noise. I took it to the dealer and they told and showed me where the part that connected the shock to the wheel well had pretty much rusted away and was no longer safe to drive. The service writers and the body man all said this is a very common issue with this year and model. They conjectured that since we get snow in pittsburgh the roads are salted. Since the roads are slanted to the right to help drainage, that side is bathed in salt water. However I am also developing rust on the outside edge of the body panel on the opposite side. Why then is this not happening to other model years? since it is not drivable I have had to schedule the repairs. At the time of the repairs I am going to have the car completely gone over by the dealers mechanics and body man to validate the condition and document any further required repairs. This is a total engineering screwup by Ford and they should be required to recall all of this model and year and either repair them at no cost to the owner or reimburse the owners who already had to have the repairs done. Do people have to die before action is taken? is no one held accountable for their actions in today's society?.
While driving on a rough road I noticed a rattling in the rear compartment that I had never heard before. When I investigated I found the right rear wheel well had disintegrated from rust damage and the shock is now floating basically freely which is causing the noise. I am concerned for the safey and handling of the vehicle at this point. This seems to be a very common issue with Escapes and always the right rear wheel well. Why has Ford not issued a recall? this is clearly a systematic failure.
I was driving and began to hear a loud noise I stopped and looked, the fender well had fallen half way off. It was rusted all the way through. I had to call a tow truck and still cannot use my car because I cant afford to replace this part. Shouldn't Ford be responsible for this it is a flaw in the body.
While driving I heard a loud noise then shortly after heard something rubbing then very shortly after my left rear tire blew out. I stopped to look and it looks like the area where the rear strut attached to the body completely rusted away. The car is most likely not repairable.
2nd Escape I've owned that has had the rear right wheel well rust out, shock breaks loose. Ford saying it has never heard of it, and yet every dealer and body shop I've talked to knows all about it. This should be a recall, faulty part.
Passeneger side rear wheel well has rusted through compromising the connection to the strut.
Had rear shocks replaced on my 2005 Ford Escape and was told that mounts for the shocks are rusted out. The shocks are detached from the frame due to poor design by Ford. The car is not safe to drive as the shock bounces into the rear interior when moving. There is a recall from 2001 - 2004 Escapes but not 2005! for the exact same problem!.
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the rear passenger side shock detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the sub frame was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.
While pulling out of a parking lot, I noticed the vehicle's steering seemed loose & there was a creaking noise from the front end. Vehicle continued to pull to the right as I drove down the road, and creaking noise increased. I drove directly to dealer where I'd had the work for recall 14v165000 completed only 4 weeks prior (26 Dec 2014), and their assessment was a cracked subframe. Service writer informed me that the car was dangerous to drive, and the cost to repair would be a minimum of $2000 in parts and labor, plus the likelihood of additional repairs needed once they found other corroded parts in need of replacement. I declined the repair and purchased a new car (not a Ford) instead.
See all problems of the 2002 Ford Escape.
The right rear shock plunged through the right rear wheel well (rusted away) and rattles at low speeds. Steering pulls to left and shakes.
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|Front Suspension Control Arm problems||
|Rear Suspension Shock Absorber problems||
|Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problems||
|Suspension Noise problems||
|Front Suspension problems||
|Front Suspension Lower Control Arm problems||
|Rear Suspension problems||
|Sway Bar problems||
|Ball Joint problems||