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Suspension Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 345 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 07/01/2015

Driving down the road when I heard a loud bang. Maybe hit a small pothole. Upon investigation, the entire sheet metal section where the rear strut mounts to the body was rusted through. All other wheel wells do not have this problem. Clearly a production problem with the underbody coating. Many other formal safety complaints talk about this particular wheel well. This vehicle was manufactured in kansas city assembly in 10/03. This should be investigated as a safety recall item as it can impact stability in cornering.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 06/23/2015

Driving about 25mph hear a loud clunck lost controll of vehicle break pedle to the floor truck still moving had to use er brake to stop. Got out passanger front tire was turned completly diff way, the ball bearer was detached, this could have killed me if I was on freeway! called Ford they continued to tell me this wasnt part of recall called mehcanic said the subframe so rusted it has completly detached from ball bearers causing tire to basically fall off. Ford will not fix it, gave me every other alternitive on what it could be. I had it towed to my house, Ford wont have it towed to the lot to look at it and on top of that wont see it for a week if I do get it towed up there! what a mess. Ill never shop with them again. They wont care until this kills someone.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 06/16/2015

Right rear wheel well is so rusted out that the shock mount has completely detached from the body. Definite safety issue. 2005 Ford Escape XLT.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 06/14/2015

The upper shock mount on the rear passenger side rusted right through and fell off which cut my breakline which could've led to a fatal accident. I also have a child, this is extremely dangerous and should be recalled. The system check and abs light never came on either.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 06/05/2015

The right rear passenger wheel well rusted out, causing the sudden dislocation/breaking of the shock mount which in turned caused damage to my tire, and wore through the interior of the car. The damage is extensive and upon researching the issue, it appears that this exact thing has happened (only on the right rear side of the vehicle) to thousands of 2004/2005/2006 Escapes. This has been a known issue since at least 20011/2012 and is a dangerous defect that is usually not cost effective to fix, based on the mileage of the cars at the time of the problem. Because the left rear does not experience this issue, it must be a defect in manufacturing and Ford really needs to step up and offer a recall to fix it as well as reimbursing owners who've experienced the problem and chosen to do repairs to a vehicle in otherwise great running order.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 05/21/2015

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.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 05/21/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While driving at 25 mph, the suspension failed without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear suspension rusted and that there was a possibility of the suspension separating from the body of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 137,000.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 05/16/2015

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 05/15/2015

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 05/14/2015

Going 20 mph down side road and hit pot hole. The part that you mount the rear shock to came apart do to rust and knocked a hole in rear wheel housing. Car is unrivalled and insurance will not cover do to it being a time related thing. There was no rust in wheel well or holes before. Very very disappointed. I insurance said it's a flaw in the design of Ford. They have no recalls in past or present.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 05/08/2015

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).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 05/05/2015

Rear passenger wheel well rusted shock came off. Ford won't fix it. Driving with one rear shock.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 04/30/2015

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 04/27/2015

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 04/25/2015

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!!!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 04/24/2015

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!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 04/15/2015

Passenger side rear wheel well (hidden area only) rusted out at the shock mount causing the shock to punch into the interior. Expensive repair. Sad part is that the rest of the vehicle is in very good shape, never suspected such a rusting issue like that. I see it is a common flaw of this vehicle. Poor engineering of a critical mounting point. Fortunately no injuries in this case, but could easily have caused panic resulting in an serious accident. Very surprised this is not a Ford recall item with an available manufactured reinforcing part.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 04/03/2015

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 04/01/2015

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 04/01/2015

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 03/30/2015

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!!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 03/17/2015

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 03/13/2015

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 03/13/2015

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.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 03/10/2015

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?.