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Suspension Problems of Ford Escape - part 1



Ford Escape owners have reported 271 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 11/04/2014

Vehicle got very loose and lost control due to rear strut mount rusting all the way apart and no control of rear suspension.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 11/03/2014

I had to avoid a bicyclist and ran up over the curb at a speed of about 35, I noticed right away upon driving away that there was a great rattle in the right side rear suspension. I had it looked at by my insurance company, they told me the upper strut mount broke off. Because of the rust noone will fix it. The car otherwise is in perfect shape, no other rust present on the car. This obviously is a defect in the Ford product, Ford will not return my calls!.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 10/27/2014

Severe rust in the passenger side rear wheel well- where the shock mounts. Shock is about to push thru the rust into the inside of car. Rust was disguised by undercoating by previous owner or dealer. Loud noise when going over bumps, etc. Unsafe to drive.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 10/27/2014

I heard a rattle in right rear of Escape. When I inspected the right rear, I found the wheel house and shock tower is completely rusted out. The rest of the Escape shows no rust. I was told by a mechanic not to drive this vehicle. Parts for this repair are back ordered and I can,t get part until December at the soonest.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 10/25/2014

I was driving home going about 45mph and all of a sudden I hear a loud noise coming from the left rear of the vehicle. Though it could have been the tire, so I pulled over to check and the shock is completely rusted and apart.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 10/16/2014

I was driving down the street when I noticed a banging noise coming from the rear of the car. When I parked the car and investigated I realized that the passenger side rear wheel well was rusted out. My shock is not longer attached to the car and every time I hit a bump it slams into the car.


car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 10/09/2014

Had my 2005 Ford Escape in for service and mechanic stated that there is severe rust on undercarriage and rear wheel wells. Mechanic stated that the car will not pass inspection because of this safety issue and that the rear shock mounts are rusting through. I contacted Ford and they stated that only the 2001-2004 models are covered under the new recall and to keep my receipts for any work I have done to fix it. I am the original owner with no accidents and under 50,000 miles on the vehicle. I have researched this problem and have read hundreds of people with the same problem. .

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 10/08/2014

Driving at highway speed my Ford Escape 2005 started to make loud banging noise from passenger side, behind the back seat. When we stopped the strut had completely broke away from car body and was loose and banging in the wheel well. I contacted my local dealership and they informed me a recall was done for 2000-2004 Ford Escapes for this issue, but no recall is available for the 2005. From recall information, it is the exact same wheel -rear passenger side in all the affected vehicles. This is a design flaw, and unsafe.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 10/03/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a mechanic for inspection where it was diagnosed that the rear shock mounts were covered with rust. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 86,000. The VIN was unavailable. Ss.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

Noticed a burning rubber smell. Found that rear shock tower had rusted through and shock was rubbing on tire.


 
car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

The right rear wheel well is all rusted out and the mount for the shock is barely attached. This is suspect because no other wheel wells on the car have corrosion like this.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 09/26/2014

I have previously filed a complaint after taking the above car to a body shop when I noticed some rusting in the wheel well area. The body shop (x3) explained this was a known issue with Ford (prior to the 2001-2004 recall). I contacted Ford via e-mail, and filed a complaint here. The wheel wells in the rear of the vehicle were peeling, and I was told the shock mount would eventually punch through to the inside of my vehicle rendering the vehicle unsafe. This weekend, this exact thing happened. Ford has never acknowledged my issue, and I noticed the complaints on differently online forums have increased significantly since I first noticed the issue. My vehicle is well-cared for with all appropriate maintenance completed. The body shops I went to did not want to fix my vehicle because they felt Ford needed to acknowledge the problem.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 09/22/2014

Passenger side rear wheel well is rusted out an several places to were that strut mount is loose an falling apart, an will cause an accident if not fixed. This is a known issue on that exact tire an the exact year in thousands of Ford Escapes. This is over $2000 and is apparent on drivers side as well. Vehicle failed safety inspection and with 2 small children to transport and no funds to replace vehicle. I have read thousands of post online of people having the same issues and with recent recalls for similar body/suspension part failures in Ford vehicles of similar years feel this is a recall issue. Please look start investigation and protect the consumers. Thank you.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 09/22/2014

The right rear fender wall has totally rusted out to the point the shock is not even attached to the frame. Internet search has shown this is happening on many many of these 2004-2006 Ford Escapes. We we're lucky to discover the defect before someone was hurt.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 09/20/2014

I had a tire repair for a nail in Aug at the dealership. Sept 20th ran over a rock~ 8-10 in on the dirt road and sustained a flat tire. I had the car toed. Spare applied, bought 2 new front tires and was told that the left rear shock was totally torn off near the top, this work was done at belle tire who advised me to take to the dealership as it appeared to have frozen up to have caused that much damage and should be under my warranty. Also, I had not been in any accidents. Ford told me that the technician did not feel that it was defective. Reading that there have been problems with rear suspension mounts I question whether the mount problem could have contributed to the shock braking.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 09/13/2014

Right rear strut mount completely rusted through to where mount had nothing to mount to. Strut banging on wheel well.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 09/06/2014

This vehicle is part of the Ford recall 14s02 (nhtsb #14v165000 ). I had the recall directed cross-brace installed in June 2014 (3 months ago). I was turning a corner at about 5-10 mph, heard a pop in the right front of the car and then heard a scraping sound and had difficulty steering. I had the vehicle towed to the dealership who found that the cross-brace had failed because the subframe gave way. I was told that the brace was only to provide an envelope of safety if the subframe failed but it was not meant to prevent frame failure or correct frame weakness. I was also told that the subframe repair was not covered as part of the recall and that the repair would cost about $2000. I don't think that a quality vehicle would have a frame failure after only 10 years. I think this is a design flaw and that similar to Toyota, Ford is trying to say they put in a fix but not really fix the real problem. I believe that my frame was severely weakened before the cross-brace was installed and that the subframe should have been replaced instead of the patch fix designed in the recall which Ford admitted to me was only to help prevent injuries, not to fix a known design problem. You would think the mechanics would want to protect customers from potentially lethal structural failures. Maybe they do but management is only concerned with profits. Failing to stand behind the quality of their product will cost Ford; they certainly have lost me.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 09/05/2014

The right rear shock tower rusted through and the shock has come through the plastic moulding. The car drives but is unstable and unsafe.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 09/05/2014

The right rear shock broke loose as a result of extreme rust in the right rear wheel well around the shock tower.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 09/05/2014

On June 9 2014, I took my Escape to the Ford dealer to have recall 14s02 performed. We had recently purchased the car and had gotten the recall notice. The service writer called me to say that "the car wasn't safe to drive" because of the rust spots that had eaten through the engine cradle. He warned me that if this went unrepaired, the frame could collapse under the weight of the engine. He reassured me that he was working with Ford to replace the engine cradle as part of the recall. He took pictures (twice) of the car and submitted them and a request to Ford for the repair. On July 13 2014, more than a month later, the service writer let me know that Ford had rejected the repair claim, saying that "they didn't think the rust was significant, it was surface rust, and the car was actually safe to drive. " the dealer installed a bracket across the bottom of the rusty cradle. I understand that the bracket is part of the recall. I picked the car up on July 14 2014 and was told that it was safe and not to worry about the rust. We subsequently spent over $1,500 making other repairs to the car, believing it was a good investment. Less than 2 months later, on September 5 2014, my daughter experienced a catastrophic failure of the engine cradle, bending the drive axle on the passenger side and rendering the car unable to drive. The service writer had been correct, it was unsafe to drive and it did fail. We had the car towed to the nearest dealer. On September 9 2014, I was told that Ford had again rejected the claim to repair the (broken) engine cradle. This time, the reason given was "they had already done the recall" that was meant to address the cradle damage from rust. I have appealed the rejection through Ford customer care and through the special services group and they continue to reject the repair. I would like Ford to repair the vehicle at their expense.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

Passenger side rear wheel well is rusted out an several places to were that strut mount is loose an falling apart, an will cause an accident if not fixed. This is a known issue on that exact tire an the exact year in thousands of Ford Escapes. This is over $2000 to repair at which the vehicle is not even worth that much. I am a single parent an not good enough credit to get a new car due to having cancer a few years ago having to let my credit go. Nor do I have $2000 to fix this problem. I still owe $4000 on the car as well.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

Right, rear wheel well is completely rusted out. Shock has become detached. Loud banging noise. Shock poking through to the trunk. Unsafe to drive.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

On a trip to upper peninsula, michigan this past week we experienced a failure of the front subframe crossbrace, a near catastrophic event as the piece broke. We were in grayling, michigan and were stopped near an independent service provider who showed us the damage and attempted to find a used part. The one he found had the exact same rust and break as ours and thus he ordered a new one from Ford. In the meantime we were forced to rent a car and continue on to our vacation destination. After we returned home I learned that there had been a recall of these vehicles for just such a failure. I took the car and the broken crossbrace to mike castrucci Ford in alexandria, ky where the warranty officer informed me that our Escape was not part of the factory recall. She was able to tell me why and was very helpful although clear that nothing could be done. The argument was presented that the failed part in the recall was made by a particular manufacturer and used in certain plants or vehicles. I get the point but I have a car that failed in exactly the same way due to excessive rust and presented the same risk of catastrophic failure that we narrowly avoided by luck. The repair replacement cost over $1000 plus labor. I believe vehicles like mine should be part of the recall. Our front wheel could have totally collapsed while we were traveling at high speed.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 08/30/2014

My wife was driving her 2005 Ford Escape and noticed a loud noise coming from the passenger side rear of the vehicle. The noise happened when she was hitting bumps in the road. Upon inspection of the vehicle, I notice a hole rusted through the wheel well on the rear passenger side. I removed the interior panel to discover the wheel well completely rusted through around the shock mount. This is an extremely dangerous situation!. I thoroughly checked all of the other shocks on the vehicle. This area is the only one affected.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 08/28/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the right wheel weld rusted thru and punctured the suspension. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic diagnosed the wheel weld needed to be replaced. No repairs were made and the manufacturer was made aware. The failure mileage was 135,000. Sr.