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Suspension Problems of Ford Escape - part 1

Ford Escape owners have reported 312 problems related to suspension (under the suspension category).

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 02/13/2015

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.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 02/09/2015

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.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 02/09/2015

Passeneger side rear wheel well has rusted through compromising the connection to the strut.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 02/02/2015

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!.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 01/30/2015

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.

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car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 01/23/2015

Driving less than 30mph-hit a manhole cover and heard very loud bang in back of car. Discovered inside rear passenger side wheel well completely disintegrated. Shock barely holding on. Still waiting on estimate to fix. Based on the other over 100 complaints of the same nature, not going to bother calling Ford.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 01/16/2015

Hit a bump and vehicle started making a rattling noise on every little bump. Found passenger side rear shock mount had broken through body-rust all around wheel well. Checked drivers side-ok. Have always washed on regular basis. Has to be some manufacturing defect.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 01/09/2015

The right wheel well has rusted out completely around the shock. I can see into the car from the outside. There is a loud rattle constantly and a horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 01/09/2015

My right wheel well has rusted out completely and the inside compartment is now open to the outside. There is a terrible, constant rattling noise and a horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 01/06/2015

The right rear wheel well has rusted out. The strut is no longer attached to the vehicle. When driving there is a knocking sound. When investigated at the repair shop, this was the diagnosis.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 01/03/2015

The vehicle's rear passenger wheel well rusted out completely. This allowed the rear shock to become dangerously loose and produced a loud banging noise. Had the shock come loose there would have been a substantial loss of steering. Car is now unsafe to drive.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 01/03/2015

While traveling approximately 35 mph, the rear passenger side shock punctured through a completely rusted out rear wheel well on my 2005 Ford Escape. The car is undrivable and the auto repair/body shop quoted me $3,000. 00 to repair this. I contacted Ford and they stated that only the 2001-2004 models are covered under a recall for this exact same problem. I have researched this problem and have read hundreds of people with the same problem. .

car image   Suspension problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 01/02/2015

The right rear wheel well of my 2006 Ford Escape has rusted completely away, where you can see into the inside of the car from the outside. It is causing a constant rattling and a horrible clunking noise every time I go over a bump. Checking online, I see that this has been a problem for some time now and the shock has completely separated from the vehicle. Ford has always been a company to stand behind their vehicles, so I imagine it will only be a matter of time before a recall is issued, but someone needs to do something about this now before there are fatalities involved.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 01/02/2015

We noticed a noise coming from the back right rear side of our Ford Escape especially when you would go over small bumps in the road. A quick look underneath, we noticed a lot of rust. We called the Ford dealership to get it in to be checked out and upon us describing the problem, they said it is most likely the right rear shock mount. A couple of days later, we received a call and found out that is the problem along with an estimate to repair it (15 hours and $1,200. 00 approx. ). The dealership said that this is a very common problem that they see in Escapes from years 2005-07. We reached out to Ford because this is not only a major safety issue but the vehicle will not pass our state inspection. We were told that there is no recall at this time nor would they help assist with any of the repairs, at this time. They told us to hold on to our receipt and if there is a recall, that they would reimburse us. Very disappointed.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 12/31/2014

We noticed a rattling/banging noise coming from the right rear of vehicle, my wife rode in the rear seat and could feel the shock mount hitting against the back of the interior trim panel. Looking into the wheel well, we could see where the wheel housing had completely rusted out, revealing the interior. The upper shock mount can be wiggled by hand. Today 12/31/2014, I went to see my "friends" at our local Ford dealership, the service writer said I was in "luck" as he remembered researching the same issue for another customer. He found a diagram with the replacement panel & wheel house, part# 7l82-7827886-a, with a list price of $150, then we went to talk to another "friend" in parts, he said that the price had recently increased and now listed at $700. They offered to have me talk to another "friend" in sales, but I informed them my wife refused to buy another Ford, and if we were to buy a new vehicle it would be a Toyota. With that said, my "friends" suggested to unload (trade) it at a Toyota dealer. They also informed me our 2005 Ford Escape was "unsafe" to drive. I went to our local body shop to get his recommendation. He said, they had just done one, in 10/2014 for just under $900 and he got the part from my "friends" at the dealership for $120. In apparent disbelief he called our "friends" and they confirmed the price increase. We searched online and found many 7l82-7827886-a for $20-$180, after ordering from several different vendors, each vendor cancelled the orders for various reasons; unavailable, part number change and is more expensive, due to the size and fragile nature we are unable to ship, not available,etc. What is Ford's objective with this price increase ? ? ? there was clearly a defect in manufacturing, craftsmanship, and/or materials, that created this severe defect in safety of the 2005 Ford Escape ! ! !.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 12/30/2014

Another case of a 2004 Ford Escape with extensive right rear wheel well rust putting the strut in danger of coming through the body. I'm currently trying to figure out how and where to get it repaired. This seems to be a flaw in the design of the product. While one would hope Ford would step up I'm not seeing anything on their part so far.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 12/29/2014

I had my car inspected today and had them look at an issue of a banging sound I was hearing in the back passenger side area. The mechanic found extensive rust and rot in the rear passenger side wheel well and the strut was almost ready to come off. The mechanic commented he has seen this issue several times with this model. I see that Ford recalled 2001 to 2005 model years, but not the 2005. From doing research there are numerous complaints from 2005 owners. I keep my car washed and always make sure to wash salt off in the winter. My mechanic recommended that I not drive the car because it was unsafe because the strut was ready to come off and could cause the tire to bend outward. How can Ford not recall this year with all the obvious complaints concerning this issue? my daughter drives this car and imagine her going 65 on the highway and the tire bends! an investigation needs to be conducted for this model year since this has been ongoing issues with rust and rot in the wheel wells with previous model years. The issue was never corrected a,no continued past model year 2004.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 12/26/2014

Rattling, banging, right rear shock mount is rusted loose, completely corroded away from wheel house.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 12/26/2014

Beautiful, well-maintained 05 Ford Escape - rare 5 speed manual, 4 cyl, awd. Always garaged and cleaned. Opened plastic bin in rear compartment, passenger side, to store tools. Noticed small cracks and daylight in wheel well. Just below and behind shock mount. Applied light pressure. Entire section pushed through. Completely rusted away. Held in place only by rubberized undercoating. 119k. Based on all these complaints, same location, same event, I consider myself lucky it didn't fail while I was driving. I'm going to show the dealer tomorrow. Curious what his reaction will be. My guess is sympathy but nothing to do about it without Ford supporting the dealer.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 12/24/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the rear house panel structure fractured. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000. Djr.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 12/24/2014

I was traveling at 60 mph on a highway interchange. I hydroplaned, lost control of my vehicle, and hit a guard rail with the front driver's side head on. My vehicle bounced off the guard rail, traveled backwards, and hit the guardrail on the other side of the road on the driver's side rear. The car spun 90 degrees and came to a rest with the passenger side against the guard rail, opposing highway traffic flow. The airbags did not deploy, despite a 60-mph collision. The suspension, wheel, and shock fell off in the collision.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 12/23/2014

I've recently started noticing a lot of creaking and popping in the structure / suspension of my 2005 Ford Escape. I took a flashlight and crawled underneath the vehicle to inspect, and immediately noticed a large amount of rust/rot in my front subframe of my vehicle. I see Ford has a recall for 2001 to 2004 models, but this needs to be expanded to cover all years of this chassis design, as my 2005 shows significant rot. The recall should also cover rear wheel well rust/rot (including shock mounts), as this area is also heavily rusted. Definite design flaws and poor quality of materials used on the frame/subframe. A 2005 should not be rusting out this bad, even in the "salt belt". Nothing has broken from rust yet, however judging by the rate of decay, it's not going to last much longer. Ford should expand this recall immediately.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 12/17/2014

Back right passenger wheel well rusted through. Shock is holding on by a thread. Makes loud banging noise when any bump is hit. I was told vehicle is unsafe to drive by local mechanic.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 12/17/2014

While driving to my home went over a small dip in road and SUV made a very load clunking noise in right rear section of vehicle and started handling poorly got it to my parents home which is only few minutes from incident,father looked at and found right rear strut mount and wheel tub rusted out under a thick layer of sound deadening material applied at factory making it nearly impossible to see until it breaks free, father has been a mechanic all his life and tried to get pieces at local salvage yards to repair but found all in a 50 mile radius at salvage yards from years 2001-2007 to be in as bad or worse condition and is currently looking for parts on line out of the rustbelt ,I believe if it had happened on a twisty road it could have been a bigger problem fortuantely it was a fairly level straight road I can only assume there isnt an investigation on these is that most people dont now where to go to file a complaint I only new to go here because my father told me too,as he believes it to be a major design flaw that may or could lead to injuries.

car image   Suspension problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 12/16/2014

While driving a loud thud was heard from the rear of the vehicle, while driving a continued banging was heard, upon inspection we noticed the inner wheelhousing or inner fender had a large diameter hole where the shock mounted to it, the hole is large roughly 10 inches across and upon searching I have noticed this is a design flaw and road salt combined to cause this, numerous complaints online but no action from anyone on this issue, it seems a possible loss of control while loaded could result in a crash.