Ford Escape owners have reported 13 problems related to transfer case (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Escape based on all problems reported for the Escape.
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Escape. While accelerating from a traffic light, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the contact heard an abnormal noise underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that there were metal fragments in the fluid in the transfer case. The contact was informed that the transfer case needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and provided case number: cas12279241. The approximate failure mileage was 118,000. The VIN was not available.
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Pulled into driveway, stopped, put the car in reverse - car would not move, engine just revved without moving; put it in d and nothing again. Turned off engine, restarted it, put it in gear and it kinda jerked backward. Sometimes the gears would engage, sometimes not. Noise coming from transmission area sounds like a blender on low speed. Mileage is 87,000. It is a 4wd. Have not yet determined whether it is the transmission or the transfer case - I'm nine miles from a dealer/garage and don't think I can make it there. Would probably have to tow it. I've parked it in a garage until a mechanic can respond to my residence. Had no problems with drive train until this happened. I've read that 2008 Escapes have had some problems, but this one is not under recall at this time.
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While driving on the hwy at 72mph on cruise control, the transfer case failed, causing the car to lose gear completely. This caused the rpms to skyrocket and the car to immediately begin slowing down - resulting in significant safety risks associated with surrounding traffic. Unknown what caused the transfer case to fail.
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Tl - the contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle started making a loud clunking noise. The contact merged to the side of the road in order to inspect the vehicle and noticed that fluid was leaking out of the transfer case. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the transfer case was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 75,000. Kmj.
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When I start my car the power steering wont work. I have to shut the car off and restart it and it will work. I noticed my Escape was leaking fluid took it to the Ford dealer it was the transfer case. After 2500. Its fixed and it should be a recall on both as there are numerous complaints on both of these.
Could not get speed no faster than 35 to 45 miles, sounded as if it was stalling in neutral, sounded as if I was gunning the gas to make it go, but I wasn't. Riding real rough at times with a rattling noise when slowing down getting ready to stop, sounded as if the axle or something was going to drop in the middle of the street. When turning either way or while riding straight forward, sounded as if the tires were rubbing against something, it also let out a gassy smell of fumes that was very dangerous to inhale. The fumes smell like the gas fumes you smell in your house, like the car was going to blow up anytime. . . . . And they want you to patronize american made cars well I'm fed up, they need a recall on this malfunction (p t u) power transfer unit is what they diagnosed it to be, I had to pay quite a bit of money to get this fix, this could be unsafe, if this car was all together stop or the axle falls out in the middle of the highway. Plus the stop engine light didn't even detect this, and it should have, I'm really fired up about this I tried to put my VIN # at the top and it wouldn't let me.
Multiple noises started to occur. The first was a cracking noise when accelerating, second came a clicking noise while braking and then a howling sound. The crackling noise has yet to be discovered, the clicking was the drive shaft and rotors. The howling noise is supposedly the transfer case. Additionally, the gears do not seem to catch between 50-65mph.
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The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at speeds greater than 5 mph, there was a loud grinding noise from the vehicle. The abs and 4-wheel drive warning lights were illuminated on the instrumental panel. The dealer was contacted and they advised him that the failure was common in that particular year, make and model vehicle. The failure and current mileage was approximately 53,900.
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My 2008 Ford Escape limited 4wd with approx. 29,000 miles started running a little louder than normal. Then it began shaking while in motion, usually between 35 to 40mph. When it was taken to the dealership they told me it has a bad transfer case. When the part never came in I was informed that there was a stop shipment on the part because of a defect they found in the manufacturing. Almost a month later they have received the part. Had I not still be covered under warranty this would have been a very expensive and upsetting repair.
I was pulling out of a parking space with the wheel turned to the left & heard a loud clunk like something fell from underneath my car, like my car literally was falling apart. I got out to check and my tires were okay, and nothing was hanging or leaking from the car. So I drove to my office which is about a mile away. I went to make a left turn into my office complex and I heard the clunking again. I parked and went inside to call a mechanic. The mechanic across the street from my office took it for a test drive & said it sounds like my transmission was sticking for some reason. He called a transmission guy he knows not far from there & I was able to drive it there. He drove it & said it was clunking bad & it sounded like a transmission problem. He kept it over the weekend to look everything over. On Monday afternoon he contacted me & said that the clunking was the wheel bearing hub assembly and once they fix that, that could still just be the first part of the problem. He was right. After test driving it again he heard another noise that I can't describe in words. He said that it was the transfer case & something about the transfer case controlling the 4-wheel drive which is all related to the transmission. At first I was going to let him order the generic parts, but after I did some research on the warranties for 2006 Ford Escapes I called him back and spoke to him about what I found about the power train and transmission modules under the emissions warranty being covered up to 80,000 miles. He said emissions has to do with pollution. So I just said order the Ford parts instead in the event that I have to revisit this situation. Although I would've saved about $100 now I'm not willing to take that chance if something else happens & Ford say they are not responsible because they are not Ford genuine parts. My car is still in the shop because they had to order the parts and then they will be able to complete the replacement of the transfer case and parts.
The contact owns a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving 25 mph, all four wheels locked up without warning. The vehicle would not move forward while the engine was still running. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the 4 wheel drive failed. The contact sustained minor injuries. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 41.
The vehicle's 4-wheel drive sensor failed. The consumer believes the vehicle 4-wheel drive is selective and not doing the job it was touted to do.
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I bought the vehicle used. I am concerned with all of the updates that I have seen on the safety issue of the vehicle simply shutting down in the middle of driving. The problem I am dealing with is the 4wd is stuck in 4wd. The 4wd light isn't on, but when I turn sharply, I can feel the wheels grabbing for traction. It is at the dealership now (only had 2 weeks) and they have not identified the problem.
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|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Power Train problems||
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||
|Transmission Fluid Leaking problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Vehicle Shudder problems||
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||
|Transmission Noise problems||