Steering Problems of Ford Escape
Ford Escape owners have reported 89 problems related to steering (under the steering category).
#1 - Steering problem of the 2005 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved was a 2005 Ford Escape. After a recent road trip, I heard a clunking noise coming from the rear passenger side of vehicle. Checked items in cargo area, spare tire, jack and even checked to make sure back seat was secure. Clunking noise was the shock hitting the underside of vehicle. The shock assembly was no longer attached, it was rusted under the wheel well around the shock assembly. So with every bump in the road, it was clanking around. Vehicle was not safe to drive for fear that the shock would break and cause a tire blow out or worse cause an accident. I took it to a private auto body shop which cost me $900 to repair the damage. The drivers side wheel well is doing the same thing and I may not have a fuel tank eventually. This needs to be addressed and taken care of. I love my vehicle and love not having a car payment too. This steering problem happened on 09/05/13.
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#2 - Steering problem of the 2007 Ford Escape
The car involved was a 2007 Ford Escape. While driving along a curve in the road with no road hazards apparent, the driver side front axle cracked, causing warnings to light up on the instrument display. The axle was replaced immediately. This problem occurred on Jul. 30, 2013.
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#3 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. The VIN of this vehicle was 1FMCU94148_. The incident reported is only one of many similar -in 2012 reported to Ford-dealership where purchased car did work on their own to fix-(no-charge-and only have the parts numbers used to repair-do not know the fix for the problem then) in 2013 the steering electreonic assist has failed both my wife and I on more than multiple times! all except one time at low mph in parking lots-malls-and back yard. The one exception time was on a highway at normal 45 to 50 mph -cologne Ave, mays landing NJ only solution to get power steering back to normal is to stop -shut engine down-restart engine-and the electronic assist is back and ok again. All except one time -had to restart and run around the back yard -shut down and restart again. These incidences of actual times and events reported to Ford custsomer relations--no action except to advise return to dealership for diagnosis. At our cost>we know and Ford knows -why should we pay another $100 for another diagnosis as in 2012? this is a life threatening situation if it happens on highway-not only to driver of subject vehicle , but to others on the highway. Our Escape a 2008 -but actually bought in March 2007; also we understand thru so many other complaints similar to ours that the 'electronic assist power steering first put on the Escape model in the 2008 year. Possible that Ford found out the problems and later corrected--but they are not acknowledging even that a problem ever existed! with so many complaints of exactly same as ours on so many forums as Ford forums, car complaints, edmunds , and two or three other places that can not recall as write this--how can it just be passed off as a rare incident to just a few?. This steering problem happened on Sunday, October 6, 2013.
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#4 - Steering problem of the 2002 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved was a 2002 Ford Escape. My vehicle began to make unknown noises when driving, and steering control became very loose. I promptly took the car to my mechanic. I was told the subframe was so badly rotted that the passenger wheel control arm had separated from the subframe and can not be reattached without replacing the subframe. The vehicle is now no longer safe to drive. This issue happened on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
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#5 - Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved is a 2009 Ford Escape. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 1FMCU03G39_. I am trying to park my car and steering became so hard that I could not turn the car into the parking spot. This is happening for 3 rd time and I am really scared to drive the car now. It was Sat., Sep. 28, 2013 when this steering issue happened.
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#6 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle having this issue was a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving the steering just lost all power, this vehicle has electric steering control, was able to pull over and shut down . Restarted and steering came back. Upon research online, there seems to be quite a few of these steering incidents and Ford is not doing any recall. It was Monday, September 23, 2013 when this steering issue occurred.
#7 - Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape
The car is a 2010 Ford Escape. 1st - vehicle was refueled with 87 octane and just drove one mile down and up a hill were it stopped at a red light. Light turned green and the throttle was applied and vehicle lurched and stalled. 2nd - vehicle was driving around neighborhood going 20 mph and started to sputter and hesitate 3rd - rush hour traffic were it was stopped then throttle applied and lurched and stalled 4th - using cruise control driving 75 mph down parkway, vehicle hesitated and then quickly slowed down to 20 mph and stalled 5th - driving to dealer to figure out hesitation and stall, accelerated from red light and hesitated and stalled 6th - still enroute to dealer, check engine light is now illuminated, and vehicle stalls again only 300 feet from last stall. Engine has rough idle. Police officer suggested throttle body problem because his Ford expedition recently had the same problem and symptoms. Dealer diagnosed a bad throttle body. Vehicle did not have any check engine light illuminated until the last 6th stall. Every time vehicle experienced problem there was no throttle response and restart in neutral led to re-stalling. Vehicle had to be stopped and re-started after transmission was placed in park. Engine sputtered and was resistant to acceleration after 6th stall but slow smooth acceleration proved effective. All stalls were experienced with light to moderate acceleration. The failure date was Sat., Sep. 7, 2013.
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#8 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The car was a 2008 Ford Escape. The VIN of this vehicle is 1FMCU94148_. This occurred in 2012 also. Loss of powersteering -when pulling into our yard. Had son check the belts-fluid levels-all ok;restarted and it was ok. Took around back yard and it immediatedly loss the poweer assist again. Actually steered it as was for about 4oo yards around the large back field of our farm as it was-it never became normal again during that approximate 400 yards --until I shut off engine-restarted again and til today September 19, no re occurrence. Have been on many forums and seen so many others with same problems. A steering assist electric module or something similar seems to be the problem. This has happened to my wife two times -one in the back yard and one in mall parking lot area. We know what to do now-shut down engine and restart; however, if this happens while on highway in traffic while attempting to either pass or get back in you lane --it could be life threatening to not only us but the others on highway. Please, there have been enough complaints for a remedy -or at least an acknowledgement by Ford -not as our e-mail to Ford customer relations and a reply by a representative, jamie, who stated they have done what they feel necessary and as to their responsibility of this problem, by telling us to take to Ford dealership for an analysis test by their professional mechanics and technicians. We as do so many Ford owners know the problem-cause-and why must we pay a large analysis problem for same. Thank you NHTSA-we are fortunate to have some one that is concerned. It was Sunday, September 15, 2013 when this steering issue occurred.
#9 - Steering problem of the 2004 Ford Escape
There was crash involved with this Ford Escape. Consumer has a 2004 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the steering wheel seized and the brake and accelerator pedals would not respond to pressure. The contact was able to move the steering wheel after much effort but shortly after, crashed into a utility box. The contact was not injured. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed. The failure and current mileage was 90,000. It was Aug. 29, 2013 when this steering issue occurred.
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#10 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle having this issue was a 2008 Ford Escape. The VIN of this Escape is 1FMCU93Z58_. The car has randomly started loosing power steering. The failure date was Saturday, September 14, 2013.
#11 - Steering problem of the 2005 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved was a 2005 Ford Escape. This safety issue requires immediate attention by both the NHTSA and Ford: 61 NHTSA complaints filed to date: '04- 16; '05- 45. Vehicle taken to Ford dealership for service. Service notified that a forward lower ball joint was failing, no other defects were noted in the detailed visual inspection. It was replaced two days later. The following day of the repair, on a daily commute between tol to dtw, the right rear shock tower separated while driving at 70 mph. Vehicle began dog-tracking. Initial inspection did not reveal the hidden damage caused by corrosion at the welded seams of the inner wheel well due to an underbody coating. Upon removing the undercoating, very easily by hand, two large sections removed, revealed the shock was penetrating the interior of the vehicle and was no longer being structurally supported by the vehicles uni-body frame. The large sections removed would have caused tire failure at highway speeds by puncture or hazard to other following vehicles. The separation of the shock tower from the body, did cause the vehicle to jerk at the time of failure, creating a loud popping sound and causing potential hazard as the vehicle steered into other lanes of traffic at highway speeds (70 mph). The vehicle is rendered inoperable due to the catastrophic nature of the failure. Local Ford dealership states they are uncomfortable repairing the structure and not aware of any manufacture recalls. In contacting their sister dealership, they have previously repaired this defect, and continued on stating this failure is a known issue with 2004 - 2006 Escapes. The failed panel is available, p/n:part 7l827827886a. A reinforcement piece is also available. This steering problem happened on Sep. 9, 2013.. Read more...
#12 - Steering problem of the 2012 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved is a 2012 Ford Escape. When driving the car would completely shut off, the check engine light would come on, and I lost control of steering and acceleration. I had to try to get over to the side of the road. The car would usually turn back on. I had to take it back into the Ford dealership 4 times for them to figure out what was wrong with it, as they thought they had fixed it each time. This problem occurred on Jun. 12, 2012.
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#13 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while waiting at a traffic light, the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact mentioned that after turning off the engine and restarting, the vehicle resumed normal function. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 86,000. It was Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 when this steering issue happened.
#14 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
Tl- consumer has a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the vehicle became difficult to steer as the steering wheel became very loose. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the cap of the u-joint had become detached and would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 118,000. Kmj. It was Saturday, August 24, 2013 when this steering issue happened.
#15 - Steering problem of the 2005 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Ford Escape. The VIN of the problem Escape is 1FMYU93115_. The right rear upper shock mount completely rusted thru the trunk area&was protruding up about a foot into trunk area-very glad I wasn't going fast when this happened!!most likely would have lost control of vehicle!!!!!!!!!this is one of Fords best ideas ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!very thin sheet metal with a thicker peice welded to it to support 1 side of a vehicle. Yeah,that is common sense at the finest!!!!! thankyou Ford engineers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!&designers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! these same common sense people hopefully put out a recall so people can get it fixed&get some money back!! I did have mine fixed right away_it's the only vehicle I have. This problem occurred on Aug. 17, 2013.
#16 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The VIN of this vehicle was 1FMCU02ZX8_. The vehicle involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that when attempting a turn, the vehicle would exhibit an abnormal noise. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where it was stated that the steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 84,000. This problem occurred on Monday, July 15, 2013.
#17 - Steering problem of the 2010 Ford Escape
The car involved was a 2010 Ford Escape. While driving at highway speeds 65 mph , my cars engine suddenly stopped running . This has happened more than once at different speeds. Nearly caused a pile up. This steering problem happened on Jul. 19, 2013.
#18 - Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved is a 2003 Ford Escape. While that vehicle was being operated; decelerating from about 35 mph, a very loud pop noise was heard and the front passenger side became unstable and steering became unreliable. Vehicle was stopped immediately. Upon initial inspection is appears that the wheel became partially detached from vehicle. After a thorough inspection is appears that the rear mounting bolt of the front passenger side control arm had detached from the sub-frame. This part of the sub-frame show excessive corrosion which led to the failure of the control arm mounting point. As a result of the failure the vehicle lost all ability to maintain effective stability. Luckily the vehicle was already decelerating and being operated on a roadway that had sufficient room to make corrective measure otherwise the outcome of this failure easily could have been catastrophic and fatal. The vehicle has less than 100,000 miles. The body and other parts of the frame do not have significant amounts of rust. The failure date was May. 16, 2013.
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#19 - Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape
The car was a 2003 Ford Escape. On may 2 2013, my daughter lost the ability to steer the vehicle while driving at 35 mph on a busy city street. The vehicle made a left turn in front of oncoming traffic and eventually came to a stop in the entrance driveway of a fast food restaurant. It was towed to the local Ford dealership, where it was determined that the subframe had failed due to corrossion which caused the right front passenger tire to become partially detached from the vehicle. It appears the failure may be related to the vehicle air conditioning discharging condensate on the affected part. The Ford dealer advised they had seen 1 other vehicle recently with the same issue. I have asked for a factory representative to investigate the failure but so far my request has not been honored. It was Thursday, May 2, 2013 when this steering issue occurred.
#20 - Steering problem of the 2001 Ford Escape
The car is a 2001 Ford Escape. Dear sirs, as you are aware, this past weekend on the san mateo bridge in hayward CA, a horrific accident/fire occurred with a limousine, where five individuals were trapped and killed due to a vehicle fire. Upon seeing and hearing about this horrific tragedy, my wife insisted that we have all of the recalls performed on our 2001 Ford Escape. Much to my surprise, when I took our Escape into fremont Ford on may 7th, michael ferrer, the assistant service manager, told me that he was refusing to perform all of the recalls on our truck, because they have expired. As the original owner and primary driver of this vehicle, please explain to me how recalls involving safety issues expire? is this a Ford company policy or a fremont Ford dealership/service policy? when I picked up our Escape on may 8th from the dealership, I documented on the paperwork that they refused to perform these very important recalls. I am not comfortable driving this vehicle in light of the tragedy that occurred this past weekend. Please advise how you would like to move forward concerning this very important matter. Thank you for your assistance. This problem occurred on Tue., May. 7, 2013.
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#21 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
Tl- the reporting person owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while reversing from a residential driveway, the steering wheel seized without warning. The failure recurred three times. The contact was able to restart vehicle to reassume proper steering capabilities. The vehicle was taken to dealer for diagnosis however, the diagnosis had not been provided. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000. The VIN was not available. Kmj. It was Saturday, May 4, 2013 when this steering issue happened.
#22 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The car involved was a 2008 Ford Escape. I was driving and the power steering went out! I struggled to maintain the Escape on the curve. I pulled off the road and shut off the car, when I turned it back on I was able to turn the wheel but that didn't last very long. I parked it for awhile and borrowed a car but I had to return it so now I'm driving and just praying I don't loose all control. Today it was diagnosed, need a new power steering electric motor, cost between 1300-1500 dollars! that is something that shouldn't be happening, Ford needs to fix this problem. I see how many complaints there are when I checked it out at all locations online. It was Monday, March 11, 2013 when this steering issue occurred.
#23 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle is a 2008 Ford Escape. Driving down the road heard a click in the steering and then wheel locked up could not control the car had to pull over on side of the road put car in park turn off the engine and restart then the steering was ok this has happend 5 times since my purchase of my Escape very dangeres when driving I have had my Escape two weeks I puchased used this should be a recall due to the fact it is very dangeres. This issue happened on March 8, 2013.
#24 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The car involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. I was driving down the road approximately 40mph going around a turn. The vehicle was difficult to steer it was like having no power steeting this happened very suddenly with no warning. I was barely able to maneuver the vehicle off the road. Once I finally got it to a pull off area, I got out and looked around the outside of the vehicle to see if there was something wrong from the outside nothing to been seen. I then got back in the vehicle and restarted it, then the steering was normal. This was a very scary moment, as I had three children with me. I have done research online tonight I have found alot of complaints about this same situation from many other 2008 Escape owners. Really scary part this complaining people also stating reoccurring incidents. Sure wish Ford would recall this dangerous hazzard. This issue happened on Wed., Mar. 20, 2013.
#25 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. The VIN of the problem Escape is IFMCU93178_. As I was coming to a stop to turn right at a corner, I heard a click and felt a vibration in the steering wheel. When I then tried to complete my turn, it was obvious that there was no power steering. I completed my turn, drove about a quarter of a mile and then pulled over. I was able to reactivate the steering by turning off the ignition and turning it back on. The problem repeated itself later in the day as I was pulling out of a parking space. This steering problem happened on 03/20/2013.
#26 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
Tl-the vehicle involved is a 2008 Ford Escape. The stated while driving 45 mph the power steering system malfunctioned making the vehicle difficult to steer. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated the torque was defective. The dealer stated the entire power steering system needed to be replaced. The contact the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 88,000. Jo. The failure date was Feb. 28, 2013.
#27 - Steering problem of the 2009 Ford Escape
Tl- the vehicle is a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph the steering became jumpy and the vehicle was difficult to handle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis but the contact was informed no cause for the failure was found. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 78,686. Dt. This issue happened on Mon., Dec. 31, 2012.
#28 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle having this issue was a 2008 Ford Escape. Crash happened when the problem occurred. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FMCU92Z88_. Power steering goes out for no reason. It clicks in the housing under the steering wheel, in the steering colummn. Needed to add that we have had several injuries and more than one accident where a vehicle sustained damage as a result of this defect. It was Mar. 4, 2013 when this steering issue happened.
#29 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle is a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that when he started the vehicle, the steering wheel pulsated and there was no power steering assist. After restarting the vehicle several times, the power steering would activate. The failure recurred numerous times. A dealer was notified and an appointment was secured for diagnosis of the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 102,000. This steering issue occurred Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
#30 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The car was a 2008 Ford Escape. I was driving my kids to school when the steering wheel began to shutter rapidly. The shuttering made the vehicle difficult to control. I shut the vehicle off and the problem went away until the next time I went to drive the vehicle. Later that week the power steering went completely out while I was driving in a parking lot. I almost hit another vehicle as I was manuevering through the parking lot. After stopping and restarting the vehicle the power steering returned. This issue happened on Dec. 11, 2012.
#31 - Steering problem of the 2003 Ford Escape
The vehicle was a 2003 Ford Escape. Left work and driving on a back road at 15 mph and was approaching a stop sign, applied the brakes and heard a loud snap/pop. The right side of the vehicle instantly slammed down/dropped to the road; steering locked; I had no control over the vehicle; slid a few feet and stopped. The passanger tire was pinned between the ground and the vehicle. The axle was hanging and the sub frame was visible. It was clear that the subframe had literally snapped at a weld joint without warning. Weld joint snapped on subframe. This vehicle is only 9yrs w/70k miles and mostly garaged; a major safety concern. This would have worse at high rate of speed, if not fatal. Vehicle then towed to a Ford dealership. I requested to have a Ford rep review the case. The dealership told me I had to call Ford. After calling, they then told me I had to request this through the dealership, but gave me a case number. The dealership then informed me that Ford were not interested in reviewing the vehicle and wouldn¿t do anything and that I had call Ford. I called Ford back who escalated my case and an acct mgr called me back who explained there was nothing they could do at this time. Over 1100 in repairs are required due to a faulty frame. I asked repeatedly that this particular subframe failure be investigated as a quality/mfg problem and I requested an investigation and informed the company of several other cases that log the same ¿exact� description and failure of the subframe. The company told me "keep my receipt". I stressed my dissatisfaction with how this was handled, but nothing could be done at this time. Ford should at a min. Issue a service bulletin to have the sub frame inspected to all of the Escape owners, so failures can be avoided before they happen. This is from a very dissatisfied customer and will choose no longer to purchase any Ford products, based on this experience. This steering issue occurred 02/18/13.
#32 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
Consumer has a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was moved to the shoulder where the it was shut down and restarted. The vehicle functioned normally then the failure recurred shortly after. The contact also stated that the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 92,000. The failure date was 02/17/2013.
#33 - Steering problem of the 2008 Ford Escape
The vehicle having this issue was a 2008 Ford Escape. Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FMCU03Z18_. While backing up at a gas station, I turned the steering wheel to the right and it jerked the wheel back straight. Power steering quit working, I did manage to get the vehicle backed up and went into next parking lot. Wasn't sure what to do, so I turned the truck off, then started it back up and my power steering was back. Now after reading all the complaints it has me scared to drive my truck. This problem hasn't happen since 02-14-13 but I never know when the power steering will go out. This is a major safety issue and it's sad that Ford and the recall department hasn't taken the right action on this problem. How many deaths must happen before you to decide to recall this problem. It's not a cheap fix for the owner of these trucks. And Ford has been notified plenty of times about the steering issue and have decided to ignore this major safety issue. It was Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 when this steering issue occurred.