Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2005 Escape has problems where the engine shuts down while driving. Ford finally issued a September 2014 recall. Time will tell if the recall fix really solves the problem.

However the 2005 Escape also has a defect where the PCM (Power Control Module) fries at around 100k miles. Ford extended the PCM warranty to 80,000 miles, but only after most owners were past the mileage limit. Now owners are on the hook for the average repair cost of over $2,000 (!!)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,881 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Ford Escape wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 162009

Escape 4-cyl

  • 62,881 miles


2005 Ford Escape. Ford dealer service for oil change, rotate tires and brake inspection noted front brake pads needed replaced. Declined service, (price) able to change front pads ourselves. We could not remove wheel lug nuts. (the same day) checked torque and found dealer had over tightened the lug nuts to over 150 lbs. With much effort removed lug nuts and changed front brake pads. Returned to dealer to complain and request all new wheel studs. Although they could not remove the rear lug nuts with the wrench supplied with the Escape they denied replacing the wheel studs. I believe the failure with wheel studs on Ford products is a dealer service problem. Question: Have the failures all happened after dealer service?

- Columbus, OH, USA

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