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Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
97,712 miles

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2008 Ford Escape steering problems

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 13 of 29)

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problem #323

Mar 292014


  • 72,637 miles


As I was driving, I was about to make a turn and that's when I lost power to my steering wheel. The wheel was very difficult to turn. I stopped my vehicle, shut if off, and restarted. It began to go back to normal but the steering wheel is shaking on it's own. Ever since the first incident, off and on, the steering wheel will have no power. Today, I almost crashed while making a left hand turn. It took all of my strength to make sure I didn't hit the median. I was coming to a stop to make my turn and it went out right then and there. After leaving work today again it failed. I was only backing out when I lost power. I already got in touch with Ford and they did say it's a known issue but not a recall.

- Polson, MT, USA

problem #322

Aug 142013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Sporadic loss of power steering without notice. No error codes. Steering wheel becomes very difficult to steer. Known failure is sensor in steering column. Potential of an accident is high. Canada also has an active investigation. ( [xxx]). information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Eaton, OH, USA

problem #321

Apr 032014


  • 154,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 154,000.

- Embden, ME, USA

problem #320

Apr 212014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,260 miles


I was driving on a city street when all of a sudden the power steering stopped. It was difficult to steer and turning left was nearly impossible and very painful. I could not turn the steering wheel to park the car. I was very afraid that I would lose all steering capability and get into an accident.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #319

Feb 162009

Escape 6-cyl

  • 130,522 miles
I was picking up my toddler from daycare and all of a sudden my steering wheel locked. I was terrified and unable to steer. I turned the vehicle off and tried to exercise the steering wheel and it loosened a little but would keep locking up after a few minutes. Found out later this happened to may other 2008 Ford Escape drivers and they experienced the same terrifying experience of driving and the steering wheel completely locking up. Took to dealership and cost was about a thousand dollars to repair. Had to get a brand new steering column. A month or two later I find out there is a recall for this problem on previous year Escapes, but this seems to be a recall issue for most of them. There should definitely be a recall on 2008's this is very dangerous and scary. If there is a recall issued, I think refunds should be issued to those of us who paid all this money to have these dangerous issues resolved.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #318

Feb 132014


  • 52,000 miles
I was on the highway with my 2 children and the power steering went out making it difficult to steer and change lanes even with the assist that the vehicle gives. If it was my wife in the care I don't think she would've been able to control it. So I pulled off the highway and read the manual and waited for about 20 minutes. When I tried it again the power steering came back. It thankfully which is not good went out again but I was close to home so I was able to get it home and park it. I looked up the problem online and found that it is a current problem Ford is having and quite common. I checked for recalls but there was none. I hope this doesn't turn into a problem like GM where it costs people their lives. I hope NHTSA can help and get this defect recalled. I was told from the dealer I brought it to (fox Ford) that it was a sensor in the column but they couldn't just change the sensor it had to be the whole column so needless to say $2300 later it was fixed which the money doesn't compare to my kids safety. Again hope you can help!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #317

Mar 142014


  • 131,100 miles


Starting in about the middle of March, power steering will fail unexpectedly. Since then it has become more frequent. If you just start the car with the steering wheel basically on center, there will be no power steering at all. If you crank the wheel to the left or right as you start the car, the steering will work for a while but the wheel will shake and make a noise when it is on-center. It will then sometimes fail completely after a few minutes. Stopping and restarting the car may get it to work for a while.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #316

Apr 102013


  • 80,000 miles
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.

- Black River, NY, USA

problem #315

Jan 312014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
I was driving on the interstate and lost steering! by the grace of god I was not killed by a tractor trailer that was next to me. My husband grabbed the wheel as it was locked and we barely made it to the side of the road. Had it towed to Ford. They said there was a tsb and they thought it had a bad sensor. That wasn't the problem. After two weeks of having the car, they replaced the steering column. I paid the $2,000. Bill but don't think I should have to as Ford should be recalling these vehicles! there are many instances of the same situation people have had that I found online. Locally I complained, and the Ford regional office denied my request. I wrote to Ford's president and did not get a reply. If I had died and it got into the news, they would step up, but I am sure they are assessing which would have more financial impact on them. It is clear they do not care about their customers lives. Instead of recalling, they are staying mum. What a shame and a refection on the company.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #314

Mar 132014

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 204,089 miles
After starting my car to leave the parking lot from my work, I noticed that the power steering wasn't working as I was backing out. I pulled back into my spot, put the vehicle in park, shook the steering wheel to try to get it to work, and nothing. I turned the vehicle off, restarted it, still nothing. I restarted it once more, shook the wheel while starting the engine and it worked fine. I now have to wiggle the steering wheel while starting the vehicle to make sure that the power steering assist turns on.

- Withee, WI, USA

problem #313

Apr 082014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 153,212 miles


Experienced frequent loss of power steering at speed and at stop a few months ago. Replacing the battery resolved it for 2 months. Then it started again when in tucson. Extreme wobble in the steering column at all times. Restarting the car helped reset power steering for the first 2 days if the car lost power steering while at rest. Restarting the car at speed is not possible and losing power steering is pretty sudden and scary. Was driving at 70mph on interstate 10 and lost power steering several times. Had to pull over with available manual steering, which was hard. Researched online and found similar issues with the 2008 Ford Escape--loss of power steering both at rest and at speed. Filing complaint.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #312

Mar 172014


  • 152,100 miles
At first the power steering didnot work upon starting car, restarted and it worked. As time went on this got worse, having to restart several times and now once power steering works it will go off anytime even just driving straight on the highway. Also when power steering is working the steering wheel shakes. This should be a recall as there have been so many complaints that Ford has offered a torque sensor kit instead of having to replace the whole steering column.

- Embden, ME, USA

problem #311

Mar 132014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
I am writing to you to seek help on sending a formal complain to Ford Motor Co. To investigate an issue with the 2008 Ford Escapes where the steering wheel locks in while driving. At first, I didn't think it was a big deal because it has happened only once so far with my 2008 Ford Escape on 3/13/14 when I was taking my younger daughter to school. I couldn't really move the car and it got so stiff turning left or right that I thought I was going to break the thing. I turned it off and turned it back on right away and nothing happened and I got saddened because I had a field trip to go to that day with my daughter. I decided to go but it was "painful" driving the SUV with a very stiff wheel....parking the car at the field trip location it was pretty bad because I couldn't turn the car, I ended up using 2 parking spaces.I asked one of the parents about the issue and he asked me if it was leaking oil, etc(no leaks)... the weird thing that happened later that day when he checked my car, it was fine, like nothing has happened.....time went by and after hearing the last few days in the news about GMC complaints and issues never reported, I did a search engine on the web about issues with Ford Escapes. I went to "" and found out that there are over 160 complains about the same issue as mine in different parts of the country and no solutions, no recalls from Ford. I sent an email to Ford Motor Co. With no response and I decided to contact 10tv investigates to start"something" about this problem. Now more than ever I will be driving nervously thinking when the stiffness issue is going to happen again and god forbid get into an accident.

- Bexley, OH, USA

problem #310

Mar 212014


  • 124,693 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated while at a stop sign with the vehicle idle the steering wheel jerked to the left independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the steering column assembly needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 124,693.

- Lakes Stephens , WA, USA

problem #309

Mar 032014


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving at no particular speed the vehicle lost power steering without warning and the steering wheel was very hard to turn. The power steering was engaged when the vehicle was turned off and restarted. This failure occurred thirty times over a period of a month. The vehicle was not taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Dansville, NY, USA

problem #308

Feb 032014


  • 117,000 miles
My power steering keeps going out and on and out and on at any rate of speed. I can't afford the $1500 to replace it since I just had my transmission replaced at $4,000 it is a big safety issue and I've seen 1000 other complaints online. Ford needs to do a recall. This is ridiculous. GM just did a recall and it is the same part. Can someone help with this matter please?

- Earlville, IL, USA

problem #307

Jan 152014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 97,221 miles
Power steering went out. Was near home and able to get vehicle into driveway. After shutting off and re-starting power steering worked. Steering wheel vibrated while driving until repair made.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #306

Apr 082014


  • 122,000 miles
Once again, my power steering failed and had to reset it. Is Ford waiting for a lawsuit or a death to recall this hazard? if someone's vehicle does this while at highway speeds- a lawsuit is waiting to happen.

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #305

Apr 012014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
!St time started to leave, no assist. Drove short distance to my home. Hard to steer but drivable. Second time my wife was driving and started to make a turn, no assist. Was arriving at destination. Both times when the car was restarted the power assist worked normally. The 2 above incidents were about 2 weeks apart.the loss of assist wile driving was on 04-01-14.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #304

Apr 052014


  • 164,232 miles
Was driving and taking a turn when the power steering went out. Stopped the car and then shut it off. When I restarted the car the power steering was back on. However, there was considerable shaking in the steering wheel with a rattling noise coming from the steering column. This was only the latest incident. Earlier in the morning when I started my car there wasn't power steering. I turned the car off and then on again at which time it worked. This has been going on for about a month happening maybe 1 or 2 times a week. The shaking and noise from the steering column is getting louder while idling.

- Chisago City, MN, USA

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