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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,339 miles

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2008 Ford Escape steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 14 of 30)

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problem #336

Jun 142014

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles


Recently on 2 occasions I was about to make a left turn and my steering became very hard to turn. Once making the turn I had to quickly put my car in neutral and turn the key off and then on and the steering was ok.

- Burlington, KY, USA

problem #335

Jul 042013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
For almost a year, to start my car I had to push key in very firmly, then turn. For about one month now, I have to push in, then jiggle in and out until it connects and starts car. Sometimes it takes 5 minutes to find the connection. I don't know if this is related to the problem of having no power steering (power steering comes and goes - usually none) which I understand is also an electrical problem.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #334

Jun 062014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Friday June 6th, 2014 at approximately 3:30pm while driving around a moderate curve in good weather conditions at approximately 40mph, the electronic power steering failed, leaving the steering wheel 'locked' in a right turn. Because of the sudden loss of steering, the driver was not able to correct the turn and left the roadway. The vehicle went head on into a large stone lined culvert (approximately 6-8' deep), hit the front end into the culvert wall, flipped across the drive down the other side of the culvert, and then rolled several more times until it came to rest on it's wheels, approximately 20-30' from the initial point of impact. All of the airbags went off. There was no fire, but the engine did smoke. The driver was taken to the hospital via ambulance and, miraculously only had severe strains, bruising, lacerations, and emotional trauma. There were multiple witnesses to the accident.

- Mountain Pine, AR, USA

problem #333

May 232014


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving at an unknown speed, the power steering malfunctioned as the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The dealer stated that the steering column needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified and confirmed that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The dealer would not repair the vehicle because the diagnostic codes were not associated with the recall. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #332

May 272014


  • 71,191 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while turning at approximately 22 mph, the power steering failed and the steering wheel locked. As a result, the contact's vehicle crossed over the yellow line and crashed head on into another vehicle. A police report was filed. The driver sustained injuries and received medical treatment. The three passengers were uninjured. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number 14V284000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 71,191.

- Pine Plains, NY, USA

problem #331

Feb 192014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 124,265 miles
While driving my steering wheel will lock up which makes it very hard to turn corners.

- Windsor Mill, MD, USA

problem #330

Dec 102013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


My wife was turning to pull into a parking spot when the power steering went out. She had to restart the engine to get it working again.

- Waconia, MN, USA

problem #329

May 152014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 125,300 miles
Power steering went out with no warning. It comes and goes now. Usually if car is turned off, it works for awhile. No warning when it goes again--no warning lights or anything.

- Elizabeth, CO, USA

problem #328

Feb 032014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
Power steering failure while driving. Power steering goes out.

- Oakdale, MN, USA

problem #327

Apr 032014


  • miles
Complaint description case # [xxx] in the past I have been a supporter of the "american" company, Ford. Ford has not stood by its product (and post the links that are on the internet concerning your "steering column problem"!) I could have been killed the day the steering column went out!!! I want my money back! $1,300 (I had to replace the steering column, just 7 months after I bought the vehicle. I am definitely of age, I work hard as a graphic designer and know what I am talking about, and know that you have/are robbing the american public, by not doing a recall. (let alone your responsibility in possible injury and even death!!!) in your 2008 Ford Escape there is a problem with the steering column. You; an american company, meaning I am not dealing with some foreign car dealer! I have heard that you have replaced 5 computers in trying to solve the problem with your steering columns. Steering column phoned: 1-800-392-3673 8:46am on March 21st. Case #[xxx]you the owner of the vehicle :yesvin : [xxx] contact informationfirst name : [xxx] last name :[xxx]address :[xxx]: [xxx] state :[xxx], zip :[xxx]email address :[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Tomahawk, WI, USA

problem #326

May 072014


  • 132,212 miles


The power steering goes out while driving or parked. The car needs to be pulled over and restarted. This is very unsafe. The power steering will come back on after the vehicle had been restarted.

- Lexington, MI, USA

problem #325

May 042014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while attempting to turn at 10 mph, the power steering assist suddenly failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 100,101.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #324

Apr 292014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Power steering stopped working suddenly and without warning while attempting to turn right at a stop sign. I managed to get the car turned, then parked further down the road at my daughter's school. When I restarted the car, the steering worked correctly again.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

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

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