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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,104 miles

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2008 Ford Escape steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 16 of 29)

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problem #275

Feb 132014


  • 87,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the power steering failed without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure approximate failure mileage was 87,000 and the current mileage was 87,500. The VIN was not available.

- Garden City , MI, USA

problem #274

Mar 102014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the power steering failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the electronic power steering had failed. The vehicle was being repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Three Rivers, MI, USA

problem #273

Mar 032014


  • 80,000 miles
I was heading to work one morning, and I started the car up and didn't have power steering. I shut the car off, and the steering came back. (at the beginning, shutting the car off would fix the problem right way.) I pulled out of my driveway and drove down the road with the steering wheel shaking. There was also a quiet grinding noise coming from the steering column. As the car slowed down (at stop lights etc.), the steering wheel shook more and the noise grew a little louder. As the days went on (3-4 days later), the shaking and noise got worse until it was an uncontrollable, constant shaking of the steering wheel and the noise became so loud and horrid that I thought the car might break down. Within that week, as I started my car, the power steering went out about a total of 10 times, and I had to shut off the car and restart it. Unlike at the beginning, by the end of the week, I had to shut my car off 4-5 times before the steering would come back. The last day of driving the car, the steering wheel was so loose that it was hard to control on the back roads/highways/freeways and over pot holes. At one point, I made a right hand turn, and I almost thought I was not going to be able to bring the steering wheel/car back. Thankfully, I (and no one else) has died from this manufacturer defect in the 2008 Ford Escapes, but is that what it is going to take in order for something to be done?

- Three Rivers, MI, USA

problem #272

Feb 282014

Escape 4WD 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30mph, a loud grinding noise emitted under the front and the steering wheel failed without warning. The contact was able to exit traffic by turning the steering wheel with force. The local mechanic inspected the vehicle and located the failure at the power steering column and advised that the power steering system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 125,000. Updated 11/20/14 the consumer stated the vehicle was repaired. Updated 5/5/2015

- Montpelier , VA, USA

problem #271

Feb 042014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 119,200 miles
On Feb 4 2014 our daughter called very upset stating while making left hand turn steering froze up stopped car no oncoming traffic forced steering back came clear later that afternoon steering froze 2 more times on my wife had to turn engine off and restart steering wheel also had a slight vibration Ford has to know they have a problem echlon Ford stratford NJ knows and had no problem handing me a bill for $1431.06 im just glad there were no injuries or accidents or much worse my wife and I have owned 5 Ford vehicles over the yrs will now buy a GMC terrain if Ford does not address this problem.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #270

Mar 052014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 171,979 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was shut off and restarted several times before the vehicle functioned normally. The vehicle was taken the dealer for inspection where they stated that the steering torque sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but was unable to produce a remedy. The failure mileage was 171,979.

- Rising Star, TX, USA

problem #269

Mar 032014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


Upon starting my car, I realized I could not turn the steering wheel without great effort. Tried it the next day, and the power steering was working, although the steering wheel was vibrating strangely. Have had the same problem 2 additional times. After reading numerous other entries on NHTSA website on this same issue, I learned that if I turned the car off and then turned it on, power steering resumed. This worked for me this morning after 3 attempts. Brought into mechanic and they could not assess issue. Will be bringing into dealer this week. Very concerned about what happens if I'm driving and this outage recurs.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #268

Mar 092014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 77,500 miles
After driving on the freeway for approximately 45 miles, I was unable to steer the wheel without a lot of force. I was unable to stay on the road and came very close to hitting another vehicle before coming to a stop along side the freeway. In the past 6 months I have had to replace the transmission (at 69000 miles) and now this. I am not an aggressive driver and feel these problems should be addressed. The steering is a very serious safety issue and should have a recall!

- Gowen, MI, USA

problem #267

Mar 082014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 123,750 miles
Electric power steering went out without zero warning signs and zero warning signifiers from vehicle dash. Was driving on I-10 at 75 mph - steering has always shook at speeds over 70 mph - steering just locked up in the middle of driving, and went into manual mode. There is no recall on this item with Ford, but the same issue, at about the same mileage has been reported all over North America (up into Canada as well. Canada has opened an investigation on this matter for their citizens. A report has been submitted to Ford and I have been told to contact the dealership - it is my perception that all owners of this vehicle have been told the same thing. However, a resolution must be made - and not at the cost of the owners because this seems chronically defective. The 2008 Ford Escape was the first to have this specific power steering placed in it.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #266

Mar 032014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 197,000 miles
Steering wheel started to shake from side to side then lost power to steering wheel like it went from easy to very hard to steer. Turned car off the restarted and it was ok. Now it happens all the time. When I start car up no power, while I'm driving and I loss power.

- Manchester, NJ, USA

problem #265

Nov 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


I was driving to parking lot at local store and the power steering quit workingso I stopped in a safe area to investigate the problem shut the vehicle off to look under the hood did not find anything started the vehicle back up problem went away then it happened again at home upon startup no power steering turn vehicle back off has to do this a couple of times then problem went this problem is more constant of no power steering and now the steering wheel sits and chatters back and forth at idle and driving down the road so I took it to the dealer ship and talked to the guys in the parts department and they said this is an ongoing problem and Ford can get it figured out as to what there going to do they said as of right now they can't order any power assist columns right yet so I guess Ford is dragging there feet on this one I guess until someone dies maybe all the Ford CEO's need get into one of they problem vehicles and drive for awhile and see what all of us are talking about??

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #264

Feb 192014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While driving, the steering wheel would shimmy as if a wheel was out of alignment. The steering wheel locked up and was extremely difficult to turn. I pull off into a service road and turned the car off. I started the car back up after about 5 minutes and I was able to steer again. It happens repeatedly when after the car has been parked and I start the car up, the steering freezes. I'll restart the car 3 or 4 times before the steering unfreezes.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #263

Jan 092014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 101,485 miles
The steering wheel locked in position and the vehicle could not be turn in any direction. This was a potentially deadly situation. The driver had no way of knowing when it might occur.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #262

Mar 062014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel became very difficult to turn without warning. The vehicle was driven onto the emergency lane; however, the contact continued to drive the vehicle as the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who indicated that the power steering module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #261

Mar 062014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, steering became extremely difficult. The contact also mentioned that the vehicle vibrated excessively. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 84,000.

- Long Branch, NH, USA

problem #260

Mar 042014


  • 122,000 miles
While driving the vehicle in a parking lot the powersteering cut out. I was able to stop the vehicle and after shutting the car off and turning it back on power steering was restored. When the vehicle is stopped the steering wheel has started to ratchet back and forth. After looking at a few forum I found that the steering wheel position sensor fails and causes these problems regularly.

- Oakhurst, NJ, USA

problem #259

Mar 042014


  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the steering wheel started to shake and vibrate. The vehicle was shut off and restarted however, the failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for a diagnostic. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure and current mileage was 84,000.

- Columbia , MO, USA

problem #258

Feb 242014


  • miles
While in motion, the steering wheel was a like a dead weight dropped on it and was very hard to steer and drive the vehicle. Making it very unsafe to operate. I researched my issue and found other complains regarding the same model and year.

- Ashland, MA, USA

problem #257

Feb 282014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 144,500 miles
I turned my car on and started driving straight forward. Shortly after I realized I had no power steering. The only way I could turn was to muscle the wheel. Backed up and parked the car for the night. Next morning started it and had no issues. The week before I had noticed some knocking and ticking in the wheel. So figured I'd get it checked out after loosing it completely. Stopped to get gas and as I was pulling out onto the busy highway lost it again had to muscle the wheel to avoid being T-boned. Immediately took it to the dealership. They knew the problem immediately and gave me high estimates which was a red flag for me that it might be a common issue if the receptionist can diagnose it. Did some research to check other options like fluid or belts. Saw 1000's of similar complaints online and 100's here. Something needs to be done to make Ford recall this before someone dies.even if someone dies it probably won't get fixed because they aren't around to tell that they lost steering. Plus the problem fixes itself after being turned off so it may not show in investigations of a fatality. Also the issue seems to happen after the car reaches 100,000 miles. So complaints and incidents will only go up as more cars hit that 100K mile mark. Now it the time to attack the problem.

- Holden, MA, USA

problem #256

Feb 202014


  • 100,000 miles
My wife was driving my 9 year old daughter to her karate class when there was suddenly a lot of vibration in the wheel.the steering wheel suddenly locked up causing my wife to lose power steering on a small turn. My wife was able to get our car off the road as there was a dirt pulloff to the side. We took it to a garage and they said this is a common problem. After doing research I found other car manufacturers will honor a recall for this same problem. Ford is not honoring any recalls and is making money off of this dangerous defect. It is sad to see a car manufacturer who is willing to put families lives at risk to make extra cash. After talking around my mother also had the same problem with her Escape of the same year. I had always been a fan of Ford products, however I will never buy another Ford product again.

- Warren, PA, USA

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