10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,395 miles

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2008 Ford Escape steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 31)

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problem #583

Dec 142016

Escape

  • 87,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving power steering went out. On screen the words power steering system failure. The power steering then started to work. I drove it home without incident. When I went to go use vehicle again the power steering was not working and the power steering system failure appeared on screen.

- Elmhurst, IL, USA

problem #582

Dec 082016

Escape

  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving around a curve at 30 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic where it was diagnosed that the power steering failed. Because the vehicle was previously repaired per a power steering related recall, the dealer stated that the contact would have to pay for the repairs out of pocket. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 128,000.

- Pascoaj, RI, USA

problem #581

Dec 142016

Escape

  • 118,570 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. After the vehicle was started, the power steering assist fault warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 118,570.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #580

Dec 082016

Escape

  • 132,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was being operated, the steering column seized. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was reapired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 132,000.

- Ft Mitchell, KY, USA

problem #579

Nov 212016

Escape

  • 150,000 miles
2-3 years ago I had issues with power steering going in and out, then I am notified of a recall due to power steering problems. I was told the solution would be reprogramming as oppose to replacing the faulty unit. That worked temporarily as now the power steering is completely out of order. Ford charged me $140 to tell me I have to pay for replacement of over $1300.

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

problem #578

Nov 252016

Escape

  • 164,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving 5 mph, an unknown warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the electric power steering failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V526000 (steering). The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 164,000.

- Washington, IA, USA

problem #577

Nov 192016

Escape

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Power steering failure code B2278 recall 14S05 NHTSA 14V284000 power steering sensor failure. I was told by Ford that my vehicle was not in recall because it was manufactured in 2007 even though it was a 2008 vehicle.

- Doylestown, OH, USA

problem #576

Nov 232016

Escape

  • miles
Loss power steering while driving

- Seymour, TN, USA

problem #575

Nov 222016

Escape

  • 84,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 62 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The steering wheel warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the direction system of the electronic module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 84,000.

- Montebello, CA, USA

problem #574

Nov 152016

Escape

  • 113,682 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated a steering shaft torque sensor warning indicator illuminated. The power steering failed and caused the contact to lose control of the vehicle. The contact was able to pull the vehicle over and had it towed to the dealer. The dealer diagnosed that the steering shaft torque sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was informed the contact that, despite being a common failure, no recall was issued. The failure mileage was 113,682.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #573

Nov 162016

Escape

  • 180,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While driving 20 mph, the power steering failed. The contact could not turn the steering wheel while going through an intersection. The contact was able to regain control of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #572

Nov 142016

Escape

  • 100,000 miles
Electric power steering began to intermittently fail, nearly causing loss of control of vehicle while in motion on a city street. Power steering experienced a complete failure yesterday when turning into a store parking lot and is giving a fault code indicating steering rotation sensor failure. Ford should fix this under a recall. It is a major safety defect which appears to affect hundreds of thousands of models.

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #571

Nov 142016

Escape

  • 121,808 miles
Power steering failure while driving nearly causing an accident, went out before had to restart the car. Went to auto zone found out that it was an electronic power steering and there was a recall on it...very disappointed with Ford company

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #570

Nov 132016

Escape

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a loss of power steering and the stability control warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the power steering module failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Etna, CA, USA

problem #569

Nov 032016

Escape

  • 90,360 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. While reversing at 20 mph, the steering wheel failed without warning. The contact was able to shift the vehicle back into drive and pull back into her driveway. In addition, the steering failed two times previously. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,360.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #568

Oct 242016

Escape 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I own a 2008 Ford Escape. My wife was at work and when she started to drive home noticed the steering wheel difficult to steer. Luckily she was driving straight on the highway on the way home. She did notice vibration of the steering wheel. I took it for a test drive and noticed it was very difficult to steer or turn at low speeds. Also the steering/powertrain wrench light had come lit. It was evident the steering assist had malfunctioned. After some research I became aware of an electric power assist safety recall on 2008-2011 Ford Escapes. Which is the exact same issue I'm having on my 2008 Ford Escape. I contacted the local Ford dealer and was told that according to the VIN number there was no recall announced for my vehicle. This makes exactly no sense to me because its the exact same issue and vehicle for which the recall was made. I'm basically on my own to fix at this point.

- Connell, WA, USA

problem #567

Oct 252016

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
I was driving to work and the power steering suddenly stopped working without any warning. It was terrifying! I parked the car. Later I started it and drove home in a cold sweat praying it did not happen again!

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #566

Oct 122016

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
We were driving on the freeway on 10/12/16 when all of a sudden without warning the steering went completely out. I couldn't turn right or left. I had my family (wife, 2 children (1 autistic) and dog) in the vehicle. We barely avoided a couple accidents and a wall. Managed to push the vehicle to safety. I had a tow truck pick it up, take it to the dealer. Turns out the rack and pinion went out. The Ford dealer service advisor said he'd help me out with the price which was estimated at 1400 dollars. It took the dealer 6 days to have my vehicle ready. They said there was nothing they can do. They are an independent dealer. To take my issue up with Ford. I contacted the number that they gave me and the customer service rep at Ford said that the decision made by Ford Motor Company was just to notate that this happened. There was nothing they can do.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #565

Oct 022016

Escape

  • 136,200 miles
08 Ford Escape power steering: Car was stationary at time of failure. Car was purchased for transportation to and from college, daughter was driving home and stopped at a restaurant. When she was leaving the restaurant she could not steer the vehicle and almost struck several cars in parking lot. She had to call me (father) to come get vehicle and drive it home. I am a large male who works out and I had trouble steering this vehicle. She is unable to continue to use this vehicle. If this failure would have happened 10 min. Earlier it would have caused her to have a collision. Attempted to have dealer repair car disclosed a recall on this problem, and a recall had been done on this issue on this vehicle on 06-24-2014. When I asked, they refused to recheck recall. The first recall involved a simple reprogramming of the steering sensor. Now I have been told it will be around $1500 and they must replace the entire steering shaft.

- Jamestown, IN, USA

problem #564

Jun 202015

Escape

  • 80,000 miles
Power steering failed. Had repaired last summer at gibbons Ford. Called them and was told they did what they could and can't help me. It's the exact same problem with steering that was recalled. Apparently was not fixed correctly.

- Mayfield, PA, USA

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