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

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2008 Ford Escape steering problems

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 21 of 30)

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problem #196

Dec 272013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


On Dec 27 2013 we were driving Escape. When trying go around curve Ford lost all power steering which caused us to almost hit wall. My husband drove to side road. Shut it off. Waited few minutes started it power steering was back. Took it to garage was told power steering sensor was going out. Was told it be $1123 cost. It happened again on January 3rd 2014. Was told that this is a safety issue and that Ford knows its not working right. Need a recall before someone gets hurt or killed. Our Escape is not only one doing it. The ones with electric power steering are failing. I'm scared drive it much.

- Monticello, KY, USA

problem #195

Jan 072014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 1,500,000 miles
My daughter was driving this car and the steering went out, ie: Steering wheel hard to turn.she was able to pull over and shut the car off. When she re-started, the steering was fine. This happened to me several times before in the exact same manner. Luckily, neither of us was going terribly fast but this could happen anytime and at any speed. This vehicle needs recalled, as I see many other people have had the same issue. I cannot allow my daughter to drive this car in this condition.taking it to mechanic for check today, but they told me on the phone that this is very common. I bought this car new in 2008, and have been very diligent in my maintenance. This repair could exceed $2000! this sounds like an issue that should be corrected by the manufacturer as a defect!

- Valencia, PA, USA

problem #194

Dec 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
Power steering went out, then reset itself. Has gone out again, and has not reset. Went out when highway driving. Serious safety issue. I have read numerous reports on this year make and model having the same issues. Ford needs to recall before someone gets killed.

- West Barnstable, MA, USA

problem #193

Jan 072014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 137,000 miles


My wife encountered a steering failure on our vehicle yesterday. Upon review by my mechanic he reported a failure of code B2278 and the reported fix is the replacement by Ford of the entire steering column. He also suggested I look online because this appears to be a very common problem among the mid-2000's Ford Escape hybrids. There are dozens of webpages, each with dozens of entries such as this page ( ) detailing steering column failures with near tragic results. A clear pattern of steering failure is right in front of the NHTSA's eyes as evidenced in this email. I am imploring you to act. It is bad enough that the column costs $2,000 to replace. Does my son have to die before the Agency takes action? please take the necessary steps available to the Agency to ensure the reasonable safety of Ford Escape drivers. I will be happy to direct you to the other forums or assist in any manner the Agency requests. Take care.

- Dana Point, CA, USA

problem #192

Jan 082014


  • 169,200 miles
Steering wheel began to shake or shimmy when the vehicle was stopped and idling. Turned vehicle off and back on... the began to drive, power steering was out completely. The vehicle would steer - but was very hard to control. Pulled over shut vehicle off, power steering resumed, but steering wheel was shaking again at idle. Very dangerous if it were to happen at an speed. My daughter would not be able to control the vehicle, I am very strong and it was hard for me to control. This should be recalled - as so far I see 190+ complaints on this site, and many others on different sites, while trying to find a diagnosis for the problem. Ford should address this immediately.

- Newmarket , NH, USA

problem #191

Nov 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 140,200 miles
It first happened when you started the vehicle, no power steering !!!!! shut it off, , restart it and you had power steering again. This happened around 20 more times in the next month. Then the power steering would shut off while driving it, regardless of speed. It was worst than having old standard steering. As long as you were rolling you could steer it, but when you stopped it took both hands to turn the steering wheel. It was very scary and dangerous. My wife drives this vehicle to work Monday through Friday. She has been scared to drive it not knowing what might take place when the steering goes completely out. Well it finally went out today !!!!!!!! don"T know what it"S going to cost ? I think Ford should have to take care of this problem. It a very serious safety problem. Thank you

- Pinewood, SC, USA

problem #190

Jan 072014


  • 120,000 miles


Power steering completely went out going around the curve. Did not turn the car out because a test was done on the battery yesterday and it was good, but left work today and had to have it jumped. Bought a new battery. Started the vehicle again and still no power steering. Will be fixed tomorrow for a total of 1200. I could have been with my small son today, but luckily I stayed home from work and my husband took the car.

- Vicksburg, MI, USA

problem #189

Dec 212013


  • 87,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to function properly while making a turn. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the electronic power steering had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 87,800.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #188

Jan 062014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
A few weeks ago my 2008 Ford Escapes steering wheel intermittently started vibrating and making clicking noises while idling. I researched this issue on the internet and discovered that this is an indicator the power steering will go out and it can happen while driving at anytime. People on freeways or while turning would loose there power steering which is a safety hazard and can cause a serious and potential deadly crash. I learned that aft first if you loose your power steering you can turn your engine off and back on again and the power steering will return. I called the local dealer regarding this serious problem and they said there isn't any recall. When I asked them why Ford hasn't stepped up to the plate and taken responsibility for this serious safety issue they suggested I call Ford Corp and ask them. When I did, all I was told was there isn't a recall; they wouldn't say anything further. My husband has since called and filed a formal complaint with Ford. In the mean time, my power steering has gone out many times while pulling away from a stop or parking spot. Yesterday while driving it to the dealership to be repaired it went out while actually driving down the road. What will it take for Ford to take responsibility for this issue, people to start dying?

- Placerville, CA, USA

problem #187

Jan 022014


  • 98,800 miles
Car stalled when driving on hwy in snow storm on two different occasions. Also, RPM's climb, just had the steering column replaced 2 months ago.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #186

Dec 222012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 133,000 miles


My husband and three young children were driving on the interstate from atlanta to miami when the steering instantly became close to impossible to control. With my husbands assistance in pulling the wheel with me we were able to pull to the shoulder. I immediately assumed that there was a leak/or low power steering fluid. After searching the internet on my phone, on the shoulder of the interstate, I learned soon enough that the vehicle actually had power assisted steering and that many people had run into this issue. I was able to restart the car and the steering was fixed, for the moment. Approximately every hour or so the wheel would lock again and while going 70 mph I would have to recrank the car while in neutral to gain back control. The repair cost me $1251.17 and had me unable to return home for 5 extra days longer than I planned. This could have killed my family had the traffic been heavy or had I needed to drive defensively.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #185

Jan 032014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 153,000 miles
I was coming to a stop and the electronic assist steering locked up, proceeded to pull away from stop sign and continued to drive to my destination without any steering assist. Upon arrival, turned off car and restarted to get steering assist back. I'm glad nothing happened this time!!!!!, car is undrivable, and too expensive to fix. Ford needs to step up and stand behind their product, too many corporations leave the dealer and/or consumers with paying the bill for their neglect.

- Leechburg, PA, USA

problem #184

Dec 262013


  • 116,600 miles
Upon starting the vehicle, power steering was unable to work. There is no power steering liquid in this model, and instead uses a computer to assist with power steering. After sitting for several moments, a second attempt was made, and power steering successfully responded. There are hundreds of complaints of a similar nature regarding 2008 models and some for the 2009 model of the Ford Escape. Is there a recall of any form going on for these dangerous issues or do we have to shell out a few thousand dollars for something that we were unaware of when purchasing the vehicle?

- Mukwonago, WI, USA

problem #183

Dec 052012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph when the power steering assist suddenly failed. The contact indicated that the vehicle was previously diagnosed by an independent mechanic, who determined that the power steering sensor had malfunctioned. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #182

Dec 122013

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
This problem originally occurred on Dec 12th 2013. When I started my car, the steering wheel was locked. I then turned off the car, pulled the key out of the ignition and restarted it, and the wheel was fine then. As I was driving, my steering wheel would shake slightly back and forth without me touching it. There were no indicator lights lit up on my dashboard. Then while driving some more, I heard a faint click, and my steering wheel was locked again, it had absolutely no power steering and it took all of my strength to turn the steering wheel. That has continued to happen every time I drive now, and recently it has gotten to the point where the steering wheel is always locked with no power steering. I took the car to the mechanic and was told that the electronic steering sensor is malfunctioning and the whole steering coloumn needs to be replaced and it is a very big job. I am still awaiting my quote to see exactly how much it will cost me.I have had this car for only 7 months and it seems like this is a common problem among the 2008 Ford Escapes. I do not understand why this issue has not been recalled, they can recall things like a power window for locking up and not being able to go up or down, but not this. This problem could cause serious injury and possibly death. This is the only car I have and I rely on it heavily. It it almost impossible to turn the steering wheel and this issue needs to be taken care of by Ford already. How many complaints do they need before this problem is addressed??

- Albuquerque , NM, USA

problem #181

Dec 202013


  • 120,000 miles
The first time my steering wheel started to shake for no apparent reason at a red light. Then it stopped as I proceeded to drive down the road the steering wheel jerked to the left. I then was worried because I had my little boy with me. I ran into the store and then went home and it stopped. Today, I drove 36 miles pulled into my driveway, stopped waiting for the garage door to open and the steering wheel started to shake. I tried to tape it with my phone and it stopped after a couple of minutes. Will have it checked out because I would hate to drive my little one and have the power steering go out in it.

- Vicksburg, MI, USA

problem #180

Dec 092013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Started vehicle and began to back out of driveway when I noticed the power steering wasn't working. Turned the vehicle off and upon re-starting, power steering began to work again. This has occurred several times since.

- Hartford, IL, USA

problem #179

Dec 162013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
While attempting to turn left on an intersecting road from a stop sign, the power steering went out with no prior warning. It took all of my strength to get out of the intersection and off of the side of the road. After turning off the engine and restarting the car a couple of times, it began working again. The car was taken to the nearest Ford dealership and they said the steering column had to be replaced for $1,300 which is not covered under my extended warranty that was purchased when I bought the car brand new. I could not drive the car because after researching on the internet, I have found hundreds of the same complaints and this can happen intermittently while driving at any time. This is a major safety concern and I can not believe that Ford has not made a recall on this! I can't bare to think of what could have happened with my child in the car as I was taking him to school.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #178

Dec 272012

Escape 4-cyl

  • 92,100 miles
I had been having an issue with my vehicle starting and the steering wheel not unlocking. Had to turn it extremely hard or put the key in and out a few times turning to unlock. Upon starting the prior 2 weeks it would hesitate- like it had to think about starting. I had it checked out by my mechanic and he said everything looked good - no issues with starter, alternator or anything. On 11/27 vehicle wouldn't start - ended up with a new battery. Now two weeks after battery install I have a very loud clunk in my steering wheel column and my steering wheel is loose. Makes me very nervous. Of course the extended warranty just was up.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #177

Nov 282013


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving in reverse at an unknown speed, the steering wheel failed to maneuver in any direction. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 79,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- New Brunswick, NJ, USA

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