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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 24 of 30)

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problem #136

Mar 112013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 171,200 miles


I was driving and the power steering went out! I struggled to maintain the Escape on the curve. I pulled off the road and shut off the car, when I turned it back on I was able to turn the wheel but that didn't last very long. I parked it for awhile and borrowed a car but I had to return it so now I'm driving and just praying I don't loose all control. Today it was diagnosed, need a new power steering electric motor, cost between 1300-1500 dollars! that is something that shouldn't be happening, Ford needs to fix this problem. I see how many complaints there are when I checked it out at all locations online.

- Pinckney, MI, USA

problem #135

Apr 272013


  • 138,500 miles
The power steering failed to work. After turning the car off and restarting, the steering worked, but had vibrations which were more noticeable when stopped. The steering wheel would click and move on it's own. It has continued and I am not confident it is safe to drive.

- Portland, MI, USA

problem #134

Apr 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • miles
During lunch hour slowed to make a right hand turn and brakes seemed to lock and grind. Steering wheel vibrated and the ABS and traction control light came on. Attempted to accelerate and the car seemed to be locked up for a few seconds. Vehicle behind me almost hit me due to vehicle failure. Lights would not go off for about 1 minute after accelerating to about 25 mph. While driving about 10 more minutes they illuminated several more times. During drive home the same thing happened 3 more times and always when slowing to make a turn and then attempting to accelerate again. Now ABS light won't go off at all.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #133

Feb 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the power steering assist failed as the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnosis. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 85,000.

- Bergenfield, NJ, USA

problem #132

Oct 252012


  • 140,000 miles
Lost power steering. Turned car off and on again power returned. Few weeks later while in parking lot same problem. When looked up problem discovered this was a problem with a lot of 2008 Escapes. This was the year Ford changed to electronic steering. I could not take the chance of this happening while driving on the highway or at a higher speed. I Transport my grand children a lot so I had to have it repaired. The bill was $1500 I reported to Ford but they had already decided this was not a safety issue!!!

- Toronto, NY, USA

problem #131

Mar 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 91,898 miles
Multiple power steering failure occurrences resulting in loss of vehicle control while driving. Steering wheel vibrating and jumping while vehicle is stopped. Please investigate?

- Berthoud, CO, USA

problem #130

Mar 272013


  • 110,000 miles


My wife's Escape suddenly started losing its power steering, but would return to normal after a shutdown and restart of the vehicle. On the same day, she started noticing a clunk or pop during turning of the steering wheel. It is not at the end of the turn, but somewhere at around 40-50 percent in either direction. If her car fails at highway speeds, I will sue the living daylights out of everyone involved in this failure. That is a promise.

- Westborough, MA, USA

problem #129

Mar 082013

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles
Driving down the road heard a click in the steering and then wheel locked up could not control the car had to pull over on side of the road put car in park turn off the engine and restart then the steering was ok this has happend 5 times since my purchase of my Escape very dangeres when driving I have had my Escape two weeks I puchased used this should be a recall due to the fact it is very dangeres.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #128

Feb 042013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 47,125 miles
We lost power steering upon restarting the vehicle. Had this happened at road speed we most certainly would have had a major safety concern.

- Wilton, CT, USA

problem #127

Mar 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 102,661 miles
I was driving down the road approximately 40mph going around a turn. The vehicle was difficult to steer it was like having no power steering this happened very suddenly with no warning. I was barely able to maneuver the vehicle off the road. Once I finally got it to a pull off area, I got out and looked around the outside of the vehicle to see if there was something wrong from the outside nothing to been seen. I then got back in the vehicle and restarted it, then the steering was normal. This was a very scary moment, as I had three children with me. I have done research online tonight I have found alot of complaints about this same situation from many other 2008 Escape owners. Really scary part is: This complaining people also stating recurring incidents. Sure wish Ford would recall this dangerous hazard.

- Airville, PA, USA

problem #126

Mar 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 90,125 miles


While driving, power steering went out. Vehicle is equipped with no power steering pump, it has electronic power steering assist. For about the past month, the power steering would not activate and I had to turn off my car and it came back on. The steering while has been shaking while driving. Today though, was the first time it went out while driving. I called Ford consumer line and they seemed unconcerned about this issue. Luckily, we live in the country and do not have much traffic, so I was able to pull the car over before it caused an accident. Looking online, there has been a number of complaints concerning this same issue. The link below, currently has 113 complaints about this same type of issue. I am submitting this complaint before somebody does get injured or killed because somebody's steering goes out on the freeway at a high speed. I am asking the transportation safety administration to investigate this matter before something does happen.

- Elizabeth, CO, USA

problem #125

Mar 202013


  • 116,000 miles
As I was coming to a stop to turn right at a corner, I heard a click and felt a vibration in the steering wheel. When I then tried to complete my turn, it was obvious that there was no power steering. I completed my turn, drove about a quarter of a mile and then pulled over. I was able to reactivate the steering by turning off the ignition and turning it back on. The problem repeated itself later in the day as I was pulling out of a parking space.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #124

Oct 032012


  • 75,445 miles
Beginning in the month of October 2012 my steering wheel began shaking. The power steering went completely out just as I was taking a turn on the freeway. I just barely managed avoid hitting someone head on.

- Columbus, MS, USA

problem #123

Mar 192013


  • 120,000 miles
Got off work drove across street, parked for an hour, got back in started to back up and it was like I didn't have power steering. Let other car go, continued across street to gas station to check under the hood. Nothing looked wrong. Started car back up and we had power very confused. I guess it's possessed. Like when the horn would make noise on its one couple yrs back. Didn't get too far and all of a sudden the steering wheel made shakin noise like it was grinding and we lost power again. Turned around and headed to dealership. They said it was steering column control board. $1400 to fix. Don't have that kind of money. Need to see if we can install it ourselves. From the sounds of it looks as if they should have this recalled, for we will be on the hunt for a new car and we thought about a 3rd Escape but not now.

- Fulton, MO, USA

problem #122

Mar 182013


  • 45,000 miles
Power steering keeps going in and out. Usually it will not work when I start the car but if I turn it back off and on a few times it starts working again. The steering wheel also vibrates or pulsates when I am driving. Hasn't happened while driving yet but I am scared that it is just a matter of time. Seen a lot of Ford Escapes having this problem.

- Hilliard , OH, USA

problem #121

Mar 112013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 85,221 miles
While sitting idle at a light the steering wheel shakes, powering steering system shuts down while operating vehicle.

- Holland, PA, USA

problem #120

Feb 112013


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that he started the ignition and there was an immediate loss of power steering assist. The engine was turned off and upon restarting the power steering assist began to function normally. The steering wheel would also shake intermittently. The failure recurred whenever the contact was driving at various speeds and during initial start up of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the failure was contributed to the steering column sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the malfunction. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #119

Mar 112013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
At around noon on 3/11/2013, my steering wheel started to vibrate while driving down the freeway at about 75 mph. After running some errands and dealing with this all day, I was exiting the freeway to the feeder road (during rush hour traffic) and my power steering totally went out. It was all I could do to move the car to the side of the road. I pulled a muscle in my arm pulling so hard out of sheer panic. It's a miracle I didn't hit another car, as it was bumper to bumper on each side of me due to the time of day. Once I turned the car off and back on, I had control of the steering again but the vibrating has not went away and it is getting worse! I'm afraid to get back on the road and since the car is around 130K warranty. I see online that many others are having the same issue. I want this problem recalled and fixed by Ford before someone is seriously hurt on the road!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #118

Dec 262012


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The engine was turned off and upon restarting, the steering wheel began to operate normally. The vehicle was neither diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #117

Feb 052013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
I was approaching a stop light and noticed that the steering wheel began to shake in my 2008 Ford Escape. At this time I still had power steering but the steering wheel continued to vibrate. As I proceeded through the light, it continued to shake with a slight grab to the right periodically. As I continued onto the freeway, the shake continued until the power steering went out completely. After getting home, I shut the car off and waited a few minutes, started it up again and the vibration in the steering wheel was back but the power steering was working again, after a few minutes, the shake was gone and so was the power steering. To this date, 03/10/13, I do not have power steering at all. I took it to my Ford dealer and was told that the whole steering column needs to be replaced because of the torque sensor in the column. My mileage at the time I noticed the shake was 82,000. The cost to replace this is outrageous, and the safety issues involved are severe cause for concern. I noticed that there are many, many other 2008 Escape owners with this same issue. This should be a recall!!!

- Caldwell, ID, USA

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