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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,413 miles

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2008 Ford Escape steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 172008


  • 6,818 miles


On Monday, 15 Sep 2008, on my way to work (about 7am) my steering wheel locked up. I was not able to turn the wheel no matter how much I tried. I was able to stop the vehicle and shut it off. After a few minutes, I restarted the car and everything seemed fine. On Tuesday, the same thing happened three different times. I called the dealer first thing Wednesday morning to schedule the vehicle for service. I was told to bring the vehicle in on Thursday. On my way home from work on Wednesday, I was going to drop it off at the dealer so they could start right away. After exiting the highway, the steering wheel locked again and this time I could not stop before driving off the road and into a rock wall. The side airbags deployed, but I still hit my head on the steering wheel and was knocked unconscious. The dealer said he has never heard of that happening. I was going about 30 miles per hour.

- Merrimack, NH, USA

problem #1

Mar 282008

Escape 4-cyl

  • 8 miles
When backing up in reverse, when you turn the steering wheel left or right, there is a loud clunking noise in the steering.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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