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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,564 miles

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2009 Ford Escape steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 2 of 10)

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problem #173

Jul 162016

Escape

  • 180,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving 70 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Hamtramck, MI, USA

problem #172

Sep 012015

Escape

  • 165,000 miles
The power steering stopped working while driving on a city street. I was turning into a shopping mall and there was suddenly no way I could steer this car. It is dangerous to try driving the vehicle. You cannot turn it without brute force and it is impossible to steer at slow speeds. It is definitely a safety issue. The problem is a torque sensor which when it goes out, the entire steering column must be replaced to the tune of $1500. Ford should take responsibility for this issue before too many owners end up in crashes.

- Myrtle, MS, USA

problem #171

Jun 182016

Escape

  • 140,000 miles
The power steering suddenly stopped working. It did not work for over 2 hours. After stopping and turning off the car for 5 min., the power steering began working again.

- Saint Cloud, FL, USA

problem #170

Jun 062016

Escape

  • 82,000 miles

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

No warning that something was wrong. Was told it could have happened on the highway at a high rate of speed. Which would have made it impossible to steer and could have caused life threatening injury of possibly death. The car was parked on Friday, sat over the weekend and when I went in to start it on Monday and drive it to work the steering wheel was hard to move and the tires stayed stationary. Towed it to the dealer and was told the steering column broke and needed to be replaced and it wasn't under warranty anymore and the recall that is out there was not applicable for this specific problem with the steering column. They dealer said it would cost approx $1,400 to replace the steering column. It was never in an accident and was never part of theft. It is 9 years old, never towed anything and not driven hard.

- Derwood, MD, USA

problem #169

Feb 112016

Escape

  • 126,000 miles
While driving the Escape the steering wheel just locks up in the middle of driving. I have to get the Escape to the side of the road and shut it off and restart to get the steering wheel to unlock. Have taken it to a Ford dealership and they say it's not on recall so they cant fix it. They did clean the wires and said it should be fine, but it still did it again.

- Lowman, NY, USA

problem #168

Apr 162016

Escape

  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While attempting to park the vehicle, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The electric power steering warning light illuminated. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the torque sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 101,000.

- Hutto, TX, USA

problem #167

Apr 042016

Escape

  • 140,000 miles

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

Power steering suddenly quit working while driving! after researching issue on internet, Escapes have had several recalls on different model years involving steering., but not my 2009. It is obvious the problems with the steering has been going on many years but Ford has not corrected. If my son had been driving when it went out, I shiver to think what may have been the outcome. Steering issues are very serious safety problems. Come on Ford fix the Escapes issues.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #166

Apr 072016

Escape

  • 88,457 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. When the vehicle was started, the power steering column shook uncontrollably. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the column assembly steering was defective and needed replacement. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,457.

- Carey, ID, USA

problem #165

Apr 012016

Escape

  • 111,000 miles
Steering wheel began shaking while the vehicle was stopped and at low speeds while driving in rush hour traffic. The shaking stopped for 1 day - then began again. Two days following the dashboard sensor read - power steering assist fault. Power steering failed at this time. I contacted Ford - as I believe this to be directly related to a large recall 14S05 1.3M vehicles. Ford courtesy cas9191445. Ford has denied this is related to the recall - advising this vehicle VIN does not match the referenced VIN's- however I am experiencing the noted issues. What assistance can the NHTSA provide adding this vehicle into the recall. I contacted local Ford dealerships in hope of receiving assistance/guidance - this also was unsuccessful. Ford has referenced tsb no. 14-0016

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #164

Jan 152016

Escape

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering ability seized. The dealer diagnosed that the power steering column needed replacement. The contact also stated that the vehicle was repaired under a recall for the power steering back in August of 2015. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The NHTSA campaign number was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #163

Mar 212016

Escape

  • 133,414 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving at various speeds, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering instrument cluster module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V824000 (steering). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 133,414.

- St. Port Lucie, FL, USA

problem #162

Nov 242015

Escape

  • 125,000 miles
Before 6/18/15 randomly while driving any speed my vehicle had a wrench warning light illuminate and loses complete power along with steering, the car shuts off completely you have to turn ignition off and restart. It would run fine for several days and then randomly happen again or possibly multiple times in a day. 6/17/15 - I brought vehicle to Ford dealership to fix recall (13N03) ¿ tech replaced throttle body for this correction. At the same time they also performed a recall (14S05) ¿ tech reprogrammed pscm for correction. 11/24/15 ¿ was driving my vehicle when the wrench light came on again and the whole steering column froze up. Had to stop and turn vehicle off in traffic and back on. No correction to problem the vehicle was immediately brought back to Ford dealership. 11/25/15 ¿ I was told the torque sensor needs replaced. I advised them the recall was not properly fixed the first time. I was informed that part is not under warranty according to Ford service cite. 11/27/15 ¿ the torque sensor as indicated on their diagnostic testing and replacement of this part failed to fix the problem with the steering being locked up. Service tech contacted Ford hotline to try and figure out why the problem was not addressed with replacement of the part that indicated as the issue. 11/30/15 ¿ Ford service technicians had to work with Ford hotline to troubleshoot vehicle. They said now my whole steering column would need replacement. Ford said I needed to pay for both parts (which did not fix any problem) and labor. I refuse to pay for any parts. My vehicle has been at dealership with this issue so long my tags are now dead. My car needs a safety inspection and service manager said they could perform the safety inspection and just electronically put the ¿passed¿ information into the system. Vehicle is not safe and is still at dealership to date.

- Maryland Heights, MO, USA

problem #161

Mar 012016

Escape 4-cyl

  • 61,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 10 mph, the steering lost power without warning. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The failure was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that there were no recalls. The failure mileage was 61,500.... updated 04/11/16 the dealer replaced the entire steering column. Updated 04/20/16.

- Enon, OH, USA

problem #160

Feb 232016

Escape

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while the driver was driving at an unknown speed, the steering wheel seized without warning. The failure recurred two times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #159

Jan 262016

Escape

  • 210,000 miles
I took my Ford Escape into Ford to get the steering recall done and they reprogrammed it and 2 weeks after the steering became worse so I took it back into Ford and they are now tell me that the steering column needs to be replaced and that was part of the recall and will not do anything about it recall number 14S05 they steering wheel is jerking uncontrollable and all over the road the wheel jerks all the time

- Townsend, TN, USA

problem #158

Feb 172016

Escape

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact received a recall repair for NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering); however, the power steering failed. The failure occurred after the repair. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who stated the failure was not related to the recall. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall for which it was previously repaired. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was invalid. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #157

Feb 182016

Escape

  • 111,258 miles
While driving my power steering locked, making it extremely difficult to steer the vehicle. I managed to pull over stop the vehicle and restart the vehicle at which time the symptoms went away but happened again when I stopped the vehicle and restarted to drive home.

- Fpo, AE, USA

problem #156

Feb 122016

Escape

  • 86,000 miles
Significant vibration in the steering wheel and intermittent loss of power steering. Although the vehicle was covered by recall 14S05, Ford is unwilling to replace the torque sensor because they "reprogrammed" it and closed out the recall in August 2014, which they claim fixed the problem. Obviously, it did not fix the problem.

- Elkhorn, NE, USA

problem #155

Dec 152015

Escape

  • miles
I received a recall notice number 14S05 involving the power steering, I took the car into brian motors in everett Washington on December 16, 2015. Recall was taken care. I had no problem prior taking it into the dealer. Approximately 2 weeks later I experienced problems with the steering. I returned the vehicle to brian motors in everett Washington and was told that the power steering column assembly needed to be replaced. This was one of the repair options listed in the recall. I was then informed that Ford had closed the recall and the price of the repair would be approximately 1500$. after calling Ford costumer service in dearborn and being told again that I would be responsible for the repair because the recall had been closed. I have since found out that many owners of this year and model Escape have experienced identical problems and received the same response from Ford. I believe that there is a defect in the power steering column on 2009 Ford Escapes and it is Ford responsibility to correct the problem. I believe that this could pose a risk of accident to anyone driving this car and that Ford needs to address this immediately.

- Everett, WA, USA

problem #154

Mar 092015

Escape

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while the driver was making a turn, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The power steering warning light illuminated. The vehicle was serviced under the NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering) but the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Berkley, MA, USA

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