10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,752 miles

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2009 Ford Escape steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 11)

problem #212

Dec 092016

Escape

  • 139,000 miles

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

14S05. I was driving the 2009 Ford Escape on the highway at approx. 70mph. The steering will stopped controlling the vehicle correctly and then the steering went completely out. I almost crashed, pulled onto the shoulder of the highway, gathered myself, cut on the hazard lights and cut the auto off. After a minute, I started the auto up again and moved forward to see if the problem still existed. The power steering was back in but it was very very loose. When I got it home I informed my mother that it needed to be looked at. She called the Ford hotline and they told her that the recall on her vehicle was closed but if the steering went out, that it was covered by the recall. She took it to the dealer that Ford told her too and they said they would repair it. She left the vehicle over night to be fixed but the next day they told her that it wasn't a recall and that she had to pay $89 for the diagnostic test that she didn't know she had to pay. They still refuse to help in any kind of way at all. My mother is in her mid 70's with a fixed income. It's impossible for her to come up with $2000. Https://www.facebook.com/fordwonthonorrecall14S05/

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #211

Dec 312016

Escape

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 70 mph, the steering ability seized. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road to a complete stop. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was turned off and restarted. The steering wheel shook left to right on its own. The vehicle was driven back to the house with the steering ability very loose. The vehicle was taken to the dealer two days later where it was diagnosed that the power steering and tipm failed and needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #210

Jan 112017

Escape

  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While the vehicle was reversing out of the driveway, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was towed to a service station. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 157,000.

- Temperance, MI, USA

problem #209

Dec 222016

Escape

  • 57,000 miles

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

There was a recall for the power steering 14S05 July 2014. Which I brought my car in for and they reprogramed the computer. One time the power steering failed but restarting car made it work. Last week my power steering failed this was 2 years after the reprograming. I brought it to Ford livermore, ca and they diagnosed the torque sensor was the problem which was not fixed during the recall when I brought it in. Anyway just wanted to say Ford did not fix my power steering problem and is a safety issue. Vehicle was at a stop light restarted car and power steering came back. Drove home parked in garage and next time started car power steering was out

- Dublin, CA, USA

problem #208

Dec 012016

Escape

  • 78,193 miles
There was a recall for this model of the 2009 Ford Escape for a steering issue. They did not honour the recall, even though the dealer explained how dangerous of a problem this lack of electric steering was causing. I had to pay for an expensive repair out of my own pocket. The problem was that the electronic steering assist would stop functioning while the car was in motion, this caused heavy vibrations of the steering wheel and a lack of power steering.

- Tahlequah, OK, USA

problem #207

Dec 012016

Escape

  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving 35 mph, the steering failed and the power steering assist pump sensor illuminated. In addition, the steering wheel shook vigorously. The dealer could not diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 148,000.

- Beford, WY, USA

problem #206

Dec 122016

Escape

  • miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. Without warning, the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was turned off, restarted, and driven to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The mechanic indicated that the steering torque sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

- St Paul, MN, USA

problem #205

Dec 192016

Escape

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While making a turn, the power steering failed. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who stated there were no recalls or warranties related to the power steering. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Hazlehurst, MS, USA

problem #204

Dec 182016

Escape

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving approximately 40 mph, the power steering failed. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the failure was similar to NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The dealer stated that the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Mechanicville, NY, USA

problem #203

Dec 122016

Escape

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving 40 mph, the power steering failed. The dealer stated that the vehicle was not included in a recall. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 78,000.

- Bridgeport, VT, USA

problem #202

Dec 022016

Escape

  • 87,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the steering wheel failed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Grinnelle, IA, USA

problem #201

Dec 162016

Escape

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While driving various speeds, the steering wheel seized without warning. The contact also mentioned that the check engine warning indicator illuminated on a separate occasion while driving and the steering wheel seized. The contact pulled over and restarted the vehicle; however, the steering wheel was still difficult to maneuver. The contact was able to get the vehicle back home. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #200

Aug 162015

Escape

  • 12,000 miles
Takata recall I was driving in the far left lane of the freeway on my way to work and my car shut off, sometimes my cars does not start. I have had alternator, starter tested, and they are good, my camshaft sensor replaced, ignition switch replaced, spark plugs replaced, I keep a good handle on maintenance up, but my car shutting off while I am driving and sometimes don't turn on at all is keep happening, my steering wheel locks up, very hard to turn, all components in my car don't come on, gears light pops on and off, dashboard light sometime flickers. I have had my back lights. And it continues to happen

- South Lyon, MI, USA

problem #199

Dec 122016

Escape

  • 96,300 miles
2009 Ford Escape has a sensor failure and turned off power steering assist while driving and in motion on a street. The steering suddenly became very hard to steer at a time when I did not expect this. There was a recall on this failure a few years ago and the failure has happened again. Why is Ford have software issues that are allowed to turn off critical systems (safety) such as steering because of any sensor failure. This system should fail safe and never be turning off systems such as steering or braking!!!! they should only be allowed to monitor or assist areas such as steering or braking but any failure should never turn off those systems; it is a serious safety hazard while driving!!!

- Edmonton,Alberta,Canada T6v1a7, MT, USA

problem #198

Dec 022016

Escape

  • 126,000 miles
The vehicle is losing power steering suddenly while in the midst of left hand turns. The car suddenly beeps, no warning light appears, and for 1-2 seconds the steering wheel feels completely locked up. Apparently this is due to a failing torque sensor, as the dealership reports that it is showing code B2278. The faulty torque sensor is a known safety issue with Ford Escapes, part of recall 14S05. But, rather than fix the problem (from what I can tell they freely acknowledge the original torque sensors were defective, and the new parts are of an improved, more durable, and safer design), Ford is only issuing a software update. Apparently I had this software update completed in 2014, and yet here I am with the same mechanical safety issue two years later. The software update, as far as my research reveals, does nothing to actually improve the safety of the vehicle, it just makes the car beep when it loses power steering. There are apparently 740,878 vehicles affected by this issue, which means nearly a million unsafe Ford Escapes and Mercury mariners are driving around the country with defective steering controls that could fail at any point mid-turn. Ford Motor Company needs to actually fix the problem (with part replacement) before too many people are injured or killed!

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #197

Jun 032016

Escape

  • 75,000 miles
My electronic assisted power steering started malfunctioning IN6/16, iot would reset itself some at first but by 7/16 it totally quit. I took it to a mechanic who was unable to repair it, took it back to the place I purchased it, their computer wouldn't talk to mine. I then took is to w w Ford dealer in searcy, ar where they advised it was a recall computer update that they had already performed last year when the fuel system quit & had to be updated. They refused to look at it, refused to hook it up to their diagnostics computer and I've been stuck "strong arm steering since.

- Beebe, AR, USA

problem #196

Nov 282016

Escape

  • 179,990 miles
2008-2011 Ford Escape power steering recall 14S05 I received a recall letter from Ford Motor Company concerning a recall on the electronic power steering on my 2009 Ford Escape. I scheduled an appointment with winner Ford of cherry hill, NJ for this service, since it was the closest dealer at the time I was able to return vehicle for service. The dealership performed the software upgrade citing that no problems were found. As of November 28th 2016, my steering system has begun to exhibit problems from this recall, the steering wheel while both idle and driving shakes and vibrates which causes the vehicle to swerve and makes parking difficult. I contacted Ford customer care regarding this, however I was informed that since the recall work of updating software was performed, that they considered the issue with my vehicle resolved and no additional service would be performed under the 14S05 recall, however at my own costs could have the vehicle re-evaluated at a dealership and at my own cost have the proper service performed to remedy any issued they may find. Wheel shaking and turning slightly on its own occurs while both stationary and driving on both city streets and highways, issue stops while turning but returns while wheel is not being moved.

- Catlettsburg, KY, USA

problem #195

Nov 222016

Escape

  • miles
My torque sensor is going out and having power steering issues Ford has denied there is a recall and claims it has gotten fixed in 2014 but if it was fixed why would I be having this problem now? I never received a notice about the steering recall.

- Milwaukie, OR, USA

problem #194

Nov 212016

Escape

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While operating the vehicle, the steering wheel failed to turn left or right. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering control system module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired per NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering) one year earlier. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #193

Nov 182016

Escape

  • 138,900 miles
I am writing to you to inform you on the safety condition of the 2009 Ford Escape. The number 1 problem is hard to steer the wheel when driving. Number 2 problem is the engine shuts off when turning corners while driving. The date it happen was Friday Nov. 18, 2016.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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