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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,500 miles

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2010 Ford Escape engine problems

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 20)

problem #386

Feb 032014


  • 50,000 miles


The engine went into a low power mode and throttle was un responsive, I had to cruse to a stop and restart then it seems ok but I notice the throttle will speed up and slow down when I had to run thru a school zone(low speed) it also happened several times after that most recently on 4/21/14 on the highway at 65 mph and I had to drift to the shoulder to restart the car while others honked and veered around me I do not understand why Ford has not recalled these. I did get a letter called the customer satisfaction program 13N03 that states the problem- throttle body- is under extended warranty but only if the wrench light is on and mine stays on only when there is a problem if there is additional problems I would have to pay just to get it diagnosed. I am not impressed with Ford attempt at this (soft) recall

- Kingsville, TX, USA

problem #385

Mar 162014


  • miles
2010 Ford Escape. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle throttle body issues. The consumer she received a letter regarding the throttle body, but didn't think it sounded too serious. The letter stated engine power and vehicle speed would be reduced. The consumer stated she had the misfortune of experiencing the problem on March 16, 2014. The speed was not just reduced, but the gas pedal was inoperable and the vehicle just coasted to a stop, as if she had run out of gas. All the while, the engine was running, although not smoothly and all the lights were in working order. Minutes later, the wrench light illuminated on the dashboard.

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #384

Aug 312013


  • 68,938 miles
I was driving on I-66 at about 60 mph and suddenly lost power. Luckily I was just approaching an exit in a rural area and was able to coast onto the ramp, which sloped downward ahead of me. The engine continued to run but at a very low RPM and there was no response to the gas pedal. The wrench symbol came onto the instrument panel. I had the car towed about 40 miles to my usual independent mechanic. After investigation, I was told that this was a throttle body problem. They installed a new throttle body and the problem has not returned for seven months.

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #383

Mar 252014


  • 31,104 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated while traveling 65 mph, the vehicle gradually decelerated. The contact also mentioned that there was a growling noise and the vehicle jerked. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 31,104.

- Deming, NM, USA

problem #382

Jan 082014


  • 61,500 miles
Driving on highway using cruise control setting at 65 mph, when all of sudden vehicle began to slow down and stall on me. I had to pull over on the side of the road because the vehicle was shaking and I could not give it power to stay with traffic speed. I got to the side put the vehicle in park and it still was shaken so I turned it off. I then waited a minute or so and started the vehicle back up even though it was hesitating to start. Once back on I drove with my hazard on at a speed of 50 mph.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #381

Mar 152014


  • 59,775 miles
After I came to a stop in residential area, I traveled about 25 mph and the vehicle seemed to be in neutral, I was able to steer to the side of the road, but nothing happened when I put more pressure on the accelerator, this was really frightening to experience without a warning, and I will never buy another Ford vehicle, at about 18 months after owning the vehicle the entire transmission had to be rebuilt and I bought this brand new to avoid issues.

- Marina, CA, USA

problem #380

Feb 012012


  • 52,000 miles


Went to accelerate and vehicle stalled. Replaced at 50,000 miles. On the new replacement, at 70,000, replaced at my cost at delearship, throttle body stutters and chugs between 40 and 50 mph.

- Charlotte, IA, USA

problem #379

Nov 072012


  • 36,100 miles
Right after the warranty went out the vehicle starting slamming from 1st into 2nd upon acceleration. The idle is very rough and quite loud, the engine makes a funny noise and I take extremely good care of my vehicle, getting all of the scheduled oil changes on time, replacing the air filter, etc. I also explained to them that the vehicle wasn't idling properly and that the engine used to be quiet. The windshield is extremely thin as well, a small pebble hit my windshield causing a 8 inch crack in a matter of minutes to where it was beyond getting it fixed. Then liftgate started giving me problems. When you press the button, it would make the sound, but sometimes open, then on May 17, 2013 it just quit working all together. On May 18, 2013, I took it to reynolds Ford for a scheduled oil change right before a trip to Mexico and upon telling them about it, they wanted $250 just to look at it before parts and labor. Now, the rear blinker doesn't work and you can't replace it due to the fact that you can't get the liftgate to open in order to remove the rear taillight assembly. So, when you are trying to make a left turn, vehicles behind you don't know you are turning and almost hit you (safety hazard). You also can't change a flat tire since you can get to the jack, which is in the rear compartment accessed through the liftgate. This is a serious problem as there is no manual release for the hatch to get it open period, once the latch doesn't work, it just doesn't work.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #378

Jul 032013


  • 49,000 miles
Was driving on the 101 in phoenix Arizona and the car started jerking. Luckily I was close to an exit so I got off. I turned off the car, restarted it, and started to drive. I drove about 100 feet and it stalled. I was able to restart the car and drive it a half mile to a gas station. However, the car was jerking the whole time. The official word was that the throttle was the issue.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #377

Jan 202014


  • 36,000 miles
Was driving lost all power at first then was able to move at 2 mph when gas pedal was fully depressed, car started to shake. Heard loud pop then engine light came on dash. I was able to creep along to get out of moving traffic. Drove at the side of the road until I tried to get into a parking area which required me to make a left turn with traffic coming waited and waited then from a complete stop I make the turn into the lot which has a slight incline I was flooring the gas pedal still with out any power of more than 2 mph worried I would slip back into moving traffic. Parked called a tow truck. Turned off engine went into work. Came back out of work restarted car no check engine light and everything seem to work fine after that. Frightened I could have caused a serious accident for other and myself.

- Brookpark, OH, USA

problem #376

Jan 192014


  • 49,000 miles


I was stopped, waiting to make a left hand turn and mid-turn, the car turned off. Fortunately, there wasn't any traffic approaching my car or this could have resulted in a serious accident.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #375

Dec 222013


  • 37,456 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph, the check engine light suddenly illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic, who performed a diagnostic and stated that there was a problem with the evaporative emissions system. In addition, fuel was leaking into the charcoal canister caused by a purged solenoid. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 37,456.

- Bay Village, OH, USA

problem #374

Jan 142014


  • 60,700 miles
I own a 2010 Ford Escape. I was driving approximately 40 mph up a slight incline on a two lane road at 6:30 am in the dark when suddenly the vehicle jerked and would not accelerate. The wrench warning icon illuminated. While on the decline of the road I was able to coast into the first lane and into a break down lane and into a parking lot at a very slow rate of speed because once you applied the brakes and slowed down you could not regain any speed. I shut the engine off and was able to restart the vehicle without failure within a few mintues but the vehicle was not running right. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the throttle body would have to be replaced and the serpentine belt. The vehicle was repaired at the dealer. I cannot believe this is not a safety recall issue for Ford. I could have been hit multiple times on rte 1 trying to get my vehicle over two lanes of traffic to the side of the road.

- North Attleboro, MA, USA

problem #373

Jan 072014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Vehicle's engine cuts out and I lose control. It has happened numerous times and one time the engine shut down three times during a short trip of ten miles. I have to turn the key off and start the engine again. Fortunately we don't travel very fast here.

- Frederiksted, VI, USA

problem #372

Oct 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
While driving, the vehicle will stall, or drop to about 800-900 RPM with no response from the accelerator. The "wrench" will come on the instrument panel, and the vehicle will sometimes stall/kill altogether. We have had the codes pulled by a technician, and they say that the "throttle body is stuck open", "the throttle body is stuck closed", and there is one more but I cannot recall it off the top of my head. I have called Ford and they have said that they do not have a known issue, nor is this a familiar problem per the symptoms. I have likewise done an internet search and found several complaints, and an NHTSA investigation launched. Please advise that this is a major security concern for me - yesterday I was traveling in the left lane of a major freeway, at freeway speeds, when my vehicle seemingly stalled, dropped to 800 rpms, and I had to cross 3 lanes of rush hour traffic to pull over to the shoulder to shut my car off, put it in park, then start it back up and merge back into traffic, then have it repeat the problem less than a mile later. This is a huge problem, and if not fully addressed by Ford, my fear is it is going to cause accidents if it hasn't already. Thank you in advance for your follow-up and support.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #371

Jan 032014


  • 51,000 miles
This is the 2nd time the engine has stalled. First time was Oct. 31st, 2013. Driving in residential street and acceleration decreases, car shutters, and wrench light comes on along with other indicators. Coasts to side of road. After about 2-3 minutes, starts up and able to drive home (approximately 2 miles).

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #370

Jan 022014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 88,016 miles
I was driving along a road and suddenly my car jolted and almost all of my dashboard lights lit up. The engine was on, but nothing was happening. I pushed the accelerator down and nothing, still. As I was pulling off to the side of the road, the car died. I waited five minutes and the engine was able to be restarted. But the engine light stayed on. I had to turn the engine on and off multiple times to restart the engine. This had happened a couple of times before, but nothing as severe.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #369

Dec 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,153 miles
While driving on surface streets the "wrench" indicator light came on and the car went into limp mode. I got to a parking lot and shut off the engine. After about a minute I restarted the engine, the wrench light went out and all seemed ok. After driving about 6-7 miles on the interstate a repeat of the problem happened. I again shut off the engine. After restarting, I drove for another 6-7 miles and had the car again go into limp mode. After restarting the car the engine light came on and stayed on with no further problems. The next day all lights were off and have stayed off since then. I have made an appointment to have the car looked at on Jan 2, 2014. I feel that this is a very unsafe condition and should be looked at very closely by the NHTSA.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #368

Dec 162010


  • 6,000 miles
My wife is the main driver of this vehicle and has told me that there have been several occurrences over the past several years including the most recent on December 18. 2013. There is a sudden unexpected engine acceleration similar to what the Toyota vehicles have had. At this point it only occurs when slowing down. She applies the brakes but finds it difficult to slow with the engine attempting to accelerate. This last time I was riding with her and she slammed the gear shift into park just before coming to a complete stop. I didn't think that was too good for the transmission but it did correct the difficulty at the time. Have any other people experienced this problem ?

- Prescott Valley, AZ, USA

problem #367

Jun 102013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I had not had my vehicle for 3 months before experiencing a problem. On several occasions, I was driving and my SUV lost power. Each time, I had to pull off to the side, wait a few minutes, cut the csuv off and then back on until the car would start again. This made my travel very dangerous on the highway. Took my SUV to the dealership and at first they could not find what was wrong with it because the error had not registered. I had to wait until the check engine light came on to discover it was the throttle body. I had to pay over $300 to get it replaced. It took awhile for Ford ran out of the part and had to order it from their warehouse. Luckily, the repair shop was able to find a replacement within 2 days. After having the throttle body replaced, it takes a while for the SUV to shift into gear and often feels like it is stalling or dragging.

- Burlington, NC, USA

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