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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,472 miles

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2010 Ford Escape engine problems

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 24 of 27)

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problem #79

Jun 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,355 miles


While driving on freeway at approx. 55-65 mph, the vehicle went from cruising speed down to approx. 30 mph without warning and almost getting rear ended. The dashboard check engine light and wrench symbol appeared illuminated. The vehicle was apparently in safe mode and only able to go a speed of 30 mph. After cruising onto the shoulder of freeway, the car was shut off and restarted and continued with same problem for several miles. Eventually the vehicle was able to maintain regular speed with warning light still illuminated. After doing a little research, this is a common problem with Ford vehicles and the part needed throttle body assembly is on national back order from Ford and is not listed as a recall or covered under warranty.

- Wantagh , NY, USA

problem #78

May 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
While driving the motor shuts down. It is impossible to even rev the engine and increase rpms. It will jerk and jump forward as if its trying to accelerate but wont go any faster than idle speed. If I turn the engine off it will work properly for about 50 yards then shut down again.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #77

May 182013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,280 miles
As vehicle was proceeding forward from a stop onto a four lane road with the speed limit of 35 mph, it rolled forward and no power was provided. No warning lights prior to this. The throttle control / power train light came on and we were only able to go approximately 20 -30 yards onto the shoulder attempting to go around the corner and up a hill the vehicle was unable to do this we rolled back to the shoulder then turned the car off restarted and the check engine light appeared and were able to get the car up the hill and home. Car was towed to Ford dealership where it was diagnosed as a failed throttle body which was then replaced.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #76

May 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed and there was no response. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. The contact removed the air filter and then replaced it. The vehicle resumed as normal for a short distance. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The trouble code detected a faulty throttle actuator. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000. Updated 07-17-13

- Laporte, IN, USA

problem #75

May 292013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 51,310 miles
Vehicle lost throttle response, would not accelerate. Had no prior warning/symptoms. Check engine light (wrench) came on. Pulled off to side of road, had to shut of and restart. Throttle response returned. Same incident happened the next day at approximately same speed. Pulled off road, shut off and restarted. Brought vehicle to dealer/repair shop and they replaced the throttle body assembly.

- Lee, NH, USA

problem #74

Mar 062013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
I was driving down the road and my engine stalled I turned off of the main road and pushed on the brake. As I was slowing down my car began to idle very rough and jumpy. I put it in park and turned it off. I restarted the car and had to push on the gas pedal several times before it started drove away and it was fine couple months later the same thing except. It will now only go a mile or so before it happens again. It has happened about 10 times in 2 days. I've called several dealers to get a part and they are all on back order which tells me there are lots of problems with this part.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #73

Mar 202013


  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 36,000. The VIN was not available.

- San Diego , CA, USA

problem #72

May 292013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 67,100 miles
While I was driving, the car started stalling : the speed indicator started coming down and even pressing on the accelerator, there was no pick up and the wrench sign lit up indicating the power train defect.I moved the car to the shoulder and waited for some assistance. I mechanic friend of mine came after about 45 min. He started the car and the wrench sign was no longer there. Rode the car for about 10 miles to get to my house. Ran some errands (about 20 round trip miles) later and the car rode fine. On 5/30/2013 morning (today) on my way to work, the truck stalled again with the lit up wrench sign. Pulled on to the shoulder, turned off engine and got the truck towed to the closest Ford dealer - bob davidson Ford, , parkville, Maryland 21234 (410-661-6400). They performed diagnostics for a fee of $123 and said that the throttle body assembly need to be replaced. The service dept indicated that they were out of these parts and is backordered. They were not sure when they will get the part. I drove the SUV home with no further problems. I called Ford Motor Co. Customer relations and complained. They issued a claim number cas[xxx]. I am unable to rent a car as I don't know how long it would be until they get the part to fix. I searched and found that this had been a recurring problem for the Escape 2010. Ford should be responsible to repair this problem, I asked the customer service representative "is Ford waiting until people get killed to fix this dangerous defect?". it is quite dangerous if it happens while driving in the express way at 55-60 mph in an inside lane. God help the Escape owners. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Freeland, MD, USA

problem #71

May 142013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 75,125 miles
Driving along around at 45 or 50 mph and went to turn on the air conditioner and the car stalled. I was able to pull over and the car restarted.. previous to this when turning on the ac the car got very sluggish, I was stepping on the gas but the car would not go. After a very short time the car recovered and normal speed was attained. I fear this may happen pulling into traffic or merging and this happening would be extremely dangerous and cause an accident. I was told by the dealership I bought the vehicle from that Ford is having a problem with this part. When I searched the internet I saw that many others have had the same or similar issues with the 2005 -2011 Escapes. I was also told that Ford is doing a redesign of this part but no date as to when it would be available. My dealership stated they were able to find the same part but no promises if it would last. They also stated they could not duplicate the problem while in the shop, thus it's an intermittent occurence. They recommended just driving the vehicle and keeping in touch to see when the redesign is available.

- Sharon, MA, USA

problem #70

Jan 022013


  • 39,000 miles
While driving in the left lane of a 3 lane interstate, my 2010 Ford Escape lost all acceleration and I had to carefully maneuver to the right shoulder. As I was losing acceleration, I nearly caused several accidents as I couldn't speed up as needed. When I finally made it to a complete stop, the vehicle continued to run with the wrench light on but I could not move. I turned off the vehicle, waited about a minute and was then able to restart the vehicle to return home. Since I thought it was a one-time incident, I only mentioned it during an oil change and nothing was done. Then it became a frequent occurrence, limiting my comfort in driving anywhere beyond 10 miles. When I called the service department of the local Ford dealer, they were able to diagnose the problem over the phone, without needing me to bring it in. Upon arrival at dealership, the throttle body needed was on national back order.

- Fort Benning, GA, USA

problem #69

May 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 59,683 miles


The vehicle started stalling while approaching a traffic light and continued to stall to where eventually the gas pedal was non-operational. The car was taken to a Ford dealership and a mechanic diagnosed that the throttle body was not operating properly and needed to be replaced. Ford staff indicated the part is not covered under the power train warranty and the replacement part would have to be paid out of pocket at the owner's expense.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #68

May 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
When driving the car, the gas pedal becomes useless and no longer accelerates the car. The engine is still on and all power is on in the car but you can't accelerate at all. Very dangerous on the expressways as the car can just die and if you can't get over to the emergency lane.... you have to pull the car over, turn off and restart. Seems to work for a while after that. Has done this at different speeds, and several different times. My wife has had a few close calls with almost being rear ended due to this issue. Ford knows about it but doesn't seem to have "enough" complaints to fix the issue...

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #67

May 272013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while entering a parking space with the brake slightly depressed, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into a parking meter. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic. The failure was reported to the manufacturer. The approximate failure and current mileage was 35,000. Updated 07/01/13

- Long Beach , NY, USA

problem #66

May 272013


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into a parking meter. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated that the tires and brakes needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The consumer did not agree with the dealers findings. The consumer stated the tires and brakes were replaced on May 25, 2013

- Long Beach, NY, USA

problem #65

Apr 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
When I'm driving my car, it will suddenly stop accelerating as though someone threw the car into neutral. When this happens, the wrench light comes on and I have to coast over to a safe area to turn the car off and turn it back on. This happened on the freeway at speeds over 70mph, on streets, after a red light, turning corners. Over and over again this happens and it started happening at about 50-thousand miles and has gotten worse. Today this happened more than six times in a twenty mile radius.

- Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #64

May 252013


  • 60,000 miles
Driving along down the driveway and the car went into slow mode. Non-responsive to gas pedal, engine sputtering. Happened to my wife earlier this week on the way to work. She pulled over, turned off the engine and restarted. Drove fine then so she brought it home and switched cars. Engine wrench light comes on but after restart disappears. Hooked up to my obd scanner and it showed P2111 code.

- Waynesville, OH, USA

problem #63

May 232013


  • 44,000 miles
Going about 45 mph when all of a sudden the car started to coast, there was no warning light. I pushed the gas pedal to the floor and it was as though the car was not getting any fuel to the engine there was no acceleration. I coasted to a stop turned off the engine waited a few minutes turned the car on it seemed fine so I finished my errand. On the way home I was going approx. 50mph on the local highway and the same thing happened. Took my car to a local Ford dealer (I thought it was still under warranty) they said it would cost $900 to clean the throttle body as recommended by Ford but they were not sure it would fix the problem. The throttle body part was on back order and they were not sure when they could get one. So now I have a car I am afraid to drive.

- Gulf Breeze , FL, USA

problem #62

May 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
I was driving at highway speed when I heard a click from the car engine. Acceleration gradually declined. The gas peddle did not respond. I pulled over to the side of the road and turned the engine off. As I was slowing to park, to turn off the car, the car surged several times. I was able to restart the car, with a hesitated start and get home. This happened 5 times over a two week period of time. I took the car to the Ford dealership and had the electrical throttle body replaced. This corrected the issue.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #61

May 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 74,300 miles
Driving 65 mph on interstate highway at 7:30 a.M. on May 13. Suddenly, there was no longer power. The vehicle would only idle, not accelerate. The wrench light came on. After towing to the local Ford dealer, I was informed that the vehicle would require a new throttle body.

- Tea, SD, USA

problem #60

May 202013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I was traveling 60mph, car suddenly stalled on the highway. Gas paddle did not respond. Engine light & wrench light was lit. Stopped the vehicle completely & turn the engine off. Waited couple of mins and start again. No wrench light but engine light goes off. Now this happens every day.

- Houston, TX, USA

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