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1.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,406 miles

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2009 Mercury Mariner steering problems

steering problem

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2009 Mercury Mariner Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Nov 172015

Mariner

  • 45,000 miles

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

I started the car and when I began to drive the wheel would not turn. I asked the parking garage attendant to try and he could not turn the wheel either. I had to get a flat bed tow truck to take the car from the garage to a Ford dealership. Ford told me the whole steering column needed to be replace due to faulty steering module. It cost me $1,100.17 to replace the steering column. On August 19, 2014 I brought the car to Ford to be serviced for recall 14S05. Because this recall was for power steering and the Ford Motor Company is aware of this problem, I thought the expense would be part of the recall. I have come to learn the the recall was to update the software only. Which was done to this car and didn't help. The Ford Motor Company should be held accountable for the seriousness of losing the ability to steer the car due to faulty manufacturing and the compromised position that is placed on the driver, other cars on the road and pedestrians. This car has only $45,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #16

Sep 152015

Mariner

  • 92,833 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Mercury Mariner. When the vehicle was started, the steering ability was lost. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was restarted and the power steering returned to normal. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column needed replacement along with the power steering control module. The contact also stated that the vehicle was repaired under a recall for the same failure on September 15, 2015. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 92,833.

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #15

Oct 272015

Mariner

  • miles
Power steering torque sensor went bad dealer told me.they say no recall no this

- E H T, NJ, USA

problem #14

Oct 102015

Mariner

  • 100,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2009 Mercury Mariner. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same failures as listed in NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering); however, the VIN was not included in the recall. While starting the vehicle, the power steering failed and was very difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #13

Sep 112015

Mariner

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Mercury Mariner. The contact stated that the power steering failed and was very difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the electronic sensor failed. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000.

- Staten, NY, USA

problem #12

Mar 032015

Mariner 6-cyl

  • miles
Under recall 14S05 the electronic steering assist was updated but did not fix the defect. The recall only gives a chime and warning that steering is going to fail. The chime went off but didn't give the warning on the instrument cluster until I went to the dealer to see what the chime was. When I was driving down the freeway at 70 mph my steering started to shake and the vehicle began to vibrate. I can only imagine if this were to totally fail while traveling at that speed.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #11

Dec 162014

Mariner 4-cyl

  • 115,800 miles

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

Started my car to warm up and noticed my steering wheel vibrating and twitching side to side. Upon driving it still continued to vibrate and make a noise. The vibration and noise has become worse. Called Ford dealer to have it looked at thought it might have something to do with the electric power steering recall. I received the recall in October but at this time my car was not acting up and I have busy work schedule so had not had it looked at yet. But on December 29th, 2014 I took it in. The mechanic tolls me all the recall was for was a software update. So I figured that would fix the vibration and it didn't. I feel just because my car don't throw a code at that time I took it in Ford will not replace the torque sensor now even though the mechanic could visible see my steering wheel vibrating and twitching. So now I get to fix it my self like many other Ford owners. All the software did for was is warn us our power steering is out. They should have been made to replace the defective torque sensors. If our torque sensors wasn't going out we wouldn't had needed that software up date. Ford is getting away with the cheap simple fix. I don't know much about the computers they use on the cars but the computer probably don't though a code unless something is not working at all not just going bad. The mechanic should be trained to diagnose with their eyes and ears too.

- New Castle, IN, USA

problem #10

Jan 092015

Mariner

  • 115,910 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Mercury Mariner. The contact stated that the when the vehicle was started, the steering wheel vibrated without warning. In addition, the contact stated that when the wheel was turned to the left or to the right, there was a clicking noise emitting from steering column. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the software needed to be updated. The vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering) however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,910.

- New Castle, IN, USA

problem #9

Jan 042015

Mariner

  • 23,324 miles
Stopped to eat and keys would not come out of the ignition.

- Lake Zurich, IL, USA

problem #8

Nov 152014

Mariner

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Mercury Mariner. While operating the vehicle, the power steering suddenly malfunctioned and caused the steering wheel to become very difficult to turn. The contact stated that the recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering) was received in August of 2014. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who updated the software, but the failure progressed to the point that the steering wheel shook. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who indicated that the vehicle would not be covered under the recall, although the codes listed in the recall were present. The contact notified the manufacturer who also indicated that the recall remedy was previously performed and no further service would be done under the recall. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Panama, NY, USA

problem #7

Apr 182014

Mariner

  • 120,000 miles

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

For many weeks the steering of the Mariner has been "twitching." Then a few more weeks later, at the time we would start the vehicle the steering would not be working making it very hard to turn. We would just restart the vehicle and it the steering would be back. Now the steering will quick as we are going down the road. This is very unsafe and has the potential to cause an accident. The vehicle is very hard to maneuver when the steering quits, and if it were to quit as you were making a turn or in a sharp curve, the outcome could possibly be very bad. This is clearly a safety issue.

- Shelbina, MO, USA

problem #6

Feb 132014

Mariner 4-cyl

  • 137,500 miles
Started the car like normal went to leave from my parking space when steering wheel would not turn freely. Drove that way to work (thought it was ice in system due to a snow storm) called my mechanic but when I went back and started the car again it was fine, it did not occur again for a week. One day as I was driving it started happening which never happened before. Read a post that it happened to some other peoplethis is a real safety hazard, I have a kids and grandchildren that ride with me I will not put their lives on the line.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #5

Feb 292012

Mariner 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Power steering stops working while driving. If you stop shut off car then restart power steering will work for awhile. Ford has no recall on this problem. Suggested from Ford dealership was to replace steering column at $1400. This is not an intermittent issue and effects 2008,2009, 2010 Ford and Mercury vehicles. Afraid to drive car.

- Campbell, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 192014

Mariner 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles
While waiting at a stop sign to make a right turn, my steer wheel jerked in my hand and seem to lock. When the traffic cleared, I tried to make the turn and the steering wheel had definitely lock, making it impossible to turn and steer and placing me in a very dangerous situation. I stopped the car and turned it off while in traffic. When I restarted the car the steering had unlocked. My car was in an accident a month prior to this incident and I had body work done, however the dealership and the insurance company both stated that this was not a result of the accident. The steering on the 2009 Mercury Mariner is electronic and failed to operate properly. The entire steer column has to be replace at my expense.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 212013

Mariner 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
The 2009 Mercury Mariner is experiencing intermittent failure of the power steering system. (at least 3 times so far) when the car is started, the steering is nearly impossible to move. Repeated restarting of the car will sometimes restart the power steering and then the car is drivable until it is shut off. The dealer tells us that the only repair authorized by Ford is the complete replacement of the steering column - an approximately $1300 part plus the hourly rate. This is an extremely dangerous type of failure. If it would occur while my 17 year old daughter is driving the car, she would be unable to control the vehicle and would most likely cause an accident.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 212013

Mariner

  • 63,300 miles
My daughter was driving my 2009 Mercury Mariner at a speed of 25 mph. The steering wheel basically locked up. No warning. I checked online and there are numerous complaints about this happening. This is an outrage! if she or I would have been on the hwy at a high rate of speed we would have been killed. I have three granddaughters who ride in this vehicle as well. I just bought this vehicle January 2012. It only has 63300 miles. I take it in to the Ford dealer for service check ups and oil changes. I do take good care of it. I have seen online repair could be over 5K. This is a huge safety issue!!! why hasn't this been recalled with so many online complaints?

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #1

Dec 152012

Mariner 4-cyl

  • 121,042 miles
While traveling at 55 mph, power steering stopped working making vehicle very hard to steer. By turning key off and restarting, while tugging on steering wheel, power steering will start working and may last 30 minutes or 3 minutes. While working, steering wheel shakes and makes noise. Vehicle pulls to the left. Ford denies having had this problem before and wants to replace steering column for $1,396.57. Complaints on the internet about this problem are numerous. I do not want to buy another defective steering column and don't understand that power steering problem would be solved.

- Hurley, NM, USA

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