really awful
Crashes / Fires:
17 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
11 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,395 miles

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2008 Ford Escape steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 16 of 31)

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problem #303

Feb 072014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


I was driving down the street and my power steering stopped working for the third time in a month causing me to run off the road because I couldn't make the next turn. If I pull over, turn off the car, and restart then it works fine. If I was going any faster, this could have been fatal.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #302

Feb 212014


  • 101,500 miles
I was driving in town and all of a sudden my power steering locked up and would not release. Usually if you put the car in park, shut it off, let it sit fore awhile then start it back up it well eventually release. However, it happens regularly and is a dangerous thing to have happen suddenly.

- Farmington, NY, USA

problem #301

Feb 162014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I was attempting to leave a gas station when the power steering failed. Turned the vehicle off for about 10 seconds, then on again. Still no power steering. With great difficulty and with no power steering, backed away from the gas pump to an out-of-the-way area. Turned the vehicle off then on again. Power steering returned. I checked online to find that other Ford/Escape owners have experienced the same thing. It also happened again two weeks later at another location.

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #300

Jan 032014


  • 75,000 miles


Power steering stopped working while turning corner--car hit mail box @ 10mph. Power steering goes out anytime.

- New Baltimore, MI, USA

problem #299

Jan 012011

Escape 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
When I start the ignition en various occasions I don't have power steering I have to turn the ignition on and off multiple times until I regain power steering. While I'm driving my steering wheel starts trembling and shaking. When that occurs and I come to a stop I loose my power steering. I have to turn the ignition on and off multiple times until I regain power steering.

- Cedar City, UT, USA

problem #298

Mar 242014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 146,000 miles
While driving at highway speeds the steering wheel began to pull and shake to the left and right. The power steering also shuts off entirely while driving, and randomly when starting the car. The car is incredibly difficult to steer when this occurs, making it almost impossible for me to drive. Shutting off and restarting the car will sometimes restart the power steering, but the shaking and pulling does not stop.

- Weatherford, TX, USA

problem #297

Mar 212014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles


This is the fourth time that the powering steering has gone out on my Escape. I have reported the other incidents as well. Just impatiently waiting for Ford to recall this issue that is life threatening!! these last two times have been at a low rate of speed thank goodness! its really scary when the steering goes out while driving. I really like my vehicle but I think I am going to trade it so driving will be less stressful for me, even though I have invested thousands of dollars in this vehicle. Ford sucks and needs to help save lives... I will not buy Ford again, this neglect really makes me angry!

- Airville, PA, USA

problem #296

Feb 262014


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the power steering assist suddenly malfunctioned as the steering wheel became very difficult to turn. The contact stopped the vehicle and turned the engine off. After restarting the engine the vehicle operated normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering column was faulty and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. No additional information was available. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Norwich, ND, USA

problem #295

Mar 182014

Escape 6-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
My Escape had a faulty power steering sensor or steering column that would allow the power steering to stop working at unknown times. This happened several times while driving and affected the way the car would steer. I had to replace this at the Ford dealership at a cost of $1,200 to me. This should be a recall item that Ford is required to pay for.

- Middleton, WI, USA

problem #294

Mar 252014


  • 90,000 miles
While driving in regular traffic, I noticed that my steering wheel would shudder when stopped. After parking, shutting off car, and then returning, my car had lost its power steering. It has intermittently returned after turning car. Off/on, but it is happening more often. Quick internet search listed very similar issues and symptoms. All pointing towards the electronic steering assembly. Which looks like it costs nearly $1400 to fix usually. I find this extremely dangerous and will not be having my wife or child in this vehicle.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #293

Mar 262014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 126,000 miles


Without warning, the power steering on my 2008 Ford Escape simply went out. I had no issues or indication that the steering was about to fail and suddenly, the power steering simply stopped working. Fortunately, this loss of power steering didn't result in a crash in my case. I quickly scheduled an inspection at the Ford dealership and they confirmed that the power steering had in fact failed. In researching this issue on the internet, I have found scores of other people with the same issue. I discovered that Ford had changed from a hydraulic power steering system to an electric system starting in 2008. Clearly this system is defective and should be looked into immediately. I was lucky not to have had an accident but one day some one will be killed when this system fails again. Don't let this turn into another issue like is currently happening with GM ignitions and lives are lost.

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #292

Feb 112014


  • 160,000 miles
I was driving down the highway slowing down to make a left hand turn and was unable to turn wheel. After researching it found out if you have the heat on it will cause the sensor to over heat. This is unacceptable.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #291

Mar 242014


  • 108,000 miles
For the last couple of days, whenever I put my car in reverse and begin to back up, I lose my steering ability. The only way I can get my steering wheel to work again is if I turn my car off and then turn it back on again. Well, today, it happened again, but this time I tried multiple times to turn my car off and turn it back on and my power steering would not kick back in. I have read through many complaints on here as well as other sites and see that a lot of people are having the same issue with their 2008 Escape. I have seen that it can cost over $1400 to get it fixed!! I do not have that kind of money right now!! the fact that there was no warning light to tell me that something in the power steering was going is ridiculous!! in the past 2 years I have had to replace the transmission, get a new battery, get brakes, tires, new gas tank, new sensor for the heating control, and the list continues. This car is only 6 years old and just past 100,000 miles!!! I should not have had to replace all these things already!! I am not about to put another $1400+ in this vehicle especially since it seems to be an ongoing problem with many other Escapes. Time to do a recall people or you can gladly take this car back!!

- Franklin, PA, USA

problem #290

Mar 042014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 201,333 miles
While driving I lost all power steering. The SUV became very difficult to steer. Once I was able to muscle it over to the side of the road the steering wheel started to shake back and forth on its own. After turning the car off then back on this went away for a short time. Then after about a month or so it happened again. Now this happens frequently. I cant drive without this happening. This is very dangerous and needs to be recalled.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #289

Jan 132014


  • 53,000 miles
This happens multiple times on a long drive over 30 minutes. As I am driving the power steering in my 2008 Ford Escape XLT will fail and I will lose the ability to steer my vehicle. I have almost had several severe accidents on the highway when it happens at 70mph. This is a huge safety issue and there are many reports of this happening online to similar 2008 Escapes. Ford has been silent on the issue. This needs a recall in place immediately. Ford is aware of the problem and how to fix it. Average repair costs are >1400. I can not afford that and will continue to drive/risk my life until this is recalled because I have no other options. The problem resolves itself after restarting the vehicle but happens a short time later. Please look into this, I don't feel safe and this is a huge safety issue.

- San Marcos, TX, USA

problem #288

Mar 152014


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape.. the contact stated when he attempted to pull out of the parking space, he was unable to steer. The contact stated that the failure had occurred multiple times. The vehicle had not been taken the dealer or independent mechanic for a diagnoses of the failure.the manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The failure mileage was aproximately 119,000.

- New Albany, MS, USA

problem #287

Mar 202014


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 140,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #286

Mar 062014


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel became very difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the power steering column sensor needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 118,000.

- West Orange, NJ, USA

problem #285

Mar 072014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 89,543 miles
At idle and while driving the steering wheel twitches from left to right uncontrollably and without warning. Many consumers I've researched are having same problem followed by total power steering failure and extreme difficulty in steering.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #284

Feb 252014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 166,395 miles
When I was driving and then going to make a turn the car gas and steering shut down and the car would not move any longer. The steering wheel also got stuck in the process of turning and. The gas peddle also have been getting stuck before this incident it has been going on for at least 3yrs 2011 until 2014 the present we have gone to check it put no diagnosis was done to let us know the steering column system was out until this year when the car went out completely. This is not an acceptable problem and I should not have to pay to get it repaired.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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