really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,171 miles

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2009 Ford Escape fuel system problems

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2009 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #99

Oct 052016


  • 65,669 miles


Purchased used 2009 Escape in April 2016. Check engine light on and gas leaks over tire well when the tank is filled all the way. Took it in and upon smoke test dealership stated the top of the tank is rusted with pinholes. Trying to charge me $1600 to repair with the filler piece. Not disclaimed upon purchase. Car was inspected prior to purchase.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #98

Sep 292016


  • 98,000 miles
This happens in all conditions. Engine will lose power and start stuttering like it is missing. Exhaust will stink and darken enough so that it is visible. Accelerator will not work as normal. Vehicle will eventually stall as service light comes on. Fuel pump replaced twice in 2 days. Mechanics find no codes stored. Throttle body replaced under Ford customer service program. It reoccurred the next day. This needs to be recalled and fixed. The vehicle will slow and stall suddenly and is a safety issue.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #97

Sep 122016


  • 100,900 miles
Gas tank. Lots of corrosion where filler neck connects to the gas tank. When gas tank is full gas leaks from the corrosion point. Vehicle was parked in my garage when I noticed a strong gas odor. I moved the vehicle to the driveway and noticed a wet spot on the garage floor that reeked of gas. The spot corresponds to the area below the gas tank filler. I'm concerned the leaking gas is an environmental hazard and also concerned the leaking gas may ignite causing a fire and possible explosion. Help!!!

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #96

Jul 312016


  • 65,000 miles


Vehicle no power and surging.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #95

Jul 242016

Escape 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Please see this clip on youtube that explains our issue. Https://www.youtube.com/watch"V=ucusqj3-evk my vehicle, without warning will lose power and the wrench light appears. Same thing, mechanic has no clue. Why can't Ford figure this out. It's dangerous. My wife has stalled several times in traffic. What can be done" thank you!

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

problem #94

Jul 022016


  • 2 miles
Wrench light keep coming on in motion

- Orange, TX, USA

problem #93

Jun 282016


  • 118,000 miles


My Ford Escape has intermittent stalling or seems like loss of power, car will stay on but seem like it wants to stall. If trying to give it gas it does not respond. Once turned off and then on again it works like normal until it happens again. It can happen at take off or while on the freeway going with the speed of traffic all of a sudden. At first I thought it was nothing but as time has passed it has become more regular and now I am having to get it repaired.

- Westminster, CA, USA

problem #92

May 162016


  • 85,000 miles
The vehicle has been leaking fuel since Feb. 2016 the engine light came on and I've replaced the evap. Canister due to the leak, the seal with it as well, and the canister purge valve. All this work was done at 2 different Ford dealerships. I was still leaking fuel and wrote to Ford who told me to take it to the dealership and they would fix it gratis. At the dealership they told me it was the gasket going into the tank and that "should" take care of the problem. It didn't. gas fumes still filled my car, and leaked gas all over the ground wherever I drove or parked. I returned to the dealership and told them I was still leaking fuel, but no engine light as in the last visit. They could smell it and see it had soaked the rear end of my vehicle. This time the mechanic told me there is a plastic ring around the top of the tank that was cracked and I would have to replace the whole tank and system for approximately $1000 additional on top of what I had already replaced. I asked him how all these mechanics could miss this"? and how can it crack if it's so tight in there unless the vehicle had been in an accident or is there a design flaw, or a failure of the part itself because of some problem in manufacturing. The car leaks while parked, in motion, and fills with gas fumes. I am terrified I may hit a pot hole and blow up. Myself I don't mind, but I have my 2yo grandson with me and that is just scary as all get out. And there is no engine light that comes on for this. He tells me the part seals as the system compresses when starting and the gas expands with heat that's why the overflow.that may explain some, but I lose a tank of gas every 2-4 days. If the break is at the top how is the gas leaving my tank in such extraordinary amounts" and the only people who serviced that car were Ford "mechanics".computer illiterate for uploads, but I have documentation& pics

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #91

Mar 222016


  • 87,670 miles
I had my evap canister leak which I paid to have replaced approximately 100 miles ago on this vehicle due to a gas leak. Now I've been told they have to replace the seal because it is leaking fuel around this evap canister and it's a "closed" system. They claim the seal blew because of the system when they put in the new evap canister. They offered to do this for an additional $178.60 at Ford's quick lane service. When they replaced the evap canister why didn't they redo the seal then? they claim it didn't show on the codes in the computer. Yet the gas smell never went away and I found gas under my vehicle everyday from before and since the "repair" of the evap canister. I was away and when I returned I called them and took it in and that's when I was given this information. They also tell me other internal seals can also go when they change this evap canister. I get the "privilege" of paying them each time they do a repair twice! one for whatever they replaced the evap canister which they swear was the only problem and then when it didn't reseal the system the seal blew. I find it very hard to believe they couldn't have seen or known about this seal from this happening before. And even if they didn't or couldn't, why wasn't the seal replaced as a precaution to their sealed system. My vehicle is a 2009 Ford Escape, and it has been in their shop for more repairs than I care to remember. Every time they fix one problem another one miraculously appears within 100 miles or so.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #90

Nov 102015


  • 120,000 miles
Throttle body assembly failed causing the vehicle to idle during driving mode. The vehicle would "limp along" without any response to pressing down the accelerator. Turning the vehicle off and then starting it again would correct the problem for a while until it occurred again.

- Arlington, TN, USA

problem #89

Oct 292015


  • 121,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. While exiting the vehicle, the contact noticed fuel leaking from the tank. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was informed that the fuel tank was rusted. In addition, it was diagnosed that the fuel tank needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 121,000.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #88

Oct 262015


  • 121,430 miles
Car sputtered out as I pulled into traffic.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #87

Sep 032015


  • 134,236 miles
The first two times the problem happened were immediately after backing out of my driveway, going to work. I put the transmission in drive and accelerated. Almost immediately the car lost power and slowed--putted along as if it were running on 2 cylinders. I stopped, turned off the engine and waited perhaps 20-30 seconds, then restarted the engine. Then engine then ran fine, and I continuted on my way. Yesterday, however, the problem struck 3 times as I was driving home from work. Each time, I tried the above response, and it worked--for a short time. I live about 4 miles from work, and the problem arose 3 times in the approx. 15 minutes it takes to drive home. My wife mentioned that the problem struck when she was driving the car the day before.

- Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #86

Jul 012015


  • 131,000 miles
Vehicle stalled and went into "limp-home" mode after accelerating from a stopped condition.("limp-home" mode is a mode programmed by Ford engineers to only allow the vehicle to move forward under limited power, generally only 1-2 mph.) I later found out that this was due to a faulty electronic throttle body. The vehicle then stalled an additional two times about two weeks apart from the first incident. I was able to use my own obd II code scanner to detect the error code P2111. I found out that this component was determined to be faulty and Ford Motor Corporation issued an extended warranty coverage for this component. However, Ford will only replace this part if they are able to document the error code themselves on their code scanner. The problem lies in the design of this vehicle in that it won't store this particular code. When the vehicle stalls, the only course of action is to turn off the ignition and turn it back on in hopes of resetting the trhottle body. This works but it cancels the error code. The driver is forced to employ this technique to continue their travel or faced with the option of waiting for Ford to come and scan for the code themselves. If this happens after normal work hours, this of course is not an option. The fact that this error code erases itself in an attempt to get the vehicle moving again is a catch 22 situation and one that Ford should correct. I was forced to purchase my own replacement throttle body since Ford would not replace it.

- Centertown, MO, USA

problem #85

Dec 102014


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the fuel cap warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the fuel cap malfunctioned and the transmission developed a leak. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

- Eastern, MD, USA

problem #84

May 282015


  • 138,000 miles
Driving to work which is about 2 miles from where I am located at. My car suddenly loses power, the radio is still working, A/C is still working as well as the engine but I was not getting no acceleration at all and to top it all off, my steering wheel locked on me and 3 lights on the dashboard illuminated: Wrench light, oil and engine light. I got the engine light fixed the other week as well as an oil change several weeks back and the wrench was the first for me. I done some research and I see that I am not the only customer with a Ford Escape with this problem. I called different mechanics, some say its the alternator or it could be the throttle body, but either way I am screwed because Ford charges an arm and a leg to fix the problem, but does not refund you if the problem continues to persist. I called my local Ford dealership in ft. Myers, fl and they told me to make an appointment and pay a $100 for a diagnostic too see what the problem could be, my issue is that I am afraid that I can not even make it to the dealership and I end up in an accident or I pay a $100 for them too tell me that there is nothing wrong with my car(something Ford is known for). I hope something is getting done with this problem, if not Ford is going to lose its customers and if so I am going to switch over to Dodge.

- Ft. Myers, FL, USA

problem #83

Apr 302015


  • 106,200 miles
Driving to work this morning at 70 mph in the far left lane, car again suddenly loses power, slows way down, no response when pushing on gas pedal and the wrench light was on again. Turned on hazards and had to cross 4 lanes of heavy morning commuting traffic to get off the freeway. As I stopped the car, again it acted like it was going to stall out. Put the car in park and turned off the motor. Turned the car back on, which didn't fire up as usual, but it did restart. Put the car in drive and drove to work without incident. I am scared to drive this car anymore! people on the freeway were not willing to slow down to let me over, the kept flying around me. I called two dealerships and explained what was happening and both said they would have to charge me to diagnose the problem regardless of the reported throttle body issues. They told me if the problem didn't happen when they test drove my car or if the code didn't come up that there was nothing they could do for me. I would just have to hope it wouldn't happen again!?

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #82

Apr 272015

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • 106,177 miles
Started accelerating as I was approaching the freeway entrance, suddenly lost power. Pushed down on gas pedal and felt no response in acceleration. Turned on hazards and crossed two lanes of traffic to get to the side of the road. As I stopped to put the car in park, the car seemed jerky like it was about to stall. Put the car in park, tuned off the engine. Restarted the car, it didn't fire up right away as it usually does, however it did start. Put the car in drive and drove home without further incident that day.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #81

Mar 272015

Escape 4-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I drive a 2009 Ford Escape which has been meticulously maintained and is in excellent shape. In March of 2015 I began to notice that puddles of gasoline were appearing under my vehicle. I took it to the dealer immediately and was informed that the fuel tank had rusted through and was leaking. This is arguably one of the most serious safety hazards that can be found on a vehicle, especially for one that is only 6 years old. Ford should have adequate measures in place to prevent rust on such a crucial part of the vehicle.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #80

Feb 172014

Escape 4-cyl

  • 61,477 miles
Throttle body emissions sensor. Eec test codes for throttle position sensors a & B. check engine light started to come on and go off periodically. Had is checked out at multiple places over the next year and now is over 80,000 and Ford refuses to cover under warranty.

- Maumee, OH, USA

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