really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,752 miles

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2009 Ford Escape steering problems

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2009 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 10 of 11)

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problem #32

Nov 042013

Escape 4-cyl

  • miles


I was traveling on the turnpike when all at once my car jerked then lost power, I was unable to steer the car so I coasted on the median till the car allowed me to turn onto an exit ramp. My husband came and checked the truck, it started and seemed to be okay. The entire month of November the truck starts however the steering wheel is locked. I have to cut the car off and on at least 6 times while trying to turn the wheel before it unlocks and allows me to move the steering wheel. My husband called the Ford dealer and was advised that the entire steering column would need to be replaced, and I would have to bear the cost. I don't feel this is fair because I researched this matter and found there are a lot of complaints about this matter. I am not able to drive the truck because I'm afraid there could be a catastrophe. I think something should be done to fix this matter. Thanks

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #31

Dec 012013


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the steering wheel became hard to turn without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic re repairs performed. The failure and current mileage was 130,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #30

Nov 242013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 85,505 miles
Our 2009 Ford Escape has lost it's power steering, while I was driving, twice this week. It was nearly impossible to control the vehicle, yet it was still running. It is electric power steering so there is nothing that can be done to prevent it (I initially thought my power steering fluid must be low). The first time it happened, on Friday, I had it towed to my mechanic. Nothing showed up on the dashboard at the time and nothing showed up on his scanners. When the truck was started again the steering worked fine. We decided it must be a fluke. We only have 85,505 miles on the vehicle. It just happened to me again, while I was driving. My husband was supposed to drive to our friend's house North of boston (we are South of boston). He cancelled. It terrifies me to think of what might have happened to him at high speed on those highways. We got on the internet and discovered this is a very common problem in 2008 & 2009 Ford Escapes. It turns out the entire steering column needs to be replaced to fix the problem, average cost is $1500. Ford is aware of this dangerous life safety problem yet has not issued a recall. Do people really need to die first?

- South Weymouth , MA, USA

problem #29

Nov 222013


  • 126,000 miles


Was driving at slow speeds on residential roads and power steering stopped without any warning and could not turn the will without hard force and it still wouldn't turn fully only turned about maybe 20 degrees left or right, very dangerous the epas is terrible turned it off and back on and it started working until my wife drove it and got stuck in the middle of the road... took it to a mechanic and they could not figure out the problem im taking it to a Ford dealer today and will pay an arm and a leg to protect my wife and 8 month old son for something that shouldn't be faulty in the first place very unnerving to know Ford would allow no remedy for something so dangerous.

- Rhome, TX, USA

problem #28

Nov 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 18,300 miles
While making a slow right turn the power steering quit working. I got off the road, checked under the hood & found nothing. Got out the manual, it says power steering is all electric and there is nothing to check. I restarted the Escape and power steering was fine. After 80miles on the road a sudden power steering failure with no warning is dangerous.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #27

Nov 032013


  • 78,000 miles
Started car and wouldn't steer correctly hard to turn wheel.

- Lowell, OH, USA

problem #26

Sep 282013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


I am trying to park my car and steering became so hard that I could not turn the car into the parking spot. This is happening for 3 rd time and I am really scared to drive the car now.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #25

Aug 022013


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the steering wheel failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the steering column was replaced. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 56,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #24

Jun 252013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Electric power steering repeatedly fails; usually when first starting vehicle, but once while driving at approximately 30mph. Local Ford dealer was finally able to determine that the steering column assembly had to be replaced to solve the problem with the electrical power steering system; approximately a $1500 repair bill.

- The Villages, FL, USA

problem #23

Jun 232013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
My wife was driving in our neighbor at 25 mph when the steering went out. She was able to get home and park since she was close by. The steering was very hard to turn left or right. This morning when we started the car to take it to the dealer the steering was working. The car is currently at the dealer for testing. The temperature was 80 degrees so clearly cold was not a factor. Thank goodness this did not happen on the freeway in traffic.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #22

May 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles


After backing out of a parking space without incident, then putting vehicle into drive, the vehicle lost power steering. The wheel was extremely difficult to turn, almost to the point of feeling locked up. After pulling over and checking the engine, the vehicle was shut off, then turned back on in a moment and the wheel freed up and normal turning resumed. The vehicle was driven home, a few miles away, without further incident. This problem has been reported about the 2008 and 2009 Escape on the following website with each report having almost the exact same symptoms and "solution", of turning the vehicle off and then back on again. See website: www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2008/Ford/Escape/steering www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2009/Ford/Escape/steering this problem could easily cause an accident, and according to the statements of a few on that site, accidents have occurred. Numerous posts state the dealer indicated the solution is to replace entire steering column at a cost of $1200-$1800.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #21

Mar 012013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 150,000 miles
At highway speed, powersteering locked up. After shutting vehicle off and restarting, pump re-engaged. This has happened frequently since, and causes the vehicle to be uncontrollable. Steering becomes so tight that any adjustment is nearly impossible and driver is at the mercy of speed until able to stop. Dealership reports this to be "common" but a major repair, and not the result of excessive use or abuse. Clearly, this is a design and safety issue.

- Gowen, MI, USA

problem #20

Mar 222013


  • 77,000 miles
While operating my vehicle, a 2009 Ford Escape, the steering wheel locked and I was not able to steer the vehicle. Because of this I had to stop in the middle of the road, in the midst of traffic, and turn the car off. Upon starting the car back up the steering wheel was back to normal. While driving approximately two minutes later the wheel locked up again. Upon further inspection I was informed that the steering column was defective. I was also informed that there was nothing that could be done to fix it, it had to be replaced. This cost me approximately $1,400 to replace. I have done a substantial amount of research and have that found that this is a fairly common issue. Why has there been no recall in response to this ongoing issue? this is a safety issue that can not continue to go unnoticed.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #19

Feb 272013

Escape 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the power steering failed. The steering wheel became extremely difficult to maneuver. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised her that the steering sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages was approximately 74,000......updated 05/09/13 updated 05/24/2013

- Commiskey, IN, USA

problem #18

Jan 152013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
At the time of the first incident I was driving my 2009 Ford Escape down a two lane road when the steering locked up. After shutting off the vehicle and restarting the problem stopped. After a few weeks it started doing it more frequent immediately followed by a intense shaking in the steering wheel the vehicle can't even be drove now due to the safety issues it poses.

- Marion, KY, USA

problem #17

Feb 252013


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 39 mph, the power steering assist failed. The vehicle was shut off and once restarted, the power steering assist then operated as designed. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed by a mechanic or repaired. The failure and current mileage was 127,000.

- Monroe, MI, USA

problem #16

Dec 312012


  • 78,686 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the steering became jumpy and the vehicle was difficult to steer. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis but no cause for the failure was found. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 78,686.

- Auburn, PA, USA

problem #15

Feb 092013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 128,600 miles
On 2/9/2013 I was driving on a city street at 25mph when I lost my power steering. Took car to dealer and they couldn't find anything wrong they said it corrected itself. I took the car and the same thing happened on 2/18/2013. I returned it to the dealer and they did a diagnostic test and told me the sensor in the steering control assembly was only operating intermittently. They replaced the entire module and had to align the vehicle. This cost $1256.22. I had to wait for the part as it was on national backorder. I checked with another garage in another town and was told that he had just got the same complaint on another 2009 Ford Escape. He said that the national backorder indicated this was a prevalent problem and he felt there should be a recall as this is a serious safety issue, especially if someone were driving at highway speed. I am a pretty rugged guy and it took all I could do to keep the vehicle on the road. I keep my vehicle extremely well maintained and have the records to show all the service I have had done since it was bought. Also I am a professional driver.

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #14

Feb 062013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
The electric power assisted steering system failed. The vehicle was unsafe to drive since the system was working intermittently. When the steering system wasn't working, it was extremely difficult to turn the steering wheel. The vehicle was diagnosed by a Ford dealership in cleveland, oh. The Ford dealer replaced the steering column module at a cost of $1500.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #13

Feb 032013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 72,197 miles
On the first incident date my wife started the car and the steering wouldn't move. She turned off the car and re-started and the steering was working again. Then two days later I was driving and the steering wheel was jerking around a little, feeling like it was sticking then releasing.the movement was occurring in both directions. I then stopped and turned off the car for a period of time. When I restarted the steering was very, very hard to move. I turned off the vehicle and restarted, the steering was easier, but there was noticeable movement in the wheel while still parked. I took the vehicle to my local Ford dealer and they were well aware of the problem. The service rep stated that it would require a steering column replacement to fix for approx $1500. I was quit surprised that the service rep was so familiar with the problem until in talking with the rep. They stated that they had another Escape in their service dept. And that vehicle the electronic power steering had failed and it requires a new steering column also. The rep. Also eluded to it as being a fairly common problem. (not that you care but it's not even covered by the extended warranty I paid so dearly for).

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

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