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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,822 miles

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2010 Ford Escape drivetrain problems

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 18 of 24)

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problem #130

May 172013


  • 50,000 miles


As I was driving on a highway, the car began sputtering and then there was no acceleration. While the power remained on, the car drifted to a stop. After getting the car towed to the local dealership, I was told there was nothing wrong. A week later, the exact same thing happened again and I was then told the throttle body was defective. I was also told that this part was on a nationwide back order and my car was not be fixed until at least a week later. Today, my check engine light came on. Also, my sister owns a 2010 Ford Escape and had exactly the same problem about a week ago. Both cars had about 50,000 miles on them.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #129

Jun 142013


  • 52,000 miles
Driving on the highway 55-60 mph, the engine seemed to shake/jump and the the care lost all acceleration power. The "wrench" light came on, I coasted off the highway onto the shoulder, turned the car off and restarted. It ran fine for a few minutes and then did it again. It happened a total of 5 times getting it to the dealer about 12-15 miles away. Dealership has reported it is the throttle box and needs to be replaced. The part is on national backorder of 1 to 3 weeks!

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #128

Jun 062013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 68,955 miles
While driving on the interstate in morning rush hour traffic, the vehicle suddenly lost power and throttle control (went into limp mode). I had to move over to the emergency without power and stop the vehicle. After turning the vehicle off for a few minutes, it started and ran ok. Then on 10 June, the same issues occurred again at highway speeds but in little traffic. Again on 14 June it happened 3 times within driving 10 miles again on the interstate at highway speed and in afternoon rush hour traffic. The third time an obd II dtc was issued. Upon arrival home I scanned the code and it was P2112 throttle body stuck closed.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #127

Jun 022013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 39,345 miles


I was driving about 40mph and my Escape all of sudden lost power. The vehicle stayed running but it would not drive forward. The traffic was light, so I was able to pull over with my flashers on and stop. Had the traffic been in rush hour there could have been a major accident. I tried to put the vehicle in reverse and drive and it wouldn't do anything, but the engine stayed running and the "wrench warning light" appeared on the dash. I then turned the vehicle off and waited a few minutes and started in up again. Everything then ran fine. I took the Escape to the Ford dealer where they found out that the power failure did occur in the throttle body air intake and it needed to be replaced. They also informed me that they had another Escape that was needing to be worked on with the same problem and parts were on backorder and it would be a few weeks before mine would be fixed.

- Lenexa, KS, USA

problem #126

Jun 142013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
While driving 70 mph down interstate my 2010 Escape suddenly lost all power without warning. The wrench light on the dash came on, the gas pedal was non-responsive and the engine idled extremely rough at a low RPM. Luckily I was able to get to the side of the road - nearly caused an accident. Unsure what to do I looked in the manual and saw that the wrench light meant powertrain failure and it advised to contact dealer. I had shut the car off, but decided to try and move it farther off the road so I started it again. The light was no longer on and the engine was running smoothly. I decided to attempt to get closer to home and drove about 5 miles before it happened again. I was in the right hand lane, so I was able to pull right off the road. This incident happened two more time during a 20 mile trip. This is an extremely dangerous issue. I could have caused a horrible accident tonight and there is no warning that this is going to happen. By the sound of it the throttle body is on national backorder. I hope Ford steps up and takes care of this huge safety hazard.

- Holden, MO, USA

problem #125

Jun 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 36,960 miles
I was traveling at highway speed, 60 mph, when the engine suddenly lost power and I had to coast to the side of the road. The warning indicating a problem with the throttle control/powertrain came on. I turned the motor off and restarted the engine, the light went off, and I proceeded to work without further incident. After researching on the internet and talking to my dealer, I was told it was a defective throttle body part and is on "national back order" and will be at least 2 weeks before they can get the part in. On the same day, on the drive from home from work, the exact same problem happened, but this time at about 35 mph in traffic. Fortunately no one was right on my bumper at the time. There is absolutely no warning when this happens, it just suddenly loses power.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #124

Jun 132013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 36,100 miles


During highway driving at approximately 40 mph the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration, stalling, and the throttle/power train indicator light came on. I was forced to pull over on the side on the road, turn off the vehicle and restart. The care drove for approximately 3 more miles and then the issue recurred. I immediately proceeded to my local dealership (dealership where vehicle was purchased). During that trip, the "check engine" light came on. I was advised by the service technician that this was due to a faulty/failed throttle body but that the parts were on back order indefinitely with no word from Ford as to when they would be available. I was advised to continue to drive the vehicle in its current state until such time as the part was available.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #123

Jun 012013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 32,300 miles
Driving on the interstate at 60 mph, vehicle without warning is unable to accelerate while attempting to change lanes. Again on 6/12, accelerated from a stop light, without warning the car is unable to continue to accelerate and stops in the middle of an intersection during rush hour traffic. Turned car off, turned it back on again, was able to get out of the intersection and pull over to the right hand lane before it stopped accelerating again. Vehicle was towed to Ford dealership they found that the throttle body needed to be replaced.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #122

Jun 082013

Escape 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
This first started several weeks one day after filling up my car all of sudden it would not go. I pulled over barely missing being hit. I turned the car off for a few minutes and it would start up and I could go. This didn't happen again for a couple of weeks. The next time I was low on gas. It happened two more times. I kept thinking I had bad gas. Then last Saturday I was out shopping and it happened numerous times. I was so scared by the time I went home I was a nervous wreck. I can't tell you how many times I was almost hit. Even the morning I took it into the car dealer it died four times on the way. My car acted just like the situations in your article. Now the dealership at Ford is making me rent a car. I can't drive mine. Ford is saying they don't know if it is a week or a month before they get these parts in. They can't fix my car because there is such a big back order for this part. Somebody needs to get these motels recalled and get them fixed.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #121

Jun 102013


  • 47,100 miles
Car cut off while driving. Ford dealer said it is the throttle body. Will take 4 to 5 weeks to receive the replacement part.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #120

May 312013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 49,150 miles


1st time: At traffic light making a left. Light changed, hit the gas, car went forwards then lost power, brakes and steering worked had to coast through the light to the shoulder, idling rough. Wrench symbol on dash was lit. Turned car off, checked manual, wrench symbol not in manual. Turned car back on and ran fine. 2nd time, 300 miles later. Driving when the car lost power, dropped to idle while driving, brakes and steering worked. Coasted to side of the road, wrench symbol was lit on the dash. Idling rough. Ran a vehicle health report and it showed: Urgent powertrain malfunction / reduced power turned off car, let sit for a minute, restarted and drove fine. Took car to dealers, states its the throttle body, on national backorder with no idea on availability.

- Paramus, NJ, USA

problem #119

May 262013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 29,800 miles
While driving on the expressway I suddenly lost acceleration, began to lose speed and noticed the wrench light on the dashboard came on. I had to pull over onto the shoulder while semi trucks and cars blew past me. As I was trying to contact roadside assistance, I restarted the car and noticed the wrench light was gone. I was then able to get back on the road and continued to my destination without further incident. I took my car into a certified Ford dealership for service and they advised they found nothing wrong with the vehicle and located no stored codes in the computer. Yesterday on 06/11/2013 the same thing happened again while I was on the expressway. I had to get on the shoulder wait a few minutes and restart the car. Both times I was so grateful my 19 month was not in the car with me which is unusual. I plan on taking it again to have it checked out but I'm anticipating the same response.

- Frankfort , IL, USA

problem #118

Jun 102013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 36,800 miles
As we were driving down the road we lost power, had to pull over to the side of the road. The vehicle then started lurching forward and we had to turn the car off to make it stop. When we restarted the car it would drive fine for a few miles then lose power again and again begin to lurch forward. This happened 4 separate times before we had the car towed to the nearest dealership. This is a common problem in this model Ford and it needs to be recalled.

- Wildwood, MO, USA

problem #117

May 302013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Driving on highway, at 65 mph. Car loses power and have to cost to a stop. Very dangerous situations trying to cross 4 lanes of traffic to get to shoulder of highway and stop safely. This happened once on 4/26/13, took to dealership, they said nothing wrong. Continued to drive until happened again. Happened on 5/30 and 5/31 repeatedly until got the vehicle to a repair shop. Repair shop has had the vehicle for 10 days due to part not available. Part is not available because this is a recurring problem for Ford and these vehicles. This is a very serious safety issue and needs to be recalled! please do something!

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #116

May 222013


  • 57,000 miles
In a 35 mph zone, when accelerating after slowing to allow vehicle in front to turn, throttle stuck open & car lost power. Was able to get to side of road and restart car and proceed. Same thing happened 4 additional times that day at various speeds accelerating to speed following a stop or using an on-ramp to highway speed. Have experienced "surging" previously but dealer ignored reports as "intermittent". car was towed to dealer on 22 may and is still there awaiting a new throttle control body. Shipment of new part is estimated as 17 June. Dealer is not providing loaner or rental car as the part is not considered part of the powertrain & is therefore approx. 6 months out of warranty. Since the car cannot "go" without the throttle control body - why is it considered part of the emission system vice the powertrain? with so many cars down for this part, it should be a recall.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #115

Jun 102013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 30,350 miles
I was stopped at a red light preparing to turn right. While at a complete stop, the vehicle jolted forward momentarily and again came to a stop. I turned right and immediately my accelerator failed and the car would only move forward at a speed less than 5 miles per hour. I coasted into a parking lot where I turned off the vehicle and restarted it. It accelerated normally for a moment before failing again. The warning light that appeared was correlated with the power train, per the vehicle's instruction manual. When inspected by a Ford dealership, the mechanic said the throttle system had failed and needed to be replaced. All inspections and services related to the vehicle were up-to-date and there were no other problems detected. No one was injured.

- Marion, IA, USA

problem #114

Jun 042013


  • miles
Throttle body failure, making my 2010 Ford Escape inoperable. It shuts down completely on the highway. I lost power on the interstate while in traffic. This happened 3 times and I've had to rent a car while I wait for the throttle body part which is on back order.

- Bessemer, AL, USA

problem #113

May 192013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
I was driving at 45 mph when the vehicle shuddered and lost power. It began coasting and I had no response from the gas pedal. I pulled the vehicle over and put it in park. I realized it was still running, just very roughly. I shut the vehicle off and restarted it, after which it drove fine. Since then, it has happened between 5-6 times in a 2 week period. I took the vehicle to the dealer to be diagnosed and they told me I needed a new throttle body, which is not covered under the power-train warranty.

- Bainbridge Island, WA, USA

problem #112

May 172013


  • 32,000 miles
5/17 while starting from a red light stopped, the vehicle accelerated but suddenly lost acceleration. Wrench light came on. I was able to move the vehicle to a parking lot and call for a tow. The technician said the issue was with the fuel line and I had my vehicle back. 6/7 similar deceleration happened and this time the vehicle starting knocking a lot at low speeds. Wrench and engine light came one. After turning off and starting again, the vehicle drove fine. I brought it home and one Monday (6/10) started it again to take it to the dealer. The vehicle drove fine for half a mile before exhibiting the same behavior or deceleration and frequent knocking. I pulled the vehicle over and called the tow. I have been told by the mechanic that the throttle body needs replacing and it is back ordered nationally.

- Los Altos, CA, USA

problem #111

May 212013

Escape 6-cyl

  • 69,900 miles
The first time I had just left a stop light and was accelerating and suddenly the vehicle lost acceleration and even with my foot pushing the gas pedal to the floor, it would not accelerate. I pulled over, let the car sit for a few minutes, cranked it back up and it drove fine for 2-3 weeks. (6/7/13) then after driving for 4 hours at highway speeds, this problem occurred again. It occurred three times before I got to my destination, all within a 30 minute timeframe. Each time it was able to be corrected by turning it off and restarting. Upon arrival at my destination I let the car sit for about 15 minutes then we took the car out again. It de-celerated one time at highway speed and one time at approximately 45 miles an hour. In this last set of occurrences the emission/check engine light symbol came on as well as the wrench symbol. Both times it was again able to be restarted - the two times in this round of occurrences happened within 10 minutes of each other. The car then sat overnight (6/8/13) and as I pulled out of the driveway to take it to a mechanic yet another occurrence happened. Again it was able to be restarted and I was able to drive to the mechanic and back (round trip of about 30 miles). While at the mechanic shop they ran a diagnostic and it came up as a problem with the throttle actuator control system. I do not have the error numbers at this time to notate.

- Woodford, VA, USA

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