really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,600 miles

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2010 Ford Escape electrical problems

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2010 Ford Escape Owner Comments (Page 1 of 8)

problem #154

Oct 262016


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. While driving 10 mph, the power steering seized and the power steering assist fault warning indicator illuminated. The contact coasted the vehicle to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the torque and bolt sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Braintree, MA, USA

problem #153

Sep 012016


  • miles
This can happen any time the engine is stop, while park at home, shopping any where the engine is stop. To start the key in inserted to steering column opening and it will not engage properly at times it takes to move back and fort the key while inserted and it will start, this is happening more often now. Took the Escape to grand prairie Ford Texas and they said it was the steering column lock module need to be replace plus an alignment total for $787.65 understand that the 2009 Escape has the same problem but Ford has issued a recall on it but not the 2010, this is rather absurd since the know the problem. Now I have the choice to repair or drive until the key no longer works, what a choice, I'm a widower, retired and live on ss, thanks Ford.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #152

Aug 292016


  • 88,000 miles
Takata recall / Ford defective product low mileage Escape involved in a frontal crash and rear ended another vehicle (2005 accura) and the air bag system failed to deploy. $13,000 Escape was totaled. This is unacceptable.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #151

Aug 152016


  • 80,000 miles


The ignition switch on my vehicle no longer works and has to be replaced. This is a recall for the 2009 Ford Escape but not the 2010 and Ford is telling me I have to pay between $500 and $600 to fix something they know if broken. The advisor even told me that Ford is aware it is the exact same parts in the 2009 and 2010 that is broken but Ford will not issue a recall until enough people complain about the issue. What kind of crap is that. So I now have a vehicle I am still making payments on because I purchased it preowned and cannot drive it because Ford has defective parts in the vehicle and refuses to own up to it until enough people come forward to complain about it. I spoke with an advisor at the five star Ford in plano, Texas.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #150

Jun 222016


  • 15 miles
My 2010 Ford Escape has a misfire between the steering or ignition column and the electrical system, the car rides very rough and has lost power steering during driving on a highway, brought into Ford dealership and they said no recall for the parts needed to repair, I read thenhtsa reports and read all the facts that happened to my car it said it is the control module and instrument cluster module.. but dealership said no recall.

- East Norriton, PA, USA

problem #149

Jun 012016


  • miles
The rear hatch lock will not release to open, only the window will open. This happens even when all of the locks are open.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #148

Apr 302016


  • 45,000 miles


Car died 3 different times while in traffic on a 4 lane highway. It's will start running ruff and the wrench light comes on the dash. Stop the car, put it park and shut it off for a couple of seconds, then crank it back up, the wrench light is off and it is running fine. The last time it did it, the check engine light came on. Took car to tire kindle so they could read the code as the Ford dealer was closed. Code was throttle control sensor was stuck wide open. This same problem happened about 10,000 back with my wife. The car had about 45,000 miles. She took it.to the Ford dealer and they replaced the throttle body as there have been this problem before. This problem should be resolved as it is life threatening by doing this heavy traffic situations.

- Satsuma, FL, USA

problem #147

Mar 302016


  • 79,180 miles
Driver side rear window would close, an hour later the rear lift gate would not open. There is no way to open the lift gate from inside car, if we were in an accident and needed to get out through the back.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #146

Mar 042016


  • 34,000 miles
Called Ford Motor Company customer service today regarding a used 2010 Ford Escape that we bought (from a Nissan dealership) yesterday. I researched the vehicle & learned that is a problem with the "electronic throttle body" (etb) in this vehicle. I was also told by the Ford csr that there a "redesigned" etb part that is used to replace the original part that is prone to fail suddenly. It also appears that sudden failure of the etb which according to Ford is prone to fail could result in sudden stalling and/or reduced power to the car.... which could place the drive (my 16yo son, new driver) in a potentially dangerous and/or life threatening situation while driving. The Ford csr acknowledged that, and even after he reportedly discussed my concern with his "manager", informed me that Ford would only replace the part "...after it fails". this is unacceptable to me as a consumer & father of my son who will be driving this car. Apparently, Ford is willing to "gamble" on my son's (and others on the road) safety & health. I called our local Ford dealership who informed me the cost of replacing the (prone to fault) ecb with the "redesigned" etb was $386 (=$210 labor + $176 part). It is absolutely unacceptable to me that Ford will not, upon request of a Ford Escape owner, replace at Ford's cost Ford's acknowledged prone-to-fail etb which can potentially put my son's life at risk. This far exceeds abysmal customer service... apparently Ford is willing to take a "known risk & gamble" on the health & safety of those who purchase/drive of their vehicles.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #145

Feb 032014


  • 97,411 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vent controls failed without warning. The contact was unable to use the air conditioning and heating function. Years before, the dealer replaced the power steering control module and the ic module, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body sensor and blower motor failed. The contact later experienced an extremely strong vibration in the steering wheel and the power steering warning light flashed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for further inspection to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V284000 (steering). The dealer replaced the parts. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 97,411.

- Ira, MI, USA

problem #144

Oct 012014


  • 40,000 miles


From the time we first bought the Escape (new) the battery light has came on at random times. We have taken in and dealer said there is not an electrical problem. When we drive the car and have the heat or air on it will randomly turn off and then a minute later come back on full blast. I also have rust under wheel wells that Ford said they would not cover because it did not preferate the body but is clearly creeping up the uouside of the rear quarter panel as well. I have seen this on many of the same year Escapes. When I pushed for results they opened an investigation then came back and said they would split the cost with me which I believe should be fully covered since it was still under the 5 year unlimited mileage body coverage. Also, my wife was driving the vehicle last week and it randomly stalled on her causing her to pull off the road. Safety is becoming a concern. Not pleased with results given.

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #143

Dec 272015


  • 46,617 miles
I had turned off the highway and was traveling down a busy road when my car completely stopped without warning. Luckily, I was in the right lane and on a bit of a downward slope and was able to steer the "dead" car off the road. I turned off the engine and waited a minute. I turned on the car and it started again. I am concerned as I do a lot of highway driving and if my car suddenly stops like that again, there could be dire consequences. The earliest a dealer can look at my car is January 8th. My local dealer - January 14th. Today is December 28th. After reading some of these reports, I am afraid to drive it. Meanwhile, I need to rent a car, until someone at a Ford dealer is able to look at it this is not the first time this has happened. However, after previously having the car towed to a dealership - I thought the problem was resolved.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #142

Sep 202015


  • 58,000 miles
I had been driving, then made a brief stop. When I started my car and put in "drive" to begin driving, my power steering was out. It was very difficult to turn the steering wheel. Luckily I was only about 1.5 miles away. I managed to get home but had the car towed to northgate Ford in cincinnati, oh the next morning. After 3 days at the dealership, they called to say there was nothing wrong with it. I know that other Ford Escapes have been recalled for the power steering going out, but checked my VIN and mine was not involved......yet! two months later, I took the car in for continuing difficulty with starting (nothing would happen for about 10 turns of the key, then immediately would start) and inability to unlock/lock car with fob despite changing battery. They had to replace the ignition lock cylinder, cylinder module and bolt. Suddenly the car both started right away and the remote key fob worked as well.

- Norwood, OH, USA

problem #141

Nov 252015


  • 121,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. While driving 55 mph, the steering wheel shook and became difficult to steer. The power steering fault warning light illuminated and the vehicle was pulled to the side of the road and shut off. The vehicle was restarted and the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering assist motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 121,000.

- Wading River, NY, USA

problem #140

May 052015


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. While parked, the ignition was difficult to turn and once it was started the ignition remained stuck in the start position causing the starter to remain engaged. The contact stated that he would have to hit the ignition for it to come out of the starting position. The vehicle would not start on several occasions. While driving at 30 mph, the vehicle started to experience a loss of power as if it would stall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not provided. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #139

Nov 142014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer more than twice where it was diagnosed several times that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The technician mentioned that the fuel was not properly circulating within the system which was causing the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #138

Jul 272015


  • 45,150 miles
My fan did not operate on the normal #1 setting but ok on the other settings. When I took it in to repair it I was told a board went out that caused the failure, the cause of that was from condensation from the ac tubing dripping on another board and caused both boards to go out. They had to replace both boards and reroute the ac line so it wouldn't happen again. I paid $954.06 for poor design/construction.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #137

Jul 222015


  • 99,890 miles
Without any warning or previous issues, my vehicle stalled several times when making turns and approaching stop lights. Battery checked out (had just replaced two weeks prior but had it tested again anyways.) at the time the battery was tested, I did not have an engine light on. An hour later a "wrench" light and the engine light came on. I received a computer diagnosis and it came back that the throttle body actuator was bad. I was almost rear ended the first time this happened yesterday morning because I was in the middle of a turn.

- Lantana, FL, USA

problem #136

Jul 022015


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that the rear hatch door activator latch switch mechanism seized, which prevented the door from opening. In addition, the panel lights failed. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 59,000.

- Grayson, GA, USA

problem #135

Jun 032015


  • 57,902 miles
I heard alert chime, looked at instrument cluster. Traction control, wrench, battery, ABS, airbag, and brake lights were all on.speedometer, tachometer, and temp gauge were all reading zero, fuel gauge appeared to be working. Radio volume speed compensation stopped working, A/C compressor shut down, fan stayed running. Driver information center was reading ____miles to E, fuel level low. After a few more minutes, the tire pressure light started flashing, and new message alternated on the driver information center tire pressure monitor fault. Then it just as suddenly, went back to normal. Now the same thing repeats repeats on and off almost every 5 minutes of driving or so. When I researched this on internet I find this problem is so common there is a company advertising mail order repairs for $199 problem is cold solder joints on instrument cluster.

- Troy, NY, USA

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