MY 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid
MY 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid has also been losing power steering on several occasions when turning and changing lanes on highway. Took to dealer he could not duplicate of course and was unable to offer any help with the matter as Ford is giving them no support of repair on the problem. What can one do to protect yourself??? Perhaps if enough of us have problems we can get their attention somehow.???
DOUBLE WHAMMY!! I have an 08
DOUBLE WHAMMY!! I have an 08 Ford Escape, not Hybrid.62,200 miles on the engine. December 9th I was on the freeway that had slowing of traffic. When I tried to accelerate I had no power at the accelerator and it completely broke down. That morning, for the first time ever I noticed a small pooling of fluid. Thought it was antifreeze and intended to have it repaired when I returned home 120 miles away. I never made it home. Turns out it was transmission coolant and my transmission went out completely on the freeway. This happened over a weekend and I googloed 'common problems with the 08 Escape'. It brought up literally thousands of complaints over the coolant leak problem and resulting need to replace the transmission. I got it back LAST WEEK with a 'used' transmission w/ 20k on it.
Yesterday, Jan 9th, I parked my car, running, while waiting for a friend at a rental car return. When I put my car in gear to leave, I had ZERO power in my steering. It was driveable but requires every muscle in my arms to drive it. May as well have been a tank! I borrowed another car to get my friend to the airport and when I returned to get my car back, the power steering was working again. Regardless, I took it to the dealer. According to the computer, there is a problem in the wiring harness (this vehicle does not use power steering fluid, it's electrical) and the dealer tells me they have to go through the entire system to identify where the electrical problem is. If it cannot be located, they will have to replace the steering column. I havent gotten any results yet from the dealer. Again, googled this problem and again, there are a multitude of complaints
After the transmission, i started wondering "how much can I depend on my Escape now?" Well, I have my answer. NOT AT ALL! Fortunately, I have a bumper to bumper extended warranty that covers the repair costs, but $100 deductible on each occurance. Not to mention the hassle involved with getting a rental, drop off and pick up of my own car and inconveniencing someone to carry me around to these places. I am self employed and do not have time to continue dealing with the sudden and apparent albatross that I own. I have been a Ford owner since I started driving, 30 years ago. I am done with Ford since neither probloem has been addressed by them and no recall has been issued over either problem.
BUYER BEWARE! Do your research before settling on a Ford Escape, especially 2008-2011.
I have a 2008 Ford Escape
I have a 2008 Ford Escape not a hybird and was driving this weekend on a trip and the power steering just went out. The car was still drivable but it went out in the middle of me driving on the freeway. The only way to get the power steering back to normal was to turn the truck off and turn it back on again. This is not safe and after reading the comments Im not sure what im going to do about it. This is very bad news very bad news to hear about Ford.
I have a 2008 Escape (not
I have a 2008 Escape (not Hybrid) and have had several bouts of power steering failure. 3 times were on a toll road in Orlando while passing under the electronic sensor that records toll usage (E PASS). Other times the warm afternoons seem to effect it. Very frustrating.
The anti-skid idiot light comes on every time it goes out. None of the mechanics I have spoken to have been able to tell me anything about it. After reading this blog I doubt Ford has a clue as to fix for this problem.
I have 2008 MAZDA Tribute
I have 2008 MAZDA Tribute Hybrid, more or less clone of Ford Escape Hybrid, the same POWER steering issue happening for me too.
It LOOSES Power in the steering in the middle of freeway driving/street driving, when i pull over, start it then the power come back up. The dealer is saying have to replace the whole steering column, guess what i have crossed the 3 years/36000 miles warranty , so i have to take the 3000$ charge. Isn't there any recall for this? i am really not feeling safe to drive this CAR with kids in it. Any idea why this would happen? and does it cost 3K for the steering module? will it fix this issue? too many questions i have now.