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#3417 of 4149 Re: Transmission slip ? [bachman]
Jul 10, 2006 (3:34 pm)
Stay far away from the Escape. I was a proud owner of a 2003 Escape for a couple of years, but the problems just keep building up, and Ford's lack of responsibility and slow response is as disgraceful as the rollover tires, and related deaths of a few years back
1. At 15k the switch for the sunroof was slow to respond.
2. At 55k, the $1,300 dealer installed DVD player crapped out.
3. At 65k, the air bag light went on, costing $105 for the diagnostic and $485 for new seat belt air bag resistors.
4. At 78k, the O/D light flashes, and now I have a $3,100 tranny to fix.
I never fixed the switch for the sunroof, which would have been the only thing under my basic warranty. Then again, I was happy until 55k, and I didn't mind pushing the button 3 times to get the sunroof open. Now it is a constant reminder of my poorly built FORD vehicle.
#3419 of 4149 Tranny prob.
Jul 12, 2006 (9:14 am)
I bought a 2002 Escape last year with 35,000 miles the first week I had it the tranny went out. They had to replace the tourqe converter,the pump and the pump shaft. Now A year and three months later the tranny went out again this time they said it was a valve.
#3420 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [kibbles]
Jul 12, 2006 (5:56 pm)
This is my first time here and I came to this site to try to find answers that my dealer seems unable to. My 2003 Tribute began having intermittent starting problems a year ago. It's been to the dealer 4 times, they updated software and had to reprogram the keys as that was the error message in the computer. The last 3 times (this one they kept it 7 days!!) there have been no errors noted so they seem unwilling to do anything they say because Mazda will not cover anything they cannot prove.But the dealer also claims this problem went away after a fuel relay problem was dianosed in the 2002's - he claims Mazda has no records of any stalling or starting issues in any newer model. Your posting here contadicts his claims and I thank you - I know I'm not alone now and am looking forward to a spited discusion as soon as they open tomorrow!!!
#3421 of 4149 Ford escape lunging
Jul 13, 2006 (10:20 am)
Can someone please give me their advise of what I am up against? I bought a used 2002 escape 4x4 manual transmission and 4 cyl engine It has 22,800 miles on it. It has been a very good vehicle for the last year. This week I noticed it being jerky and lunging as if I was in the wrong gear for the speed I am travelingand the check engine light came on. This only happens when I am using cruise control or slightly accelerating to keep an even speed. It is fine if i am accelerating at about 3k rpm and shifting. The only thing I have done diffrently recently was to fill up with BP gas.
Also can anyone let me know of any recalls that may be out there for the escape? is there a website I can go to to find out? How can I tell if my vehicle has recievied all the recalls it may have.
#3422 of 4149 Re: Ford escape lunging [ohbigdogs]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 13, 2006 (11:28 am)
Recall info (and TSB summaries) can be found with the Edmunds Maintenance Guide. The service writer at the Ford dealer should be able to pull up your VIN and tell you if all the recall work has been done.
#3423 of 4149 ESCAPE: DASTARDLY IDLE AIR CONTROL!
Jul 13, 2006 (4:08 pm)
My thanks to all who took the time to report the idling difficulty they were having with the Ford Escape (and Tribute). After pulling my hair out trying to diagnose the intermittent idle problem, I check this web site and found that I was not alone! Having changed the IAC, the car starts and runs beautifully.
Changing the Idle Air Control (IAC) valve on my 2001 Escape (with just over 100,000) wasn't much harder than changing a battery. I obtained the replacement part at my local auto parts store. NB: the valve does NOT come with a gasket so be sure to order one at the same time.
While I had the cowling off, I changed the throttle position switch as well. (Two Philips head screws!) Note that this device, which is spring loaded, needs to be rotated slightly upward (the electrical connector faces 3:00 (horizontal) when attached, 2:00 when removed and replaced.) These two cost me $78.
Suggestion: Don't bother removing and just cleaning the IAC. When the starting gets a little touchy, replace it!
#3424 of 4149 Re: steering/tire rod question [fordgurl]
Jul 13, 2006 (6:03 pm)
I have the same noise and it was the ABS ring broken. Ford will ask you to replace the hole axle, but it's no necessary. it's possible to change only the ring.
#3425 of 4149 Re: ESCAPE: DASTARDLY IDLE AIR CONTROL! [erictowse]
Jul 18, 2006 (11:03 am)
Just as a follow-up to your post. I've changed my IAC twice (2-times) since I bought the Escape in July 2001. I've got 94.5K miles and the Escape is still running pretty good. I just changed the rear-brake shoes at 94K miles. Overall the Escape has been a good vehicle for me. I'd like to keep it a while longer or at least until Fall and then check-out what the '07 line-up will be like for other make/model vehicles. So far no tranny-issues or engine problems. I've been running synthetic oil and transmission fluid in it from ~25K miles. I do expect more mechanical issues to start cropping-up just based on the age and mileage of the vehicle. But I am a firm believer in preventative maintenance and proactive approach to car-care. I would probably do the same with any new or used vehicle I buy in the future.
#3426 of 4149 Re: 2002 Ford Escape Transmission [bri66]
Jul 20, 2006 (7:33 pm)
I have a 2001 Mazda Tribute that I think might have the same front-end problem. Every time I go over a bump I hear a kind of a rattling or ticking, almost like something is a little loose in the undercarriage. It's a really short noise, i.e. you have to listen carefully because it comes immediately after a bump. Could this be the same shocks problem?
Any help much appreciated.