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#148 of 163 Re: 2006 Escape Hybrid - Smart Junction Box Failure (door lock)? [gagrice]
Jul 05, 2006 (5:08 pm)
I think the real question to Ford is: "Is the production line in KC shut down? If not, why can't you divert one Junction Box for one of your customers from the 100? or so boxes being used every day to keep trucks rolling off the production line?" [I suspect the Ford knows the "good" boxes are at the plant and don't want to cost themselves any production delays.]
Hang in there
#149 of 163 Struts, brakes, or bearings failing at 70mph would be very bad...
Jul 06, 2006 (4:44 pm)
It's a 2wd, not 4wd. We get 32mpg - but that's with a lot of 70mph use. I can easily surpass 50mpg driving 50mph and under.
No - it's not the parking brake or the regenerative braking. It does it while accellerating, coasting, regenerative braking, regular braking...
There have been enough injuries to rescue workers by Hybrid vehicle battery systems that we have had special training for dealing with extrication from them. This involves not only removing the key and placing it onto the dash - but disconnecting the 12v battery system and then the hybrid system. Since the squeak can't be found and fixed, how do we know it's not something wearing into the gas tank or the hybrid batteries?
There is no way to know what it could cause when you don't know what it is doing. Prove to me that it's a strut (one of Ford's tries) - then prove to me that the strut failure won't cause the vehicle to be uncontrollable at 70mph. Tell me it's the brakes, or the bearings (as we've also been told) and you once again can't prove that a loss of that system will leave the car in a controllable state.
I don't think it's a doomsday scenario to say that if they can't figure out what's causing it - then the vehicle shouldn't be considered safe and driveable - especially when they have been suspecting things that would cause a loss of control of the vehicle if they failed at 70mph.
#150 of 163 Re: 2006 Escape Hybrid - Smart Junction Box Failure (door lock)? [mecheng1]
Jul 06, 2006 (5:34 pm)
I visited my Ford dealer for my problem and was also told it was the Smart Junction box and that it is on back order 2-3weeks. Once the part is in they will need my car for a few days and give me a rental.
#152 of 163 Re: 2006 Escape Hybrid - Smart Junction Box Failure (door lock)? [dkrayzie]
Jul 13, 2006 (6:59 am)
I have had this replaced on my 06 Mercury Hybrid. I had catastrophic brake failure. However, it is good now. As to wanting a junction box off the assembly line, you may not want to push for that fix. If we are seeing numerous problems with that part, then the current supplier may be providing faulty components. I would wait for a newer part.
Most recently, my "service brake system" warning came back on. Turns out that when my hydraulic master cylinder and electronic braking systems were replaced, they failed to bleed the hydraulic portion completely...at least that is what I was told. At this point, the brake problems are all fixed.
I have 5000+ miles on mine. Its been in the shop for 12 business days out of service. The same problem has recurred twice. According to MA lemon laws, in the first calendar year "in service" to fix the same problem 3 times, and a combination of 15 days out of service for any number of issues, then Ford gets a last effort to fix it... if everything is unsatisfactory, then the lemon law can be invoked and/or arbitration.
I go back in tomorrow to have the cruise control repaired. I was told there are only 8 cruise switches in the US.
I for one, am planning to support this technology. I am keeping careful records (even posting my progress here) in case this turns out to be a bad investment. Luckily, I do not have the squeaks (I have never used the emergency brake therefore haven't invoked the cable rear noise issues).
Good luck with getting resolution on the junction box. My dealership bends over backwards when I come to the shop. I have never been nasty, only polite. So far, my politeness and flexibility have paid off with great service (and free rental cars) !
#153 of 163 Cargo divider / partition for Escape
Jul 24, 2006 (4:17 am)
My company has started to use the Ford Escape as a service vehicle. We stock the vehicles with some service parts and, for safety sake, I want to locate a divider that would protect the passengers in the event of an accident.
I have not been able to find anyone who makes a cargo partition for these vehicles.
Is anyone aware of a manufacturer of cargo partitions for the Ford Escape / Mazda Tribute platform?
#155 of 163 High Revs/No power
Jul 31, 2006 (10:40 am)
I've read some past posts but haven't seen this and neither has the dealer. I'm here in the true No. CA. near the Oregon border. I have over 36,000 mi on my 2005. No problems until shortly before the warranty expired. Phew.
What it's doing - high revs and little to no power when the engine is under a load. It's like the clutch is going on a manual car. The tech orignially thought it was the transmission but called today and they are still investigating. BTW if the tranie goes, apparently they replace the whole thing and not fix it.
Anyone out there experience this? Anyone have that many miles on one yet? The guys up here work on 3 and I have the oldest one.
Rather than that problem I love it. Great mileage for the hills and better on the flats and goes great in the snow and offroad which I do 1-4x/week winter and summer. It was between this and a slubaru. This got better mileage and was about the same price.
#156 of 163 Re: High Revs/No power [bcaporaso]
Aug 02, 2006 (6:40 pm)
Recently, I have had some problems and they're starting to get annoying. After a year of near perfect behaviour, I have been experiencing surges, the car lurches forward, the orange wrench and service soon indicator appear and the gas engine, which keeps running provides no forward momentum power. - the Electric engine wants to work, however cannot maintain the speed and I am forced to pull over and restart. Once teh engine restarts, it revs quite high until, (I suspect) the battery is full charged again.
This has now happened to me 4 times, I have taken it to the dealership and they seem to be dumbfounded. The first time, they thought it was the master cylinder, so they replaced it. The second time they couldn't figure it out, the third time, they replaced a thermostat as they said the car thought it was overheating, the forth time, well it just happened today, so I'm off to the dealership tomorrow. A diesel Liberty is starting to look better and better all the time.
I wish I had an answer for you; however, I'm hoping your tech figures out what's wrong.
Post if you know the answer!
#157 of 163 Re: High Revs/No power [tobyonekenobi]
Aug 03, 2006 (9:27 am)
That is definitely more annoying than not being able to pass logging trucks going up hill on a 2 lane road. Dealer and Ford have no idea what's wrong. Ford said that "it may be normal". Hummmm...I don't buy that as it didn't do it last summer. They are supposed to put a computer in the car so it'll record the events. Since I live in nowhere there's only 1 computer and it's on an F250 that is really out in the middle of nowhere.
You must not be in California if you can get a Liberty diesel. They are touchy in the steering and seem to have a high center of gravity. Rather than that they are fun to drive and seem to be reliable. Boss has one and he's taken it to Baja and I've driven it to jobsite in all sorts of weather conditions.
I'll post something if I find anything out.