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#24 of 163 My Ford Escape Hybrid wont start
Jun 25, 2005 (6:22 am)
Anybody encounter this? For the past few weeks, the hybrid would shut off completely when turning off the car. Dead. Nothing. Each time it seems to take a little bit longer before it might think about starting. Last night we stopped at the store before going to the movies and turned it off. Got out. Went to lock the doors with the FOB and nothing. It would not lock. I got in. It was dead. No radio in the ACC position or any position. Just dead. It remained that way until, I pressed on the brake for the umpteenth time and then the engine made a clunking sound like a old fashioned hard drive from the 80's would unpark when you turn on the computer after having moved it. I doubt that is the issue, but that is what it reminded me of. My wife took it to the dealership this week for its second oil change and described the problems to them. They also screwed up and had to keep it for two days longer because they broke the O ring when putting on the oil filter/cartridge. They did not have any on hand. Fortunately they provided a rental car at no cost. However they did diagnostics and found no issues. The onboard computer apparently doesnt log this particular problem. Last night after the movies we got home and the problem occurred again. Only it has been 12 hours plus at this point, and it wont start. No radio, no windows, no alarm. Nothing. I called the dealership. They said to call roadside assistance. So I have and am now waiting. They told me it would be 60 minutes or less. Then they called back and said it would be 2-2.5 hours now. Living 30 minutes from the nearest city, I guess, would do that.
I feel very slighted by all of this, as this is the FEH that was on of the centerpieces at the Washington DC Area Auto Show in December 2004.
#25 of 163 Re: My Ford Escape Hybrid wont start [richburk]
Jun 25, 2005 (6:52 am)
Welcome to the forum. Be sure and get back to us with what they find is wrong. That will make this a good database for troubles that are encountered.
#26 of 163 Re: My Ford Escape Hybrid wont start [gagrice]
Jun 25, 2005 (8:37 am)
Roadside assistance shows up. Pops the hood and checks the battery terminals first. Something that I should think that the Ford mechanics could have checked. He found one of the terminals loose. He tightened it and it started right up. He said that the car battery controls the internal electronics while the hybrid battery controls the electric engine.
So I am happy again.
#27 of 163 Re: My Ford Escape Hybrid wont start [richburk]
Jun 25, 2005 (12:55 pm)
rich... reading you problem a few posts up, i went through the same thing years ago with one of my wife's cars. glad to see it is resolved. maybe the tech was so afraid of being electrocuted, they disconnected the battery.
#28 of 163 Re: My Ford Escape Hybrid wont start [explorerx4]
Jun 27, 2005 (12:01 pm)
" maybe the tech was so afraid of being electrocuted, they disconnected the battery."
Pretty stupid tech then, the two electrical systems are independent...
#29 of 163 Re: Mileage [jimlane]
Jun 28, 2005 (11:52 am)
...29 mpg is about it....in my experience. I got my Escape Hybrid in Nov of '04 I think the best I've ever seen the readout say is 31.
Have you had any problems with your rear brakes making noise? I've had my in the shop now twice for problems they haven't been able to fix.
#32 of 163 staying in electric mode
Jun 28, 2005 (5:22 pm)
I did not want this issue to get mixed in with the noise coming from the right rear wheel posted above.
I am curious if I am the only one that thinks the gas engine kicks in too quickly upon acceleration.
Unless I press the accelerator VERY,VERY, VERY gently and creep away the gas engine turns on. I am not one of those persons that stomp on the gas and race to the next light. But it is ridiculous to creep away slower than I can walk for a substantial distance in order to stay in electric mode until 25 MPH, somtimes plus, is reached. I do my best to ignore the other drivers honking and sometime yelling while I try to stay in electric mode.
Perhaps this is a programing error. But it can't be right. My neighbor has a Toyota Prius and can accelerate at a reasonable, not fast, but reasonable rate and stay on electric.
#33 of 163 Re: staying in electric mode [talaria]
Jun 28, 2005 (6:08 pm)
"Perhaps this is a programing error. But it can't be right. My neighbor has a Toyota Prius and can accelerate at a reasonable, not fast, but reasonable rate and stay on electric."
The Toyota Prius is a much lighter car. You are driving a 700 extra pound SUV. It takes HP to get that much metal going.