Last post on Jul 05, 2013 at 2:46 PM
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#113 of 122 Re: Gas Mileage Decrease, engine running more often over last 6 months? [zacko]
Jul 18, 2012 (2:03 pm)
These issues sound like the electronics cooling pump (MCES) not working right. Also, the blend door actuator (for models prior to 2010) may not be working correctly.
If the battery gets too hot it won't operate.
#114 of 122 Re: Gas Mileage Decrease, engine running more often over last 6 months? [stevedebi]
Aug 30, 2012 (11:46 am)
I got the MECS and blend door actuator yesterday at the dealership for 1157. parts 496 and labler 680$ for what had to be 2hour of having it and 1 hour of work based on dropping it off and when they called back.
TSB 08-24-5 states that some 2005-2008 Escape Hybrid and 2006-2008 Mariner Hybrid vehicles may exhibit a red triangle light and codes indicating a transaxle overtemp. This condition may result in reduced power as the system activates fail safe operation. Codes P1A0E, P1A0F, P0A3C, P0A3E, P0A7A, P0A7C and P1A0D may also be set.
#115 of 122 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid starter problem
Mar 28, 2013 (8:03 am)
I'm the original owner of my vehicle and I have had no problems whatsoever--I'm a happy customer. Now, I'm a bit frustrated as my car is not starting consistently. When I turn the key and it doesn't start, I sometimes hear clicks coming from the rear of car passenger side. But sometimes there is no clicking sound and no starting either. I've taken it to 2 mechanics, including a Ford dealership/service center. The first mechanic replaced the battery (not the hybrid battery) and that seemed to solve the problem--the mechanic turned off the ignition and was able to start it 30 + times. Then I drove the car home and was unable to start it. I had to try several times. Sometimes I sit for 5 or 10 minutes and then it will start. Ford has been unable to diagnose the problem because every time I take the vehicle in, they are able to start it on the first try. It does not seem to matter if the engine or air temp is warm or cold. Any ideas?
#116 of 122 Re: 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid starter problem [lehuakea]
Mar 28, 2013 (9:04 am)
Check the voltage on the battery. It is possible that the 12v battery is not getting charged correctly.
However, on the FEH the 12v battery does not start the engine; the main traction battery does that. All the 12v battery does is power up the electronics to control the vehicle so that the big battery in the back can crank the engine. So you could have a bad traction battery. On a 2008, you would still be under the hybrid warranty for the main battery (unless you have more than 100K (150K in CARB states) on the vehicle. So that main battery would be under warranty.
Take the car to a Ford dealer who has Hybrid specialists. This car is very different than a normal vehicle.
I did a search on the Internet, but I did not find out how the 12v is charged (via the main engine or via mechanical charging). I suspect that the electrical system charges it, so lack of charging could be the main battery. If it is charged by the electrical system, there could be a problem with the pieces that step the 330v down to 12v. But this last part is conjecture.
#117 of 122 Re: 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid starter problem [lehuakea]
May 27, 2013 (9:52 am)
Did the reply by Stevedebi help out? Did you discover the problem? I am having the same issue with my 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid.
#118 of 122 Re: 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid starter problem [djules23]
May 27, 2013 (5:58 pm)
HI no actually it didn't b/c when I took it in they said it was the water pump which sadly isn't covered by warranty. When they fixed it I had no more problems. I wish it had been a less expensive option but oh well at least it works. Good luck!
#119 of 122 Re: 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid starter problem [forddriver2005]
May 28, 2013 (7:29 am)
"HI no actually it didn't b/c when I took it in they said it was the water pump which sadly isn't covered by warranty. When they fixed it I had no more problems. I wish it had been a less expensive option but oh well at least it works. Good luck! "
Was it the water pump (for the engine), or the MECS pump (for the electronics)? The MECS is notorious for failing in this vehicle, particularly before the 2010 model redesigned the pump. I just had mine done after my car shut down twice on the freeway. I had 64K on my 2008 at the time.
#120 of 122 Re: 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid starter problem [stevedebi]
May 28, 2013 (3:20 pm)
I'm not sure sorry. I paid and never looked back.
#121 of 122 2008 Escape Hybrid, wont start, wont crank, no anti-theft light
Jul 05, 2013 (10:31 am)
my escape hybrid had all the doors locked (did not lock it), i had to manually unlock the door and when i put the key into the ignition no lights came on. It would not crank over or start, no anti-theft light was on and was not blinking, no lights came on at all, no sounds of any kind either. decided to disconnect the battery under the hood for about 10 minutes and when i checked the escape after that there was no change. i let it sit over night and in the morning it started right up. what could cause this? i would hate to have this happen again. Went to a ford dealer to hook it up to diagnostic machine but they said if there are no indicator lights on then no code would show up at all. please help.
#122 of 122 Re: 2008 Escape Hybrid, wont start, wont crank, no anti-theft light [stotta87]
Jul 05, 2013 (2:46 pm)
I finally found the problem! I friend told me that the lock mechanism in the steering column can get loose, resulting in poor connection with the key/tumbler/whatever. I tried jiggling the key inside the ignition as I turned it--and voila--that did the trick. I took it to Ford to have the lock assembly replaced (~$500) and that solved the problem once and for all. Now I'm a happy Escape owner once again.
What's nice is that you can jiggle the key as you're turning it--the same way you would a cranky house key or something--and it is a way to diagnose if this is indeed the problem.