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#119 of 146 Transmission Slipping, help!
Jan 20, 2012 (8:52 am)
Yesterday, while driving into town in a severe cold snap (-40 Welcome to Canada), 2004 Escape suddenly revved very high. It wouldn't do the shift into 3rd (though it had already been there). I initially thought something had froze up, but that's not the problem. Husband went to pull it apart thinking the bands needed to be adjusted?? But he says it's a nightmare underthere and he can't even get to the transmission filter. Advise please!
#120 of 146 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [wwest]
Jan 27, 2012 (9:53 pm)
My trans just went on my 2008 Ford Escape XLT 4x4 V6.....at 107 k miles. $3000 to fix. My first FORD....and my LAST. I feel for ya! In fact you want to know what happened to my car when this happened....my car started shaking, screeching...and accelerating at high speeds and would not shift into park, I nearly caused an accident. I have never towed crap with this vehicle, I use it for small road trips and driving to work. I still owe one more year of payment as well. This happened on my birthday last week, happy birthday to me right?! I so loved my Escape, at least now it will have a REAL trans in it MADE IN AMERICA, NOT MEXICO!
#121 of 146 Re: Transmission Slipping, help! [lyncar]
Jan 28, 2012 (11:42 am)
ATF level slightly low?
At -40 the volume might be unusually low, once the clutch "pistons" are filled with ATF there's not enough left in the sump.
For quite a number of years now factory fill levels, ATF fill, have been "just enough". Extreme cold may not have been in the plans. Warm up idle for a few minutes before driving..?
#122 of 146 Re: 2008 Transmission gone--70 K miles [tdd281]
Jan 28, 2012 (5:37 pm)
Sorry to tell you but I don't think you are going to get an american trans. I am also not impressed with Ford's trans. (had a 2010 and now a 2011) and there is no chance that Ford hears us. One reason is the dealers do not always report the problems to Ford directly. The other reason is all the advertising that Ford does they sell enough to cover up the % of bad problems. As long as we buy em and the car experts do not expose the true facts, it will remain the same. I can't believe that if a 2008 trans. went out just how long will the 2011 or 2012 last. I too will be looking for other auto choices.
#123 of 146 Re: 2005 escape tranny vibration at idle in gear [nvbanker]
Jan 31, 2012 (7:34 am)
Well I hope so.... My 2005 Ford Escape is doing the same thing right at 45 mph. I had a Honda Civic were I actually replaced the tranny twice and got rid of it to escape other issues. I just got this car and I can't deal with this same issue again. Please tell me something. I need to know because this vibrating is making me nervous. Do you think a flush will help?
#124 of 146 Got used '08 Escape w/bad tranny 6 weeks ago
Mar 05, 2012 (7:16 pm)
I bought a used (fleet) '08 Escape XLT w/52K on the odometer from one of those big chain dealerships who have prices set w/no haggling on the price.
I thought the noticeable shifting was "normal" and not objectionable to me
About 6 weeks into my relationship with this vehicle, the tranny started shifting a lot harder then:..... it started slipping I thought I got ripped off After mulling it over; I gave the dealer the benefit of the doubt because they deal with such large volumes and the fact that these problems are apparently so common; the sales person may not have known the harsh shifts were not "normal".
After some research: I discovered the drive-line is still covered for 5 years or 60K miles regardless of the chain of custody.
I took the vehicle to a reputable Ford dealer where they discovered a certain, internal part had failed. They ordered the part, however: the part was not in stock and they had no idea of when they would get more. The dealer contacted some higher-ups at Ford and arraigned to have a NEW complete tranny shipped from the factory!
I now have a brand new tranny in my '08 Escape.
It appears that heat is the main culprit in these early failures, so: my new tranny is getting a new cooler to help extend it's life span.
I don't know if luck or perseverance is why I got a new tranny, FREE OF CHARGE; but I have to give Ford Motor Company, and a great dealership, a lot of credit and appreciation for their efforts in addressing and fixing my '08 Escape.
Driving this appealing vehicle is a much better experience now that it shifts more like a Lincoln than a truck!!!
#125 of 146 Re: Got used '08 Escape w/bad tranny 6 weeks ago [scooter5111]
Mar 09, 2012 (5:08 pm)
OMG good for you. Why can't all the Ford dealers perform this way? There are so many people (inc. me) that are so angry at Ford for treating us like fools when we complain or try to get these horrible transmissions properly fixed. I have a 2011 Escape and due to it being leased I have not gone back to the dealer because of the abuse I took with my 2010 Fusion (sold it back to them). The people who aren't having problems are lucky. Have you noticed the new Ford ads are pushing the Edge, the F150, and the SEL Fusion only? The 5% drop in Ford sales for Feb., I think, is due to the trans. problems. Of course we will never know for sure. Again, I am happy you got a new transmission, just keep your eyes and ears at attention with the new unit.
#126 of 146 Re: 08 ford escape vibration [mustanggt335]
Mar 21, 2012 (10:39 am)
similar issue for me; i have a 2005 Ford Escape 4WD. Have not had one problem in 5 years until now. I too feel a vibration when i start out and it gets bad until i accelerate through 35mph.
Has anyone had this issue and know what it is? I had all the obvious like cv, drive shafts checked and my mechanic told me everything was good and tight!
#127 of 146 Major transmission problems
May 27, 2012 (1:33 pm)
I have my car at the dealers to install a second new transmission in 31,000 miles. The dealer has no idea why this car is destroying the transmission. Any ideas. How do I get Ford to extend the warranty since there is obviously a problem somewhere.
#128 of 146 Re: Major transmission problems [2010escape]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 27, 2012 (5:01 pm)
You could contact Ford and ask them to open a case for you. Maybe they'll have a tech inspect your Escape. Maybe there's something in their records that hasn't trickled down to the dealers yet.
But I doubt that they'll do anything to extend the warranty since you have a 5/60 drivetrain warranty. What I would do is keep track of your receipts and your complaints and take it to the dealer for service until it does run out of warranty. Then if you have more problems with it, maybe you can get Ford to cover it.
The Secret Warranty - Understanding After Warranty Assistance
If it fails out of warranty and Ford won't cover it, your receipts and complaints may help if you go to small claims or your local consumer protection agency for some sort of implied warranty claim.