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#17 of 130 Also wondering if it's alternator??
Aug 24, 2009 (1:23 am)
We have a used 2006 ford escape xlt (v6 and at 76 000 KLM ) and it won't start. It was working fine all day with the battery light going quickly on once. Then my gf used it to go to the store and came back without problems (although she did say she went over a bump on the way back home). Just as she turned off the ford she noticed the battery light, so she got curious and tried to start the car. Turned the key and all she was that dying battery sound and then a cranking noise, then nothing. If it was the battery, nothing in the car would be able to turn on....riiiiight??
We researched on the internet and couldn't believe how many people are having problems with the alternator O_O
#18 of 130 Re: 2004 Ford escape/battery drain [jelco145]
Sep 07, 2009 (8:55 am)
Update on my battery drain problem (sept.28,2008) Dealer replaced the GEM module, but if not driven for about 2 weeks, the battery will be so deplete that it will not operate the door locks! This is the third battery, GEM replaced, and the alternator replaced.The ford garage suggested hooking up a trickle charger ! They said they cannot find a problem.. I have owned many vehicles and have never experienced any thing like this. No help from Ford either>I had two vehicles in storage last winter from november untill april, and they both started after sitting nearly 5 months. Anyone out there with the same problem?
#19 of 130 Re: 2004 Ford escape/battery drain [jelco145]
Sep 20, 2009 (5:32 pm)
Wonder if your dead battery problem was solved. This is my second Escape and both had exactly your complaint. After 2 weeks parked the battery is guaranteed completely dead. My 2001 had the same issue. Dealer can not solve either car's same problem. So much for Arlington Heights Ford shop. Am on the 3rd battery but only a battery tender keeps it starting. Winter is really scary without the tender since it sits on my driveway. I believe I drive frequently enough although not every day. Dealer would only keep my 2001 for 5 days & refused to wait 2 weeks. They said they checked everything and I've metered for a passive battery drain but found nothing unusual. You mentioned the GEM module. What is this? We left on a vacation for 2 weeks last summer, came back to my completely dead Escape and my wife's 2004 Crown Vic started instantly. And she's on her original battery.
I've like Fords but this is my last Escape, for sure. Maybe my last Ford. I must have been nuts to get the second one but figured the 2001 was a freak. They I have found they must have made alot of them! And apparently dealers are no help.
#20 of 130 02 V6 XLS AIRBAG LIGHT FLASHING
Sep 29, 2009 (5:03 pm)
Hello, anyone had problems with the Airbag light flashing on and off for about a minute then staying on while driving. Sometimes it stays on while driving for weeks only to go off by itself and stay off for a couple of weeks. The patern repeats itself all the time. Help please!
#21 of 130 Re: 02 V6 XLS AIRBAG LIGHT FLASHING [raa1]
by vg33e power
Sep 30, 2009 (7:27 am)
Two things that come to mind from personal experience.
1) If you travel without a passenger in the front seat but set stuff down there (i.e purse, bag, lunch box, lap top, etc) the OPDS (Occupant Position Detection Sensor) thinks there is a small child or a passenger lighter then 60lbs in the passenger seat without a seat belt.
2) I know that on my 2004 Escape Limited there was a recall done pertaining to the SRS light flashing or staying on back in 2004 or 2005. The fix was as simple as intalling a believe a new connector underneath the seat.
Hope this helps.
#22 of 130 Re: 02 V6 XLS AIRBAG LIGHT FLASHING [vg33e power]
Sep 30, 2009 (9:15 am)
Thank you, will check with Ford and see if there is a recall on this for the 02 models.
#23 of 130 Re: Fire due to electrical short [lorrainel]
Dec 17, 2009 (6:13 pm)
The 02 Escape had a recall on the ABS module melting down and causing a fire.
Type "ford escape electrical problems" in you search bar... the problems are outrageous at best.
#24 of 130 Re: Alternator issues [ladydi081565]
Dec 23, 2009 (4:25 pm)
I am having the exact same problem as you described. I was wondering if you ever got this taken care of? I just had an alternator put in and a new battery. If you would let me know how yours worked out it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks and Merry Christmas ( if you celebrate it )
#25 of 130 2005 Escape Ltd Power cut out
Dec 29, 2009 (3:09 pm)
Our Escape recently started to have a power blip while driving, it wants to stall, but doesn't. The first time it happened the "Theft" and the "Check Emissions System" light came on. Several days have gone by and it has happened twice again. Seems to be electrical? I ran the diagnostic "push SET to check systems" button and it came up okay. Then, while parked I ran it again and the messages started scrolling automatically (you usually have to hit the button for each check message). Two messages beeped: "check Emissions" and "Charging System". Any clues for what is causing this? I've made an appointment with the Ford dealer, but they are booked until after New Year.
#26 of 130 Re: Alternator issues [tstimpfle]
Jan 02, 2010 (1:34 am)
I am having similar issues with my 2005 Ford Escape.
I have about 130,000 km on it. Got my battery replaced for the first time last winter.
However, since the summer, I have had to replace the same battery 3 times now. (All under warranty, so that is ok.) The current battery is less than 3 weeks old now and if the vehicle sits more than a day it wont start.
I noticed that taking short little trips wears out the battery it seems. It turns over when I start it, but it struggles. If I take long (200+ km) trips, then it will start no problem.
I also noticed on the highway that my lights dim. They seem to fade out (not off) slowly and gradually so that it is barely noticeable, but then for whatever reason they kick in again and I realize I have been driving with my lights on at about half strength.
The altenator was checked a few months ago, and they found nothing wrong with it.
I was going to have it replaced, but am worried this may not solve my problems.
Wondering how anyone else here made out with getting their altenators replaced.
If you could email me, it would be much appreciated.