Some of the most common problems associated with a Ford Escape include the failure of the exhaust gas recirculation system differential pressure sensor, alternator problems and ignition misfires. This sport utility vehicle is also known for internal transfer case issues on models with four-wheel drive.
A Ford Escape owner knows that there is an issue with the exhaust gas recirculation system differential pressure sensor because the check engine light typically comes on. This light occurs with other symptoms such as stumbling or hesitation when driving.
There are a number of symptoms associated with a failing alternator including an indicator light illuminating on the dashboard and headlights that flicker. Usually there are other electrical issues that occur such as failing power locks, air conditioning and dashboard lights. A dying car battery and a car that stalls are both additional symptoms of a failing alternator. Replacing the alternator costs from about $350 to over $800, as of 2015.
Ignition misfires also are common in the Ford Escape, which means the ignition coils are failing. This is a repair that needs to be done as quickly as possible, as these misfires cause issues with other parts in the vehicle. The fix for this problem is a replacement of the bad ignition coil. The cost of this repair ranges from about $175 to just under $300.