Common problems found in the Ford Escape include transmission failure, wiper motor defects, faulty air conditioning, rear lift gate problems and faulty door seals. Other problems include ignition coil faults, carpet padding problems and engine failure.
A faulty clutch and defects in the cooler may cause transmission problems in the Ford Escape. The car may experience loss of the second and fourth gears and sudden jerks when pressing the accelerator. Transmission fluid leaks and groaning noises when shifting to lower gears may also cause transmission problems in the Ford Escape. The air conditioning may go out or get rerouted to the dash vents when driving uphill. This problem may be caused by a faulty fan.
Wiper failure in the Ford Escape can be caused by a faulty wiper motor. Failure of the window regulator may cause window and windshield problems. A broken rear window striker plate and burnout of the windshield solvent motor can cause windshield problems as well. A faulty locking mechanism leads to popping rear lift gates during crashes. Cracking and breaking of the seals can cause faulty door seals, allowing outside water to seep into the vehicle.
A faulty ignition coil in the Ford Escape causes misfiring of the engine. This leads to flashing of the check engine light and engine noises. Carpet padding problems may cause foot pedal problems. A worn-out lower steering column connector and broken tie rods may cause power steering failures. Computer failure can cause the engine to shut down. Throttle body malfunction, serpentine belt failure and a cracked engine block seal may cause engine problems as well.