2008 Ford Escape Transmission

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Ford Escape owners have reported 19 problems related to transmission not engage (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Escape based on all problems reported for the Escape.

  1. 2008 Ford Escape Transmission Problems
  2. 2008 Ford Escape Transmission Rebuild Kit
  3. 2008 Ford Escape Transmission Recall
Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 1

Car began to show hesitation when accelerating on highway onramp. The next day, transmission disengaged while at a drive through. Car would not move at all. I then shifted into park and back into drive. Car violently jumped and then began to crawl. Was able to slowly move in an attempt to get it home. Transmission again disengaged while driving causing rpm to shoot up. Was able to push to parking lot and get it towed to local Ford dealership. I have seen many reports online of this same activity and care is less than 4 years old. Most owners have just passed the 60k mileage mark that the powertrain warranty covers. Ridiculous - Ford has already had recalls for other year models of the Escape and for other vehicles in the same year for this same issue. The 2016 Escape needs to be included in these transmission recalls!.
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Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 2

Tl the contact owns a 2013 Ford Escape. When the gear was shifted into park, the vehicle went into neutral. The contact had assistance with placing the gear in drive and took the vehicle to an independent mechanic. The mechanic released the gear shifter lever in order to drive; however, the gear could not be shifted into reverse or park. The contact also had to charge the battery. The contact was concerned that the battery had to be charged again due to the gear shifter not engaging into park or reverse. The contact spoke with an unknown dealer and was informed that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 18v471000 (power train). The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 56,826.
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Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 3

While driving in highway, car began to increase acceleration suddenly and began to lose speed. Transmission could not engage and vehicle would not move. Stranded in highway. Car was towed to Ford dealer. Mileage was 61,700 and Ford refused cover under 60k powertrain warranty. Transmission was rebuilt by dealer at a cost of $3,400.

Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2016 Ford Escape 4
2008 Ford Escape Transmission

While driving the car, there was a sudden loss of control over gear selection. Regardless of shift level position, 'd' or 's', gears will not shift above 1st gear, forcing speed to decelerate to only about 10 mph. Parking position became inoperative as well, and the car continued to move forward while in 'p'. No alarms or warning lights appeared. The car was not able to climb an incline, meaning that even 1st gear is not really engaged. The problem sounds like a similar problem to a recall issued for 2013 and 2014 Escape model years, when the bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission detaches. We are still waiting for a diagnosis from the dealer.

Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2014 Ford Escape 5

Tl the contact owns a 2014 Ford Escape. The contact stated that after shutting off the engine, the vehicle failed to restart. Also, the gear shifter failed to engage in reverse or drive and caused the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the vehicle might be experiencing gear shifter failure. The dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.
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Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2003 Ford Escape 6

Tl the contact owns a 2003 Ford Escape. While driving various speeds, the vehicle decelerated on its own and completely stopped. The contact also stated that the gear selector did not engage in the selected gear. An unknown dealer was contacted and informed the contact that the VIN was not included in a recall for the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000.
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Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 7

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds for a long time, a leak from the rear driver's side of the vehicle was noticed. In addition, the vehicle was losing power. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission failed to engage properly, the axels and parts to the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was then towed to a dealer out of state where axels were replaced but the failure recurred. The contact stated that after several attempts, the vehicle was able to shift gears and the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer again, who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced or rebuilt. The vehicle was not repaired and was inoperable. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 15v606000 (power train). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 115,000.
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Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 8

Tl- the contact owns a 2002 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while shifting the gear stick from drive to park, the vehicle rolled backed without warning. The contact was able to stop the vehicle by engaging the hand brakes. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the shift gear stick disengaged from the transmission and needed the shift lever assembly to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 15v606000 (powertrain). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 230,000. Jo.
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Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 9
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While entering a main artery of traffic from a side road, during the acceleration between 35-45mph, the transmission disengaged from the engine. The engine, not being subject to transferring energy to the transmission began to gain rpm exceedingly faster on its own with the operators foot still only applying the equal force applicable to normally execute the enterance on to the main road. The transmission regained traction with the engine and the vehicle suffered a violent lunge forward than disengaged once more and repeated the same again with the disengage and lunge forward. The operator was able to drive the vehicle around the block at no more than 10mph around the block to garage the vehicle and call Ford to report the incident.
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2008 Ford Escape Transmission
Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2007 Ford Escape 10

I was driving to a friends house and 2nd gear and fourth gear started not to engage only 2nd gear would at 4,000 rpms. 4th gear will not engage at all the car has only 119,235 miles and I have kept good service on it. I had the fluid flushed and still did not fix the problem. I spoke to a person that said that they will try to flash the computer. Hope it works I also hope that I don't end up in an accident on the road because the gear lunches into 2nd causing the truck to jerk forward.
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Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 11
2008 Ford Escape Transmission

Last night while driving at approx. 55 mph my 2011 Ford Escape without any warning or sounds slowed immediately to less than 5 mph. I managed to let the car creep into a local car transmission repair shop. The vehicle would not engage in forward or reverse. This morning I called my Ford dealer who asked that I leave the keys with the vehicle and arrange to have it towed to the dealership. Upon arriving to the transmission shop a serviceman suggested I try engaging drive and reverse, I did so and the vehicle did engage. I reported this to the Ford dealer prior to calling roadside towing and stated that I would not feel comfortable driving the vehicle until it is fixed. The dealer said he would advise me as soon as they investigate the problem.

Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 12

At 65 mph in rush hour traffic my vehicle transmission disengaged and my vehicle started coasting. I could not accelerate, the engine vibrated roughly when I tried to accelerate, and I had to pull over to the side of the road. It is my understanding the throttle body stopped working and caused this to occur. The same thing happened 3 more times on this same day. Once at 10 mph, once at 45 mph, and once at 55 mph. Each time I was able to pull over, shut off the vehicle and restart it. The transmission would re-engage and I could continue on my way.

Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 13

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Escape. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle began to shutter as the transmission disengaged. The vehicle did not respond to acceleration attempts and the wrench warning icon illuminated. The vehicle was moved to the side of the road and shut off. Once the vehicle was restarted, it regained normal operation. The dealer was notified and advised the contact that whenever the failure recurred, he should shut off and restart the engine in order to reset the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 79,000.
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Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 14

A couple of friends and I where on our way to la when we stopped for gas. Filled up the tank and then started the car, which started perfectly fine, I then put the car into drive and when I pushed the accelerator the car simply revved the engine and did not move. The drive gear was not engaging but second worked fine. First gear did engage also but it felt it was slammed into place not smoothly engaging. Had a near by mechanic look at it and he said that the transmission was giving out and that it would need to be replaced. I had the car towed to a dealership where I was told the clutch had blown out and taken the rest of the transmission with it and it all had to be replaced. It was a $3500 repair that I now wish I had done more research on because this seems to be a common issue. The car only had 54000 miles but it was 10 years old and there were no signs that the transmission was going out. The new transmission does come with a 3 year, unlimited mile warranty which is why I went with that instead of a rebuild which would have been a bit cheaper. After learning about all the problems this transmission has, I will be looking for a new car in the coming years. I like Fords but this really making think about getting a new car from some one else.

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Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 15

The Ford Escape 2008 with 76,559 was making a noise in the transmission when placing the reverse. Also there was a noise in the motor like a zoom . I took the SUV to the Ford dealer and they checked and found a problem with the transmission and the motor pulleys, bearings as well. The estimated repair cost $3,099. I decided to take the car home. While driving a distance of about 58. 2 mileage I was waiting in the road, the light change from red to green and when I press the pedal to pass the highway the Ford Escape 2008 make a huge noise and did no moved. The drive and reverse did not engage and the parking was making a huge crnak noise. There was not way no move then I wait in the side of the road until the road service came to take the SUV. I contacted the Ford customer service and they required the unit to be taked back to the Ford dealer for evaluation and support. They will need to repair the transmission and make pulleys, belts abd bearings changes. So far the delear will cover 25%, the Ford 50% and the custmer the 25%. The Ford Escape noise in the transmission and motor started about the same week of the August 04, 2011. The Ford Escape 2008 was taken to the Ford dealer on August 04, 2011 in the morning about 10:00 to 11:00 am and the failure occured the same day in the afternoon about 5:30 pm.

Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 16

Transmission will totally disengage when needed the most, such as entering the interstate. Very scary situation. Dealer says needs a complete overhaul. Only 18,000 miles.

Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 17

Driving when stopped tried to put vehicle in drive and would not go. The failure is the transmission, have had the vehicle for a littler over a year and has been in the shop for at least 9 months. Rebuilt Ford tranny still cannot get it right. 1st time would not do into drive2nd time driving down the highway and went into high rpm's and wouldn't shift gears. 3rd time stopped went put vehicle into drive would not engage. 4th time would not encage to reverse. 5th time would not engage into any gear.
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Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 18

Purchased new Ford Escape January, 2005. Transmission disengaged and failed August, 2005 with only 6091 miles on the odometer and in busy intersection. Car had to be towed to drew Ford dealer. . . Transmission overhauled. Transmission disengaged on September, 2005 with 6710 miles on the odometer. At this time we were traveling 70 mph on freeway with considerable traffic to negotiate to the roadside. Car towed again to dealer. Transmission overhauled again after manufacturer refused to replace transmission with new one. Were told by drew Ford that it was a different part that failed the second time and that it was a result of faulty assembly by the manufacturer. We have serious concerns about getting behind the wheel of this vehicle and trepidation that our safety may be jeopardized if this happens again.

Transmission Not Engage problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 19

2008 Ford Escape Transmission Problems

Just after the warranty period on my 2002 Ford Escape expired, I started having trouble with the transmission, specifically, the transmission would not engage in reverse without revving the engine and having the gears jump into place, causing the vehicle to lurch backwards. When I contacted my local Ford dealership where I had purchased the SUV, I expressed to them my displeasure in having transmission trouble at only 35,000+ miles and was informed that it was not unusual to need a new transmission at that odometer reading, and, indeed, they had replaced transmissions as early as 12,000 miles. I contacted my regional Ford corporate headquarters about the problem without any success. On Thursday, may 12, while traveling 55 miles per hour on the highway, the transmission failed, with the car sounding like I was revving the engine in neutral, and I was losing power quickly. I had to get off the road quickly and was unable to engage the transmission in any gear. After having the car towed to a transmission facility in indianapolis, I was told that the problem did not originate in the transmission, but was the result of a ground circuit problem. Ford constructed the car with the ground running through the transmission, which means that every time the car is started the high voltage running through the transmission melts the gears together. Additionally, the transmission was leaking onto the front suspension, which meant the ball joints needed to be replaced as well. The transmission company rebuilt the transmission, replaced the ball joints, and added an additional ground so that the problem would not happen again, which resulted in a total cost of $3655.

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Other Common Power Train related problems of Ford Escape

2008 Ford Escape Transmission Recall

Problem CategoryNumber of Problems
Power Train problems
Automatic Transmission problems
129
Transmission Failure problems
Automatic Transmission Control Module problems
90
Transmission Fluid Leaking problems
Vehicle Shudder problems
58
Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems
Transmission Gear Slipping problems
40
Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems
Transmission Noise problems
30