While driving 60 mph, the transmission exhibited an unusually loud noise just as the vehicle independently decelerated from 60 mph to 50 mph. Then the engine would race when trying to go into gear when trying to downshift to accelerate on passing and then slam into gear. The real problems came when I would be traveling at highway speeds in 6th gear and accelerate up a hill. With the parking brake engaged and your foot on the brake pedal, start the engine and move the gearshift lever through all of the gear ranges. Dealer was advised of the problem and stated that it was low on tranny fluid. When he inspected the vehicles, he observed smoke coming from underneath the hood of the Ford Escape.
The approximate failure mileage was 24,000. Sounds a bit early to be changing the trans fluid. If necessary, refer to Identifying components in the engine compartment in this chapter for the location of the dipstick. Complaint Number: 10422641 Incident Date: October 26, 2010 Date Added to File: August 30, 2011 Description of the Complaint: The contact owns a 2009 ford escape. When the acceleration occurs it feels like the cruise control is engaging even though the system was not on prior to acceleration. The contact no longer wanted the vehicle but the manufacturer refused to accept it. Complaint Number: 10369252 Incident Date: May 18, 2010 Date Added to File: December 5, 2010 Description of the Complaint: This 2009 ford escape was purchased august 1, 2009.
In addition to that same problem occuring, also now shifting is occassionally very hard especially when acceleration is harder like merging onto highway or passing another car. It took two weeks - mostly while corporate Ford argued with the local Ford dealer as to whether they should 'fix' or 'replace'. This didn't cost me a penny and they provided me with a decent loaner car in the interim. The wrench light came on, no speedometer reading, and she proceeded attempting to engage the car again. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. Speedometer read 60mph yet no rpms. She checked to ensure that the car was in drive.
And in the rare event that you need to contact the company that re-manufactures transmissions, they are. While pressing on the gas at highway speeds the transmission slips into neutral or starts jerking and will not accelerate and the engine revs up with no error lights coming on. There appear to be no leakage of fluids, the car has been properly serviced, has fuel, has a new battery, and we are wondering if this issue is now covered under any warranty. I felt sudden jerk and the powertrain light came on. Beginning may 19th, 2010 with a recall, the above-mentioned vehicle began sputtering, stalling and jerking upon acceleration.
While pressing on the gas at highway speeds the transmission slips into neutral and the engine revs up to 5,000 to 6,000 rpms with no error lights coming on. Forward momentum slows dramatically which is quite hazardous on highway. Regular transmission service is necessary to keep your car on the road. The car continues to accelerate without the gas pedal being pressed. It was also available with a 5 speed manual transmission. Take my advice never purchase one.
If your fluid is not discolored black and does not smell burned, then a simple drain and refill should handle the needs for another 20k miles or so depending on your driving uses. While driving 55 mph the transmission in his Ford Escaped caught fire. The vehicle was not repaired. Now my Ford Escape is down in Los Angeles and I am in Northern California with a rental car. Heat kills transmissions more than anything else.
Will update this complaint after my vehicle is looked at and diagnosed. Noticed transmission was slipping out of gear when shifting into reverse to back out of driving. This was covered by Warranty, but I am very worried it will happen again based on everything I've read. If the transmission is low on fluid, it most likely has a leak somewhere. I dropped 4 quarts and then added 4 quarts, drove to work I work 4 to 12. The vehicle was not repaired. I'll see what the dealer says and if they can fix the problem.
I was told if the tranny cannot be fixed it will be replaced with a remanufactured transmission. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who advised the contact to have the vehicle towed to the dealer. The vehicle was brought in for service on August 20th. Upshifts and downshifts are frequent. The vehicle will be brought back in for service.