We just got it towed back home. Once I Pull Over And Restart The Car, Everything Appears Normal Until The Next Time It Happens. There Was No Other Indication That Anything Was Wrong With The Vehicle — No System Notice Of Overheating, Faulty Electrical, Etc. There Are No External Indicators To Warn Other Vehicles Of The Sudden Slowdown And Lane Change And The Driver Dare Not Use The Brakes To Signal Others Because To Hit The Brakes With The Engine Shut Down And The Vehicle Already Quickly Slowing To A Stop Would Cause The Feh To Abruptly Stop In The Middle Of Highway. The Return Trip Had No Issues.
. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. If you lock the car when it was full the alarm would go off. July 06, 2013 Driving On Highway With No Apparent Problem, Then Suddenly, Three Things Happen Simultaneously: 1 The Gas Engine Shuts Off Completely, Leaving No Power To Maintain Speed, Deceleration Happens. Unknown because even the dealer could not figure it out. Just what I need along with all the other expense stress of the Holidays! Two of the failures nearly caused multiple car pileups because the interstate was full of cars and semis when the engine cut out. It is a huge safety concern and while I was not injured, the fact that I had to suddenly slow down and pull over could have resulted in other car owners on the freeway being in an accident.
The car will not restart. I received warnings on the dash and the information panel stating to slow to a stop and service the brakes. When I finally made it to the shoulder of the freeway, I opened the hood, nothing was overheating, no steam, coolant levels normal. My 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid had the main battery fail at 97,000 miles and 6 months out of warranty bought in June 2007. My 2006 Ford Escape has given me a morning from hell, shutting down in 21 degee winter cold. I restarted the vehicle after about three minutes and was able to complete the 75 mile commute. Restarting, failure lights still come up, braking still extremely difficult.
Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The Same Thing Happened Three More Times In The Next Few Days Before I Took The Car To The Dealer To Be Fixed. At The Very Least ford Should Be Notifying All Owners Of These Vehicles About The Defective Cooling Pumps And Need For Replacement. The car shows no symptom prior to the Stop Safely. Took Vehicle To The ford Dealer And They Confirmed This Was What Was Wrong With My Vehicle. If This Problem Happens When Someone Is In The Middle Of A Busy Expressway, Or If Someone Is Being Tailgated, Etc.
Class Action Legal Help If you or a loved one has suffered similar damages or injuries, please and your complaint will be sent to a lawyer who may evaluate your claim at no cost or obligation. The owner's manual instructions state 'stop the vehicle, shift to park, turn the key to off position and attempt to restart the vehicle. At that point, i was just mad to miss my vacation. I Did Some Research And Found That Many Other ford Escape Owners Have Experienced The Same Situation As I Did Where The Vehicle Lost Power While At High Speed And Put Them Into A Dangerous Situation. While driving various speeds, the stop safely now warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle decelerated independently. When the light turned, I pressed down on the accelerator and the car started to move as normal.
A look under the hood, and the brake fluid is almost completely gone! This first happened on February 27th 2013. I do understand the need for this to eliminate the possibility of a fire, but these should be replaced every 50,000 miles to stop the engine from shutting off. This Condition May Result In Reduced Power As The System Activates Fail Safe Operation. The failure often happens multiple times on the same trip. The original situation occurred while traveling 70mph on the I5 southbound near lake elsinore, ca in the hov lane on the freeway, and two days ago it was stationary and could not be started after driving it that morning after sitting for one hour.
Could have happened on the interstate and it would have been way worse. Vehicle Is Still At Dealer At The Time Of This Post. Turned Engine Off And Waited For One Minute And Restarted. This Was In Late Morning Traffic And A Semi Was Able To Slightly Swerve To The Right In Order To Avoid Rear Ending Me As I Had Sudden Reduced Power And Little Median Space To Coast To On My Left Side. In Researching This, I Found That This Is A Common Problem With ford escape Hybrids And That It Is A Faulty Motor Electronics Coolant Pump. Message was gone and car driven home. I Restarted The Vehicle After About Three Minutes And Was Able To Complete The 75 Mile Commute.
This research had been done a year ago when I was approaching the max time on Ford's warranty. Part should be recalled before fatalities occur. I have been on a freeway, bridge, regular street, traffic. This is a very serious safety problem because failure is only triggered by driving at highway speeds or driving up steep hills and the shutdown is immediate no prior warning , causing sudden and significant drop in speed and frantic actions by the driver to abruptly steer the unpowered car to the shoulder. I am sure they know what is the error code.
Jump on forums and see an easy fix may be the relays under the hood, by the brake reservoir. Vehicle Was Transported To Hybrid Certified Dealer, Where The Throttle Body Was Replaced under Warranty This Time And The Pcm Was Reprogrammed. The Failure Often Happens Multiple Times On The Same Trip. Once you stop safely and turn off the car, after waiting 5-10 minutes, the car usually comes back on, which leads me to believe it is due to some sort of overtemp condition. We Jumped While Holding The Button For The High Voltage Battery Which We Found Out About In The Manual But The Car Would Not Start.