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Ford Escape Hybrid Care and Maintenance

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  • whitey9whitey9 Posts: 138
    Our '06 Mariner Hybrid's single horn is behind/below the driver's side headlight [non-permissible content removed]'y. I wanted to add a horn, but decided it was way too much trouble just to get to the single horn. Good luck.
  • Hello,

    I bought a used 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid with 79,000 miles on it. I am looking for qualified hybrid mechanics in the Los Angeles area.

    I know I can take my FEH to a Ford dealership garage for maintenance, however I was wondering if any owners of a FEH in Los Angeles area have taken their vehicles to a local mechanic for basic maintenance (i.e. A/C Recharge, tuneup, transmission fluid change, brake pads)?

    I love my FEH but my AC is not cold, I am looking specifically for any auto mechanics besides a Ford dealership to fix my Air Conditioner.

    Thank you.
  • Now, why would this NOT be covered under the 8yr/100K hybrid component part warranty?
  • Write your VIN number and state and I will tell you if it's covered or not.
  • This has been happening to me on my F Escape Hybrid for the past 2 years. I thought it might have to do with the altitude out here in CO. (It seems to happen more often if I go up to the mountains.) I bought my 2006 Escape used in 2007 in IL and moved to CO 2.5 years ago. Can you tell me why this would not be covered as well since it is part of the hybrid system components? I am driving to IL this week and if I can have them do it because it is covered there, I would prefer to save myself the $300 for parts and labor.

    Thanks,
    Laurie
  • Did you ever get this figured out? I replied to this discussion #86. I have the same issue, vehicle is at the dealer right now and they want to charge me $300 for parts and labor to replace the "actuator". Please let me know what happened with your situation.

    Thanks!
  • jurdeanjurdean Posts: 9
    Happening on a 2006 Escape Hybrid 4WD, with 26,000 miles on it. Has the factory Conti's on it still. Also seems to have only occurred this winter.

    I wonder if the system is working and as the tires "heat" up - it triggers the tire monitor system for some reason.

    Just a thought. Is it possible to overload the tire monitor system. What stinks here is when it happens - it closes down the MPG reading on the odometer. Just have the "idiot tire monitor fault reading" shown.

    Finally, I checked the air in the tires all around. Hasn't lost 1 pound of air - as they tell you in the "winter" months to constantly check your tire's air pressure. For every drop in temperature below freezing - your tires lose 1 pound of air. I'm keeping the tire air pressure as set by the dealership - 34 psi. Have not had to add air.
  • jurdeanjurdean Posts: 9
    Happening on that same Escape Hybrid 4WD, with 26,000 miles on it. Vehicle has to be started and operated first. Remember it's an Electric Assisted Steering system.

    Again, has only occurred this winter; live in the Northeast. No problems with driving - happens at cold start - driving for about 10 miles until the interior warms up. Goes away eventually.

    It's strictly a noise issue inside the Escape. Though. I'm wondering if it becomes a "wear" issue at some point. Once summer rolls around, the noise is gone.

    Is there any lubrication points with the Escape Hybrid steering column/wheel?

    I think the solution is the steering column has to come out of the vehicle and looked at/ possibly re-aligned and/or lubricated.
  • grudaddygrudaddy Posts: 2
    I started getting the wrench light on my 2008 escape hybrid after going to the mountains. I exposed the car to freezing conditions and about 1 foot of snow. now the light comes on occationally. other than that, it runs well.
  • grudaddygrudaddy Posts: 2
    A few months ago, my key wouldn't start my engine. it kept making a clicking sound, but no start. I jump started the car and got a new battery from SEARS. After that everything has been perfect. the computer will have to relearn all your driving conditions, but it is easy to set up if you have the time. you can find how to re-program your computer in pg. 258 of your manual. I hope this helps someone. :P
  • Whenever starting my 2008 FEH, it has always started quietly. I always assumed the electric motor starts (silently), and this starts the engine. I never hear a "starter", like in traditional gas only vehicles.
    I just went in for my 70k maintenance and needed a new/replacement 12v battery. I was told the battery does participate in starting the engine.
    Is this really true? Is there a starter in the vehicle? If so, it sure is quiet!
    It seems to me it shouldn't need a starter or a 12v battery, and be able to use the hybrid battery for everything. Apparently not the case?
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,786
    "Whenever starting my 2008 FEH, it has always started quietly. I always assumed the electric motor starts (silently), and this starts the engine. I never hear a "starter", like in traditional gas only vehicles.
    I just went in for my 70k maintenance and needed a new/replacement 12v battery. I was told the battery does participate in starting the engine.
    Is this really true? Is there a starter in the vehicle? If so, it sure is quiet!
    It seems to me it shouldn't need a starter or a 12v battery, and be able to use the hybrid battery for everything. Apparently not the case? "

    Sorry it took a while to reply, this forum is pretty quiet. The engine is started by the high voltage battery, which spins the engine up to about 1000 RPM and then engages the gas. The 12v battery is required to power up the electronics, so that the high voltage battery can be controlled. Hence if you have no 12v battery, the FEH will not start. There is indeed no conventional starter motor.
  • Steve:
    Thanks for the reply! Just as I suspected, regarding the starter and battery. However, they wanted to replace the battery because it didn't have the acceptable 'crank amps'. I doubt the 12v battery needs to be too beefy, but it would still wear out over time. I live in Arizona, so it happens due to heat faster than other parts of the country. Factory spec is 500, and they measured 256.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,786
    "Thanks for the reply! Just as I suspected, regarding the starter and battery. However, they wanted to replace the battery because it didn't have the acceptable 'crank amps'. I doubt the 12v battery needs to be too beefy, but it would still wear out over time. I live in Arizona, so it happens due to heat faster than other parts of the country. Factory spec is 500, and they measured 256. "

    Actually, it is probably a good idea. That battery plays a small but critical role!
  • jaysandyjaysandy Posts: 2
    edited July 2011
    You need to have the Actuator mechanism for the rear fresh air blender door replaced more than likely ($200.00-$400.00 repair depending on dealer). It lets fresh air cool the batteries and is a known short life part not covered by Ford. Also you have an air filter in the back (storage area) panel (rear drivers side) that lets outside air flow past this blender door and actuator. It might be full of dirt and leaves as mine was when I bought the 12 month old Escape in 2008 from a Ford dealer. All of the other recommended services had been performed correctly but this was overlooked by the technician at the dealer. I would not drive forever with this wrench light ignored as your Hybrid batteries are not being cooled properly from the outside air.
  • jaysandyjaysandy Posts: 2
    edited July 2011
    So that Ford can make $400.00 from us! I agree- show me this part in a gasoline powered Escape not there is it? I Went to Ford in writing to no avail on this Actuator Blender Door repair when my Escape had 40K in 2008.
  • I just got an 08 AWD/Limited FEH a few months ago and notice it makes a squeeking, almost "cricket-like" noise from the dashboard area occasionally but cannot figured out why and don't want to pay yet just to have someone "check it out"

    It's very hard to recreate on purpose - but have realized it happens during the following:
    - It's very cold/cool out (start driving in the mornings low 60's or below)
    - I have the AC going for a long period of time while driving and it's temperate to cool out (won't happen if it's really hot outside)

    It seems like it has something to do with the air con or cold temperatures or something but wanted to see if anyone else has had this issue and what it may be?? it can be pretty annoying!
  • Regarding a squeaking noise behind the dash :
    Usually it's caused by a faulty temperature blend door actuator. There are 2 of them, each one controlling temperature blend door position for driver and passenger. One is located directly behind the radio( behind the dash ), the other one is in front of center console under the dash. Usually the squaking noise comes from behind the radio . There is a motor inside the actuator housing , that moves the blend door. There is also a position sensor that tells climate control module the position of the door. What happens is that when actuator gets worn out, position sensor starts to malfunction and sends erroneous blend door position information to climate control module. The module is trying to move the door back and forth until desired position is set. This excessive back and forth movement of the worn actuator causes the squeaking noise. Often faulty actuator will also set a trouble code like B12A2 and B12B8 in climate control module, Eventually you will lose ability to control air temperature on one or both sides ( driver and/or passenger ).
    If that's the case, you will need to replace the temperature blend door actuators ( I always recommend replacing both ) with an improved part : AL8Z-19E616-F. This part should be covered under warranty for 3 years/36,000 miles. Depending on your warranty start date, it might still be covered.
    I hope you find this helpful.
  • kpainekpaine Posts: 1
    Mine did (does) this too. I've noticed when I have my AC set in the 70's. It is quite annoying, started shortly after we bought our year old FEH. We took it to the dealer, they didn't even look at it, they said they had just had another FEH come in the week before with the same problem, something in the cooling parts of the car. They ordered me new parts, (again, never even looked at my car), and then when the parts came in, they told me FORD would not cover the problem in my full warranty and it would cost several hundred to fix. So now I try to ignore it and crank up my music. It is ridiculous, and evidently, fairly common. And it does sound just like crickets.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,786
    "Mine did (does) this too. I've noticed when I have my AC set in the 70's. It is quite annoying, started shortly after we bought our year old FEH. We took it to the dealer, they didn't even look at it, they said they had just had another FEH come in the week before with the same problem, something in the cooling parts of the car. They ordered me new parts, (again, never even looked at my car), and then when the parts came in, they told me FORD would not cover the problem in my full warranty and it would cost several hundred to fix. So now I try to ignore it and crank up my music. It is ridiculous, and evidently, fairly common. And it does sound just like crickets. "

    If it is only one year old, isn't it under the factory warranty? I would call Ford corporate - and find another dealer.
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