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Ford Escape Hybrid Care and Maintenance



  • bsealebseale Posts: 1
    Has anyone tried chaning the battery vent system air filter yourself? How was it? How did you do it. I'm not even sure where it is and how to get to it.
  • mecheng1mecheng1 Posts: 161
    If you have an 05/06/07 the HVBattery filter is on the left side of the rear cargo area, half way up the side behind a visible but unmarked plastic door. Changing is not very difficult. I assume the 08 model is similar. ;)
  • bow45bow45 Posts: 21

    I have a 2008 Escape Hybrid AWD.

    Is it ok :confuse: getting an oil change at Wal-Mart Tire & Lube Express, Jiffy Lube, or somewhere? Because my dealer is 2 ½ hours away from my home. Any experiences?

    Thanks in advance. :)
  • Good Day,
    There is a specific maint schedule for every 12000Km (7500 mi). A simple oil change (including installing a new oil filter and multipoint inspection) is done on 12, 36, 60 K Km (7500, 22500, 37500 mi, etc) These one, you should be able to do them elsewhere if an authorized ford dealer is not closeby.

    However, for the ones at 24, 48, 72 K (15000, 30000, 45000 mi) they include a more in-depth inspection with diagnostics, various filter changes, brake inspection, etc. These ones, I would do them at an authorized Ford dealer.

    A wild guess, maybe if you contact Ford they may suggest something to help you out.
  • Might want to see if your warrenty will still be valid if you use someone like Walmart and they mess something up in the process.
  • Corrections from my previous post.

    1. The hybrid schedule is for the 5000 mi mark, 10000 mi mark and every 10000 mi afterwards. The schedule varies depending on the operating conditions. For example heavy commercial use need oil and filter change every 5000 mi vice 10000 for normal usage.

    2. The rear battery filter is checked and changed every scheduled service. Motor/electrical cooling system and hoses are checked every other servicing.

    3. Excellent point by carysbluesky about warranty issues.
  • jasoncarpjasoncarp Posts: 8
    For the past month, my '08 FEH 4WD's wrench lit will come on. It will stay on until I stop the vehicle. After restarting it only has been on again once. Called the dealer to schedule, but by that time it was off, and he told me to keep an eye on it. Happens about once or twice a week. I have 18K in 11 months. Has this happened to anyone else? Can a computer interface tell what it has been coming on for if it isn't on when it goes to the dealer. Could it just be a vapor lock thing with the gas cap? No symptoms of bad performance or bad mileage. Thanks in advance.
  • yurytyuryt Posts: 3
    For "wrench" light concern you will need to bring your Escape Hybrid to your local Ford dealer. They are trained to handle diagnosis and repair on these vehicles. Once at the dealer, technician will hook up a diagnostic computer and most likely will retrieve diagnostic trouble code B1239 from BCM ( Battery Control Module ). Ford has released a TSB ( Technical Service Bulletin ) # 07-25-12 on this issue and should cover the repair under 3/36 warranty. The repair will include replacing rear/high voltage battery blend door actuator and reprogram your BCM with latest calibration. They will probably also recommend replacing your high voltage battery air filter.
    Hope this helps. :)
  • jasoncarpjasoncarp Posts: 8
    I've printed this and will take to the dealer at my quickly approaching next oil change.

  • jcholl1jcholl1 Posts: 1
    What is the oil change interval for the hybrid? Also I would like to know how difficult it is to replace the filter???
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  • ursacatursacat Posts: 32
    I believe it's 10K miles. Finally!
  • The back of the owner's manual has the maintenance schedule and what should be done at each interval. According to mine, first oil change is 10K miles.

    I had mine changed at Jiffy Lube. I don't believe the oil change process is any different on a hybrid vs a gas engine. Could be wrong, though.

    One note: I had my oil changed a little early since I was taking a cross-country road trip and would hit 10,000 on the trip. All of a sudden, during the trip, a warning message came on telling me I only had 5% oil life and I needed an oil change. Freaked me out since I was alone in the middle of Utah at the time and the closest service station was miles away. Figured out, it's just a computer setting to 'remind' you to change your oil based on how many miles you've driven since it was last reset. You can set the interval to anything you want. Apparently, Jiffy Lube didn't reset the warning.

    Manual also suggests a tire rotation (I think at 10K miles) which I also had done at Jiffy Lube. Total cost - about $45.00.
  • What does a wrench light icon mean?
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 569
    Your question was answered in--High Miles--where you had originally posted it. Check it out.
  • bow45bow45 Posts: 21

    I want to get new wiper blades for my 2008 Escape Hybrid AWD but it's hard to find right ones online. :sick:

    Does anyone know which blades I should get :confuse:

    Thanks in advance. :)
  • Hello--

    We just bought a 2009--and at 1,500, we are already down 3/4 of a quart.

    Does this make sense to Escape owners, out there?

    Also, in my short search for the oil, recommended by the operations manual, I am already suspecting that this grade is not as accessible as others.

    Is this true? And, if it is true, would I, in your opinion, be compromising engine durability, significantly, by using another grade?

    If not, which grade might be acceptable?

  • I just bought a 2006 FEH that has only 15,000 miles, but is well beyond the 3-year warranty. I guess that means it has had only one oil change in almost four years. So rather than wait for the 20,000 mile scheduled interval, I think it would be smart to have the oil changed now and have it checked out by a Ford dealer, even though it runs great. Are there any recall campaigns for the FEH that I should ask about when I take it in? Would they be covered even though the car is out of warranty?
  • There were recalls on some FEH vehicles get the dealer to search them and do them. My 2wd 2006 FEH was a salvage vehicle so I have no warranty, however that does not impinge on Ford's responsibility to carry our recall campaigns unless they can prove that vehicle already had the campaign carried out The campaign carried out on mine involved removing the battery and installing a new wiring harness. It was a 3 hour job. All of the auto recall campaigns are VIN SPECIFIC! As for oil changes even with a low mileage vehicle the best thing you can do is change the oil. or other fluids. Long life is one thing but getting any accumullated moisture or other chemicals out of the engine are good for the engine,

    Escape 06
  • bow45bow45 Posts: 21
    I found the answer by myself. :D

    The reason I was looking for an alternative wiper blades rather than Ford genuine parts is that I had started to experience a noise from the drivers’ side wiper on my 2008 Escape Hybrid AWD in cold weather. The noise occurs when it’s cold and as the wiper reaches the end of its travel at far end. I think it’s not the wiper blade material that causes the noise because I switched driver’s side wiper blade with passenger’s side wiper blade but results are the same. Only the drivers’ side wiper makes squeaking noise. And I also replaced all three wiper blades last winter to fix this problem but no luck. :sick:

    This winter I found out that Rain-X Latitude (newer version - it says “Fits over 98% of vehicles” on its package) has a connector for the 2008 Escape’s I&L wiper arm.
    So I bought one and put it on the driver’s side wiper arm. Though it was little hard to install the connector and bit bulkier than the original, It did fit well and more importantly doesn’t make any noise in cold weather! :)
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
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