While driving on the highway, the ABS brake light came on. Then about a minute later the entire cluster panel went dead and no electrical power, but the engine was still running. Just like the other person, the car started missing and eventually died on a bridge that was under construction with no place to get out of traffic. And of course this was during rush hour traffic and with my Ford Escape blocking everything. Not fun!
Poor alternator design, it is cold solder coil inside, causing intermittent not charging. Not the battery problem. even you buy a new alternator it won't last long. Open the cover re-solder it should work, but it won't last long too. at least you save some money.
Driving at night and within a few seconds first the lights kind of went dim then bright, next the radio goes off, then the dash goes out from left to right and the headlights go out. I am on a bridge going 50 mph with no lights and it is pitch dark with no shoulders at the end of the bridge on either side of the road it was very nerve racking. Lucky for me, a friendly driver comes along and lets me follow them to next rest stop at a snail pace cause I could only get max speed of about 10-15 mph. Ford Escape taught me another hard lesson in cheap unreliable mechanical garbage, if you get one of these keep the tow truck number handy and carry a flashlight and get you a safety reflector on the back. I have had two transmission put in this vehicle. My final conclusion for both Ford and Lincoln products that I have owned: too hi maintenance and very unreliable. I gave up on GM a long time ago and now no more Ford/Lincoln vehicles for me.
Rainy day, of course....wipers started slowing down, radio turned off, a couple dash lights flickered....(by now I think I am crazy) The car just started going slower and slower, like it was losing power....finally dying as I pulled to the side of the road. Half a block from home. The initial diagnosis at the mechanic was the alternator. Their initial quote was $940. Yikes! I called around and finally found a brave soul to tackle it for about $500.
It sounds like the labor is what the issue is.
Other than a few things here and there, this is the first "real" trouble I have had with my escape. I can't say that I am happy about this problem, but I guess since it's 10 years old, I have to expect things to start happening.
Alternator died while on the highway, taking the battery out with it. Unfortunately, this is a pretty expensive and difficult repair on the escape, at least the AWD V6 version. They told me the alternator sits right above the front axle, so it's not at all easy to get to. Total repair cost was around $550.
Was parked, daughter open back door all everything electrical went dead inside of car except battery light?? Still had headlamps and exteiror power only had less then a mile drive home drove it home turned off and surprise surprise wouldn't kick back over. Got my ohm meter out and read battery @ 9.6 volts. Next day went out to check it out and it fired right up and I had radio and everything??? Somehow the non running car recharged the battery, so while running I hurry up and got my multimeter on it. It started @ like 12.8 so I put on lights, radio blower motor etc.... Then watched the volts plummet down by like .3-.5 volts @ a time. I let it run til it got to about 8.6 volts!!! Have no idea how the Vehicle was still running @ such low voltage?? Now the task off getting to alternator and getting it out so I can test it properly. Etheir taken everything out of passengers wheel well or going another route I saw a guy on YouTube that took plenum and a few more things out and was able to pull it from left rear of engine compartment. Not looking forward to it @ all!!!
Battery light has been intermittently coming on and off for approximately 2 years. I had it checked numerous times at the dealership, and they couldn't diagnose the issue. This morning, my dash lights ( ABS, airbag, and battery) all lit up, and as I parked my car at work the engine died. AAA came out to diagnose the problem and said I'm getting zero charge from the alternator. I had to get my car towed to the dealership, where it is awaiting a new alternator. Judging from others complaints and issues, this won't be the last electrical system repair.
From the beginning this car has had electrical problems. I have have to change batteries more frequently than normal and the alternator was changed twice. Those two changes of alternator happened after the car died on me on the road.
Other than that the car runs fine.
Bucking & bumping...dash lights radio etc. Off/on ...suddenly abrupt stop..jump start... wouldnt keep running..had to be towed..shop said bad alternator..well over $1,000.00 to fix as Ford had put alternator in asinine location on vehicle.....fine print must say"take this widow for all she's got"...This time "Ford does Not have a better idea"...