2003 Ford Escape Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Ford Escape
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2003 Ford Escape ProblemsIgnition Misfires
The common problem for ignition misfires are ignition coils going bad. Replacement of the bad ignition coil is necessary. These should be fixed as soon as a problem is detected. Otherwise the misfire can cause damage to other components.
The DPFE (differential pressure feedback EGR) sensor tends to fail. The DPFE sensor monitors function of the EGR valve by measuring pressure changes in the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system. Symptoms of a failing DPFE sensor are hesitation or stumbling when driving along with illumination of the Check Engine Light.
An abnormal noise may develop from the transfer case. At this time parts are not available to repair internal damage to this type of transfer case, replacement is the only option. It is not uncommon for irregular tire wear to cause a similar noise. Diagnoses should be performed to confirm the actual cause of the driveline noise. Tire noise can be reduced by rotating the tires at least every 5000 miles.
2003 Ford Escape QuestionsHow to fix automatic headlamp function on Escape Limited? (1 answer)
For some time, it was taking longer and longer for the headlamps to turn on automatically. Now they won't turn on at all, even by switching the function on and off at the rear view mirror. I must manually turn lights on with the headlamp switch at the steering column. Is there a bad light sen...
2003 ford escape, automatic. Has no check engine light on at all. Skips or misfires in drive & reverse but in Park its like it hesitates. Have changed the fuel filter, and vacuum lines. Have put fuel injector cleaner in. Have ran all the gas out & got new from another gas station. Have ch...
2003 Ford Escape RecallsShift Lever Disengages From Transmission
For a vehicle that has had a remanufactured Ford automatic transmission installed, the shift lever bolt may be loose, allowing disengagement of the shift lever from the transmission. Dealers will inspect the transmission and either tighten the shift lever bolt or replace the shift lever assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.
The front suspension lower control arm may corrode at its forward attachment, and may separate from the vehicle. Dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace free of charge to resolve the concern.
Ford Escape models equipped with a V6 are being recalled because inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector could result in a stuck throttle when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost fully depressed. This risk exists regardless of whether or not the speed control (cruise control) is used.
A stuck throttle may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle, which could result in a crash. Dealers will correct this concern by increasing the engine cover clearance. Remedy parts are expected to be available in mid-August. Until then, dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as an interim remedy if parts are not available at the time of an owner's service appointment. The Ford recall number is 12S37.