2004 Ford Escape Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Ford Escape
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2004 Ford Escape ProblemsInternal Transfer Case Problem on the 4WD models
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.
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...
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.
2004 Ford Escape QuestionsMy air bag light came on (1 answer)
Sometimes it will come on flashing and stay on solid and sometimes it will flash then turn off. And sometimes it won't even come on. I was told it cld be the air bag or it cld be something with the seatbelt? Any idea
I am in the beginning process of removing & replacing my alternator on my 2004 ford escape. I have to detach some electrical connectors but i can't seem to figure out how to on some of them. Then i get frustrated and they end breaking and i don't need that as my work is going to b...
had to jump start this morning. not a problem. then later i was idling, it sputtered and died. No power. can't even roll up window. Instrument panel air bag light came on and emissions of course came on. Battery? Alternator? Help!!!
2004 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.