Check Engine Light and Hesitation or Stumbling While Driving on Ford Escape

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.

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Average mileage: 98,367 (8,500–205,663)
14 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016
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2010 Ford Escape 77,800 mi,
Driving and car suddenly looses power, service engine light comes on. You can turn car off and it will start fine. But when teh car looses power you can't accelatrate but you can hear the motor trying to like catch up it is strange. Very dangerous, almost got rear ended.
2004 Ford Escape 24,000 mi,
My erg pressure sensor keeps melting !
2009 Ford Escape 27,000 mi,
Engine light came on. Notice some hesitations and stumbling while driving almost as if the car was missing on some cylinders.
So far have replaced DPFE sensor, EGR valve, three catalytic converters, and check engine light is back on. Have now exceed the value of the vehicle in repairs. This is the worst vehicle I have owned in my almost 40 years of driving. Will never have a Ford again.
2003 Ford Escape 160,000 mi,
I have not fixed the problem yet. It started with hesitation and bucking while in drive. I had the oil changed. Had the fuel filter replaced. Needed a new battery. A mechanic told me his best guess is to change the fuel injectors to the tune of $760 and that he still could not guarantee that would completely solve the problem. If he told me $1K would fix the problem, I'd go with it, but I'm not handing over the kinda money for a guess. Next thing I tried was some fuel system cleaner and better gas and that has helped some. Yesterday in the rain, I started to lose power in drive. I put it into 2nd gear and it drove a little better. I came online to look at symptoms of transmission trouble and nothing seems to hit the nail on the head until I saw these posts abou the EGR valve. I have all those problems exactly as stated, to include the check-engine light. I may look into getting this changed or just get a new car. I thought I was going to get stuck in a bad part of town last night. I don't need to keep fearing this. It was also raining VERY heavily and I did go through a fairly deep puddle earlier in the day.
2009 Ford Escape 22,500 mi,
Engine light came on and the engine lost power. Apple Ford repaired it under warrenty. Said they replaced two sensors.
2010 Ford Escape 60,000 mi,
I still have not solve the problem but my 2010 would be running and all of a sudden the rpm drops but the engine dont die and the accelerator does not respond until i turn car off and re start. Help me
2001 Ford Escape 49,000 mi,
Started hesitating and small power loss while under normal driving conditions The code that it threw limited it to the two sensors that were possible. I just replaced both at the same time
2003 Ford Escape 160,000 mi,
Rough idling, acting like its going to stall out. Put on a tester and they reported the EGR needed replacing.
2002 Ford Escape 107,355 mi,
The EGR sensor is not functioning and it gives a check engine light. Many other systems are being affected such as the differential and AWD. The coupling assembly had to be replaced and was completely burned up. There was always a smell of something burning. I just had the sensor replaced and the viscus on the rear differential.
Failed twice. First time after having work done at about 100,000 miles. I replaced with non-OEM. It failed/cracked within 6 months. I replaced with new Ford part. No problems since - except one time I took off the upper intake manifold, and the EGR, EGR tube and all the electrical connectors. Well, I was getting a P1401 (I think this is the code) for high voltage on the EGR valve sensor - this code does not mean the sensor is failing, per say. I didn't connect the electrical connector back up. Once connected it took a few drives for the code to go away. This is a DIY job that takes less than five minutes.
2009 Ford Escape 17,000 mi,
Hesitates during take off. Dangerous . Can not be fixed, ford doesn't know how. So I'm told. It's a suicide mission to go to the market!
Check engine Light. Scanned to determine problem DPFE Replaced 3 times now. 1st @ 124,000, 2nd @ 134,000, and 3rd @ 149,000
2010 Ford Escape 55,000 mi,
Had this happen to me as well, engine would lose power, stumble..engine light comes on. what finally fixed the problem for me was replacing the throttle body because it would get stuck on open and choke the engine. Quick fix is to clean the throttle body every so often but not a guaranteed fix. just under $500 bill with labor and parts.
when its damp out, it idlels rough,and barely runs,plus when it runs ok, it misses going up hills.i replaced the egr,and that didnt help .i had it diagnosed n it said my number 5 plug was bad.
2002 Ford Escape 145,230 mi,
waiting to see what the dealer says
2001 Ford Escape 86,000 mi,
Exact same hesitation with the check engine light. Hooked up a reader and had no codes signifying any issues. Problem with communitation with some sensors. After removing the reader and starting up, the light was off and the hesitation is not happening anymore.
There was a recall on this problem. Had it fixed. Doesn't seem to make any difference. Still hesitates.
2014 Ford Escape 40,000 mi,
Thankfully driving slowly in a parking lot and the car stalled out with no warning lights. I tried to turn the engine over, and when it finally started up, the car idled at the normal RPMs for about 1 minute, then dipped quickly below 500, then sputtered out. Fortunately I was able to maneuver my way into a parking space to get out of the way. Had the car towed to the Dealer. I was told that the Fuel Pressure Sensor was bad and was replaced under emissions warranty. Other than this problem, the software problem, the recall issues, and the electric issues, I love my Escape.
Car will stall while in idle at a stop. I also failed the emissions test for California. Engine light remains on