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: 99,457 (8,500–297,000)
11 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
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2010 Ford Escape77,800
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.
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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.
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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.
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2003 Ford Escape160,000
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 Escape27,000
Engine light came on. Notice some hesitations and stumbling while driving almost as if the car was missing on some cylinders.
2009 Ford Escape22,500
Engine light came on and the engine lost power. Apple Ford repaired it under warrenty. Said they replaced two sensors.
2002 Ford Escape107,355
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.
2004 Ford Escape24,000
My erg pressure sensor keeps melting !
2002 Ford Escape145,230
waiting to see what the dealer says
2001 Ford Escape49,000
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
2010 Ford Escape55,000
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.
Check engine Light. Scanned to determine problem DPFE Replaced 3 times now. 1st @ 124,000, 2nd @ 134,000, and 3rd @ 149,000
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.
2009 Ford Escape17,000
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!
2001 Ford Escape86,000
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.
2006 Ford Escape102,000
Engine light on with check fuel cap. Very slow to fill, filler neck was replaced, didn't fix the problem. Now, code says fuel rail pressure sensor. Chokes and dies, hesitant when you push on the gas. Worse when it's hot out.
2001 Ford Escape100,000
Only notice a gesitation..like no power at first start up after engine has cooled completely. After one time of hesitation truck runs fine. Could this be the dpfe sensor going bad ?
2008 Ford Escape190,000
Has not been fixed yet just started this morning as i was leaving for work wouldnt go into revers then it jumped and keppt jumping while in rev the i tookoff in drive and it shifted twice them back down 1 wrench light came on the it wouldnt move till i resterted and had same problem
2004 Ford Escape157,000
First check engine code was for insufficient air flow in the pre cat. Ran SeaFoam thru the system and cleared the code. Check engine light stayed off for a couple of days but came back on. The new code was this 1406 code as described.
2002 Ford Escape297,000
Engine light is on .. They say its something called differential pressure sensor
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