Brakes have been a continued challenge with this vehicle. I have replaced master cylinder 3 times so far. 1st @ 91k (after market) 2nd @ 95K (Genuine Ford). So far so good.
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Newest reported 2002 Ford Escape problems
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.
I had a problem with my car being slow to start when there was a lot of moisture in the air, such as after a rain or when it was foggy. Turn the key, indicator lights come on, but the car doesn't start. Pump the gas, a few minutes later it starts. Once started, it starts OK the rest of the day. Batter was tested and found to be strong.
After two trips to the Ford dealership, an intermittent problem in the starter was found. The starter wa...
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...