Ford Escape Problems

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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Many customers state that whule driving their vehicle, the engine will hesitate, stumble, or lose power. In more severe cases, the EGR valve can be physically damaged. In all cases, the check engine light will be illuminated, and diagnostic trouble codes will be stored in the PCM. 

Diagnosis of the issue has concluded the differential pressure feedback EGR sensor (DPFE) is at fault many times, and incorrectly measures exhaust gas re-circulation (EGR) pressure. 

Correction of the issue requires a diagnostic scan, identification of the faulty sensor, and, ultimately, the sensor and EGR valve may require replacement. In some models, the DPFE sensor is integrated into the EGR valve, and must be replaced together. 

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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.
Engine light came on. Notice some hesitations and stumbling while driving almost as if the car was missing on some cylinders.
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
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.
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.
Engine light came on and the engine lost power.
Apple Ford repaired it under warrenty. Said they replaced two sensors.
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
Rough idling, acting like its going to stall out. Put on a tester and they reported the EGR needed replacing.
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.
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!
Car will stall while in idle at a stop. I also failed the emissions test for California. Engine light remains on
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.
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.
There was a recall on this problem. Had it fixed. Doesn't seem to make any difference. Still hesitates.
Check engine Light. Scanned to determine problem
DPFE Replaced 3 times now. 1st @ 124,000, 2nd @ 134,000, and 3rd @ 149,000
This is the 4th time I've had to take my vehicle in for the same problem. Engine warning light comes on & the vehicle hesitates when accelerating. Almost like I have a bad tank of gas. Have had a wiring harness replaced twice, and sensors replaced 3x's. Can hardly wait to see what it takes this time.
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.