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Escape ignition won't turn

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03/01/08 20:58
JT in NJ

Escape ignition won't turn

My 2001 Escape won't turn on, the key goes into the ignition, but won't turn the cylinder. I took it out to the hardware, came home and parked it and the next time I wanted to go out, the key would not turn the ignition and the wheel is in the locked position. Any suggestions or ideas on how to solve this problem?
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05/05/10 14:56
Jim

My 2005 Escape is acting weird lately. It has always cranked half a dozen times before it started, but now it cranks, and cranks, and cranks before starting. Sometimes turns over at normal rate, and sometimes very slowly. This morning it only turned about 2 times very slow but would not start. Now it will not turn at all but just groans. When I let go of the key, I notice the needles fluctuating rapidly, and the radio is going crazy, sounds like it is trying to change cd's. My miles left for remaining fuel is reading almost double normal. My trip mileage is resetting itself. My radio lights sometimes suddenly go dimm, then after a while may suddenly brighten to normal again. I have cleaned the battery connections, and the battery is charged. Could it be voltage regulator?? or ??

36
05/26/10 17:46
Michelle

Same problem, 2004 Ford Mustang.

Am now calling AAA to get them to come help, it's COMPLETELY stuck.

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06/26/10 13:52
Kim

The same thing happened today on the way to the service centre. I phoned them and what they said worked like a charm:

PUT YOUR FOOT ON THE BRAKE, THEN WHILE TURNING THE KEY, TURN THE STEERING WHEEL HARD TO THE LEFT.

We went through the owner's manual and read everything to no avail while trying everything for half an hour and this took 2 seconds!

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06/27/10 10:37
D Blanchard

2006 Ford Escape is junk!!! Do not buy. This is my first Ford vehicle and will definitely be the last. My son's 1997 Honda Accord runs better than my 2006 Ford Escape and that is SAD!
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07/07/10 15:22
Jan

I have a 2008 Ford Escape which I purchased in February 2007

Ignition will not turn. After several attempts it finally starts. I'm afraid to drive my truck

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07/09/10 15:23
Joe

2005 Ford Escape 69.000 Miles.. So I'm driving down a road in a very rural place where I live and its 12am.. and all the sudden my vehicle just shuts off.. like no warning.. just Bam.. its off and I'm coasting down the road!! I had just come off of a very curvy road with alot of blind spots.. and it would have been horrific! SO I'm sitting there wondering what to do.. some times the lights work.. sometimes they don't.. I'm stuck.. infront of the neighbors house, the one with all the pit bulls (nice dogs) and that get drunk and fight all the time time and eveyrone tries to avoid.. further more everyone who lives in the area (about 40 homes) uses that small narrow road to get in and out, I called AAA and 2 hours later the guy showed up, thank god.... So.. here's the deal lights come on now, the door locks work.. the Sunroof won't close and the vehicle won't turn over (I had to unlock the parking brake with by using the unlock safety (small tab you pull up and then there's an unlock way by pressing your key in it, every car has one). The car still won't start but I had it towed to my front lawn. I'm 30 miles from the local town.. Can anyone help me?
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07/23/10 11:05
mj

Try the following after making sure first that the issue isn't just a locked wheel, or the car not fully being in park.

In my case, the pin for the lock release in the lock tumbler was stuck. Simple fix - get a heavy duty paper clip, straighten it out. Now carefully feel both top and bottom pins from front to back and back to front of the key slot. One of the pins is stuck. Just passing over them can unstick them. All the pins should move freely, one will even set off the buzzer for key in the ignition as you pass over it. After a few minutes of trying this, ignition should be unlocked. In my case, I felt it jump back into place. This was after leaving the truck (1997 Ford Expedition) in a shopping center lot over night because I couldn't turn the darn key. I was minutes away from calling a tow truck.

This is worth trying and can save you big $$$.

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07/27/10 17:27
sssssss

READ ME READ ME READ ME

EVERYONES BEING RIPPED OFF! I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WHEN THE CARS STEERING WHEEL GETS TURNED AFTER BEING IN PARK IT LOCKS ITSELF, CONSIDER IT AN ANTI THEFT PROBLEM... WIGGLE THE STEERING WHEEL UNTIL KEY DOES SLIDE IN AND TURN OVER. SOME PEOPLE DO THIS ON PURPOSE TO LOCK THE CAR FROM SOMEONE USING IT.

I WAS STUCK AT THE BANK WITH A 2005 FORD ESCAPE I WAS LENT OVER NIGHT TO DECIDE ON PURCHASING IT. HAPPEND AN HOUR BEFORE I BOUGHT IT, HASNT HAPPEND SINCE I KNOW NOT TO TURN THE WHEEL IN PARK. ITS THE COMPUTER THAT DOES THIS AND THATS WHAT ITS MEANT TO DO.

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07/27/10 17:31
ssssss

I DID THE EXACT SAME THING, THIS DOES WORK!!

Reply #37 Kim (99.240.182.60) - Sat Jun 26 13:52:52 2010

The same thing happened today on the way to the service centre. I phoned them and what they said worked like a charm:

PUT YOUR FOOT ON THE BRAKE, THEN WHILE TURNING THE KEY, TURN THE STEERING WHEEL HARD TO THE LEFT.

We went through the owner's manual and read everything to no avail while trying everything for half an hour and this took 2 seconds!

44
08/08/10 22:39
Siedah

THE RUBBER MALLET TRICK IS A GODSEND!!! I didn't have one so I used the end of a screwdriver that had the rubber on the bottom. Thanks, AMP!!!
45
08/28/10 23:24
Dan Maloney

05 Escape 6cyl just came out of the shop for rough running/then quitting with the engine light on..THIRD attempted fix. And now it's done it again. Coils, plugs and computer replaced twice. The dealer seems to be repairing the symptoms without knowing what is killing the coils and the computer. I got some help from the Ford company on this 3rd attempt at repair, (we were around $800 first 2 times) and we are right back to where we started. Haven't gotten back with them yet because it is the weekend. I got rid of a rusted '95 Camry (salt in NY) that never had electrical problems in 180, 000 miles. Found On Roadside Dead.....
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08/30/10 08:29
Carolyn

Bought by 2010 in June and today, Aug 30th, Key would not turn, wheel locked, and could not shift. I was able to start it using the remote starter (got out the car first). Then key would turn. Dash lights also flashed off and on on the way to work. Car had just been driven the night before.
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11/16/10 08:42
Tim

I tried all the tricks listed above, and nothing worked. Right now, it's at the dealership awaiting parts that are nowhere to be found. It's been two weeks already at the dealership. They say it may be another 2-4 weeks. It will cost me around $2000 for this. I suspect they really don't know what's the problem, so they're just replacing any and all computer parts. Kinda like starting over. I feel very frustrated.

Any recourse with Ford corporate?

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12/02/10 16:32
Edie

12/10 - Just had the same problem w/ our 06 escape - tried both keys - but it wouldn't turn in the cylinder. Finally jerked the wheel back and forth and it then let me turn the engine over.
49
12/06/10 19:52
James

2001 Ford escape 6 cyl. - stalls out while driving - won't crank again. acts light bad battery or alternator but both are new and working fine. lights, radio, etc. work, but ignition clicks when attempting to start but will not crank. Got new battery ran great for 2 days now having same problem again... won't hold charge after jumped. Help! already stright piped catolytic converter and replaced alternator!
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12/14/10 01:58
GRU

I also have a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid. I bought it with 69, 000 miles on it and have only put 8, 000 miles on it. when I turn the key, there is a coninuous clicking noise (like a relay that is not working right), but the engine won't start. the noise continues even after I remove the key. after multiple attempts and about 15 minutes, the car finally starts. I have never been a big fan of FORD because of the horror stories I hear from my friends and family who have owned them. I really though FORD finally got their together and started building some quality cars.
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12/26/10 01:11
David Felker

2009 Ford Escape with close to 30, 000 miles has problems turning over and starting. I was in Canada and had problems starting, while it sat overnight in a garage. It did start after several attempts. Again a few months later, on Christmas day I tried to start it, but it would not catch. So, I had to use my 2000 Pontiac Bonneville with 150, 000 miles, which starts without any problems. I took it in the first time, but couldn't find anything. What will they tell me again?
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01/24/11 07:46
Harry Zellmer

My 2005 Escape will not start, I am thinking it's due to the fact that it sat in the driveway for 2 days (we had single digits here in NY) and it's just the cold. But after reading everything about a computer failure, could that be it? It was working on friday, but saturday and sunday it sat in the driveway....anyone know? If the computer is an issue, then why haven't we received a 'no charge' fixit notice?
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02/08/11 19:29
Nancy

Mine Escape does this too. I have to get out and either bounce on the back bumper or try to push it forward. AFter I do this, it will start. I dont know why, but it works
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02/23/11 22:04
digit

I believe Ford Motor Company owes people an explanation. A recall should be done, 2008 wont start
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03/16/11 18:21
Will

My 2005 Escape had the same problem. Tried all the tricks above, nothing worked so far.
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04/27/11 03:50
Ruel

My '09 Ford Escape wont turn over. Anti-Theft was disabled as well as ignition switch. Called dealership and they sent someone over to my house 2 days later to check on vehicle. After they did some checking (diagnostics???) they decided to open the electrical box (computer relay) and pulled out the Fuel Pump Relay and 3 other similar relays. Then the electrical guy inserted a wire to where the fuel pump relay was plugged in and connected the other end to the battery. It worked like a charm and the engine started and confirmed that the problem was the black relay thingy. so they replaced the fuel pump relay and the EEC relay (happens to be the back up for the fuel pump relay too, imagine that). Unfortunately for me the fuel pump relay or any other electrical fuse/parts not covered by warranty.
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05/05/11 01:37
bruce hanson

i've had the same basic proble as you people

after replacing the computer box($1494)and still did not work

i get a call to either spend 45 more or bring down my extra set of keys .they tried them and it started right up

a month later same symptons i looked in the hand book and it tell's you how to magnetize your keys .i followed the steps and it started right up. i was told by my macanic who read up on the subject heavyly.that the first thing he 'll check how

if you have problem -- look in the hand book and it tell's you how to magnetize your keys--if it works it's easy , simple and cheap

good luck

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05/22/11 12:09
Mandy

My 2008 Ford Escape won't start. I think my Anti-Theft was disabled as well as ignition switch, everything lights up and the radio works. It did this yesterday and we called for a tow truck, while it was being put on the tow truck it started again. Any idea what it could be? I would hate for this to happen while I am at work
59
10/03/11 16:58
Newfoundland Canada
Thank author of this post/comment"stalling and now not starting"

My 2005 escape kept stalling and was hard to start. Now she will not start? Any ideas?
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