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How to Fix Transmission Problems for the Ford Escape

by Dianne Christensen-Herman

The Ford Escape is a compact sport utility vehicle first manufactured in 2001. Like any vehicle, the Escape may develop some transmission problems including fluid leaks, erratic shifting and outright transmission failure. However, there are some troubleshooting techniques that can remedy these problems. These techniques can save you money in the long run, helping you avoid expensive trips to the garage.


Look beneath the engine to see if there is any reddish-brown fluid on the ground. If there is, this means there is a transmission fluid leak, which is most likely caused by a broken gasket or bearing leak. Replacing the faulty gasket or bearing should remedy the problem. Finding faulty gaskets or bearings is common with Ford Escapes, according to


Pay attention to how the vehicle shifts. If it is erratic or rough, or if it fails to shift into reverse, this could mean a problem with the drive shaft's joints or it could be low transmission fluid levels. Check the fluid level with the dip stick. It should be located near the top of the engine bay. If the fluid level is low, add more transmission fluid so it is at the appropriate level. If it is a problem with the drive shaft joints, they will most likely need to be replaced. Because there are many different models of drive shaft joints, different procedures are necessary to replace them.


Pay attention to see if the transmission does not completely shift into the proper gear. This could be a sign that the transmission needs replacing, but it could also indicate issues with the Ford Escape's control module.

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