Re: 2005 Escape Problems
Just overhauled trans. of 05 escape at 75k miles.
It seems that my problem which started as a delay in shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear or some might call it a "rpm flare" when shifting was a rather simple problem. By simple i don't mean cheap.
I'll try and be more specific if it will help someone else with this diagnosis.
Under steady gradual exceleration when my escape was shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear i would get a slight increase in RPM as it shifted. One might call it a rough shift. Under heavy exceleration it wasn't nearly as noticable. Diagnostics showed no error codes. line pressures could be found to be both high (out of spec.) and also low (below specs.) After taking it to A ford dealer I was told that they couldn't specifically identify the problem. We can "try" to overhaul it but we can't guarantee that will fix it. "We recommend a remanufactured transmission.
Well, not a good answer. Any Mechanic thats good will tell you "All problems can me identified" and 2 any good transmission guy will tell you if all the parts are there to begin with "any transmission can be overhauled".
The solution: First i found a quality transmission guy, private shop "30 years in the business of transmissions only". After a complete tear down for re-build a broken spring was found on what is called the intermediate shift piston. Also when they did there research they found that there was also a issue with the original shift Solenoid design. no recall, however the replacement part differs from the original. the two issues may or may not be related however one "cheap" spring failure caused an overhaul to identify and correct the problem. It runs great now like new again. shifts smooth as silk.
Also a few months back i learned to also keep a close eye on tire wear and make sure you rotate your tires on the Escape 4x4.
The computer and the "smart track" 4x4 system is somewhat sensative.
If tire wear becomes too great of a difference between front and rear the computer occasionally will detect tire slippage when there is none and signal to activate the 4 wheel drive. This may feel like a "kick in the rear" when it happens. I tossed on 4 new tires and presto. never felt the "kick" again.
Hope this helps someone else.