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Camera sometimes works perfectly, sometime no camera available
Could be a switch operated by shifter going into reverse malfunction, loose wire, if so where is it? Thank you for any help
 

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Check fuse F29 (5 amps) in the rear junction box

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Troubleshooting Ford Escape Backup Camera Problems
Ford Escape Backup Camera Problems

This section is presented to you in the order of likelihood that the particular issue is causing the back up camera problem with your Ford Escape.

Bad Shifter Alignment– This is a really easy one to check. Have somebody stand behind your Escape, and put it in reverse. Have them tell you if the back up lights come on. If the back up lights don’t come on that means that the vehicle is not getting that instruction from the shifter (unless for some crazy reason they are both blown). This can happen when things get out of alignment. Now that you are back there, go ahead and see if the reverse lights come on in any gear. It may have been a bigger problem than you realized

Blow Fuse– One of the most common causes of a bad back up camera in the Ford Escape is a bad fuse. The first time that you experience a bad fuse, it should be cause for concern, but not alarm. Go ahead and install a new fuse, and if the problem goes away you’re good to go. If the problem persists, then it’s time to look at the possibility that you have a short-circuit.

Bad Camera– These cameras are exposed to the elements, which means that they have to be pretty durable. They certainly can go bad. With the Ford Escape in particular, they can go out. Tap your inner Fonzie, and give it a flick. It very well could turn back on again. If it does come back to life, you know it’s going bad.
 
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