Ford Escape Manuals

Ford Escape: Steering

Electric Power Steering

Electric Power Steering Precautions

WARNING: The electric power steering system has diagnostic checks that continuously monitor the system. If a fault is detected, a message displays in the information display. Stop your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. Switch the vehicle off. After at least 10 seconds, switch the vehicle on and watch the information display for a steering system warning message. If a steering system warning message returns, have the system checked as soon as possible.

WARNING: If the system detects an error, you may not feel a difference in the steering, however a serious condition may exist. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in loss of steering control.

Adapt your speed and driving behavior according to reduced steering assist.

Extreme continuous steering may increase the effort to steer. This occurs to prevent internal overheating and damage to the steering system. If this occurs, you will not lose the ability to steer your vehicle manually nor will it cause damage to the system. Normal steering and driving allows the system to cool down and steering assist returns to normal.

Note: There is no fluid reservoir to check or fill.

Electric Power Steering Adaptive Steering

Adaptive Learning (If Equipped)

Adaptive learning helps correct road irregularities and improves overall handling and steering. It communicates with the brake system to help operate advanced stability control and crash avoidance systems.

Note: When the battery is disconnected or a new battery is installed, you must drive your vehicle a short distance before the system relearns the strategy and reactivates all systems.

Steering Tips

If the steering wanders or pulls, check for:

  • An improperly inflated tire.
  • Uneven tire wear.
  • Loose or worn suspension components.
  • Improper vehicle alignment.

Note: A high crown in the road or high crosswinds could also make the steering wander or pull.

Steering – Troubleshooting

Steering – Information Messages

Ford Escape. Steering

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