Question about 2001 Ford Escape

2 Answers

2001 ford escape focus xls 4cyl 4WD WHEELS LOCKED!

2001 ford escape focus xls 4cyl 4WD manual Sir my car is in the garage for 6 mos and the battery drained when I called a tow truck they cant tow it coz the wheels are lock we put it in nuetral and the hand brake is down..and we tried to step on the clutch..but it wont budge!!its like something locked up on the wheels or something iS THAT A FEATURE OF THE CAR...WHAT DO I DO??

Posted by on

  • 4 more comments 
  • jason Dec 31, 2013

    Hi Guitarmusiczone Station, Have you already tried changing it from 2 wheel to 4 wheel to see if it will come unlocked ? or is it the transmission that is locked ?

  • Guitarmusiczone Station

    Hi Sir the problem I drained my battery and when I tried to boost it the the fob pats key is not working so I have to bring it to a

  • Guitarmusiczone Station a lock smith or to get it programmed but when we will tow it wheels are locked..its a manual i put it in nuetral and brakes are down it seems the gears or brakes are wont even roll even one inch so the tow guys said he doent want to tow it coz the wheels are locked..

  • Guitarmusiczone Station

    Add a Commenthe might destroy the gears or something!!

  • Guitarmusiczone Station

    I can still play..with the transmission..I can put it in all the speed 12345 and reverse positions

  • jason Jan 02, 2014

    Spraying WD -40 and tapping on pads/drums Might help brake it loose ,if they are rusted but If the garage did something then its something else



2 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Top Expert:

    An expert who has finished #1 on the weekly Top 10 Fixya Experts Leaderboard.


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.

  • Ford Master
  • 12,650 Answers

Jack up a front wheel and remove it check to see if the brakes {rotors calipers etc} are rusted togeather u stated it has been 6 months since vehicle was moved and also released the brake.more than likely the brakes are frozen to the rotors and or drums

Posted on Dec 31, 2013

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Expert
  • 195 Answers

My guess is that the brakes are jammed cause of humidity and rust from being sitting without moving for 6 months. I've seen pretty bad cases of this where a 3 foot bar was needed to unjam the brakes. Good way to test real fast if this is the case is to jack the car up with a floor jack to get a tire off the ground, and then try to spin it by hand with the brakes off, handbrake down and vehicle in neutral. The differentials should allow one wheel to spin freely, if it does not then probably the brakes are jammed like i said. If you want to be sure it really is the brakes, just take off the caliper and pads. Once they are removed the wheel will spin normally and you will see the rust spot where the pads were. Keep in mind though that most rear wheel brakes are drums and not discs, so they don't have calipers and can't check them easily. Only take appart drum brakes if you have done this before and know what you are doing, cause in some cases you need special tools or procedures to take off the drum, and the linings inside have alot of springs and hardware that need to be placed exactly or else the vehicle won't brake normally from the rear.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013

  • 3 more comments 
  • Gilbert Labont?
    Gilbert Labont? Dec 31, 2013

    Oh and if the handbrake was on for the whole 6 months, then i'm pretty sure the handbrake linings are jammed in the rear drums. If so, forcing the wheel to spin in reverse is the best way to unjam those, as they are made to brake more when going forward then reverse. Hope it helps :)

  • Guitarmusiczone Station

    Thanks Ill try all of those ...only one question is it possible for the 4wd to be on and thats whats causing coz i dont want to destroy the gears in case i force it to spin

  • Guitarmusiczone Station

    thats just a stupid question I dont know if the 4wd can stop it from spinning...Thanks

  • Gilbert Labont?
    Gilbert Labont? Jan 04, 2014

    the 4wd drive mode should not damage gears if you spin just one wheel to check. Ford escapes did not have locking differentials, so the wheel should spin if it's off the ground and in neutral. Also the escape 4wd system is on demand only, which means it's always running on 2wd until the wheels slip, then it engages the other 2 wheels to turn it 4wd with an electric clutch. So in any case, as long as you don't have any full time or lock option on the truck, you should not damage anything.

  • Gilbert Labont?
    Gilbert Labont? Jan 04, 2014

    but if in doubt and you really don't want to risk it, just got straight to the brake inspection and skip the wheel turning test. Just take the wheel off and then the caliper to see if the pads are stuck or not. As for the rear, if you have drum brakes on there, just give them a few hammer blows to break up the rust and try to get them free.



4 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: I put my key in

The ignition doesn't use tumblers it uses a wafer system and the wafers wear instead of your key. You will have to call a couple of locksmiths to see who is willing to replace you ignition. I had this done and it works great now and I didn't need a new key. Cost about $150 or more to get it repaired. Good Luck.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

  • 21 Answers

SOURCE: 2004 Ford Escape Electrical problem

This is a problem with the alternator. Diode rectifiers and voltage regulator replacement will give this baby a 14.2 voltage output. In this 3L V6 SUV removal of the alternator requires removing the right tire, the right axis and undercovering to reach the 6G alternator. It is a 133mm rectifier with a motorcraft, The serpentine belt is better removed from the bottom. Also keep a bucket on hand to recover the oil from the transmission.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

  • 5546 Answers

SOURCE: Ford Focus: Displaying "Locked 13". Bought the car

Give this a try. If your radio has a button AR or AS, when the ignition key is off, press and hold the AR or AS button throughout this process. Then turn on your ignition.

Press button 1 repeatively until the first digit of your radio code is displayed, do this for the second digit with button 2, the third digit with button 3 and the fourth digit with button 4. When all numbers are showing on the screen push button 5. This should reset the unit.

If the button fails to reset do not keep repeating the process or it will say Forever locked. There are several models and forever is not always what it means. To get your Code there is a site called and for $6.99 they will email it.

There is a Code reprogrammer called an E13. A technician or radio shop would need this tool to recover your radio to make it work. If you use your Browser you will see many questions but few answers for this problem except to take the radio in. If you are lucky to have the model of radio which can be reset by this procedure it will eliminate the trip.

I hope this works out for you, the success depends on the series of the radio.

Posted on Dec 09, 2010

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

How to remove 2001 escape transmission

Buy a manual. Escapes suck. AWD are worse. You can buy all the tools needed to do the job and still save money over what a garage will do it for. But you need that manual.

Nov 28, 2015 | 2001 Ford Escape

1 Answer

Ford escape 4wd

That vehicle is front wheel drive,the rear axle is only engaged for 4 wheel drive,would suspect the actuator on the rear axle.

Dec 26, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

3 Answers

Where is the iat sensor on a ford escape 2001 v-6

Inside the MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor.

Nov 06, 2009 | 2008 Ford Escape

1 Answer

Power window failure on 2002 Ford Escape

I have a 2001 Ford Escape. My driver window doesn't alway roll up when I push the button. As silly as it sounds, when the driver window won't come up, I roll down the front passenger window and then push the buttons for both front windows. The driver window comes up then. I've been doing this for about 6 mos. so eventually it will probably fail. But it is a short time fix.

Apr 07, 2009 | 2002 Ford Escape

1 Answer

2001 ford escape xls V6

The oil pump is located on the passenger side of the car, below the water pump near the bottom of the motor. Easy access is under the car

Feb 08, 2009 | 2001 Ford Escape

1 Answer


there is a sensor on each of the four wheels . i had a similiar problem and when i changed my brake pads all round and power washed with wheels off the light went off and my ABS returned must have been dir on 1 of the sensors

Nov 21, 2008 | 2005 Ford Escape

7 Answers

Radio reset codes

I have a 2001 focus suddenly stopped playing after being at garage.  I thought that the battery was disconnected and the radio neede reset code, as it has a rad blinking dash anti-theft light.  i went to ford garage and they told me they don't have reset codes on the focus.  Is this true?

Aug 05, 2008 | 2001 Ford Focus

Not finding what you are looking for?
2001 Ford Escape Logo

146 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts


Level 3 Expert

76846 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22246 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5546 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides