The Ford Edge is one of the auto giant’s best-selling SUVs that offers space and versatility. But is the Ford Edge as reliable as it seems? Here are some of the common Ford Edge failures . Keep reading!
This is one of Ford’s most reliable models and offers great functionality and comfort, plus it holds its value quite well. Its resale price depreciates by 51% after 5 years.
How good is the Ford Edge?
The Ford Edge received very good marks in terms of reliability. This vehicle is known for providing superior performance and sharp handling, while also being practical, with excellent fuel economy. Other than that, it also has good longevity and durability . It can last over 200,000 miles with few problems, as long as it is given the regular maintenance it needs.
Common faults of the Ford Edge
Despite being a reliable SUV, the Ford Edge has its fair share of problems. Here are the common faults of the Ford Edge:
1- Failure in the reinforcement of the brakes
One of the most notorious problems on 2007-2015 Ford Edge models is a faulty brake booster , the diaphragm of which can develop a tear due to changing driving conditions.
This can cause the vehicle to make unusual noises when the brake pedal is depressed. The tear can worsen and affect the braking function. Ford is aware of the problem and has extended warranty coverage for a one-time brake booster repair program to 10 years or 150,000 miles.
2- Clicking noise in the area of the wheels
Some 2007-2014 Ford Edge models have been known to develop clicking noises in the area of the wheels after around 75,000 miles. Some owners who have experienced this with their vehicles had their wheels inspected but couldn’t find anything wrong.
This usually happens with the wheel on the front passenger side. This may be due to excessive clearance between the wheel and its plastic lining. To solve this problem, the plastic lining must be changed, especially if it has become loose.
3- Defective airbags
The 2016-2017 Ford Edge was recalled in February 2017 for malfunctioning airbags . If activated, the driver air bag does not fully inflate or may detach from the air bag assembly, which may put the driver at increased risk of injury and damage.
These defects cause Edge units to not meet the requirements set forth by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS), making them unsafe to drive. Ford has informed owners that affected SUVs can be taken to any dealer for free airbag replacement.
Previously, 2007-2008 Ford Edge units were also recalled in January 2017 for faulty airbag inflators in the passenger frontal airbag assembly. The inflators’ propellant may have degraded due to moisture and temperature changes, causing it to explode.
This can cause flying metal debris to strike vehicle occupants. Affected cars can be taken to any dealership for free replacement of the passenger frontal air bag inflator.
4- Illuminated door light
Electrical problems on the 2013 Ford Edge can trigger multiple malfunctions inside, such as sunroof or bluetooth issues. However, the most reported and problematic is the door ajar light , which usually stays on even though all the doors are securely closed.
It might start as a small problem, but leaving it unresolved can lead to more severe problems, such as battery drain, doors kept unlocked by mistake, among other things. This can be caused by the switch inside the door latch mechanism , making the doors appear unlocked to the vehicle’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU). This can also happen with models from other years, such as 2011 and 2012.
In addition to door ajar lights, this problem can also cause other components to malfunction. The dome lights may come on or the fob may fail to lock the doors.
5- The air conditioner overheats
The air conditioning (A/C) system in the 2011 Ford Edge has a tendency to overheat. Another of the common Ford Edge faults is that the air conditioning blows hot air and does not work at all when it is hot.
This usually happens when the vehicle has already logged around 120,000 miles. Some reports indicate that this could be resolved by replacing the cooling fan and timing belt. However, it can be expensive.
6- Defective windshield seal
The windshield seal on the 2007-2011 Ford Edge is notorious for slipping due to the poor adhesive that is supposed to hold it in place. Some owners, after having reported it and repaired it to the dealer, continue to suffer from the problem.
Extreme cases can cause rainwater to seep into the vehicle and soak the ground along with other components. To solve the problem, it is necessary to remove the windshield in order to replace the foam gasket .
7- Defective fuel tank
One of the most common failures on the 2009-2010 Ford Edge is a faulty fuel tank, which can pose a fire hazard if left unattended. The fuel tank can corrode from exposure to salt water, causing the fuel tank weld to leak under the mounting reinforcement brackets.
Ford issued a recall in October 2015 notifying owners that they could bring their vehicles to a dealer for inspection. If a leak has not yet occurred, the tank will be cleaned and treated with an anti-corrosion compound. If it has become too severe, the fuel tank would be replaced free of charge.
8- Transmission failure
2007 and 2008 Ford Edge models have known transmission issues. It has been reported that the transmission suddenly shuts down even while the vehicle is moving . Some owners have shared that the engine would stall unexpectedly. Other reports also state that it would be accompanied by illuminated error lights and rattling sounds, usually occurring at mileage of around 80,000 miles.
Taking the vehicle to the dealer can perform a diagnostic test to find out the cause of this problem, but some vehicles have run normal tests despite the problem.