9 Ford Ecosport Common Problems

by Dec 15, 2022Problems

The Ford EcoSport is a reasonably priced subcompact crossover that shares the Fiesta’s base.

(see common Ford Fiesta Problems)

It can pull rather well for its size, has good luggage room, and has all-wheel drive as an option.

It wasn’t until 2013 that it was released in South Africa. However, it has been available in other countries since 2003.

We’ll discuss the most often encountered problems with the EcoSport and how to fix them here.

Here are 9 Common Ford Ecosport Problems


1. Oil Pump Failure

Several reports of oil pump failures in the EcoSport’s turbocharged 1.0-litre engine resulted in total engine failure.

The oil pump in the EcoSport is belt-driven rather than gear-driven, allowing for more efficient oil circulation throughout the engine. Oil pressure drops when the belt gives out, and the engine’s moving parts don’t get oiled.

Belt failures in the oil pump have been reported more often in the 2019 and 2018 models, although they may happen in any year of the little three-cylinder engine.


Ford has issued a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) warning consumers that the oil pump belt tensioner on EcoSports manufactured from 2018 to 2019 may fail, damaging the engine.

However, they offered no further suggestions for fixing the problem except for suggesting an engine replacement. They revised the belt tensioner so vehicles produced after April 2019 are immune to the problem.

If you’re concerned about a belt tensioner failing, you may have the dealer or your regular mechanic examine it for slack and indications of wear.

It’s not exactly a fast repair since you have to take apart a lot of extra stuff to get to the oil pump tensioner. The filter has a similar propensity to get clogged over time, so inspecting the oil pump is also a brilliant idea.

2. Gearbox Problem

PowerShift (DCT) Dual-Clutch gearboxes in older second-generation Ford EcoSports were prone to severe breakdowns after the first couple of years.

From 2012-2017, the EcoSport was sold in many regions with these faulty gearboxes. In 2018, Ford upgraded all markets to a new, more dependable automatic gearbox that uses a torque converter.

Ford’s Focus and Fiesta, which also utilised this kind of dual-clutch gearbox, had problems like:

  • Shearing or jolting in transmission
  • Clunking sounds
  • There are caution lights on the dashboard.
  • Turning to a limp state (limited RPM)
  • You can’t reverse
  • Gearbox failure


Rotten transmission seals in the first few production years of the second-generation EcoSport allowed transmission fluid to seep into the dry clutch system. This causes the clutch packs to wear out faster than usual, necessitating replacement.

Other critical components of the PowerShift DCT:

  • TCM (Transmission Control Module) 
  • Shift forks
  • Release bearings
  • Shift motors

For the most part, these problems need removing the gearbox from the vehicle and opening it up to repair the worn or damaged components. Due to the severity of the damage, a transmission is often replaced instead than repaired.

DIY To Stop The Jerkiness

The jerkiness might be eliminated by resetting the TCM for some folks. If you do this, the vehicle can learn how you usually drive and make the necessary adjustments to make your rides more comfortable.

Here’s how to clear the gearbox memory on a Ford EcoSport:

  1. Get in, but don’t start the car’s engine
  2. Press brake pedal
  3. Change from Park to Sport, then to Neutral.
  4. When the dashboard display indicates “transmission ready,” put the vehicle in park.

A technician skilled with DCT difficulties will be needed to diagnose more severe gearbox problems correctly.

3. ABS Error Message

Older second-generation EcoSports have a typical problem with the anti-lock brake system not working.

In most cases, the ‘ABS’ light on the instrument cluster will blink, and the car will begin beeping shortly after starting.

Due to the TCM’s dependence on the correct functioning of all associated systems, an error message reading “transmission malfunction” may also show on the central display.

A vehicle with the ABS warning light on may typically still be driven regularly, but safety should be considered if a defective brake component causes the issue.


A weak or dead 12-volt battery is a common source of ABS problems. Many EcoSport drivers have successfully turned off the ABS warning light by changing the battery and clearing the codes stored in the vehicle’s electronic control unit.

If the battery is still relatively fresh and has been tested to show that it can still retain a charge, the fault may lie with the ABS module, which is notorious for failing frequently.

The ABS malfunctions may also result from a malfunctioning wheel speed sensor or damaged wire connecting to the sensor.

Turning the key to “on” and then “off” allowed some users to do a “soft reset” of the codes. The ABS warning light and other malfunction indicators should fade off entirely if there are no catastrophic component failures.

However, if you want to know what’s going on, you’ll need to take the automobile to a technician who can read the error codes and figure out what’s wrong.

4. Exhaust Flex Pipe Failure

Some people who drive Ford EcoSports equipped with the 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine have noticed that the vehicle’s engine has become much louder whenever they apply the throttle.

A detached flex pipe in the exhaust system is frequently to blame for this problem, as it may happen when the underbelly of the vehicle collides with anything solid or when it rusts out too quickly due to exposure to road salts.

To further understand the problem, consider how one owner put it:

I just bought a used EcoSport. My turn into the driveway was too sharp, so I ran over the curb. My automobile has always been noisy upon starting and during acceleration, but it has been much worse ever since that day. A slight trembling is present at the same time. When not gaining speed, it becomes somewhat less noisy.


Ford only offers the flex pipe as part of the catalytic converter, which considerably raises the price, even though replacing the flex pipe is a simple task.

If your automobile is no longer under warranty but wants to reduce its noise, having an exhaust shop weld in a new pipe should be considerably more cost-effective than purchasing a new catalytic converter.

Keep the undercarriage of your vehicle clean to keep the exhaust system from rusting out, and wash it every few weeks to remove any salt buildup.

5. Rear Liftgate/Tailgate Won’t Open

The rear tailgate of the second-generation Ford EcoSport has proven problematic for many drivers.

The EcoSport’s trunk is accessible by electronic button or remote. There is no conventional handle to release the latch and release the back door. Pushing the button triggers an actuator, which in turn pushes on the latch to secure the door in the closed position.

Unfortunately, after a few years of use, this actuator often fails, leaving EcoSport owners unable to open the trunk unless they remove a panel from the trunk’s interior and physically pull on the latch.

As reported by one EcoSport owner:

The issue is that the back door (which opens to the side) won’t open. The servo is making an effort, but it is unable to unlock the door.


If the EcoSport’s back gate won’t open properly, the actuator may need to be replaced.

It shouldn’t take more than an hour for any skilled technician to repair this item after ordering it online or from a Ford dealer.

Many owners have even replaced the actuator on their own with just a few simple tools and some mechanical know-how.

6. Problems with the Timing of the Belt

The EcoSport’s three-cylinder, the 1.0-litre engine has a timing belt rather than a chain, and the engine oil lubricates it.

All timing belts wear and weaken with age. Therefore they need to be changed every ten years or 150,000 km at the very least.

Since many internal engine parts are susceptible to interference if the timing belt fails in an EcoBoost engine.

The belt’s durability is directly related to the quality of the engine oil, therefore, neglecting the vehicle’s upkeep might significantly shorten the belt’s useful life.


Timing belt and engine longevity may be maximized by changing oil according to Ford’s suggested schedule and using 5W-20 synthetic oil.

The timing and oil pump belts wear out more quickly if you use low-quality oil or oil with different viscosity.

In addition, using the same brand that Ford employs, namely Motorcraft, will help guarantee that there are no additives in the belt that might compromise its efficiency.

7. Dismal gas mileage

Unfortunately, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine in the EcoSport has been met with widespread dissatisfaction from drivers due to its poor fuel efficiency.

Even though it has a smaller, three-cylinder turbocharged powertrain, it doesn’t improve fuel economy above the 2.0-litre normally aspirated engine.

Some users have reported getting as low as the mid-20s mpg in stop-and-go traffic. The 2.0-litre motor offers the same fuel efficiency but somewhat more excellent performance. Still, the powertrains in both vehicles are slightly sluggish.


EcoSport’s gas mileage can’t be improved in the real world more by driving more gently.

However, several alternative subcompact vehicles get substantially greater fuel efficiency at highway speeds.

8. Issues with the Front Seats

Improper welding of the front seat frames prompted Ford to recall certain 2019 EcoSports.

There is a risk of injury because of a defect in the production of the seat back.


Ford issued a recall for impacted cars in the first half of 2019 to replace the front seats due to these problems.

Since this seat problem was discovered early on, it’s probable that it only affects a limited number of 2019 Ford EcoSports.

If you want to be sure your Ford was not included in the recall, you may enter your VIN into Ford’s recall website.

Ford may pay for any necessary recall repairs, so including them in regularly scheduled maintenance should not increase your expenditures.

9: There are some blind spots

The EcoSport’s A-pillars up front and C-pillars towards the trunk are rather substantial in width.

Due to the relative width of these zones in comparison to other cars, they might impede sight at both low and high speeds.

Furthermore, the rear view camera is the only camera available for use in blind-spot monitoring on the EcoSport. It lacks several of the cutting-edge safety features that are standard on newer cars and may assist in keeping you out of accidents.


To compensate for EcoSport’s lack of peripheral vision, drivers must pay more attention to their surroundings and use their mirrors.

Comparing the Pros and Cons of the Ford Ecosport

If you’re considering buying one, you may be curious about the Ford Ecosport’s advantages and disadvantages.



  • Affordable
  • Abundant room for transport
  • Ground clearance is more than that of a hatchback
  • An all-wheel drive is an option
  • Towing capacity


  • Poor mileage on the gas tank
  • Insufficient power and an absence of cutting-edge safety features

Final Thoughts

Despite Ford attempting to rectify many of the Ford Ecosport problems through recalls, Ford owners still face issues that can be solved by replacing compromised spares. Knowing these Ford Ecosport problems before purchasing a used EcoSport is vital in ensuring any faults can be easily fixed using Ford Ecosport spares from reliable vendors.

It is recommended that Ford Ecosport owners remain vigilant and regularly check for defective parts such as driveshafts and suspension arms. By staying alert, Ford owners can ensure their EcoSports are safe, efficient and reliable on the roads for years to come.