Update...Leak was found where the electrical cables (wiring harness in a rubber sleeve) from the rear lift gate enters the car frame near the roof.. the dealership is providing a rental car that they are paying for. Dealer service guy said they were 100% sure where the leak is coming from and they are ordering all the parts to fix the problem...Brand new 2017 Ford Escape Titanium. Severe roof leak right under the rear passenger side roof rack mounting point. Inside rear hatch area water drips down into head liner(soaked head liner) and down the inside panels right over where the rear fuse box is. Under that area are large vent holes and the water drips from there down into a recessed area in the rear hatch floor. Completely soaked a large bath towel placed in the area, just from rain water. Have appointment Tuesday (8 Aug 17) to have problem fixed. Well, after my research, its obvious this is a common recurring problem Ford needs to officially address and create a recall & tech service bulletin. Found this video on you tube, 2013 Ford Escape Leaky Roof Rack Fix: HOW TO ESACPE. I guess the specific permatex sealant he uses works. I have used it to re-adhere rubber door seals before and it works great for that. Can't believe this is a problem. I have 5 cars (5 drivers) and the newest one, this one, has a crazy roof leak. I'm going to see If I really need to replace the head liner. The Ford dealership I'm taking my car to also has a full service body shop. Hoping they have the expertise to properly remove and replace the rear roof liner so it looks new again. Will update with the results but if they can't get it right the first time I'm fixing it myself. Although, I bought the warranty so it better get fixed. Frustrating. Also, the Titanium version is expensive and should have no quality issues likes this, sad really. More to come....
Yep, I believe you are on to something. Its what I have been saying all along. For some reason (cost cutting maybe) the roof ditch is the problem area. Maybe Ford should watch this video.Just thought I'd jump in and post my experience with my 2017 Escape SE, Factory Roof racks, no sunroof, built in Louisville Ky, Delivered 4th week of August 2017, Leak first noted in May 2018:
2 weeks ago I had found completely by accident a large amount of water in my spare tire well, I'm talking 1/2 gallon (2-2.5L) with no exaggeration. At that time I thought I must've gotten a ice chunks or something in there over the winter accidentally due to opening the hatch and it falling in. The spare tire liner was soaked! I hung it in my shed to dry and drained the tire well. Then I started thinking about it. That was A LOT of water, something was wrong.
So I jumped on the forum here and found that the grommets at the top corners could be a point of moisture entry. So I looked at those. The grommets sure didn't seem to be a real tight fit, so I applied a little permatex sealer to them and reinstalled. I'd hoped that was it for that.
Then one night we had an overnight rain, nothing torrential, just a steady spring soaking. The next morning I opened my hatch to check that my grommet sealing was successful and was shocked at how much water was in there again after just one rainfall event! At least a quart (1L)! Something was definitely VERY wrong. I then suspected the roof rails. I called my dealer and made appointment to drop off with the Ford approved body shop to deal with it.
What they found was: 1) that the factory seal was not present/not sufficiently applied to seal the roof seam. But it appeared that someone attempted to seal it with another type of sealing that is now dried and cracked allowing water infiltration. This 'fix' was applied after paint, whereas the factory seam seal is applied before paint. The workmanship was such that the shop was leaning towards this 'fix' application was done sometime after leaving the factory (by unskilled labor) since it had been done after painting the vehicle, and they inquired if I had the roof rails removed at some point. I did not, but this description closely matches what other members here noted as to what their problem in roof rack area looked like - that someone in the factory attempted to seal defective the seam with Dum-dum sealer. 2) the drivers tail light was also missing seam sealer, and was also allowing water ingression.
This is absolutely a manufacturing defect and I would have to assume that it isn't a one off problem with my build, it has a probability to affect every Escape built around the time mine was in the production line up until they noted the problem on the line and resolved.... it or else it is a production problem on the line that is still an issue..
I would highly advise any others with water leak problems to focus on this area as the point of ingression if you're experiencing water ingression. If you currently are not, I would suggest maybe having it looked at preemptively because the nature of the 'fix' sealer is to crack and shrink over time which is when the water starts to flow, and not an immediate problem straight out of production.
Be nice if you gave us your vehicle specs. We don’t even know if you have roof racks.I purchased my Escape in September 2016 and by December with all of the rain had water leaking into the right rear cargo area - coming in through the fuse box area. Dealer had my Escape for almost 40 days trying to fix the leak (they were back logged with other leaks to fix). While fixing the initial leak I had found, the dealer found a second leak coming in from the right side roof rail area. The dealer believed they had fixed both leaks and returned the vehicle - all under warranty. The dealer had to order a new headliner that took 8 weeks to get. After 5 more days in the shop to install a new head liner I got my Escape back. Now in August, I now have a leak coming in on the headliner near the front right "A" pillar causing staining to the headliner. Now back to the dealer. How long will they have it this time? :crying: Anyone else having similar issues and did your dealer/bodyshop fix the problem? Has anyone been able to have success in having Ford buy your Escape back under the Lemon Law?
Don't despair,Absolutely rediculous. Last spring it was my driver's side rear roof ditch leaking and now just yesterday I notice I have a disgusting water stain on the passenger front.
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Why do they have the bolts sticking up out of the roof? Did they let the caulking dry and remove the bolts? Not sure I would of done it this way. And they gasket on the bottom of the pylons is pretty thin, so if the surface of the ditch is uneven, your going to get water intrusion. In your situation the correct fix is to completely remove the factory ditch caulking and reapply with new material which is a self leveling caulk. Pretty much just like this:update on my 17 leak. right on spot as the seams on the roof are completely shot and water is gushing in and they cannot figure it out.
link goes to my post in another water leak thread..
Anyone with succesfull remediation of the issue on their Escape would be greatly appreciated as this has been going on and they cannot seem to get a handle on the issue to resolve it.