2018-2019 Ford EcoSport Engine Problems

Class Action Investigation

Lemberg Law is investigating consumer complaints regarding the 2018 and 2019 Ford EcoSport. The 2018 and 2019 Ford EcoSport is equipped with a 1.0L EcoBoost engine that appears to cause oil leaks to the point that it needs to be replaced. While the issues seem less common in the 2019 models, the problems are rampant with 2018 EcoSport vehicles.

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Customer Complaints

There are multiple complaints on the Edmunds website regarding the 2018 models.

 “I bought my 2018 EcoSport three years ago and have had absolutely nothing but problems with it, starting just after its first oil change, when it started leaking oil. I took it to the dealership, and they said it was a manufacturing defect, but they could fix it right then and there. Okay. A few months later, at around 15,000 miles, the engine needed to be replaced because the oil pump (?? I think that’s what they said) wasn’t working properly, and it ruined the engine. It took OVER THREE MONTHS for me to get my car back.”

“I don’t have anything good to say, honestly. At first I fell in love with it. We had it just a little over a year and we’ve had two major malfunctions leaving us stranded off the side of the interstate and back roads! The first the oil pump failed, second time it completely cut off on me in the middle of the road. WITH MY CHILD IN THE BACK! Luckily no one was behind me or I would’ve gotten in a wreck. This car has become a headache and not reliable!!”

Additionally, you can find even more posted on the NHTSA website.

“Engine replaced once, not even 1,000 of driving it the oil is leaking.”

“The contact owns a 2018 Ford Ecosport. The contact stated while driving 55 mph, the engine oil pressure light illuminated with a knocking sound coming from the engine. The vehicle was towed to the local dealer who diagnosed that the engine had failed due to a lack of oil pressure. The contact was informed that the engine needed to be replaced. The engine was replaced however, turbocharger malfunctioned. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 38,000.”

“Low Engine Oil Pressure came one, headed straight to the dealership but the car died three miles away from the dealership while turning left on 501. Monday 06/15/2020, Ford informed me that they didn’t know what happened but I will need a completely new engine.”

Tech Bulletins

According to Service Bulletin #SSM 48093, the issue occurs with 2018/2019 EcoSport models that are equipped with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine and the 6F15 automatic transmission that was built prior to April 3, 2019.

The engine loses oil pressure and the warning light comes on. According to Ford, the oil leak is caused by a broken engine oil pump belt tensioner. However, the only solution is to replace the entire engine.

There have been other class action lawsuits regarding some of the other EcoBoost engines, for different reasons.

Professional Assessment

When the belt tensioner breaks on a belt-driven oil pump, there is no more lubrication being sent into the engine. At this point, the oil pressure would dramatically drop and there should be an alert to stop driving. Some cars use an “Oil Pressure Low – Stop Engine” warning light.

The reason that Ford has to replace the entire engine because of this fault is that customers aren’t getting notified about the drop in pressure before the engine is ruined. Otherwise, it would be possible to simply replace the oil pump belt tensioner. With better alert systems, there would be less engines requiring replacement, even if there was a defective part.

Additionally, an oil pump is generally driven by the crankshaft, which is gear-to-gear. Unlike the belt-driven oil pump, these aren’t prone to failure as easily.

If your 2018 or 2019 Ford EcoSport engine is having problems and you are interested in becoming a class action plaintiff, fill out our case evaluation form or call us at 844-928-4443.

Click on other model years to view other reported problems: 2018   2019

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Brian Jones

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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5 COMMENTS
  • Michelle D

    Appartently this doesn’t just go to the older Ecosports. We purchased a 2020 Ford Ecosport titanium package, and on the way home from vacation, the car said low oil pressure and lost power. We pulled over immediately and was towed to the first ford dealership. We are not being told two months before we can get a full diagnostic, and that the thought is a new engine. Also being told engine replacements are taking almost a year to get an engine into the shops. We were told all we can do is rent a car and get reimbursed when our vehicle is returned to us. I did the math – it would be over $2000k a month between rental costs and our actual car payment. I asked ford to tow it back to our local dealership because our car is 3.5 hours away, and was told they would not cover it, but that it would be $1100 out of our own pockets to tow, and still would not be guarenteed a loaner. This is completely unacceptable of ford and they should be doing more to protect their consumers. I believe at this point we will be looking at an attorney.

  • Tracy S

    I had the same thing happen to me yesterday. I bought a 2018 Ecosport, this past October, and was not told that this was even a concern. Yesterday, while driving, the light suddenly came on saying that I had low oil pressure. It was less than 1/2 of a mile until I was completely stopped (I was on the highway with my boss and a client in the car) and there was a loud noise and the engine cut out. I called the dealership, as I have the extended warranty, and was told to have it towed back to them. Because I was 75 miles away from home, it cost me $355 to tow it in. Today I was told that they do not know why there are several error codes and that I have to take it to the Ford Dealership (I bought it used from other dealership) and that I would have to pay to have it towed there! I was told that the warranty will cover the cost but that they only cover 5 days of a rental car! What do they expect me to do if it takes longer than that to fix a known problem that they told me nothing about? I am SO angry that I was not warned ahead of time and that the dealership would not have changed out the bad part before selling it to me!

  • Katie

    I am in the same boat now as each of you. 2018 Ford Ecosport- on 2/23 I was driving and low engine oil pressure light came on. I panicked and pulled over as this car has been NOTHING but problems since I purchased it brand new. I just had a service completed last week. In fact, I called Valvoline and they came to where I was parked and checked to make sure there was oil and the filter had been changed. While Valvoline manager was there, the engine seized and had to be towed back to Ford. A sales associate had the audacity to tell me that my engine is blown and that it happened due to a malfunction because of the size of the engine and the electrical system. It all makes perfect sense now… the car alarm has randomly triggered after I would get inside without touching the key on continuous basis. The car would literally turn off completely at a stop light and have to be put into park and restarted to continue driving. I can go on and on- the sad thing being that many of these problems occurred during the warranty but the dealership kept saying either nothing was wrong or it had been fixed. Ford is extremely WRONG for continuing to manufacture and sell these vehicles with the known issues that occur. I could have been in an accident or hurt someone else in an accident.

  • Elizabeth H

    I am having the same issue as you! As of 3 days ago.. that’s kind of funny. I need help I can’t even take out any loans and now carless. I NEED HELP 😭

  • Shelley W

    Bought a preowned 2018 Ford Ecosport 2 years ago. Had approximately 46,000 miles. I had regular maintenance performed and loved driving it. Until January 9, 2022. Driving down the road oil pressure pump light flashed on, car slowed down to 45 mph and started a ticking noise. Had car towed to Bob Moore Ford Service department in Oklahoma City. Diagnosis: oil pump belt tensioner failed causing no oil pressure subsequently completely destroying the engine, turbo charger and vacuum pump. The Service adviser stated that the Ford company knows the problem with the oil pump tensioner exists, but will not acknowledge the problem. My Ecosport is sitting in the Service department waiting for parts to replace the tensioner, oil pump and engine. My cost for replacement, repairs and labor is $6,776.37 not including loan interest for the repairs and not having a vehicle to drive.

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