Rear door

Tiny
JOHN T
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  • 2009 FORD ESCAPE
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 11,000 MILES
I have a 2009 Ford Escape, my wife has trouble lifting the rear door, shocks are fine, it's just too heavy, is there an after market power system that could be installed?
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Monday, April 4th, 2011 AT 2:03 AM

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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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Maybe the shocks are weak? Ours were! I found another "Hometown Escape" at the Walmart Parking lot, asked If I Could "Experience" Theirs (This is my wife's rig, 2003, I seldom monkey with it, Ours would stay up. Just heavy) 'Shore 'Nuff, theirs was a lot EZer to lift. I installed new ones! Good To Go Now! Maybe yours too?--The Medic
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Monday, April 4th, 2011 AT 11:43 AM
Tiny
JOHN T
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Thanks for your reply but the problem is not that the rear door will not stay up but heavy to lift into the open position, it stays up just fine, maybe the awnser would be a gym membership for fitness training. I have checked with the Ford dealer and then were not aware of any type of aftermarket power add on/modifacation.
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Monday, April 4th, 2011 AT 12:25 PM
Tiny
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KEEP IN MIND, HER'S IS A 2003. MAYBE YOU MIS-READ MY ANSWER.I JUST WENT OUT TO THE EVIL WOMAN'S RIG, POPPED THE LATCH, PICKED THE DOOR UP JUST ENOUGH TO GET MR. PINKY FINGER UNDER THE BOTTOM EDGE. I PUT BY BUTT TOWARD IT AND EZily LIFTED MY PINKY, BEHIND MY BACK. VIEWED FROM THE PASSENGER SIDE, THE SHOCKEE DEALEES, TOOK OVER COMPLETELY WHEN THE BIG HAND WAS ON 8'OCLOCK (AS IF THE CLOCK HAND WAS THE DOOR EDGE) THE DOOR ROSE THE REST OF THE WAY UP ON IT'S OWN---OUR 5 YEAR OLD GRANDSON CAN EVEN OPEN IT FULLY (CAN'T CLOSE IT THOUGH)!--THE MEDIC
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Monday, April 4th, 2011 AT 3:29 PM
Tiny
JOHN T
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Thanks again, I will look at changing the cylinders but may end up making it worse as it will likely be harder to close? Another option is get rid of the unit and get one with a power rear door.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 AT 2:27 AM
Tiny
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JUST CHECKING BACK ON MY FADING AWAY POSTS, HOW DID YOU FARE? I KNOW THE PISTONS AIN'T REALLY CHEAP. DID YOU OPT FOR NEW ONES/ TRADE IN VEHICLE/ FIND STRONGER FEMALE? LOL!----I KNOW YOU WOULD REALLY BE HAPPY IN A NICE NEW JEEP WRANGLER. OR EVEN A NICE VINTAGE CJ--'76-'86!--THE MEDIC
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Sunday, April 10th, 2011 AT 4:57 AM
Tiny
JOHN T
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Medic,
Went to my dealer with the issue as the vehicle is under warranty and you know them folks at Ford, any reason to mess up my coverage would be up their ally.
Shocks seem ok as it lifts the rear door with not very much effort, I believe the problem occurs when lifting the door faster then the shocks can compress as this would sure make opening the door much more difficult, mentioned all this to the Mrs. And of course I don't know what I am talking about. I am keeping the Escape and the rear door issue will have to be the way it is, 10 grand + to get into something with a power door, and I don't drive the vehicle except for fueling.
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Monday, April 11th, 2011 AT 2:34 AM
Tiny
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My Boss really likes hers, recently during our "bad" snow, 5 inches and ice. Boss had to take grand-monster his birthday present(January). I told her, NO, My primary Jeep, 1977 CJ 5 "Mr. Jeep", was down (lack of fundage, at the time), with a messed up transfer case. My '46 Willys, "Willy" still had the summer top on him. My 1953 Sears-Allstate Aluminum top was 30 miles away at my Mom and Pap's House, I just don't drive him in the winter. She will "tolerate" Mr. Jeep, Willy is too slow for her(and now, too cold) I really tried to put her in one of my insulated coverall suits, army scarf, and other cold weather gear. She woulda been Toasty in Willy, for the 10 mile trip, and been FUN too! I said we would not take her 2WD Escape, ONLY WILLY! He would have no problems (I rebuilt him from absolutely nothing started in '92, drivable-still piddling with "Looks" even now). She said, "nooooOOOOOOOO! I'll go by myself!", And stormed to the garage.I tried, JOHN, I really did.I was FORCED to drive her Escape to Daughters house, THE ONLY VEHICLE (IDIOT) ON THE ROAD! I made it to the dirt circle road her house was on. Then we slid into someones yard. With my Cat-like Reflexes and Jeep skills, I was able to Back and Forth it out (Many B&Fs), Slid off that road 5 times, B&Fed it out every time! Delivered present, stayed 5 minutes (his enthusiasm, was not as, predicted by "Mema"), drove on home. Mission Complete. Next day, snow/ ice, better in town. Her Escape had noooooooOOOOOOO REVERSE! A nice $1500.00 Birthday gift! She was really down about it, and was "Sorry-ful" Cause she had not listened to me. Till one of her friends pointed out that "I" was the DRIVER. Now it's ALL MY FAULT! I made a Cold trip to Pap's House with my trailer, bring "Mr. Top" back, and had to modify my top to fit over the summer top hardware, install my homemade heater. Take a guess "Who" "WE" rode in for 2 weeks? So be gentle with a Escape! I was letting it stop each time, before I shifted--Maybe your 4WD has a stronger tranny.I'll stick with my Jeeps--The Medic
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Monday, April 11th, 2011 AT 4:28 AM
Tiny
JOHN T
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Medic,
My Escape is a four wheel drive and seems to work fairly well in snow/ice, we had a ton of the white stuff this winter and believe it or not more tomorrow, love it. I am familiar with your older willy jeep, spend 35 years in the army and they always had a bunch of them, tough little vehicle that always seemed to bounch over everything, narrow wheel base caused some issues when trying to keep up with larger equipment in the mud and on occasion would have to hook up to something big to get where one was going. Too bad the military gave up on the jeep, I guess politics always plays a role.
John T
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 AT 2:38 AM
Tiny
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YOU WASN'T ONE OF THEM FELLERS THEY CALLED "ZEROS" IN RANGER SCHOOL, WERE YOU?

THERE WERE A LOT OF THOSE "ZERO"-1's THERE, "ZEROS" WITH BIGGER NUMBERS TOO!

I WAS A E-2 WHEN I GOT THERE.'COURSE NOBODY HAD NOTHING, AFTER DAY 1, EVERYONE WAS ADDRESSED "RANGER". AMONG OTHER THINGS! NEARLY 300 TO START, ENDED WITH 63!

SGT (E-5) 1ST BATT 75 INF INF. (RANGER) AIRBORNE! '82-'87

MY "RANGER CAVE HQ" -TOOK GETTING 2ND WIFE TO FINALLY HAVE ONE!-HAD TO "DX" THE 1ST ONE (FRATERNIZING WITH THE ENEMY)ME IN MY 1ST CJ5--(1ST OF 6) "MR. JEEP" AND "WILLY" ARE PRESENTLY 6 AND 7

THE MEDIC (REFERENCED ONLY TO MY USERNAME) ANSWER BEST IN CJ5 & 7 FORUMS.11 BRAVO HOOOWAH!
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 AT 5:00 AM

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