Ford Escape Radio Not Working? Possible Causes And Solutions

It can be really frustrating when the Ford Escape radio is not working. However, since the dysfunction can be caused by either a wiring issue or a blown a fuse, it is almost always easily fixable. 

Most of the time, the solution is literally a screwdriver away. You would only need the internal panels of the vehicle to give you a clue on what is going on with the sound system. So, here are some of the things you should do. 

Ford Escape Radio Not Working

What Might Have Gone Wrong With the Ford Escape Radio

There are several reasons why your radio might not be working, be it a blank display or a non-responsive command box. Some people have also complained of connectivity issues as well as problems with shutting down the entire system. 

Here are a few reasons that might be responsible:

Problems with Wiring

This is the most obvious and hence, the most commonest reason for a service disruption. The wiring might get loose after being mishandled by an inexperienced mechanic. Or, sometimes, after a moderate mechanical impact that you shoved away as nothing. 

A Blown Fuse 

This one gets the best of us. Nobody knows when there will be a voltage fluctuation, and therefore a blown a fuse is difficult to apprehend. A blown fuse might not show any other sign apart from a partially lagging radio system.

Connected with Phone

This happens with older cars where the stereo is back-dated. If your phone was connected to the radio/stereo before you cranked the engine, your radio might misbehave. 

To avoid this, simply keep the Bluetooth of your phone turned off and only turn it on after 15 seconds have passed since the engine started.

Internal Issue

Ford Escape users have reported on many occasions the same problem regarding its radio not working properly. It is alleged that the designs are faulty from the core, and there’s nothing that can be done to salvage these systems from the ruins. 

Some customers demanded a recall and/or refund, but that is probably not happening.

How To Get Your Radio Working Again

Although the ones to notice the problems first were lucky enough to get their radio replaced by Ford, most of us are not that fortunate and will need to take things into our own hands. Following are some small tips as to how:

Fix The Wiring Panel

As we have mentioned, faulty wiring is responsible for a radio malfunction; we might need to fix that first. It is quite easy to do, and you shouldn’t have many technical issues with this step.

If you look at the left side of the steering wheel, you will notice a detachable compartment with a thin slit horizontally. With the help of a pry bar, you should be able to take the front panel off. 

Observe the wiring channels that lie behind and look for loose wires or burnt wires. If any, replace it with a new one.

Fuse Check

Blown fuses are more common in a vehicle than you think. If the wiring didn’t have any problem, you would need to reset or replace the fuse.

To locate the fuse compartment, we will take a look at the passenger side footrest. There should be two tiny screws that come off my hands. Then the entire vinyl/ leather cover will peel off. The fuse board should be visible now.

It is important to remember that the fuse board has fuses from all over the car. To know which exact fuse is meant for your radio, the Ford manual will be helpful. A specific numerical value will dictate which row and column the fuse is at.

If it is blown, replace it. But if not, then take the fuse out and put it back again. Your radio should work afterward. Remember to keep the engine turned off as you do these tasks.

Use The Power Button And Forward Button

This works as a rather temporary fix. What happens if you press the power button and forward button at the same time? No, your radio doesn’t take a screenshot, but it resets for the time being.


If all fails, we resort to rebooting. Remember to back up any personal information or document beforehand since it will erase all data. You will need your phone for it, though. On the Bluetooth menu of your phone, select SYNC.

Now on your car dashboard, scroll down the menu to find and tap SYNC. After confirmation, you will need to scroll through this submenu to find Master Reset that you will select. 

Few more dialogue boxes shall appear, and click yes on all of them. Afterward, reconnect your phone with the radio, and the master reboot should be finished.

Final Words

Ford Escape radio might have a problem or two, but these are nothing we cannot fix. Don’t spend hundreds in a mechanic store; just take your toolbox out and pry away for a radio as functional as a brand new one.