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Ford Escape Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide
How to change a blown electrical fuse in a 3rd generation 2013-2016 Ford Escape SUV with photo illustrated steps.

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2015 Escape Fuse Box
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Push In Release Tab

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 3rd generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and perhaps also the updated 2017 model year) Ford Escape SUV in checking or changing a blown fuse or relay in the engine bay, passenger compartment or cargo area electrical panels.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang, Fiesta, Transit Connect, Edge, Flex, Explorer, Expedition, Taurus, F-150, EcoSport, MKC, MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT and the Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

This Escape was equipped with standard mini blade fuses which can be purchased at Walmart, Advance Auto Parts, NAPA, Discount Auto Parts or at various online retailers including Amazon.

A red plastic fuse puller tool is included on the underside of the engine bay electrical box cover.

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Flip Over Fuse Box Cover
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Fuse Location Diagram
The engine bay fuse box is located at the right rear corner of the engine bay next to the 12V automotive battery and the engine air filter box.

Press in the tab on the rear edge of the fuse box cover to release the retaining clip.

Gently pull the fuse box cover off and flip it over to view the fuse location diagram.

The red plastic fuse puller tool is attached to the underside of the engine bay fuse box cover. If the tool is missing, you may be able to use a pair of needle nose pliers with rubber insulated handles.

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Engine Bay Fuse Block
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Glove Box
There are also fuse location diagrams in your owner's manual.

The interior passenger compartment electrical block is located under the glove box on the passenger side of the vehicle.

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Squeeze Fastener - Release
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Pull Off Two Fasteners
To access the interior fuse block, you'll need to remove the fabric foot well trim panel located below the glove box.

Squeeze together the two tabs on the sides of the black plastic fasteners before sliding them straight off the yellow pop rivets.

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Fabric Panel Removed
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Under Glove Box Fuse Block
Set the two black plastic fasteners and the fabric foot well panel aside in a safe place.

Look under the glove box to access the electrical panel.



 

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Cargo Area Access Cover
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Cargo Area Fuse Block
The cargo area fuse block is located under a rectangular plastic access cover on the right (passenger side) of the cargo area near the light housing.

Rotate the black plastic latch 1/4 turn counterclockwise to release the access panel.

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Place Tool Over Old Fuse
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Pull Out Old Fuse
Squeeze the end of the red plastic tool and place it over the fuse you'd like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.

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Hold Fuse Near Light
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Push In New Fuse
Examine the fuse by holding it up to a light source.

If the thin metal bar inside the translucent plastic center of the old fuse appears to be burnt or broken, the fuse is most likely "blown" and should be replaced with a new one of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25).

If the thin metal strip inside the middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse is most likely still good, but since new fuses are so inexpensive, it should still be replaced with a new one.

Push a new mini blade fuse of the same amperage rating straight in to the socket.

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Replace Cover - Rotate Latch
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Replace Fabric Panel
Replace the cargo area fuse block access cover and rotate the black plastic knob 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Replace the fabric foot well trim cover under the glove box and push on the two black plastic fasteners on to the yellow pop rivets.

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Replace Fuse Puller Tool
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Push On Fuse Box Cover
Push the red plastic fuse puller tool back in to place on the underside of the engine bay fuse box cover.

Gently push the engine bay fuse box cover back in to place.

Test the electrical component that you have been having issues with such as the radio, horn, power seats, A/C system, headlights, interior lights or wiper blades.

If you are still having the same problem, there might be a shorted wire somewhere or the electrical component itself is faulty and needs to be replaced.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Ford Escape DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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