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Ford Escape Noises and Sounds

bob5327bob5327 Posts: 2
My 2007 Ford Escape has a noise that seems to come from behind the instrument panel when driven over 40 mph.
Its sounds like a speedometer cable that needs to be lubed. Any ideas?


  • I dont think they even use speedometer cables anymore...they are all electric. What kind of noise is it?
  • I found the noise. It was the ribbed anti-chafe cover on the left front wheel rotation sensor wire. It was vibrating against the wheel hub casting. I used a nylon wire tie to secure the cover and adjusted the wire mounting bracket. Thanks.
  • jaz7jaz7 Posts: 4
    I have a '04 XLT V6 with 73K miles. I've noticed a clicking noise that seems to be coming from the underside of the chassis. It's louder and more frequent when the car is cold. Does anyone have any ideas what this can be?
  • rgwrgw Posts: 6
    My vehicle is a 2009 Escape Limited, V6, front wheel drive, built in October of 2008. There is a mystery noise that a full day at the dealership could not resolve. It’s not a safety issue but it sure is annoying.
    The sound is like fingernails tapping on glass or a piece of plastic tapping on metal. I have tried every cure posted in this forum. Since most of the time I am in the car alone it has taken me some time to isolate its location. It appears to originate under the headliner on the driver’s side and gets louder when the moon roof inside cover is slid back.
    Has anyone else had this issue? Could it be a related to a wire run that powers the moon roof?
    Any input would be appreciated.
  • lstethemlstethem Posts: 1
    I purchased a new Ford Escape in Nov. 2009 I notice in Jan 2010 a chirping noise coming from the back end when I take off from a stopping position anyone else notice this with their 2010
  • tomp54tomp54 Posts: 6
    My 2005 Ford Escape with 94K miles has begun to make a constant rumbling noise. At first I thought tire noise because it began after putting on new front brake rotors and "rotating" rear tires to front (same side). Just after that I drove 1200 miles road trip and noise may have gotten slightly worse. Yeah, Escapes are ALWAYS noisy, but this rumble is new'ish. The noise is independent of engine speed, OD in/out, automatic tranny in gear or neutral. Noise depends only on road speed. Noise doesn't change "significantly" by veering left/right at speed.

    Question: Is this rumble likely caused by wheel bearings going bad (how to confirm) or is it something else? (how to confirm the "something else" possibilities?)

    I've read forum messages, but didn't see "how to confirm" info and am unclear about what else (other than wheel bearings) might cause such noise.
  • vg33e powervg33e power Posts: 314
    You mentioned replacing your front brake rotors...have you checked if the backing plate (metal dust shield bolted to the steering knuckle that sits behind the rotor) is not rubbing up against the rotors. Sometimes when replacing rotors one may accidentally pull this shield and since it is so flimsy it will bend a little just enough to make it contact the rotor. Try removing the wheels and push back the dust shield to make sure it is clearing the rotor, see if that fixes your noise.
  • tomp54tomp54 Posts: 6
    I haven't checked the metal dust shield...will do ASAP - - but I'd think it would make a racket / high-pitched squealing sound if rubbing the rotor. No such sound. The sound I hear is more of a low rumble that's speed dependent. Could be bearing(s) or tires (they're a hard rubber and have always been louder than my other vehicles).

    I will re-rotate the tires back to their original positions and listen for change / improvement.

    I'll post results of my investigations.

    Thanks for your message.

  • mgdg33mgdg33 Posts: 2
    I'm having same problem with a 2001. Same mileage.
    I'm watching to see what happens with your car.
    I notice my noise changes when make turns on high way.
  • tomp54tomp54 Posts: 6
    I've been told that if you hear a change when turning (while driving), then the problem is likely a wheel bearing. If it gets noisier when turning left (more load on right wheel) then it's the right wheel bearing. If noise turning right, then left wheel bearing.

    I'll be sure to post final results of my situation.
  • vg33e powervg33e power Posts: 314
    Also, since you rotated your tires, the tires themselves may be making the noise trying to adapt to the new position since they may have been worn specifically to the previous position.
  • mgdg33mgdg33 Posts: 2
    Thanks, that is what I was suspecting...
  • tomp54tomp54 Posts: 6
    In my case the "problem" had nothing to do with wheel bearings -- it was totally tire noise. As mentioned, I'd "rotated" tires just before I began noticing the noise. (I moved rear tires to front on same side ... and front to back on same side)

    After moving tires back to their original positions, the noise was gone. The tires have 70,000+ miles on them and haven't worn totally evenly -- and I've been horrible about rotating them over the miles...only rotated once or maybe twice.

    So that's the end of this particular story...for those who might have a similar concern.

    Tom P.
  • I also purchased a 2010 Ford Escape in November 2009. I have the same noise when I take off. The Ford dealership tried to locate the noise but came to the conclusion that all 2010 Ford Escapes make that noise so, in their opinion, it was OK. My next step is to e-mail the CEO of Ford to see what can be done. I assume you didn't get an acceptable solution from Ford either?
  • tomp54tomp54 Posts: 6
    I never went to Ford to solve this problem. I was considering replacing wheel bearings...but after putting tires back to original positions, the noise was gone.

    My vehicle is a 2005 Escape XLT. Since earlier posts, I've bought a 2009 Escape LTD with Michelin tires ... no noise problems at all. Overall much quieter than 2005. That could be Michelin tires (better than tires on 2005 Esc) or better noise dampening on newer model years or better on LTD vs XLT.

  • fnamowiczfnamowicz Posts: 191
    There is no need to rotate your tires as this might cause drive ability problems.
    There are no studies or any proof that tire rotation extends tire life The tires will take a set but there is nothing wrong with this.
    I learned this by having rotated my tires many years ago and having problems I was
    told that I need new shocks, drive shaft wheel bearings etc.but all that was needed was to put the tires back in their original position. For about the last 40 yrs. I have not rotated the tires on any of my cars.
  • tomp54tomp54 Posts: 6
    Interesting re:non-rotation of tires. So are all the shops recommending / doing rotation just out go grab $$? (wouldn't surprise me). Balancing is a different story tho I'd think.
  • fnamowiczfnamowicz Posts: 191
    Yes balancing and wheel alignment is required for a smooth ride it has nothing to do with tire life in today's tires. Rotation is an urban myth that won't go away.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,995
    edited July 2010
    The experts at TireRack don't agree with you.

    I don't enjoy rotating them either, and I've heard the urban legend claim (and would like to believe it since I don't enjoy car maintenance), but my personal experience on my minivan is that the fronts would wear out a lot faster than the rears if I didn't rotate them. And I prefer to buy tires in sets instead of pairs.

    Tread wear on an Escape would likely be more even than my FWD minivan, but check out the link.

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  • davichodavicho Posts: 190
    Here is my $0.02 on the rotation topic.

    If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, rotation may not make a big difference in extending tire life. Since the rear wheels have the traction, the rear tires will take their share of wear from providing traction to move the vehicle forward and back. The front wheels provide the traction to change direction of the vehicle, hence, the front tires will take their share of wear from providing the traction needed to change direction of the vehicle.


    If you have a front-wheel drive vehicle (as in our Escapes, even in 4WD trim the system is front-wheel drive biased) rotation of tires may indeed extend the life of your tires. Since the front wheels are providing both duties of providing traction to move the vehicle forward and back, as well as providing traction to change direction of the vehicle as well. It makes sense why front tires wearout a lot faster then rear tires. This is why it is important to rotate your tires every 5000 miles on a front-wheel drive car in order to obtain the longest possible tread life out of them. The only con of doing this, is that in some occasions it may generate tire noise since the tires are wearing out differently in the new location...but only until the tire aclimates to the new location.
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