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Ford Escape Noises and Sounds



  • davichodavicho Posts: 190
    I take it you are trying to replace the front parking lamp/turn signal bulb. If so, you'll need to access the socket through the fender liner. Pull off a couple of clips holding the fender liner to the fender and push/bend the plastic liner back enough to give you access to squeeze "literally" your hand through the inside of the fender and unlock the socket counter clockwise to remove from the headlamp housing.
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    Wife and I purchased a 2010 Ford Escape XLT in early spring. We are generally happy with the vehicle. Once in a while I also heard the "hoot" noise. Did any of you get a recall notice for a transmission re-programming? Took this in about 3 days ago. This is my wifes vehicle so this weekend I will drive it around and see if this "hoot" noise is gone. On other forums some Ford techs are saying the noise will not affect the reliability or longevity of the transmission. This is our second Escape, first was bullet proof up to 107,000 miles. We bought the 2.5 4cyl this time, we had no need for a V6. Took this vehicle on a summer vacation into Yellowstone/Grand Teton area. Drove fine, no problems, great MPG.
  • Ref #34: Our 2010 Ford Escape XLT also makes that noise. We had the transmission re-programming recall; didn't help the noise problem. It has something to do with the differential in the transmission and Ford says that all 2010 Ford Escapes make that noise. I do not accept that answer but don't know what else to do. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. It's my wife's Escape and she can hardly stand the sound. My driver side window is being replaced because it scatches the window when opening and closing. It won't cost me anything but a new vehicle shouldn't have these problems.
  • There is a crazy hissing noise in my 2005 escape xls. It seems to be coming from the brake pedal. The idle seems to have dropped down really low too. Sometimes it runs really rough too. It goes away when I step on the brakes or above 2500 rpm. I have 74000 mile on it and It's a5 speed manual if this helps.
  • 2hills2hills Posts: 10
    Well I got a call from Ford regarding the satisfaction survey I completed after I had the 'hoot' removed, which of course it wasn't. They said they were quite concerned about my negative feedback regarding my experience with eliminating the problem. The person I spoke to, of course, is just phoning to see if they can get you to change your mind about how ticked off with Ford I am, but I don't see them doing anything to correct the problem. I told this lady that I would never buy a Ford again if this was how they solve customers problems and the dealerships need to stop telling customers that is all that can be done to fix the problem. I had the steering rack replaced but because they say the Escape uses a wishbone then the sticking of the steering when it is cranked over will continue. I wonder what all these problems will do to the resale price of these Escape's when it is time to dump them.
  • roc13roc13 Posts: 3
    I had the fix done for the "hoot". It seemed to be gone, but after a day or two is back in full force. Has anybody had any success in dealing with this issue? I read somewhere else that it was the bushings causing the noise and they just needed greasing. Is that possible?
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    Well, the noise is still there. However, it doesn't happen every time. I am a bit concerned. This is our 3rd Escape and the other 2 were great vehicles. I am afraid at 36,000 miles I am going to have to have the transmission rebuilt after the warranty expires. I am going to have the dealership look into this for me also. I know one of the service guys too and will ask him next time I see him away from his work. Keep searching the net people, there is an answer to this. There is a Ford tech somewhere that knows the answer. If I find it I will definetly post it here at Edmunds.
  • Yes, I wrote quite a professional, lengthy letter to the CEO of Ford explaining the difficulties with the "hoot" noise in the 2010 Ford Escapes. I requested that I be given the courtesy of an answer by mid November - today is November 20th. They had over a month to respond to my concern about their product. I was very explicit about letting them know that the dealership should have disclosed the "hoot" noise before a consumer purchases the vehicle. So.......NO response from Ford!! The next step is a class action suit against Ford, but I don't know if I have the time and energy to keep pursuing this outright known problem by Ford. Anyone else having any luck with getting the "hoot" noise fixed?
  • I just got my 2010 Ford Escape back from my Ford dealer who took 3 days to work on the Hoot noise. I believe that they replace a chain in the transmission or Transaxel ?.

    The Hoot noise is still there ! ! !

    My main beef is that this problem was in the 2009 models and Ford just carried in to the 2010 models. Are the top car engineers unable to slove the problem or is it just to costly ? ?

    This should be a Lemon Law or Class Action.
  • so any news on what that squeaky noise from the windshield/dashboard is?
  • I purchased a 2011 Escape XLT 4WD and have the same hoot problem. Obvioulsy, Ford is doing nothing to resolve this issue. I am definitely not pleased.
  • I own a 2001 Ford Escape V6 4WD, when I start my truck, my brake makes an air noise that wont stop unless you are pushing on the gas; holding the brake down all the way or if it is off. has anyone had this problem?
  • kav3kav3 Posts: 1
    Directive TBS 10-20-1 issued by Ford describes the problem and indicates it is in the transmission. There is no known solution. My 09 Escape V6 is having this problem.
  • 2hills2hills Posts: 10
    I see the commercials for the F150 and the talk about how great the Ford engineers are, but maybe they should go back to the donut eating focus groups to tell them how to solve the "hoot" problem because the engineers sure cant get. Chew on that Ford engineers.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I'm not saying you're all wrong, but I have had a total of 7 Escapes, still have 5 of em, driven about 100,000 miles, never had this problem, or any other problems will all but 1 of them.
  • I have the same problem with the 2010 Escape I purchased in September 2009. Had it in the Ford garage and they couldn't figure out what was causing it, then they said they fixed it. They didn't. Still have the noise today.
  • My 2011 Escape has the "hoot" and it is getting progressively worse as each day goes by. Now I not only get the hoot when starting from a dead stop, but I get several "hoots" as I accelerate. My dealer says that Ford is promising a permanent fix by summer. But I am pretty disgusted that they have known about this problem for three years and still don't have a fix.

    I am a loyal Ford owner, and my Escape is my seventh Ford product. However, it will probably be my last.

    Ford says that the noise will not damage the transmission, but I find that difficult to believe, as I have readh hundreds of complaints in the Internet about transmission problems with the Escapes.

    Bye bye Ford. You have lost a loyal, long-time, customer because of your unwillingness to solve a known problem.
  • 2hills2hills Posts: 10
    Well I see the engineers at Ford in Europe in conjunction with a university in Germany have a car seat that can monitor the drivers heart....wonderful, now how about figuring out what the h^%$ that hoot is. This is absolutely rediculous that they can not fix this problem. I was going to buy a Hyundai but thought the Escape was a better product, boy was I wrong. I will never buy another Ford.
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    My wife and I own a 2010 Escape XLT 2.5 automatic 4wd. We love this vehicle. Our recent trip netted us about 28MPG doing 70MPH+ per the computer. My wife normally drives the vehicle. I noticed a hard shift at times in lower gears. We had recall 10B15 done to this vehicle already. We also have the "hoot" noise I read about across the internet. I am bringing the vehicle back in to the dealership tomorrow for the hard shifting. As I read across the internet I see many are having transmission issues with the 09/10 Ford Escapes. I am not feeling all warm and fuzzy about this vehicle. It has about 15K on it and runs fine. However, can I trust it to make it another 80K? This is our 3rd Escape and the last 2 were flawless, reliable vehicles. I am not going to be a happy camper with Ford if they screw me on this known transmission issue. If I start reading in a few years about how these 6spd automatic transmissions were faulty and Ford does nothing... I am going to be jump ship and never buy a Ford again after owning Fords for over 25 years.. :lemon:
  • hackattack5hackattack5 Posts: 315
    I want to wish everyone wanting to punish Ford "good luck" and what exactly are you planning on purchasing? If you visit the other forums you will find issue's with every single one of them. You can look at Honda, Toyota, Goverment Motors. They all have problems people.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I agree completely. As I have said before on these forums, Cars are machines, and it's a miracle they work at all. For every serious complaint we see here, and I don't deny the problems mentioned, there are more issues out there, but millions of properly operating cars with very satisfied customers. I have a small fleet of cars for my business + 3 cars for my family. I've tried them all. At this moment, I have 5 Fords (4 are Escapes, incidentally), 3 Chryslers and 2 Toyotas. They are all good. No major problems or issues, and some of them have over 80,000 miles. Just rep-laced an Explorer with over 140,000 miles on it. Between them, the Toyotas seem to be the best made, but not always the most functional or attractive design, the Fords are the best designed vehicles, and the Chryslers are, well, ok. I've owned them all, but the GM cars have overall, been the worst performers for me, and even those aren't terrible, but sometimes you can get a lemon from any company. I have had a bad Ford or two (not ever an Escape though), but have not put a fatwa on Ford because of it. I get rid of the bad one, and get something else and move on. It happens, and it's the cost of driving to me. If every car from one manufacturer I had owned was horrible, yes, I'd quit buying from them, and I've pretty much quit buying GM, but not for that reason. I just don't care for their designs, lack of technology, and mediocre quality overall. In short, they are not remarkable at any level. Anyway, that's how I feel. I don't see the need or the potential effect of the threats directed toward Ford or anybody else. You can't punish a company with those. Just vote with your money. That's all that matters. :P
  • hackattack5hackattack5 Posts: 315
    That is funny because I too will never by a new GM product again. I can understand making a lemon but when you work it all the way up to the factory rep and he tells you it was a bad design and there is nothing they can do about it then I take it personal. I was 19 years old at the time and was making $3.65 an hour making those payment on a 1984 Pontiac Firebird. That car took every penny I had. I told the GM rep that this is the last car I would ever buy from GM and he just smiled at me. Well I buy a new car every 2 years so that is 13 cars I have bought and 0 have been GM. I knew they would go belly up someday and they did.
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    Took the wifes 2010 Escape XLT 2.5 6spd auto/4WD into the dealer about 2 weeks ago for the transmission shifting issue. I was told by the service rep there was "another" re-programming notice issued by Ford. So, they re-programmed and topped off the fluid. So far so good. I have driven the Escape myself around town, back and forth to work a few times just to see if I could feel the hard shifts between 2nd/3rd, nothing felt. It actually feels smoother when shifting. So, for now I am satisfied. Wife and I really like this vehicle. This is our 3rd Escape and the other 2 were reliable, solid vehicles. :)
  • 2hills2hills Posts: 10
    A fellow stopped me on the street the other day telling me he was lookingto buy a 2011 Escape. He asked me what I thought of the Escape... I told him I wished I had never purchased mine and that he would be better off to steer clear of the Escape. I also referred him to this forum if he wanted to find out what other people are saying about the escape. He thanked me and told me he was going to consider something else.
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    Hate to tell you.. If this guy does any sort of research he will see overall the Escape is pretty reliable.. ;)
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Actually, this is the only forum I have found with ANY negative comments on the Escape at all. Every car line has a few lemons in it.
  • 2hills2hills Posts: 10
    The car is not a lemon, but it is such a pain in the butt when you try dealing with a ford dealership or ford directly and the answer is "thats the way it is". its like they dont give a damn about the annoying noise, and it has been ongoing since 2009. Could they figure it out, I think they could but they don't care.
  • 2hills2hills Posts: 10
    Well good news (I think). A new TSB was issued on July 22 to fix the hoot in the transmission. TSB11-7-23 says that a snubber installed and incorporated with the fluid reservoir. This is like a soap opera, so I'm not sure if it will work. The service dept has ordered the part and hoepefully this will be the fix needed to get rid of this annoying noise.
  • duckyellowduckyellow Posts: 1
    edited July 2011
    Another reason to snub the so called "domestics" (which only assemble things, not make them)

    and go for Japanese cars that run 500k

    For the record I still drive my 2001 Mustang. Decent car but Ford are jerks to deal with in all respects. Slow, dimwitted and just plain frustrating. Been looking and I like some of the domestic cars but these days it seems it little problem after little problem with no resolution. Life is to short for that nonsense.

    I want to drive my car not sit in the dealership waiting room sipping on JB coffee and listening to some fat union tard give excuses.

    Everytime I get my oil changed I see people arguing with Ford. My Mustang was great except for tie rods - which were a knows issue to ford but they wouldnt replae them until they broke one by one. After warranty with 26000 km's on the car. 3 years has passed see and I was out of luck. But its a know issue I said ... "tuff luck" they said. So now when they try to sell me a car I can look them in the eye and say "tough luck"

    Its actually painfull to listen to car salesmen. I love how they've never heard of issues with anythign they sell. You can take a binder full of recals with you and they will still say they've never heard of it. We seriously have to pass laws in Canada about false representation and disclosure. If I buy in the States I am covered by "lemon law". If the same problem arises 3x the law makes them buy the car back. In Canada we only have arbitration. Not the same thing at all. If Harper stops giving away $ to haiti and Somalia maybe he can pay attention to the lies people are getting away with and pass just one law.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 571
    It is highly unlikely that Prime Minister Harper will get involved with your complaints of Ford dealers, regardless if we donate monies to Haiti, Somalia or to any country or not.
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