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Nov 16, 2006 (6:08 am)
I have a 2005 Tribute with about 31000km (about 19000 miles) on it I'm taking in for regular service next week, and I'm not sure which issues are worth bringing up with the dealer. Of course, there's the regular creaking/groaning/crappy plastic panels/etc., but I think I will probably try some of the fixes mentioned here rather than attempting to get them to fix it. There's other stuff I'd consider more serious, and I'd like to know if any of this is "normal" for the Escape/Tribute.
First, I've noticed that the car shudders when I put it into and out of gear (shift, wait a couple of seconds, shudder). I'm not sure if this always happened, but I've read it could be a problem with the transmission.
Also, a couple of brake-related issues. I sometimes get a lot of groaning/shuddering from the brakes when applying them lightly to come to a stop or start up on an incline. For instance, backing out of the driveway with the brakes applied to control speed. It is much more pronounced when the car has been in the rain. Also, I've been doing a lot of highway driving the past few months, and I've noticed that when braking from high speed, I get vibration sort of like a very toned down version of the ABS system. Basically, high speed braking is not very smooth.
Well, I guess there are a few other minor things. In cold weather, the driver-side window makes horrible screeching noises when it's operated. I told them about it last time and they said they tightened some bolts inside, but it didn't seem to make much difference. The rear of the car often groans when you step out of the front -- it's caused by the parking brake, and they "fixed" it last time only to have it return after a couple of months. Also, the windshield defogger obviously misses fairly large areas of the window at the sides (you can see the blowing pattern). The Mazda dealer says this is "normal", but it means a good portion of the windshield is obscured all Winter! And finally, I've noticed that the bolts and metal fittings under the front seats have a lot of rust on them, as well as some spots on the windshield wiper base.
Sorry for the long post. Please bear with me and comment on any of these items, even if they don't scream "YOUR CAR IS ABOUT TO BLOW UP"
Nov 16, 2006 (8:30 am)
please post your engine/drivetrain configuration.
Your issues are common with lots of other car models, even high-end ones like Acura and BMW.
Idle vibration could be due to tranny, or to low idle speed, or a bad engine mount.
brake vibration/poor high speed braking: warped rotors or deposits on rotors due to pad compound. Aftermarket pads might solve it.
for noisy windows, try using a silicone spray lube in the window track (lower window part-way, spray track, then raise/lower to work it in) this will also solve any "slow windows" you might have.
check attachment of rear parking brake cable. spray silicone lube onto spring perches.
for misted windows and rust, inspect to see if you have a cabin water leak, consider using a de-essicant product and/or removing the floor mats to dry them out in the winter if you track in lots of snow. Don't use the recirculate option, and check to see that it it functioning properly (ie not stuck in recirculate). inspect AC drains to make sure condensation is not entering the cabin. inspect climate control system air inlet/cowling to make sure water is not entering the cabin.
#3498 of 4149 re:problems [zoom_ute]
Nov 16, 2006 (4:37 pm)
Sorry, I completely forgot to post the model! It's the V6/AWD "GT" (i.e. with sunroof and fog lights).
I don't think I am getting any idle vibration. For the transmission, I didn't describe it correctly. It happens when shifting INTO gear and BETWEEN gears, but not when shifting into park. When I switch gears, there is an immediate shudder and another shudder a second or two later. Sometimes it is quite pronounced, and I heard a "ping" this morning. It is actually rather disconcerting, especially given the poor track record of the Escape/Tribute transmission.
I will definitely have them check the brakes. I don't have any trouble with braking distance or performance, it's just the noise and vibration.
I will try the silicone spray for the window. It is only the driver side window, and only when it is moved up or down in cold weather. It's obviously rubbing on something internally, which produces an incredibly loud and piercing screeching noise.
I don't know what causes the parking brake groaning, but the parking brake itself works fine. They seemed to be aware of the issue at the dealership last time we mentioned it, and whatever they did "fixed" it temporarily.
As for the window fogging, pretty much all cars here get fogged up a lot in the Winter, so it's not exactly a surprise. The issue is that the defogger doesn't cover the sides of the windshield. The dealer says it's adjusted to factory specs and that we should basically just live with it. I was thinking of trying an anti-fog product mentioned here, but I can't remember the name (Rain-X?).
Rust is not uncommon here because of humidity in the Summer, but I would expect metal fittings to last a little longer than this. I noticed it about 8 months after we got the Tribute. Our other car ('96 Escort) has rust on the same parts (the seat bolts and such underneath). Yay Ford...
Anyway, I really appreciate your reply, and I hope this will help with further clarification. Thanks!
#3499 of 4149 Rust under the seats
Nov 17, 2006 (4:02 am)
I have seen new Fords with rusted components underneath the power seats. Apparently this is not actual rust, but something caused by lubrication that goes on the power seats. If both front seats are not power, check under the non power seat.
#3500 of 4149 E-Brake light will not go out
Nov 20, 2006 (10:25 pm)
My wife has a 2004 Escape. When she releases the hand brake, the light stays illuminated. Is there a switch in the handle or anything like that to check? I don't want to pay a dealer to figure out a problem like this, yet my wife insists that it has to be fixed.
#3501 of 4149 Re: 03Escape not starting HELP! [03escape]
Nov 22, 2006 (6:24 am)
I recently had the IAC valve on my 2002 V6 replaced for something similar. This is something you can do yourself since it right on top of the engine by the air intake hose.
#3502 of 4149 Re: E-Brake light will not go out [formulavee]
Nov 22, 2006 (2:33 pm)
it is not still under warranty? check your owner's manual for why the light is on. it may not be the emergency brake.
#3503 of 4149 New Mariner front-end noise, help!
Dec 03, 2006 (1:15 am)
I bought a new convenience 06' Mariner AWD and it makes this noise even when parked. It is like a grinding noise that transfer some vibration to the sterring wheel. I hear it all the time during acceleration, slowing down and when pressing the gas pedal when parked. I've taken it in to the dealership twice and they tell me that they've compared it to other similar models and they all make this noise.
It is becoming very irritating, specially for new car. Does anyone have any similar experiences with a new Mariner, Escape or Tribute?
#3504 of 4149 Very Hard Armrest
Dec 04, 2006 (12:40 pm)
Well, overall we are very pleased with our 2007 Limited. One complaint--the hardest, unpadded armrest-- in the recent history of auto design. I have some left elbow problems and this armrest sure doesn't help.
Dec 06, 2006 (5:44 pm)
I have a 2002 ford escape with 143000 miles. I have noticed recently that when I go over a bump or pothole in the road, I get a noise that's a cross between knocking and creaking. It's in the front axle, and I believe it to be mainly on the passenger side although it could possibly be accross the front. I'd like to know if anyone else has had these issues, and what it ended up being. I just replaced the tires so I don't want to drop a load of money to not fix it. Also, my front driver side speaker has blown. I never had this problem in my Camry. Anyone else experience this? Thanks!!