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Dec 06, 2006 (6:44 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!!
#3506 of 4133 Re: Brakes are a problem [cannonloger]
Dec 12, 2006 (8:49 am)
when looking at the rotors there should be clips that look like washers on 2 of the wheel studs. remove these however you can. I usually cut them off with a pair of dikes(pliers). then if the rotors are stock on the hub still take a hammer and hit the rotor a few hard hits between the wheel studs. That should loosen them up. Do to the differant kinds of metal used there is often a type of electrolysis that forms almost welding them to the hub. it usually only take 2 or 3 good hits on the hub face of the rotor to free them up.
#3507 of 4133 Re: 2005 seat fabric pulling apart [bastionrd]
Dec 13, 2006 (8:17 am)
Just happened across this site looking for a brake booster. I am glad to hear other people are having trouble with the seats in there Ford Escape. I had my 2005 about 5 or 6 months and my rear seat started fraying. At that time no one had ever sat in my back seat. I now have a dog I take with me in the back seat, however they frayed long before I got her. Like everyone is saying this will kill my trade in value. I went to the dealer with the problem and told them I knew upholstary was not covered under warranty but would they please look at it. They did and said they have a company that would look at it and maybe the dealership would warranty it after the company looked at it. Problem was that the company had shut down for 2 weeks for their daughters wedding. That was last year and like others due to my working schedule I never got to make an appointment to have them check it out. Now I am almost embarrased to ask. Maybe with copies of these messages in hand I will go to the dealer and ask again.
#3508 of 4133 2001 3.0 Tribute rough idle problem
Dec 14, 2006 (12:41 pm)
I bought 2001 3.0 tribute last summer and there was no problem until the summer was over. I'm in cold area, Calgary Canada, by the way.
I'd noticed rough idle when cold start in the morning around October and it's getting worse(sometime stall) as the tempature went down. Once the engine tempature goes up to normal, no more rough idle.
I've also noticed that if I use "block heater" during the very cold days, rough idle is not so bad.
Finally, I got the engine check light on, so replaced spark plug, fuel filter, air filter, IAC valve and ECT senor by myself. Sadly, I still have the rough idle in the morning.
Are there anything I can do before I go to mechanic or dealer?
#3509 of 4133 Re: 2001 3.0 Tribute rough idle problem [jasonlife]
Dec 18, 2006 (6:53 am)
I am having the exact same problem with my '01 3.0l Escape.
As soon as the temp gets into the 30's (F) the idle goes to hell in the morning. Once it's warmed up it's fine.
I replaced the plugs about 2 weeks ago, but that did nothing. I haven't had the check engine light come on, yet, but I am dreading the morning it does.
I have also run a small heater (blowing warm air under the engine compartment) overnight and this does seem to help.
Wish I knew something to be of help to you. I'm just hoping someone out there has some idea of what our vehicles problems are.
#3510 of 4133 Mazda Tribute parking brake adjustment
Dec 18, 2006 (7:22 pm)
I've been trying to figure out how to adjust the parking brake on my 2005 Tribute. I assume there is a screw to adjust under the center console. The problem I have is I'm having a difficult time trying to get the console off. Being that it's made out of plastic, I don't want to try and force it too much.
Thanks for any help.
#3511 of 4133 Re: Suspension? [doriansgirl]
Dec 23, 2006 (2:13 pm)
Underneath your car there is a row bar, I believe it's called. They are held by 2 clamps that have like a rubber insulation so that the clam and the bar don't grind. After years the rubber really dries out. It's best to change the 2 clamps. I lubricated them and the sound goes a ways for about a week or 2.
#3512 of 4133 Master Cylinder 2002 Escape
Dec 26, 2006 (7:31 am)
I had my master cylinder right before Thanksgiving. My brake warning light came on again the other day. I took it by the shop and they said the master cylinder was bad again. Luckily the second replacement won't cost me anything, but I'm concerned. The person at the shop indicated that Escapes tend to have trouble with replacement master cylinders, and they often take a few tries.
Has anyone else experienced this? Could it be a problem with the shop that I use?
#3513 of 4133 Re: 2005 seat fabric pulling apart [sparkyd]
Dec 28, 2006 (8:06 pm)
My 2005 Escape had it's fraying front seat covers replaced at 5000 miles. I now have 50,000 miles and the rear seats need to be replaced and the front ones could be replced again. Today I asked the service writer about it and they said they've never heard of any problems with the fabric seats. I am not surprised to hear that I am not alone. Are there more people with these seat problems?
#3514 of 4133 Re: Mazda Tribute parking brake adjustment [mt2005]
Dec 30, 2006 (1:10 pm)
With the parking brake lever in the down position, look on the left side of it. There is a rubber strip between the lever and the plastic housing, peak down between the lever and the housing and you will see a screw head. I think its a 10mm. Use a deep socket to adjust it.