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#3912 of 4149 Rubbing/grinding/friction noise on initial daily use.
Sep 14, 2011 (4:37 am)
Am new to this forum so please forgive me if I'm doing this all wrong.
I have a Mazda Tribute 2002, 122k on the clock. For about the last 3 weeks or so I've noticed that when I first use the car during the day (morning or afternoon) whenever I turn the wheel I hear a rubbing/friction noise (not a whistle), as if something is grinding on something else. After a minute or two of driving the noise disappears completely and that's it gone for the day, even if I leave the car for a couple of hours and use it again it doesn't reappear. Following day same thing again.
Yesterday I took it to Goodyear Service Centre (nearest place to me with a good reputation) and they had the car for an hour (at no charge which was good) and diagnosed that I need 3 x engine mounts fitted at a cost of $998, obviously I'm reluctant to shell out this sort of money if it's not the cause. Has anyone any other thoughts on this please. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#3913 of 4149 Re: Rubbing/grinding/friction noise on initial daily use. [jostu001]
Sep 14, 2011 (7:47 am)
take to ford or mazda have the power steering pump checked
#3914 of 4149 Re: Rubbing/grinding/friction noise on initial daily use. [racenut]
Sep 14, 2011 (7:57 am)
Hi, thanks for the reply. The power steering pump also crossed my mind but I also thought that if it was the pump wouldn't I get the symptons all the time, not just the first time the car is used that day? Additionally surely the Goodyear dealer that looked at it for me would have picked up on the pump being defective? Am getting a second opinion this evening.
Thanks again, appreciated.
#3915 of 4149 Re: Rubbing/grinding/friction noise on initial daily use. [jostu001]
Sep 14, 2011 (12:46 pm)
I'm betting on a word CV joint, or wheel bearing, but since it does it on turns, the CV joint is most suspect. It will get worse, if it's a wheel bearing, it will start making the noise whether you turn or not. It it gets louder, but still on turns mostly, it's the CV joint.
#3916 of 4149 Re: Rubbing/grinding/friction noise on initial daily use. [nvbanker]
Sep 14, 2011 (12:52 pm)
Thanks for the reply, I'm not mechanic but have just had a read on what exactly a CV joint is! You obviously don't think its the engine mounts then? It's weird as it's only the first time the car is used each day, after 2 minutes its gone, I go to work, drive the car back 8 hours later and the noise isn't there! Thanks again.
#3917 of 4149 Re: Rubbing/grinding/friction noise on initial daily use. [jostu001]
Sep 19, 2011 (7:46 am)
I could be wrong, but the CV joint is the more likely culprit. Pretty easy to check. If you are up to crawling under the front of the car, look at the rubber boots on the drive axles. If one or more of them are torn, greasy, or leaking, you have a dry CV joint, and the boot and the joint will need replacement. If they are all dry and intact, I may be wrong, but you still could have one wearing out. The good news, it's not horribly expensive to replace one.
#3918 of 4149 Re: Rubbing/grinding/friction noise on initial daily use. [jostu001]
Sep 26, 2011 (3:04 pm)
it could also be your left or right control arm.... i hit a pot hole and it it did the same thing until i fixed it.
#3919 of 4149 02 Automatic Escape Stuck on Reverse
Sep 28, 2011 (2:26 pm)
An interesting thing happened to me today. My 2002 Escape V6 XLS 130K miles, meticulous maintained and still running like new threw me for a loop. While at work had to drive to another building and when I pulled into a parking spot, I stepped on the brake and when moving the automatic transmission shifter toward park it got stuck on reverse and it will not move. Nor can I get it started.
I'm thinking that the brake pedal electrical sensor that sends the signal to the transmission shifter might have gone bad. Any help from my Edmunds Forum Ford owners friends will be helpfull. Thank you
#3920 of 4149 Re: 02 Automatic Escape Stuck on Reverse [raa1]
Sep 28, 2011 (2:35 pm)
Sounds like it could be the shifter interlock, shifter cable, trans range sensor, or something in the linkage.
#3921 of 4149 05 Escape Melting plastic mirrors and fly windows
Oct 18, 2011 (4:38 pm)
Hi, Have a 2005 Escape XLT. The plastic at the rear fly windows, around the front mirrors and the plastic mirrors all seem to be curling/melting. Door handles are developing some type of cancer as well. Anyone have this issue? Anyone know where I can find aftermarket replacements? Very poor quality. Ford contact and they say SORRY. Thanks for any help