Last post on Nov 27, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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Ford Escape Hybrid, Auto Body, Engine, Interior, Oil
#109 of 112 Re: Goofy Ventilation [Chuckles37]
Nov 07, 2011 (4:12 pm)
Thanks, found it.
#110 of 112 Re: Ford Escape Hybrid Owners: Care & Maintenance [KarenS]
Nov 27, 2011 (4:04 pm)
2006 escape hybrid maintenance tips:
#1 replace air filters with K&N. They're worth the money and can be cleaned and reused for a very long time. We found almost 10% fuel economy increase when cleaned at time of oil change.
#2 change fuel filter every 25-30k miles. It's only $12-13, easy to do and keeps performance very consistent.
#3 change spark plugs every 40-50k. On a hint from our Ford mechanic I pulled mine early (35-40k) and they were in need of replacing. The plugs run $11 each and the process takes 45 minutes. Equipment needed: 1/4" deep set socket, 5/8" plug pulled with swivel and 6" extender. The rest you'll already have.
#4 always ask the service tech to check inner and outer tie rods. We have had then replaced twice (once under warranteeand the second time we did not pay because there was a series of records showing we had concerns). The dealer ate the cost ($485).
#5 we have used Mystery Oil once in fall and again in Spring since vehicle was new. I agree this coukd be called witchcraft but since everything is running great I don't know how to compare it.
#6 we replaced our tires with Michelins from Costco and love the free rotation and balance for life.
#7 we flushed radiator at 45k and again at 100k. Should've done it more frequently. There are specials around fo $50 and each time we found the vehicle to run better.
#111 of 112 Re: Suspension Question [yvihybrid]
Nov 27, 2011 (5:52 pm)
How old are your tires? If you have a bumpy ride that is where you should start.
I own a 2008 FHE and rode on the factory installed Continental tires for 89,000 miles before they wore out (I do alot of highway driving - I don't recommend you go as long as that on one set of tires). I currently have 120k miles on the FHE and my new tires are still performing adequately (the tires are not rated for more than 40k miles - Kelley Safari made at the same plant that makes several brands of Goodyear tires in Fayetteville, NC). The tires can be fairly noisy, but otherwise no complaints.
#112 of 112 Re: Squeeking noise near dash/AC [erkerr67]
Nov 27, 2011 (6:00 pm)
Check your owners manual - If the noise goes away it could be part of the mechanics of the fuel system - I can't recall exactly, but there is something stated in the owners manual about a clicking or cricket sound.