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#14 of 82 Re: noise from right rear wheel of escape hybrid [detjen]
Jul 05, 2006 (5:42 pm)
Sorry to hear about your experience. I can't give you a real answer because I don't have the same issues with my 2006 4wd FEH, but.....
I suspect some of the noises are related to the regenerative braking - something regular cars don't have. I notice some noises related to how much braking pressure I am applying (Do you?)
In addition I assume from your 32mph that you do not have 4wd. Although this is added "unsuspended" weight it may help with related noises related to rear wheels.
If it makes you feel safer.....I feel your "doomsday" scenarios [ ] about the dangers of the root cause of the noise would have probably been reported by someone else by now, someone with a 2005 model, etc.
Keep checking the forums to follow noise reports by other owners. Push Ford Customer Service - they know they have a lot riding on Hybrid success - and should be up-to-date Service Bulletins, etc. related to noises, braking, suspension.
#15 of 82 Re: noise from right rear wheel of escape hybrid [detjen]
Jul 07, 2006 (5:32 pm)
I can totally relate to your post. We're also ready to throw in the towel. We have exactly the same styrofoam squeek at exactly the same spot. We've actually sat in the cargo area while driving and determined that it came from behind the side wall at the front side of the wheel well. Ít's been in the shop 3 times for this. The last time the dealership replaced the shock. It helped for exactly 24 hours. Now it's back and as you say it gradually becomes louder once it is back.
If they can't find a solution for this I'm going to try to get the dealership to take it back, even if I have to hand in $5k or something like that. We've had it or 6 months, it has almost 9000 miles on it. We're about to go to Nova Scotia from Leesburg, VA and in stead of driving up as our intention was, I'm now checking last minute plane tickets, which, with the car rental overthere will cost me at least another thousand dollars extra.
We're at the end of our rope. The sound makes the vehicle undriveable as far as I am concerned. Ford did deliver a lemon in this vehicle and I'm going to see if what the lemon laws are in VA.
Let me know if you ever solve it. I commiserate with you.
#16 of 82 Re: noise from right rear wheel of escape hybrid [talaria]
Jul 25, 2006 (5:41 pm)
I have a new Escape Hybrid as well. And, the same noise. It doesn't do it often or for very long. I have an appointment day after tomorrow and I know it won't do it when I take it in.
Wish me luck
#17 of 82 unknown noise
Jul 29, 2006 (4:50 pm)
i don't have any ides about the noise. but be sure they look for a tech. service. bulton they are given to tech about common probs If this many people are haveing the prob there probley is one
#18 of 82 Squeaky Escape
Jul 31, 2006 (12:14 pm)
Well, I took my HEV in for the squeak. They know what it is, and so does the factory. They will be issuing a service tech order (or whatever they call it) at which time they will address and repair the problem. No recall will be announced. Keep in touch with your dealer on this. They won't call you.
#19 of 82 Re: unknown noise [ladytech]
Jul 31, 2006 (12:21 pm)
My dealer says it's the right rear shock absorber. There's a cap on the top of the shock that gets crooked somehow and rubs on the wheel or something. He wasn't too sure himself.
#20 of 82 Re: noise from right rear wheel of escape hybrid [fiddlebanshee]
Aug 07, 2006 (11:29 am)
We were offered compensation for the 52 days our FEH had spent in the shop by the Ford representative Jim Leary. We provided copies of our monthly payment and such when we picked the car up from it's 8th trip to the dealer in 10 months/8500 miles (since new).
The car started squeaking again the next day (WHY CAN"T FORD FIX THIS?). We drove it back in for the service manager to hear again, and told him we'd had it - that we wanted Ford to buy the car back from us. He said that he'd already talked with Leary about what they would do if we brought it back again - but he didn't say what it was.
We went from there to the Honda dealership to see what they would give us in trade for a Pilot. They said the car was in perfect condition - but they'd have to call the ford delearship to get a trade in value. They came back, and said that after they gave the Ford dealership the VIN, that they said it was only worth $16,000. NADA trade in on a 2005 FEH with the same equipment was $25,000 - yet the vehicle that Ford says we should be happy with - they tell people is only worth $16,000. Rotten, crooked, two faced,.. . Those are the nicest adjectives I can think of for the people at Ford.
To top it off - Jim Leary called us back and said that he changed his mind - and he won't reimburse us for the loss of use of the vehicle. He offered to swap us out into a new 2006 FEH. We didn't want that (we don't want another one), but we listened to see what he was offering. We would have to pay for depreciation, tax, title, license, dealer prep and delivery. Basically he wanted us to pay several thousands of dollars with just the hope that the next one would be better. Really Jim - how stupid do you think we are?
Ford - when did you let your dealerships and corporate representatives get to be so dishonest and underhanded. We had an agreement to be reimbursed for the loss of use of our vehicle which was accepted by both parties - why rescind it? You have lost all of my faith, trust and business. I've bought a new Super Duty every 4 years since the late 70's. I spent $50,000 on the last one in 2003. I don't know what I'll buy next year - but it won't be a Ford. Anyone I hear is interested in a Ford (especially an Escape Hybrid) is going to get as much time as I can dedicate to telling them about how terrible mine was - and how terrible the dealership and Ford Corporate treated me.
#21 of 82 Re: noise from right rear wheel of escape hybrid [stevedebi]
Aug 21, 2006 (3:40 pm)
"It is actually illegal to put a child under 14 years of age in the front seat here in CA. "
IF the vehicle has airbags. My '87 Corolla doesn't.
#22 of 82 Re: noise from right rear wheel of escape hybrid [stevedebi]
Aug 21, 2006 (3:41 pm)
"BTW, I passed on buying an FEH, and got a Ford Freestyle instead. But I was tempted, and drove the FEH as a possibility."
Interesting, I also shopped the FEH, but bought the FS.
#23 of 82 Re: noise from right rear wheel of escape hybrid [stevedebi]
Sep 07, 2006 (5:45 pm)
I hope this continues the thread. I am having the same high pitched "squeak" from the rear wheel of my Hybrid. My Ford dealer said they could not find the problem and they have never heard of it before. I am also having a rattle/grinding noise from the front passenger wheel. They could not find that either. It is a company vehicle so I am going to check with the other Escape owners and our fleet service company and see if there are any other reported instances.
I will let everyone know what I find out.