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#48 of 82 Re: odd squeak [joseph85750]
May 16, 2008 (3:21 pm)
Hi there -- Am new to this forum. Got my 08FEH last November and over the past 4-5 months have experienced a squeaking/chirping sound. Could not figure out from where it was coming. Mostly, but not always noticeable on warmer days, after driving in the city for about 20-30 min, and mainly when turning/curving to the left (although occ. straight or right).
Just took my FEH in yesterday for the 5000 mile maintenance and told them about it/wanted the squeak addressed. Service guy today when I picked it up said it is a brake issue/problem with the engineering with rust building up on the brake over time and causing the squeak. He said that Ford Engineering is working on it but that they have a temporary fix that they used for now. I asked him what that was and he said they take it out and drive it 20-30 mph and then stop it with the emergency/parking brake. That takes the rust off and gets rid of the squeak and that I should be good for about a month. I said I'd be back obviously and he said I could do the temporary fix myself. Yeah, right.
Is this a crock of #%#&*& or is this for real. Anyone else been told this or heard of this? I LOVE my FEH other than this. Am getting 32 mpg with my usual driving and I love the handling, quiet, and space.
#49 of 82 Re: odd squeak [k2slc]
May 17, 2008 (7:42 am)
I am curious regarding the 5000 mile maintenance interval you quoted. I have a 2008 MMH and the owners manual very clearly indicates a 10,000 oil change maintenance interval. Is the 2008 Escape manual different?
I know that I have received a mailing and a telephone call from my Mercury dealer about coming in at 5000 miles, and it seems that there is a disconnect on this issue between the manual and the dealer's awareness. It is synthetic oil after all, and 10,000 is a conservative value for an oil change at that.
May 17, 2008 (8:42 am)
I noticed the same thing. The dealerships don't really seem to know what is going on when it comes to the maintenance schedule. I would think they would have some computer database with my vehicle info in it, and know exactly what the schedule should be, what work has been done, all correspondence I've had with them, etc. But as far as I can tell, Ford doesn't use computers at all in any respect. Every time I call them, I have to totally start from scratch. At least this is the case with my local dealership in Tucson (Jim Click).
#51 of 82 Re: odd squeak [k2slc]
May 17, 2008 (8:49 am)
Rust-- that's an interesting explanation. I live in Tucson, and we don't get a whole lot of vehicle rust/issues here because it's so dry (humidity last week was 6%).
However, speaking of parking brake, I once had an issue where I used the parking brake when parking on a slope. After I started driving, it was squeaking a lot. So, I stopped, put on the brake again, and let it 'snap back' when I released it. That got rid of that squeak, and it's not been back since.
I still like the vehicle a lot. My display currently says I'm getting 37.1 MGP.
#52 of 82 Re: odd squeak [johndix60]
May 17, 2008 (10:10 am)
I was curious about the 5000K check-up too. In my 2008 manual in the back I think it says it is mainly an inspection and a tire rotation issue. Since I put snowtires on my FEH over the winter and just had my regular tires put back on, I wasn't too worried about the tire rotation. I mostly took it in because of "the squeak". When I dropped it off, the service advisor said the oil change would be free, as the dealer does the first one free. I asked why they were going to do one, since the manual does not indicate a need for an oil change until 10K miles. He said that he didn't really think that was smart and that although he knows this is what Ford says, he still advises every 3500 miles. I think the bottom line is that they want them coming in for oil changes to get the money.
Given that the bottom line on my bill yesterday was 0, I'm not going to complain. Now I'll settle into the regular routine of following the manual, rather than what the dealer service is saying.
#53 of 82 Squeek & Rattle - Ford Escape Hybrid
Jun 29, 2008 (11:01 am)
I am just adding a ME TOO to this string. My 2006 FEH squeeks and rattles like a taxi cab. I am bringing it to the dealer tomorrow.
#54 of 82 Re: odd squeak [joseph85750]
Oct 16, 2008 (7:30 am)
I'm having the same weird chirping squeak noise on my 08 Mariner Hybrid that I got back last November. I'm taking it to the dealer tomorrow to get it checked out and was curious if you've had any luck with your dealer fixing the noise.
I'll let you know if I find out anything as well.
#55 of 82 Re: odd squeak [jmmilleritc]
Oct 16, 2008 (8:29 am)
The dealership couldn't figure it out, but I believe I found it on my own. I think it's the radiator cooling fan. There appears to be some sort of relay or clutch type of thing that kicks in and out when the fan starts. The chirp sound is coming from that.
#56 of 82 Re: Squeek & Rattle - Ford Escape Hybrid [pje123]
Oct 16, 2008 (12:24 pm)
Have them look at the back gate. The dealer added a strip of felt around the latch catch and the noise finally went away. I had to take them on two test drives before they completely went over the car, though. Keep on 'em.
#57 of 82 Re: Squeek & Rattle - Ford Escape Hybrid [pje123]
Oct 16, 2008 (12:51 pm)
My chirp sound was in front, and only occurred when it was warm.
The squeak you describe I also have, and it's in the latch. If I cut about an inch off a straw and slit it such that I can slide it on the metal latch, it takes care of that squeak.