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#139 of 167 Seeking Info on Winter Wipers for 2008 Escape
Nov 28, 2008 (5:30 pm)
I recall some posts last year about winter wipers on 2008 Escapes, and I think the outcome was that nothing was available. Call me naive, but I thought I'd check in to see if Ford or the aftermarket had come up with anything. I'd still like to have something for the winter, and continue to be dismayed that this is the first vehicle I've ever had where winter wipers were not available. I'm also curious to know if the 2009's kept the same wiper connector, or did Ford see the error in their ways? Thanks.
#140 of 167 Re: Seeking Info on Winter Wipers for 2008 Escape [antoninb]
Nov 28, 2008 (5:57 pm)
I had the same problem and of course when i went to the dealer they thought I was nuts. Anyway Ford gave me a pamphlet on something called shaker wiper blades (shakes the ice off) its not cheap though....like $200 installed!!! A few places in the U.S. like Auto Zone said they could get aftermarket blades but I didnt' have my car with me so I didnt buy them because they may not have fit.A company called Siliblade (I think thats how it is spelled , was testing some after market blades.You can find them on the net.I had the phone number and they were aware of the wiper blade problem.It wasn't just the escape, it was alot of 2008 vehicles. Hope this helps!
#141 of 167 Re: Transmission Leak and the "Golden Bolt" [antoninb]
Mar 02, 2009 (8:27 am)
Im sorry I dont know what TSB means.But I just dropped my car off with what I thought was an oil leak (due to the fact that nothing was leaking until I took it in for an oil change)and when I told the guy it was leaking oil up front without looking he said its not oil its a problem we are having with the transmission cooler sensor? something like that.Its under warrenty but if this is a problem they no about why no recall of the part?anyway it sounds kinda like what you are talking about.But it better be done in the 2 hours they told me it would be.Can you tell me what TSB is?
#142 of 167 Re: Transmission Leak and the "Golden Bolt" [tamster1]
Mar 02, 2009 (7:00 pm)
TSB is a technical service bulletin. There are far, far more TSB's than there are recalls. From what I've read, a recall is generally not issued (obviously at huge cost to the manufacturer) unless it is a safety issue. Hopefully, they've got the shortage of these bolts solved.
#143 of 167 Re: Transmission Leak and the "Golden Bolt" [antoninb]
by vg33e power
Mar 03, 2009 (7:40 am)
A TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) is pretty much the same thing as a recall, in which they are both recorded and known problems and a repair bulletin has been issued to fix the problem. The only difference is that a recall is generally a safety issue in which the problem can result in injury and/or death if not fixed and it is always covered by the manufacturer without a cost to the consumer, basically to cover their a$$es and not get sued. A TSB on the other hand is a bulletin to fix a known problem and depending on your mileage it may be covered under warranty or not. A TSB will most likely be covered by the manufacter if your vehicle is still under the warranty period, but if your not then the expense is on the consumer. TSB's also cover the manufacturer's a$$es in which it may be harder to sue the manufacturer because there was a TSB and the consumer failed or refused to fix the problem. Antoninb is correct, there are far more TSBs then recalls, so whenever an issue arises be sure to look them up, you are very likely to find one that pertains to your specific issue.
#144 of 167 Re: Transmission Leak and the "Golden Bolt" [vg33e power]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 03, 2009 (9:25 am)
Not to belabor the point, but unlike a recall, a dealer will not perform a TSB procedure on your car unless the diagnosis indicates that the problem is related to the TSB. You can't just walk up to the service writer and demand that all published TBSs be performed on your car. And if you are out of warranty and don't have a relationship with the dealer, you may as well reach for your wallet, even if there is a specific TSB that covers your problem.
You, Your Vehicle and the Technical Service Bulletin (TSB)
#145 of 167 Re: Front end rattle 2008 Escape [gilly651]
May 03, 2009 (3:07 pm)
Finally I've found someone who has a similar problem as me. I have a 2008 Escape Hybrid with 10,000 miles. About 2000 miles ago the rattling started when I would drive slow speeds (10 to 15 MPH) over bumpy pavement. You can hear the rattling from the suspension and also feel the rattle in the steering wheel. The dealer just gives me a shrug. Other than this I love the car. What was your outcome?
#146 of 167 Re: FORD ESCAPE 2008---IT SEEMS UNLEVELED [mussaqlove]
May 05, 2009 (8:21 am)
I've got the same situation, EXCEPT that it't leaning towards the drivers side. Both front and rear springs have been swapped from side to side with no change. Has anyone run across this at all???
#147 of 167 Re: 2008 brake noise [yvonnie01]
Oct 07, 2009 (4:58 pm)
Hello, I also bought a 2008 XLT 6Cylider in July 2008. At around three weeks into driving it I had a grinding noice and could also feel it in the steering when just backing out of a parking stall or turning either direction. They replaced the front struts twice and then packet grease in between two 'plastic' discs that are on the new struts. This helped for three months and it was back again. They don't know what it is. Then a 'clicking sound' started no matter whether going forward or backing up. They replaced the wheels twice and still happens. I now have taken it to another ford dealership service dept and they said they could fix it. Well I left it with them for two days this week and when I drove it out of the service garage the clicking was still happening, I am to go back tomorrow morning. They replaced what they called the dust boots' whatever they are. So I am back to square one again. However, now the steering isn't grinding and feels tighter when driving. I also have the spotting seats which just happened. I think I have a LEMON!!!! Good Luck.
#148 of 167 2008 Ford Escape XLT- Clicking Wheels
Oct 07, 2009 (5:04 pm)
I purchased a 2008 in July 2008, within three weeks I had a grinding in the steering, clicking wheels. They have replaced the wheels twice, the struts 3 times and packed grease in the between two plastic discs on the struts. Well the grinding has finally stopped, but the clicking in wheels is driving me crazy. They finally told me it is the coating on the wheels. My wheels look like chrome but when you tap them they sound like plastic.... So I have taken this up with another Ford Dealer (not the one I bought it from) and they had it two days in the shop this week and said they fixed it by replacing the 'dust boots'... Well it started clicking when I drove it out of the service garage. I take it back tomorrow...Has anyone had this clicking issue. It's sounds exactly like when we were kids and put a baseball card on our bicyle spokes. Please help!!!!