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#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!!!!
#149 of 167 Re: 2008 Ford Escape XLT- Clicking Wheels [molly09]
by vg33e power
Oct 08, 2009 (7:37 am)
I would bet that you have a rock or debris stuck between the alloy and the chrome plastic cladding in your wheel. Your wheels are basically a cheap way to provide chrome looking wheels. The reason why your wheels sound like plastic when you knock on them is...because they are! at least the front face of them. Ford is not the only manufacturer that does this, so don't feel cheated out. Anyway have them look closely at your wheels for loose debris in between or perhaps loose cladding. Have them put and a small amount on adhesive in every soke from behind the wheel to see if that does the trick.
#151 of 167 New Used Car
Mar 04, 2010 (2:58 pm)
Dealer asking $10K
Under Blue Book value. Manual.
#152 of 167 Escape 08 Sunroof broken under Warranty BUT....
Aug 17, 2010 (3:17 pm)
I've owned and used my factory installed sunroof for past 2yrs, only 16K mi. Today a grinding noise upon opening it. I asap drove to dealership, service mgr takes a look and says off track. Tells me that a plastic piece isn't showing up where its' supposed to be. There is NO wind flange for this model, so something else inside I don't know. He states he needs to send pics of it to Ford to submit for full payment. However, they won't pay for it if the missing plastic piece isn't found? He says, they need to see broken piece. He repositioned the glass roof so it can close until Monday's appt. This piece could be scrumbled up into the tracking mechanism he says. I was just astounded to hear him say he needed the pictures to tell the story to Ford. What's up with that? Please help I don't have the $$$$ to pay for this repair.
#153 of 167 Re: Escape 08 Sunroof broken under Warranty BUT.... [daniella]
Aug 17, 2010 (3:45 pm)
Hey if its under warranty, its under warranty.The dealer will try to get away with what they can.If dealer says he needs the piece that broke off then is it stated in the warranty it has to be produced in order to be covered??? Dealers make nothing off warranty work and they will do their best to discourage you! I have 2 fords and I am constantly fighting with the dealer over warranty stuff.Read your warranty over again and call Ford yourself or go to another Ford dealer.It sounds ridiculous that they need pictures and they seem more concerned getting their money back from Ford.They are representing Ford and you should point this out to them.I have had paint peeling on my escape and not once did they take pictures! Go back and tell them to fix it and the fact that he knows what peice is missing is sufficient enough.Trust me if you stand your ground it will be fixed. Also go on the net and do searches on the problem, you will be surprsed on what you will find. Also, with 2008 escapes alot were recalled with transmission fluid leaks.Get that checked out too! They might say it isnt on the recall list but tell them to check it!!!
#154 of 167 Re: Front end rattle 2008 Escape [rivercityman]
Apr 30, 2011 (9:12 am)
UPDATE: 2 YEARS LATER. The Escape has been to the dealer at least 10 times. They are very nice, and the service manager has taken test drives with me and has put it up on the rack numerous times, and dispite all the suggestions I've found on the internet, they claim everything is fine. Here I am with the same problem. Im beyond crazy. I can't understand it. When you drive, it's rattle, rattle, rattle. I guess there's nothing you can do, but live with it. Nobody will help me. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
#155 of 167 Re: Front end rattle 2008 Escape [rivercityman]
Apr 30, 2011 (12:50 pm)
I had a great 2005 Escape but my 2010 one was a piece of crap
Right rear brake made a clicking sound, front made a scraping sound on right turns.
Steering made squeeking sounds on any turns during hot weather. It also had the infamous hooting noise on acceleration.
The tranmission leaked. Even after the transmission repair was done the transmission would slam violently back and forth trying to find the right gear on occasion. If it happened if you were trying to accelerate from a stop the car would not move, except slowly, very dangerous.
Trade it if you can but not for a 2010 or 2011 Escape. Fusion was pretty good, had one of the early ones between the 2005 and 2010.
#156 of 167 Re: Escape 08 Sunroof broken under Warranty BUT.... [woogsie]
May 04, 2011 (7:57 am)
with 2008 escapes alot were recalled with transmission fluid leaks.Get that checked out too!
That is true, mind did that, it's actually the transmission cooler that breaches, which is a combination unit with the A/C condensor unit. Very expensive all in one part. The dealer charged me for it, but I was out of warranty, and I didn't expect any special favors.
#157 of 167 Re: Front end rattle 2008 Escape [bj02176]
May 04, 2011 (8:16 am)
I'm not disputing what you're saying in the least. However, I have 2 2010 Escapes, and neither of them has given me a dimes worth of trouble at all. So they're not all bad.
Also, I'm pretty sure the Fusion uses the same power train as the Escape. I'm quite sure the transmission is the same.
I could be wrong, but I've been told there are only 4 manufacturers of mass production transmissions, and they are purchased by most large auto manufacturers for their cars. Aisan makes transmissions for Ford, GM and I think Toyota too.
Having said that, once you get a bad one, you usually have a bad one for ever in my experience, and trading the car is not a bad idea.
I'm sure many others of you know more about this than I do, so I invite correction so that I can learn more.