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#8 of 81 Re: 2005 Ford Escape - Wheel bearings or Other? [tomp54]
by vg33e power
Mar 24, 2010 (7:33 am)
You mentioned replacing your front brake rotors...have you checked if the backing plate (metal dust shield bolted to the steering knuckle that sits behind the rotor) is not rubbing up against the rotors. Sometimes when replacing rotors one may accidentally pull this shield and since it is so flimsy it will bend a little just enough to make it contact the rotor. Try removing the wheels and push back the dust shield to make sure it is clearing the rotor, see if that fixes your noise.
#9 of 81 Re: 2005 Ford Escape - Wheel bearings or Other? [vg33e power]
Mar 24, 2010 (9:51 pm)
I haven't checked the metal dust shield...will do ASAP - - but I'd think it would make a racket / high-pitched squealing sound if rubbing the rotor. No such sound. The sound I hear is more of a low rumble that's speed dependent. Could be bearing(s) or tires (they're a hard rubber and have always been louder than my other vehicles).
I will re-rotate the tires back to their original positions and listen for change / improvement.
I'll post results of my investigations.
Thanks for your message.
#10 of 81 Re: 2005 Ford Escape - Wheel bearings or Other? [tomp54]
Mar 25, 2010 (6:55 am)
I'm having same problem with a 2001. Same mileage.
I'm watching to see what happens with your car.
I notice my noise changes when make turns on high way.
#11 of 81 Re: 2005 Ford Escape - Wheel bearings or Other? [mgdg33]
Mar 25, 2010 (7:24 am)
I've been told that if you hear a change when turning (while driving), then the problem is likely a wheel bearing. If it gets noisier when turning left (more load on right wheel) then it's the right wheel bearing. If noise turning right, then left wheel bearing.
I'll be sure to post final results of my situation.
#12 of 81 Re: 2005 Ford Escape - Wheel bearings or Other? [tomp54]
by vg33e power
Mar 25, 2010 (8:36 am)
Also, since you rotated your tires, the tires themselves may be making the noise trying to adapt to the new position since they may have been worn specifically to the previous position.
#13 of 81 Re: 2005 Ford Escape - Wheel bearings or Other? [tomp54]
Mar 25, 2010 (8:37 am)
Thanks, that is what I was suspecting...
#14 of 81 Re: 2005 Ford Escape - Wheel bearings or Other? [mgdg33]
Apr 08, 2010 (9:44 pm)
In my case the "problem" had nothing to do with wheel bearings -- it was totally tire noise. As mentioned, I'd "rotated" tires just before I began noticing the noise. (I moved rear tires to front on same side ... and front to back on same side)
After moving tires back to their original positions, the noise was gone. The tires have 70,000+ miles on them and haven't worn totally evenly -- and I've been horrible about rotating them over the miles...only rotated once or maybe twice.
So that's the end of this particular story...for those who might have a similar concern.
#15 of 81 Re: 2010 Ford Escape [lstethem]
Jul 26, 2010 (7:43 am)
I also purchased a 2010 Ford Escape in November 2009. I have the same noise when I take off. The Ford dealership tried to locate the noise but came to the conclusion that all 2010 Ford Escapes make that noise so, in their opinion, it was OK. My next step is to e-mail the CEO of Ford to see what can be done. I assume you didn't get an acceptable solution from Ford either?
#16 of 81 Re: 2010 Ford Escape [maineiac4850]
Jul 26, 2010 (10:38 am)
I never went to Ford to solve this problem. I was considering replacing wheel bearings...but after putting tires back to original positions, the noise was gone.
My vehicle is a 2005 Escape XLT. Since earlier posts, I've bought a 2009 Escape LTD with Michelin tires ... no noise problems at all. Overall much quieter than 2005. That could be Michelin tires (better than tires on 2005 Esc) or better noise dampening on newer model years or better on LTD vs XLT.
#17 of 81 Re: 2005 Ford Escape - Wheel bearings or Other? [tomp54]
Jul 26, 2010 (12:50 pm)
There is no need to rotate your tires as this might cause drive ability problems.
There are no studies or any proof that tire rotation extends tire life The tires will take a set but there is nothing wrong with this.
I learned this by having rotated my tires many years ago and having problems I was
told that I need new shocks, drive shaft wheel bearings etc.but all that was needed was to put the tires back in their original position. For about the last 40 yrs. I have not rotated the tires on any of my cars.