Last post on Mar 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM
You are in the Ford Escape
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Ford Escape, SUV
#56 of 71 Re: AWD/4WD [schim21]
Apr 12, 2010 (3:35 am)
VIN is interpreted as AWD. The specs in the manual refer to 4WD. Reading the manual this means the same.
#57 of 71 Re: AWD/4WD [mld4]
Apr 16, 2010 (11:24 am)
I think traditionally 4WD was for vehicles with a low-range. AWD is what most crossovers have, automatic 4 wheel drive without the low range.
#58 of 71 Re: Vibration Problem [scottsm]
May 17, 2010 (1:18 pm)
I took your advice and brought the car back. They were willing to try this and it worked! - thanks!. The mechanic explained that the motor mount and exhaust system bolts were most likely tighted before the engine "settled" into place when installed, so they loosened everything and then tightened it up again (there was probably contact with the body somwhere). I guess the vehicle "characteristic" is some factory line workers being oversealous with the pneumatic bolt tighteners....Anyway they also menteined there was a new service bulletin on the Mariner/Escape's computer (PCU?) and they had to reprogram it - it seems to shift more naturally now as well (I had chalked it up to fuel-saving programing for the transmission shift points).
Oct 05, 2011 (7:04 am)
I have a 2010 Escape with 20,000 miles. I took the car in for an oil change etc. Ford called me and said the rotators were very rusted and need to be "cleaned/planed". Also, the pads should be replaced. Cost $226.00 not covered by warranty. Oh yeah, it will be 36 months later this month since i bought it new.
This DOES NOT seem right, thoughts anyone?
#60 of 71 Re: Drum Brakes [greggscherer]
Oct 05, 2011 (7:21 am)
I don't like it either. Were the brakes pulsating when you applied them? Rusty rotors are irrelevant, the minute you put on the brakes, the rust is instantly removed. So that is bogus. As for pads, depends on how worn they are, but pads often last 50,000 miles unless you drive a lot in hilly terrain or ride the brakes a lot. I would tell them no. This car should need nothing in 20000 miles under normal conditions.
#61 of 71 Re: Drum Brakes [nvbanker]
Oct 05, 2011 (7:31 am)
They said the brakes were pulsating when applied but, honestly, i didn't notice it. They said the rust on the rotors wore the pads down and i should have them replaced. Maybe not a good decision on my part but was kind of taken off guard by this issue.
#62 of 71 Re: Drum Brakes [greggscherer]
Oct 05, 2011 (1:52 pm)
Sadly, the dealers are not Ford, they are customers of Ford, and re-sell their cars. Some of them are not honest. Some Service Advisors are not honest, but the dealer is. Bottom line, find a service advisor you trust and like, and stay with them if possible. That's what I have learned works the best. I have some stories I could tell that would punctuate my point, but who cares. I'm just saying, you can't always trust a dealer, just because they're factory authorized. You can however, report them to the factory.
#63 of 71 escape brakes
Oct 21, 2011 (12:29 pm)
I had the same problem in 2009 and my 2004 escape had about 25000 mls. I was ripped off grandly by ford service dept. and had to have them redone by someone else in 2010. same excuse was given. complete bs. still having problems and i'm going to a body shop this time to have everything checked out. i've owned 4 vehicles and have never replaced brakes earlier than 5 yrs in and i was a devil on wheels so no this is not normal.
#64 of 71 Re: Drum Brakes [bdyment]
Jan 22, 2013 (8:51 am)
I have an 03 and it has drums in the rear. I have had to service the front brakes every 20,000 or sometimes a little less. Pulsating and REALLY P&SS poor quality Chinese metal in the rotors on one of my brake changes - not Fords fault. Maybe that's why they put 4 Wheel discs on the Escape in later models. Brakes are spongy now after 130,000 miles (Master Cylinder)but the truck runs great except for the expected tranny issues starting to develop. Just bought a 2010 and am having trouble getting used to the Tranny shifting behaviours. Not happy after seeing all the posts on Tranny issues after 08 on the 3.0 AWD. It only has 12,000 miles on it. Glad I insisted it be certified by the Ford dealer (100,000 miles drivetrain warranty) and purchased additional warranty coverage Bumper to Bumper. Very impressed otherwise - super comfy Limited edition, lots of options minus Ford Touch and navigation. LOTS OF POWER also - very astonished by the torque. I thought my other one is quick - but this one is truly packed with some serious ponies - not that I am a leadfoot - just got surprised when I drove it like I drive the other one.
#65 of 71 Re: escape brakes [gina257]
Jan 24, 2013 (10:49 am)
You are correct, it's NOT normal. I've had 12 Escapes in my fleet, and still have 6 now, the brakes almost NEVER wear out. I replace them at about 50,000 miles or later.