2002 Ford Escape Noise when in idle

Tiny
CHINES08
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  • 2002 FORD ESCAPE
  • 3.0L
  • V6
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 196,000 MILES
It started with a whining noise in the front end and then turned almost into a grinding like noise. The noise appears after the car has warmed up a bit and it usually just occurs when the car is idling. But if I turn on my headlights the noise changes it's pattern or almost goes away. I recently replaced my battery, alternator, and power steering pump on it. But now my rear wipers have also gone out. I need help because I'm at a standstill as to what could be wrong with my vehicle. No lights as far as check engine or other lights have come on. It's a 2002 ford escape v6 with 196,000 miles on it.
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Saturday, January 18th, 2014 AT 7:43 AM

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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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SOMETIMES THE DARN SOUNDS WILL HAVE YOU THINKING ITS ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING UNDER THE HOOD!

TAKE A 3-4 FOOT LONG PIECE OF 1/2"-3/4" HEATER OR GARDEN HOSE......SHOVE ONE END IN YOUR EAR....USE THE OTHER LIKE A STETHOSCOPE

WATCH OUT FOR THOSE PESKY MOVING ENGINE PARTS!!!!!

I'M SORTA BETTING IT'S YOUR THROTTLE BODY (BUT I'M NOT THERE).....THE GASKET OR BUTTERFLY MAYBE DOING THE KAZOO THING

IF YOU FIND THE RACKET TO BE EMITTING FROM THE THROTTLE BODYUSING "THROTTLE BODY CLEANER" SPRAY THE INSIDE AND THE BUTTERFLY WELL.....EVEN ACTUATE THE THROTTLE SO THAT THE BUTTERFLY OPENS UP AND YOU CAN GET TO/ SPRAY THE UNEXPOSED SIDE

WHILE YOU ARE AT IT!

YOU MIGHT REMOVE THE IAC AND CLEAN IT TOO.......HERE'S A LINK BELOW RELATED TO IT....I MADE SOME PICS!!!.....THIS IS EZ!

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/2005-ford-escape-every-day-crank-suv-high-idle-usually-after-30-minutes

BE SURE THAT THOSE COULD HAVE BEEN THE PROBLEM USING THE CRUDE BUT SIMPLE CJ MEDEVAC-0-MATIC STETHOSCOPE

IF IT IS NOT, USE IT TO CONTINUE YOUR SEARCH FOR THE RACKET....BE AWARE OF MOVING PARTS!

KEEP US POSTED ON PROGRESS!

THE MEDIC
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Saturday, January 18th, 2014 AT 9:35 AM
Tiny
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OH YEAH---AS I GOT CARRIED AWAY LAST ANSWER

. SHOULD YOU HAVE NOT LOCATED THE RACKET WITH THE HOSE, REMOVE THE SERPENTINE BELT (A QUICKIE TEST)

FIRE UP THE ENGINE WITH OUT IT (NO MORE THAN A COUPLE OF MINUTES IT WILL NOT OVERHEAT DURING THAT TIME---JUST DON'T DRIVE IT)

IS THE NOISE STILL THERE. OR DID IT GO AWAY WITH THE BELT OFF?

THIS SIMPLE TEST MAY ALSO STEER YOU TOWARD SOMETHING BELT DRIVEN----VS----SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE ENGINE

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Saturday, January 18th, 2014 AT 9:43 AM
Tiny
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Remove the serp belt and start the engine to see if the sound is gone. If it is, check all belt driven accessories to see if there is one that is hard to turn or makes noise. NOTE: Only run the engine for a few seconds with the belt off.
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Saturday, January 18th, 2014 AT 8:44 PM

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