Ford Escape

Tiny
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I hear a grinding noise when I drive 45-65mph. There are vibrations from the grinding that can be felt in the bottom portion of the steering wheel. The brakes on the car have been check and are fine and so has the alignement. The grinding noise can be heard if you are turning or going strait. Would could be the problem I am pretty sure the CV joints are ok.
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Saturday, March 18th, 2006 AT 3:32 PM

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Tiny
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The escape is a 2005 limited with 27000 miles
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Saturday, March 18th, 2006 AT 3:36 PM
Tiny
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Probably just the brake pads against the brake rotor.
Get rid of the semi metallic pads if it bothers you
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Saturday, March 18th, 2006 AT 7:13 PM
Tiny
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It has nothing to do with the brakes because the car never made the noise until like I got to 25,000 miles and the brakes are fine
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 AT 4:09 PM
Tiny
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A bad wheel bearing can cause your symptoms. It should have been caught during the alignment. Have the CV joints checked. Also maight be something internal in the engine or trans. Take it back to the dealer under warranty.

Good luck and let us know. :)
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 AT 4:22 PM
Tiny
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You posted a question and were given an opinion.
Agree with peppermj
Thanks and good luck.
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 AT 5:23 PM
Tiny
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Agree with Pud.
Brake rotors could definitely warp with that mileage. Have them checked by the dealer while your there.

Good luck and let us know. :)
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 AT 7:30 PM
Tiny
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Ok I am just wondering if the ball bearing was worn out would it only come from one side because the noise is only on the driver side wheel. I took the car to the dealer and they said they coudn't hear the noise when they drove it what should I do? Should I ask them to check the ball bearing? Also I got into an accident with the car and the driver side wheel well had to be rebuilt so could the noise be something that wasn't put together right? I apreciate your suggestions very much. Thanks You.
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 AT 7:54 PM
Tiny
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Could definitely be just one side. Try taking it to another dealer. You are not obligated to return to the place of purchase for warranty work. You might also have something that was not taken care of from your accident. A good dealer should be able to help you out.

Good hunting and let us know. :)
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 AT 8:07 PM
Tiny
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http://www.2carpros.com/first_things/car_shakes_acceleration.htm

I thought the info on the CV joints and half shaft is pertinent even tho your vibration is at a higher speed.
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 AT 8:16 PM
Tiny
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I am planning to have to dealer come drive the car with me so I could point out the noise because it is a hard to hear at first and the car must be drven on the highway first before the sound can be herd. This dealer is actually not were I bought the car so if they say nothing is wrong I am taking to the one that I bought the car at. If the CV joint was broken would I be able to see liqud dripping from it? The CV joint is the bar that has the rubber tubing around it right? Thank You very much for the informantion.
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 AT 9:35 PM
Tiny
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The bar is the driveshaft or axle, The joint itself is grease packed and covered by the rubber bellows. It would fling grease until there was no more grease to fling if the rubber was torn or loose.
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 AT 9:42 PM
Tiny
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Ok one finaly question when I took the car into the dealer they said they couldn't hear the noise. So do you think they didn't even bother to check the CV or the ball bearing? If so when I take it in tomorrow should I ask them to check those?
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 AT 9:47 PM
Tiny
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I forgot the grinding noise isn't constent it will go away for a couple of seconds then come back then go away. This still means it could the be the CV or the ball bearing right?
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Sunday, March 19th, 2006 AT 9:48 PM
Tiny
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I think I remember you saying this vehicle was hit on the side that you are hearing the noise from if this is the case YES it could be a wheel bearing in which case it could be covered as part of the accident.
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Monday, March 20th, 2006 AT 6:46 PM
Tiny
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Yes the noise is coming from the side of the accident. When they reapaired the car the put a whole new wheel on could it still be the wheel bearing that is bad? I hope you are right and I am thankful for the help
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Monday, March 20th, 2006 AT 7:00 PM
Tiny
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Today when I was driving I noticed the noise was most noticable around turns that were mad at 40 mph. I also notice that the noise is worst after driving on the highway. Just wondering if this helps diagnose the problem any better. Thanks
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Monday, March 20th, 2006 AT 7:03 PM
Tiny
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Try turning the steering wheel all the way right and accelerating. Clicking of the CV joints is usually very pronounced this way. Try all the way to the left also.
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Monday, March 20th, 2006 AT 7:07 PM
Tiny
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So in both or your opinions it is either the ball bearings of the CV. Ok I am going to the dealer most likely tomorrow so I will tell u how it turns out. I have looked under the car and can't see anything wrong with what I think is the CV but I will test it tomorrow using ur method.
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Monday, March 20th, 2006 AT 7:12 PM
Tiny
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If anybody would just like to e-mail me rather that post on here just tell me and ill give u my e-mail.
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Monday, March 20th, 2006 AT 7:15 PM
Tiny
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The beauty of the forum is to be able to research problems using the forums search engine. Posts lets all share common problems, and hopefully their resolutions. 8)
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Monday, March 20th, 2006 AT 7:18 PM

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