Quick 'Squeek' when starting or changing Directions
Our 2014 Titanium 4WD has developed an odd 'squeak' when the engine is started, or when you change the transmission to go in an opposite direction. Also, If you're at a stop & 'nudge' the accelerator just a bit, then stop, when you restart going forward, it does the same thing. Very quick 'squeak', then it doesn't do it again until you stop and change directions. I called the dealer's service manager, & he explained that all the cold weather and road salt here in NE Ohio have accumulated some grit on the Power Takeoff for the rear drivetrain, and when I either have a car wash with an undercarriage bath, or let it just 'wear off' when the weather warms up, it should be OK. Says this only happens with the spline on the 4WD vehicles.
Anyone else have anything similar, by chance ?
As a test, I did take it through a car wash, and indeed, the noise went away for a day....now it's back. It's at least a minor concern....hoping it's not anything more.
2014 Escape Titanium 4WD/AWD
Tuxedo Black, with Stone Interior
401A Option Pkg
OEM Mud Flaps
OEM Hood Protector
Xpel Door sill protectors
Weathertech All Weather mats (covers dead pedal)
Sync Update 3.7 (Wish I had NEVER done this one !!)