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post #1 of 7 Old 03-09-2015, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question 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.

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You’re definitely on the right track by calling your dealer. If the symptom continues, I recommend taking your Escape in to the Ford Dealer to get diagnosed. Also, give me a shout as well and I’ll check my resources on my end at that time.

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Anyone else have anything similar, by chance ?
Yep, mine is the bushings that hold the airbox on. There is a TSB for the dealership to lube them, but that did not solve the problem for me. My dealership said to keep checking back to see if Ford has a permanent solution. There's another thread with videos of the sound, but I couldn't quickly find it in my bookmarks.

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Yep, mine is the bushings that hold the airbox on. There is a TSB for the dealership to lube them, but that did not solve the problem for me. My dealership said to keep checking back to see if Ford has a permanent solution. There's another thread with videos of the sound, but I couldn't quickly find it in my bookmarks.

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Update....drivetrain 'squeak'

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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.

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Update : After taking the vehicle through the Car Wash with Chassis Bath twice, and having the noise return each time the next day, I have an appointment with the Dealer next Monday to have a look. My Dealer has been really, really good to us over the years, that's why we bought the 2014 Titanium there. Hopefully, the Service Manager will find something. The noise isn't as LOUD as it was originally, but it's definitely still there.

Thanks to all who have commented, I'll update the thread soon...

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Bumping an old thread. I have this issue now. I am very much done with taking this car to the dealer and having my time wasted. Any home fixes for this? I need to buy a house and then dump this thing....

Did some more digging and seems like the air box could be the culprit. I will take it apart tonight and see.
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When was the last time you were at the dealer to have this taken care of? Please let me know, along with your mileage, and I'll see how to best assist.

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Here I am, a couple of years later since this problem started, and my Dealer just yesterday got my 2014 Escape Titanium back to me after over 2 months (!!) of trying to isolate and fix the VERY annoying 'cold weather startup squeak.' They told me that they isolated it to 'something around the air cleaner box', so I suspect it was what has been reported here. They left it sit outside in below-zero weather fore 2 days, starting it each morning, and so far, the noise DOES appear to have disappeared.....at least for now. After living with this problem for more than 2 years, I remain skeptical.

Question, can anyone give me the specific TSB relating to this, by chance ? I'd like to have that in-hand if I'm forced to return to the Dealer. The Dealer *HAS* been quite helpful and cooperative, even offering to replace every stabilizer bushing in the vehicle if that would help.....

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