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post #1 of 26 Old 12-07-2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Frequesnt check for owners in wooded / leafy areas !

The Escape under hood mesh screened areas (vents) suck up leaves and debris like a vacuum cleaner ! Areas on both sides under the hood can get totally covered / blocked with leaves and other debris.

More so than other cars I have seen (in the period of time it tales to accumulate).
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post #2 of 26 Old 12-07-2013, 08:32 PM
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Thank you! I really should have thought about that. At the dealer's once, the hood was popped open, the service manager was in my car with me, and I noticed someone doing something under the hood. The manager said he was just pulling out leaves. We live on a woodsy lot and while the Escape is in the garage at night, it can sit in the driveway other times. Tons of leaves and debris. I'll check tomorrow.


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Yep - "raking out the leaves" is part of my weekly underhood ritual on the Escape. Once in a while, I pull out the shop vac to get what falls through the grilles.
Never saw this on any other car or truck I've owned.
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Now I'm scared what I'm going to find in there.


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The Escape under hood mesh screened areas (vents) suck up leaves and debris like a vacuum cleaner ! Areas on both sides under the hood can get totally covered / blocked with leaves and other debris.
Yes, I clean out those areas from time to time. My Escape is almost always in a garage, but even occasional exposure to the elements can attract debris.

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Good post. Too many people, especially women, just get in and drive and do little or no inspections of any sort.

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I park under a big tree at home and also park under a large tree at work. This past fall was bad for leaves on my car. Twice I had a leaf and a maple seed get sucked into my blower motor. When the leaf got in there it made such a loud noise. When the maple seed got in there was a giant vibration like the thing was going to vibrate into pieces. It was difficult but I ended up getting them both out myself. I will try and post some pictures later
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Good post. Too many people, especially women, just get in and drive and do little or no inspections of any sort.
I check oil and glance under the hood monthly. I know, not enough. My husband never checks, likes low mileage used cars, keeps them for about ten years and has never had a problem, so not a lot of motivation to change.


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Hello all,
when cleaning the screens, do you unclip them to get under the screen? if so how do you do it and if just cleaning what is the best way, I have tried a shop vac, but some of the leaves are stuck in the screen, I have not tried to get under the screen.

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Hello all,
when cleaning the screens, do you unclip them to get under the screen? if so how do you do it and if just cleaning what is the best way, I have tried a shop vac, but some of the leaves are stuck in the screen, I have not tried to get under the screen.

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For now, I just take off the surface leaves and vacuum through the grills to get what I easily can.
Once fall is completely over, I think the leaf problem will abate until next fall.
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