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Center Console Vibration

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So a week or so after I received my new escape (info in sig), when driving it in the morning sometimes there seems to be heavy vibrations coming from the center console, behind the shifter and by the cupholders/"armrest". It lasts for a few minutes then everything smooths out but the vibrations are clearly noticeable and felt when it does it. It doesn't seem to happen all the time and rarely happens when I start the car back up for lunch breaks/trip home.

Is the transmission in that area? Any insight would be great!

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Is the transmission in that area? Any insight would be great!

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The transmission is forward of that area, tucked under/barely behind the engine.

Noting that you have AWD .... there is a coupling/support/u-joint for the driveshaft to the rear wheels under the approximate mid-point of the car (in the tunnel that passes under the console). IMHO it's time for a trip to the dealer .... maybe a balance/alignment/support bearing/u-joint issue somewhere along that driveshaft, all things that could be intermittent or vary with speed.

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The transmission is forward of that area, tucked under/barely behind the engine.

Noting that you have AWD .... there is a coupling/support/u-joint for the driveshaft to the rear wheels under the approximate mid-point of the car (in the tunnel that passes under the console). IMHO it's time for a trip to the dealer .... maybe a balance/alignment/support bearing/u-joint issue somewhere along that driveshaft, all things that could be intermittent or vary with speed.
Thanks centex. Researching those, it definitely could be the driveshaft support bearing. From what I gather, if it was the u-joint in the driveshaft, would there be an accompanied noise, such as a clunk/grind? Mine doesn't seem to have a noise associated with it besides what the vibrations are causing.

Also, if it is the driveshaft support bearing, would the issue only crop when accelerating between 2-5k RPM or would constant RPM's (around 2k) and speed cause the vibrations? The vibrations seem prevalent when traveling in 20-55mph, at acceleration or consistent speed. Maybe some grease is needed in there?

I do agree it needs to go to the dealer (only owned it 6 weeks ) but I'd like to just have information handy since I'm not the most mechanically inclined (although the escape has prompted me to become so).

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Just to add, when in sport mode, I may be experiencing some harsh downshifts. Best I can describe is a very slight jerk when it downshifts and I'm slowing down. Accelerating is smooth. Not sure if there is any correlation or something separate that needs attention.

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Re: the vibration .... IMHO more guessing is just that, more guessing; nothing to gain in that, as I said it might not be anything I already guessed.

"S" mode by definition has firmer and quicker shifts and stronger engine braking on downshift (might be "harsher" to some). I'd worry if it were as smooth as in "D". If you don't like the feel, don't use "S" ;-)

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Re: the vibration .... IMHO more guessing is just that, more guessing; nothing to gain in that, as I said it might not be anything I already guessed.

"S" mode by definition has firmer and quicker shifts and stronger engine braking on downshift (might be "harsher" to some). I'd worry if it were as smooth as in "D". If you don't like the feel, don't use "S" ;-)
Very true. Thanks for putting it in perspective.

My last car was a civic so if you say it's normal I just need to adjust

Oh, and I can't veer away from S

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Contacted my sales guy and service department will contact me on Monday to set up a time to drop off.

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I have more of a buzz of a loose panel that is worse when I have a full Vente in the cup holder area. If I lift the beverage, the buzz goes away or is diminished. I think you're talking about more of a hum or lower-frequency tone than a plastic-on-plastic noise, correct?

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I get a weird rattling noise from the centre counsel. I used to think it was my coffee cup in the cup holder. But lately I've been noticing it when there has been nothing in the cup holder. It's starting to drive me nuts. I hate rattles in my vehicles.


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That piece is a common rattle area due to friction. I had them add a spacer between the bottom of the shifter piece and the console. It corrected the issue
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