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Old 07-15-2013, 11:56   #1 (permalink)
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Alright guys, I've got a doosey here.
My Escape makes this high pitched humming sound most of the time while I'm driving. It gets worse and sounds like a grinding when I turn. Ruled out brakes because I just changed them. Heading back to school soon so I'd like to have this taken care of quickly.

ANY IDEAS???

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Old 07-15-2013, 14:12   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 03 Escape "grinding" sound

Checking wheel bearings would be a good place to start.
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Old 07-15-2013, 15:30   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 03 Escape "grinding" sound

Is it possibly something else?

If not are they easy to replace?


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Re: 03 Escape "grinding" sound

More than likely it will be bearings. I recommend having a professional attempt this if you've never done this before. The steering knuckle will need to come off and old bearing pressed out and new in.

You'll need to loosen the CV axle nut with the tire on the ground. Jack it up, remove tire, brake caliper, rotor, axle nut, disconnect ABS sensor plug at the wheel, disconnect lower control arm from the knuckle at the ball joint, tie rod end, remove 2 bolts at the bottom of the strut assembly and remove the knuckle. Take new bearing assembly to a machine shop to have it pressed in. If you do attempt this yourself, be sure to get a new CV axle nut as they are not supposed to be reused.

To be honest, its a pain if you've never done it before. I did my first a few years ago and had to get help from Bert our moderator.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:22   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 03 Escape "grinding" sound

If in doubt , leave to the garage , especially if you dont have access to a press .
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What would something like this cost? Sounds incredibly labor intensive


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Re: 03 Escape "grinding" sound

Never done one on that car , but not really a major job .I would guess standard workshop time 60mins - 90 mins max .
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Re: 03 Escape "grinding" sound

I'm not for sure. An independent garage would be cheaper than the dealer in most cases. I would take it in and have them look at it. More than likely they can tell for sure what it is by driving it and give a fairly accurate estimate up front. I'd say under $500 per side
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