2002 Ford Escape Maintenance
Alright, so I own a 2002 ford escape, and it has 189,000 original miles on it. I am wondering what types of maintenance I should be doing on this (I am not the original owner)
so far, I have done this to it:
Replaced EGR valve and sensor, replaced upper and lower PCV hose and PCV valve, replaced power steering pump (was leaking)
I am having a few problems now and wondering what some solutions could be.
When I first got it, it was quiet and smooth running, even at idle. Over the last month or so it's gotten rougher, but still idles nice (It stays at around 500-800 rpms without fluctuating). What I mean by rougher, is that it appears a bit louder now, and you can feel a vibration in the floor really bad, esp at idle or when accelerating. Not sure what it is, but it just started doing it within the last month or so.
Also, there is what sounds like a vacuum leak somewhere near where the upper pcv hose goes into the plenum It's not the hose, as I replaced the entire assembly and it's still there. Perhaps an intake manifold leak? (Which could probably also cause the vibration in the floor too). It's a constant sound like air is escaping out constantly, not something that's variable.
One last thing, there is a clunking noise in the front driver side of my truck. I hear most noticeable when it's off a cold start, but whenever I go over a bump or dip in the road, I hear it. It sounds like two pieces of metal clinking together, and sometimes when it's light it sounds like a rattling sound. It seems to be wearing out my tire on that wheel, too as the truck is now pulling a little to the left. Any idea what it could be ?