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Hey guys, I have a 2009 Escape that i got last spring. About 3 weeks I took it into the dealership to have them replace my mirror because my microphone wasnt working for bluetooth and I also noticed a creaking noise coming from the back of the vehicle. They drove it and heard it and looked through the computer to see if there were other escapes with the same problem. Apparently Ford is aware of the problem but there is no fix. I am about to take it back in, I have ~6k miles on the car. What should I do if they still dont have a fix for it. Anyone else have the same problem?

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I have the same problem on my 2010 except it's coming from the back right. Took it to Ford and the first time they said 3 people couldn't hear anything. Second time I brought it back, the Service Manager drove in it with me and he heard it. They looked in their computers and couldn't find a solution and said it was normal.
 

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Wow, that really sucks. It really bothers me every time I drive. When I take it in this week I'm going to be upset if they tell me to live with it. Especially after they said ford knows about the problem.
 

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I have this on my 2010, and have heard it from both sides, usually when turning.. but it still happens on a straight start from a stop, just not as often. I probably hear it on 9 out of every 10 accelerations. I started hearing it at about 150mi. but I read up on it and apparently it is "normal" so I haven't taken it to the dealer, not going to waste my own time - I'll just turn the music up louder! :rockon:
 

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The only reason I think I am going to take mine to the dealership is because they have told me that ford knows of the problem. You know how some things just bother you for no apparent reason? Well, this is one of those things for me!
 

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Probably, just guessing here from experience on my pickup, it's suspension bushings. I forget the name of the material they are made from, but they are noisy! Lube with a dry lubricant. WD-40 comes to mind. It's just the change in suspension camber, and the bushing is dry so it's binds a little bit and makes a bigger creaking noise. Not funny. But there's my take.
 

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WD-40 is a wet lubricant and a poor one at that. It's more of a solvent for cleaning things where you want minor lubrication afterwards.

The typical dry lubricants I see are Teflon, graphite, or a "synthetic" formula, but I don't think a dry lubricant is necessary. Standard rubber bushings traditionally never get lubricated; only high-end polyurethane bushings do. I'm not sure what type of rubber the squeaky bushings are, but I would ask the shop to try some silicone grease.

If in fact Ford has used polyurethane bushings somewhere, then Energy Suspension makes a good grease specifically for them.

EDIT: Also, use silicone grease in a tube, not from a spray. Some sprays are petroleum-based and will deteriorate the rubber. Most brake caliper grease are good silicone greases.
 

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The last time I was at Ford, they sprayed some sort of lubricant on the rubber going all around the doors. The service manager said they tend to dry out and that might be the problem. I thought he was BSing me but to be honest, it hasn't been creaking since. It maybe does it like 1 out of 10 times, instead of 9 out of 10 times like it was before. I forgot what kind of spray it was, but I remember that it dried up almost the second it hit the rubber gasket.
 

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That would have been silicone grease. I spray it on my door seals at every oil change. Its primary purpose is to keep the door seals from drying up; once they are already dried up, there is not much you can do. I also put a light coating of it on my wiper blades when they go into storage.
 

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Exactly. This is normal maintenance. I use Armor-All on the weatherstripping at least once each month, and even more often in the summer.
 

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I am amazed! I use none of that stuff (especially Armour All) on my door seals. :lol:

I do use WD-40 on my on my pickup's front end, it does have polyurethane bushings, and they do squeek if I don't lube them once a year. What can I say, it works for me! :peace:
 

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Be careful with WD-40. It can actually weaken certain types of plastics. Silicone spray can't.
 

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I have a 2009 Mariner purchased in July '09 that developed a creaking noise under acceleration (after about 2000 miles) that sounded like it was coming from a structural member under the headliner, right above the rear seat headrest.

Long story short: after 2 trips to the dealer and a ride or three with the service techs, it turned out it was "referred noise", coming from where the rear end attaches to the frame, at the alignment pins.

The first time Ford worked on it, they installed an "anti-squeak kit", which consisted of some rubber bushings shoved in there that lasted about a week before the creaking returned as loud as ever. The second time they lowered the rear end, sprayed lots of undercoating between both surfaces, and let it dry overnight before bolting it all back together.

It's been over a month now, and the creaking noise hasn't returned. :)
 

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I did some reading on another forum and it mentioned there was a TSB relating to 09' models where the rear wheels were getting torque at take off and causing a "chirp". Not sure if it is the same issue on the 2010 or not but I have that little "chirp" on almost every take-off. It sounds like it is in the rear drivers side wheel. It sounds like a brake pad that rubs for a split second on the drum. I need to do some testing as when I hear it most is when going from pressing the brake to directly pressing on the gas at say a stop light. Maybe a few rolling checks and stopped but foot off the brake to gas pedal checks.
 
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