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Drivetrain Clunk Resolved on '09 Escape

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The clunk is my '09 Escape's drivetrain is finally resolved. The dealer I purchased my Escape from told me at two different recent service visits the noise was normal. The service manager verifyed the noise. I asked to escalate the matter, and the service advisor was to call me when a Ford Field Service Engineer was in town to look at it.

I still haven't received that call, but meanwhile, I took the Escape to a different dealer. Within a few hours they had the problem diagnosed as low transmission pressure and fluid. They then found the torque converter seal was leaking oil. Transmission fluid was down by 2 quarts. Apparently the leaking oil collects internally so there was no obvious external leak. They replaced the seal and fluid and the next day I picked up the car.

The noise is much lower now and shifts are solid again. The noise is still slightly there, but they say it's normal. If the noise would have been at this level all along I probably would never have even noticed it.

So, lesson learned about dealers. Needless to say I won't be returning to my original dealer for any service even though it's more convenient. I'm so happy this long ongoing problem is finally fixed.
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I'm glad you got that issue solved and thanks for posting the solution.

One thing I learned about mechanics is some can find things others can't. I took my Escape to the dealer I purchased it from because the steering had a dead spot that wasn't there before they "fixed" a squeak in the steering rack by replacing the entire rack. They kept telling me it was normal and all the other Escapes on the lot felt the same. I told them it didn't feel that way before the swap but it didn't matter. I took it to 3 different mechanics along the way. The 3rd one checked all the bolts and clamps that held the rack in place. He found something that was loose, tightened it and the problem was fixed. I still used the local dealer for some things but that guy that fixed the rack got a lot of business from me after that. Unfortunately he left the place and the guys that remained are numbnuts. I'm still looking for a good mechanic...
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