Okay so i've had this noise for about a month or so now. I use my e-brake often ( like every time I park ) and about a month or so the e-brake light came on and has stayed on. I took my 04 escape in for service and told them about it and they said it was most likely because my fluid level was low. They said they'd top it off and it should go away. It hasn't gone away at all. THe noise isn't always there but is certainly noticable when i drive on highways. Sometimes it isn't there and it seems as if my car drives easier when it's not happening. It is a loud and noticeable noise. It sounds as if it may be some metal on metal grinding or something. I've also notice a small metallic clicking noise when i drive slow and it happens. It seems to only be happening out of the front left side. I'm not sure whether it's related to my brake problem as well. My front left brake has made some noise and fluttered a couple of times while driving slow and turning. It made a pretty loud grinding noise as well. My car has about 89k on it and i haven't ever had the brakes changed ( bought it at 30k) so i'm fairly sure that sooner or later i will need to change the brakes. I'm pretty low on money so i don't want to take it to the dealership for a ridiculous price. I have changed my alternator on my escape before and the transmission fluid. Other then that i haven't worked too much on it. I hope this is enough information to get some help on addressing this issue. I find it a little hard to describe the noise. Any help would be much appreciated!