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Hi everyone, I'm new here but have owned an 02 dark green Escape for 5 or 6 years now. Never had a problem with it and I love it. I'm curious about how strong or tough the trans, awd system and axles are so if there are any threads about this could you please point me in the right direction?
 

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Welcome to E-C! :welcome:

You might want to peruse the Problems and Solutions section in the Main index page. Plenty of info there.

Or do a search on "CD4E" and "AWD" or 4WD.

Have fun! :hi:
 

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Welcome to the City, Greycougar ! :yes: Happy that you have joined us and hope that you will post pics of your ride. :beer:
 

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I don't have any definite numbers, but the transmission and alternator are the weak points in this otherwise capable soft-roader. The transmission is a heavy-duty version of the Escort transmission, and the V6 seems to be near the top end of what it can handle. The AWD system seems to always get praise both off-road and in the snow - that system coupled with the Escape's light weight makes it unstoppable outside of rock crawling and mud holes, providing you don't need lots of ground clearance (the biggest lift is around 2-3 inches before you stress the CV joints). The alternator is mounted low on the engine, which exposes it to water and mud. Dirt roads and water crossings up to the hubs should be fine for the alternator, but I would avoid extended mudding and always wash the alternator after off-roading. There was a get-together a few years ago where a good amount of the members who tried a mudhole had alternator failures soon after.
 

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Welcome to the City!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I'm not too worried about how much power the engine can make, a guy over on the NECO forums had a 3L making I think 400 fwhp with 11 lbs of boost. I just want to find out if it could be a decent replacement for my truck, if not I'm going to have to fix it
 

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There was a get-together a few years ago where a good amount of the members who tried a mudhole had alternator failures soon after.
I was at that get-together so I can vouch for this statement... In fact, the picture in my sig is from that gathering in PA. It was a great day but something like 6 of 8 alternators failed on the way home. Here is a link to the video I made of the offending mudhole:

http://www.romaine.name/media/e-c/pafunrun/PA_FR_Mud.wmv

The hole doesn't look that bad but the muddy water was really thick and really mucked up undercarriage, the engine bays and the alternators. The first Escape was OK (if you notice, he goes to the edge of the hole) and I was OK (I went to the edge as well and went slowly). The water hole in my sig was actually much deeper but there was much more water and it was not nearly as thick...
 

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Has anyone ever moved the alternator up higher? That hole is smaller than the holes I've been to, if I can figure out how to get pics on here I will post my friends lifted Explorer in one of the holes
 

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There was talk about it around the time of those failures, but I don't think anyone actually did it. I think Surfscape went as far as figuring out where it might be relocated to and the new belt routing. Others have considered a shield for the alternator, but couldn't figure out how to do it without blocking airflow, which would cause the alternator to overheat and fail anyways.

Here is a tutorial on posting pictures: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=171

It's slightly outdated in that Photobucket has a fancy new Flash-based upload button, which is cleaner but works much like in the post. You click on "Choose Files" instead of "Browse".
 

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Got the pictures on photobucket, havent figured out how to get them on here. Might have missed something, not sure
 

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To get the "IMG CODE" box to pop up, you might have to hover your mouse pointer over the picture you uploaded.
 

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Ah sweet it worked. That is my friends Explorer that has a total of 6 inches if lift and has 33 inch super swampers on it. I would love to take the Escape thru there.
 

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:D Is he stuck with 6 inches of lift and super swampers? That'll be ambitious trying it in the Escape. First you'll need a hitch-mounted recovery shackle, a set of good tires, and either wash the mud from the alternator when you get out of the hole or keep a box of alternators at home. I recommend washing, as the passenger side axle shaft needs to come out to get the alternator out. :doh:

viewtopic.php?f=28&t=570
 
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