2002 Escape 4WD XLT Engine Whining Noise

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John M

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jun 28, 2007
At 75,000 miles my 2002 AWD Escape started making whining noise especially noticable when giving it gas or during trans shifting. But, it does this when in park as well. Trans shifting was acting up too. Ford replaced trans valve body & soenoid body at 84,000 miles. Also replaced alternator & power steering pump, all under 6 yr warranty. Shifts better but whining noise remains. Ford gave up! Need suggestions.
Don Irwin

Richmond, VA

#2 Oct 29, 2008
I have the same problem. Nothing has been replaced yet - Ford Escape 2003 FWD XLT.

there's a leak in the power steering that has to be topped off once a month - the sound gets pretty bad if it gets low, however lately sound (might not be power steering, but similar noise) has persisted.

Does anyone know if perhaps its the cold doing this? or has the power steering possibly failed in a different way then just a leak?

Or I heard it could be a fan belt?...
Don Irwin

Richmond, VA

#3 Oct 29, 2008
also - 53,000 miles
Will in Littleton Ma

Littleton, MA

#5 Nov 6, 2008
Don Irwin wrote:
also - 53,000 miles
Take a quick trip back to basics, eliminate variables..remove the fan belt. good old battary power..think about everything that just stopped spinning...still whinning, could be serious unless its the silly water pump linkage that drives off the timing chain
Mike Jones

AOL

#6 Jan 14, 2009
Bought a 2005 Escape 2 weeks ago 65000 Miles. Transmission was shifting ok, had fluid flushed and the transmission starting jerking bad going up a hill. The engine made a loud whinning noise and the noise, changed when you turned the steering wheel. Had it checked and the mechanic said there was a leak at the power steering pump. I had the power steering pump changed but the noise is still there. It does it loud when it is cold and quitens down when it warms up.
Jennfried

Lima, OH

#7 Jan 23, 2009
Mike Jones wrote:
Bought a 2005 Escape 2 weeks ago 65000 Miles. Transmission was shifting ok, had fluid flushed and the transmission starting jerking bad going up a hill. The engine made a loud whinning noise and the noise, changed when you turned the steering wheel. Had it checked and the mechanic said there was a leak at the power steering pump. I had the power steering pump changed but the noise is still there. It does it loud when it is cold and quitens down when it warms up.
About how much was the PS pump? I am having the same issues right now. My 2002 has 130K miles on it right now.
Duane

Poteau, OK

#8 Mar 18, 2009
Same problem here with noisy power steering pump, especially noisy when it is cold. My mechanic replaced the pump, and it is better but the whine is still there when it is cold, then quiets down after a few miles. My Escape has 240,000 miles on it. I gave it to my son, but may be getting it back. My mechanic thinks it may be the rack and pinion going out. Really hope not, since I really love this truck. Before getting the pump replaced, cleaning out the reservoir and replacing the fluid with synthetic really helped quiet it down.
The only other major problems I've had are a transmission at 100,000 miles, and intermittent check engine light and knocking in the front suspension going over bumps (which I/we are preparing to get looked at). Otherwise, it runs like a top, and doesn't burn any oil at all.
Richard

Montréal, Canada

#9 Sep 8, 2009
180,000kms Ford Escape 2002 4x4 XLS engine whine when I gun it. Transmission gave out (drum inside transmission needed to be replaced). Had the transmission rebuilt (3300$)but the engine whine is still there. Sounds like the truck has a turbo (I wish). May be some kind of air leak in the intake or emissions???? HELP
CFM

Braintree, MA

#10 Nov 19, 2009
I have a 2004 AWD Escape and from time to time it makes a growling/whining noise when I start it up.

The noise increases with acceleration then disappears once I'm up to about 15 MPH.

Also, it seems to happen more predictably when it's raining. I've had the dealer replace some kind of belt, but that's not it and they don't seem to have any ideas.
thanks for any help
FordEscape2002

Belmont, NC

#11 Dec 21, 2009
I had the same problem. Just change the belt and you'll be fine.
FordEscape2001

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Dec 23, 2009
Have a 2001 Escape with brake issues. When the temperature is below zero the brake pedal is hard to move. (No power assist) If you pump them it slowly goes back to normal. Only happens when it is cold.
marks escape 2001

Jacksonville, FL

#13 Jul 1, 2010
have the whining scraping noise too.have 204,000.thinking its the pump but want to clean out the reservoir,how do you do it ?
CRW

Overbrook, KS

#14 Aug 24, 2010
I have a 2002 Escape AWD. It's a 5 speed and sometimes it won't go into 1st gear and reverse. It doesn't do it all the time. Clutch was replaced and new boots were put in. Any suggestions on what it would be. Hopefully, its not the transmission.
corn

Knoxville, TN

#15 Sep 19, 2011
I have a 2002 ford escape, and i had the same problem, the car would whine when cold, get better as it warmed up, plus it was getting hard to steer. My mechanic told me it was the power steering pump failing and leaking fluid, spraying fluid over the serpentine belt causing it to slip. I had it replaced and the noise went away for about a week but came back.
lee

Kingston, Canada

#16 Oct 3, 2011
I have the same nois it gets loud when getting up to speed then when i get to a steade speed it comes doun i hop its not the trans or timeing chane just baut it payed $5000 wasnt making that nois then. ONLY HAS 160,000km

Since: Nov 11

Valencia, CA

#17 Nov 7, 2011
Seems that the cold weather brings out the worst out of this car. There's been so many posts about the whining noise which I'm starting to have. I replaced the serpentine and accessory belts five days ago; yet, the noise still persist and seems to get louder. Some say that the Power Steering Pump leaks and causes the noise, I did notice some fluid leak around the oil pan, could be PS fluid or oil but the oil pan and its gasket were replaced 15,000 miles ago. I have a 2002 XLT and has +145,000 miles. Before I order and replace the Power Steering Pump, has anyone found the cause and solution of this annoying noise? It would be nice if one responds with the solution.
AtLanta

Ellenwood, GA

#18 Nov 22, 2011
I drive quite a bit for work. The airbag light use to stay on but when it went off it started making the high pitched sound. The sound will occur when car intially is started. The sound then sometimes starts again while driving its almost like the seat belt warning with a louder pitch almost streking sound. These post shows that people have changed things but it appears not to stop. 250,550 want to save it if I can. any suggestions would be appreciated.
Junk

Berkeley Springs, WV

#19 Dec 2, 2011
If everyone is having this problem and noone even Ford can fix it I'd say it's time to get rid of it and buy a good ole reliable German automobile! I too have an 04 Limited and doing the same thing JUNK!
Terry2003Escape

Marion, VA

#20 Jan 3, 2012
Charles Ian wrote:
Seems that the cold weather brings out the worst out of this car. There's been so many posts about the whining noise which I'm starting to have. I replaced the serpentine and accessory belts five days ago; yet, the noise still persist and seems to get louder. Some say that the Power Steering Pump leaks and causes the noise, I did notice some fluid leak around the oil pan, could be PS fluid or oil but the oil pan and its gasket were replaced 15,000 miles ago. I have a 2002 XLT and has +145,000 miles. Before I order and replace the Power Steering Pump, has anyone found the cause and solution of this annoying noise? It would be nice if one responds with the solution.
My wife's escape has the same noise.I was told it could be caused by a idler or tensioner pully on front of motor. When the weather warms up I'm going to pull the belt to see if the noise goes away.
greg

Concord, Canada

#21 Mar 9, 2012
FordEscape2001 wrote:
Have a 2001 Escape with brake issues. When the temperature is below zero the brake pedal is hard to move.(No power assist) If you pump them it slowly goes back to normal. Only happens when it is cold.
change the vacume line from the brake booster to the intake. it has a one way check valve in it and will stick in the cold weather. when it stick you have no vacume to the brake boost and therefore no assist. This happen to my 2001 escape. I replaced it and it has been fine ever since.

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