This is the first generation of the Ford Escape, a compact crossover SUV. Production started in 2000 for the 2001 model year.

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Moaning sound coming from the steering area?Tierods & Struts OK.Cause?

I am getting a moaning sound from the steering undercarage. I am unable to discern the location. The tierods, inner and outer appear good. I replaced the struts and strut bearings and still have the sound. The sound seems to increase or be most noticeable when the car sits a while with the engine running on a HOT day? With a cold engine the noise not noticeable.

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These trucks have weak power steering pumps and no power steering fluid cooler. The fluid is probably shot. However, properly flushing is difficult and the industry has mixed feelings on wether a full flush should ever be performed, so a 'partial treatment' is generally the safest route with positive results.

If the fluid is chocolate colored, no longer translucent, or smells burnt, perform the following proceedure.

Use a turkey baster and remove a few ounces of fluid from the power steering reservoir. Put the old fluid in a milk jug or 1 liter (Pepsi) bottle temporarily. Replace it with new fluid or a fluid treatment (there is a 2-part fluid treatment made by various manufactures that reduces squeels, moaning and leaks.) Run the car a few minutes, turning the wheels left to right a few times to pump the new fluid through quicker. Turn off and repeat until you have used all of the treatment/fluid you purchased. Recycle the old fluid at the place you purchased the replacement fluid using the container the new treatment/fluid came in.

Over time this almost always helps resolve power steering noises. Always address power steering noises as they will always result in a pump leak or rack failure, the latter of which is very expensive to replace on this vehicle.

New-generation Escapes (starting with the 2.5 liter) use hydro-electric steering and have no pump, and this is a non-issue.

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Please check your fluid levels on your brakes and the power steering unit.

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+ on the power steering. Ralph


Particularly if it moans more when turning.


Fluid level have been checked and all appear to be at thier correct level.


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