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2003 Ford Escape 3.0 4WD Auto

I jacked my car up and changed the oil. When I set it back down and drove to the store, it made a grinding noise. Only on acceleration. after 3rd and overdrive, grinding noise stops. I have looked at cv axles to see if they had slid out but they are good. I checked fluid and its fine. No leaks either. My struts are a little weak and I thought maybe the axles come out but its not the case. I just don't know why it did this when I jacked it up. Has run fine until I changed the oil. Anyone got an idea let me know. I am mechanically inclined just cant find this problem.

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  • TimC Jul 15, 2013

    Checked everything, cv axles, struts (little worn) and transmission mount. it seems the the transmission is moving a lot when shifted into gear. when this happens, could it cause the trans to be in a bind and grind? no metal shaving on axles just noise when accelerating

  • TimC Jan 04, 2014

    sounds like you might have jacked it up on the crossmember under the trany. i did same thing on my escape and bent the crossmember and now tranny touches when under alot of stress. ive changed all mounts and still the same. so check for a bent crossmember under the tranny


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When you jack up the car the only thing holding in the suspension is the rubber mount at the top of the strut. If that block is broken and the shocky insert in the strut is weak then there is extra load placed on the wheel bearings and the bearings in the diff housing. I would check that the wheel bearings are good and I would replace the insert in the struts as it is necessary for good wheel alignment.

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