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Non-Belt engine squeal

I have a 2.3L 2008 Ford Escape XLT that has a loud engine roar and a squeal in the engine that gets louder under acceleration. The squeal is not caused by the belt and the idler pulley has been replaced. The squeal is present when the serpentine belt is removed from the car.

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It may be you harmonic balancer moved and rubbing on your timing cover or do you have a manual or auto transmittion

Posted on Jan 02, 2014

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  • Eric Mosher
    Eric Mosher Jan 02, 2014

    It is an Automatic Transmission

  • Grahame Begg Jan 02, 2014

    THEN THAT IS WHERE WOULD LOOK,The gearbox have many bearings

  • Grahame Begg Jan 03, 2014

    Place you vehicle on 4 body stands using a large screwdriver carefully place sharp end to your motor and box with your ear to the handle, this will act as a speaker and you will find the source of the noise, PLEASE USE CARE not to put screwdriver into any moving parts

  • Eric Mosher
    Eric Mosher Jan 06, 2014

    I have tracked down the roaring to a bad resonator, that will be replaced when the part comes in on Wednesday. The squeal however, remains a mystery. I have purchased a stethoscope and checked all of the pulleys as well as the harmonic balancer. I did not notice any damage and it held firm when i checked it. I have noticed that it does not squeal in park(at least not noticeably). I can get it to happen when the engine starts and under acceleration starting at about 1700 rpm

  • Grahame Begg Jan 07, 2014

    The method you are using is correct, 1 thing at a time but the noise from the tranny is a problem. It suggests that your clutches or bands may be damaged. The nature of your tranny is each gear drum that have clutches in them and spin all the time with gears inside them but they have a band that acts as a brake, this is what transfers drive to the wheels

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