Rear End Clunk
I am experiencing a loud rear end clunk on my 2017 Escape 2.0 AWD. It usually happens after I back up from my garage, shift into drive and begin to move. Trying to replicate in dealers lot and have only done it twice and dealer is stumped. It would appear one has to drive a ways before trying to duplicate. Ideas??
Heading to the dealer in the morning, with the same issue with my 2016. I'll post my findings as soon as they let me know. Wish me luck
Best of luck. I now have two dealers stumped but it is happening less often. Let me know if they are able to find anything.
I have the same problem. The dealer said that it was normal. They were able to duplicate it,they said that when the rear differential transits from reverse to forward or forward to reverse it has to change the gears and there is a rubber coupling to prevent damage. I can't see how that a clunk that loud without being a problem at some time in the future.
Interesting. I have to think something is going to break somewhere down the road as some of these clunks get really loud. Hate to say it but I guess all I can do is wait for something to break.
I am having the same issue with my 2017 Ford Escape, 2.0L, 4WD. Has anyone figured out the issue and solution?
Best I've got so far is "It's under warranty. If it breaks, we'll tow you in". I have 6,000 miles on so far and it may be getting a little worse. Really would like to know what is going on. Can't get any help from Ford.
Having same issues with my 2017 AWD Escape, dealer could not duplicate
Same issue with my 2017 AWD Escape, took it back to the dealer for the 2nd time. First time they replaced the rear shocks, said that was the problem. Didn't solve the problem. Took it back today, the mechanic got it to make the clunking noise. Took a look and said it's the rear differential. They ordered a new one and will replace. Under warranty.
Would REALLY like to know if that solves the problem.
I'll let you know. They said it will take a couple of weeks to get the parts in.
Just got an email from a Ford service manager from one of the dealers I took my Escape to. There is a special service message from Ford hotline on that repair now (ssm number 46703). Seems it's an electronic component called an active torque coupling. They have now replaced several and it seems to fix the problem.
So as to follow up on replacement of the electronic active torque coupling mentioned in the special service message, Had it replaced today at a dealer with the car being in the shop seven hours and it still clunks. Need an answer to this. Will be waiting for GaruDW61V's experience.
My 2016 is doing the same thing. Dealer has rotated tires(didn't help). Then they said it was a spring on shocks (didn't help). Now they say it is the differential. Have to order part from ford. I don't know what the deal is
After now driving my Escape two days after the torque coupling replacement, I will admit that is has stopped 80% of the clunking and the remaining clunks are less loud and less frequent. At least I won't be embarrassed in a parking lot. The problem now is that Ford can probably say this is "characteristic" of the 4wd or awd and everyone is SOL.
Sitting at the dealership now with same issue awaiting to hear..... 2017 Ford Escape. First time it happened I thought I hit someone backing up. Scared the hell out of me.
2017 2.0L FWD Ecoboost 2300 miles traveling was so loud thought someone threw a boulder. Any ideas.
dealer replaced the differential and I haven't heard the noise since. So now they have rotated my tires, replaced shocks and this, and I think they finally got it right.
Would like to hear if replacing the differential took care of the problem after putting on a few miles. Mine still persists after replacing the electronic torque coupling but not as often but the noise is increasing. Talked again to the dealer I purchased it from and they basically told me to stick it. When it breaks, they'll tow it in. Talked to Ford Customer Service and they didn't really tell me a lot either except the only way it's going to get fixed is if the dealer can duplicate the noise. I have owned Chevrolets the majority of my life and have had warranty issues but never the "run around" I'm getting from Ford. Should be illegal.
Dealer replaced the rear differential and the problem went away. Mechanic said they've had a few of these recently on the 2017's. So if that's one dealer, then there must be multiple others. Should be a recall.
My 2017 AWD Escape started clunking the day after I brought it home from the dealer. The clunking doesn’t happen all the time but when it does it is after backing up then pulling forward just like others have stated. I’ve had it in the dealership several times and driven with the service manager. They have been great and patient in trying to resolve the issue. They have reflashed the electronics, repositioned the strut isolators, torqued suspension bolts and replaced the diff. Nothing so far has reduced the frequency or intensity of the clunk. They are just as stumped as others as to what is causing the clunking. They also found a seal leak in the PTU which they repaired but it had no effect on the issue.
dmahlmei - Thank you for that. If nothing else, I guess I feel a little better knowing I'm not the only one that feels somewhat helpless trying to figure the problem out. At this point I think it's more of an annoyance than a mechanical failure issue.
I appreciate this information about issues with 2017 Escapes equipped with 4WD & AWD. We purchased a new 2015 that periodically makes the same clunking noise emanating from the rear and our dealer has not been able to replicate the noise, nor make any repairs. The noise appeared within months of ownership and seems to be getting louder and more frequent over 2 years, so we are obviously concerned about safety. Yesterday, with the vehicle shut off and stationary, I pushed in on the rear wheel immediately after a clunking episode and heard the same noise as the vehicle rocked. After filling up the tank, the noise disappeared again. We've noticed the intermediate clunking noise at various times while backing up, at slow speeds and also at high speeds. It seems impossible to intentional recreate the noise. Our Ford dealer could not make any suggestions after investigating our concern twice. Today I will be asking a Canadian Tire mechanic to investigate and make suggestions.
Took delivery of 2017 4wd escape 6/30/17. Took it back to dealership on 7/5/17. Loud clunking noise in the rear of the vehicle. Dealer couldn't find the problem. Very loud. Could actually feel it in the passenger compartment. In and out of dealership all of July and I turned it in on Aug. 1st. After two and a half months Ford took it back and refunded my money. This is not an unusual problem. I test drove 2 more vehicles. Same problem. Don't just accept the noise as a normal thing. Fight to get Ford to reacquire the vehicle.
I have a 2017 Escape SE 2.0 4WD and I am currently experiencing the same clunking sound from the rear! I used to work for a Ford dealership and had my vehicle in twice for the issue and they said they couldn't identify the sound, and told me it's just a characteristic of the vehicle. Which in my opinion, is garbage as a brand new vehicle shouldn't clunk so loud that I feel as if I have hit something. I was out with a friend letting them practice parallel parking in my vehicle and had the clunk happen 3 times even after the vehicle had been plenty warmed up! I think I have found the way to replicate the issue, you simply shift from drive to reverse and vice-versa repeatedly until the issue shows up. My friend was so shocked by the sound he asked if he had broken my car. I am going to be taking my vehicle to the dealership every Tuesday (my day off) until they either fix it or nullify my lease. Hopefully they can just take it off my hands as I also have oil leaking from my turbo, a broken speaker, and a malfunctioning security system that locks the car while the key is in the ignition running....
I'm having this same problem with the rear suspension/axle noise and would like to know what the cure is? It seems that there maybe many repairs here to fix this "clunk".
Since I started this topic, I am still waiting for a fix. My clunk was very loud. Have been to many dealers and most show me where the door is. One dealer did replace the electronic torque coupling which I am assuming is in the rear differential (under warranty). It still clunks but not nearly as harsh making me think maybe this is the culprit. Talked to a Ford customer service rep and all she said was "take it back to the dealer". It appears Ford washes their hands of the problem and is now starting to say it is "characteristic". Hopefully an owner will find the fix on this forum.
I'm watching this thread as Ford replaced my rear shocks in my 2016 Escape today. I thought that was a weird fix, and now I will be curious to see if the clunking comes back.
Refer back to my first entry 3 weeks ago - GuruZW2L9. The Canadian Tire tech identified a possible source of a "rubbing noise" when he installed our winter tires. While putting our summer tires into the cargo area, he pushed down on the back fender with the truck open and heard the noise. Note that there was a load on the chassis. I had produced the clunking noise with the 2015 Escape stationary and the engine off by simply pushing sideways on the top of the driver's side rear tire. The resulting noise made me immediately think it had to be shocks; which was finally "diagnosed" by our Ford dealer today. Their tech was able to hear the clunking noise as he reversed the vehicle, which had a half tank of gas. Note that there was a partial load. He also heard the noise once the vehicle was hoisted and he pushed in on the same tire, as I had done earlier. Apparently the shock was working only partially with a load in the trunk but not without a load; that is, with the shock interior mechanism fully extended. Unfortunately, a replacement shock isn't available for 2 weeks, so I cannot report on whether or not the proposed fix will work. I will follow up once the warranty repair is completed. Again, I do not know if we are talking about the same kind of noise; that is, generated by a faulty shock versus a problem with the differential.
Same issue here with my 2016 Ford Escape. I will outline the dates and issues I have had and continue to have with my 2016 Ford Escape: -Rattling/Clunk coming from what sounds like the rear suspension. Took my vehicle to Ford Dealer/Garage on 12/29/2016 and was told that the issue was the sway bar bushings, part ordered and told to come back. Returned on 1/3/2017 and was told that the rear shocks were bad and needed to be replaced. Ford supposedly replaced shock absorber and advised "okay at this time". Same noise continues so vehicle was brought in again to the same dealer/service location on 1/25/2017 and found that the rear shock seized and needed replaced. Again, Ford supposedly replaced shock absorber, was told it was test drove, and "no further noise present at this time". Noise continues, took vehicle back again on 8/28/2017 and was advised checked for known issues "no repair made, no defect found". Noise persist, vehicle back on 11/1/2017, again advised no noise heard. Took technician for test drive, could not duplicate noise. Half way home, noise began again. At this point I decided to take my vehicle to another Ford Service garage a bit further from where I live. On 11/18/2017 I took my Ford to the new garage and the noise was able to be duplicated. The service technician made note of the noise and my vehicle was there for over 2 hours with no resolve of the problem. Was advised to make another service appointment to have it looked at/worked on again. I had a feeling I was being given the run around due to being a female, but it looks like it's just a general run around that the rest of you are getting. I contacted the Ford GM for my area and requested a repurchase of the vehicle at this point. If that is declined, I will be hiring an attorney.
Hello again. See my last entry GURU ZW2L9 re; shock absorber being replaced by Ford dealership. As mentioned several weeks ago, our Ford dealer finally diagnosed the problem as a faulty shock absorber that was not engaging in the top third of the device. It has now been replaced and for two days we did not detect any noise... until yesterday; which was less than a week following the repair. My wife stood on the rear passenger door jamb and rocked the vehicle immediately after we heard the noise again with the vehicle stationary and the ignition off. Although the noise is not as loud as previous, we believe that the other shock should have been replaced too. I intend to also ask the service tech to investigate the sway bar bushings since Barney had that investigated. Like others, we are concerned about safety and the resale value of a vehicle with an undiagnosed mechanical/structural issue. Come on Ford... get this dealt with or we will never purchase another Ford.
I received a call back from my Ford Regional Manager who advised me that they cannot reacquire nor replace my vehicle. I was offered and extremely offended by an offer for a free extended warranty which would only cost me $100.00 per visit regardless of this being an ongoing issue that Ford is well aware of. I have now contacted the BBB and filed a complaint. If that does not resolve my dispute, it will be attorney time.
Figured as much since I got roughly the same reply from Ford. They did give me a case number they have put on file to hopefully revert back to if something breaks pertaining to this noise, if that means anything. Let us know how the BBB turns out. Attorney fees can easily make this option not real viable. Still hoping to track down the cause of the noise and eventually I will.
Hello yet again. See my last entry GURU ZW2L9. The dealership that replaced only one of the rear shocks has asked us to bring the vehicle back to investigate "a wire harness inside a body panel rubbing under certain conditions". Apparently one of their technicians located this problem on a different vehicle. Not sure why Ford isn't communicating out all of the repair possibilities. Instead, owners are required to make multiple visits to investigate numerous possibilities. So far, we've been back 4 times over 18 months without any resolution. Most visits require a subsequent return visit to replace a part that is not in stock and takes a week to arrive at the dealership. Not good customer service Ford. We'll insist that the other shock is replaced at the same time that the "wire harness" is investigated.
My wife's 2016 Escape Titanium is making the same intermittent rattle many have described. I am a retired ASE certified Auto Tech. I have briefly searched for this myself because I don't think we can duplicate it at the Ford dealer because it is too intermittent. If a customer took me for a ride and I heard the noise I would say it is a loose shock mount. That's what ours sounds like. Like the top of the shock is loose in the mount. I have rarely had a shock it self make a noise like this but I have had it occur twice in 45 years of service. When I cure our problem I will post.
May be talking about two different issues here. Mine is actually a loud clunk and seeing you are a tech, to me it sounds exactly like frozen caliper breaking loose. I have not ruled that out yet. Something definitely seems to be binding and letting loose when I switch from reverse to drive.
My Escape has been making a slamming/clunking sound from the rear of the vehicle since I purchased it. Been in and out of two different ford dealerships with no success. Last week I was driving around at low speeds doing parking lot maneuvers and it wouldn't stop clunking. Took it to the dealer and had the shop foreman drive with me. He heard it and was shocked. Took it in on Tuesday and they now have a rear differential unit clutch pack and a single shock absorber on order. We'll see if this helps, I really hope it does.
I have posted several possible resolutions that have been tried to resolve rear end clunking and creaking noises... we've discover that these are really two separate issues. We insisted that both of the rear shocks be replaced and the Ford mechanic was surprised that the fault in both shocks was only apparent when they were removed from the vehicle. The tech noticed very little resistance in the first few inches of travel. Other checks included: the vehicle did not have any metal in the rear differential fluid, so that was not pursued further. Not a PIDS or a RDU issues. Tech noticed a creaking noise when in reverse and when slowly releasing the brake, but he described that as normal. No play found in the rear bushings. No play in any control arm or sway bar bushings; with sway bar links described as good also. However, the tech finally repaired a plastic piece that was rubbing on the rear bumper reinforcement. He used some flocked tape from a "Rotunda squeak and rattle kit" to contract the points between the plastic piece and the metal bumper. Eureka! No more creaking noise. The new shocks make the vehicle handle better too. Hopefully our issues are resolved. Good luck to everyone.
We just came down Interstate 80 Donner Summit down to the Northern California Valley floor the Summit is about 7500 foot elevation down to about 0 foot elevation her car had for suitcases to people and an ice chest with food in it and turned the bottom third of this roller coaster of a ride the road is rough it's gone over with a lot of semi rigs snow plows ice snow sleet you name it and about the bottom third of the ride we started experiencing severe amounts of this clunking and actually sort of felt like we're losing control of the rear of the vehicle slowed very much down because there are no service stations or anything down on that Highway and so therefore I found this thread here I'm certainly going to be talking to Ford and finding out which one of these problems we have because so we're replicating the fact that we were going downhill and we have had some minor clunking when we've gone down or up certain steep hills not normally with things in the back of the car but this was loaded downhill for a long ways on a rough road so we are about 800 miles from home we're going to go ahead and continue going home because we really can't afford to sit around some other town hoping that Ford can fix get parts and all that type of thing
Hey, I was experiencing the same problem. Had a rear clunk at low speeds. Jacked up my car and found that it was a piece of metal tin that came loose and was touching the driving shaft. Just took it out and problem solved. Not even going to send it for replacement as it is so small and is just for exhaust heat protection. Hope this can help anyone.
I purchased a 2017 AWD and I seem to be having the same problem. After backing up out of driving, then pulling forward, the front end it seem, make 2 loud grinding noises, kind of like kachunk, kachunk. Does this most of the time after backing up. Took to dealer and cant replicate. Anybody experiencing this kind of problem?
The word grinding does not relate in my case but the loud kachunk does. Have 16,000 miles on my 2017 now and it's still regularly doing it. Seems to be more noticeable as the weather warms up again.
Have the same problem. They have replaced all the same parts (drive shaft, differential, shocks, etc) they finally found the break brackets loose. They did bring the ford engineer from the factory. Tighten up the breaks. That has fixed the problem, at least 90% of the time. Said that backing up and turning then pulling forward too fast there would be a slight bump. I found that if you let the vehicle come to a complete stop before pulling forward there isn't even a bump. So problem fixed as long as I don't get into too big of a hurry.
Looking more and more like Ford won't be able to find it but glad to hear they did put an engineer on it. I tend to commonly hit the gas when moving forward which makes sense as my wife only experiences it randomly. Beginning to look like it's going to be a "characteristic" issue with the Escapes.
I just bought a 2015 AWD Escape about a month and a half ago and because of an audible thunk that happens when I turn sharp corners or go over bumps large enough to make the car shift a bit, I've actually driven the dealership's loaner car more often than my own. (That is to say, it's been in the shop A LOT.) They replaced the front struts after finding "significant wear", then the rear shock absorbers after calling the local Ford dealership (I didn't buy it from the Ford dealership because I hate their guts for the way they treat customers) and being told about the shock TSB. Still, the noise persists. I've thought it was the rear struts this whole time but nobody has humored me and messed with them, probably because I'm just a dumb girl who doesn't know a thing about cars despite owning three (now four) with suspension issues and working on a lot of them myself... The car is currently back in after their last fix didn't work but this time the service manager took a ride with me herself and was almost shocked at the noise she heard. So, at least now she knows I'm not crazy when I say it's making an awful sound and is going to look into it a bit harder. It sucks that we have to deal with this. My last Escape, a 2013 FWD, had no such noises. Definitely makes me wonder if it isn't related to just the AWD/4WDs.
I had the same noise. They had to replace my 4 wheel drive component. It was stuck in 4 wheel drive. The clunking noise stopped after that.
I bought a new 2017 Ford Escape SE and have had the same clunking problem from day one. They tried to fix it twice and finally gave me another car. The new car, same color and all, has done the same thing and they blamed me for causing this because I shifted too fast from backing up to drive. I now have about 7000 miles on the car and will again go to the dealer with all of this information clearly indicating that many others have experienced the same thing. Perhaps they will read how the problem was fixed or made better if they read all of these responses. In Ohio, if they try to fix it 3 times the lemon law kicks in - I am hearing that the 2018 Ford Escape was really nor changed much and the clunking is also happening with the 2018 models. The big changes are to occur in 2019 so, since it is under warranty for 36,000 miles I may wait for the new model and hope this problem has been changed.
Very interesting and I am at the same point. My intent is to trade before warranty is off. I like the vehicle but I am afraid a new one will have the same issues so we will see. I had a rental (different manufacturer) on vacation last week and it was really strange not to have the normal "clunk". Can't wait until 2019 for the new 2020 models so may go to a Grand Cherokee. At least I have several dealers that sell both. It's really strange they can't get this figured out.
My thunking noise turned out to be a rock jammed up into the suspension where it didn't belong. It was grinding and moving every time the vehicle shifted sideways. So, luckily, mine was an easy enough fix. Hopefully, all of you figure out what's wrong with your cars!
I put a switch on my 4wheel fuse so when making turns I can switch it on and off
I have been experiencing the rear end clunking noise as well (typically when reversing out of my driveway). Took my 2017 Ford Escape Titanium to the dealership on Friday...it's still there. They are replacing the RDU (Rear Drive Unit). I trust that will solve the issue.
Keep us posted.
i have a 2017 ford escape 4x4 1.5 L there is a loud clunk coming from the rear end when reversing i took it to a ford dealership they could not duplicate the noise im gonna take it back next week and make them ride with me so they can hear it for themselves
After starting this forum roughly 1 year ago on my 2017 Escape 4x4 Sport, I have looked at everything mechanical that could cause this. Last week I threw in 100 ibs of potting soil in the rear and guess what, "NO MORE CLUNK". Still have 50 lbs back there and still good. Try this. Just a band-aid but now gives a person a place to look (and I will). Has to be in the suspension play where something is binding when totally up. Could be a design issue with some bad geometry or a torquing issue on a metal to rubber suspension joint. Will be looking closer at this but try some weight to see if it quits.
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