Rear differential out?


Asked by Feb 22, 2015 at 04:38 PM about the 2008 Ford Escape XLT 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2008 Ford Escape XLT AWD 4 cyl. I have noticed when at a stop light upon
acceleration it feels/sounds like my rear tires have no traction like bald tires. My tires are
fine. Today in about 5" of snow I pretty much got stuck. Front tires were spinning but rears
were not. I am guessing a problem with my rear differential??? What kind of repair am I
looking at?

4 Answers

Bob Beaman

Are you sure your Escape is AWD?

Bob Beaman

Check the lubricant in the rear differential. Also check the fluid level in the transfer case.

Best Answer

It says 4 Wheel Drive on the back but there is no switch or locking it in so I believe it to be AWD. After further investigation I believe this has been an ongoing issue for some time and quite possibly has been stuck in 4 wheel drive. Poor gas mileage for being a 4 cyl, strange noise/feeling in the front during sharp turns like a tire is rubbing, the slipping/traction issue from a dead stop I described above, alignment/pulling issues... etc. I have had no indicator lights on the dash come on pertaining to 4 wheel drive like I have read others experience but would I if AWD? I have an appointment tomorrow at a transmission shop. I am not confident about this and I will never again own an AWD vehicle and quite possibly a Ford. If I can't control when in 4 wheel drive or even know when it is in 4 wheel then I don't want it. I am guessing checking either of your suggestions is not something I can do myself.


Also this vehicle had transmission rebuilt under warranty at like 25k miles by ford... My TSB owner nightmare continues.

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