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2020 Hybird Escape noise when backing up

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I went to pick up my 2020 Escape Hybrid last friday and when I test drove it I found that there was a humming, noise coming from the right rear wheel. The noise can be heard inside but is louder when standing outside by the wheel The noise is noticeable in electric or gas mode, when the reverse gear is selected, it is there when the brake is on or when the escape is moving in reverse. it is fine in all other gears and when driving the noise is only there when in reverse.  I did not accept the Escape and will wait if the dealer can find the cause.

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This noise was present when I test drove one. I suspect it's intentional; I was thinking it was a reverse beeper, akin to a pedestrian warning, but we found it's louder inside than outside. Your report sounds right. 

Frank

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I was thinking a reverse beeper, but it is only noticeable on the right side by the wheel.  Was it a hybrid you test drove or a regular gas one?  I will see tomorrow when the dealer calls.

 

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I test drove a hybrid. It actually had a lot of noises, especially turning right or going slow, but this sound went with gear selection. 

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I just talked with the dealer they went to another dealer that had a similar Titanium AWD Hybrid and put in reverse and it has the same noise.  I'm off to pick it up. I will post an update when I have a few miles on it.  Thanks for all the input.

 

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My Rapid Red Hybrid came in Tuesday (build date of 12/7)

i took it for a drive and it has the same hum as you have when i put it in reverse.

Dealer had no idea if its normal or not.

 

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Mine has a build date of 12-3 and it still has the noise after 200 miles, it sounds like music.  yours makes 4 that I heard of.

 

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It’s a pedestrian warning sound required by NHTSA. Toyota’s hybrids have it too, but each company has chosen their own sounds. You only hear it in reverse because it’s directed backwards towards the driver, but it’s also present in drive. 
 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-regulations-sounds/u-s-finalizes-long-delayed-quiet-cars-rule-extending-deadline-idUSKCN1GA2GV

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Thanks for that information.  I took the Escape out on a country road and you can hear the noise in drive when under 20 mph.  Again thanks.

 

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I too got my 2020 hybrid on Tuesday... and  have the noise.. BUT there was a ford made video about a noise that the hybrid would make because of no motor sound when it comes to a place where pedestrians may be.. I would assume the same for backing up.. it does of course help the low vision people to let them know there is a vehicle.. I have had 3 ford hybrids and guess it is a safety issue..makes sense.. now that I have driven it and have used the heads up display and adaptive cruise.. definitely a keeper.. and a nice ride...

 

Rick ..

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How do you like your Hybrid so far?

 

Mine came in Tuesday off the truck and i took it for a short drive even thought it was still in transport mode and wrapped in plastic.

I am not picking up until Jan 3rd with hopes the incentives for leasing go up. Only 500 right now.

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I'm very happy with it. I went from an Explorer so it will take a little to get used to it. This is my 3rd hybrid and it is the best so far. It's quiet except for the government added noise. I only have 150 miles on it so far, but will be going on a 1000 mile trip soon and will post my feeling then.

 

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I now have 1800 miles on my Hybrid Escape and I am very happy with it.  It's hard not to like 50+ MPG. I drive mostly in ECO mode and I love the brake hold feature,that keeps the brake on until the accelerator is depressed. I have noticed the front window are making a groaning noise when rolled up or down. Other than that I am very happy with my Escape.

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