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My 2008 Ford Escape started doing this on the way home today - scared me to death! I was coming downhill on a left-turning road and I felt like I had blown a tire and was riding on the rim - some loss of control, a grinding sound. As I went (slowly) home, I figured out that it only happens when braking and turning left. Google was unhelpful - just got a lot of results about grinding noises when turning in general.

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    I would have the wheel bearings checked on the front. – Moab Jun 12 '18 at 21:37
  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jun 12 '18 at 22:10
  • Wouldn't bearing make noise more often? – DeltaG Jun 13 '18 at 0:46
  • Check the state of the front brake calipers and pads – MadMarky Jun 13 '18 at 7:53
  • This sounds like a CV axle problem, a bearing noise would be constant and vary with speed. – GdD Jun 13 '18 at 7:57
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OK, here's the scoop:

It was the left front tone ring, which was causing the ABS to misfire.

  • Wow, that's crazy! There'd have to be something causing the reluctor ring to get out of alignment (at least I'm assuming that's what happened). Hopefully you figured out what was causing this to happen. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jun 14 '18 at 17:16
  • Can't speak to that - just found out about the existence of a tone ring :) Got it back from the shop today, and all seems well so far. Side note: guy said that the Escape is fairly unique in that the tone ring can be replaced without the whole assembly being changed out, so it wasn't horrendous – DeltaG Jun 14 '18 at 21:52

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