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Part on drive shaft making grinding noise

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by Hivetyrant36, June 14, 2017.

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    1. Hivetyrant36

      Hivetyrant36 New Member

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      i need to know what this part is. I'm looking up parts online and nothing even comes close to looking like this. 02 mountaineer v8, video below
       
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      Just remove it before it causes a big issue
       
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      That's the balancing ring for your driveshaft. It's supposed to be an integral part of it.

      It can be cut off with a cutting wheel on your angle grinder, but that is some hard steel and it will take a while and run through discs. It might be easier to remove the driveshaft and simply let it drop off, but I think the driveshaft has External-Torx, or 12- or 8-point bolts, which might need special sockets that you don't have.

      You may have driveline imbalance problems without it, but no more than you already have with it being unattached.
       
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      they are just 12 point sockets
       
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      Can't you like weld it back on? (then have the drive shaft re-balanced)
       

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