Serious Explorations Ford Explorer and Ranger Message Board
#1 Resource for Ford Explorer and Ranger Owners - By Enthusiasts, for Enthusiasts.


Ford Explorer Generation Guide

EF Swag Store 2015 Ford Explorer Forums Elite Membership Chat Room My Posts Reviews Explorer Photo Gallery
Go Back   Ford Explorer and Ranger Forums "Serious Explorations" > Ford Explorer Ranger Repair - Troubleshooting - Modifications & Detailing Forums > 1995 - 2001 Explorer Ranger Mountaineer - Sport thru '03 - 2nd Generation > Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers

Notices

Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers Questions related to non-modified 1995-2001 Explorer, Mountaineer, Ranger and '02+ Sports and Sport Trac. Problem solving, maintenance, TSB, service bulletins, owner reviews, specifications.

Clicking Noise in Front end

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-20-2007, 06:41 AM   #1
Frdxplrr
Green BAy, WI
1997 XLT 5.0 AWD
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 15

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Clicking Noise in Front end

I own a '97 Exlorer, 5.0, AWD XLT. ok, I am getting a clicking metallic noise in my front end. I have replaced both hub assemblies over the past three years. This noise goes away when I put the truck in neutral and let it coast. It happens in reverse, also. It also is more pronounced when I turn. Could this be a CV Joint issue? Something in the transfer case? AWD not dissengaged? Ball Joints? I did check the U Joint and everything appears to be in good shape. I also greased the U Joint last night. Truck is still making noise. I have become somewhat of a 'do it yourselfer' over the years. If it is any of these issues, how difficult is it to repair/correct on your own? Thanks for all and any feedback.

Last edited by Frdxplrr; 03-20-2007 at 06:43 AM. Reason: forgot one issue.
Frdxplrr is offline   Reply With Quote
( Join the Elite Explorers )

For only $20 per year you can become an Elite Explorer member. Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose and fix problems yourself, and learn which modifications really work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members can change the forum "styles" to eliminate most ads, including blue underlined links, and no ads on photos. Other benefits include the ability to store 1000 Private Messages, upload photo attachments directly to your posts and to our Photo Gallery and more. Join the Elite Explorers today.


Old 03-20-2007, 08:26 AM   #2
slpdave
Lenoir City, Tennessee
2000 XLT
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 326

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This may sound silly, I had a ticking noise on another vehicle, it was a small stick caught underneath the front end acting like a playing card stuck in the spokes of a bicycle tire. I doubt this is your problem since you have done a bunch of work up there but I wanted you to know the users of explorer forum do read and answer when we know the answer.

BTW if you want immediate professional help from the board then register. with your $20 you get to post into the 911 forum for quick professional help.

David
slpdave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2007, 08:41 AM   #3
Bigg_billy
Westford Mass
2000 Explorer XLS 4L AT
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 195

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
CV joints yes...and it's free advice...
Bigg_billy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2007, 09:56 AM   #4
Frdxplrr
Green BAy, WI
1997 XLT 5.0 AWD
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 15

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Quote:
Originally Posted by slpdave View Post
This may sound silly, I had a ticking noise on another vehicle, it was a small stick caught underneath the front end acting like a playing card stuck in the spokes of a bicycle tire. I doubt this is your problem since you have done a bunch of work up there but I wanted you to know the users of explorer forum do read and answer when we know the answer.

David
Nothing silly about that. As a matter of fact, it was the first thing I thought of, actually. Thanks!
Frdxplrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2007, 09:57 AM   #5
Frdxplrr
Green BAy, WI
1997 XLT 5.0 AWD
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 15

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bigg_billy View Post
CV joints yes...and it's free advice...
Thank you for the advice. More is welcome, guys!
Frdxplrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2007, 10:32 PM   #6
nssj2
Elite Explorer
 
nssj2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 952

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sounds like a simmilar problem i had, turned out to be a bad bearing on drivers side. replaced them both just to be sure. $300 bucks installed at brakes plus, and they even gave me a free loaner while they did it!

If you decide on bearings dont take it to a dealer, they will take every last penny you have, because ford claims them to be nonreplaceable.




__________________
-Jim
--97 Mounty (SOLD)
--2007 Volkswagen MKV (daily driver)
--05 Honda Shadow
nssj2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2007, 03:54 PM   #7
explrths
Va Beach
'96 x
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 331

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
sounds like your cv/half shaft




__________________
Ummm......PA853 3"bl, TT and shackles. gibson exhaust, Pioneer h/u, mtx seperates front/rear, mtx 3404, 2 RF Punch 10" with kenwood 800. Other then that, missing a few body trim pieces from stubborn hills( And almost rolling it) ITS NOT SCRATCHED ITS SCARRED
explrths is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 01:16 AM   #8
Frdxplrr
Green BAy, WI
1997 XLT 5.0 AWD
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 15

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Still Getting a Clicking sound up front

I have a loud metallic clicking/pinging sound coming from the front driver side of my 97 Ford Explorer 5.0 AWD. Sounds like it's right under my feet. I took the advice from some of you on this forum and replaced the Halfshaft/CV Joint on the driver side (that was a real treat, I tell ya'!).It's still making the same sound. Again, I replaced both hubs (3 months ago driver side, and passenger side two years ago). I also checked the U-Joint and it seems fine...not loose or damaged. I also greased it. It's consistant with vehicle speed. It seems to dissappear in neurtal. IT also is more noticable when I turn corners. I'm getting nervous as I think this may be getting expensive (one more payment in April and she's all mine...go figure, eh?) and also I suspect it might now be a transfer case issue or tranny. ANy other thoughts?

Last edited by Frdxplrr; 03-22-2007 at 10:47 AM.
Frdxplrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 01:21 AM   #9
section525
sextion525
Red Bluff, Ca
 
section525's Avatar
1975 Ford Bronco 4x4
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 14,880

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Pull the front driveshaft and see if it still does it?




__________________
Support the Forum
'13 3.5 Explorer
'08 2.0 Focus
'75 5.0 Bronco
'04 6.0 Super Duty
section525 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 06:48 AM   #10
Frdxplrr
Green BAy, WI
1997 XLT 5.0 AWD
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 15

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Quote:
Originally Posted by section525 View Post
Pull the front driveshaft and see if it still does it?
Ok, I'll give that a shot. Couple things....is there any special tools involved to do this? Also, am I correct in thinking that if I disconnect the drive shaft, I can start the vehicle, throttle it and the truck won't move? I'm just thinkin'...AWD..I know that doesn't kick in unless it sense the vehicle slips. Finally, how would the clicking sound increase due to turning, if it's the Drive Shaft, as It's not really connected to any steering or suspension?

Thanks.
Frdxplrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 10:53 AM   #11
Frdxplrr
Green BAy, WI
1997 XLT 5.0 AWD
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 15

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
update.....re: clicking

I did notice when driving, I put the vehicle in neutral and when rolling to a stop at an intersection, the sound is still there, just alot more quiet. Further, when using an off ramp this AM, I was 'rolling' in neutral, while turning (it's curved), the metallic clicking/banging came back and is as pronounced as it I was in Drive or reverse. Again, I have elimnated the CV/half Shaft arm and Hubs. I replaced both hubs (passenger side three months ago, driver side, about 2 years ago) and put a new CV/half shaft last night.

Last edited by Frdxplrr; 03-22-2007 at 12:20 PM.
Frdxplrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 11:19 AM   #12
Dan Whitaker
One fast putty tat
Raytown MO (Kansas City suburb)
 
Dan Whitaker's Avatar
No Mounty no more.
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 7,009

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
When in drive & you let off the gas does it stop breifly then continue? Then does it get worse after coasting & you get back on the gas?

If so I will garantee it is the CV joint on the drive shaft (transfer case end)I mentioned in your other thread.

There is a rubber boot that will tear letting the grease to spin out as the drive shaft turns. You need to crawl under your Ex and feel the boot for tears.

If torn stick your finger in to where you can feel the CV. I'll put money on it that you feel no grease at all.




__________________
P r i c k me, do I not bleed Ford Blue.
Dan Whitaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 11:41 AM   #13
Frdxplrr
Green BAy, WI
1997 XLT 5.0 AWD
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 15

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan Whitaker View Post
When in drive & you let off the gas does it stop breifly then continue? Then does it get worse after coasting & you get back on the gas?

If so I will garantee it is the CV joint on the drive shaft (transfer case end)I mentioned in your other thread.
Hey Dan, thanks for the reply. I appreciate it. when I drive it, in forward, excellerating or at a constant speed (35 mph today on the way to work) it makes the noise. When I let off while in drive, it doesn't stop, but is less noticable. It does make a fluttering sound..obviously because of the speed. When I put it into Neutral, the sound dies way down...when I roll to a stop sign, I can hear it. I actually replaced the entire CV Joint/Half shaft assembly on the driver side where the noise is coming from, last night. It's still making noise. SO....

Last edited by Frdxplrr; 03-22-2007 at 12:28 PM. Reason: more info
Frdxplrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 12:33 PM   #14
Frdxplrr
Green BAy, WI
1997 XLT 5.0 AWD
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 15

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Quote:
Originally Posted by explrths View Post
sounds like your cv/half shaft
replaced Driver side CV/half shaft last night. It is still making the noise.
Frdxplrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 12:38 PM   #15
section525
sextion525
Red Bluff, Ca
 
section525's Avatar
1975 Ford Bronco 4x4
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 14,880

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
You can pull the front shaft and it will still drive fine. You may get a little better mileage. Just make sure you always use your e-brake because the truck will roll (even in Park) while on an incline with no shaft.




__________________
Support the Forum
'13 3.5 Explorer
'08 2.0 Focus
'75 5.0 Bronco
'04 6.0 Super Duty
section525 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 04:13 PM   #16
Frdxplrr
Green BAy, WI
1997 XLT 5.0 AWD
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 15

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Quote:
Originally Posted by section525 View Post
You can pull the front shaft and it will still drive fine. You may get a little better mileage. Just make sure you always use your e-brake because the truck will roll (even in Park) while on an incline with no shaft.
roger that! I'll let you know what happened.
Frdxplrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2007, 04:21 PM   #17
JDraper
Elite Garage Builder
McVeytown, PA
 
JDraper's Avatar
'11 XLT
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Posts: 15,436

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Combining your threads into one.... Please don't post two threads on the same thing..




__________________
Moderator..Home Improvement/Explorer 911/2011 Explorer Forum
You took my breath away....and now I want it back....
'66 Mustang Coupe, '04 Mustang Mach 1, '08 Focus, '11 Explorer XLT
"Ex"plorer's: '92 Sport, '94 Sport, '01 XLS
Our Crappy Website
JDraper is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2007, 06:42 AM   #18
Frdxplrr
Green BAy, WI
1997 XLT 5.0 AWD
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 15

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
ok..Update...LAst night, with the vehicle up on a jack, I was able to grasp the front driver side tire and turn the front tires. No sound out of the ordinary. I checked the level of fluid in the transfer case, added some fresh Mercon to it. No change. In ny inexperienced opinion, and feel free to chime in...it's either an issue with the drive shaft (wasn't able to pull it last night..limited time) or my tranny. I am contemplating bringing it in to a shop, today. Currently, the vehicle has acquired a vibration, and now I get a sound (has become very loud and I liken it to a helicopter) when I go straight, it dies down or dissapears when I turn or come out of a turn, but then returns.
Frdxplrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2007, 07:51 PM   #19
Frdxplrr
Green BAy, WI
1997 XLT 5.0 AWD
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 15

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Original Poster)
Ok, progress, but still not finished.......

..after taking a break from it on Saturday, I got after it today. While following the front Drive shaft down to the 'second transfer case,' I begin to inspect where the drive shaft comes into contact with the 'second driveshaft.' I notice, there are remains of a boot, and I can see silver inside....bearings. AHHH!!!! I was able to remove the drive shaft, took the truck for a ride...no noise! SO, I checked at Advanced auto and Autozone. The part needs to be ordered. I drove to Autozone to order it,.....the part is not available from the vendor. Went to Advanced Auto...same thing. Went to Checkers...they were closed. I am gonna call them, but am getting concerned that the part is no longer available. I gonna contact some junk yards, parts vendors,Checkers, and.....sigh...the local Ford Dealership and see what happens.
Frdxplrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2007, 08:57 PM   #20
Dan Whitaker
One fast putty tat
Raytown MO (Kansas City suburb)
 
Dan Whitaker's Avatar
No Mounty no more.
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 7,009

Vehicle Specs

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Post it in the wanted forums. There is always someone with a used one for sale.

I know that NAPA has them. They run about $225 for a remanufatcured one.




__________________
P r i c k me, do I not bleed Ford Blue.
Dan Whitaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Suggest this thread to friends:



Join the "Elite Explorers" Today!



Search Explorer Forum


Top of Page

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:30 PM.



US Flag
We Support Our Troops!

Explore the site!


Copyright 2014 - 1996 Rick Horwitz Photography



Ford Motor Company is not involved in the management of this site in any way.



All tips on this site are for use at your own risk and discretion.

Modifying the suspension on any vehicle will cause changes to its handling characteristics.



Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.