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2008 Exp Vibration/Noise???

Discussion in 'Stock 2006 -2010 Explorers' started by Mattre69, February 11, 2019.

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    1. Mattre69

      Mattre69 New Member

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      I have the 2008 Eddie Bauer with V8 4wd with just over 200k on it. I have a noise and vibration that gets worse the faster you go. I've had a mechanic look at it at least 3 times for it and has not found any wheel bearing bad, but this time he mentioned the front diff pinion bearing race might be spinning. I have changed the fluid in it and it doesn't leak. It sounds kind of like I have big lug tires on it, but I don't and it doesn't sound exactly like that. It sounds to me like it could be about the right speed to be the pinion/ring gear mesh speed. I would love to get this fixed. Does anyone have an idea?
       
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    3. El Duque

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      Are you sure it's not the wheel bearings? Just saying, they are notorious for going bad. I've had a 2008 and a 2010 and they've gone bad on both. It might not be a bad idea to replace them. When the bearing went bad on my 2010, it screwed up the ABS sensor. A loud alarm sounded from the dashboard for the ABS/traction/roll-over and the car wouldn't go over 20 MPH, so I was stuck on the road. Wouldn't want that to happen!
       
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      Well, wheel bearings seem to be very elusive on these from what I've read. Both the mechanic and I have jacked it up and felt and rotated all of the wheels and nothing. All but the left rear have been replaced around 130k miles. So, it could be one of them, but he is not thinking it so much now. He has replaced several on many models of Fords so he should have an idea of what they sound like. Like I said, to me it sounds like about the same frequency as the pinion might turning at.
       
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      Sounds good. All I'm saying is that it might not be a bad idea to replace them anyway, especially with that mileage. It could fix your problem and prevent you from being stuck on the road. Here's a video when mine went bad, notice how the RPM drops when the warning kicked on, I guess because the throttle is computer-controlled, so the car was basically stuck

      EDIT: nevermind, I just read that you replaced the fronts at 130K

       
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      Have you tried driving it and turning the steering wheel slightly both ways to see if the vibration and noise gets worse? Thats how most find bad bearings on this vehicle. It could also be the tires as they get older they get louder and if there is any odd wear they can sound just like nobby tires.
       
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      For me, it was a bad read diff. Got a used one from eBay cheap and the dealer installed it
       

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