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Any deas could I have damaged a belt in the tire

Discussion in '2001-2005 Explorer Sport Trac' started by Joseph Tilghman, June 27, 2011.

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    1. Joseph Tilghman

      Joseph Tilghman Member

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      Friday on my way home I noticed a roar coming from one of my front tires.

      I have a set of Michelins with about 40,000 mile on them. The noise is only noticable on one side. Doesn't matter what the road surface is or speed.

      I checked for end play with the wheel bearing none, hasn't been too long i changed front shocks, rotors, pads and repacked the wheel bearings.

      i took the tire off and inspected it and hit the tire with a dead blow hammer listening for a change in noise to maybe indicate a seperated belt nothing.

      Put the tire back on and now the sound goes away for a second or two.

      This morning on the way to work I came up on a spot where they were grinding the road and there was a cupped spot where it meets the asphalt.

      well I hit the same spot this morning s***! is it possible I bent or damaged a belt?
       
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      Been on Hwy 73/Sam Furr Rd. I guess! A broken belt will sound very similar to a bad wheel bearing.
       
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      Well Steve, I stopped by Discount Tire in Denver and had the tires rotated the noise didn't stop. So it looks like I change the wheel bearing on Thursday.

      I also have new rotors for the rear so I'll take care of that too.
       
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      The noise didn't move front to back? Probably a bad bearing then. I don't remember, yours a 4x4?
       
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      I have had the hub bearing assembly go bad on my truck with no play at all.
       
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      No the noise definitely stayed up front after the wheels were rotated. Mine is 2 wheel drive, I checked for end play, none. I can feel it in the steering wheel.

      I'll change them out in the morning. Strange thing sometimes the noise will go away for a mile and then come back and come and go intermitantly.
       
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      Luckily the 4x2 bearing are reasonable and as easy to change as the wheel bearings in any car.
       
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      Took it apart this morning, the outer bearing was galled, chipped and pitted. I don't know how but the outer bearing was almost dry and the inner bearing was fine. Everything is fine now.:thumbsup:
       
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