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Help ! Front end noise

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by ExploGoldRob, July 4, 2011.

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    1. ExploGoldRob

      ExploGoldRob New Member

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      In my 00 Sport 4wd, there's a speed-related noise,sounds like it's in the front. I just got it, knowing there were FE noise issues, as it drove the noises were very loud. I replaced both CV axles & both hub/bearings. Eliminated all the noise EXCEPT: as it drives at low speed, there's a rumble that is somewhat loud, but gets lower but faster as speed increases. At highway speed, it's like a low helicopter sound. It momentarily goes away as you go up & down over a dip in the road. What else could it be ? :scratch:
       
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    3. gavin

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      front driveshaft or u-joints on the rear driveshaft
      my 2 guesses
       
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      The noise definitely is in front. It was making a racket, so I did the hubs & CV joints. Quieted all, except the remaining sound. I guess I'll check the driveshafts.
       
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      I'm going to guess the cv-joint at the t-case end of the front driveshaft.
      they are notorious for making a racket before it starts making worse noises and vibrations.
       
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      Well.......... removed the front driveshaft. No difference. So... not the hubs, not the CV axles, now not the front driveshaft. I'm at a standstill.:(
       
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      I'm fighting this same problem and correct me if I'm wrong but removing the front driveshaft won't stop the cv's and diff from spinning so you may have your answer there.
       
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      it's certainly possible it could still be the diff since it will still be rotating, just not under as much stress.
       
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      Well... it seems that the garbage Pep-boys tires that were on this vehicle were much a part of the problem. Although I've eliminated most of the noise on this vehicle, I'm sorry I got it. This doesn't come close to the '03 I had before. It was quiet & smooth. This gen is rougher, noisier, & harsher. Even with less miles than my previous Ex, it's not a solid fell I had with my last one. :(
       
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      OK... I'm at my wit's end... eliminated tires, hub/bearings, CV joint axles, & front driveshaft... I STILL have a speed-related noise, which is very prevalent at 20-30 MPH... it's coming from the front, I can sorta feel it through the floor... it's like everytime the wheel/tire rotates it drones... after 30 mph, it sorta quiets at the higher speed since it's a faster sound. Anybody have any experience with this ?
       
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      Could it be warped rotors?
       
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      No, brakes are fine & no pulsing whether the brakes are applied or not.
       

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