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Loud spinning sound coasting from 55 mph

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by kburrows, May 28, 2005.

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  1. kburrows

    kburrows New Member

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    My X is a 1997 a4wd 4.0L v6. Last Wed coming home my X started making a loud noise when I would start coasting from 60-55mph. The loud noise is similar to a phnumatic spinning sound. The noise starts when coasting from 55mph and the rpms drop to 1500 or below. the noise stops as soon as I press the gas pedal and start to accelerate. I can drive around town all day and nothing is wrong. All gears work, 4wdrv works, reverse works, no slipping of transmission, everything works correct. I took to dealer and their tech (with 60yrs experience) said he's never heard anything like it. He said new transfer case. Dealer bargain price $2063 tax included out the door. This seems to high. The truck has 111k miles on it. It looks and runs perfect. Could this be the trasfer case? I only have $5500 in the vehicle and love all the features and the ride is very very confortable. I hate to sink that much more money in it. I am a fairly good mechanic and have purchased the Haynes repair manual. Maybe I can change out the Tcase. Does it sound like the transfer case? I am really bummed out about this. I just bought the vehicle. Please advise
     
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  3. jp450

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    I have a similar problem with my 99 Sport. I It has don it for a while. I just think its a "Ford" thing. I drive many diffrent ford trucks for work and they all seem to do it.
     
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    no its not normal at all. could be the t-case. the think to do would get a good lightly used junk yard t-case.
     
  5. project92

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    it the t-case it will get worse mine was so bad it would not back up unless it was in 4wd... they make 5 diffent t-case for this a
    fa -ga -ca model in the part time 4wd mode or 2 differnt in the awd mode.... you have 3 choses
    1) junk yard t-case $450-$600 with warranty
    2) new case half (that what wrong with them) for about $400
    3) convert to a older (91-94) t-case which is possible but not just a slap in and go.... click on my name and go to see all post by this user and you will find other threads about this.....
    this is the only flaw I have found with the 95-up explorers mine I put a used t-case in and swapped it for a 00 eddie buarer my 97 had 216,000 miles on it..
     
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    The Ford trucks that I drive at work dont have a t-case. They are E350s and E450s. Ambulances to be more exact.
     
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    are they powerstroke deisels... I always thought it would be cool to be a abulance driver never did so I got into stockcar racing :eek: :eek:
     
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    They are the diesels. The federal ambulance specifications require that they be diesels. So no more gas ambulances. We just got a bunch of the new 6.0 L. Those fly. They use about twice the fuel though.
     
  9. kburrows

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    Need advise

    I had the new TCase put in. everything great for about 200 miles then the same started again. A loud spinning sound when coasting just like before. What are the chances I got a bad (new / rebuilt) t-case? Seems highly unlikely. I now have $7100 in the vehicle. I like the truck but cannot afford to keep sinking money in it. Originally I took to two different FORD dealers. Both experienced techs said it was the T-Case. I used an independent to replace the T-case and saved 500 - 700 dollars. The independent will be looking a it tomorrow. Could this be something else? And if so why did it quit for 200 miles and then start back. Please help........
     
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    Sounds like you got a clunker of a replacement.....
     
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    Did you buy it from Ford? If they replaced it the first time, it should be under warranty and you should be able to get another no question.
     
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    noise on coasting can be a few things. Sometimes it can be a differential gears problem.

    -Drew
     
  13. kburrows

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    Unfortunatly it is not the differential. I used a local 4wdr shop and the tcase came with a 12mnth unlimited warranty. the owner is calling the manufacture to report the problem and to see if they opened up the one that came out. Hopefully I will get one that last this time.
     
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    I seem to have the same problem described by kburrows. As soon as i get anywhere above 45mph and try to maintain or decelerate i get a spinning/whinning noise. but if i gun it a little it will go away till i try to maintain or decelerate again. But when i put it in drive it seems to do a little better as far as being able to maintain a set speed without hearing any noise.
    they only difference is i have a 2wd ex(and the moderate lift i have). so tranfer case problems is out of the question. was wondering if any 2wd explorers out there are having a similar problem that i am having?

    thanks
     
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    from my understanding unless it had had the bearing replaced or the case half replaced on your used t-case you are playing russian rulet with a used t-case the used on I got had 90,000 mile on it and had symptoms of that it may have been bad so I got rid of my ex for a newer one..
     
  16. kburrows

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    I had the tcase replace by the same company. The manufacture of the tcase was aware of the problem and sent a new one no questions. I have about 400 miles on this second one. so far it seem fine.
     
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    good keep us updated...
     
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    Same prob. here

    I have the same issue, any coasting above 40 mph will bring out the sound - I would describe it as a "zipping" sound, or pneumatic as was mentioned in an earlier posting. Before I go and spend $4 - $600 on a x-fer case I want to find out what else it could be. Anyone else have ideas? Someone I know thought it could be the overdrive, but when I turn it off the noise starts at a higher RPM and lower speed. I've also noticed that with the onset of the noise the RPM's drop from about 1500 to 1000, depending on my speed.

    Thanks - mac
     

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