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Replaced front wheel bearing, but still have a noise.. your opinion?

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by Curtis, August 5, 2012.

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  1. Curtis

    Curtis Well-Known Member

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    Its my 04 Explorer 4x4

    Noise seems to be most evident in the drivers front corner at about 40-50 mph.
    But you can hear it while coming to a stop.
    Its a rumble sound/hum sound
    When at speed, it gets worse with a slight turn to the left.
    quieter with a slight turn to the right.
    Making me believe it was the drivers bearing that was gone since more outward pressure would be on it when turning left.:Do No:

    I put a new bearing on the drivers side but the noise is still there.

    Since the noise changes with left and right stress I don't think it could be the front drive shaft?
    The only other thing I can think of is the axle shaft.

    any opinions?
     
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  3. Curtis

    Curtis Well-Known Member

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    Tires are not that old, little over 5k on them.. but likely due for a rotation..

    I will try that tomorrow... cost $0
     
  4. Curtis

    Curtis Well-Known Member

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    A few pictures


    Jacked up
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    Caliper/bracket off
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    Old Bearing/Hub off, new bolts
    [​IMG]

    New Bearing/Hub installed
    [​IMG]

    Back together
    [​IMG]
     
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    replace the right front too. Mine did this a 4-5 years ago. I would have sworn on a stack of Bibles that it was the right front bearing making noise. I had both of them replaced to be sure. When I had teh old ones in my hand the left front was worse. I could no even turn it by hand.
     
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    Replace the pass side bearing.
     
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    I have done the exact same thing. I replaced the one on the right side, noise did not go away. So I took the one I thought was bad and swapped it with the one on the left, and viola! Problem solved.
     
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    Hey Curtis, before I checked I would have sworn that my drivers side bearing was the the one making the noise but found out that the passenger side bearing was looser by far. I change them both while I was at it and found drivers side was overheating so it was a good thing I got it also. I now know its done and they are both the same age.
     
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    If you are able to verify that the passenger side bearing is OK, then I'd move on to the differential. Mine went bad and I went through the same thing.
     
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    So I should post here before I replace any parts in the future.
    I was sure the nose was drivers side.

    Yesterday I rotated the tires with no better results
    So off to get another new bearing.

    Replaced the passenger side and the noise is gone.


    BUT I found another noise!
    When I get hard on the brakes, I get a grinding in the drivers front wheel, like the brakes are worn out.
    I put pads and rotors on the truck just a couple months ago, replaced under Autozone life time warranty, They are Duralast Gold Cmax/Brake Pads
    They're supposed to be quiet "Maximum ceramic brake pads have a friction material that is formulated for ultra quiet stopping performance with low dust and a longer life as well as shorter stopping distances "

    I don't know what else could make a grinding noise :Do No:
     

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