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Right Rear Buffeting Noise?

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by 914pete, August 7, 2019.

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  1. 914pete

    914pete New Member

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    Hi, I have a 2014 XLT, 102,400 miles. Just this week I started noticing a strange buffeting noise which seems to be coming from the drivers side rear wheel. Its noticeable at any speed but loudest at 65-70MPH. Push it to 80MPH and although still noticeable, it gets quieter. I have relatively new tires which were due a rotation, so I rotated them this week thinking maybe that tire/wheel was out of balance but still getting the buffeting. No change. Sounds very similar to the buffeting you get having a rear window open only. The car only gets highway miles and driven very easy. I pulled that wheel again last night and inspected the suspension and didn't see anything out of order. The brakes were changed last fall. Any ideas?
     
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  3. peterk9

    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    Wheel bearing?
     
  4. 914pete

    914pete New Member

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    With only 102,400 miles? That would be disappointing. Wonder how to test while still on the car.
     
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    peterk9 Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    There are several threads/posts regarding 2015 Explorers having to have a wheel bearing replaced with less than half your mileage. Replaced rear wheel bearing, 2015 XLT w/ 21K miles
    I suppose you could try putting the vehicle on a lift and then spin the tire and see if you hear any noise. Not sure if that will work though.

    Peter
     
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    If you don't here anything while spinning the wheel, hold on to the shock/spring with the other hand and you sometimes can feel it if the bearing is bad.
     
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    Wheel bearing. Not abnormal for a Ford st that mileage
     

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