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How Bad Did I Mess Up My Explorer?

explorer47213

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1998 XLT 5.0
I was messing around in the snow and i nailed into a curb wile sliding sideways.

It cracked (chiped off a big piece of the rim)the front rim and killed the tire, i changed the tire and now it makes a loud clicking sound when i press the gas, but not when i ease off the gas, and the alignement is all messed up.

its a 98 XLT 5.0 AWD.

DID I CRACK THE DRIVER SIDE AXEL?

also what would somthing like this cost to fix roughly? is it worth fixing or should i toss it?
 



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you probably messed up the CV joint can you take any pictures of under the truck ? you might of bent some stuff hopefully not tho
 






Need some pics and stuff- no way to figure anything out without knowing what's bad.

I slid into a curb once in my Escort, and that bent all kinds of stuff- but it was an Escort. The axle was a pipe cleaner that they took the fur off of... :D

The Ex is tough, but you need to investigate a bit more before you'll get any sort of meaningful answers...
 






ima get some pics when it stops down pouring. Is that somthing i could drive on temp? until tuesdayish?
 






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gonna have to put another rim on it and drive it to see if it doesn't work right,,oops , read the top post again,,
maybe put it up on a set of jackstands and put it in geafr to find the noise,,
 






Judging by the way the CV boot looks, it looks like the half shaft needs to be replaced.
 






Wouldn't damaged splines on the half shaft make a clunk/popping noise rather than clicking? Or maybe it's just the way he worded it... but yeah, that cv doesn't look to good.. it looks exactly like the one I just replaced... once you take it out.. I'm sure that joint is going to feel very weak to you.

Edit: WAIT!... I thought the driver's side doesn't even have a half-shaft... this isn't about his passenger side.
 






Edit: WAIT!... I thought the driver's side doesn't even have a half-shaft... this isn't about his passenger side.

What do you mean?
 






The half shaft, are you refering to the "pipe" in between the cv axle, and the differential?.. That's only located on the passenger side... but on the driver's side.. I'm pretty sure it connects right to the differential.. unless there's a small part in there I never saw that's replaceable in-case something happened and it needed to break... idk...
 






Definitely something wrong with the outer CV boot, which is a shame, they look like they're in pretty good condition.
 






The half shaft, are you refering to the "pipe" in between the cv axle, and the differential?.. That's only located on the passenger side... but on the driver's side.. I'm pretty sure it connects right to the differential.. unless there's a small part in there I never saw that's replaceable in-case something happened and it needed to break... idk...

There are half shafts on both sides of the front axle.

http://www.partsamerica.com/product_images/img/a1c/602027.jpg
 






Ah, gotcha.
 






explorer47213
You should also check your bearing hub assembly it should spin smoothly, if it binds or spins a little then gets harder to spin then easy again, or has any play in it, it will need to get replaced. I think that if your CV got damaged then the hub would also be damaged. Check ball-joints, and the tie rod end on that side too.
 






I wouldn't think the CV would be damaged by a slide/hit like that.

With a tick tick sound and AWD, I'd check the front drive shaft and or transfer case- if the tire size was different that the others, that could cause binding and hence the noise. Or the out of whack alignment could cause a similar effect.
 






Could it possibly be the hub assembly/brakes? Or is that not even an option..
 












the dimple in the rubber around the cv? is from me feeling through it to see if it was messed uppp.
 






the dimple in the rubber around the cv? is from me feeling through it to see if it was messed uppp.
 



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Hi, I'm new at this forum stuff so please bear with me. I looked at your pictures and I think you need to get your explorer jacked up and have someone help you, one behind the wheel and the other watching your drive axle for wobbling excessive and listening with a long screwdriver or small pipe at least a foot long to the transaxle and the bearing hubs for noise. The screwdriver/pipe act as a stethoscope and are very effective at noise transfer, just be careful around the moving parts. Your brake rotor looks as if you need a brake job too.
 






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