• Register Today It's free! This box and some ads will disappear once registered!

Loud popping from rear end

abrezinsky

New Member
Joined
March 17, 2010
Messages
8
Reaction score
1
I have a 1997 Ex Eddie Bauer v8 with 196k miles on it. For the past few months, I've had a clicking sound coming from the drivers side rear end. When turning left, there's a much louder popping sound that goes away as soon as I straighten out. I'm guessing it's been going on for a while but I really didn't hear how loud it was until I started driving with the window down when it got warmer.

I originally thought it may be the parking brake pads stuck so I replaced them. The old ones were completely destroyed so I hoped that was it, but no decrease in the sound once I got it back together.

I thought it might be the rear axle bearing so last weekend I replaced the bearings, seals and since I thought there would be damage to the axles from running on them when they were bad I also replaced the axles. When the differential was open, I didn't see any damage to any of the gearing and the oil was still pretty clean. No metal was found inside. The clicking when driving went away but the popping sound is still there. My brother in law watched the tires rotate and the sound happens exactly at the same point in the rotation from the left side of the car.

I'm at a loss for what else it could be since I can't reproduce the sound with the truck in the air. Any idea what else I should be looking at or any way to attempt to reproduce the sound?
 


Join the Elite Explorers for $20 per year. Gets rid of the ads! New $5 per month "try out" option.

Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create and save more private conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.




deweyville65

Well-Known Member
Joined
January 1, 2012
Messages
724
Reaction score
5
City, State
Dewey,Az
Year, Model & Trim Level
96 EXPLORER XLT
Possibly the clutches in the limited slip rearend? Oil may have been changed without adding the friction modifier additive.
 




abrezinsky

New Member
Joined
March 17, 2010
Messages
8
Reaction score
1
I'm following up to my own post because I finally figured out what the sound was. The sound wasn't a result of the oil change. I had used Royal Purple which had the friction modifier already added but I went ahead and added some more anyways since there wasn't a really solid consensus that it as enough. That did nothing for the sound.

About a week ago it got worse and I noticed that the chrome skin on the wheel had separated and was starting to fall off. It was only held on by the balancing weight. I ordered a used one from a junkyard and took the old one off to get the rim swapped out at a local tire place today.

When I pulled the tire off, I ripped off the rest of the skin and was shocked to find this:

LmGX6l.jpg


rqU1dl.jpg


2 of the supports were cracked completely through. I inspected the rest of the car and the others wheels are still fine but I'll be replacing all of them at some point.

Sound is completely gone with the new rim on the car. I'm just glad that the chrome skin started to detach and rattle otherwise this could have ended quite badly.
 




Midwest Dually

Active Member
Joined
May 28, 2011
Messages
83
Reaction score
1
City, State
Northern Wyoming
Year, Model & Trim Level
1995 Limited
Amazing.... Never seen a rim look like before!
 




deweyville65

Well-Known Member
Joined
January 1, 2012
Messages
724
Reaction score
5
City, State
Dewey,Az
Year, Model & Trim Level
96 EXPLORER XLT
Glad you found the cause of the noise before something tragic happened. This is a good example of why it is difficult to try to diagnose a problem from any distance just by a persons discription. If you are standing there listening to it, you would have a better idea where the noise is coming from.
 




mac101264

New Member
Joined
March 31, 2018
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
City, State
Puerto Rico
Year, Model & Trim Level
Explorer 2005
Hy to everyone!!
I got a 2005 rear drive explorer yesterday i was coming out of a parking lot when i heard a loud crack i though i hit something but that was not the case since then every time i put the truck on drive i heard a slip comming from the passenger side rear tire and it is starting to make a loud noice. If something similar have happening to someone please help me shine some light on what is going on.

Thanks and greetings from Puerto Rico!!
 




imp

Explorer Addict
Joined
November 12, 2009
Messages
4,730
Reaction score
684
Location
West-Central AZ along the Colorado River
Year, Model & Trim Level
59 Ranchero F250 D'Line
The real reason why I LOVE alloy rims.........they don't rust! imp
 








Chance74

New Member
Joined
September 16, 2021
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
City, State
Philadelphia, ms
Year, Model & Trim Level
2005 Ford Explorer xlt4x4
I'm following up to my own post because I finally figured out what the sound was. The sound wasn't a result of the oil change. I had used Royal Purple which had the friction modifier already added but I went ahead and added some more anyways since there wasn't a really solid consensus that it as enough. That did nothing for the sound.

About a week ago it got worse and I noticed that the chrome skin on the wheel had separated and was starting to fall off. It was only held on by the balancing weight. I ordered a used one from a junkyard and took the old one off to get the rim swapped out at a local tire place today.

When I pulled the tire off, I ripped off the rest of the skin and was shocked to find this:

LmGX6l.jpg


rqU1dl.jpg


2 of the supports were cracked completely through. I inspected the rest of the car and the others wheels are still fine but I'll be replacing all of them at some point.

Sound is completely gone with the new rim on the car. I'm just glad that the chrome skin started to detach and rattle otherwise this could have ended quite badly.
Was it like the brake was being pushed giving you resistance when you were backing up and then makes popping noise
 




Gary Crist

Well-Known Member
Joined
October 22, 2017
Messages
417
Reaction score
188
Location
TEXAS a whole different country $1K Green AWD
City, State
TEXAS
Year, Model & Trim Level
1997 AWD V8
Callsign
KI6FG
Hello and welcome to forum but this post is 10 years old.
 




Top