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post #1 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Grindy Clunky noise

Hey guys, took my 2006 F250 over some pretty rough terrain a week ago, and now when I do left turns at various speeds I can hear and feel a light sort of grind coming from the front end. Only on left turns, and never when turning right or driving straight. I dont believe it's coming from inside the front axle. One friend said ball joint, one friend said wheel bearing... what do you guys think? Thanks much!
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if it was a ball joint it was just "clunk" and feel loose depending on severity. Not sure what wheel bearings come in the 06..but if they're those vacuum locking hubs that cost like $400 each..most likely one of those. Everytime I've heard that sound, I cringed, took apart my wheel assembly, and found loose bearings filling my steering knuckle. Horrible design, hope thats not the case for you, but still sounds like wheel bearing. Especially "wheeling" you're prone to blow one

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Since it only does it in left turns, shifting the weight of the truck to the passenger side. Its safe to say its the passenger side bearing right? Is this a pretty easy job to do? I have a garage full of tools, jw if i can get it done in a couple hours.
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Sounds like ur wheel bearing! You could have it knocked out in an hour if all goes well


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haha.... if all goes well....
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it can be done in an hour. I got so used to changing mine out in my 04 that I have a spare sitting underneath my back seat with seal installers, mallet, and a small box of hand tools. I'm confident if it blew out on the side of the road, I could change it on the spot.

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He is correct, it is not difficult to do. It sure sounds like a bearing. Change it ASAP or it will cost a lot more!

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Pulled everything apart. The needle bearing in the hub seems fine, spins free and no grinding. The sealed bearing on the hub housing also spines free with no grinding. Any suggestions on what to look at next?
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if you still have it apart, check the axle seal behind the steering knuckle. also just try spinning the inner axle at different angles..maybe a U-Join locked up. Or it could be as simple as you bent a leaf spring or something and your tire now touches your fender or leaf spring itself..you'd notice small pits on the edge of the tire tho..and a slightly bent fender near your door. Other than that, I don't know..but if its still apart, worth checking out

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Noticed the dust seal for the axle is just hanging there. This probably would cause it would it?
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