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Request help in ID'ing Front End Howl
'95 F250, 4x4, auto. Everything is bone stock.
About 5,000 miles ago I changed out ALL fluids, u-joints, carrier bearing, shocks, tires, (brakes are good). My TTB D50 is junk. I need to replace it BAD. Until then, I have to keep it on the road.
Today, my daily driver suddenly developed a front-area howl when driving. Louder the faster you go, quieter when you slow down. I inspected the wheel bearings & brakes Friday when I had it up on the lift. There was some play, but not enough to alarm me. No noticeable vibration or problems with handling or stopping.
I went out today and put it in 4x4 for a little bit (needed 4Hi to get out of some loamy sand). I drove around the fire roads (gently) and noticed a weird howl when I got back on the highway. Figured I didn't have the hubs ids-engaged. Put in reverse. Same noise in reverse. Again, I didn't do anything today that I feel would have caused damage. Maybe I knocked somethin' loose?
Doesnt matter if it's forward or reverse. Left or right turns.
Just got home and crawled under it. Everything is cool to the touch: hubs, front pumpkin, entire front end, all U-joints & carrier bearing. Rear end is also cold, ecxcept the rear pumkin. It also had the fluids changed out around 5,000 miles ago. The only warm-to-the-touch spots were the output shaft of the Transfer Case and my rear differential (which was significantly warmer--normal?)
On the 'net to find D60 & swap parts. May need it sooner than I thought...
Thanks in advance for any help. In the meanwhile, I guess I'll go buy some wheel bearings. Cant hurt.