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post #1 of 8 Old 08-23-2007, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Angry help with a rattle

96 F250 7.3 4X4... RATTLE IN THE FRONT END...
AT ANY SPEED, AND NO PARTICULAR BUMP IN THE ROAD, MY TRUCK HAS DEVELOPED A RATTLE IN THE FRONT AXLE, SOME WHERE. THE RATTLE SOUNDS LIKE THE WHEEL CENTER CAP IS LOOSE. ( I ASURE YOU THATS NOT THE PROBLEM ). WHEN THE RATTLE STARTS, I CAN APPLY THE SLIGHTEST PRESSURE TO THE BRAKES, AND IT STOPS THE RATTLEING. WITHIN THE LAST 5000 MILES, I HAVE PULLED APART THE MANUAL HUBS, AND REPLACED THE INNER AND OUTER WHEEL BEARINGS. I HAVE CHECKED EVERYWHERE I KNOW TO LOOK TO SEE IF SOMETHING IS LOOSE. APPLING THE BRAKES AND STOPPING THE RATTLE, I CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT THE BRAKE CALIPER IS LOOSE, BUT THE MOUNTING BOLTS ARE TIGHT. ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED...THE RATTLE IS DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!
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Sounds like the the pads might be loose. Have you replaced the pads lately?
The caliper has bushings in it they might be worn. Had a 68 Ford that had a rattle rebushed the calipers rattle was gone.

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Usually if you touch the brakes and it stops, it would be the brake pads?

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I would check to see if the splash shield on the back side of the rotor is secure as well, even if the bolts are tight, check for cracks and see if it moves around.

Have you checked your spring bushings as well??
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jack the front end up and try pulling in and out on the top and the bottom of the tire and see if any ball joints are bad! just done mine in my 01 f 250

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i have looked and tried all of the suggestions, still got a rattle somewhere. thanks all the same.
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Get the tire off and reach thru the opening on the caliper and try and rattle the pads, check you shock mounts and bushings. Try swaping tires from front to rear.

How sure are you that it's in the axle?? Might be some little clip somewhere that just sounds like it's in the axle

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every thing is tight, cant find a loose clip anywhere. gonna put new tires on next week, maybe that will remedy the problem or someone will find something i havent. thanks
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