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Old 03-30-2014, 02:43 PM
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popping noise from the driver side hub 4wd

ever since I've had the truck (about 2 years) the SOTF hasn't been working. not a big deal to me because ild just get out and manually lock them. last night i drove quite a bit and didn't notice any noise or anything unusual. i go to drive to the store this morning and notice a popping almost clicking noise coming from the front drivers side tire. almost sounds like the tire lugs are rubbing. i thought it was a cable or something rubbing so i made sure they were all in place which they were. i looked behind the tire and where the axle meets the hub and a rubber ring and come off and was hanging on the axle. i thought that could be snagging and making the noise and it looked pretty wore out and chaffed so i decided to snip it off. long story short its still making the noise. I've always wanted to get the hubs fixed so i guess this is the time to do it. i can't fix it myself now (the apartment have a don't have fun policy, among a lot of other things you can't work on cars) i just don't want to get screwed if i take it somewhere. i don't have a mechanic i trust yet out here. so what are your thoughts? could it be the u-joint or is has the hub just gone bad?
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Old 03-30-2014, 02:47 PM
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i didn't drive it enough to really figure out but it seems like it happens intermittently turning or going straight, more so turning.
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The rubber ring you saw hanging was a little dust ring. It floats and helps keep loose dirt from building up in there. It floats back and forth and kinda pushes the loose dirt out. As far as the clicking goes, jack up the wheel you think it is. Lock the hub in and rotate it. If it is clicking as it spins, then you need a new wheel/hub bearing. Something along those lines. I just had to do mine. I thought it was my driver side front as well, but after jacking up the front end it turned out to be my passenger side front tire. Mine made a clicking noise, but also an intermittent metal on metal screeching noise (metal scraping on metal). Jack up the front and see which side is making the noise and go from there. Hopefully thats the problem and nothing more. Hopefully someone else will chime in as well though and correct me if Im wrong or missing some information. Hope this helps you a little bit!
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Thanks for the help! ill try that and see what happens
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My '01, I just recently sold made these sounds and eventually got really loud.. It turned out, I needed to replace the ball bearings...
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