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post #1 of 21 Old 10-07-2012, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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FRONT END BANGING NOISE

I HAVE A 02 SUPER DUTY F350 CREW CAB.HAS A LEVELING KIT ON THE FRONT.HAS AROUND 128,000 ON IT.THERE IS A BANGING CLUNKING SOUND COMING FROM THE FRONT.CHECKED ALL BUSHINGS AND REPLACED SWAY BAR END LINK BUSHINGS.CHECKED TRACK BAR MOUNT.WHEN FRONT BEARINGS GO BAD DO THEY MAKE A NOISE LIKE THAT?NERVOUS ABOUT DRIVING WITH MY KID ,JUST TIRED OF LOOKING FOR THE NOISE I CAN'T FIND.IF I HAVE TO REPLACE FRONT BEARINGS IS THERE A PARTICULAR BRA ND THAT IS THE BEST?
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yea i forgot it is 4wd.i put new manual hubs in it about 3 yrs ago,but will check them again.thanks for the reply any help is greatly appreciated
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I have the same thing happening to me. I just replaced the driverside wheel hub assembly (bearing went bad) and now I got this binding/clinking noise coming from the front end. Only hear it when I hit a bump and can feel a slight tapping under the floor board but it only last a second or two. My hubs came with the truck but they are hard to turn (have to use a wide mouth visegrip to turn them) do you think that its just a problem with the locking hubs? I will say when I locked them in I heard the noise nonstop but I don't know much about the 4x4 system.
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Also is the truck safe to drive like this until I can get new ones? I have checked the universals while the truck was in neutral and everything felt tight and the front end felt tight when I jacked it up... I am baffled.
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I had the same problem it was the hubs i drove mine for awhile it didnt damage anything but mine only happened once in awhile

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As long as I leave the hubs in Auto it seems to happen only once in a while of if I hit a bad bump. Is there anyway to check to see if is the hubs? I know I can pop them out, I wonder if I can ride around in the yard without them in to see if the noise stop? I hate asking stupid questions but I'm new to these 4x4 trucks. Thanks again for the info.
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Should be able to.

Jack the truck up and support under the axle. Then using a prybar or pipe, slide under the tire and pry upward. This check is for both hub bearings (wheel bearing) and ball joints. It works better with two people. One does the prying and one lays under the truck to watch which joint is moving.

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I jacked the truck up and both wheels were tight, no play. Rechecked everything underneath with a large flat blade screwdriver and a prybar and can't find nothing loose. Put truck in neutral and checked the universals both rear and front driveshaft and the ones for the front wheels and everything seems good. I guess I will be shopping for new hubs. Thanks guys. Sorry for hijacking your post hobagger.
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