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post #1 of 5 Old 10-24-2013, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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front end noise

first off this is not about a PS lol its my G-ma's '04 explorer.

back in march the front end was smacked from the driver side damn near on the corner by the bumber and tore some stuff up pretty good it was hit doing about 30.
she said it has been making a noise that has been progressively getting worse and i know i cant add an audio file so heres my best description. it sounds like a set of boggers on the highway, everyone should know that sound

my guess would be since it gets louder and more intense with speed it when the shop did their repairs they didnt do the bearings, ive been wrenching for about 15 yrs, never been good at the diagnosing problem but if i know what it is ill get it fixed lol.
so can anyone help me without actually driving it?? if you need anymore info please ask and ill do my best to provide it.

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4X4 or AWD or 2WD?
If it is a 4X4 or the AWD Explorer, it is most likely the unit bearing on the front axle.
VERY common. And do grandma a favor, use a Timken bearing replacement.


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2 wd but ive moved around in the car on the road and the noise is the loudest up at the drivers side so i assumed its that side since it was the side hit

when I rebuild all the military's hemmt and hett's all we used were tk's so if its good enough for the trucks that haul the M1A1 abrams then its good enough for the exploder that never sees 70 lol
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If you are sure the noise is in the front, and its a 2wd model, wheel bearing would be my best internet guess.
The explorer rear ends are known to have carrier bearing issues also..just a heads-up in case that noise is travelling away from it source.


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well papa took it to the shop and paid 500 for both front bearing hubs and all ball joints. about to test drive to see if it actually took care of the noise i appreciate the info and the heads up on the rear
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