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#480 of 519 Help with my rattly noise???
Jan 29, 2011 (1:58 pm)
I have 2000 Ford Excursion V10 w/ 170K mi. It has always run great. However, recently and coincident with having my tires balanced at WMart, it developed a rattly/pulsating noise in the rear end. The noise is not there when in Park, only when in Drive, and most prominent (for obvious reasons, I guess) when stopped or at a slow rate of speed. The local Ford Dealership thinks it is the catalytic converter. Any ideas?
Thanks ever so much for your thoughts.
#481 of 519 Re: Help with my rattly noise??? [tbudow]
Jan 29, 2011 (2:05 pm)
Maybe a heat shield near the converter.
#482 of 519 Re: Help with my rattly noise??? [steve2000x]
Feb 03, 2011 (10:53 am)
Thanks for the response. I will give it a try.
#483 of 519 Re: Help with my rattly noise??? [tbudow]
Mar 10, 2011 (7:29 am)
We had the same problem. Only heard the noise when going slow. Turns out we needed a new back end. It's going to cost us $3300 to fix it--much more then the front end I had fixed 2 years ago. But as I type they are fixing it. I did a little research and my engine is a dynamo--can get 300K out of it. So at 238K now we can still get at least 3 years out of the truck. But we thought long and hard about it. Still, I love that truck--it can tow my trailer, take my family of 6 on vacation and I've picked up 16 kids after a football game. Best vehicle we have ever owned. The inside is trashed after 11 years ( 2000 V8 5.4) but I don't care. And when my kids learned to drive--if they can drive this thing--they can drive anything.
#484 of 519 Re: Help with my rattly noise??? [excursionfan]
Mar 10, 2011 (8:41 am)
Aaaaahhh. What does that mean-- a new backend?
Do you know why they say you can attain 300K+ miles? I love my truck too and was considering trading it since it is not a diesel and has 170K mi. You know, it is just the fear factor--but if some professional actually says there is that hope, it would make me feel better about putting more money into it. I love the fact that body style will never change on the Excursion so that you feel your car is now tired and old. Know what I mean?
#485 of 519 Re: Help with my rattly noise??? [tbudow]
Mar 10, 2011 (9:04 am)
New back end----barrings seals etc. It's not cheap. $3300 But we talked to mechanics and people who work for Ford who we know personally as friends. They told us that the engine was a beast. That if we cared for it we could get 300K out of it. In fact, told us they have seen people with 350K before the engine went. With that in mind, we didn't want to buy another big vehicle and monthly car payments being about $600--it was just cheaper to repair. We have NEVER had an engine or trans repair ( knock on wood). We have had to repair the front and back end, window motors, gas leak and even the excellorater cable ( that was a scary thing when it frayed and needed to be repaired). We pull a trailer and have a family of 6 so the big car is great. Just made sense to us that even if we only got 6 months out of it ( and we hope to get 2 more years) we were still ahead of the game. Plus we were told yesterday that it was only worth $2500 in trade in--and that's after it was fixed. We might be able to get $4000 if selling by ourselves but if I get at least a year out of it why do that? It still drives like a dream and when I'm pulling a trailer you can't even tell. I only have a 3000 pound trailer but it's nice to drive the speed limit while pulling it instead of dragging along at 55 in the slow lane.
#486 of 519 Drivers side front hub "clicking" noise
Mar 29, 2011 (4:35 pm)
My wife's 2000 Exc. 6.8 L, V-10 Triton(gas), 4 wd. While driving(slow or fast) the front wheel on the drivers side emits a clicking noise(sounds like when you would put a playing card on your bikes front fork with a clothespin so it would make a clicking noise when you rode your bike, only its not as sharp a sound). I removed the wheel, the caliper, the caliper mounting bracket and the rotor and then spun it by hand and I can still hear the noise, it sounds like its coming from inside the hub. The noise just started happening yesterday. Anyone have any ideas on what to check & how to check it. I'm hoping I can do the repair myself due to lack of funds at the present time. Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
#487 of 519 Re: Drivers side front hub "clicking" noise [daddy818]
Mar 29, 2011 (5:46 pm)
The noise is most like the bearing hub assembly, I had one fail on my 2000 ex a few years ago, and replaced both at the same time (figured if one was failed the other couldn't be far behind). These are not cheap parts, the local ford dealer quoted me 465.00 each (4 years ago), I ended up buying aftermarket units off of ebay for about 250.00 each, that was about 80,000 miles ago and haven't had a problem.
I am the proud owner of a 2000 excursion with the 7.3, I purchased it new on 2-1-00 and have driven it daily since and now have over 230,000 miles and still going strong. In the eleven years I've replaced the alternator once, I rebuilt the whole front end, including the two bearing hub assemblies, and about a year and a half ago I had the glow plugs replaced because it was starting a little slow, and that's it for major stuff in 230,000+ miles. I love this rig, and have no plans to sell it anytime soon. Since Ford discontinued the excursion, those of us lucky enough to have one should feel good in knowing that the diesel equipped ex's are bring 4 to 6 grand over KBB.
Hope this helps.
#488 of 519 Re: Drivers side front hub "clicking" noise [idgolfjunkie]
Mar 29, 2011 (6:20 pm)
Were you able to do this hub replacement yourself? Do I need to have anything pressed on? Or any "specialty" tools? And if you did do it yourself about how much time is involved? (i.e.- hours,days) Thanks idgolfjunkie!
#489 of 519 Re: Hydro Boost Unit? [walt501]
Mar 30, 2011 (4:40 am)
Wow! Thanks so much! So much information, you're awesome I'm going to take her in and have them check the sway bar, because I have taken her in and had the ball joints done and they couldn't figure out what the clunking sound was coming from. I'll bet you are right on! They heard and felt it, greased everything and said it wasn't a problem, so I have been listening to this now for around 8 months. I haven't done any major damage to it? Have I?! Sorry it took so long to reply Homeschooling six kids and transporting them to all their social events takes up most of my time. Checking posts falls a tad low on the totem pole of life How much might the sway bar cost? If you have time, I really appreciate your wisdom! Keep on enjoying the highway Who wouldn't?, in what I affectionately call, "My land yacht!"