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#487 of 519 Re: Drivers side front hub "clicking" noise [daddy818]
Mar 29, 2011 (4:46 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 (5:20 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 (3:40 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!"
#490 of 519 Re: Drivers side front hub "clicking" noise [daddy818]
Mar 30, 2011 (5:15 am)
I didn't do the install myself, I was having the entire front end rebuilt at the time, ball joints, sway bar, hub bearing assemblies, and replaced all four rotors (fords units suck), I purchased the parts and had my mechanic install them. My brother in law owns an auto repair shop so I don't do much wrenching anymore.
#491 of 519 Re: Hydro Boost Unit? [lovemyx]
Apr 06, 2011 (7:53 am)
Thanks for the kind words! You haven't done any damage to your sway bar - it's the "end links" that bolt to the sway bar and then to the vehicle frame that go bad. In most cases, you only need to replace the end links to fix the problem, but I would also have the dealer check the two bushings that actually hold the sway bar to the vehicle and make sure they're good while they're doing the end links. Cost for the end links is about $35 each. You'll need two, one for each end of the sway bar. If you plan on doing the work yourself, you can find them online for $20-$25 each.
I should also mention that you can upgrade the bushings in your end links (it's actually the bushings that wear out) with polyurethane bushings from energysuspensions.com. Also if your vehicle is 4x4 check the track bar bushings wear.
Another less common area of hidden front end noise on Excursions that usually rears its head on higher mileage vehicles is the two front body mounts. These are rubber bushings that go between the vehicle and the frame to isolate road noise. These can be a bear to replace, but if anyone here should find they have that problem I can get you a procedure to replace them, as dealers will often advise against replacement because of the cost.
#492 of 519 Re: Hydro Boost Unit? [walt501]
Apr 07, 2011 (5:32 am)
Awesome! Thanks again! Unfortunately, I can't do any of this myself. However we have an excellent relationship with Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown. We've bought the Excursion, an F-150, (2) F-250's, an Escape, and a Mustang in less than 10 years there, so they treat us like family and give us all the discounts I ask for I'll print this out and give it to them, and they will take care of it. The service manager was glad for the advice you gave me and keen to get right on it. Hope you won't mind me pickin your brain on occasion as the need arises
#493 of 519 Purchasing Excursion - Need Guidance
Apr 07, 2011 (11:20 am)
I need a dependable 4WD for family vacations and towing a tent trailer. Which diesel motor is superior; 6.0L or 7.3L? Also what is the consensus for the best overall package for the Excursion (think engine, transmission, interior features, and reliability). Thanks for your input.
#494 of 519 strange "clunking" noise
Apr 25, 2011 (12:28 am)
I have an 01 X and when I put it into reverse and give it gas, there is a clunking sound. Can somebody tell me what this would be? It is completely stock and has 90,000+ miles.
#495 of 519 Re: Purchasing Excursion - Need Guidance [camper200]
Apr 25, 2011 (12:59 am)
When it comes to horsepower, I would not suggest the 7.3 unless you would get a chip. Other than that the 7.3 is very reliable and I have had no problems out of the 10 years I have had it.
#496 of 519 Re: strange "clunking" noise [thebeast15]
Apr 25, 2011 (8:44 am)
I don"t know if this is it or not for sure but.... with our truck we had a clunk noise a while ago. I would put it in reverse, give it some gas and actually got a clunk with a bit of a jerk. Took it to a mechanic because had no idea what to think. Anyways, we ended up having to get the rear end rebuilt and repacked. Hope this is not the case with you. Milage on the truck was about the same when we had it done, but we do drive this unit like we stole it!!