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#779 of 1953 Re: Vibration in 03 Expedition [washington2]
Sep 05, 2004 (5:38 pm)
Wash: I've lived this scenario to the extent. Let me offer my experience on my 2000 EB. I had my new 2000 EB in the shop no less than 8 times in the first 15k miles. Some related to fuel system issues, but in at least 4 cases related to vibration. After Ford replaced the tires twice, they provide alloy rims in place of the steel rims. Next, I requested a service manager drive with me on the highway to witness the vibration first hand. Of course, he claimed it was normal despite the fact I needed to have the front realligned twice before 15k. Finally, only after submitting a final notice for lemon law did the dealer find the culprit in a sticky front left caliper on the brake system. I hope this helps, I realize your EB is 3 years newer, but the symtoms you described seemed vaguely familiar.
#780 of 1953 Vibrations on 03 Expedition
Sep 07, 2004 (8:25 am)
My truck is at Koons Ford in college park md. They are trying to figure out what is going on the service manager and the shop foreman both feel the vibrations. Ford consumer service is involved as well. Any suggestions or answers please let me know. Will keep you posted.
#781 of 1953 Vibration on 03 Expedition
Sep 09, 2004 (5:28 pm)
Looks like I'm heading into to Ford to find out what my dealership knows about Road vibration and shimmy in tires tomorrow. I have 28,000 miles and my $40,000 vibrator was getting old. I took it back shortly after driving it off the lot and they balanced the front tires (Contri's) which seemed to help a little and then rotated every 6,000 which every time helped a little. I live in Arkansas and the highways are far from perfect making it hard to notice. Drove back to Kansas for 8 hrs this last week and could not take it any longer. Went to a local Goodyear dealer which was always good to me and forked over the $ for new tires. Was told to rotate every 3000 miles as problems were across the board on every make that had 17" or larger tires and especially the SUV's. Drove it back home with the same shimmy but not as bad. Waiting for tires to wear and then back to the workout me and my wife get holding the steering wheel in the expy. In researching forums I see that a TSB exists for replacing the steering gear and one for the entire rack and pinion replacement. I will try to get them "road force balanced" (this is what they used to do with the old semis) and have to track down the correct latest wheel balancing machine to do this after talking to AAA rep and seeing it in this forum. Most new Chevy dealerships have these as I was told they have had problems on their SUV's and Trucks with this problems as well. Wondered if anyone has had any of the above fixes and what the outcome was?
#782 of 1953 Re: Vibration on 03 Expedition [wildcatmandu]
Sep 09, 2004 (6:25 pm)
I had the steering gear replaced per the TSB last year and it definitely helped. It is not perfect by any means but I guess it has been good enough for me not to pursue anything further. I figured my next step would be getting better tires and having the road force balancing performed on them.
Sep 10, 2004 (4:53 pm)
And yet, my Navigator, same steering rack, is smooth as glass at every speed, with 20,000 miles on it. I truly believe it is the tires. This is a super sensitive rack, probably doesn't need to be that sensitive, but it is. ANY imperfection is transmitted to the driver. My Michelin Pilots have been fine from the factory. Never needed a re-balance even. But I have one of the 4 that needs to stay on the back of the truck, or it vibrates just a tad. That's how I know it's the tires.
Sep 11, 2004 (8:30 am)
My 04 had a pretty marked steering wheel vibration too from the factory. I took it in for a look and the factory had sent the truck out the door with 47 PSI in the tires. Dealer checked the balance, lowered the pressure to 37 psi and with a few miles wear (like 200 if I remember correctly) it was smooth as glass - same as nvbanker.
#785 of 1953 Re: Expedition issues... [shairkhan]
Sep 11, 2004 (8:33 am)
Did you get any responses to your question about the drive train? I have a 2000 E Bauer and am having getting a noise and lurching when accelerating and especially in a climbing left uphill turn. Is there a fix? Thanks.
#786 of 1953 Re: Check Engine [cheyenneexpi3]
Sep 16, 2004 (3:40 pm)
service engine soon lights/check engine lights can come on for numerous reasons. Have you already tried clearing the check engine light by disconnecting the battery for up to 10 minutes? If the light came back on afterward then at least the first step in diagnosing it shouldn't be a problem, verifying the complaint. Have you noticed any differences in the way it drives, starts, shifts, gas mileage? Answers to these types of questions will help lead a technician in the right direction. The only way to know for sure is to let someone with the correct computer read the code/codes and go from there.
#787 of 1953 Re: 2004 Ford Expedition Steering Wheel [deanct]
Sep 16, 2004 (3:46 pm)
If you bought it brand new it may be burning off some of the corrosion protection from the exhaust or a parts label. What does it smell like?
#788 of 1953 Re: Wind Noise Over 70 MPH [bdritter]
Sep 16, 2004 (3:59 pm)
did you install a bug deflector? aftermarket ones don't account for aerodynamics and can cause wind noises and even severe vibration of side mirrors.