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#111 of 184 2007 Ford Explorer front end grinding noise
Feb 14, 2010 (7:39 pm)
I bought my 2007 Explorer 4WD new and at about 30,000 miles if starting making a grinding/rubbing noise in the front end when I turned either right or left. At first I thought is was a tire rubbing but it's not. It doesn't do it all the time and it can go from quiet to very loud. Ford dealership told me it was the tire pressure and that I needed new tires because when I turn the wheels the pressure is off so the auto 4WD is trying to kick in. They told me to put 37 lbs of air in the tires and they tried to sell me 4 new tires $200 per tire. Goodyear told me I had 40% tread left on my tires and didn't need new ones. The vehicle only has 50,000 miles on it now.
Any ideas??? I'm at a total loss.
#112 of 184 Re: 2007 Ford Explorer front end grinding noise [fwoerner]
Feb 14, 2010 (9:01 pm)
Well for #1, the ford dealer sucks....they tried to sell me tires for that much too. I went to a local tire place an got a set of 4 mounted and balanced for $360 out the door for nexin's which are a real good beefy tire. If the tread if off jsut by a 1/4 of an inch it will cause your 4x4 to mess up. Dont let ford tell you that you need $800 in tires. They are nuts. The wheel hubs do go out at around 100,000. so check those out first. The driver side usually goes first. You can get the whole wheel bearing hub assembly at a auto parts store for around $130 and its real easy to change.
#113 of 184 Re: 2007 Ford Explorer front end grinding noise [fwoerner]
Feb 15, 2010 (5:45 am)
wheel bearing hubs most likely ....are the tire tread flat across the tread pattern any heavy wear on the inside or outside my cause this sound..but the noise sounds like the bearing hubs are going bad...a fairly easy job...and this will engage the automatic 4 wheel drive...
#114 of 184 2002 ford exploerxlt
Feb 15, 2010 (2:08 pm)
when i drive down the road the 4wd low kicks in and i cant get it out then i drive it sometimes it made a big bang and released then idrove four about 2 hrs then it did it again kicked in
Feb 16, 2010 (7:03 pm)
i have a 01 exp-sport and i tried to put my 4x4 high on but it doesnt wanna turn on...no click or light on the dash comes on...any ideas why????? thanks..
#116 of 184 Re: 01 exp-sprt 4x4 [matt1232872605]
Feb 16, 2010 (7:11 pm)
If you arent hearing any clicks then its most likely your shift motor on your transfer case. It has a plug going to it. It is a very easy fix. Not sure how much they cost but it isnt much if you buy online or at a parts store. It would be a waste of money to have ford change it for you cause its such an easy job. I was told to check that shift motor...have someone lay under the truck be very careful tho an while you are in it start the truck with foot on the brake an put in neutral then push your buttons if the person under the truck dont here the click or it engaging it is that shift motor....hope this helps.
Feb 16, 2010 (7:41 pm)
i have an 01 ford expl-sport and i wanted to kno is where is the 4x4 shift motor???thanks..
#119 of 184 4x4 shift motor location
Feb 16, 2010 (7:50 pm)
Crawl under the truck and look straight up in between the driver an pass doors (middle of truck) see where the transfer case ends...look for the shift motor which looks like a windhshield wiper motor...very simular...it has a plug going to it, there are 3 bolts holding it on and the one plug...Its on the end of the transfer case...hope this helps...
#120 of 184 94 Explorer 4x4 Lights
Feb 21, 2010 (7:13 pm)
Was having intermittent problems with the light for the 4x4 system. Had the blinking problem for awhile. Now the blinking is back and stuck in 4 wheel.
There is some sort of control box in the Jack compartment on the driver side rear wall. What is this box? When the lights blink , this is where there is a clicking noise. I also found some sort of reset switch or something on this box, but when i press it ,the lights on the dash will do different things. At one point there was a red light on next to the button. No longer on, but not sure if was always on before.