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Rear wheel about to fall off on 2005 Ford Explorer

My drivers rear wheel appears to be falling off and the lug nuts are not loose. We checked them after we jacked it up. The wheel is wobbling and undrivable. The wheel does spin when it was jacked up but when I was driving it I noticed and felt it was wobbling and sounds like metal to metal. What is the problem? Be detailed as we are a couple of gals and just a little mechanical.

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  • buildurwings Dec 19, 2008

    Thanks Radracer,

    yes there was a metal to metal noise. Thanks for the help I'll have it check out. Is it very expense to repair?

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Sounds like a bad wheel bearing assembly , if you have been hearing a roaring noise thats the problem

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  • radracer2861 Dec 19, 2008

    shouldnt be just take it to someone you know and trust for shure , keep me posted , Have a Merry Christmas

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Special Tool(s) swn~us~en~file=st1514a.gif~gen~ref.gif Axle Seal Replacer
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