While driving in 4H range on snow a metallic clanking from the left front wheel area that seemed to be at the same speed as tire rotation. Came & went until I got home. Is the power shaft to the wheel broken? Or a pinion. I am not a mechanic!
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Re: 2001 Ford Explorer Sport 115,000 kms
Loose wheel, bad bearing, cv joint. in that order to check. Put in four whell drive and turn a sharp circle and it should help isolate, if yu could have someone outside walking beside the area the noise is coming from, I think the most likely thing will be the cv joint.
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Hard to say but hereafter different checks to be done.
- check for a loose wheel and/or broken wheel studs
- bad wheel bearing
- unbalanced wheel
- metal piece 'squeezed' through one of your tires
- if driving in snow remove any snow or ice from your wheels/mags
- bad universal joint through the driving line
Hope it will help
does the shake come and go at different speeds? check your tie rod ends by lifting the front wheels off the ground and grab the tire and shake from left to right. if they are tight you probbably need to replace the rotors
First: STOP DRIVING THIS CAR!. The wheel may lock up or fall off!!!!!
Next: Have it checked out by a mechanic.
It can be a number of things like: bad wheel bearing, loose lug nuts, brake system faulty, rotor really warped. If I was to pick one I would say your front wheel bearing is shot.
First thing to do is engage the lock out hubs on the front axels if it has them, they should say "free" or "lock". Turn them to lock. Then inside the cab on the floor hump will be the 2H 4H N 2L slector. Pull the slector lever into 4H and you are in 4WD high range. Do not drive the truck in 4WD on dry pavement, only gravel/dirt or snow. The minor difference between the front and rear wheel speeds will "wrap up" the driveline and make it hard to pull the lever out of 4WD. It is recommended that you back the truck up at least 10 feet after you remove it from 4WD to "unwrap" the drivelines. Your choice as to disengaging the front hubs, but it will save wear and tear on the front axels and dirveshaft if you disengage.
I've noticed the same problem with my 2001 Ford Exployer Sport Trac. When my girlfriend drives my truck she raises the steering column, and when I'm driving, I lower the column. I noticed when I was driving recently the left front turn signal kept flashing quickly, thought it was the bulb, but changed and still happening. Today I took apart the steering column cover and noticed the wiring for the turn signals and hazards were loose. To fix this problem I pulled the wires out of column more as to not stress the connection. So far this has fixed the problem.