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My 98 Explorer is making a noise under the truck while moving, sounds lik a bad universal joint but I checked them all

Truck is also holding back changed the front hubs already

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  • David Jan 01, 2013

    I just was under the truck while backing up there is a grinding noise from front end. But not all the time only when you hit the gas hard., then it's all the time. Then it stops. I did this with the transfer case motor disconnected



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Have you checked the flange nuts on front and rear axles where the propshafts join diff. unit?

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  • David Jan 01, 2013

    Yes I made sure everything is tight. Does anybody. Think it is the transfercase motor sticking.

  • David Jan 01, 2013

    Yes I made sure everything is tight. Does anybody. Think it is the transfercase motor sticking. When I go under and hit the motor and drive slow there. Is no noise but as soon as I hit the gas it starts and does not go away but gets worse

  • David Jan 01, 2013

    I was just under the truck there is a grinding noise from the front end "I did this with the transfer case motor off" ,. It only happens when I hit the gas hard in reverse and its not all the time. Could it be the front end. This truck is not beat on at all. It just happened while driving to work on the high way



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Has the car been in an accident? You may have to replace the upper ball joints as well. And you will have to get an alignment after that. I would get the tire set correctly before I started changing bearings. Of course it may be that the bearing is so bad that that is what is causing the wheel to lean so badly?
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CV joints yes look at the rubber boots for damage. You can get a replacement boot but if you do remove all the old grease to remove any dirt that is cousing your problem.

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