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Will running a donut spare on a front wheel drive car cause transmission problems

Ran the small spare on the left front of car for a month

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Never use spare as a full time replacement, its unsafe, only good for 25 mph, probably screwed something up, should have been used to only get you to repairshop that day, never do that again, ever. this ones on you dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Jan 12, 2013

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SOURCE: 95 ef ford sedan suspension problem

What was said about the wear of the front end part when the alignment was given? I could be wrong but, I would say, Not likely for the tie rod ends and definately not the shocks for knocking sounds.. It sounds more like bad ball joints poping, although the idler arm and tye rod ends could be worn also .

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SOURCE: 2000 Ford Explorer AWD purchased with different size tires

It is true that driving with different size tires can damage the transfer case, depending on how long it was driven like that. But--- even if the tires are the same size it can cause this. if the tires are worn and two tires are new the circumference of the tires must not be more than 1/2 inch difference from each other, take a tape measure and put it around the tire in the center and measure the difference of each tire

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SOURCE: First gear on automatic transmission kinda jerks the car

Sounds like its low on ATF fluid.

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SOURCE: LOUD CLUNKING NOISE IN REAR WHEEL AREA WHEN TURNING LEFT

sounds like either a sway bar end link or shock, more towards the end link tho

Posted on Feb 24, 2010

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I don`t think you have cv axles in the rear of that.My guess would be wheel bearings could be grinding. Donut spares are strickly to be used for short periods of time and not to be driven at any higher rates of speed. Some damage may have occurred during the actual incident when you had the flat initially.Damage to the rear axle itself,

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Try rotating your tires from front to back. It may help with the noise. Get a front-end alignment which can also help with the noise by correcting a "rub" sound that originates from the 2 front tires fighting each other for control.

The place which replaced your bearings is probably correct. When you get bad bearings they do not always fail evenly across the 360 degree turning of the bearing race. If you imagine a donut with a flat spot representing your bearing- as the donut spins with the flat spot cause by a disintegrating roller, the tire is bolted to the donut. The tire is going to hit the pavement differently every rotation because of the play in the bearing is at that same spot.

This play will create small cups in the tire shape at the low spot transmitted by the bearing. When you replaced the bearing , the marks in your tire tread remained. These edges need to be worn off. Or some tire stores can Shave a tire, in an attempt to make it round again.

If you have a normal size spare, you can put the spare on the left front side of your vehicle and see if the noise goes away. If the rims are different on the spare, you can have everything remounted and pay for rebalancing and put the unused spare as a front tire. Then you know the spare is at least good as a spare, but noisy.

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I believe driving on the donut spare has nothing to do with the problem-it isn't all wheel drive option is it? You say you added brake fluid, how low was the level? If it is losing fluid, you might have a rusted brake line that is leaking. Any evidence of a leak under the van? It's possible the master brake cylinder is bad, but this seems to be a sudden start of the problem. Did the tire blow out or did you go out to find it flat in the morning? I believe this is a leaking brake line issue. It is possible that if the tire blew out while driving, or you hit something (like debris) in the road, it may have damaged a brake line. As I mentioned earlier, it could just be a rusted leaking brake line. If brake fluid leaked on the exhaust or any hot components, it would give off a 'chemical' smell ( or even have an odor if it just leaked out) Let me know what you find.

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Sounds like something hits under passenger side near front of car. My son decribes it as a hard grinding sound. Thank you, Mrs. Margaret A. Hunt mhunt3@bak.rr.com (661) 283-0674 (661) 4285005 my cell (661)...


Does the sound only occur when you're turning the wheel? If so, it may be a failing CV joint.. It could also be a loose drive axle connecting rod. My 97 Tercel CE had an unusual problem: there is a strange rubber/metal "donut" thing which is mounted on the main drive axle, mine came loose and was whacking around along the axle's shaft.

If you remove the passenger side front wheel, then take off the splash guard (two 10mm bolts on the side in the wheel well + two 10mm nuts on the front) you can see the drive axle. If the rubber/metal stabilizer donut has broken loose from the clips which hold it in place, then it will whack around regardless of what speed/direction you're going.

In my case, in the end I was too lazy to disconnect the drive axle and wheel assembly, so I just took some large zip ties and re-fastened the donut into approximately the proper place on the drive axle. That solved my problem, and it runs smoothly now.

Hopefully it's not your CV joint! Hope this helps.

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