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2001 windstar final drive

Hear roaring sound from passenger side wheel well. took some of it apart thought it was cv joint but the shaft that goes into transmission has alot of slack in it about 1/8" and ideas? hope i am wrong about it being the bearing in the final drive.

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  • Sarge Jan 21, 2013

    up and down

  • don-ohio Jan 21, 2013

    Okay.....I don't have a t-r-an-n-y manual for that,but you CAN HOPE that it's a worn axle.Without a manual, that is all I can say. don-ohio

  • Sarge Jan 22, 2013

    thanx man



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What direction of `play'are you meaning? You mean in and out,or up and down, or rotational contact? don-ohio

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SOURCE: CV joint noise

this sounds like a normal condition. sorry i cant give a real great technical explanation why, but it is. are you jacking up one side of the vehicle only? you will find that if both wheels are off the ground or if one is still on the ground, it will act completely different. just the way the final drive is set up.

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SOURCE: 2004 fx4 pasenger side, cv joint makes clicking

its easier and faster to replace the whole axle you can get one for less than 100 dollars.

Posted on Jan 24, 2010

Testimonial: "yes this was helpful,and thank you! i only hope that,that is indeed whats wrong. hoping its not in the hub itself.guess i wont know till i tear itdown"

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