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How do i check if cv joints are worn i have a noise in the front end sounds like a rock in the tread but isnt

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    the noise is more noticeable on a smooth road

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Turn the wheel drive forward and listen for a clicking noise
that sound could ba a rock or something in the brake rotor/shoe
or also a wheel bearing


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If the noise is there when making sharp turns check for torn boots on the cv joints,or evidence of grease around the boot. This will be the bad one. MOST COMMON on the explorer is the hub bearing assy.Where the joint goes into. They make a variety of noises from clicks to growling while driving . Fairly easy to change.

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