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Right-Front Intermediate Axle Shaft Bearing

I have a grinding/rubbing noise coming from the right-front of my 2001 Ford Escape V6. I believe I've narrowed it down to the carrier bearing on the intermediate axle shaft. Is this a problem anyone has experienced before? Is this bearing a serviceable part? Thanks!

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  • rpwilliams Feb 18, 2009

    The noise is not coming from one of the CV joints but you are correct to deduce that it's an all wheel drive. It doesn't matter if I'm turning or going straight the rubbing noise is present. It increases with speed and doesn't change when braking.



    I raised the vehicle off the ground and placed it in drive. as I listened to the noise I could almost swear it's coming from that bearing on the right-intermediate shaft. Unfortunately it tends to resonate throughout the entire vehicle. So...again I ask, is this bearing a serviceable part?

  • ironfrog Feb 25, 2009

    I have same problem on 99 expedition, Im going to change right front cv half shaft boot and trouble shoot from there

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I am assuming this is an all wheel drive. That being the case you probably have an axle CV joint going out. If you hear noise when making a sharp left or right turn and accelerating that would more than likely be the problem. And, yes this is a serviceable part. Easy to replace if you have the proper tools to accomplish the task. Good luck.

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