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Load roaring noise when driving vehicle

I have a 2004 explorer which makes a load tire like noise when driving above about 10MPH. The noise exists even on dirt roads and is so loud you can hardly carry on a conversation. I cannot tell it the noise is isolated to the front or back but it sounds like it is all over. The transmission and and differential are both full. The vehicle has about 85K miles.

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  • Anonymous May 19, 2009

    The noise does not change when weaving back and forth. One thing I failed to mention is that there is a vibration that can be felt through your foot on the gas peddle and also through hands on the the steering wheel. The vehicle is a 4 x 4. It only makes the noise when I drive.

  • gsxr697 May 26, 2009

    I have a 2004 Ford Explorer XLT model 4x4. There is a clicking noise which I thought was coming from the front right passenger side (now I have second thoughts) when I drive about 10 mph and then it goes away when the rpm's get higher. The noise is more noticeable near sidewalks and closed spaces. I have replaced the rotors and brake pads on the front of the car and now I will try replacing the rotors and brake pads on the back. I have new tires, replaced the u-joints, replaced the lower ball joints, and still have the noise. I was told by Meineke it was the front wheel bearing, then I took it somewhere else for a second look, and they told me no. I'm not sure if it's the ABS system which I will look into this week when I change the rotors and brake pads. If someone else has encountered this problem, I would like to know how to fix it. I am trying not to go to the dealer unless it is my last resort.

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Front wheel bearings is your problem, change both sides on the front and i know that is your problem, because i own a 2004 ford explorer and i just had the same problem.

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Does the noise change pitch when you weave the steering wheel back and forth. Possible front wheel bearing.

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Is it 4x4 if so the transfer case is having issues. If not it could be an e3xhaust leak near the manifold or a clogged catalyic converter.. does it only make the noise when you drive. or just get louder when you drive

Posted on May 19, 2009

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