Question about 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Making a odd noise when driving
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Your bearing is shot, replace it. This is a sealed one-piece bearing and cannot be repaired. You'll need to remove the axle nut, brake caliper and rotor to get it out. You will also need the help of a machine shop to press out and insert the new bearing into the hub. If you take it into a mechanic expect to pay around 300 dollars for the repair. May sound like a lot but for the part and work involved it's not a bad price.
Bearings will usually go out between 70,000+ miles on these vehicles.
Posted on Aug 06, 2008
The least costly problem, that causes this noise is usually a tie rod...you can inspect these with the Taurus front wheels jacked up...with assistance, turn the steering wheel as you inspect the tie rod connections...one or both can be loose...worn out, and still steer fine for awhile...definitely a free inspection at your local repair shop too. You should get a front end alignment after replacing a tie rod...best for even tire wear, and handling. Hope this helps.
Posted on Oct 26, 2011
I think yours has the automatic locking hubs that slide over the the rotor hub. If this is the case than what has probably happened is a u-joint has gone bad and wiped out that auto hub.
Be prepared for some sticker shock on those hubs. they are not cheap. The usual fix for this is to replace the front axle ujoints and what ever hub is making the noise, hopefully just one.
Posted on Feb 14, 2012
You have a defective wheel bearing most likely, the noise sounds correct for that problem. have a shop drive it before you replace anything to confirm my guess.
Posted on Sep 26, 2012
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