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I have a 1997 ford explorer and when I accelerate I can feel a clicking vibration What is the cause

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Check the "U" joints for wear and failure and check the cv joints for wear

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SOURCE: 2006 Ford Explorer slipping when accelerated

Change the auto transmission fluid and filter. Pay attention to the smell of the fluid. If it smells burnt, there is likely burned or worn clutches. You can compare the smell of the old fluid with the new fluid if you're a newbie. it also doesn't hurt to save a sample to share with an expert if you know one. Also pay close attention in the bottom of the pan for metal filings, fragments etc. A fine layer of black silt is usually normal. If the trans is burned out, there will be evidence in the pan. NEVER rev the engine to get an auto to go into gear, and avoid letting the transmission slip at all costs. Overhaul is a major job and very expensive. I don't know why they'd change wheel bearing on a slipping auto. Or why they couldn't diagnose it for you. Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: 1996 Ford Explorer vibrates when idling. Also...

You have a hesitation. A hesitation is cause be either:
1. bad spark plug
2. bad spark plug wire
3. bad or leaky or plugged injector
4. timing is off
5. leaky vacuum hose

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if it is making a rapid clicking sound while trying to start it, your battery is not fine. you can try to jump it. hook up the cables properly and allow the vehicle to sit for about 3-5 minutes. allow the "jumping" vehicle to just idle. reving the engine will not do anything.

Posted on Nov 09, 2009

Testimonial: "It dont make rapid clicks. Just one big click and thats it. "

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SOURCE: Ford F350, 7.3 powerstroke, accelerating from 0-60

does it have acentre bearing in the tail shaft ?if so ,fhat is more than likely the problem .also check that all the tail shaft yoke s are in line,they only have to be 1 spline out togive those symptoms ,a rumble ,is definatly coming from the driveline

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Bad steering rack.
Had you flushed the P/S Fluid,every couple years,you could have avoided an expensive repair!

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I changed the lower ball joint on a ford explore and now have vibration in front end. Does it even sitting still

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Change the fuel filter,if this does not help,have the fuel pressure checked,the fuel pump might be weak,if this was at all helpful,please rate,thank you.

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1996 Ford Explorer vibrates when idling. Also have noticed that when I go 80 mph, it "jumps" every few seconds. Like it skips a beat. I don't know how to explain it but it seams to "stall" like if you were...

You have a hesitation. A hesitation is cause be either:
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