Question about 2002 Ford Explorer
What other models front end are compatible with food explorer 5.0 awd? We just got our hub assembly on passenger and drives side changed. Mechanic told us our transfer case was going out, mechanic recommended pulling out the drive shaft and CV axles. We drove it for acouple days before pulling out drive shaft and cracked the front differential wide open. Now we have a busted upper ball joint on passenger side and I'm fairly certain the drivers side is going out as well even though the boot is still intact. When we drove it after pulling drive shaft and axles it was squealing very loudly and we lost brake power. The squealing stopped the second time we drove it, but now there is extreme vibration and a lot of grinding and popping coming from front end. My husband drove it yesterday and i noticed that the tires are sitting at an angle, pointing in toward the vehicle at the top. Pretty drastically. I'm thinking we just need a whole new front end and I'm wondering what other Food vehicles have compatible front ends. It is a 2001 Ford Explorer 5.0 V8 with AWD. This is our only vehicle, so if there is a cheaper way to fix or growing list of problems, any advice would be helpful. My husband can wrench it, but we have limited tools. Thanks!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 1998 ford explorer font end
Has the car been in an accident? You may have to replace the upper ball joints as well. And you will have to get an alignment after that. I would get the tire set correctly before I started changing bearings. Of course it may be that the bearing is so bad that that is what is causing the wheel to lean so badly?
With the car jacked up, can you move the wheel laterally - it should be very tight.
Posted on Aug 10, 2008
Try getting a free quote from several reputable shops before deciding to throw down your money on something your not certain of. Im not dissing your mechanic by any means, it doesnt cost anything to get another opinion or two or three....Its your money!
Posted on Feb 27, 2009
No, never drive without cv shafts, i tried it and my wheel bearing blew apart and I lost a wheel after driving for 10 miles
Posted on Apr 04, 2011
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