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Grinding when turning right or left from a stopped position

I have a 2001 Ford F150 4x4 that I feel a grinding when I initiate a right or left turn from a stopped position in 4x2. I have also lost turning radius when in 4x4.. Is my transfer case going bad?

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  • daemery_2000 Jul 01, 2009

    Thanks ... I realize that turning radius is diminished in 4x4 however I have about half the radius I once had before It gives the bumping and hesitation in a sharp turn. To me ..when it is in 4x2 It feels like i am making a sharp turn in 4x4..It seems to be engaging 4x4 mode ok but is there a solenoid that is not fully disengaging the 4x4 mode? Also if it was the emergency brakes..( I just had a brake job about 6 months ago) wouldn't I notice it as while I was driving as well.?
    Thanks..I have an appt with a shop next week and I will post the results.

  • daemery_2000 Jul 02, 2009

    I am in Northern California..no salt on the roads in winter here unless we go up to the Sierras..I have put it in and out of 4x4 and reversed numerous times to try to ensure that is was fully coming out of 4x4 but it has not really made a difference.
    Hopefully the repair won't break the bank!
    Thanks

  • daemery_2000 Jul 10, 2009

    Update..It is the rear differential according to the shop.. the rebuild will cost $1,700-$1,900..ouch!

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Losing turning radius is normal for 4x4. The grinding can be from hidden rear emergency brakes in back of rear rotors. The front pads can make noise and the front hubs should be checked if you do decide on replacing the front brakes.

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  • fordexpert Jul 01, 2009

    The transfer case is not transferring the power in 4x2, it would not matter if you were turning or not. Check your wheel wells and see if there is grease splattered. The CVC joints can fail if the boots are ripped. The problem is something rotating in a turn. There was some literature mailed to me about my 1999 to have tierod ends checked when doing a lube job. But the literature had a mechanic half separating the joint to inspect the socket. Your truck is 2 years newer and that problem should have been fixed before yours was built.

    I had another client with a Ford truck on Fixya and he found the grinding from a stopped position was his rear emergency brakes after both a Dealer and a Brake shop inspected his brakes and told him they were okay. I had both a truck and a car doing the noise thing after a full stop and both needed rear Ebrakes.

  • fordexpert Jul 02, 2009

    It is possible the solenoids are not unlocking, but if it were only one side it would pull. I don't know your location but in the Rust Belt the electric hubs can rust up and hold. You might try unlocking 4x4 going in reverse to see if they slide out. I hope the repairs are reasonable for you.

  • fordexpert Jul 11, 2009

    Your truck is old enough for parts to be in the Salvage yard. I know someone who replaced the whole rear tube and axle, gears , everything for a 2001 Econoline 250. The Salvage yard sold it to him for $150. Now thats without paying for labor or changing brakes. But when you read your ID label on the axle and install it by unbolting the old axle off the springs, you don't have to worry about shimming the gears or anything. It has got to cost half of what you are paying.

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Change the fluid and there is a limited slip diff. additive that NAPA has (looks like a caulk bottle). IF teh clutches in the rearend are not bad. THis should solve. It worked on my 04 F150.

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Sounds to me like you've been mudding a bit and have lost or damaged your front hub grease seals
and they filled up with dirt/mud/water and now rust
This used to happen to me quite a bit as I go muddin everyweekend I can (just love Snow4x4 thru the woods with my 44's on) but now after a few front hub rebuilds I've learned to carry a jug of clean water with me and give that area a good wrinse when I get back to the road

a hub rebuild with seals and bearings will take you a good saturday and cost about 80 bucks

hopefully you catch it before you have to have replace u joints thats where the time and money come in

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It is either the balljoints or bearings.

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