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Humming and vibration w/speed from front of vehicle

2003 Ford Explorer EB 100,000 miles. Humming noise and vibration begins at 25MPH through 65MPH and decreases after 75MPH. Can feel slight vibration in the steering wheel, but no pulling or drifting. Tires are new and alignment done -- less that 2,000 miles. Any thoughts?

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  • aebynum Nov 16, 2009

    Thanks. How hard is it to replace the wheel bearing if it's a bearing?

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Hi, if you can feel the vibration through the steering wheel then this would indicate that you need to get the front wheels balanced if this was done recently then you will more than likely find that one of the weights have fallen off so will need rebalancing as they often fall of if not fitted to perfectly clean surface.
So unless you have knocked the wheels then the chances are the wieght has fallen off so get this checked.

If the wheel balance is ok then you will need to start thinking of maybe wheel bearing is on its way out but make sure you get the balancing looked at before the wheel bearing as this is the most likely cause.

let me know how you get on then i can assist you further ok

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  • paul proctor Nov 16, 2009

    hi, to me i would put money on it being the wheel balancing cuz if it was wheel bearing you would notice a grinding noise when turning on full lock one way or the other and usually a worn wheel bearing you wouldnt have a wobble at certain speeds it would be their all the time. so get the wheels balanced tell them its all ready been done but has started wobbling since saying this will ensure they do it properly as if the wheel isnt perfectly clean where they stick the weights onto then as soon as it gets wet or even break dust under it then they tend to fall off so mention this ok then you should be ok.

    If by any slight chance it is the wheel bearing then its not really a technical job its just hard long dirty work as you need ball joint splitters to take the track rod end ball joint and the bottom ball joint out of the hub to and also the big bolt in the middle of hub that holds the wheel bearing onto the hub and drive shaft the problem is this center bolt you wont undo unless you use air tools as its just torqued up to tight to undo with any hand tools so its not the sort of job just anybody could do at home you would need compressor and air guns etc.

    Let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok



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