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My 2006 Ford F-150 has a grinding noise in the driver side front wheel. when the front end is jacked up and in 4 wd the right side is locked in but the left side will spin freely and make a grinding sound.

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  • bacherbros Feb 04, 2010

    it has a manual shift on the floor and yes a 4wd on the dash. i had checked the vacuum line and it has alot of vacuum. It seems to pull the gear in and out with no problem. it also will at times grind in 2wd. at this moment the problem has me in 2wd all the time even when the lever is in 4wd.

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Sounds like you have a IWE that the gears are ground down, or a bad vacuum line to that side.

This could have been caused by the IWE ( Integrated Wheel End ) solenoid ) TSB :
http://my.voyager.net/~sscully/file_tsb06_08_15.pdf

You can check the vacuum line with a vacuum pump and gauge tester, just to be sure, but considering it is grinding while in 4WD, I would say the IWE needs to be replaced on that side. Maybe change the IWE solenoid while you are doing the work ( it will be a rounding error on the total cost )

Posted on Feb 03, 2010

  • Steve S
    Steve S Feb 04, 2010

    If the vacuum line to that side tests good ( holds vacuum ) and it gronds in both 2WD and 4WD, then it sounds like IWE needs to be replaced ( ground down ). If the noise happens in 2WD also, it sounds like the IWE solenoid also has an issue ( IWE solenoid should hold the gear out ).

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