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While driving my 2004 ford explorer it is starting to make a wierd sound and have a wierd feel. and starts driving toward right direction unless i grab steering wheel. does anyone know what this problem can be? it only happens when i press the gas

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It can be several things. With the problem only occuring when power is applied you must have a problem with the Right Hub engaging when it should be off. Or depending on your 4 wheel settings the Left Hub is not locking when it should match the Right.

The rear suspension can also be the problem. There are Rubber bushings in the Rear suspension arms. If there is looseness or travel in the joints the rear axle can shift under Power. This will allow the rear wheels to run crooked. This will make the front end of your Explorer turn to one side. On some models the rear wheels can be aligned and have Shims in them. Sometimes the shims can fall out causing the axle to pitch to one side.

There are many things turning in the frontend. But most will pull all of the time if they are failing. The problem you describe limits the possibilities to the parts I have mentioned. Good Luck on your repair.

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  • joneskesh Jul 13, 2010

    thank you do you know the pricing to getting this fixed? or around the pricing

  • fordexpert Jul 14, 2010

    It really depends on what is wrong. I can tell you there can be a big price difference in Front Hubs between one carry out store and another-sometimes $100 extra for the same part. That is doing it yourself.

    The shims, if equipped is something that comes with a rear Alignment. The back alignment is as much as the front. For the bushings, if needed are not very expensive-$20-$40 each, 1 or 2 parts maximum.

    There is no reason it will take more than 8 hours to do once parts are there. A hub takes 1 to 2 hours, put in a bushing 1 to 2 hours, and Alignments are usually Flat rate as advertised. There should be an Hourly rate posted in each shop. Call and ask their rates.



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