I have a 2004 ford ranger 4x4 4.0L it has 90000 miles and i'm having a problem i think its a cv joint or a wheel bearing but i'm not sure. everytime i turn the wheel to the right theres a grinding sound it sometimes continues when i start driving it happens at all speeds. any suggestions
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Re: 2004 ford ranger
Its most likely either or, if its a high pitched sound its probably the wheel bearing. If its a growling/grinding/clunking sound its probably the CV Joint. However, your problem more than likely lies in either/both.
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I get the impression the cv joint has broken up. Jack up the side that's noisy and check hub for wheel bearing movement and then remove the boot clip and peek inside. I don't think it sounds very happy. It may be simpler and cheaper to get a whole shaft if the current one is badly damaged. Its not a major task but would need the radius arm joints split to allow the hub to swing away enough to release the shaft. Be prepared for the front diff to leak oil when removing the shaft unless its flange mounted on a ring of small bolts. Don't drive it until its fixed, you risk a wheel lock up which is not good news.
Unlikely. CV joints can't be damaged by just removal. They go bad when water or dirt gets into the boot. When bad, they made sound like sack or marbles, on tight, slow turns. They are supposed to be cleaned and regreased every 80,000 or so. The wheel bearings are supposed to last much longer than CV joints. What is going on that made you change bearings? What are the symptoms?
you need to jack the front end up and see if the wheels will move like the front wheel bearings are gone i bet you that will have to replace them your mustang is rear wheel drive there for you should not have cv joints in the front bushings and bearings
Yes you can, If you have taken the front drive shaft off, you can even still drive with the CV joint in place till you want to remove it. You may get some vibration around corners till you replace the CV joint or remove it totally.
But if your going to remove it, might as well wait till you have the replacement so you only do the job once. I had a Bad CV joint on a AWD Chevy van and did the same thing so i could still use it, and then replaced the CV joint when the weather got better.
Good luck and hope this helps.