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2004 ford ranger

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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  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    My 2007 ford ranger 4 wheel drive light and sign come on when I start the vehicle. It does not adversely affect the drive-ability of the vehicle, however the speedo does not the reflect the true speed the vehicle is doing and the rev counter also does not reflect the true rev count. After travelling about 3-4 kilometers the 4x4 light and sign go off and the vehicle resumes it's normal performance.

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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.

Posted on May 16, 2008

  • Travis Stover May 16, 2008

    Thinking about it a bit more, its also possible you could have a bad ball joint. To check if its a ball joint bad, jack the offending side of the truck up so that the suspected tire is in the air a few inches.



    Squat down and grab the tire at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock position and try to wiggle it. If it wiggles slightly, it may be the wheel bearing. Now grab it at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock and wiggle it, if it doesn't wiggle at 3 & 9, but wiggles at 12 & 6, its probably a ball-joint.

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