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2005 F150 4x4 making funny noise on front passenger side wheel area.


I'm a bit frustrated and puzzled on what is going on with my pickup. its a 2005 F150 4x4 with about 30,000 miles on it. Last week, I was in 2 wheel drive and all of a sudden, I heard it making a LOUD whirling/buzzing noise. Now, if you put it in 4wheel drive it doesn't make the noise and when you take it out, it will go for a ways before making it again. There is no shimmying in the front end or jerking. I called the local ford dealer ship and I took it in today. At first they said that it could be something that had gotten water in in but today they said the only thing they found was a hose with a hole in it. Honestly, it didn't make the sound while they had it and didn't make it until we where on our way home again. We live 45 miles from the dealer and I am paranoid I guess. This doesn't sound like any leaking hose I have ever heard. Am I just over reacting?


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  • Csix May 23, 2008

    I possibly have the same problem on my 2005 f-150. We had no problems, until recently at 35K miles, soon after our last service where they had flushed brakes. It is a loud sound from right front wheel area. It gets louder as the speed increases. Actually sounds like a weed wacker or a small powered engine whizzing. Tech found calipers not lined up properly. Sound has gone away, but we'll keep monitoring to see if it returns. Tech hinted it could be hub and 4 wheel drive gears, but that sounds ridiculous after only 35K miles.

  • Anonymous Jun 28, 2008

    mine is a 06 4x4 with the same noise in the front end. it only has 37000 miles

  • Cody Williams Oct 06, 2008

    My 2005 F150 XLT 4x4 is making the same exact noise. Usually when i get up to about 70 mph or more the noise is very noticable. The noise is coming from somewhere in the front right of the truck. I dont know if it has anything to do with the noise but my 4wd is not locking in the front 2 tires. The indicator light on the dash shows that the 4wd is on and it makes a popping sound like its locking in and ive looked underneath and the driveshaft is turning but front 2 tires not locking in therefor my 4wd is not working. Please let me know if someone can HELP. I deer hunt alot so i need my four wheel drive.

  • torogito84 Feb 13, 2009

    excatly the same topic from the original poster. i tried to shift it to 4 wheel drive and the noise will stop, even if i hit the brake and stop for a second, the noise will stop.. i brought it to the dealer but they want me to leave the truck because it didn't make noise when we did test drive. i was thinking aboutgetting a manual repair book... don't know what to do...

  • Ranger302 Apr 18, 2009

    I have a 2005 FX4 SuperCrew and I'm getting the noise from the driver's front wheel. It sounds like a grinder. I put it into 4wd hio and the sound goes away, back to 2wd and sometimes the sound stays away, other times it comes right back.



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Just had the same problem with my 05 fx4. Turns out it was an IWE sensor on the front end. $120 later and the problem is fixed

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I have had to replace hub assys. on late model truck like yours with low mileage. They weren't a very good unit what so ever from the factory. The good thing about it is that it doesn't take long at all to replace them. A long set of lock ring pliers and basic sockets and a flat head screwdriver is all you need.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008


I had the same problem, and after 8 visits to the dealership they found that the locking actuator for locking the passenger wheel in 4x4 was bad. They showed it to me and it had metal pieces all over in it and was totally shot.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008

I had the same problem and it was the 4 wheel drive valve at the passenger side on the fire wall it's a little $36.00 part the problem is that the water runs on it from the wippers and shorths it out. easy to change.I can get you the part number if you need it.

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