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Grinding/popping noise when moving slowly. area of drivers side front wheel. 97 ford explorer awd

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Sounds like could be a wheel seal going bad. Good luck

Posted on Mar 24, 2011

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My 97 ford exlorer will not go into gear except when I put it in 4 wheel low. transmission has been making a popping noise for a while.


If it won't go into gear, sounds like you've run out of transmission fluid. That grinding sound when you turn the shaft by hand, sounds like you've run it for a bit too long without fluid and wore the gears down. Start it up and check the trans fluid with dipstick. If none on stick, put some in it. You may have already ruined the transmission though. But you never know. Try putting fluid in. Might work.(for a while)

Aug 27, 2014 | 1997 Ford Explorer AWD

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Howling, grinding, and klunking noise


your theory is correct now open your differential and check it your self whats grinding inside :3

Jan 16, 2014 | 1997 Ford Explorer AWD

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Rubbing or grinding soud front driver side area


check to see if the dust shield behind the brake rotor got bent a little and is rubbing the rotor- cheers Denny

Dec 04, 2013 | 2002 Ford Explorer

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2000 ford explorer limited AWD grinding in rhythm.


unlikely to be a cv joint
more likely a disc pad worn out or a failed wheel bearing

Apr 19, 2017 | Ford Cars & Trucks

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I just bought a 97 Ford Explorer AWD. V8. The AWD will not kick in when the wheels spin.


Check and see if you have locks that have to be turned on the front wheels, in the center of the hub to lock the front wheels into 4WD.

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Jan 22, 2011 | 1997 Ford Explorer AWD

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My 97 4wd explorer shakes and makes a clunking noise when I get above 50 mph I've replaced both front wheel bearings and did fine for about a month then started shaking and grabing on the driver side only....


It is usually the CV joints in the drive shaft(s) that are worn, and make this noise.
I would look at your CV joint boots, are they dirty and full of grease on the outside. Does the inner wheel well have grease slung onto it ?
Replacing the drive shaft is a difficult repair. I would have a reliable auto repair center give an estimate.
Please let me know what you find.

Feb 09, 2010 | 1997 Ford Explorer AWD

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Awd 97 ford explorer grinding noise going forward not in reverse and not while rolling in neutral


I ran into this problem, and discovered that i had a faulty front shaft speed sensor. The grinding I had was that the transfer case clutch packs were trying to lock up and engage the front wheel drive. Replacesment of the sensor has not fully rectified the situation though, as it still does it intermittently. It seems to do it at low speed turns and on acceleration. Not sure if this is your problem or not, but it could be. A scan of the computer can tell you if it is the issue though.

Apr 15, 2009 | 1997 Ford Explorer AWD

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97 ford explorer


Wheel Bearings are very common on those vehicles jack it up and hold it on jackstands, grab the tire at 12 o'clock and 6 oclock, shake like push in at the top and out at the bottom and see if the wheel will move at all if it will the wheel bearing is bad, double check to make sure there is nothing touching the rotor, Take off the wheel , take off the caliper and inspect it very closely

If you found this information helpful please give me a good rating if you need any more help please contact me Thanks, Randy


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Aug 14, 2008 | 1997 Ford Explorer AWD

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