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I just purchased a 98 explorer the guy i bought it from told me the lower ball joints and maybe bearings need replacement. I just did the ball joints but i am leary of doing the bearings, partly cause there is a heavy thumping lopping noise while driving straight, I was told it can be drive shaft then the cv joint then a axle I don't want to start replacing things that aren't broke before finding the real issue. Also when the truck is sitting parked the passenger front tire is angled into the wheel well at the top.

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  • tschra Feb 06, 2009

    I have a similar problem although I have reploaced the Upper contrl Arm, CV joint and replaced the lowers a couple years ago. I still have the same problem when driving it Intermittently starts vibrating and when turning the steering wheel to the left it clicks and even sometimes it clicks just driving down the road. Please help.



    Thanks,

    TS

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    It also has a vibration in the front end. Recently had the passenger CV boot replaced as well as wheels rotated and balanced but none of the mechanics noticed anything unusual.

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Has the car been in an accident? You may have to replace the upper ball joints as well. And you will have to get an alignment after that. I would get the tire set correctly before I started changing bearings. Of course it may be that the bearing is so bad that that is what is causing the wheel to lean so badly?
With the car jacked up, can you move the wheel laterally - it should be very tight.

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