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Old 12-29-2001, 05:00 PM   #1
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My second car, a *gasp* '98 Ford Explorer is making a whining noise, that speeds up as I accelerate. It sounds like it's coming from the front, right wheel. Does this sound like a bad bearing to you?

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Old 12-29-2001, 06:28 PM   #2
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IME, if it's a bearing it should get louder and quieter as you load/unload either side of the car around corners. My belief is that the bad bearing gets louder when loaded (so turning to the left would make a right side bearing louder). This was confirmed after I took someone else's advice and wound up replacing three wheel bearing to find the one bad one in an old Aud 4000q.

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Old 12-29-2001, 06:53 PM   #3
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Hmmm, maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree.

When starting from a stop, in a straight line, it gets louder/faster up to about 40, when road noise drowns it out.

I was hoping to take it to a small shop instead of the dealer, as the warranty just ran out (of course).

Thanks for the tip!

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Old 12-29-2001, 08:05 PM   #4
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Ed, it should be a simple job. I don`t believe they are pressed on I might be wrong but it should be a case of just cleaning up the old one and changing it out. Unless its got to badly damaged and gouged into the spindle its self.

Cost will be minimal. I guess about an hour to do it. Id do it for free its that simple.


Yeah Ive done loads in my past, tractors, vans, mini's, cavaliers, escorts you name it.

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Old 12-30-2001, 12:43 PM   #5
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Ed,
if your bored and feel like freezeing you ass off, jack the truck up so the wheel is off the ground. If you place your hands at 12 and 6 o'clock on the tire, and push/pull on the wheel, it should not have lots of "play". If it does, and wobbles around a bit, the brearing is probably bad. Not to discount what Wheels said, but I have a feeling the job is a bit more involved since you have (I am assuming you do) an AWD Ford Explorer, or a "push button/auto-locking hub" 4WD one. I would think the bearing is pressed into the hub or spindle, but I am not sure.

If you place your hand at 3 and 9 o'clock and have play, it sometimes means something in the steering linkage is worn, but excessive play is bad. <--- sounds funny

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Old 12-30-2001, 03:36 PM   #6
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Ed, I had the same problem on my 97 Explorer. Come to find out it was just the 4 wheel drive transfer case that had to be replaced cause it was stripped out. Damn Fords!


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Old 12-30-2001, 03:43 PM   #7
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This one's not AWD. I'm not real excited about jacking this POS up and checking, maybe it will warm up to 50 tomorrow!

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Old 12-30-2001, 03:47 PM   #8
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Well, if it is not AWD or 4WD (why have the f-in thing-? ), then Wheels is correct. It will probably have an inner and outer wheel bearing w/ races that are go inside the brake rotor/hub, and a wheel bearing seal or some sort. It should not be too big of a deal then I would think.

Good luck.. (read: trade it in)

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Old 12-30-2001, 03:50 PM   #9
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Well, there's a long story behind it....basically, I got it for free, and am holding it for my Mom to drive the 2 times a year she's in the US (she teaches English in China).

Can't trade it, have to keep it running (she likes it ).

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Old 01-01-2002, 02:37 PM   #10
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Most domestic 4wd SUVs currently on the US market have a hub and bearing assembly, where the bearing is part of the hub and cannot be replaced alone. Expect something in the $300 range for the part.
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