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F150 PASSENGER FRONT WHEEL BINDS REAL BAD IN REVERSE NO ISSUE WHILE GOING FWD.

2005 Ford F-150 • 96,000 miles

In 2wd with steering wheel straight or turned, the F150 binds real bad while in reverse. No issues going fwd. Jacked up the front and its the passenger front that binds in reverse. Brake caliper is not locked up. What could be the issue? Thanks for the help
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Haroldkumar
October 14, 2012.




Check the caliper slider bolts to see if any is missing. Ensure wheel bearings do not have excessive free travel. Something must be loose to cause the binding.


KHLow2008
Oct 14, 2012.
Thanks for replying. I removed the brake pads from the passenger front tire and its still binds up while spinning the tire in reverse. Do you think something is up with the front differential? In 4x4, with the steering wheel straight, the passenger tire does not bind. It only binds in 2wd with the passenger front tire in reverse. No binding with the driver front tire in reverse. Thanks


Tiny
Haroldkumar
Oct 14, 2012.
This does not seem to be from the brakes or wheels. Problem is related to the front differentials and transfer case.

Turn the driver side wheel forward and reverse and note if the propeller shaft from the front differential to transfer case turns.

Repeat for passenger side and note the difference.


KHLow2008
Oct 14, 2012.
Thanks for replying back KHLow2008. With the front end jacked up, when I rotate the passenger side tire in reverse the shaft that connects the front differential to the transfer case does not spin. In forward rotation the shaft does spin. On the driver side tire going in forward and in reverse the shaft from the front differential to the transfer case spins. What would you recommend as far as parts to buy first for repairs? Thanks again.


Tiny
Haroldkumar
Oct 15, 2012.
I am still npt sure what the problem is and I would like you to perform one more test.

Jack one wheel at a time and perform the previous test and let me know the results. The amount of effort needed should be noted too.

While doing previous test, when reversing the passenger wheel, was it heavy? I take it the driver wheel was turning instead of the shaft to transfer case.

While driving, are there any abnormal noises?

Try all test again with 2WD and 4WD mode.
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KHLow2008
Oct 15, 2012.
Greetings. On the previous test rotating bot tire felt about the same. However when rotating the tire in the forward position on the passenger tire, the driver tire did not spin. It only spun when reversing the passenger tire. When rotating the driver side tire in forward and reverse, the passenger tire spun.
With just the passenger side jacked up and the driver side tire on the ground, I can rotate the tire forward without any binding. However I can not rotate the tire in reverse at all. I can see the axle and the differential and shaft to the transfer case bouncing as I try to put the tire in reverse.
With the driver side jacked up and the passenger tire on the ground I was able to rotate it without any issues forwards and reverse. Thanks again.


Tiny
Haroldkumar
Oct 15, 2012.
I believe the differential gear for front axle is bad. The shaft and flange should not be moving up and down when it is turning. Give the differential flange some shaking to check for side play. There should be minimal.


KHLow2008
Oct 15, 2012.

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