2001 Ford Expedition Wheel noise

  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • 101,800 MILES
After buying my Expedition, I needed to replace the brake pads on my vehicle. I was shown by the repairman alot of rust under the car and the repair man stated that my vehicle may have been shipped from up north where alot of snow fell and salt was used on the roads which may have caused the rust. There is a sound that my wheel makes that resembles the sound of rusty ball bearing (scrubbing like something is broken) and it happens at not particular time. Sometimes when I accellerate, somtimes when I slow down, but after pulling over and coming to a complete stop, the noise stops. What the heck is going on? I don't know what to describe to the mechanic and they're clueless.
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Friday, February 20th, 2009 AT 11:40 PM

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First thing I'd do is check the tire tread to make sure there is no cupping. In other words, make sure the tread is in good to excellent condition to rule out road noise generated by the tread. The tires can be close to worn out - - that doesn't matter. They just need to be in good physical shape so it's not the rubber mistaken as making noise on asphalt.

If the tread checks out, lift the wheels off the ground and spin them. Listen or feel for any vibration coming from the bearings. Spin the wheel and grab hold of the coil spring. The suspension coil spring has a tendency to increase vibration amplitude, so if you hold the spring while wheel is spinning, you may be able to feel a vibration. = Bad bearings.

Also, grab hold of the wheel (while jacked up) and grab it firmly on top and bottom with both hands. Shake the wheel, pull on it. Feel for any free play.

Remove wheel and spin the hub by hand. Try feeling for any vibration as you hold and spin by one of the wheel studs. Hold the spring at the same time & try and feel for vibration. This may be difficult because you have a 4x4. If you feel enough courage, jack up all 4 wheels (very securely) and run engine at idle while in drive to get wheels to spin. Please be very careful if you exercise this option.

Good luck.
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Saturday, February 21st, 2009 AT 7:04 PM

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