1996 Ford Explorer leaning wheel

Tiny
NEMOTHABLAK
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  • 1996 FORD EXPLORER
Suspension problem
1996 Ford Explorer 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic

i have a 1996 ford explorer that i accidentally drove off a small ledge. The front passenger wheel and tire are good, but the driver side's wheel is leaning in. I had to drive i home going 10mph, which wasnt very cool. on the way home, looking at the tire, i could see the lower part of the wheel and tire, but the top was completely leaned inwards, and it was making a screeching noise (sounded like i was drifting). When i got home, i took the tire off the front driver side. I noticed that the sway bar link was completely broken, the outer tie rod joint popped out from its socket, and the inner tie rod was bent in the shape of a "J".... it took me a while, but i replaced the sway bar link, inner tie rod, and the outer tie rod, but something seemed to be wrong. the front wheel is not leaning inwards as it was earlier, but it was still leaning. i dont seem to know whats wrong with it. would you please help me out with this problem??


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Monday, September 13th, 2010 AT 10:12 PM

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Tiny
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Have the alignment checked and ball joints.
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Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 AT 6:35 AM
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THOMAS ILLYES
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My 1995 ford explorer its been leaning towards the inside of the truck to I done an change a lot of stuff far as upper and lower ball joint upper control arm an weal baring on front driver side weal an its still leaning towards the inside of the truck to I dnt no wat it could be
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Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 AT 12:47 AM
Tiny
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You need to start a new question, and please list the engine size, mileage, transmission type, and two or four-wheel-drive. This question is over six years old and was a conversation between just two people. None of the other experts are going to see your addition or have a chance to reply. That doesn't help you.

The best place to start is with an inspection at a tire and alignment shop. The people there can identify the causes of noises, vibrations, bad tire wear, and other steering and suspension problems. Ford products especially have way more than their share of suspension parts that wear and separate, leading to loss of control and crashes, so you don't want to ignore noises and anything that causes a change in the alignment.

If you didn't hit anything, the best suspects are worn ball joints, worn control arm bushings, or a slipped alignment adjustment.
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Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 AT 5:34 PM

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