2001 Ford Explorer slow turns

  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • 16,100 MILES
When I turn slow in either direction, the wheels start to stick or jump, as well clunking rather loudly. I have the 4x4 in Auto. I have talked to a couple mechanics and they have said that this is just the way it is, but it happens even when in 4x4 high or low. It jsut doesnt seem right.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 7:38 PM

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Hi iamsaltman;
Nothing like you described is "Just the way it is" as the mechanics said to you.
Actually it "could be dangerous"! It is absolutely not right at all !

It could be a major repair needed "or" as simple as a "U" joint needing to be greased.
With all wheel drive you have 2 drive shafts. One of the two is connected to the front end differential. That front shaft is called a "DANA" drive shaft. If you hear a clicking sound, then a loud "SNAP" - "SNAP" - "SNAP" and it feels like the front wheels are going to break off. - It is very possible it is the "DANA" drive shaft.
$900.00! Just for the shaft "New". No B.S.
If the DANA shaft decides to break loose it could slam into the side if your transmission casing and you will need another transmission - Now you are in deep "S_ _T" for repairs well into the thousands!
Even worse you could wind up looking at ambulance drivers, doctors and nurses at the hospital if the DANA shaft decided to raise hell with "You" up front sitting right near it.

Have the front end differential "DANA" shaft checked. If it is bad and you are capable of doing the repair yourself, get another DANA shaft from a "Junk Yard" or "Auto Salvage Yard" for a lot less than $900.00 new. They probably will charge you around $50 -$75 for a used one.

Also, you could pick one up yourself from the "Junk or Salvage" yard and see if a local mechanic will install it for you. Check with one first before you buy the used DANA shaft. They will probably charge you around $100.00 for the labor.
They will not want to guarantee the work because it is a "Used" DANA shaft. But, It will be perfectly fine. I wouldn't even worry about it.
Go slow with it until you find out what's up with the noise. Something "IS" wrong.
Good Luck;
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