98' 122K LOUD GROANING AXLE NOISE

1998 Ford Explorer

Tiny

hen_feen1034

May, 29, 2007 AT 5:42 PM

This noise has grown tremendously over the past 6 months and starts once I hit 35mph. The noise has a pattern that matches the tire rotation and gets louder with increased speed. Only hear it from front drivers side wheel and sound goes away when turning to the right. Driving straight. Noise goes away with a slight turn of the wheel to the right and comes back on immediately with a slight turn to the left. Please help!

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Tiny

Goods71

September, 15, 2007 AT 4:34 PM

I know this was posted a while back so it's probably fixed by now. But the problem is likely the wheel bearings.

The wheel bearings will be inside the brake rotors. There is an inner and outer bearing in each. (The outer bearing is accessible without removing the rotor)

You can easily replace the bearings. Remember to replace the seal holding the inner bearings in place also.

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