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small-list Digest Mon, 10 Jul 2000 Volume: 2000 Issue: 103

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Ticking Explorer
Re: Ticking Explorer
Re: Ticking Explorer

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Date: Sun, 09 Jul 2000 23:03:31 -0700
From: Dan Wentz earthlink.net>
Subject: Ticking Explorer

I've got something frustrating me with my 98 Explorer Sport. I bought it in
March (30k miles) and in April I started hearing this ticking sound coming
from the left rear of the vehicle when I make left turns. It's not super
loud--I have to have the window down to hear it. Last month I had the car
in the dealership for some other things so I mentioned this ticking. The
mechanic found no problem. Last weekend I went to Las Vegas (550 miles
round trip) and the ticking is much louder since I got back. Additionally,
I had a mild intermittent ticking under normal braking at under about 20
mph. It matches the wheel speed. Since the trip the tick has turned into
more of a scrape/rub and occurs at higher speeds (up to 30-35). I'm going
to take it back to the dealership but before I do I want to get some ideas
on what it might be.

Here's some additional information. I played around today to see if I could
make the ticking noise with the car sitting still. With the front wheels
pointed straight or full right it makes no noise if I rock it side to side.
With the wheels turned full left it makes the noise. It sounds like it's
coming from the left rear wheel. When I rocked it straight up and down
standing on the rear bumper I heard the clicking noise come from both rear
wheels. The click sounds like 2 metal pieces hitting, but I can't figure
which 2 metal pieces those would be. Since it matches wheel speed I'd be
guessing something like rotors, bearings, or calipers being
loose/warped/damaged by gremlins. Why it should happen in the back only
when the front wheels are turned is beyond me (when it's moving that is).
My jack/impact wrench/etc are locked in a far away garage so I can't easily
pull the wheels off and look at the parts in question.

It seems like something that's going to get progressively worse and I have
a long road trip coming up next month. I also want to fix this on Ford's
dollar (only 3k left on factory warranty). Is this a familiar symptom to
anybody or does anyone have an educated guess as to it's cause?

~Dan

1950 F1 351C--Not neglected and definitely not for sale. Persistence is
futile.
1998 Explorer--I'm not like the other Explorer drivers--honest!
Quench my thirst with gasoline.




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Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 08:59:10 -0400
From: Stephen Bozzone rockzone.com>
Subject: Re: Ticking Explorer

Dan,

I wish I could lay some info down on your problem, but I'm baffled as
well.

One thing I would reccomend is typing up a list of your findings and
exactly what is wrong and hand it to the guy who's gonna look at your
car. This way you(or with ford mechanics, THEY) won't forget anything.

This is certainly something that should be fixed under warranty.
Explain to them how long this has been going on as well and your
repeated attempts to have this problem fixed a long time ago.

This is all probably common sense, I just don't want to see you hassled.

Good luck,
Steve

Dan Wentz wrote:
>
> I've got something frustrating me with my 98 Explorer Sport. I bought it in
> March (30k miles) and in April I started hearing this ticking sound coming
> from the left rear of the vehicle when I make left turns. It's not super
> loud--I have to have the window down to hear it. Last month I had the car
> in the dealership for some other things so I mentioned this ticking. The
> mechanic found no problem. Last weekend I went to Las Vegas (550 miles
> round trip) and the ticking is much louder since I got back. Additionally,
> I had a mild intermittent ticking under normal braking at under about 20
> mph. It matches the wheel speed. Since the trip the tick has turned into
> more of a scrape/rub and occurs at higher speeds (up to 30-35). I'm going
> to take it back to the dealership but before I do I want to get some ideas
> on what it might be.
>
> Here's some additional information. I played around today to see if I could
> make the ticking noise with the car sitting still. With the front wheels
> pointed straight or full right it makes no noise if I rock it side to side.
> With the wheels turned full left it makes the noise. It sounds like it's
> coming from the left rear wheel. When I rocked it straight up and down
> standing on the rear bumper I heard the clicking noise come from both rear
> wheels. The click sounds like 2 metal pieces hitting, but I can't figure
> which 2 metal pieces those would be. Since it matches wheel speed I'd be
> guessing something like rotors, bearings, or calipers being
> loose/warped/damaged by gremlins. Why it should happen in the back only
> when the front wheels are turned is beyond me (when it's moving that is).
> My jack/impact wrench/etc are locked in a far away garage so I can't easily
> pull the wheels off and look at the parts in question.
>
> It seems like something that's going to get progressively worse and I have
> a long road trip coming up next month. I also want to fix this on Ford's
> dollar (only 3k left on factory warranty). Is this a familiar symptom to
> anybody or does anyone have an educated guess as to it's cause?
>
> ~Dan
>
> 1950 F1 351C--Not neglected and definitely not for sale. Persistence is
> futile.
> 1998 Explorer--I'm not like the other Explorer drivers--honest!
> Quench my thirst with gasoline.
>
>
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From: ROlson1039 aol.com
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 18:35:43 EDT
Subject: Re: Ticking Explorer

well start with brake shoes possibly binding up then the next obvioous cause
would be wheel bearings I would suspend the wheel on a jack stand and see
if when you spin the wheel you can determine more

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