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Old 04-23-2009, 19:44   #1 (permalink)
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Theres a noise on my driver side tire that makes some sort of noise when I go over a speed bump or when my truck bounces due to the roads. Could it be the shocks or what???
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Very possible.
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Re: 04 Ford Explorer

Just had front bushings replaced on my 04 because they were squeaking when I went over speed bumps. They were on the Front Stabilizer Bar.

If you bounce the car up and down from the front bumper you should hear the squeaking. Sounds like bed springs....
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My 99 Ford Explorer does the same thumping sound. There's one street I drive on, when I go the speed limit it thumps the whole way. Otherwise it's fine. Still not sure what it is.
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Don't forget, multiple components that aren't 100% in spec can make noises and can be hard to pinpoint. It ads character to older vehicles! Sway bar bushings are a culprit on A LOT of SUV's. One way to tell if the bushings are going is (if you have the means), lift up the front end with the tires off the ground; work in some grease in and around all the bushings, you may have to unlock and turn the wheels to get the best angle. Don't go light on the grease either, gob it all over the place. If the noises go away after a few miles you'll know what the culprit is!

You can re-torque shock bolts and visually inspect them (try to shake them with your hands with the wheels removed and off the ground). If there's even a slight amount of play then you've found the problem. Alas, shocks should be replaced every 60-70K irregardless how bad they look visually. Bad shocks can lead to poor braking performance and increase your distance to stop safely.
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