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Old 01-19-2010, 12:38   #1 (permalink)
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Question 2002 Explorer humming noise

Hi I am new to the Forum, not sure if I am posting this where it should be.

here is my problem

I have a 2002 Explorer with AUTO 4x4.

When driving there is a humming noise it starts at 15 KMH and it gets louder as i go faster, also the ABS light is on (always).

I was thinking i could be the Wheel bearing (but Im not sure how to find which one of the four).

Also the other day I activated the 4x4 HIGH and when i was driving straight i had no problems, when I made a turn at low speed i felt and heard a rubbing noise (rubber agaisnt metal) and the car would jump a little (there was no different between turing left or right).

not sure what the problem could be or if a bad rear wheel bearing could cause this.

Please let me know if any of you had experience the same problem and if you know a solution.

I really dont want to take it to the dealer and pay $$$$ if the problem could be fixed for less.

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Old 01-19-2010, 20:24   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Explorer humming noise

Jack it up, one wheel at a time, and try rocking the top of the wheel in and out. See if you get some movement.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:24   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Explorer humming noise

Thanks rtg143,

I just did that yesterday (while I was changing the front rotors and brake pads).

I definetely looks like the Front Driver side has some moverment and play.

would that cause the wierd noise when i engage the 4X4 HIGH and make a turn?

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Re: 2002 Explorer humming noise

It's possible. If it's loose, I'd fix that and see if it goes away That needs to be done ayway.
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Old 01-20-2010, 16:29   #5 (permalink)
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Update:

I changed the Driver Front Wheel hub and the noise is gone, Finally, (part $170 labour $ 70), the car drives like a baby....

havent tried the 4x4 since i cant really do it on dry pavement, i will wait until a snowstort :)

one thing though, the ABS light is still on, dont know what it is..since the wheel bearing was already changed... any ideas... i heard that unplugging the battery for a couple of minutes could wipe out the code since the code is already stored in tne computer. not sure I ll try ans post back.

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See if Autozone can get a code for that. They do it for free.
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Question Re: 2002 Explorer humming noise Gone now steering wheel vibration

Thank I will do.

Now there seems to be a nother problem.

I was driving on the HWY at 120-130 KMh and notice a vibration of the steering wheel if i slowed down the vibration would go away, Also I noticed the call is pulling to the left.

I am not sure if this has anything to do with the Wheel bearing replacement, or if an alignment would solve it.

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If it vibrates at speed, it's usually tire balance. If the tire is separating, it can also pull. I'd first have the front tires balance checked.
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:34   #9 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Explorer humming noise

I havent done anything to the car, but I though i'd post an update.

today driving in the HWY there is no more vibration. it is very weird that i had a vibration for just one day.

I will do an alignment, b/c the car needs it. but i dont this this was the cause of the vibration.
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Glad it's better. I've never seen alignment cause a vibration.
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