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Old 03-04-2010, 17:54   #1 (permalink)
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This is an e-mail from a friend of mine, im trying to help her out, but i need some input


My vehicle is an '03 Ford Explorer, V8, 4WD.. As for what its doing, Oh Lord where do I start :) Lol... Lets see... We were driving here the beginning of Feb and it started making this loud noise... My dad (who was driving) thought it was a cv joint. Well we kept driving and got another 100 miles and the brakes started locking up and we were swerving all over the road. We got my vehicle towed here and my husband and his buddy took my back driverside tire off. The buddy said it was the HUB, my husband said the barrings(sp). They bought a new HUB with the barrings and my husband put it on.. Welllll... he broke the piece that holds the barrings in when he was putting the parts back on. I drove him and some other marines back to National City so they could leave for ship last weekend because my husband said it would be ok without the part.. My tire is messed up bad! The car is parked right now and my back tire is leaning inwards and it makes a HORRIBLE loud noise.. My dad thinks we messed it up even worse driving it, which I am sure we did but since my husband said it would be ok.. I drove it... BAD IDEA!
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Re: 2003 Explorer issues!

A bad hub assembly can cause problems but I fear you'll need additional parts. I'm assuming it's a front wheel that's the problem, in which case it might need a new tie rod, perhaps another cv joint and maybe even a set of ball joints that help pivot the wheel when you turn it by the steering wheel. If a few of the steering components go that help keep the tire in line with the correct geometry the hub will fail as it's not designed to take added stress that the other components can take away, which is why it's leaning inwards. It'll be an expensive fix to do get everything sorted out properly. If anything else the hub that they installed might be salvageable, but will be the most expensive part to replace.
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