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Old 12-04-2006, 11:44   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 97 explorer with a 4x4 problem.
It feels like it is in 4wd mode and when turning it makes an awful grinding noise from the front left wheel. The garage say that it is permanently in 4wd or it is trying to engage it. No one in the UK seems to have the system to find a fault code. Ford UK don't want to know they just say it's a US car.
Does anyone know what the problem might be, or if there is anyone in the UK that has a diagnostic system for an explorer
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Diagnostics? For a siezed U-joint?
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I'm 99% certain that the problem is purely a mechanical drivetrain malfunction, and a diagnostic scan will tell you absolutely nothing. With the vehicle on jackstands, engage/disengage the 4WD, and check to see if the transfer case is coupling/uncoupling the front prop shaft. Check the cardan joints at each wheel. Check the front wheel bearing units for play, noise, or binding. All just simple mechanical system evaluations.
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