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Old 06-07-2009, 18:32   #1 (permalink)
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Front End Noise

Ill get straight to the point. My wife has a 2002 Mountaineer 4.6 AWD. There is a grinding noise that sounds like it is coming from the front. Can be felt through the steering wheel. It is more predominate when turning to the right. Noise speeds up and slows down with vehicle speed. When driving straight it is barely noticeable. I just replaced the front left wheel bearing, upper and lower ball joints, and tie rod end. Upon test driving, nothing has changed. Also rotated tires just for the heck of it. Also replaced the front left cv shaft. Is my next step to start the overhaul on the right side or has someone experienced something similar and found it to be something different. Sorry about the long post, but I wanted to get everything covered. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Welcome to the site.This probably isn't the issue but for the heck of it I'd also take a look to see if a caliper is hanging up on you.
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At this point, nothing can hurt to check. I'll post back when I finally figure this thing out. Thanks
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:09   #4 (permalink)
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Chances are the right front wheel bearing is gone. They generally fail around the same time. With my luck, I'll replace one bearing, and a few months later, the other is shot. Generally I find the right wheel bearing is the first to go, as that side sees the most abuse with the road being all chopped up along the curb with sewers/potholes, etc. Worst case would be the front differential is gone, as you mentioned the sound increases with speed. If you haven't yet, be sure to change out the axle fluid (front and rear) and the transfer case fluid to save you problems down the road.
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