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Old 03-26-2007, 09:56   #1 (permalink)
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2002 Explorer Sport front end whistle

My Explorer started making an intermittent high pitch whistle a few weeks ago which seems to be coming from the front wheels. Took it to the shop & they replaced the brakes. The noise has returned. Now they say I need to get new wheel hub assemblies which are very expensive. The shop hasn't heard the noise because it is very intermittent and it only happened twice in the last month. I'll be taking a 500 mile trip in April. Is this something I should be concerned about at this point?

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Re: 2002 Explorer Sport front end whistle

I would definitely get a second opinion, never trust one shop. It is cause for concern. But I wouldn't think it was too terribly serious at this point. I would have the bearings checked out and repacked for starters. Something a lot of people don't do very often. If you don't use four wheel drive much it is recommended to run it in four wheel drive every so often to keep things loose and lubed up good. A parking lot or back road would work. Lock it in and drive a straight line, then back it up. Straight line because its on pavement. Thats all it takes. I would have this checked out before making a trip. Let a local shop gouge you a little now before an unknown shop + wrecker gouges you a lot. Have a nice trip!
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