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Old 02-08-2006, 09:01   #1 (permalink)
kylo67
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4 wheel drive problem (94 explorer)

I'm driving along and all of a sudden there is a rubbing/grinding sound
coming from the front wheels. I figure it has something to do with the 4
wheel drive, so I pushed the 4x4 button and it locks in, stopping the
annoying sound. When I pressed the 4x4 button again, the 4 wheel drive
does not disengage. I stopped on a side road, put in reverse for about
50ft, put it back into drive and it seemed to disengage it. Any help on
this issue would be greatly appriciated. Thanks

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Old 02-08-2006, 11:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 4 wheel drive problem (94 explorer)

4WD did not disengage on my '92 until you stopped, put it in reverse,
and backed up a few feet. This was the way those automatic hubs
worked on the early models. I guess the '94 is the same as my '92
was. Don't think they changed front end design until '95.

As for the rubbing/grinding sounds, I'm afraid I can't help you there.

On Wed, 08 Feb 2006 11:03:17 -0500, "kylo67" <dqnascar@yahoo.com>
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>I'm driving along and all of a sudden there is a rubbing/grinding sound
>coming from the front wheels. I figure it has something to do with the 4
>wheel drive, so I pushed the 4x4 button and it locks in, stopping the
>annoying sound. When I pressed the 4x4 button again, the 4 wheel drive
>does not disengage. I stopped on a side road, put in reverse for about
>50ft, put it back into drive and it seemed to disengage it. Any help on
>this issue would be greatly appriciated. Thanks

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Old 02-08-2006, 13:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 4 wheel drive problem (94 explorer)


"kylo67" <dqnascar@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:7c641ba76ac4e3760216ceb33f97f052@localhost.talkaboutautos.com...
> I'm driving along and all of a sudden there is a rubbing/grinding sound
> coming from the front wheels. I figure it has something to do with the 4
> wheel drive, so I pushed the 4x4 button and it locks in, stopping the
> annoying sound. When I pressed the 4x4 button again, the 4 wheel drive
> does not disengage. I stopped on a side road, put in reverse for about
> 50ft, put it back into drive and it seemed to disengage it. Any help on
> this issue would be greatly appriciated. Thanks
>


So, you are saying the little 4X4 light didn't go out? I had a bad grinding
sound on my '92 when the autohubs failed but it only occured while in 4WD.
It went away when I put manual hubs on there.

It sounds to me like you have at least two of the common problems on this
model: bad autohubs and a stuck servo motor. Another possible common
problem is warped front disc rotors. The front wheels need to be torqued
evenly to about (off the top of my head) 100 ft/lbs.

This site has some good info on at least some of these problems:

http://draco.acs.uci.edu/explorer/

It seems odd to me that your 4WD would disengage by backing up if the 4X4
light didn't go off.


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Old 02-08-2006, 21:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 4 wheel drive problem (94 explorer)

Ulysses and Big Shoe,
thanks for the information.
Ulysses: The 4x4 light did go off when I pressed it again before backing
up. The 4x4 drive didnt disengage though. Sorry about the confusion
Thanks Again for the info.
I love this sight

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