My '97 AWD V8 did something similar when the universal joint in the
front drive shaft went. The difference is there were NO signs of the
failure. It just completely failed one day, and the "binding" was
constant, and got worse when you tried to turn. Seems premature on a
2002, but sounds somewhat similar.
On 7 Jul 2005 13:44:45 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org
>I have a 2002 explorer that about 3 months ago started binding in the
>front-end when making sharp (usually slow) turns. Though intermittent,
>the problem appeared to only happen in reverse (when backing out of my
>driveway). More recently, I've been towing a trailer, and the problem
>appears whenever I make a sharp turn (moving forward this time).
>Although I tow the trailer weekly on a regular basis, it has been daily
>recently, and in tight spaces. The trailer tongue weight is about
>300-400 pounds. With the trailer removed, I can't reproduce the
>problem with any predictability.
>I had the front brakes replaced around the same time that the problem
>started. Could this have anything to do with the problem? Like
>something didn't get replaced or reconnected properly?
>Is there some other mechanical or electronic failure that would cause
>this? If so, would this be considered part of the drivetrain for