Ford

Have Ford Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Ford

Front Differential on 2004 Explorer has a growling noise. No

Customer Question
change in noise accelerating/decelerating, no...
Front Differential on 2004 Explorer has a growling noise. No change in noise accelerating/decelerating, no play in drivetrain noted while driving. Vibration is felt in the cab at speeds to about 65 MPH. Cause & Cost to repair?
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Ford
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Ford Question
Answered in 3 hours by:
12/10/2008
Ford Mechanic: Steve S, Ford Technician replied 8 years ago
Steve S
Steve S, Ford Technician
Category: Ford
Satisfied Customers: 1,866
Experience: 10 years in Ford Dealership, Certified in: Auto Trans, Diesel Engines, Climate Control, Electrical D
Verified
Hi there does the noise seem to originate from one side of the truck more then the other? How many miles are on the truck? How is the wear on the tires? Steve
Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 8 years ago

No tire wear problems, wear is even.

 

Stethoscope indicates noise when on hoist and wheels put in motion comes from the differential.

About 75,000 miles, mostly highway miles.

 

Noise des not seem to be side oriented, it does sound like a gear noise but there is no slack in the system when the throttle is released.

Ford Mechanic: Steve S, Ford Technician replied 8 years ago
Hi again most of the time a growl noise in the Explorers are caused by the wheel bearings they fail alot. The rear differential used to have alot of problems but the fronts hardly ever. And about the slack in the driveline there could well be a bearing inside that is bad and would not affect backlash at all. I guess if you are pretty positive that the noise is from the diff itself then I guess the next step would be to remove it and take the ring and pinion out and inspect the gears and the bearings. It could very well be a bad side differential bearing, I am just saying that you must be unlucky because I have not seen to many front diff concerns in these at all. Good Luck and Thank you steve
Ask Your Own Ford Question
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Any chance it is the 'U'-Joints? We drive in extreme salty conditions. After a short run, the Joints are warm to the touch.
Ford Mechanic: Steve S, Ford Technician replied 8 years ago
Hi there that was an idea in my head yes but most of the time people describe a vibration and not a growl for the ujoints but yes it could be. An easy way to check the front ujoints would be to remove the driveshaft and drive it and see if there is any difference with the noise. I also believe that when running on a lift you would see the motion in the ujoints. Check it out and get back to me we will go from there. Thank you Steve
Ask Your Own Ford Question
Ask Steve S Your Own Question
Steve S
Steve S
Steve S, Ford Technician
Category: Ford
Satisfied Customers: 1,866
1,866 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 10 years in Ford Dealership, Certified in: Auto Trans, Diesel Engines, Climate Control, Electrical D

Steve S is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

AlvinC answered a question about my Ford truck that only someone with an in-depth knowledge of his subject would have known what was going on.

Rich DUSA

Because of your expertise, you armed me with enough ammunition to win the battle with the dealer. They are installing a fuel filter and fuel pump at no charge to me.

MollyUSA

I needed help with my car on Saturday morning....got a response in 5 minutes, and it was the perfect solution. Thanks again to your service.

Jason V.Kirkland, WA

I do know, after going though this with JustAnswer, that I can somewhat trust my mechanic but I will always contact you prior to going there.

BRNew Jersey

I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry.

Stephanie PElm City, NC

used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future.

David L.Richmond, TX

9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much.

PhilMarysville, CA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ron

Ron

ASE Certified Technician

24,155 satisfied customers

23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs

Chris (aka- Moose)

Chris (aka- Moose)

Technician

27,937 satisfied customers

16 years experience

John Mc

John Mc

Ford Technician

5,495 satisfied customers

19 years Ford Lincoln Mercury experience

Chuck

Chuck

ASE Certified Technician

1,685 satisfied customers

33 Years Experience,Ford Senior Master,ASE Master,L1 Advanced Engine Performance

Cam

Cam

Journeyman Automotive Technician

10 satisfied customers

GM Grand Master Technician 2007. 14 years Automotive experience.

Richard

Richard

ASE Certified Technician

1,524 satisfied customers

12 years at a Ford Lincoln/Mercury and Jaguar dealer as a technician and shop foreman.

Mike V.

Mike V.

Auto Service Technician

1,335 satisfied customers

25 years experience on all makes and models, Licensed NYS Inspector.

< Previous | Next >

Related Ford Questions
When I accelerate quickly, I get a sputtering, almost
When I accelerate quickly, I get a sputtering, almost popping like sound. I have a 2010 FX4 with the 5.4L motor. Driving around town with normal accelerration, I don't have issues. thoughts? … read more
Mike V.
Mike V.
Auto Service Technician
High School or GED
1,335 satisfied customers
My 2007 Explorer XLT has developed a vibration in what feels
My 2007 Explorer XLT has developed a vibration in what feels like the front end. Just had tires rebalanced and vibration got worse. It has a clunk when turning right at around 15mph and at times feels… read more
sprinkles08
sprinkles08
Technician
High School or GED
11 satisfied customers
I have a 2012 Ford Fusion. I live in Massachusetts and when
I have a 2012 Ford Fusion. I live in Massachusetts and when I took the car for inspection, The new Computer Inspection device could not connect with my car. I took it to my mechanic as instructed, and… read more
Pete
Pete
Independent Auto Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
138 satisfied customers
I have a 98 ford mustang convertible I use to be able to
I have a 98 ford mustang convertible I use to be able to bang on the drivers door and get the windows to work now I get nothing at any window… read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
27,937 satisfied customers
2012 mustang. Blower motor runs for a little while and then
2012 mustang. Blower motor runs for a little while and then slowly dies. It's like it loses power over a minute or two. Sometimes it surges without completely dying. After it dies, it won;t come back … read more
AMEDEE
AMEDEE
AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
9,105 satisfied customers
I have a 2001 SuperCrew F-150 With a 5.3L and I just went on
I have a 2001 SuperCrew F-150 With a 5.3L and I just went on an 800mi trip, but when I got back it started running rough and set the check engine light and it was a PO304 Code, cyl 4 misfire. I just d… read more
Fordanswerman
Fordanswerman
Ford Senior Master Technician retired
Associate Degree
2,912 satisfied customers
The right-side 2nd seat on my 2013 Navigator will not tip
The right-side 2nd seat on my 2013 Navigator will not tip forward when the handle is pulled. It appears that the inside (next to center console) latch is not releasing. How can i fix this? … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
27,937 satisfied customers
I'm been having multiple issues with my 2012 Ford Mustang v6
Hi there, I'm been having multiple issues with my 2012 Ford Mustang v6 auto. First off, the car was plugged into an OBD-II reader and given the codes of P-2196 & P-2197. The car runs fine upon exceler… read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
27,937 satisfied customers
The back left window will not operate with the front switch
the back left window will not operate with the front switch group … read more
Toyota Service
Toyota Service
Toyota Dealership Service & CR Manager
1,344 satisfied customers
I need to replace the ignition switch in my 2004 mercury
I need to replace the ignition switch in my 2004 mercury mountaineer … read more
eurotec
eurotec
Vice President / Manager
Associate Degree
11 satisfied customers
Matt it appears my exhuast is having the same prob .Is ther
Hi Matt it appears my exhuast is having the same prob .Is ther a way to manually engage the exhuast cleaning system. … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
27,937 satisfied customers
My 2002 Ford Mustang GT has an electrical short. It isn't
My 2002 Ford Mustang GT has an electrical short. It isn't blowing any fuses. It must be a main bus. This is because while driving everything in the car goes nuts. Power loss, cracking in the radios sp… read more
HDGENE
HDGENE
Master Technician/Lead Technician
Associate Degree
2,835 satisfied customers
I have a 1996 Ford F Super Duty with a 7.3 L diesel engine
I have a 1996 Ford F Super Duty with a 7.3 L diesel engine and Manual trans. I bought it with a no start condition. Diagnosed it to bad injector o rings, replaced them, it started. It started and ran … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
27,937 satisfied customers
Automatic door lock is not working in my Ford F150. Help fix it
Ford F150 Lariat - door lock problem. The automatic door locks do not work. Checked the batteries in the key fobs, checked the fuses, checked the car battery. Read that it might be an actuator problem… read more
Shawn
Shawn
Self Employed
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
3,663 satisfied customers
We have a "check engine" code that requires us to replace
We have a "check engine" code that requires us to replace the MAP sensor on a 1994 Ford F150 5.0 L EFI pickup. We purchased the new part but cannot find the original part to replace it? The parts stor… read more
RIP
RIP
Lead Technician/ JA Car Category Mentor
High School or GED
452 satisfied customers
I have a 2007 F-150 Roush Nightmare and it has a 5.4
Second opinion] HELLO! I have a 2007 F-150 Roush Nightmare and it has a 5.4 supercharged motor in it and it had gotten hit behind the rear tire driver side and it hasn't ran right since. … read more
Ron
Ron
ASE Certified Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
24,155 satisfied customers
Service Transmission light is blinking. It's fine. 2000
before the light started blinking last night, the vehicle was running rough, like going over a cobble stone road...… read more
Pete
Pete
Independent Auto Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
138 satisfied customers
Have a 2000 Ford Taurus 3.0 24 valve engine with 49,000
HI - have a 2000 Ford Taurus 3.0 24 valve engine with 49,000 miles - problem is when a/c is turned on blows HOT AIR only no matter what the temp is set at(digital temp switch), all selections floor, d… read more
Ron
Ron
ASE Certified Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
24,155 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x