www.carcomplaints.com -- This is a dangerous issue with Ford Explorers from this model year. I just paid $800.00 to repair my right front wheel bearing at Koucourek Ford in Wausau, WI. I paid around $600.00 to repair the left front in July at the Firestone dealer near Jolliet, Il. After paying $800.00 I was informed the front left side has failed again. After further research, I discovered this is a common issue, continuous failure is the norm, it is a dangerous flaw, and Ford should recall these models.
I have been to the repair shop seven times in less than a year, to have one or both rear wheel bearings replaced as well as a rear axle. The wheel bearings seem to last about a month at a time. And I was told each time, that if I had driven the explorer any longer, a wheel would have come off, while I was driving. Not only has this become an expensive routine repair on my vehicle,I have accepted the fact that eventually, a wheel will come off while I am driving and something tragic will result from it. I refuse to sell the vehicle as I am quite certain, I could be putting someone else's life in danger. If Ford choses not to recall this dangerous issue, I suspect that eventually, lawsuits against Ford will arrise, due to someone's unfortunate outcome.
Heavy noise in front end. I change the wheel bearings and resolved the problem for a few days. The noise is back again. Also something is eating the front tires from the inside. The balls joint and the shocks are good. The alingment according to the mechanic is good. So I don't know what probable cause for this.
I have replaced the brakes,rotors,and hubs yearly for the past three years!! It is a JOKE. I feel it is time for Ford to check into a recall on this item. It is unsafe people could get hurt.If I didn't check mine with every wheel rotation it could be bad. I was just told again today the whole right side is bad again. I am sick of replacing these parts...... ;^(
After having a temporary repair made to my electrical system--supposed to have fixed the problem--I became aware of a "road" noise that hadn't shown up previously. After taking back to dealership, service manager did not hear it. Progressively the noise became louder and louder, so took to independent mechanic. He rode with me for one block and diagnosed the noise as a wheel bearing problem. I am not sure what the manager at the dealership's problem was. I am not a mechanic, and I knew there was something wrong. After replacing the bearing assembly, my Sports Trac is quiet again. Now, if I can only get the dealership to actually fix my electrical problems which have been going on since 2009.
Had grinding noise when on surface streets and when turning left.
I could feel the vibration in the gas pedal and steering wheel.
The grinding came and went when the vehicle swayed.
I replaced the front brakes...still there.
Took it to Boucher Ford in West Bend.
They stated the front left wheel bearing was bad and replaced it. $760.00
The noise was still there and the mechanic heard it too.
Returned the next day....
Back on the rack...rotate the tires.
Noise still there.
Maybe it's the alignment....alignment good.
Their suggestion...change all 4 tires, both front rotors, and brake shoes.
They would NOT give me a cent back after NOT finding or fixing the problem.
They offered me a 10% off coupon for future repairs. Terrible!
Replaced all body mounts, totally rotted. Replaced sway bar. Cooling fan had large spider cracks; replaced. Now needs rear end seal bearings. Checking seals tomorrow on 9-10-2015. Stay tuned. I bought this truck in June. I always wanted one. I Love it except for some of the problems coming in view. The rear end seals are a big complaint from other Ford owners. I'll be keeping all my receipts and see how long these seals last. I'll look for American made ones, not China made, if possible. Lord help us all if a wheel comes off because of this issue with the seals. P.S. Body Mounts sound like bad wheel bearings or excessive road noise. Thanks for listening, Holly