Wheel bearing faliure on Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Replace the worn wheel bearings.

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Average mileage: 112,097 (50,000–198,000)
6 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2007, 2008
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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.
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I am on my third front bearing replacement. Two left front and one on right front. 2007 Sport Trac
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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.
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Last summer year had to replace brake pads etc. This year had to install right front hub bearing assembly. Still feels rough. Probably others need replacing too.
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Replaced both rare and 1 front wheel bearing recently. Now getting the noise from the one front one that has not been replaced. Ford should definitely recall and fix this.
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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...... ;^(
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the problem was they used a cheep china bearing that wont last more then 5000 miles
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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.
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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.
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Bad from wheel bearings both sides; Replaced again at 130,000
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Bearings have been replaced a few times both sides
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I bought my 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac from Sam Galloway ford, in which the previous owner was an employee there. They gave me a vehicle history report stating that the car had no issues with it, and when I bought it all of the hub bearings were bad and the mechanics told me that the hib bearings had already been replaced, I replaced them again and not even 3,000 miles later they are acting up again. I have had this car for not even a year, have only put about 8,000 miles on it and I don't want to drive it due to the fact that it is so unsafe.
front wheel hub assembly gone bad
Left front wheel bearing has failed. Rear bearings have failed.
both front wheel bearing assemblies failed at about 50000 highway miles. Really seems to be faulty product. First one cost 488.00 Second one cost 300.00
rear brake calipers seized up, replaced rotors, pads, fluid and calipers $700.00
Wheel bearings on right front wheel failed while driving on highway causing loss of control. In addition to repacing bearings the hub, rotor and caliper were damaged and had to be replaced and new brake pads. Luckily nobody was hurt but we were stranded in the middle of nowhere and had to rely on AAA for repairs so paid top dollar for parts and labor. From what I read this is a common problem in Sport Traks, but Ford won't do anything until somebody gets killed and sues. Glad it wasn't me!
Same problem, I have replaced 4 bearings. The good news is that Big O replaced my last one and they guarantee it for the life of the truck, 2 years free replacement after two years labor only.
Passenger side front wheel bearing making lots of noise on left turn.
Front drivers side wheel bearing went out. I bought the 2 wheel bearings, inner and outer for less than $10. Greased and repaired it. They wanted me to buy the whole wheel hub and the price is way to high. I fixed it myself for less then $15.00
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