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Old 11-16-2010
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Loud humming noise...

Hey guys,

My Ranger (04 xlt 4cyl 2.3L) is making a really loud humming noise from what I believe is the front passenger wheel. When I turn right it gets louder, when I turn left it makes no noise at all.

It's been doing this since June althought it's gotten progressively worse. I would have taken it to a shop sooner but I lived in a part of Louisiana that didn't have many, if any mechanics and now, I just don't have the money...

I'm assuming it's a ball joint but wanted to hear what you guys think it might be and how much it might cost to get fixed ?

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Old 11-16-2010
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Wheelbearing?
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Driver's side front wheel bearing.
When turning right the weight on the front left is increased.
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Old 11-17-2010
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Thank you guys for the reply...

is that expensive to get fixed ? more so or less then replacing a ball joint ?
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Old 11-17-2010
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wheel bearing...get it replaced asap

heres the price and Ford PN for the parts i got from alldata

outer wheel bearing PN B5A1216A, $18.30
outer race PN B5A1217B $19.99

inner bearing PN B7C1201A $14.98
inner race PN B7C1202A $29.97

also id replace the hub seal too and do the passenger side as well

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Old 11-17-2010
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I was told that I would have to buy the whole hub assembly...

I found this site with a how-to..

How To: Replacing Front Hub / Bearing 1995+ Ford Explorer IFS - Ford Explorer Ranger Enthusiasts "Serious Explorations"

It's for an Explorer but was hopeful that it was the same or close... Is this a pretty easy fix ? Can someone with really no mechanic experience do this repair or would it be best to take it to a garage ?
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you only have to replace the whole hub in 4x4s...2wd still have seperate bearings
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you only have to replace the whole hub in 4x4s...2wd still have seperate bearings
Is there a guide on how to replace them ? Is it a pretty fairly easy thing to do ?
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a chilton or haynes manual should tell you how to do it
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So...

I was taking my wife to work yesterday and noticed the the truck was turning really weird.. I don't know how to describ it but it almost felt like it was sliding or gliding around the turns.. I went to check the air in my tires and, I'm embarrassed to say, they were all flat, not just flat but all 4 tires were around 1, 1-1/2 PSI..

After airing up my tires for what seemed like 15 minutes, I hit the road and the constant roar that used to happen when I drove stopped. Now, the noise I was hearing happens only when I turn left. It used to be when I turned right..

Could this still be my wheel bearings or is it the tires ? or hell, could it be something else completely ?

I need tires anyway, the current set I've had since around May of 2009 and I've put almost 40k miles on them and they're the really cheap Primewell 860's I think for the set of 4 I paid under $300 (was totally broke at the time..)

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wow, 1 to 1 1/2 PSI? That is as low as having a flat, how couldnt ytou have noticed that just walking up to the car by chance?
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wow, 1 to 1 1/2 PSI? That is as low as having a flat, how couldnt ytou have noticed that just walking up to the car by chance?
I know it's crazy but they didn't even look flat before i checked them.
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Just to bump this, Does it sound like it could be the tires or do you think it may still be something to do with the wheel bearings ?
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Jack the front of the truck up and spin both tires. After your done with that tell us how they feel does one spin harder then the other?
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Problems fixed.

Turned out to be the Front Passengers wheel bearing. After going to about 5 different shops and being told by them all that they would only replace both wheel bearings or neither, Firestone did it for about $170 with tax.

I didn't think that was too horrible considering some of the stories I've heard about people that have paid $500-$600. It's cruel fate however that now that I have this fixed, I was told my breaks are completely shot and will take $800 to fix (new pads and rotors) It's amazing, I'm right at 119k miles and I've had to replace the rotors 6 times. Is this generally a defect with Rangers ?

I've always heard Rangers typically start falling apart around 120k miles. Anything else and I may consider getting rid of it.

Thanks everyone for your replies !
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Problems fixed.

Turned out to be the Front Passengers wheel bearing. After going to about 5 different shops and being told by them all that they would only replace both wheel bearings or neither, Firestone did it for about $170 with tax.

I didn't think that was too horrible considering some of the stories I've heard about people that have paid $500-$600. It's cruel fate however that now that I have this fixed, I was told my breaks are completely shot and will take $800 to fix (new pads and rotors) It's amazing, I'm right at 119k miles and I've had to replace the rotors 6 times. Is this generally a defect with Rangers ?

I've always heard Rangers typically start falling apart around 120k miles. Anything else and I may consider getting rid of it.

Thanks everyone for your replies !
Who ever told you it would cost $800 to replace your breaks see you coming.
There's no shop that should charge you over $250-$275 to replace your pads and rotors.
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^^ yeah $800 is highway robbery.
shop around and get some estimates.
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$800 for pads and shoes!?!?!?! Wow major over kill on the price rape batman!!!
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