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BAD HUMMING FROM DRIVER FRONT WHEEL

well my ranger has been makeing a bad humming from the front driver wheel at any speed, truck is a 03 EDGE 4X4 4.0 SOHC.. sounds like a wheel or hub bearing is going bad, havent had a chance to take the wheel off and inspect anything yet as its my work truck. anyone else had this problem? any help is appriceated!
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Jack the truck up. Grab the wheel top and bottom and shake it. If its got slop your looking at a bad wheel bearing.

Another test is going around a corner with decent speed. Once the body roll pulls weight off the offending bearing the noise will go away.

Tires can make this noise too.
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I've been tracking down what sounds to be the same problem for a while now.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...e-out-hum.html

I thought it was coming from the passenger side because it went away when I turned right (weight off passenger side) so I replaced the bearing to no avail. I've purchased the other side bearing but haven't installed it yet, but I am not confident it will resolve the problem. I'm not sure if we have the same issue, but it seems similar.
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i just watched ur video and it sounds almost identical to mine! i just hope its the wheel ber. ive replaced a few in my time just never on a 4x4. how bad is it to tear down?
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Its easy, if you can change your breaks you can do your wheel bearing. Get a good wheel bearing from Napa or Advance. Dont get a cheap one or you'll replace it again.
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ive done breaks, rotors, on several cars and trucks, just have not taken wheel off yet to see what im up against! my truck has been good to me, no problems accept what its doing now
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Take the wheel off, take the axle nut off, unbolt the caliper and take the three bolts out for the wheel bearing. I know there is more depth but thats the basic.
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Start simple. Rotate the tires. Seriously, I thought I had a bad bearing on my explorer and I put the spare on the front for S & G and the noise and vibration went completely away. I had good year tires and they were starting to separate, but lack of rotation or any tire anomaly might be the cause.

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tires are a lil low on tread, but they were rotated every 5k and rebalanced.
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Did u put the truck up on jacks and see if it wiggles at the 12&6 also the 3&9 position on the wheel?
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Its easy, if you can change your breaks you can do your wheel bearing. Get a good wheel bearing from Napa or Advance. Dont get a cheap one or you'll replace it again.
Since when does Advance have "good" parts?
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Since when does Advance have "good" parts?
Fair parts, rather go there before autozone
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well every auto parts store wants to sell me a complete hub bearing ***. 210 bucks, they said the wheel bearings are sealed
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well every auto parts store wants to sell me a complete hub bearing ***. 210 bucks, they said the wheel bearings are sealed
yes, thats all that is available, the bearing assembly is not servicable. you get waht you pay for with these bearing units, dont cheap out if you can afford not to. napa sells timken units and i believe they have a warranty on them as well.
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The bearings are sealed on the 4x4 applications. You will need to buy the complete hub assembly. I would make sure that it isn't your tires first before you spend some cash. Rotate your tires.
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T. I would make sure that it isn't your tires first before you spend some cash. Rotate your tires.
yeah tomo im gona drop the spare tire (new) put it on and go for a ride, also going to see if there is any slop in the wheel once truck is off the ground. i did get to do the speed test, turn the truck at speed mayb 25 mph or so and the noise quiet down considerably so sounds like the hub ***
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yes, thats all that is available, the bearing assembly is not servicable. you get waht you pay for with these bearing units, dont cheap out if you can afford not to. napa sells timken units and i believe they have a warranty on them as well.
I like the Napa SKF's I changed both of my stock ones with them.
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I run all ford bearings in mine. Rotors are no big deal, but a ford bearing lasts a hella long time
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well the ford unit is over 300 dollars , and the napa unit is 210 and comes with a 3 year warranty. while id like to put ford parts on im suffering from funds are low
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