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Old 08-24-2009, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question ¿¿¿Grinding noise from front end????

Okay, so i dont know if i should put this in the ford section or not because they are ford axles. oh well.

There is a grinding like noise coming from the front end. I have a hp dana 44 up front from a 1978 f250. I am not sure if it is a wheel bearing or if the brakes just make some noise. It feels like the noise and vibrations are transfered through the links to right under my seat. haha it seems like its coming from the drivers side of the axle.

it makes the noise in 2wd and 4wd,
with the hubs locked and with them unlocked,
under acceleration and coasting.
The hubs dont get unusually hot.
The noise stops when i'm turning. (for sure while turning left, not sure about turning right)
the noise stops when i press the brake. even pressing it very softly.
right after releasing the brake it starts again.

hmm thats all the clues i can think of right now.. if anybody has any questions that would help you identify the noise, let me know.
ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wheel bearings or brakes.
Jack it up and try to wiggle the wheel. Jacking it up should locate the problem.
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Wheel bearings or brakes.
Jack it up and try to wiggle the wheel. Jacking it up should locate the problem.
i've tried jiggling the wheel back and forth.. there's not really any play in it. could it make that noise from the wheel bearings being over-tightened?
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Moved to Gen newbie section.

You have to inspect it. Pull the hub covers, if water comes out its likely your bearings. Then keep tearing it down till you find the issue.
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