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Old January 17th, 2011, 08:10 AM   #1
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Question 95 Explorer = Rear axle making ratcheting noises on tight turns ?

* 1995 4dr Explorer with rear disc brakes & 166,000 miles = Notible loud and ratchety Feeling rear axle ?? *

Just got this sat, upon testdrive noticed it was a 90* turn out of snowy driveway on top of a hill ...on a corner with cars comming and Explorer had no brake's.......

So I gave it aggresive throtttle to get out infront of on comming cars.....plenty of room buy the way...

Just wasnt expecting 10% brakes (pedal just about to floor ) when seller said they were allitle spungy is all


Either way am happy with vehicle, but am worried to drive the truck any length , due to rear axle issue ?


Ok...so back ontrack


While aggresively pulling out into traffic from ice and snow onto wet pavement ...Not burning tires off or anything like that...in 2wd

But while aggresively making a " tight turn "..I noticed a very loud and noticable ratcheting feel and sound comming from rear axle


I realize the rear diff was working, and it does drive down the road ok...It might buzz alittle ..but could also just be a bad unit bearing up front, dont know just yet


Actual question right here ** Are the 95's really that loud and ratchety feeling and sounding or is something on it's way out ??



Am going to pull the diff cover this weekend , inspect and get a pic if need be


Forgive the Novel....little trucks arnt my bag...and I want to get the point accross, best I can



Thanks for the space, & any & all suggestions

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Old January 17th, 2011, 08:25 AM   #2
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I'm not saying this is the problem, but I had similar symptoms in my 99 blazer when the spider gears went.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 08:27 AM   #3
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I'm not saying this is the problem, but I had similar symptoms in my 99 blazer when the spider gears went.
I'l ll be pulling cover and getting a pic, this weekend


Thanks for a suggestion...I didnt even think about
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Old January 17th, 2011, 08:40 AM   #4
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I'm not saying this is the problem, but I had similar symptoms in my 99 blazer when the spider gears went.
x2 on my 99 sierra
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* 1995 4dr Explorer with rear disc brakes & 166,000 miles = Notible loud and ratchety Feeling rear axle ?? *

Just got this sat, upon testdrive noticed it was a 90* turn out of snowy driveway on top of a hill ...on a corner with cars comming and Explorer had no brake's.......

So I gave it aggresive throtttle to get out infront of on comming cars.....plenty of room buy the way...

Just wasnt expecting 10% brakes (pedal just about to floor ) when seller said they were allitle spungy is all

Dont bring all this nonsense out here, I dealt with you in PM's. Dont' go trying to knock me in public b/c i dont think you will enjoy it. i'm not the only person fed up with your shady deals, you screwed me and you will screw other people.

First of all, plenty of room is not cutting cars off and secondly I told you the brakes were soft and and and wait for it and and and "You freaking slid all the way down my driveway as soon as you backed outta the garage." You had to of felt the full effect of the pedal then!!!!

Basically he slid up a 4ft incline(not sure how thats possible) , into oncoming traffic, floored it, the rear locked up (i told him i have not checked all the fluids), told me the truck was making a shit ton of noise (wasnt there when i drove it), changed are trade agreement and either wanted to leave me with a broke truck or give me less parts, real winner this guy is.
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Dont bring all this nonsense out here, I dealt with you in PM's. Dont' go trying to knock me in public b/c i dont think you will enjoy it. i'm not the only person fed up with your shady deals, you screwed me and you will screw other people.

First of all, plenty of room is not cutting cars off and secondly I told you the brakes were soft and and and wait for it and and and "You freaking slid all the way down my driveway as soon as you backed outta the garage." You had to of felt the full effect of the pedal then!!!!

Basically he slid up a 4ft incline(not sure how thats possible) , into oncoming traffic, floored it, the rear locked up (i told him i have not checked all the fluids), told me the truck was making a shit ton of noise (wasnt there when i drove it), changed are trade agreement and either wanted to leave me with a broke truck or give me less parts, real winner this guy is.
I don't know either of you, but I don't believe that he mentioned your name in his first post at all. So how is he "knocking" you??
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Dont bring all this nonsense out here, I dealt with you in PM's. Dont' go trying to knock me in public b/c i dont think you will enjoy it. i'm not the only person fed up with your shady deals, you screwed me and you will screw other people.
mudbilly helped me out a lot and was in no way shady.
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Dont bring all this nonsense out here, I dealt with you in PM's. Dont' go trying to knock me in public b/c i dont think you will enjoy it. i'm not the only person fed up with your shady deals, you screwed me and you will screw other people.

First of all, plenty of room is not cutting cars off and secondly I told you the brakes were soft and and and wait for it and and and "You freaking slid all the way down my driveway as soon as you backed outta the garage." You had to of felt the full effect of the pedal then!!!!

Basically he slid up a 4ft incline(not sure how thats possible) , into oncoming traffic, floored it, the rear locked up (i told him i have not checked all the fluids), told me the truck was making a shit ton of noise (wasnt there when i drove it), changed are trade agreement and either wanted to leave me with a broke truck or give me less parts, real winner this guy is.

I did not change agreement ...you did not deliver I picked up ....remember ?
I Also offer to pay $1,000 in cash instead of trade ....how is that screwing you ??

Nevermind

Way to bring in Dramma

I just want to know about the axle ...that is all ( I have pm's to support I never changed any deal 's .... I gave you good feedback for an as is vehicle ...now please ..just go away )


mods please clean this up if you can

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Either party involved complaining about a done deal will get neither of you anywhere. IT's done it's over, move on. All you will accomplish now is hard feelings.

Anyways I had FS Bronco(8.8) that had a noisy rear end it ended up just needing some friction modifier for the limtied slip.

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I don't know either of you, but I don't believe that he mentioned your name in his first post at all. So how is he "knocking" you??
Didn't mention the name specifically, but whining about himself screwing me over.

Mods if you want the whole story let me know, but this shady creep is at it again.
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I don't know either of you, but I don't believe that he mentioned your name in his first post at all. So how is he "knocking" you??
My intension of this thread and + feed back , was in no way intened to knock or bring dramma ....


I applogize , if it come acrros like that......i think is on the defensive , when it is not necassry

I am happy to have come through on my word, and with the deal that was agreed upon in pm's


Now...i just want to know ...whats up with these style rear axles
that is all

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Either party involved complaining about a done deal will get neither of you anywhere. IT's done it's over, move on. All you will accomplish now is hard feelings.

Anyways I had FS Bronco(8.8) that had a noisy rear end it ended up just needing some friction modifier for the limtied slip.
Thanks for keeping this thread into perspective

I apprieciate the suggestion
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Didn't mention the name specifically, but whining about himself screwing me over.

Mods if you want the whole story let me know, but this shady creep is at it again.
ya you realize mudbilly has 86 feedback and you have 2. you dont get positive feedback from being shady
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Either party involved complaining about a done deal will get neither of you anywhere. IT's done it's over, move on. All you will accomplish now is hard feelings.

Anyways I had FS Bronco(8.8) that had a noisy rear end it ended up just needing some friction modifier for the limtied slip.
ya my friends explorer with the 8.8 had the same problem
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As stated already, He did not bring your name into this. You did. Lighten up. He's just trying to figure out what is wrong with the Vehicle so HE can fix it and drive it. He's not a Shady Character, I've delt with him over PM's and he's a great communicator and is honest. A witch hunt you will not get

Mudbilly, I had a 96 explorer (same axle) and it made some decent amount of noise when my dad had it. I remember because I had to ride in the back and always told him his axle was making noises. What that noise is, I have no idea. If the breaks are no Good You would obviously want to check the pads and rotors. Good luck with fixing it and avoiding the .
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As stated already, He did not bring your name into this. You did. Lighten up. He's just trying to figure out what is wrong with the Vehicle so HE can fix it and drive it. He's not a Shady Character, I've delt with him over PM's and he's a great communicator and is honest. A witch hunt you will not get

Mudbilly, I had a 96 explorer (same axle) and it made some decent amount of noise when my dad had it. I remember because I had to ride in the back and always told him his axle was making noises. What that noise is, I have no idea. If the breaks are no Good You would obviously want to check the pads and rotors. Good luck with fixing it and avoiding the .


Thanks very much....


The general consensus I'm getting so far...is maybe this gen of Explorer have a noiser than Gen 1's rear axle


The noticable vibration coused buy the ratcheting effect has me more concered than the slight noise

Heck the Buzzing i'm hearing down the road, could be a unit bearing or rear axle bearing.....this vehicle is new to me, so it's noises are new to me



Thanks guys for any and all idea's

Cant wait to get the darn diff cover off and seeing for myself ( since I sevice all used vehicles I aquire before I send them down the road anyway )
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I have heard of this with those limited slips as well, and adding some friction modifier may do it, as someone else posted above. Drain, fill, test, if still noisy, add modifier.
Worth a shot.
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Didn't mention the name specifically, but whining about himself screwing me over.

Mods if you want the whole story let me know, but this shady creep is at it again.
He didnt mention your name, just wants to find out whats going on with an axle in a vehicle that he bought. Plus, i dont think he would be complaining about him screwing you over. Deals done, there is no knocking, so shut up and be happy you got what you got for it.

As for the rear axle, my f150 used to do it. changed diff lube and it got a little quieter, put some friction modifier in it and it cleaned right up. might not be your problem, but you can hope right?

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As a Ford only guy I will agree a few of the answers above,
Change the fluid and add a friction modifier but that will only help on a limited slip and not an open diff. If that does not fix it then pull the cover and check the carrier for a bad spider gear.
those rear axles usually hold up fairly well in the Explorers so I doubt it is a broken gear.
Does it do it turning both directions left and right what speed and throttle or no throttle?
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As a Ford only guy I will agree a few of the answers above,
Change the fluid and add a friction modifier but that will only help on a limited slip and not an open diff. If that does not fix it then pull the cover and check the carrier for a bad spider gear.
those rear axles usually hold up fairly well in the Explorers so I doubt it is a broken gear.
Does it do it turning both directions left and right what speed and throttle or no throttle?
Well so far have only driven it on a 5 minute test drive which is where I encountered the ratcheting effect the most due to the cornering in and out of driveway

And then a slow and easy ride 45 minute ride up m-24 ....white knuckle affraid something was going to break (rear axle ) or fall off ( maybe front wheel unit bearing ) ...so very easy driveing ...since this vehicle has sat for about 1 year before PO acquired it and traded it off


noise is definately when you put a load on it..while cornering ..1/4 throttle or more to get the tire to spin ...then noise starts and chatter feel happens


while driving straight it almost sounds like a bad front unit bearing buzz....which i have yet to verify or check into yet at this point

I simply am not used to this gen explorer and donot have any experiance with the axle that comes in it

I have had a 92 8.8 and it dint even come close to making any noises at all


I will drive this again on the road tomorrow once I get my Plate & insurance on it

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