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Old April 14th, 2009, 05:35 PM   #1
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Default FAWKING FORD SUPER DUTY!!! Front end grinding noice

My truck: 2002 F-250 Diesel, 4x4, Auto, no lift, 81k miles...basically stock

Heres the run down. Under normal driving conditions, driving straight, cornering... you hear what sounds like a physical grinding noise and feel a vibration like you were driving on rumble strips. This all "feels" like it is comming from the front drivers side, like in the front axle or under the drivers floor.

I have just replaced the unit bearing hub, ball joints, caliper, brake pads, rotor, lockout hubs... and the problem is still there.

I have searched online for hours and found many with the same problem but no useful answers.

I was just curious if any one has experienced a similar problem or any advice on what to check out.

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Ford F250 Super Duty 4x4 - Year 2003 - 207,000 miles. I get INTERMITTENT vibration, grinding and rubbing noises seemingly from the left front of the truck. The noises and vibrations come and go and seem to be triggered on and off by hitting bumps in the road. Although not always. Volume of noise and vibration varies from barely noticeable to as loud as running over rumble strips at highway speeds. After a severe episode it seems to go away for a while. I had a Ford Dealer do a front end inspection and safety check and they could not find anything. Now at my regular service providers location, and after a full day and test drives by different people they also are stumped. I am concerned about safety when driving at highway speeds, or also doing more damage by driving the vehicle.
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Old April 14th, 2009, 05:43 PM   #2
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i had a problem like this and it was the front driveshaft! the double u-joint end was coming apart. took it out and drove it around the noise wasnt there. had the shaft rebuilt and no problems anymore
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Old April 14th, 2009, 05:46 PM   #3
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but if the hubs are unlocked the front driveshaft shouldnt be spinning to make the vibration. so unless you in 4wd or the hubs are locked in you shoudlt get a vibe frm the CV going bad
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Old April 14th, 2009, 05:49 PM   #4
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mine has a vibration, and a kind of squeal or even squeak when i turn. mine is bad ball joints. the ball joints are famous for going bad. yours could be that too? or even wheel bearings. both are common super duty failures. i found no name ball joints on escam super cheap!
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the shift on the fly front ends spin all the time, im pretty sure. part time fronts will stop spinning when unlocked, in case its a front driveshaft.
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Old April 14th, 2009, 05:53 PM   #5
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did you do all the stuff you said on both sides. sound could transfer or bad tires
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Old April 14th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #6
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my buddy had an 02 f-250 same prob over and over its the wheel bearings every time it was the ball joints once. both are common on the super dutys
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Old April 14th, 2009, 06:45 PM   #7
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i also think the vibes could be coming from the tires.
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out of balance tires might do it too
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ours did the same thing twice now, both times the ujoints were either seized up or worn out in the axle shaft
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Old April 14th, 2009, 07:11 PM   #10
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an out of balance tire will not cause the problems he is having.

take the front drive shaft out, drive it and see what happens.
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Pull the front driveshaft and check all the joints and make sure both front hubs are disengaging. One could be still engaged at times spinning the front shaft.

Did you replace both front hub bearings? Does the noise change at all if you turn slightly while gong down the road?
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I agree with axle ujoints. Jack up the front end turn the tires to one side, lock in the hubs and spin the tires, one at a time, if you get any binding replace joints.
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you're fucked.. just tell your dad to take it in and get it fixed
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i had a problem like this and it was the front driveshaft! the double u-joint end was coming apart. took it out and drove it around the noise wasnt there. had the shaft rebuilt and no problems anymore
X2 Same year as the post.

Also, make sure if its the diesel that you are not running D rated tires. I broke bands in three of my BFG TAKO not realizing they were under rated.
Thank You Bell Tire
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seems weird it goes away, but had a friend have this happen sounded like right front and put all new front end parts in it both sides, still there, ended up being pinion bearing in the rear axle i guess it would echo, it had 3 different shops stumped cuz it sounded like it was from the front, not saying at all this is your problem just something similar

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you're fucked.. just tell your dad to take it in and get it fixed

yup take it to the dealer ur pretty much fucked when ur truck makes any noise acording to this guy

sum people know how to fix there stuff big guy
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Old April 16th, 2009, 10:04 AM   #17
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Get some new Michies & remove drive shaft. My front end is fukced too on my 99 SD.
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fixed the grind noise, it was the unitbearing on the passenger side. Good as new now.
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Would the noise/vibration stop if you put it in 4wd? If so, it's probably the bearing at the back of the unit bearing where the axle shaft goes through. They tend to wear out and cause these weird problems, plus they're a lot cheaper than buying a complete unit bearing.
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Would the noise/vibration stop if you put it in 4wd? If so, it's probably the bearing at the back of the unit bearing where the axle shaft goes through. They tend to wear out and cause these weird problems, plus they're a lot cheaper than buying a complete unit bearing.
winner winner chicken dinner for you sir. I plan on pulling the small bearing on the back side and have a new 1 installed. It will make for a good spare if need be.
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