Grinding Noise problems of the 2004 Ford Explorer
Two problems linked to grinding noise have been reported for the 2004 Ford Explorer.
Grinding Noise problem #1
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FMZU72E44_. My 2004 Ford Explorer was making a horrible rubbing/grinding sound coming from the rear of the vehicle. When I took my foot off the gas pedal, the noise was more pronounced. I took the vehicle to my mechanic thinking it was the brakes and he informed me that the entire rear of the vehicle was "loose" and I should have a diagnostic test done by a Ford dealer. I took it to my local dealer where I purchased the vehicle. The technician informed me that he would have to remove the entire rear differential to open it to find the problem. After that being done, I was told that he found "faulty" ring and pinion and carrier bearings that needed to be replaced so an entire new kit had to be installed and refilled with fluids which intern ended up costing $1,400. I could not get a satisfactorily explanation as to why this would have happened to my vehicle which only has 46,000 miles on it, never been in an accident nor has it ever towed anything. I told my mechanic this and he said that this should not have happened with such low mileage. I am very upset that the certified Ford dealer admits on paper that my vehicle had "faulty" parts yet I am the one who had to pay the price!. It was Nov. 21, 2009 when this grinding noise issue occurred.
Grinding Noise problem #2
The vehicle is a 2004 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 40 mph he heard a loud low pitch grinding noise coming underneath the rear wheels. A passenger in the vehicle stated that she could feel vibrations underneath the seats. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and was in the process of having the failure diagnosed. The failure mileage was 79,500 and the current mileage was 79,664. This problem occurred on Thu., Aug. 5, 2010.
Other Suspension related problems of the 2004 Ford Explorer:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problems||6|
|Rear Suspension problems||4|
|Grinding Noise problems||2|
|Front Suspension problems||2|
|Front Suspension Hub problems||1|
|Rear Suspension Coil Springs problems||1|
|Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problems||1|
|Ball Joint problems||1|