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Front Suspension Wheel Bearing Problems of Mercury Mountaineer



Mercury Mountaineer owners have reported 11 problems related to front suspension wheel bearing (under the suspension category).

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1998 Mercury Mountaineer 1
Failure Date: 10/05/2011

The contact owns a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to maneuver. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the tire rods, wheel bearings, and the tires needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 210,000.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2007 Mercury Mountaineer 2
Failure Date: 02/07/2008

Front bearings that attaches to the awd failed. It will be replaced as soon as parts are available.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2002 Mercury Mountaineer 3
Failure Date: 05/30/2007

Loud roaring noise coming from front left wheel. Ford dealership service department replaced wheel bearing as part had failed. After replacing front wheel bearing the mechanic test drove the vehicle and determined the right rear wheel bearing had failed as well due to a roaring noise coming from rear end right wheel. Both are being replaced for $500. 00. Who knows when the other two wheel bearings are going to fail and need replaced. Vehicle only has 81,000 miles on it and it is uncommon to hear of a wheel bearing failing with so few miles. This is not an uncommon problem with 2002 through 2004 Mercury Mountaineers or Ford explorers from other complaints read and the dealership in which I am having the work done at stated this has been a common problem they have had to deal with. I would think with so many problems that a recall would have or will occur. I would understand if it was a vehicle with over 100,000 miles if not more than 150,000 miles, but vehicles with as few as 10,000 miles this is problem that could lead to serious accidents and injuries.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2003 Mercury Mountaineer 4
Failure Date: 05/23/2007

The contact owns a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that the rear driver's side wheel bearing was replaced 3 times within 16 months. On October 1, 2008, while driving out of the driveway at an unknown speed, she heard a loud noise. The vehicle was towed to the repair shop and the mechanic stated that the rear driver's side wheel bearing failed. The contact stated that the vehicle was not driven on dirt roads, only in the city. She feels that either the wheel bearing is defective or the Ford dealer did not properly correct the previous failures. The Ford dealer stated that the vehicle is out of warranty and the wheel bearing is only good for 12,000 miles. The manufacturer took a report and stated that they will forward her information to the dealer. From there, the dealer will determine if the vehicle will be repaired. The failure mileage was 74,494 and current mileage was 104,000. Updated 11/14/08 the driver side visor was hanging down, the vehicle stalled on several occasions. The lower ball joints and outer tie rod ends were replaced. The rear hatch window cracked. The vehicle would crank, but it would not start. Updated 11/18/08.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2002 Mercury Mountaineer 5
Failure Date: 12/16/2006

The contact owns a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer. While driving 30 mph uphill, the contact heard a clunking noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The dealer stated that the wheel bearing needed to be replaced. The VIN and engine size were unknown. The current mileage was 70,000 and failure mileage was 65,000.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2002 Mercury Mountaineer 6
Failure Date: 10/26/2006

Bought used from a dealer 10-05 with 71328 miles. Checked out by mechanic. No problems w/ drive train, tranny, or suspension, except to change fluids in differentials (rear & front). Did this first week we owned it & water found in rear differential. 1st owner's records came with car. All services were done (no mention of problems). I serviced it every 2-3000 miles. On 4-27-06 the tranny flushed, & the rear differential & transfer case serviced. Mileage was 85857. 2 new tires put on front on 5-25-06 (flat tire). On way home (18 mi. Into 35 mi. Drive), front end started to fail. Couldn't find source of leaking fluid. Drive home. Next morning, tried to return to mechanic with car. Made it about 25 of the 35 miles to town before front end failed. Mechanic showed us the gears from the differential--the "teeth" were sheared completely off 1/3 of it--remaining teeth sheared down by at least 50%. Front differential was replaced, also 4 ball joints, seals for both shafts, brake pads (from differential fluid damage) were replaced. All 4 wheels had bearings repacked. 2 more tires bought. Within 1 week, began hearing noise again from drive train. Car back at mechanic on 6-20-06. The noise now from rear transfer case. It was flushed 2 times (fluid filled with fine metal fragments). The rear differential fluid also changed. Mechanic said 4-6 months until rear end failed. I've now lost the rear end--also have to replace all 4 sets of wheel bearings & replace all axles. Will re-assess front differential after rear is fixed. We've contacted Ford, no recalls for our car. They'll not make any repairs or reimburse for faulty equipment. I'm not original owner & warranty has expired. It doesn't qualify for state lemon law (mileage). There's at least 31 problems and 18 complaints on your website that I've had in the 1 year since I bought this car. This is a Ford issue. I just want to re-coup my $4000+ in repair costs & trade it off for a non-Ford SUV.


car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2002 Mercury Mountaineer 7
Failure Date: 07/23/2006

: the contact stated the vehicle's front driver side made a wobbling sound while driving 8 mph. The sound only occurred when the vehicle was in motion. On 08/08/06 the vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop who inspected the tires and determined that the wheel bearings were bad. The dealer was contacted on the same day and expressed that a diagnostic test needed to be performed to locate the cause of the noise. The manufacturer was not contacted.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2003 Mercury Mountaineer 8
Failure Date: 07/21/2006

2003 Mercury Mountaineer awd 4. 0l. We purchased our Mountaineer in June of 2004, with 22,000 miles on the odometer. Approximately 300 miles into our ownership, we experienced a front bearing wine. Dealership covered defect under 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty. Other defects covered. . . Replacement of the rear speed sensor at 23,454 miles. A 2nd abs problem required a new actuator speed control switch assembly at 28,419 miles. Transmission shift solenoid replaced at 32,075 miles. Driver side passenger window motor replaced at 33,443 miles. Recall on rear glass hatch lift struts at 27,379 miles. January 23, 2006 our Mountaineer now has 42,777 miles on the odometer. We noticed a low pitch noise starting at 25-30 mph and becoming higher in pitch at higher speeds. Our local Lincoln / Mercury dealership service advisor determined we had a faulty rear axle ring & pinion gear set. They rebuilt our rear axle using the VIN # to determine actual bill of sales date, which was June of 2003. This gave us a warranty until June of 2006 thus nearing the end of our 36 months warranty. We regretfully admit paying a $200. 00 deductible the dealership asked for. We drove off with our newly rebuilt axle in our Mountaineer. Our noisy axle never went away. The dealership blamed this due to worn and noisy tires. We replaced these tires at 47,500 miles or 4,500 miles after the original axle noise complaint with no real apparent change to our noisy problem. Our Mercury Mountaineer went back into the shop at 48,300 miles with a noise still distinctive from the rear. Again our local Mercury dealership took a look at the SUV with the service manager riding in the vehicle. His comment. . . Sounds like an on-going rear axle issue. He would check with his district manager about replacing the entire axle assembly this time around. They contacted us by phone the next day. They didn't believe it was the axle, but one of the rear outer hub wheel bearing assemblies. It would cost us $270. 00.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2002 Mercury Mountaineer 9
Failure Date: 03/01/2005

2002 Mountaineer stalls, transmission control assembly, main control valve, and gasket had to be replaced. The lift gate was sticking, and while closing it, the glass shattered, the glass was recalled, and was suppose to have been fixed. The oil light illuminated. The trim on the front door fell off while driving. There was a grinding noise coming from the rear wheels, it was determined that there was severe rust on the brake componets, the park brake shoes fell apart due to corrosion, the rear wheel bearing and knuckle assembly had excessive rust.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1998 Mercury Mountaineer 10
Failure Date: 07/03/2001

Consumer states during routine oil change mechanic saw the front bushings were shredded.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1998 Mercury Mountaineer 11

Wheel bearings went out.