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Old 11-22-2009, 09:06 PM
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i have a 2004 ford ranger V6 4.0 with about 100k miles on it, there is a humming sound coming from what sounds like the drivers side axle that sounds like a bearing issue, and when we put it in 4x4 it bangs into 4-wheel and pulls to the left when i take it out of 4-wheel it goes about 30 ft then bangs out of 4-wheel, when in 4-wheel the humming becomes very pronounced and it sounds like the drivers side is not engaging fully, i already changed the wheel bearing it was falling apart, where and how do you change the auto locking hubs that one of the things i think are bad

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Old 11-22-2009, 11:46 PM
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Don't know about a 'h/o'(high output) 4.0..

Never heard of rotors or calipers just falling apart..

Top the fluid off and see if the problem persists. The Tcase and trans take ATF(automatic trans fluid). The drain is just like a axle fill plug or any other type of fill plug....3/8" ratchet sticks in there and it's lefty loosey. To get to the tcase drain, you've gotta remove the 4 13mm head bolts that hold on the 'dynamic balancer' thingy on the back driverside of the tcase.

BUT...that's if youre asking about the transfer case. If it's the front axle, there is no drain. The proper way to drain it is dropping the axle out of the truck and popping off the differential cover.




Is it a constant grinding?? Meaning in 2wd or 4wd or anything? I'd suspect wheel bearings before I start thinking front axle or tcase. But again...top of the fluids and see if the problem persists then go from there.
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Old 11-23-2009, 12:15 AM
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welcome to the forums. i hope you get that figured out soon..
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Old 11-23-2009, 02:34 AM
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:43 AM
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I had a problem similar sounding to this, my automatic hubs broke and wouldn't always disengage. I changed my hubs out for manuals because they are a lot stronger, although in my truck it happened after you used 4wd, then put it in two. We had a real bad winter here last year and the roads were bad enough that I drove in 4wd for several days, and getting across the passes to go home. The autos are fine and convenient but I like strength more. And I can see how the same sounds and bucking would occur when you put it in 4wd to.

Oh and welcome! I'm a GM guy to, but I think you'll find they are great trucks to.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:57 PM
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i changed the front drivers side whlle bearing it was bad thats what started this mess the calipers slide bolts froze in place and chewed up the rotors but aqll that is taken care of after changing the bearing the noise got better but was always there niw its getting steadily louder im dropping the front xfer case on wednesday to look inside and change the gasket thats leaking but before i change the cv joint how do i tell if its bad it sits firmly with no shake or leak and doesnt click when i turn
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:00 PM
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In my experience, your cv fails, you will know it. The boots are usually first to go and if not they do when the cv fails so will the boot. You'll hear the death click when the boot goes out or the death slam as the cv fails. If they feel tight you should be fine. My experience also stems more from front wheel drives and chevys with IFS. So if its not leaking or clicking I'd say it is just fine.
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