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Old 03-24-2013, 12:10 PM
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I have been fighting a vibration that appears at 55mph and gets a little worse with more speed. It starts in the seat and then gets worse in the steering wheel. This has been going on for about a year now. The vibration seems to fade in and fade out as I drive at a constant speed.

I have done the following to try and fix this
- New tires with many many balances and rotations. Same vibration as always. Tire shop says wheels are fine too.
- New ball joints and outer tie rods
- alignment
- wheel bearings
- 98+ one piece driveshaft to eliminate carrier bearing. This got rid of my 40-45mph shake. New u joints and balanced by tom woods driveshafts
- all new brakes, drums, rotors.

I am at my wits end here. What is causing this??? I don't have the money to keep throwing at it. If I find a sure fix, I would gladly pay to do it.
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bad rear axle bearings?
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:16 PM
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bad rear axle bearings?
Simple way to test for this?
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Simple way to test for this?
jack up rear end, pull wheels and drums and spin the axles by hand
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:49 PM
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jack up rear end, pull wheels and drums and spin the axles by hand
Thanks, I'll see what I find
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:25 PM
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Thanks, I'll see what I find
So I thought about it. And there was some play in the rear axles while I was doing my brakes. Could this cause vibrations all the way to the steering wheel??

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My thing is I am tired of throwing money at this problem.

I would assume that if the rear bearings were bad, a leak would have developed in the axle too, an they are dry....
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:52 PM
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Have you taken it to ford?
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:56 AM
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So I thought about it. And there was some play in the rear axles while I was doing my brakes. Could this cause vibrations all the way to the steering wheel??

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My thing is I am tired of throwing money at this problem.

I would assume that if the rear bearings were bad, a leak would have developed in the axle too, an they are dry....
not necessarily...the bearings can go bad but the seals can still be good
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:18 AM
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Have you taken it to ford?
I haven't because every new shop I take it to says "tires are out of balance" an they won't explore other possibilities until they balance the tires themselves. The problem Is not the tires.
The ford dealer where I live is terrible. I will never take a vehicle to them. Ever. I am sure there is much more knowledge on this site than at that dealer.
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:19 AM
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:20 AM
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not necessarily...the bearings can go bad but the seals can still be good
Yeah, im tempted to change the bearings now. I really haven't seem may guys talk about rear wheel bearings on this forum. Is it common to have to replace them at 100k miles?

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Wth??? Look at this...



It looks like a small animal has been chewing on my rear roller bearings.
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Wth??? Look at this...



It looks like a small animal has been chewing on my rear roller bearings.
theres your problem lol
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:21 PM
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theres your problem lol
One whole year of fighting and multiple shops. Dj fixes my problem in 1 post.

Too bad the bearings I bought are too big. Timken must think 8.8 and 31 spline are the same thing.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:23 PM
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One whole year of fighting and multiple shops. Dj fixes my problem in 1 post.

Too bad the bearings I bought are too big. Timken must think 8.8 and 31 spline are the same thing.
that blows...id inspect the axle really close too
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