96 Ford Van noisy rear

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Old 06-21-06, 06:03 PM
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96 Ford Van noisy rear

A buddy of mine has a van that is making a noise in the rear.
I think it's new...he says it's been there for a while...

It happens whenever the van is moving...but takes a few feet of rolling before it starts after changing from forward to reverse or vice-versa.
He thinks it's the brakes...I think it's something in the rear.

The noise is similar to the sound of oversize tires rubbing on the wheel well during a sharp turn. Kindof a buzzing/grinding sound.
And no...it's not a tire-rub anywhere.
 
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Old 06-21-06, 06:43 PM
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Sounds like time to start disecting.
 
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Old 06-21-06, 07:05 PM
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Are the tires wearing properly? I have had tires that wore so badly that it sounded as though I had big mudders on the car.
 
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Hard to say since he doesn't say what speed the vehicle is going to produce the sound
 
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Old 06-21-06, 08:58 PM
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Hard to say since he doesn't say what speed the vehicle is going to produce the sound

It does seem very simplistic. It is just one of many htings that could be happening and to take a look at. I had the noise more or less idling through a parking lot. It was actually nearly unbelivable the level of noise caused by those tires.
 
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Old 06-22-06, 09:08 AM
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It's not the tires...they are wearing normally...I think they are about 2 years old.
The noise starts quickly...less than 5mph and doesn't go away.
from what I observed...it starts within 1 full tire rotation when going in forward or reverse.
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Take the tire off and shake it to see if anything is inside it. Check the bushings for rot. Check the wheel bearing.
 
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Old 06-22-06, 09:28 AM
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The noise can be heard equally on both sides of the vehicle (which is why I was thinking something in the rear...I told him to check for Diff. oil)
I didn't see anything on his driveway or leaking off the axle.
 
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