Ford Expedition has metal-grinding sound

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Old 10-12-13, 10:52 PM
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Ford Expedition has metal-grinding sound

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My 1998 Ford Expedition has a metal on metal grinding sound, most noticeable at speeds under 30 mph and worsening with braking. It seems to be coming from front driver side wheel.

Tires are fairly good-probably a good year of life left on them.

New bearings on both sides about 4 to 6 weeks ago.

No issues with stopping other than the noise. I did notice about 2 weeks ago that sometimes when I was braking the car wanted to pull hard right.

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Sounds like you have a problem with your front brakes, stuck caliper piston, guide pin, boot, etc. I suggest having the brakes looked over by a professional mechanic if you're not a DIYer.
 
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Checking the brakes is my first thought, sooner not later!

btw - welcome to the forums!
 
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Additional noise I forgot to mention.

Thanks for the quick replies. I just remembered one other thing...it makes a noise when I am turning the wheel at a slow roll, such as when I am backing out of my garage or a parking spot. It is coming from the same area. The noise sounds like...I don't know. Like a groan with a series of thwacks. Does that make sense?
 
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You might take it back to the shop that installed the bearings just to make sure it's not a problem with the wheel bearing. Sounds kind of like a wheel bearing. The can check the brakes at the same time if you aren't able/willing to jack it up yourself.
 
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Thank you!

They are looking at it tomorrow. Thanks! And you are correct, this mommy doesn't jack up cars!

Thanks for your help. I like to know before I go to the mechanic.
 
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Result

Thought I'd post the results in case it helps someone else down the road.

Brake pads were down to almost nothing, driver side rotar was chewed up too. Had those replaced.

Still have that sound when I am turning my wheel at low speed.
 
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Often a noise that only shows up when turning the wheel one direction or the other is caused by a worn wheel bearing. I'd take it back to the shop and tell them the noise is still there. Have they test drove it?
 
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I don't think he drove it, but he should've heard it backing it out of his garage bay? I don't hear it when driving, only in parking lots and driveways. Maybe I will take it back to my old mechanic. I moved and my better half found this guy close to us. I try to use him because he is laid off and works from his garage to support his family now, but I think I may need someone better.
 
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If you have a mechanic you trust, it's best to stay with him. Good trustworthy mechanics can be hard to find. While it's nice to help others out, you still need to look out for your own best interests
 
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