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Old 05-16-2006, 12:46 AM   #1
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My 96 Explorer is carrying complaining BAD in the front suspension department. Any little bump in the road will emit a wonderful skreach. Also tends to be when I turn and am not at a high speed. Already rulled out a low power steering fluid.

I've had a couple of suggestions:

Sway Bar Bushings
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Maybe the serpentine tensioner is losing it'* tension?, you say screetch so i dont see how it could be a front end part?
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Maybe the serpentine tensioner is losing it'* tension?, you say screetch so i dont see how it could be a front end part?
mmm, serp. belt? I'm SURE it isn't that. I've heard when that starts howling
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Seal in rack and pinion steering??

If this is a WillWren style bait i'm gonna screeh....LOL
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Lower ball joints. Common ford problem.
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Also make sure you use Ford Only power steering fluid. ANy other fluid will make noise and give you problems. I fix I have used is to flush the system with the Lubeguard flush, and then add either the Ford specific fluid or use the Lubeguard Power Steering Fluid.
http://www.lubegard.com/automotive/pwrstr_flush.html
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Check your belt tension John. That'* what mine was on the Zilla. I've replaced BOTH tensioners on that car in the last 60 days now.

You can use a torque wrench to see how much tension it has. Ball joints shouldn't screech. That'* an indicator of a high-frequency (spinning) failure.
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It'* the ball joints. I had an old '97 X a few years ago and mine suffered from that. A good place to go and look up the problem is http://www.explorerforum.com
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Thanks for all the input! I REALLY appriciate it! Going to tear into in the next coupla days! I'll keep you posted!
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http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=32

For my F150, this site is simply the best. I hope you get 1/2 as much out of it as I do.
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