Some 2011-2013 Ford Explorer vehicles may exhibit a noise form the front wheel area when accelerating from a stop or when shifting between drive and reverse. The noise is usually described as a ting or a pop type noise.
- Separate the halfshaft from the wheel hub. Refer to the workshop manual, section 205-04. Do not remove halfshafts from the transmission or power transfer unit (PTO).
- Install one thrust washer, metal surface first, over the halfshaft splines until the metal ring is flat against the wheel bearing mating surface. The nylon surface should face outward toward the hub/splines.
- Assemble the halfshaft to the wheel hub. A new ball joint nut and wheel hub nut must be used during assembly.
Nut, wheel hub……….W712435-S439
Nut, ball joint…………W714890-S440
Install a new washer onto the spline with the metal side facing the halfshaft and the nylon side facing outward.
Seat the thrust washer fully against the wheel bearing mating surface.