Growling , klunk at low speed acceleration AFTER the tire place installed a new tire

Asked by Sep 14, 2016 at 10:08 AM about the 2007 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD

Question type: General

I recently replaced a tire w a far more aggressive
all terrain tire on a 2007 ford explorer 4wd w
advance trac.  I replaced front passenger wheel
bearing and outer tie rod . All other parts seem find
. We moved the all terrain tire to the back and did
alignment that day I started having issues .... a
growl and thunk at slow low speed acceleration
one it gets past this everything is perfect . Never
did this before the one all terrain tire . It sounds like
a 4wd coming out hard . No codes , no lights
coming on . Tires are all similar tread depth but
this newly replaced tire is the only all terrain .
Could this be messing with sensors and trying 6o
engage 4wd on demand  ? Also only does it on
pavement .

6 Answers

241,545

So you only put one different tire on? That would explain the problem. An AWD or 4x4 vehicle needs to have all 4 tires close to the same circumference or you will get binding and drivetrain issues. The differentials and vehicles sensors/computers are trying to compensate for the difference. Replace the other 3 with the same tire as the new one, and get some cash for the older ones.

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Thank you ! That was my thought and they all tell me that it doesn't matter because it is the same "size" tire .... but from what I can tell it could trigger the system to try to engage because that tire "grabs" while the less aggessive tread doesn't ... . But I'm a girl and we'll u know lol

241,545

Same size between different tires and manufacturers can vary. Also new tread vs old tread will be enough to give you problems.

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Thank you !

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Do not keep driving it like this or you will bust the rear axel or if in 4wd the transfer case. All tires must be identical.

I kept the one they pulled off so I'm going to put it back on . I bumped a curb and damaged the sidewall and can't afford to put new ones on til next month . It wasn't losing air I just didn't want to risk it blowing out . Thanks for the help . Hopefully this will take care .

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