2004 explorer grinding noise happens randomly when accelerating

Asked by Mar 06, 2014 at 05:22 PM about the 2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V6 AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi,
My 2004 explorer started making a grinding noise randomly when I accelerate. no change when I brake or turn, shifts fine engine is fine. if it happens and I let off the gas sound stops, if I slightly accelerate ( say under 2 rpm) still no sound. took off tires, no rub marks and brakes look good. I'm lost, if it happens when I leave for work it will continue the entire ride. after work, heading home does nothing.

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Possibly the power steering pump, but hard to tell. Will it grind at a dead stop, in park, while reving the engine and turning the wheel from side to side?

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We just had our 3rd AWD Explorer lunch the front differential's carrier bearings. Seems to be a pattern. For giggles, climb under the front and see if you can force either or both half-shafts from side to side. If so, plan on spending some money. If you use a salvage part, take the Tag numbers (or the tag) with you. There are 2 different diffs and they do not interchange.

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