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gregross823
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Jan 9, 2007, 8:03 AM

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violent shaking - 2000 Ford Explorer Sign In

Hello everyone. Last night, I changed my front brakes and rotors (probably about the 7th or 8th time in my life that I have changed them, so I'm not a complete rookie).

I have a 2000 Ford Explorer sport. Everything seemed fine, except last night, when I took it for a spin around the block, I noticed that whenever I turned, I felt a pretty good vibration/shaking on the front of my truck.

I took the wheels off again, made sure everything seemed tight, put them back on, and went for another ride. Same thing happened.

This morning, on the way to work, whenever I hit a slight bump in the thruway (and I mean slight), my truck started shaking violently. As soon as I slowed it down to about 25-30 mph, the vibration went away. I was able to get the truck back up to 55 mph and the truck didn't shake again...........until I hit another bump.

Whats going on?
Please help!


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 9, 2007, 10:36 AM

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Re: violent shaking - 2000 Ford Explorer Sign In

Possible is that rust or dirt is behind rotor and hub and fell down throwing a rotor or both out of true. This has happened to me and cured right away by cleaning it all up with a gasket scraper and grease (carbon type brake lube) on the clean hub and never saw those vehicles do it again.

Just a maybe but it happens in rusty Massachusetts a lot! Mad T



gregross823
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Jan 9, 2007, 11:52 AM

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Re: violent shaking - 2000 Ford Explorer Sign In

Thanks Tom, I'll check that out tonight.
Hey, I'm in Buffalo NY, so we know all too much about rust........


gregross823
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Jan 10, 2007, 9:10 AM

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Re: violent shaking - 2000 Ford Explorer Sign In

It ended up being air that got into the power steering system that was the problem. While changing the brakes, I turned the steering wheel without completely starting the truck. I thought that might explain the vibrations when turning, but was surprised that it would that cause the vibrations when hitting a bump on the thruway.
But after turning the steering wheel from left to right about 40 times with the truck running, the problem disappeared.
Thanks for the help.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 12, 2007, 9:44 AM

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Re: violent shaking - 2000 Ford Explorer Sign In

Turning PS left and right is how you bleed it out. The bigger question is why you had to?? T



gregross823
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Jan 12, 2007, 10:03 AM

Post #6 of 10 (11439 views)
Re: violent shaking - 2000 Ford Explorer Sign In

I did it to get easier access to the break pads and rotors while I had the truck jacked up.

I thought it made sense at the time, but I guess I could be wrong.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 12, 2007, 12:46 PM

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Re: violent shaking - 2000 Ford Explorer Sign In

Turning the wheels with engine of somtimes causes the PS fluid to purge some and I don't know why. Just having it properly filled should be enough??, T



ottermiller
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Apr 17, 2007, 2:39 PM

Post #8 of 10 (11326 views)
Re: violent shaking - 2000 Ford Explorer Sign In

u could have a busted sway bar linkage


lostgolfin
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Apr 11, 2010, 10:23 AM

Post #9 of 10 (10249 views)
Re: violent shaking - 2000 Ford Explorer Sign In

had the same shaking problem on a 98 exploder V6, did the turn the wheel back and forth 40 times thing, worked like a charm! no more shaking!


Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 11, 2010, 10:30 AM

Post #10 of 10 (10244 views)
Re: violent shaking - 2000 Ford Explorer Sign In

Thread is almost three years old! Look at the dates. If it isn't fixed by now that one is in trouble!

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