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2011 Ford Explorer Base FWD 4dr

2011 Ford Explorer
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door, Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
17 (est) mpg city / 25 (est) mpg hwy
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September 28, 2012, 5:58 pm

Savoera S

Question: Noise coming from rear-right tire

Recently the car started making this squeaking noise that seems to be coming from the rear, right tire. It's not always there, it just comes suddenly and disappears suddenly. It's not really loud, but the first time I heard it, it was a little loud. Now it comes and goes randomly, at random volumes.

My car is in need of alignment, and there is also something else going on with it, which started before I began hearing this squeaking noise. Several months ago it started giving this little jolt whenever I would put the gear in reverse. Instead of switching right away, it would pause, then jolt, sometimes a big jolt, sometimes a small one, and then it would switch. Even as I'm driving, it seems sometimes that the car jolts while in drive, but that doesn't happen as often as when I try to put it in reverse.

Are there any safety issues I need to be concerned about here, or would the car just die on me one of these days if I don't take it to a mechanic? I don't have the money currently to spend on repairs, but if there is a safety issue, I will just have to take public transport until I can afford to have it fixed.

Thanks for your input.

October 5, 2012, 5:45 pm

Ron W
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The squeak needs to be listened to by a mechanic to tell what it is and where it is coming from. It's almost impossible to diagnose noise long distance.

The jolt sounds like the transmission has a delayed shift. could be a valvebody issue or possibly it just needs service.

neither will get better on their own, and the transmission should be looked at as it may be fixable before it becomes a major repair.

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