2004 Explorer Clicking noise as wheel...

2004 Explorer Clicking noise as wheels turn...

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Manistee, MI

#1 May 14, 2007
I'm noticing a clicking noise when I drive at slower speeds. The noise comes from the rear of the vehicle and sounds like it slows down as the vehicle slows down. Any thoughts?

Medina, OH

#2 Jun 10, 2007
My 03 Is doing the same thing! I'm thinking it's in the pkg. brake?
Anybody out there?

Columbus, OH

#3 Jun 26, 2007
Cheak and see if your park brake cable mount wire is bent out if so this will allow the cable to rub on the wheel assembly cuasing a ticking sound.


Chatham, IL

#4 Aug 25, 2007
My 03 is making the same noise at low speed. Was on one side, now both. Suspect an axle problem. Any one had this repaired yet?

United States

#5 Feb 1, 2008
sounds like a front u jiont to me

United States

#6 Feb 6, 2008
there are a couple of possibilities i can think of could be your e-brake shoes broken,the backing plate rubbing the rear rotor, an out of round rotor is most likely the problem, does your brakes pulsate? the final possibility is you have a rear wheel bearing going bad

Yorktown Heights, NY

#7 Jul 18, 2008
Durb wrote:
I'm noticing a clicking noise when I drive at slower speeds. The noise comes from the rear of the vehicle and sounds like it slows down as the vehicle slows down. Any thoughts?
Same exact thing is going on with my 2004 Ford Explorer. I hope that it isn't anything major.

United States

#8 Jul 23, 2008
I hear the exact same clicking noise coming from the rear of my 2002 Explorer. It is really annoying so I recently replaced the rear brakes pads thinking this was going to solve the problem. No luck. The rotors are in good condition.???

Asia/Pacific Region

#9 Sep 2, 2008
I had the same click coming from the rear of my 2004 explorer. While repalcing the rear disc brakes, I removed the rear rotors and whala, both of the emergency parking brake shoe pads only fell out onto the ground. This was the case on both rear left and right sides of the vehicle. Since noone uses the emergency brake anyway these days, I left them out and will fix at a later date. These half-moon shaped pads seperated from the shoes and were free-wheeling inside the rear of the back rotors. No more noises.

Coquitlam, Canada

#10 Oct 4, 2008
I had the same problem on my 04 explorer. When I took the wheels off I couldn't figure out where the e brake was. Once I realized that the e brake is a small drum brake inside the disc I removed the disc and found the e brake shoes had broken off the backing plate. Not a very complicated thing to fix.

Massillon, OH

#11 Oct 7, 2008
i have a 2004 ford explorer and heard a loud clicking noise that got faster yet quiter as i sped up the car broke down there was oil all over the drivers side of the engine, we found 2 holes torn in the driver side valve cover, puled the cover off and the timing cassette was chewed up and in pieces, we are having to pull half our engine out, ford recalled later models for this but not the newer models. has anyone had this problem because we are being told we may have to have a new engine at worst case

Keosauqua, IA

#12 Jan 8, 2009
i have a 2000 and a 1999 f150 with clicking coming from drivers side rearend on both at low speed stops at about 20mph both have well over 100,000mi but hey at least its not a dodge with trany problems been there done that never again

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#13 Feb 13, 2009
I just bought a 2004 explorer. It has a clicking noise, the Ford mechanic said it is the design of the transfercase, it is common on the 2003 and 2004 explorers.

Warwick, RI

#14 Feb 14, 2009
I have a 2004 Explorer limited with 17" factory wheels. The chrome plating began to peel off on the inside of the wheel. As the wheel turned the flap of metal would hit against the brake pads making a clicking noise. Hope this helps. These wheels are corroded after four years and need to be replaced.

Charlotte, NC

#15 Apr 4, 2009
the noise is the rear shoe for the emergency brake...i took mine off...theres a ongoin issue with these brakes,,,pisses me off....i hate that clicking noise

Bellefonte, PA

#16 Apr 20, 2009
I had the same problem with my 2004 Ford Explorer. The mechanic said it was one of two things: The front tires we're wearing faster then
the rear tires(which wasn't true, the tires we're a year old). Or that my rear end needed replaced(which wasn't true). It was my e- break shoe that broke off inside the driver side rear drum! Cheaper fix then a new rear end or four new tires.

Columbus, OH

#17 Jun 24, 2009
I have the same problem with my 2003 Explorer. It is driving me crazy. I have brand new tires, had all the wheels pulled and bearings checked.(had one bad and replaced it) New brakes all the way around and still have the clicking sound and it is getting worse! Does anyone really know what is causing this????

United States

#18 Jul 6, 2009
It is your parking brake in the rear drums. I had the same noise and when I replaced the rear rotors, the parking brake shoes fell right out. Cheap fix and fairly simple.

Springfield, VA

#19 Sep 19, 2009
I had a similar problem. Loud clicking noise especially when making left turns. Turned out the right side parking brake linings came separated from the shoes. I was surprised how expensive the shoes were ($57) and it was somewhat of a pain to replace them as the axle is in the way.

Marshall, VA

#20 Dec 4, 2009
Durb wrote:
I'm noticing a clicking noise when I drive at slower speeds. The noise comes from the rear of the vehicle and sounds like it slows down as the vehicle slows down. Any thoughts?
i have a 2002 explorer and i had the same noise it was the e-brake shoes broke off i replaced them and the noise went away

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