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Ford Expedition Noises



  • 4x44x4 Posts: 112
    My wifes expedition started making a loud ticking noise last night in the back right rear panel somewhere..i never could locate it but it would go off as soon as the engine was killed....anyone have any ideas? we are still in warranty at this point..just wondering what this is and how long it takes to fix?
  • i had a similar noise and noticed it was when i tried to switch the rear air source from the top vents to the floor vents. the clicking noise was the rear air door actuator. i took it in and they fixed it free of charge, under warranty.
  • glen_cglen_c Posts: 4
    I have an '04 EB and have the same squeak. Touch the gas or hit a bump and "squeak" from somewhere in the dash. Funny thing is though, it doesn't squeak during the summer...I guess the fitting or whatever it is swells in the heat and fits tightly.
  • If the noise I had is the same as what you are experiencing then I have the fix! The noise in my dash was coming from the passenger side airbag cover. The cover does not fit very well and when I pulled up/out on the upper portion where it meets the dash, the noise stopped. I remedied this by taking a thin piece of cardboard (from an oatmeal box) and folded it to where it was thick enough to fill in the gap between the dash and the top part of the passenger side air bag cover. I stuffed it in the gap to where you cannot see the cardboard if you are in the passenger seat. I did this on both the right side and left side. Solved the squeak! Let me know if this solves your squeak.

  • buzzz1buzzz1 Posts: 42
    Great idea. My airbag cover just above the glove box is the source for a lot of noises. I will check it out.
  • latallatal Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 Expedition. I hear a "chirping" kind of sound coming from the front right side of the vehicle only when I am accelerating. It does not make this sound when the car is in park or neutral when reving the engine. I had a friend check the belts and they checked out fine. Any ideals?
  • buzzz1buzzz1 Posts: 42
    Check the front shocks. I had a bad shock that chirped at different times. If you have any amount of miles-over 75K you probably need new ones anyway.
  • I have an 03 expedition and am having the same problem, it just started a few weeks ago and is driving me crazy. Did you ever get this fixed??
  • latallatal Posts: 2
    Ok. Here it is...... A friend had asked around about my problem and a couple of places said they have never heard the noise before. I then took it Tire World because they had changed my front brakes in the previous week of the oncoming chirping. They said to take it to an exhaust place. So, I did. They told me that it was a broken bolt in my exhaust manifold and it could cost me between 250 - 500 to fix because there maybe other problems and the seal would also have to be replaced. By the way, I am a female and began to think I was being taken advantage of. So, I told this to a friend who works at Ford. He said that he would take a look. Well, there was a broken bolt. But the manifold was also warped, and other bolts had broke. They had a lot of corrosion. Well, after all that was fixed. It still makes the noise. He said it was a belt for some kind of part that would cost 500. I stopped listening to details when he said that it will be okay if I can withstand the noise factor. He checked over everything else and things looked great. So, to make my long dragged out story end and come to your answer. Its not fixed. Sorry for the details. Good luck with yours. Let me know what happens.
  • 4x44x4 Posts: 112

    I never got it fixed but figured out the problem..for whatever reason mine stopped doing it.....but the problem is the motor switch or door for the rear AC/Heat gets stuck and keeps trying to complete the transition....i guess mine became unstuck when we switched our rear AC from heat back to AC....since that time it stopped ticking. The noise was coming from the rear passenger side wall panel..kind of between the second and third row seats....mine is under warranty so i will take it in eventually to get it fixed.
  • michmiesmichmies Posts: 1
    I too just started having this loud "tick tick tick" sound in my 03 expedition. It started when I turned on my rear air. When I turned off the air the ticking stopped. I doesn't make the sound if I leave off the rear air but keep the front air on. Now to add to the complication, This morning my husband went out to use my expedition and my battery was dead. We jump started it and as soon as it started, the ticking from the rear panel started. I checked my air controls and they were all off!! So what is the deal with that? Could whatever that is have drained my battery and why would it still be ticking if the air was off?

    Help, I am not under warranty and don't want ot fix something expensive.
  • I had this happen twice in my 03 Expedition. I was still under (extended) warranty and had it fixed both times. I think there is a switch or something inside the plastic wall that can be damaged if bumped. What I noticed when it happened the second time is - that it happened after loading a bunch of stuff in the back and a table that fits snug across the floor of the back - PRESSED firmly against the side wall and the clicking started again.

    I think something just inside the wall can be easily damaged. But I'm not sure.

    Now that I am out of (extended) Warranty - I will pull it apart next time to check it out.
  • My '99 Expedition 5.4 has developed a noise recently. Only when accelerating hard, up hill or towing. It sounds like classical u-joint noise, but the joints seem tight. Does this vehicle have the classic problem like the Explorer of wear in the output bearing or bushing of the transfer case?
  • My truck has an annoying noise at the dash that won't go away. It happens randomly, after I hit a bump or on a rough road, I have to hold the top of my dash for the noise to stop. I've visited the dealershi several times and they all think I''m crazy. Please help...
  • buzzz1buzzz1 Posts: 42
    Email me and I can help you diagnose the squeak. I fixed several on my 08. bmwolfe at yahoo dot com.
  • rpdrewrpdrew Posts: 1
    Recently my 2003 Expedition began to make a single clunk sound when starting to back up. It seems to be worse when the wheel is turned. Any ideas what this might be?

  • jswopejswope Posts: 1
    I am posting for my sister. She recently was diagnosed with having a Ford Expedition with a loose timing belt and bad bearings. Does this sound legit. I'm sure it is. Probably never been serviced and a lot of city miles. What is she looking at as far as cost and what would you rate the difficulty of doing the job yourself. Never done one. Thanks.

  • My '03 makes an occasional intense high pitch noise which lasts 15 seconds +/- and does not change if you fiddle with the fan switch. The noise happens while driving at steady Interstate speeds, radio off, and on a recent trip, after the first few hours, it did not reoccur. It can also happen at slower speeds. When it does happen, the pitch is steady and always the same. It does rapidly taper up, holds for awhile, then rapidly tapers off.

    Is there anything else under the dashboard other than a heater fan motor which could make such a noise?
  • I have a 2000 ford expedition E.B that is making a whining noise when it's in park and also when it accelerates. Is there anyone having the same problem as me i'm getting nervous don't want to spend alot of money on repairs hoping it's something simple also the transmission fluid is kind of brown could this be causing the problem?
  • I just bought 97 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4 Eng. 4WD.It has 203K miles on it .Original owner parked the car 1.5 yrs ago when he heard a sound coming from the engine.He did not get the car checked to see what the problem was.I bought the truck knowing there is a sound and hoping I can get it fixed for reasonable price since the car was running .I drove to my house 8 miles(sound was there seem like it was much less at low RPM)I know I am mechanically handicap but 3 mechanic looked at the car in my drive way and said "crank the engine...(5-6 seconds later) ok cut it off ,one of the rod bearing bad # re-built the engine or # replace long block or # I have to put used engine".....Again I am mechanically handicap but how can they be so sure this is my only option without even looking at anything??? I drove the car about 8 miles to my drive way after I purchased it , then next day I drove 25 miles round trip and on the way stopped and get an inspection,vehicle pass the emissions inspection.(car has been sitting 1.5 years). I just don't know what else it could be ? I know 203K miles a lot but I have every single oil change , tune up ,......record. from previous owner.(1 owner) Also if it is the bad rod bearing, base on what I read on the web site forms , no smoke from exhaust, oil pressure is normal, and when the RPM is low , driving between 35-75 mph I can not hear the sound. If anyone had this problem and fixed it or any suggestions please respond, I really do appreciated.Thanks
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