Clicking sound from front end when backing up

Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer

I am getting a clicking sound from front end when backing up and turning my wheels sharply to the left or right. No noise when backing straight or driving straight and turning. It is a 2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 2 wheel drive.

Any kind of noise can be difficult to pinpoint. Guessing isn’t always the best approach which is about all anyone can do without looking at it and listening to it when it occurs. That being said there are some common reasons for a clicking noise. The most common reason for the clicking noise when turning would be the wheel bearings. Another common cause would be in the brakes. If it was a 4WD it could be a failing CV-joint or U-joint.

How to Replace Wheel Bearing

Suspension fasteners are critical components because they affect performance of vital components and systems and their failure may result in major service expense. New components must be installed with same component numbers or equivalent, if replacement is required. Do not use a replacement component of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be used as specified during assembly to ensure correct retention of these components.
Do not allow caliper to hang from brake hose or damage to hose may result.

  1. Remove wheel and tire.
  2. Separate outboard CV joint from wheel hub using front wheel hub remover.
  3. Remove bolts and position caliper, pads and anchor plate assembly aside. Support caliper and anchor plate assembly using mechanics wire.
  4. Discard bolts.
  5. Remove brake disc.
  6. Disconnect wheel speed sensor harness electrical connector and remove and discard wheel speed sensor harness bracket bolt.
  7. Remove three bolts and wheel bearing and hub assembly.
  8. Discard bolts.
  9. Reverse procedure to install, note following:
    a. Torque wheel bearing bolts to 90 ft. lbs.
    b. Torque wheel speed sensor bracket bolt to 71 inch lbs.
    c. Torque caliper anchor bolts to 122 ft. lbs.
    d. Torque halfshaft nut to 184 ft. lbs.