Ford windstar front end grinding noise?
Check the front brakes. the most common problem for grinding is worn brake pads allowing the metal backer to rub the rotor.
Possibly wheel bearing, brakes, CV joints. These vehicles are noted for creeking tie rod ends. Greasable replacements are available. Another possibility: I replaced perfectly good brake pads on my 2001 only to find the grinding was still there! :( The true cause: bad rotors! I did not bother with a resurfacing to see if that would resolve it - just did replacements.
A 97 Ford Explorer with all wheel drive has a noise up front while engaged in gear is this a transfer case problem?
98 ford windstar makes noise in drive gear when stopped sounds like grinding goes away when moving or neutral?
What can be done to reduce the noise coming from the steering column of a 1995 Ford Windstar when turning?
It could be a couple different things. Most obvious would be brakes. If a brake is sticking and worn you could be hearing a grinding noise as you accelerate. Second could be a driveline issue. Worn u-joints or something sticking in the transfercase (4X4) could also cause a grinding noise. Best advise is to find a reputable service shop and have them diagnose the noise properly. Good luck!
A grinding sound / feel is most typically due to something related to the brakes. In my 2001's case, it was the rotor - even after changing the pads, it was still grinding. 2 new rotors and it was *smooth* sailing, and braking. Sidebar: bad wheel bearings usually create a very noticeable humming - like someone who doesn't know the words to the song... See "Related Questions" below for more about wheel bearings and front…