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My 2001 F-150 4X4 Off Road has a strange rubbing noise in the front end at low speeds when turning. Brakes have been completely redone with new calipers, hoses, pads, etc. but the rubbing noise is still present. This "rubbing" sound is only at low speeds and only when making a low speed turn or turning while normally acclerating from a stopped position. The noise is not present when driving straight ahead after normal acceleration from stopped position. It feels as if something is in a bind somewhere in the front. There are NO grinding noises; only a "rubbing" sound that is accompanied by a slight vibration at low speeds or when turning the vehicle after a stopped position. Suggestions?
 

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Do you have new tires? Have you looked at the tires and the inside of the fender wells for signs of tire rub?
 

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Tires are not new and do not rub. I did consider that first off but there is no sign of the tires rubbing anywhere. I do not have to turn the wheel much at all and the "rubbing" sound is both felt and heard.
 

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Rubbing noise

Finally had the "front end rubbing noise" diagnosed and corrected. Turns out the noise was in the rear differential. (noise transfer caused the sound to appear to be coming from the front) The rear differential clutches were bad. Replaced them. Noise is gone. All is well.
 
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