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Front Differential Making Noise

Discussion in '3rd Gen - 2007 - 2017' started by fvernet, May 6, 2021.

  1. 07navi

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    WHY 86 ?
     
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    I had a brake job done all around yesterday - new rotors and pads on all 4 corners. Turns out the front left rotor was warped - that MAY have been the source of the noise. I'll listen for it and report back.
     
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    Could check fluid level and change fluid to start with.
     
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    From rebuild the diff to brakes.....St(d)ealers suck.
     
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    I think its still possible the caliper is dragging, that ruined the pad/rotor system so new parts is a bandaid (temp "fix") masking the root cause. Onion skin as the diagnosticians say. Time will tell. An infrared thermometer would uncover that. Cheap tool, many uses, lasts a long time ... great for brake diagnosis. Pistons in calipers not metal these days, get skeewacky & bind. Pay me now or pay me later. Could be wrong. Food for thought.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/121-infrared-laser-thermometer-63985.html

    Also good for measuring smoker temp and setting bath water etc. Lol
     
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    So...the rubbing sound is still there, most noticeable at highway speed. I'll have my mechanic look at the brake caliper as the possible culprit. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Lots of good advice here. Look at EVERYTHING else before you open up that differential. Just about anything is more likely to be the problem.
     
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    I agree - it may be as simple as changing the diff fluid. I'm NOT convinced the diff is bad...heck...I drive in 2H 99.99% of the time. 4H has been turned on a few times in heavy snow for a few minutes. Period. So it cannot be worn out.
     
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    Could also be a wheel bearing - I am told this is not uncommon on these trucks with close to 200k miles.
     
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    Also have a look at the vacuum check valve those have been known to have a problem with certain model years. Causes the front locking hubs to either partially or fully engage even when in 2H
     

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