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Old 01-14-2010, 08:22 PM
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Default sudden noise from front end / transfercase ?

I was driving about 45 in 4wd on snow/icy roads when all of a sudden their was a wine (like a miss set up ring & pinion). Not loud but their, taking it out of 4wd it quits, pull it back into 4wd in 100 to 200 feet it starts again. It seams to be comming from the transfercase or front end area cant tell driveingand hanging out the door at the same time ! No adverse operational feelings 4wd still working. within the past 1 yr & less than 3000 miles between I have changed both front wheel bearing assemblies
( next time I think I will pay to have this done ! what a pain getting the old ones out) the front axle u joints seemed fine at this time. I have been told this might be the beging of the end of the transfercase or possibly the front R&P. does any one have any insight as what to look for to determine what it is that is going to leave on the side of the road? Is this tranfercase rebuildable or a throwaway? I'm not worried about geting into a trany, been into a bunch from a powerglide to a RTOO9513 in my younger hayday's! I just do not know where to start looking.

I got the truck repo'd 5yrs ago / 60k on it. now has 116k on it. On my part very little 4wd operation, most of the miliage is highway / 8000 # of trailer & horse's
behind it @ 60 to 85 mph. Its a 2002 3500 dulli ext cab, diesel / automatic, stock except no muffler & cat conv just straight pipe. Have a bullie dog / attitude sitting here to go on it when the weather gets warmer. not my 1st 4wd. hade them since 1970 so I have an idea what not to do whit them so I do not feel I got stupid at any time ! COME ON GUY'S YOU MUST KNOW SOMEBODY THAT HAS HAD THIS BEFORE !!

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I think we can rule out wheel bearings since it would do it in 2WD as well. Dry or loose universals usually clunk or pop so I'd be investigating the ring and pinion and transfer case. The case can be rebuilt so long as the case itself isn't damaged.
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