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Old 01-28-2011, 08:54 AM
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Default Help With "Whining" Noise From Rear???

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I have 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 2WD 5.2L Sport Club Cab with about 80k. Back around Thanksgiving I noticed a “whining” noise that seemed to be coming from the rear of the truck. At the time I couldn't be sure about the location because I could only hear it at highway speeds. I immediately started to freak because I’ve heard these trucks have inherent tranny issues. So, I took the truck to a local mechanic. He heard the noise when driving the vehicle, but once he put it in the air…no noise. He checked everything obvious that didn’t require taking things apart (at least he said he did and I have no reason to believe otherwise as he comes highly recommended) and could not find anything. He didn’t want to guess, didn’t charge me for his time, and said we’ll need to let it get worse/ louder and try again.

Now it’s worse.

Like I said, the noise is a “whine” similar to the sound some vehicles make in reverse, can’t really be heard until 20MPH (use to be highway speed, then 30MPH, so it’s definitely getting worse) and changes pitch with speed. Talked to tranny guy and he doesn’t think it’s the transmission since there are no slips, pops, hesitation, can only be heard under load, and fluid level is good and clean. Fluid, filter, flush have been done twice in 80k. Most of the research I’ve done online points to the pinion bearings. However, the noise does not go away when you let off the gas at speed. It is present throughout the speed range and as I said does change pitch according to speed.

So, what do I do? I don’t want to drive it and risk having to rebuild a rear end if one of the pinion bearings go, but don’t like guess work either. Should I just bite the bullet and pay $500~ to get the bearings replaced and see what happens?

Thoughts, advice, and opinions…Thanks!
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It's worth tearing down the rear end to inspect the bearings, given the circumstances.
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these trucks are also knows for their rear ends going out, maybe not so much going out but the gear lash from the factory must have not been correct and the gearsets wear out pretty quick. I think that wining noise is your rear end. mine have allready replaced with correct lash and adjustment and lasted twice as long as the stock set, my truck has allmost 260,000 miles on it and the ring and pinion got replaced i think 140,000 miles ago. my brothers ram truck also has a rear end wining and his has only 135,000 miles. with that in mind see what you can find. i hope it helps.
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similar problem on my 96 1500. Turns out the pinion bearing was going bad and chewed up the race. While driving hit the gas and then let off, it it is louder when hitting gas the less when letting off could be this problem.
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i had this problem, mine turned out to be the bearings were bad

i ended up swapping my 3.55 for 4.56 with all new bearings....just as quiet as can be

hopefully this helps
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Def sounds like the rear end, mine had the same issue and i just replaced everything. luckily moesperformance had a deal goin on for gears, limited slip and a master install kit for only 723 shipped to my door, mechanic charged about 115 to install it.
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