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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-14-2005, 01:31 AM
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Hi, I'm new and this is my first post. I have a 96 Dakota V8 magnum 4X4 and just recently I'm noticing a ticking noise coming from the front part of the truck. It's there at slow speeds then stops when I pick up speed, I'm sure I need to have my U-joints replaced but what else could be causing that ticking noise? I was not in 4 wheel drive when I heard the ticking.

Also, when the streets were icy I used my 4 wheel drive and when I picked up speed on the high way the truck seemed to be reving very high and it didn't seem like it wanted to shift (it's an automatic) and even when I was slowing down to stop it countinued to make a loud reving noise. I took it out of 4 wheel drive and it was fine. I tried both in and out of over drive and had the same high reving. Could it be due to low fluids in my front differential? I have not had it checked yet.

Thanks in advance for any helpful comments.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-29-2005, 11:53 AM
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Re: noises


you should not drive any faster than 25 MPH in 4X4
post #3 of (permalink) Old 01-19-2006, 11:56 PM
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Re: noises

We found the problem. It wasn't u-joints it was the front drive shaft, it's broken inside the splicer and that is where the clicking noise was coming from. We removed it from the truck so I'm no longer 4X4 until I get the part repaired or replaced.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 02-10-2006, 12:56 AM
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The book says that I can drive 60mph in regular 4X4 and I use it when it's icy out or when there's deep snow. In the next gear no more than 30 mph and in the lowest gear is just for slow speeds, rock climbing or rough terrain or if I'm dragging something heavy.
post #5 of (permalink) Old 02-13-2006, 10:57 PM
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Re: noises

What do you mean by regular 4x4? What are the settings on your transfer case?
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