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Re: My Luck
Well, it no longer makes this sound, which is what confuses me. Im merely trying to get in all opinions on anything driveline related to see if something matches up.
Ok, this is what it used to do:
When coasting, or in reverse there would be a loud audible 'clacking' sound coming from the rear of the truck. Loud enough to be heard inside a jeep behind the Samurai i was towing. Now, this sound first occured when i was flat-towing, but it also happened afterwards when i was not towing. It does not sound like the typical detroit 'ratcheting', but rather a, well, loud 'clacking'. I dont know how else to describe it. It varies with speed, but only seemed to occur under 30 or so mph, and could be heard idling (meaning around 5mph) in reverse or in 1st.
I was unsure if it was safe to drive on, and had it flat-towed the 80miles home (thank god for AAA), and in the following afternoon removed the coverplate. I found nothing wrong with the fluid, ring gear, or pinion at all. All teeth were in great shape, no chips, cracks, burns or oddwear makers of any kind. The Center-pin was installed properly, and the ring-gear bolts are all in tight. The fluid wasnt very old at all, maybe two months old, and as such still looked like new fluid. 85w140, with the GL5 additive. Since the fluid was in great shape, i put it back in and sealed it up. The following day (monday) i drove to work fine, but coming home it started clacking again. I dropped it off at the shop that installed the gears/locker, and they said theyd take a look at it. Fast-forward to today, when i went out for a test drive with the guy who originally installed the gears/locker, and we could not get the truck to reproduce the sound. So naturally he didnt 'fix' anything cause he couldnt find anything wrong to fix. After i left the shop, i went out driving around for about an hour, and even stopped off at a local sand pit to try out the truck in 4wd Hi & Low to see if it would make any sounds, and it did not.
Which kinda leaves me stumped, cause i have no idea why it started making these noises, and i also have no idea why it stopped [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]