grinding noise from rear axle

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  1. donkeyman

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    When i slow down and hit the brakes, i get a bad grinding noise. It also grinds when i start from a stop and is worse when i accelerate into a turn. it is not really noticeable at high speed. it seems like it is coming from the rear axle, but i am not sure.

    All the u joints seem ok.

    I drained the gear oil from the axle today, it looked ok. no chunks of metal coming out, the magnet had some gunk on it but nothing unusual. I drained the t case also, it looked ok too.

    I thought it might have been a wheel bearing. Pulled off one of the rear wheels and drum. but did not notice any looseness in the axle shaft. is there a good way to check a rear axle bearing?

    Is it possible that it might be the spider gears?
     
  2. cruiser88

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    Did you check the pinion flange for slop?
     
  3. donkeyman

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    I did, there didn't seem to be any excessive movement. i have another cruiser and i compared them both, they seemed about the same
     
  4. donkeyman

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    I've pulled the cover from the axle and i am pretty sure that it is not the rear axle, but it is definitely something in the drivetrain. maybe a bearing in the transmission or t case.

    it is just a whirring, gear noise. it gets going real loud and remains in a kind of harmonic effect at about 15 mph. i am starting to notice it at higher speeds, but it is not that loud.

    the transmission and t case shift perfectly and i don't feel it through the shifters so i am thinking and hoping that it is not either of those.

    If anybody out there has had a similiar problem or has any insight as to what it might be, i would greatly appreciate any ideas

    thanks again
     
  5. Wile E Coyote

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    I was able to pinpoint a wasted pinion bearing on the front axle on a Heep I owned several years ago. I just put all 4 wheels up w/ jackstands and let it coast in gear. Since your symptoms appear related to loads, my idea is less than ideal, but if other checks fail, then...?
     
  6. donkeyman

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    if the pinion bearing was going bad, would the seal most likely start leaking?
     
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    Not to overlook the obvious but have you checked the brake drums? Putting it up on stands and running it should help you pinpoint where the noise is comming from.
     
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    I agree. When was the last time you adjusted yer brakes?
     
  9. Wile E Coyote

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    Not necessarily. If left long enough, yes, the extra out-of-roundness on the pinion would def. eventually waste the seal.
    My bearings died due to a deep swim w/ a bad axle vent. Found it AFTER the damage had been done.
     
  10. donkeyman

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    I have pulled the drums. they look ok and are adjusted ok.

    the parking brake actuator levers are stuck, and the parking brake doesn't work. i wouldn't think that could cause this kind of vibration though.
     

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