Front/Rear Differential May Develop Noise Due to Worn Bearings on Cadillac Escalade

The front or rear differential may develop an abnormal noise due to worn bearings or another internal fault. Our technicians tell us that a complete overhaul of the affected differential is commonly necessary to correct this condition.

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Average mileage: 117,015 (10,000–264,000)
Drive Train affected: 4WD
9 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014
33 people reported this problem
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2008 Cadillac Escalade 78,000 mi,
have this whining noise coming from the front diff when i am under acceleration when i take my foot off the gas it stops, if this is a known problem why cadillac don't send out a notice of recall
2008 Cadillac Escalade - 4WD 157,000 mi,
Has a slight thumping and whining noise in front left
2002 Cadillac Escalade - 4WD 150,000 mi,
Hear noise coming from under vehicle.
2002 Cadillac Escalade - 4WD 142,000 mi,
My rear differntial is making some noise on my 2002 Cadillac Escalade
2002 Cadillac Escalade - 4WD 178,000 mi,
Making loud noises like metal hitting together
My truck is a 2000 nd my real end just went out . Ever since i got the truck my real end been makeing nosies
2002 Cadillac Escalade - 4WD 124,000 mi,
Front differential noise.
2002 Cadillac Escalade - 4WD 10,000 mi,
Noise detected while Escalade EXT was under warranty within 6 months of purchase. Local dealer inspected and concluded "...within Cadillac standards...". Five years later (@ ~75,000 miles), during routine inspection, same dealer noted noise from front differential. Is being repaired by Independent shop after dealer refused to adjust the repair price since original evidence (in their computer files) was so old. Independent repair shop diagnosed pinion and carrier bearings worn. Replacing.
2007 Cadillac Escalade - 4WD 74,000 mi,
Same noise 2007 Cadillac EXT around 74,000 miles!
2003 Cadillac Escalade - 4WD 80,000 mi,
front diff noise- vibration
2007 Cadillac Escalade - 4WD 98,000 mi,
same problem
2008 Cadillac Escalade 45,000 mi,
Front wheel bearing assembly went on one side a year ago and just recently on the other side.
2014 Cadillac Escalade 26,265 mi,
g m is fixing now
2003 Cadillac Escalade 44,000 mi,
Has 44,000 original miles and is making a grinding noise. Pretty sad when gm don't fix their mistake.
2004 Cadillac Escalade 75,000 mi,
Front differential needed rebuild, same as other commenters. $2600.
2007 Cadillac Escalade 120,123 mi,
Have whinning and gear noise coming form rearend. My differential was service by dealer and fluid changed. Now they said my rearend has metal debris and contaminated fluid. Bearings are worn and nosie travels up to front area because I have all wheel drive. I thought it was transfer case problem. Rearend on these things do not last and suck!
2004 Cadillac Escalade - 4WD 174,000 mi,
I noticed that my truck started to develop a noise mainly at the front wheels. I noticed as I increase the acceleration the noise increase as well. Recently I fixed the front and rear brakes and I thought that was part of the problem. Took it back to the shop and they told me it was the differential. Now I drive it and feel like the front wheel drive is disconnected, like if the only wheels that works would be the rear ones. I probably have to fix it ASAP.
Have a 02 Cadillac Escalade with a whinning in the front end. when you hit on the gas and its pulling no whining but running normal its whinning noise.
86,000 original miles. Front differential disintegrating. Cost to repair, $3,150.00.
2010 Cadillac Escalade - 4WD 42,000 mi,
Humming noise.