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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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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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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
Has a slight thumping and whining noise in front left
Hear noise coming from under vehicle.
Making loud noises like metal hitting together
My rear differntial is making some noise on my 2002 Cadillac Escalade
My truck is a 2000 nd my real end just went out . Ever since i got the truck my real end been makeing nosies
Front differential noise.
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.
Same noise 2007 Cadillac EXT around 74,000 miles!
front diff noise- vibration
same problem
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.
Front wheel bearing assembly went on one side a year ago and just recently on the other side.
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!
g m is fixing now
Has 44,000 original miles and is making a grinding noise. Pretty sad when gm don't fix their mistake.
Front differential needed rebuild, same as other commenters. $2600.
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.
86,000 original miles. Front differential disintegrating. Cost to repair, $3,150.00.
Humming noise.