Front/Rear Differential May Develop Noise Due to Worn Bearings on Chevrolet Suburban 1500

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: 161,796 (75,000–310,000)
Drive Trains affected: 2WD, 4WD
17 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, more1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013
82 people reported this problem
45 people shared problem details
1996 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 4WD160,000
Rear Diff makes a high pitch noise with throttle applied at 40+ MPH
In 2wd problem starts at 10mph w foot on gas. When I take foot off gas or put into 4wd the problem goes away. Sounds like I am driving on rumble strips on the side of the highway. I have had this 08 suburban in the shop 5 times this year. Just had a bearing replaced and the truck just hit 90k miles.this is my 2nd suburban and both are falling apart at 85k and I did all the recommended maint.
1999 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 4WD145,000
I have had this howling noise coming from the front end since about 90,000 miles but very seldom do I use the 4 wheel drive and if I do it is 4 auto so it has lasted about 55,000 miles so far making this noise but now if you put it in 4hi the noise multiplies 10 fold and it didnt use to do this
Excessive noise coming from the front, end gets really loud when in 4 wheel drive. Also 4 wheel won't disengage until you come to a complete stop. Have not figured out correct repair yet.
1999 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 2WD150,000
A roaring noise coming from the rear
2000 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 4WD200,000
Have a howling noise coming from rear end. I have replaced the Pinion bearing once already. Also I have a clunk noise upon acceleration all ujoints have been replaced.
high pitch noise coming from the rear end gets louder at 40 miles an hour
1996 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 4WD175,000
humming sound as i accelerate goes away when i take my foot off gas
1994 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 4WD190,000
a rotation/rubbing noise linked to front differential, rebuild passenger side or replace differential.
1998 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 4WD114,000
tranfer case roars and grinds. bearing worn and driveshaft is loose
2007 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 4WD118,582
Every once in awhile when I turn (either way) it makes a weird sound and feeling like there is a flat tire. Tires are fine and have been balanced.
1999 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 2WD185,000
Drive train bearings grinding into its own bolts. Entire axle rotates full turn after put into park. Loud clunk when put into drive from reverse. Do not want to take to mechanic. Suburban is worth less than the cost to repair it.
10/29/2013: Had auto ride go out in rear-end at 135,000 miles. Had my mechanic check for "howling" sound in rear end thinking possible wheel bearings. He took a scope and said it is definitely coming from the rear drive pinion gear bearings. This will be the 3rd time fixed. Car is all highway miles. Transmission guy I spoke with said he " seeing more and more of these things and is not sure if is caused by the fluid or poor quality of parts...." Going back to dealer to rip them a new one, if that doesn't get me anywhere, than I will go to a transmission expert and have them replace it. The non-GM transmission guy said expect around $1,200 to $1,500 for repairs. (previous repairs were covered under GM 100,000 mile warranty) so I don't know what they even charge. I would guess the factor of "pi" (3.14159265359.....)
Needed to replace seal an bearing on driver side front, got the seal out of the diff but the needle bearing is destroyed an cant get puller to grab on to it to pull out an replace. Any idea, heat it or cut it anything please
1999 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 4WD190,000
Differential is noisy and would grind when you let off the gas. Complete master rebuild kit is required to fix.
Front diff noise when the four wheel drive is used (30 thru 50) miles an hr.fix is to re build front differential.
2002 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 4WD180,000
Front end Humm or grind when turning in 4hi ... only when turning when driving, nothing when stopped no noses. Really quite an smooth 2hi
A thumping noise in my front end. Even when you go to right and left high-speed and low-speed it'll do it
The drive shaft just spins in 2wd and makes a loud banging noise and suburban won't move unless suburban is in 4 high or 4 low I'm told the rear differential is no good and is going to have to be changed
2004 Chevrolet Suburban 1500- 4WD170,000
Started making a mid-high pitch whine when accelerating or maintaining speed above 40mph. Stopped when letting off accelerator. At lower speeds it was a lower pitch noise. Replaced differential assembly.
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