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Chevrolet Tahoe Front/Rear Differential May Develop Noise Due to Worn Bearings

Chevrolet Tahoe Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007

Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, 4WD

Average Mileage: 142,975 mi (100,000 mi - 251,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 4WD, 251,000 mi

    Howl when coming off gas but quiets down when gas is applied.

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  •  Rookie

    Is it in my tranfer case or the front or rear axle, to me it seems the four wheel drive chain has to much slack in it is there an adjustment? I notice it more when I come to a quick stop after realseing the brake pedal I get a loud thumping sound as if one thing caught up to another.

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 101,484 mi

    If your experiencing a loud clunking sound when stepping on the gas from a dead stop or when just rolling and stepping on the gas It's not the front or rear differential, it's the rear out put shaft of the 4 wheel drive. I have had this same problem on my 1999 Tahoe and on my 2002 Blazer. Replace the transfer case and the noise is GONE!! If it's a rumbling sound at the rear wheel it could jut be a bad axle bearing.

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 123,000 mi

    I've been hearing a noise coming from the back of the truck by the left rear wheel. I have checked the brakes and the wheel but the wheel does not seem to be bent. Is it the rear differential

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 101,000 mi

    noise in the rear end, like a low roaring sound

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  • Visitor, , 4WD, 145,000 mi

    Grinding sound in drivers side front hub. Replaced Hub assembly

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  • Visitor, , 2WD, 100,000 mi

    Grinding noise from rear end

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