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1999 Dodge Dakota Question: My Dakota rear differential makes a grinding sound when turning

 

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cline_tmc, San Antonio, TX, March 06, 2014, 20:14
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Problem occurs only after driving several miles (no noise until grease warms up)

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    pushrod March 06, 2014, 20:20
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    Limited slip additive may be needed. Avail. at most auto parts stores. Lube been checked lately?

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    G. T. Service Center (4056 Answers) , Stephenville, TX - (254) 638-3236
    ProfessorG March 06, 2014, 20:21
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    flush the diff and change the gear oil, old gear oil has contaminated the clutches.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (12960 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper March 07, 2014, 05:48
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    grinding sounds like gear issues,may need a rebuild

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    ziptie12 March 07, 2014, 19:45
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    Mostly noticeable at slow speeds and worse sounding backing up on a sharp turn?

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    cline_tmc, March 08, 2014, 08:38
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    Only hear it at slow speeds during sharp turns forward and reverse

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    ziptie12, March 08, 2014, 20:07
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    Combine answers 1 &2 and , just a suggestion , get the fluids at the dealer (MY opinion) May need 2 containers of additive. Other suggestion to make it drain easier do it right after a nice highway drive while it's still warm.

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