Excessive gear noise can indicate differential bearing failures.
Average mileage: 156,847 (91,000–247,000)
Drive Train affected: Automatic Transmission
22 people reported this problem
Growling noise from the rear when turning slowly to right or left. Sometimes it feels like one of the rear wheels are locked and slips during a sharp slow turn.
Also, when turn the steering wheel during sharp slow turns the wheel makes a load groan sound.
Only when I have the front drive shaft hooked up does it make a almost grinding sort of noise coming from the front differential. Seems to be a common problem. I replaced front left hub assembly. Problem did not go away. Mechanic verified it was the differential. I did not fix. I sold it for the same price I paid for it 2 years earlier. Haha.