I kind of gave up on this thread because the sound went away for the most part, but today it came back with force.
I can't really begin to explain the stipulations for when the sound occurs. It changes day to day, if the sound is even there at all. That makes it almost impossible to diagnose over the internet.
Right now, I'm looking for a new work truck, then I'm probably going to either replace the axle with something better, or rebuild this one when I have time.
I've looked into replacing axle bearings and it seems more like a PITA than technical. Pinion bearing on the other hand, I don't have the tools or the time to deal with that right now. I've never taken a vehicle to a shop, but if it craps out soon, I'm out of options .
I also hate to be replacing something if it's not really the issue, but I'm having a hell of a time narrowing it down. The only advice I've gotten from anyone around here is "take it to a shop" (even from the parts store) to which I respond, "I am the shop, what parts could I need" ,,, I'm ranting, but either way, the conversation always ends with "I don't know"
1999 4.0L 4dr 4x4
3" BL w/ torsion crank, 33x12.50 ProComp ATs on 15x10 ProComps