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Old 11-16-2009
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4 wheel drive making a noise

when i put my truck in 4wd it makes like a grinding/popping noise. the front wheels will spin a little then stop and spin some more, does anyone know what this might be
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Wow man! This sounds like you have a different gear ratio in the front than in the back. But I dont know. lol
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nah it's all the same gear ratio i had it for about 3years before it started making that noise and doin that the last time i really needed 4wd the front wheels didnt spin at all but the 4wd light in the dash came on needless to say i spent about 4hours digging with a shovel that day haha
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Sounds like you have a blown diff or a broken CV.
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yeah the cv boot did come off and the bearings started falling out last week so i know i do need a cv axle but when the bearing did come while i was driving it did make that same noise, i would have never thought about that might be making a noise, thanks man
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sounds like your transfercase shift motor isnt engaging all the way, with your truck up on jackstands in 4x4, can you narrow down the source of the noise?
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my cv axle messed up the other week so i went ahead and took it all the out and today i put it in 4wheel drive and held down the brake and gave it a little bit of gas and it went forward but it didnt make that noise anymore so i'm guessing it was the an pass side cv axle making that noise
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Have you ever heard a Honda or other FWD car clicking while it turns? Dry CV joints which are on their way out. Same thing can happen to live axle Rangers.
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nah i've never heard that noise on any other cars or trucks i'm pretty dumb when it comes too working on trucks, so i didnt know it was the cv axle i thought it was the tcase screwed up, thanks to everyone who helped me out on this
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You have IFS. That is the only way to get power to the wheels with an IFS. Good luck man.
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