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Old 10-18-2007
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Location: Macomb, MI
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Okay. So, I've been trying to figure this out for a few days.

I'm having these problems:
1) Loud clunk when I'm switching between park/drive/reverse (any combination)
2) Occasionally, a knocking noise that sounds like it's coming from the rear of the vehicle while it's in drive or reverse.

I took it into a local shop and asked them to check the u-joints on the driveshaft because my Chilton manual matched these symptoms up to worn u-joints, but they told me the u-joints are fine and its the ring & pinion thats giving me my problem.

Wanted to get everyone's opinion on what they said versus my manual...
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Old 10-20-2007
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Location: Powell River,BC, Canada
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Crawl under your truck and check it out yourself. Chock the front wheels, jack up at least one rear wheel, put the trani in neutral & release the parking brake. Turn the drive shaft by hand to see where the play is. If the u-joints seem tight and there appears to be a lot of rotational play in the axle flange, then the ring and pinion gears are worn.
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