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#31 Wolverine350R

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 12:42 PM

I have a 99 Sierra that does the same. It has the noise in 4 auto, hi and low, but not 2wd. If I switch it to 4 auto on the move and then switch back to 2wd, whatever makes the sound seems to stay engaged until I go into reverse :confused: .

I bought the truck used (~96k) and I don't think it made the noise when I first got it as I drove it around in 4auto quite a bit, but then changed to 2 hi to see if I got a mpg improvement and when I went back to try to use 4auto it made the noise (and feels the same as if its in 4 hi, so now I only use 4x4 modes if the roads are slick.

Does anyone know what triggers the 4x4 if it is in auto mode??? I was originally thinking some of it could be a bad sensor causing it to stay in 4 high.
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 05:41 PM

I have a 99 Sierra that does the same. It has the noise in 4 auto, hi and low, but not 2wd. If I switch it to 4 auto on the move and then switch back to 2wd, whatever makes the sound seems to stay engaged until I go into reverse :sigh: .

I bought the truck used (~96k) and I don't think it made the noise when I first got it as I drove it around in 4auto quite a bit, but then changed to 2 hi to see if I got a mpg improvement and when I went back to try to use 4auto it made the noise (and feels the same as if its in 4 hi, so now I only use 4x4 modes if the roads are slick.

Does anyone know what triggers the 4x4 if it is in auto mode??? I was originally thinking some of it could be a bad sensor causing it to stay in 4 high.



I have the same problem with my 2000 2500 chevy. Exact to a T does anyone have any ideas. Please help
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#33 chevystrong

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 11:37 PM

Well I jacked mine up to look at it and noticed my wheel was all wobbily. Turned out my driver side wheel bearing was shot. That was my problem hope this helps you all out.
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#34 Flavor1031

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Posted 19 December 2007 - 08:13 AM

i have a 2000 1500 off road that i bought used with a warenty and i too it i for that reason and they replaced all the seals and bearing in the front end and switched over all my fluids to synthetic and it has pretty much eliminated it all together :thumbs:

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 05:17 AM

i have a 2000 1500 off road that i bought used with a warenty and i too it i for that reason and they replaced all the seals and bearing in the front end and switched over all my fluids to synthetic and it has pretty much eliminated it all together :D

I had a 2001 Denali, 3.42 gears full time 4wd 6.0L, sold with 89,000 miles, never a noise, always very smooth operation.
Bought a 2002 Tahoe, 4.10 gears Auto 4wd option with 4 hi and 4 lo. 82,000 miles. Very noisy in Auto or 4wd to the point where I take it back to 2wd even when the road is snowy to get rid of this noise.
Put on Jack stands and ran in 4wd while listening. Front Differential makes noise at front imput bearing. Growling sound.
Growl gets much louder when turning on road.
Is this a poor design we have to live with? This makes the full time 4wd look like a shining star.
Looking for a recomendation to eliminate this noise. I don't want to rebuild the front diff and not solve this issue.

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 11:51 AM

Are there any updates on this topic? i have a 02 z71 206,000kms with a similar noise. No noise is 2wd, in 4wd hi and low it makes a light growling, whirling kind of noise when i accelerate, or off the gas that increases or decreases with rpm, there is a happy medium where the noise will go away while driving. it sounds more like its coming from the front of the truck then the rear but its hard to tell while driving it... any thoughts??

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#37 zedbear

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 11:14 PM

I have the noise in 2wd as well as AUTO and 4HIGH. Its just much louder in 4x4. In 2wd, it's off and on but pretty steady at 50+ mph. I removed the front driveshaft and drove it around. Sound disappeared totally...... :lol:

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 11:48 PM

wow, i hope made the right decision on my 09 sierra, i always had dodges.... :lol:
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Posted 18 December 2009 - 01:03 PM

I have same sound very faintly in my 02 z71 in 4 auto. If it warms up from 10 degrees maybe ill pull the plate and check inner axles for any play. no noise at all in 2wd
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#40 Jeff DeWolfe

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 12:13 AM

Any updates on this? My truck makes noise in auto and 4 hi but nothing in 2wd. Thanks!
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Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:29 PM

add another one, mine started doing this today, more so when increasing speed. sounds to me like the front diff but I hate to get into it if nothing is going to come from it

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 08:29 AM

My noise is in 4 HI. It growls and rumbles a bit like a bad bearing. It doesn't matter if it's on dirt, snow, or Teflon like frozen slush.

It is pretty quiet in 2Hi.
In 4 Auto I can't really tell it's on except that I don't get stuck.

What cases would I want 4 HI over 4 Auto?

This is my first 4x4 after a long line of 2wd trucks. While good weight distribution, careful driving and good snow tires have kept me out of trouble for the most part - I really like having 4x4 in those cases when it's needed.

I know 4x4 don't help you stop any faster (common argument against 4x4), but it DOES get you out of the way of someone else that can't stop as they are bearing down on you. I would rather suffer some noise than be without.

Edited by Grebbler, 06 February 2011 - 08:38 AM.

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 08:49 AM

I just saw this thread. For all out there, it seems there may be an issue no one is thinking about.

On the newer IFS trucks, correct me if I am wrong, the front diff is always turning. No locking hubs. This would mean the gears are wearing in a coast pattern. The poor wear pattern may lead to noise once the front drive shaft is engaged. There may be a break in proceedure that needs to be followed, like after 500 miles of easy driving changing the rear diff oil because of breaking it in.

Second, the front shaft rotates without a load in this type of system as well. The u joints may wear funny and when load is applied the joint near the axle goes bad and makes noise without any play in it.

If the pinion bearing is making noise, then it is bad and enough said.

Noise when turning when the axle has power applied sounds like a bad set of CV joints. Remember, the IFS trucks do use a CV joint axle on the front end to allow for the IFS set up. These joints wear and will make noise if they go bad inside.

To me, sounds like internal wear of the diff and bearings with other factors added. Any one that is a tech out there have any info.......

When I get my new 2011, I may just keep it in 4HI for the first 500 miles to make sure I break in both diffs properly before I get to hammering the new 5.3 with 6spd.
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