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06 dodge 4x4 grinding

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by fireside, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    I have a 06 dodge 2500. Today i tried 4x4 light came one when the truck was moved it made binding noise. Truck placed back into 2wd noise went away. Any ideas as to what to look at?
     
  2. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    Did the truck go into 4wd and make a binding noise or it wouldnt engage at all?

    Your post is lacking some details
     
  3. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    It appears to engage but makes a binding clunking noise when you move. If you place switch back to 2wd and move the noise goes away. I drove the truck towing a trailer after with no problems. It's not a u joint problem because no noise in 2wd. I did notice when it switchs i never heard it now you can hear it make a slaping sound.
     
  4. DAFFMOBILEWASH

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,598

    You have bad universals on the front axle shafts. Ez fix NO!! Expensive yes. Any truck with 50k miles can expect upper and lower ball joints, outer tie rods, possible wheel bearings and brakes while you have it all appart.

    Just did mine for the 4th time with 140km on it. The trick is lots of never sieze and pre soak the front end a few days before with a high quality penitrating fluid.
     
  5. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    I did the front u joints during the summer along with driveshafts. It sound like it's coming from the transfer case. Acuator not fully engaging maybe?
     
  6. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    DAFF, the front drive shaft spins regardless if it's in 4wd or 2wd. It's coming from his T-case. Why? Who knows, might need to tear it down.
     
  7. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,061

    is it a lever 4wd or a the dash mounted switch? maybe the actuator isnt pushing the linkage all the way
     
  8. sportfury70

    sportfury70 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    my 04 did the same thing. it was making a horrible noise. I thought for sure it was the tranfer case. I had just bought it several days prior so i took it back to where i bought it. They took out the transfer case inspected it and found no problem. It turned out to be the left front wheel bearing.
     
  9. GMC99

    GMC99 Senior Member
    from 60188
    Messages: 753

    Check to see if your transfer case fluid is full, I ran one out of fluid one time do to a bad seal, and it heated and stretched the chain out, causing it to slip over the gears, and make some horrible noises.... What kind of u-joints did you install in the front? If they were the cheapo autozone ones, you can bet there bad again
     
  10. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    They are napa u joints. The fluid was a little low. Added 1 1/2 quarts. How did you figure out it was the chain any quick way to check. We have snow in the forcast of wed so now it's very important to get this fixed . how bad was the chain to do?
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012
  11. DAFFMOBILEWASH

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,598

    I'd check the EZ stuff and drive line. Any chance the gear selector wasn't completely engaged. While the front axle shafts are very common actual transfer case issues are rather rare. Perhaps a quick dump of the T case fluid and have a check for shrapnal.

    Myself I go through axle universals every 15months or so... In time you will learn the precurser sounds of failure. The first is a rattle when driving over rough roads. Followed by the crunchies when the 4x4 is engaged and in the full locked steering position.
     
  12. GMC99

    GMC99 Senior Member
    from 60188
    Messages: 753


    My transfer case was fine in 2 wheel drive, it would engage into 4 wheel drive, but as soon as you got on the gas it had a horrible grinding noise... If it indeed is your transfer case, its not an easy job, you have to drop the case, and basically rebuild it, or replace it... Have you tried putting it in 4 wheel since the other day? Try putting it in and out of 4 wheel drive a few times, something may just be stuck... Or as was stated, drain your transfer case and look for metal
     
  13. 07F-250V10

    07F-250V10 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    My 2007 F-250 did this just 2 weeks ago. It turned out to be a vacuum line disconnected in the front so it wasnt engaging all the way.
     
  14. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    We looked at it again today with no change. After much research and a few phone calls here is what i found. I added almost 2 quarts of fluid total sytem cap is 2.5 quarts so it was very low. After futher investigation the rear seal was leaking i'm just very suprised at how much it leaked slowly. Due to the low fluid level/heat build up it caused the chain the strech. The chain under loading is jumping teeth causing the binding/grinding sound.
    The parts to do the rebuild are 578.00 plus time and new rebuilt from dodge with a 5 year 100,000 mile warranty is 1100.00. It was order today crossing my fingers it will be here tommorow snow is in the forcast for wed thru thrusday. The drive tran was completely serviced on 8/7/11 i just wish i saw it lossing fliud.
     
  15. GMC99

    GMC99 Senior Member
    from 60188
    Messages: 753


    I feel your pain! Same thing happened to me 2 days before a storm! Best of luck!
     
  16. DAFFMOBILEWASH

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,598

    Have you every checked the vent on the T case??. Sometimes when the vents get pluged up they will create excessive pressure from the heat causing a seal to let go.

    I would get the new one. You never know the full extent of the damage untill you tear it appart. A chain sprocket and a few bearings.... Will end up costing more in the long run.
     
  17. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,061

    id get the new transfer case then rebuild the old one and sell it to help offset the price.:mechanic:
     
  18. fireside

    fireside Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    No transfer case today. If i need the truck it's getting a large load of salt for weight and we will just use 2wd. As for rebuilding the old case there is a $500 core on it. I do plan on taking apart the old one just to look at the damage before it goes back. I just want to see how it works without worring about putting it back together.
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012
  19. MrPLow2011

    MrPLow2011 Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 276

    Just go down to lowes and buy 500 punds of sand. Truck will be fine to plow this rain storm
     
  20. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I've changed the t-case seal for the rear shaft, but it still leaks. And it's a Dodge OEM seal. Now I keep an eye on the fluid level. That's what $36k gets you I guess.